Gnocchi

Gnocchi is a pasta made primarily with mashed potatoes and a little bit of flour. When it’s good, they can be little pillows of heaven – light and flavorful. But when they’re badly made, they are just lumps of lead. The key to making good gnocchi is a light touch and lots of practice! Let’s…

Traditional Egg Curry

A few days ago, I had posted a non-traditional way we make egg curry at home. And then I realized that I’d never actually written about how to make a traditional egg curry. Usually, eggs are hard boiled and then mixed in with a spicy curry. The non-traditional way is great in terms of flavor,…

Sambar

An important part of a south Indian breakfast is sambar. We eat it with rice, dosas and idlis. It’s almost a competition between the rasam people and the sambar people (ie those who like rasam vs those who like sambar). I’m a rasam person myself – I find it has a subtler flavor and is…

Dosai

Sundays are sacred to most people. Its always the day for relaxation and getting re-energized for the upcoming week. And a way for the family to spend time together, away from busy lives. For us, when I was growing up, Sunday’s food was always the same. And something we always could count on and look…

Amazing Bread for a Great Cause

Aparna and Priya have tagged me to bake bread for a wonderful cause – to alleviate poverty in Africa. If I can help in any small way, I want to – and what better way than to bake bread, which is something I’ve come to enjoy. I find it relaxing and stress-relieving and to have…

Vegetable Stew

For the appam that I posted yesterday, my favorite accompaniment is a vegetable stew. An Indian stew is quite different from its western counterparts in that it is never served as a soup by itself. It is always eaten with rice or dosas or, in this case, appams. Vegetable Stew 4 small Potatoes, boiled and…

Appam

Appam, or hoppers, are a common breakfast or dinner food in south India. They originated from Sri Lanka and Kerala, and are known as appams there, while here in Tamil Nadu, they are called aappams. Wikipedia says it well: Plain hoppers are bowl-shaped thin pancakes made from fermented rice flour. They derive their shape from…

Simple Dal

Dal, usually made with cooked and mashed lentils, is a staple in the Indian diet. Made with a variety of lentils, it’s a very important protein source in a vegetarian diet. As in most Indian foods, the dal is also personalized to each person’s taste patterns. The most famous Indian dal is a Dal Makhani…

Bread Upma

Upma is a common breakfast in most south Indian homes. Usually made using semolina or vermicelli, sometimes we also use bread to make this spicy upma. Bread Upma 2 slices Bread (stale is fine)1 cup Milk (OR) Yogurt 2 medium Potatoes, boiled and chopped2 large Onions, chopped1/2 cup cooked Peas1 tsp Mustard Seeds1 tsp Oil2…

Rajma

Rajma or red kidney beans is extensively used in Indian cooking. In northern India, a very common way to eat these beans is in a spicy curry with hot rice or rotis. A huge comfort food, I would make this very often when I was a student with canned kidney beans – very quick and…

Spicy Chutney Bread

My mother-in-law would make this very often for her kids when they came home hungry from school. My husband, eating this the other day, was feeling so nostalgic about it that I simply had to try it. Its a delicious, quick-fix snack for kids and adults alike. Spicy Chutney Bread 6 slices Sandwich Bread For…

Pizza…Again!

Some of you may know about my love for pizza. Its a small obsession..um.. okay, its a huge obsession. And my one soft spot. Give me perfect pizza and ask for the impossible, you’ll have it. So when the Daring Bakers (of whom I’m not a member), baked beautiful pizzas, which were flying all over…