Crispy Delicious Falafel

My first introduction to falafel was almost 25 years before. I had just moved to Sweden and missed Indian food and the indian weather. I landed in Sweden on a sunny, warm (according to the Swedes) day. I spent much of that winter wearing a bright blue ski jacket. I realized that year that sunny…

Tomatillo Salsa Verde

Tomatillo is my new favourite vegetable. It looks like a green tomato but has a husk around it. When the husk is removed, you see a vegetable that looks like a green tomato. It is sticky and needs to be washed. The taste however is very different. It is more tart than a tomato. I…

Congress Kadalekai (Roasted Spiced Peanuts)

Congress Kadalekai- Congress is a political party in India and kadalekai is peanuts in kannada, the language spoken in the state of Karnataka. How did this dish get the name. There are different stories, one being, that this was named after the congress party split in 1969 as the peanuts used here are always split…

Indian Street Style Grilled Corn

Monsoons bring a vivid picture to all those who have experienced it. Each one with different memories and mostly about food. I remember one day, returning to the office (I was working in marketing just after college) on my moped. I was at on the street my office was on, could almost see it at…

Walnut Basil Pesto

The fresh smell of basil, some garlic, olive oil and roasted nuts, ground to a paste with some parmesan cheese. The aroma from these blended simple ingredients can draw everyone into the kitchen. In the summer I usually have a bowl of pesto in the fridge. It is so versatile; can be added to pasta…

Muhamammara (Roasted Red pepper and Walnut Spread)

Many years ago, my friend Devika introduced me to a dish called Muhammara which her sister made. I had never heard or tasted it before. The ingredients were interesting and tasted scrumptious, sweet, spicy and slightly sour. I came home and looked up the recipe. This was a middle eastern dish using pomegranate molasses. In…

Crispy Oven Baked Potato Wedges

We were having burgers for dinner and we had to have fries. This took 10 minutes to prep and then in the oven for 40 minutes. Easy and healthier than fries and much tastier than your restaurant fries, trust me on this! Ingredients 4 large potatoes, peeled 1/4 cup olive oil 1 tsp chilli powder/…

SPENAT SOPPA (SPINACH SOUP)

The other day, when we were sitting at the dinner table and asking the kids to tell me what their favorite food was. (Now that they are young adults they hardly complain about my food and eat what I make). so I asked them to list 5 of their favourite dishes that I make. Some…

maple butter

A couple of months ago, we were at this fish and steak restaurant, McGraw’s, supposed to have the best fish and steak in this part of the world. It is always crowded and everytime we go, we see at least one person there who is a neighbor or from the University we work in. So…