Spinach with Corn

This is dedicated to a dear friend. She recently started to cook. And she has slowly started to enjoy it, but is still afraid of the “unknown” ingredients and “cooking techniques”. And then I began to think what she would definitely need in her kitchen – its a clean slate as far as Indian cooking…

Mushroom Rolls

I’ve made these rolls lots of times when entertaining and never got a chance to post the recipe because, as Sig says, its very difficult to take photos while everyone is waiting to eat. Unless you keep some aside to take photos the next day – but with this recipe there is never anything left…

Parathas: Stuffed Rotis

Rotis/ Naans/ Chappatis/ Parathas are all north Indian in origin. Rice is the staple food of south India. That is, until a few decades ago, when people started to travel and foods/recipes and cuisines got interchanged. Even now, south Indians can’t make breads as well as north Indians (at least the majority). I know someone…

Cook-up Rice

I tried, tasted and tried again. Yup – you read right – I experimented with the recipe…and I shouldn’t have. Zlamushka’s Tried and Tasted event this month features Cynthia’s blog, Tastes like Home. I got the recipe for Cook-up Rice (a national dish of Guyana) from Cynthia a while ago, and have been meaning to…

Garbanzo Beans

I was planning to take some fancy photos for Click this month and my mind has been constantly thinking about the prep for the photograph. And then I made this garbanzo beans curry, and took some photographs – and there it was – I never did realize when I was taking it. Here’s my entry…

Raspberry and Blueberry Muffins

I got a surprise package of dried raspberries and blueberries from a relative in the US. They knew how much I missed the berries, and sent it to me. And it was just after I rallied to get chillies included as berries in this month’s AFAM: Raspberries, hosted by Dee! So, you see, when word…

Bell Peppers

When I left India, I knew absolutely no cooking. I was a little nervous that I might be homesick for the food. Being vegetarian, the thought of being in the then-Meat and Potatoes-eating midwestern United States, was going to be a little difficult. So, I armed myself exactly a week before I left with 10…

Mango Salsa

Mango Madness is right … more like Mad that there aren’t any mangoes yet! I guess according to the mangoes, summer hasn’t truly begun (the weather begs to differ…!). I bought one mango, fully ripened at Rs. 20 (about $0.50), which is still a lot for a mango – just because I couldn’t wait any…

Beautiful Banana Bread

This is for Not Quite Nigella’s Banana Bread Bake-off. Thanks for hosting this – I can’t wait to see the round-up! I’ve made this banana bread a half dozen times, and just don’t tire of it. Not being much of a baker, I loved this when I realized there was no yeast to work with…

Mango Curry

This is a perfectly simple Kerala dish, combining the sweetness of the mango and the tartness of buttermilk. And what I made for the Chennai Bloggers Meet. Mango Kalan 1 ripe Mango, cut into bite-sized pieces1 pinch Chilli powder1 pinch Turmeric Powder3 tbsp Shredded Coconut1 tbsp Cumin2 Green Chillies11/2 cups Buttermilk Seasoning:1 tsp Mustard Seeds2-3…