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Dips, Chutneys and Spreads, Sides and Snacks, Fusion

Creamy corn on toast

Jump to recipe During my school and college days, we as a family used to go to a restaurant in Chennai India which had an eclectic selection of dishes. It was by the beach and was a quaint little place. It was not in the happening part of the city but was quite popular based… Continue reading Creamy corn on toast

Breakfast, Dessert, Sides and Snacks

Happy Pongal 🍯

Pongal is the Harvest festival celebrated in South India particularly in the state of Tamil Nadu. Around the same time, similar festivals are celebrated in many parts of India with different names such as bihu, Lohri, makar sankaranti etc. The festivities of Pongal are very big for the Tamizh farmer. They are celebrating and thanking nature… Continue reading Happy Pongal 🍯

Sides and Snacks

White sweet potato and Eggplant in a tamarind gravy (Gothsu)

Jump to recipe Gothsu is a very simple stew made with any combination of vegetables. Usually potatoes and eggplants find a place along with fresh tomatoes. I am using a combination fo white sweet potatoes and large eggplant. The leading flavor in this dish is ginger. The only other spice added is cumin powder. The vegetables are… Continue reading White sweet potato and Eggplant in a tamarind gravy (Gothsu)

Dessert

Millets sweet pudding (Thinai and Varagu chakkara pongal)

Jump to recipe What are millets ? Millets are these tiny powerhouse grains also called as small grains because of their appearance compared to rice grains. We attempt to include more whole grains in our diet and millets offer a variety to choose from. In fact there are 6 known millet varieties readily available in… Continue reading Millets sweet pudding (Thinai and Varagu chakkara pongal)

Sides and Snacks

Aloo Gobi with a twist and a tang (Potato cauliflower)

Jump to recipe All my posts are day to day cooking experiences. I do not cook specifically to do a post. Sometimes it is hard to take pictures of every thing while you are preparing dinner for some very hungry folks ! Last night's dinner was Aloo Gobi and as I was beginning to cook,… Continue reading Aloo Gobi with a twist and a tang (Potato cauliflower)

Italian, Lunch, Dinner and Entrees

Minty, spicy and creamy Fusilli pasta with Kale and Carrots

Jump to recipe We love Pasta dishes where all the food groups are combined. This dish is one such preparation. Whole wheat fusilli is combined with kale and carrots in a smooth creamy sauce. Perfumed with freshly chopped mint leaves. Spice it up with a habenaro or keep it simple. This dish can be enjoyed… Continue reading Minty, spicy and creamy Fusilli pasta with Kale and Carrots

Indian, Instant Pot, InstantPot, Italian, Lunch, Dinner and Entrees

Brown rice, chickpea and spinach risotto in InstantPot

Jump to Recipe After all the Holiday cooking, whether entertaining or not, January seems to be the month for a culinary ‘reboot’ a.k.a get back to some simple, wholesome, homely meals. Continuing on the same theme, today's recipe is a fusion rice dish combining Italian with Indian seasonings. Risotto is a creamy rice dish from… Continue reading Brown rice, chickpea and spinach risotto in InstantPot

Lunch, Dinner and Entrees, Fusion

Harissa stir-fried Red cabbage with sesame dressed noodles

Jump to recipe Growing up, noodles used to be an absolute favorite dish of mine maybe because we used to get it so rarely. Ready-to-cook noodles were not available in local mom and pop stores. When we made our occasional trip to the large supermarket, amma used to pickup wheat noodles. She would make a… Continue reading Harissa stir-fried Red cabbage with sesame dressed noodles

Appetizer, Mexican

Double Tuesday Taco treats – Bean n potato and spicy broccoli tofu

Jump to recipe Tacos are so famous that we have a day named after them 😃Taco Tuesdays. We have Taco Tuesdays very often in our home. Tacos are simple meals to put together. I look for some veggie filling with beans, throw them into a tortilla with some cheese, DONE ! Really !!Last night dinner… Continue reading Double Tuesday Taco treats – Bean n potato and spicy broccoli tofu