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…

Vegan Chickpea Harissa Soup with Homemade Harissa Paste

I was introduced to Harissa paste during the start of the pandemic. I was looking for sauces or dips to serve and somebody said harissa is the new sriracha. That piqued my interest and I looked it up. It had all the ingredients I likes and it was spicy. This is a chilli paste used…

Butternut Squash Soup – Creamy and Healthy

Butternut squash is one of my all time favourite fall/winter vegetable. By roasting the vegetable it brings out an inert sweetness and believe me, you can eat it as is. If you are trying to avoid desserts and you have a sweet tooth, try this. I also add it to sandwiches or pasta. Goes well…

Ven Pongal with Kathrikai Gothsu (Khara Pongal with Eggplant Curry)

Happy Pongal/ Sankranthi! Pongal is a holiday celebrated in Tamil Nadu on the 14th of January. It is a harvest festival; celebrated all over the country and in Karnataka and other parts it is called Sankranthi. In Karnataka, a snack made of roasted gram, dried coconut pieces (kopra), peanuts, jaggery pieces mixed together. You just…

Cranberry Orange Biscotti

I hope you are all having a good break. I hope you have a wonderful year to come, a vaccine to keep you safe, a year filled with happiness and health, time with family and friends and good food! Happy New Year, 2021! Many many years ago, I would make pistachio biscotti during christmas. I…