Healthy Quinoa Salad

Most of the time we think of healthy food and we and equate it to a drab, tasteless meal and especially, if it is a salad, we think of rabbit food. This salad is healthy and tasty, full of veggies and with a lime chilli vinaigrette. I was also making hummus and had some cooked…

Hummus – Healthy and Easy to make

When I have guests, I have some easy appetizers and dips that I make. Hummus is one of them. I think the first time I ate hummus was at Oasis Falafel in Iowa city. It is a very small restaurant with maybe four tables but with the best falafel and hummus. Because I am lactose…

All Roads Lead to Darshinis

Only in Namma Bengaluru (Bangalore) – Morning Walks which lead to Breakfast I recently made a short visit to Bangalore to visit my parents. Almost every morning, I walked to a darshini and had breakfast. These are some pictures of my walk and breakfast. Here is a nice article about darshinis which are common in…

Khandari Milagai Pickle (Bird’s Eye Chilli Pickle)

My Sister-in-law Sudha’s recipe I went overboard this year growing chilli peppers. I grew 3 varieties this year. Bird’s Eye chillies are one of them. They are grown in parts of south India. It is a beautiful plant with the chillies all pointing up. They are tiny chillies but quite spicy. This is my sister…

Green Goddess Dressing

I was introduced to this dressing this year and with all the herbs in my garden I thought this was the perfect time to make it. I used it as a dressing for a quinoa bowl. It can used as a dressing for anything. It is so tasty, you can eat it by itself; I…

Chimichurri Sauce

I was introduced to two sauces this year; chimichurri and green goddess dressing. Posting chimichurri and will post Green Goddess soon. Both are easy to make with fresh herbs. Chimichurri uses parsley and cilantro. You can use this on meat or vegetables as a side. Ingredients 1 cup cilantro 1 cup parsley 2 scallions or…

Tomato Jam

Recently, I had tomato jam, part of a charcuterie board, served with bread and different cheeses. At a different restaurant, I saw that tomato jam was served on a burger. With tomato season upon us, I decided to try making this. I looked up many recipes including Mark Bittman’s recipe and have adapted it to…

No-Recipe Caprese Salad

I realised the other day I had not written up Caprese Salad. I have so many recipes to write; I am cooking more but have not had the time to write. I then thought Caprese Salad is such a simple salad; what is there to write. I assume most people know how to make this…

Panzanella Salad (Bread Salad)

If you are a keto enthusiast, this is not for you! Sounds like an oxymoron, right? Bread and salad? I came across this recipe years ago and it is my son’s favorite. I usually make it in the summer when I get good quality tomatoes and fresh basil. This recipe has few ingredients and each…

Food Memories: Pudina Chutney (Mint Chutney)

Food is all about memories. It transports you to a different time and place. Different foods take me back to different places and people around the world and today when travel is difficult, I travel back in time with food. Memories of food are not about the food alone, but the people you shared it…

Banana Blueberry Muffins

Have you heard the Raffi song: When you wake up in the morning at a quarter to oneAnd you want to have a little funYou brush your teeth ch ch ch ch, ch ch ch ch Raffi was one of our introductions to American children’s music when we moved here. The kids (who are no…

Mambazha Pulliserry (Mango and Yogurt Curry)

During mango season, you will find mangoes on the table from breakfast to dinner as fresh cut to curries, pickles and dessert. You will find hundreds of varieties of mangoes and certain mangoes used for certain dishes. This is a traditional recipe from Kerala. For this you will need mangoes which are not too sweet…