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Green and Red Spicy paste that you’ll want to put on everything!

Tamarind Chilli Spread

I was at work. Long meetings, watching the clock, hungry and waiting for lunch. Lunch would be great – at a friend’s place. There’s always great food. Mind wanders and continue to watch the clock. Lunch is fantastic – lots of great South Indian food. But the best part was this chili and tamarind spread…

Coconut Lime “Sunshine” Spread

Looking for something sweet to spread on your pancakes, on toast? This is a spread you’d want to put on everything! A little goes a long way though. It’s very very sweet and tastes of wonderful coconut and lime. This is a recipe from Saveur called “Sunshine in a Jar” and rightly so! Michael Kraus…

The Miracle Mayo

I’m not really a fan of mayonnaise. In fact, I quite dislike it. But my kids love it. Seriously love it. I’m super picky that they don’t eat a lot of mayo because I think it isn’t healthy. I’ve also been on a major non-prepared foods phase, which has resulted in us making our own…

Milagai Inji Puli

Milagai Inji Puli or literally Tamarind-Chilli-Ginger, is a very famous south Indian side that tastes great with almost anything. Literally. Spread it on toast. Mix it in with rice. Add it to plain yogurt. So delicious. Here’s a very simple recipe that’s great to whip up and gets a lot of attention from guests. Milagai…

Sri Lankan Pol Sambol

Sambol is a popular topping and side dish in Sri Lanka. There are two basic varieties – sweet and savoury (pol sambol). Here I’ve made the spicy version and will soon follow with the sweet one. Pol Sambol is best served with idiyappam. Its also super easy to whip up… Pol Sambol 1/2 cup Grated Unsweetened…

Dāngar

The Chettiars are an old banking and financial community in India, and especially present in southern India. The Chettiars are considered to be among the pioneers of organized banking in the country. They are also credited with introducing the concept of double entry book-keeping. This community from the south of Tamil Nadu has left a…

Spinach Raita

I had this for lunch at a friend’s and I loved it. And it’s so super simple! Cool and light and refreshing. Enjoy. Sonu’s Spinach Raita Clean and chop spinach leaves. Put 1-2 cups of salted water to boil. When boiling, drop spinach in it for 3-4 minutes. Drain well. Keep aside. Beat yogurt lightly…

Mustard chutney

A friend would send this sauce and some delightful kachoris over once in a while. Though I loved the kachoris, the sauce is what I craved. I finally got the recipe and here it is! Warning: the chutney/ sauce has a raw mustard taste that is pretty spicy but so delicious Pooja’s Mustard Chutney 100…

Pesto

Pesto has got to be one of the most versatile spreads in the world. And so easy to personalize. Pesto is just a combination of greens/ herbs, nuts and cheese with a wonderful addition of olive oil. Here is a wonderfully easy recipe for pesto. Feel free to use any combination of greens/ herbs and…

Apple Pachadi

In the hot summer in India, there’s nothing nicer than these cool pachadis. Pachadi is an Indian term for plain yogurt, mixed with fruit or vegetable and seasoned with spices. The most common ones are cucumber, onion and tomato. Apple pachadi is quite unusual but its absolutely wonderful! Apple Pachadi 1 Apple, cut fine 2…