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…

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…

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…

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…