Avocado Crema

Avocado Crema We love avocados and I often make guacamole or have avocados with toast. For some reason, I had never made avocado crema. I decided to make it the other day for tacos. It was so good; used leftover on veggie patties as a snack. It may be my new favorite dip. It is…

Gobi Manchurian – Perfect for your Super Bowl Party

Gobi Manchurian is a favorite snack eaten all over India. You will see this being made by street vendors to restaurants. The aroma when you walk past is so enticing! This is the Indian version of wings – perfect with beer while watching a game. It is a desi (Indian) Chinese dish, fusion at its…

Potato Karakari (Spicy Potato Fry)

This is a quick and easy recipe, especially if you have boiled potatoes. You will find this dish at most tamil wedding lunches. It is also made on occasions when onions and garlic are not used. It goes well with steamed rice, sambar and rasam or curd (yogurt) rice. It can be eaten as a…

Khandari Milagai Pickle (Bird’s Eye Chilli Pickle)

My Sister-in-law Sudha’s recipe. I am reposting this as my sister in law sent me pictures and a video of her making it. She added 5 tbsp black mustard to 250 gms chillies. I changed my recipe to increase the mustard seeds. I went overboard this year growing chilli peppers. I grew 3 varieties this…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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….