Savory Muffins

One of the first blogs I followed religiously was Jugalbandi. I’m left laughing at the jokes, wonder-struck at the photographs and in awe at their humanitarianism. This is by far my favorite recipe of theirs. When I started to bake, Bee left a comment on my muffin post saying she was going to make a…

Kung Pao Tofu

There are some restaurants and foods from the Bay Area that I miss terribly. One of them is Eliza’s in San Francisco, which serves amazing Chinese food. Especially the Vegetarian Kung Pao with Tofu. I thought of calling and asking for the recipe and telling them that I needed it to remain sane! 🙂 But…

Tomato Rice

The rice, delicately flavored with fresh tomatoes and spices, is lovely just as it is. Or served with a little bit of thick yogurt. A huge favorite in our family, we need to have this every once in a while as simple comfort food. Tomato Rice 1 cup Basmati Rice1.5 cups Water2 Tomatoes, blanched, skinned…

Garlic Greens and Breakfast

After reading Bee and Jai’s post on Jugalbandi about Garlic Greens, I started craving it. I mean, did you see that cheese log? Mmm. I have absolutely not a single ounce of a green thumb. I even killed a cactus when I was in college! Not sure what to do, I made my daughter plant…

Tempura and Flavored Dipping Salt

Recently I went to a Japanese restaurant whose specialty is soba noodles and soup. I asked if they had anything vegetarian and they looked at me almost kindly, as if to say, how sad that you can’t eat our food. She said she’d check with the chef – I really really wanted to try the…

Soup and Toast

If you haven’t heard of the Taste and Create event, I can only introduce it as one of the most fun events in the blogosphere. Started by Nicole of For the Love of Food, it pairs random bloggers together and you get to make something from the other person’s blog. It opens up your horizons,…

Okra Curry

Pachadi in Tamil Nadu, usually involves yogurt with a vegetable and/or fruit and a tempering with mustard seeds and chillies. This is a Kerala Pachadi which is more a curry of vegetables. It’s pretty unique. Okra Pachadi 8-10 pieces of Okra, cleaned and choppedGingelly Oil (you could use any oil you have on hand –…

Homemade Pasta

I’ve been wanting to try my hand at making pasta for a very long time. Ever since I got a little confident after baking bread at home. A friend gave me a pasta machine – which I had yearned for – but to my utter amazement, I never took it out of its box! After…

Bombay Grilled Sandwich

I first saw this sandwich on Delhi Belle’s blog and followed her links to the Gourmet Cartographer. I ‘googled’ the sandwich and found it was very popular and a huge street food favorite. I just had to find out what the fuss was all about. Bombay Grilled Double Decker Sandwich 3 slices Sandwich Bread (I…

Brownies

How would you describe a perfect brownie? Chewy, chocolate-y and scrumptious? Then I’ve found THE perfect brownie at Cooking with Amy. In her words: In my preferred purist version I don’t want them too dense and fudgy and I don’t want them too cakey and fluffy. I couldn’t have said it better. I wanted a…

Pizza!

My family was ready to move out because I made pizza for 15 days straight. Sometimes twice a day. I was searching for the perfect pizza dough recipe, and my family, unwittingly became guinea pigs. Happy, satisfied guinea pigs. Well, I finally found it at Deb’s Smitten Kitchen. I tried it for another week –…

Spicy Parotta with Eggs

Parottas are different from the popular Indian paratha. Parottas are flaky rotis or layered breads, which are originally from the state of Kerala. In India, street vendors often sell a spicy version of these parottas called Kothu Parotta. They are shredded and then tossed with spices, vegetables, eggs and most often, meat. I have tried…