Maanga Kari – Quick Raw Mango Pickle

When summer comes by in India and it is mango season, we eat mangoes for breakfast, lunch and dinner; as dessert, as a curry or a condiment. Pickles are made and are stored and used through the year. There are mango varieties like aavakai or vadumangai (baby mangoes) which are used for pickles. My mother…

Whole Wheat Banana Walnut Muffins

Adapted from Genevieve Ko‘s recipe from the NYTimes Cooking Most people who know or have worked with me have eaten my banana bread. I made it often especially when the kids were in school and I needed to send a snack. I baked 2-3 loaves of banana bread and took one to work to share…

Upma/ Uppitu -A Simple South Indian breakfast

It is a busy time and though I have started multiple posts, I have not had time to finish them. I plan to repost some of my older posts from time to time. This is our weekend breakfast almost every other weekend. Easy to make and healthy vegan fare. Upma or Uppitu is a simple breakfast…

Tigerkaka (Tiger Cake – Chocolate Marble Cake)

“Travel changes you. As you move through this life and this world you change things slightly, you leave marks behind, however small. And in return, life—and travel—leaves marks on you.” ― Anthony Bourdain Reposting this post from 2018. Recently a friend, tried this and informed me of some typos. Correcting and reposting. From the time I…

Vegan Chickpea Harissa Soup with Homemade Harissa Paste

I was introduced to Harissa paste during the start of the pandemic. I was looking for sauces or dips to serve and somebody said harissa is the new sriracha. That piqued my interest and I looked it up. It had all the ingredients I likes and it was spicy. This is a chilli paste used…

Butternut Squash Soup – Creamy and Healthy

Butternut squash is one of my all time favourite fall/winter vegetable. By roasting the vegetable it brings out an inert sweetness and believe me, you can eat it as is. If you are trying to avoid desserts and you have a sweet tooth, try this. I also add it to sandwiches or pasta. Goes well…

Thai Inspired Red Curry Soup

I woke up to see a winter wonderland outside my window. The tree was laden with snow. It was beautiful but cold. I woke up thinking of a hot cup of soup with warm spices, not too spicy, creamy soup with some freshly baked bread. I had no idea what soup to make till the…

Garlic Chill Oil

Sometimes all you need is a perfect condiment to accompany a meal. This oil is so flavourful and can be added to pasta, soups or anything you deem fit. A drizzle of this on salads or roasted vegetables or meat would be wonderful. Just use your imagination. The garlic is so soft that you can…

Ven Pongal with Kathrikai Gothsu (Khara Pongal with Eggplant Curry)

Happy Pongal/ Sankranthi! Pongal is a holiday celebrated in Tamil Nadu on the 14th of January. It is a harvest festival; celebrated all over the country and in Karnataka and other parts it is called Sankranthi. In Karnataka, a snack made of roasted gram, dried coconut pieces (kopra), peanuts, jaggery pieces mixed together. You just…

Chilli Cheese Toast

Indians love their spice and masalas. But they also love western food, especially cheese, and have adapted to make it their own. You will find cheese parathas and naan and cheese masala dosa among other things. This is an indian version of grilled cheese sandwich which you will find in small takeouts to good restaurants….