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…

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…

Connecting the Dots- Math and Kolam (Rangoli)

Walk on any street in Tamil Nadu or most places in Southern India and you will find beautiful designs on the street outside every house. You will find women sweeping their courtyards early in the morning and drawing these beautiful designs. These designs are called kolam or rangoli. Kolam or Rangoli are traditional line drawings…

A Beginners Guide to Baking Cakes

Recently a young friend, Aiswarya Prasad, followed one of my recipes to bake a cake. This was her first attempt at baking and I am honored that she followed a recipe from my blog. She messaged me asking some questions about it. I had written the usual recipe with beat butter and sugar till light…

The Science of Cooking -Understanding the pH Scale

I have always been interested in the science of cooking. Most times when we cook we add ingredients to the recipe not knowing why it is done. Asking ‘WHY’ something happens when you add an ingredient and understanding the science may or may not improve your cooking but for me it is a learning experience….

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…