Vazhakkai Roast (Raw Banana Stir Fry)

My colleague and friend, Kalpana, brought a similar dish for lunch. It looked interesting and I had a bite, it was really good – spicy and the banana was cooked perfectly. When I usually cooked raw banana, I cut into smaller pieces and stir-fried them. But this way, it is almost crispy on the top…

Stuffed Mushrooms

The first time I ate stuffed mushrooms was in Sweden where the button mushrooms are bigger than what we get in India.  I remember friends going mushroom picking and always giving us a basket of foraged mushrooms, chanterelle among them. In the US, I got introduced to the portobello mushrooms which are meaty mushrooms and…

Masala Omelette

The easiest thing to do is to whip up a few eggs and make a scrambled egg or an omelette. Many times, when I am alone, I whip up an omelette with onions and mushrooms and it is a complete meal. I also add capsicum, spinach and tomatoes. I can have it for breakfast, lunch…

Spinach Chutney (Basale Soppina Chutney)

The other day I bought some Malabar spinach (Basella Alba). This spinach is a climber and grows really well in South India. It is high in Vitamin A, c, iron, and calcium. You can make a stir-fry or throw it into a sambar or dal and it is delicious. While I was wondering what to…

Rava Laddoo – A Delicious Semolina Sweet

It is that time of the year when the days are getting shorter and nights longer. Almost in every part of the world, there is a festival of lights celebrated. In India, we celebrate Deepavali or Diwali – the festival of lights, the day we celebrate the victory of good over evil. When I was…

A Steaming Bowl of Millet Khichdi

A cold rainy day. The first thing that comes to my mind is a nice bowl of hot deep fried pakodas. But instead, I settle for something healthy, a nice steaming hot bowl of millet khichdi. Khichidi or khichri is a dish which spells comfort. It is equivalent to the chicken soup. This dish in the…

Vermicelli Uppitu/ Upma

The first time I remember eating this dish was in a friend’s place when I was in college. She whipped up this dish in a jiffy and it tasted delicious. It is savory, spicy and a touch of sourness. Easy to make and perfect by itself or can be eaten with a chutney/pickle or a…

Vatha Kuzhambu (A Tangy Spicy Gravy)

When I think of Vatha Kuzambu I remember my aunt-in-law. We visited my husband’s uncle and aunt every alternate year in Coimbatore. She made Vathakuzambu every single time. It was mouthwateringly scrumptious, the tanginess of the sauce with the spiciness of the chillis and a mildly sweet flavor from the jaggery served on hot rice…

Keerai Poduthuval ( Stir-fried Greens garnished with coconut)

We all grew up learning about Popeye the Sailor Man and how eating spinach gave him muscles and that it is high in iron. Interestingly it does not have as much iron as was thought. It is a case of a misplaced decimal point. A German chemist in 1870 accidentally recorded that spinach has 35…

Comfort Food – Molagootal

  A usual question asked is – What is your favorite food? I always have trouble answering that as my favorite food changes depending on the day, the weather, the moods and so does my comfort food. There are days when a simple dish of pasta sauteed in olive oil with some garlic and vegetables…