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…

The Humble Rasam, Elevated

Seasoned Rice Balls served in a Tangy Tamarind Rasam Broth with a Smattering of Stir Fried Carrots and Beans I love Ottolenghi’s recipes and I recently bought two of his books, Plenty and Flavors. His books are wonderful, filled with vegetarian dishes and uses a variety of vegetables and spices which elevate simple ingredients to…

Morning Glory Muffins

When you come to a realization that Covid is here to stay for some time and you are living in sweats and not sure if your jeans fit anymore but you still have a sweet tooth you find a recipe that is healthy and tastes as good as a slice of carrot cake. I used…

Roasted Beet and Green Bean Salad

There are days when you do not want to cook dinner but have to put food on the table. I decided it was going to be bread and cheese and maybe a salad. I was baking bread. I make the no knead bread and it is so easy to make. Look up Jim Lahey’s no…

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…

South Indian Beetroot STIR FRY (Thoran/Poriyal/Palya)

Somedays you crave for something simple. A bowl of steaming hot rice with a dollop of ghee and some beetroot stir fry; a papad or crisps with that would be great; some rasam or curds/yogurt even better. With all good intentions I had bought some beetroots to make dal. They were languishing at the back…

Blueberry Banana Bread

I have been making banana bread for years and it was and still is my go to when i need a quick snack to be made for the kids especially the days when i had to pack snacks for school. I add nuts (walnuts or cashew nuts- depending on what i had) and chocolate chips…

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…