Snickerdoodle

My daughter’s current favorite book is “If you give a mouse a cookie…” by Laura Numeroff and Felicia Bond. It tells of all the unbelievable things that can happen if you give a mouse a cookie. And included in the book are the most delicious, kid-friendly recipes. So my daughter and my niece spent the…

Spicy Eggplant

I am so not an eggplant fan. I was scarred early in life when the only eggplant I got to see resembled something like monster road-kill – squishy, purple with little seeds that resembled lots of eyes (now I’m betting you won’t be able to get that image out of your head the next time…

Milagai Podi

Milagai Podi in Tamil means Chilli Powder. It’s a very common spice accompaniment to several south Indian breakfast foods including dosas and idlis. In northern India it is commonly known as “gun powder” because of its spice levels. Every household in south India has their own version of the powder, a formula arrived at taking…

Bengali Dal

West Bengal’s food is characterized by a slightly sweet and spicy taste. It’s absolutely delicious! I’ve had this several times at restaurants and friend’s houses, but this was the first time I made it at home. And it was wonderfully flavorful and comforting. Bengali Dal(recipe from Bong Mom’s Cookbook) 1 cup Masoor Dal or Split…

Egg Curry

We had some friends over for dinner the other night and I wanted to make something that the vegetarians and the definitely-not-vegetarians would both enjoy. The usual egg curry is great and everyone enjoys it, but this time I tried something different which was actually more appreciated than the usual. Egg Curry For the eggs:…

Microwave Chocolate Cake

Sometimes you need cake. chocolate cake. And you need it now. For those times, this cake is just perfect! It’s not the best cake, and it definitely isn’t something you want to serve for company. But, hey, its great for that chocolate fix. I first saw this cake on the blog, Dizzy Dee, and I…

Sour Pumpkin Curry

The sourness of the tamarind combines perfectly with sweet pumpkin. This is a delicious curry that is great with rice for a one dish meal. Sour Pumpkin Curry 3 cups Pumpkin, cubed1 tbsp Coriander Seeds1 tbsp Urad Dal1 tbsp Peppercorn1 tbsp Cumin Seeds2 tbsp Coconut, grated1 pinch Tamarind Concentrate1/2 cup Moong Dal For tempering –…

Mausambi

The nice part of living in India, and I’m sure other countries in Asia, is the vegetables get delivered to your door. And fruits. And sometimes knife sharpeners come by to see if you can give them some work! Its pretty cool. I cave in occasionally and buy the products – seasonal fresh fruit and…

Vadai

We hardly ever deep fry anything at home. I’m just plain scared of hot oil. Once in a way we call people over for breakfast and they make requests. Usually its for healthy food, but once in a while, we get requests for vadai. My attempts at making “healthy” vadai have failed terribly and I’ve…

Bagels

Having moved to Chennai, one of the foods I miss the most are bagels. Indians seem to be able to make many many kinds of different breads, but have yet to try their hands at bagels. The few I have been able to get my hands on have tasted more like bread and less like…

Cabbage

My dear friend, Sunshinemom, is hosting a wonderful event called Food in Colors, and this month’s theme is – purple and black! Those aren’t common colors in the food universe – okay, maybe purple but definitely not black. But I did find the perfect colors in cabbage and whole urad dal (also known as black…

Jalapeno Pretzels

Pretzels are just one more bread that you can’t find in India. Not nice pretzels, anyway. The first time I had a pretzel was about 15 years ago, while sailing to the Catalina Islands near LA, on board the ship. It was warm, soft and smothered with mustard and absolutely delicious. Pretzels are traditionally German…