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….

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…