Fenugreek Cauliflower Stir Fry

I use fenugreek aka methi extensively in my cooking, both as a herb and as a spice.  However, I do not use it as a fresh herb, as much as my mom, aunts and cousins do.  This herb is a must ingredient for tadka or popu in all their curries, stir fries, gravies and pulaos […]

Foccacia – Italian Bread

I was thinking of baking some bread for quite some time and was intimidated by the lengthy process. First we need to make the dough, then rest it or ferment it until it increases in size and then baking it. It is a long process and I lack the patience required for such a lengthy […]

Healthy Fruit Milkshake and Lassi

Every 4-5 months, we go through a eat healthy diet phase, where we try to eat only healthy food and avoid all the oily curries, biryani and deep fried food, poori being an exception. Usually this phase lasts for 4-6 weeks, until it is interrupted by arrival of our guests and visitors. We currently are […]

Vegetable Noodles

It has been a long time since I cooked Chinese food at home. Today for lunch, I made myself vegetable noodles. Usually when I fix myself some noodles, I just follow the instructions on the package. Boil the noodles and vegetables and then season it with the flavor that comes with the package. But today, […]

Carrot Pachadi / Carrot Salad

Friday, August 15th is India’s 61st Independence Day. To celebrate the Independence Day, I bring you healthy, nutritious carrot pachadi with a patriotic theme. I garnished the pachadi with grated carrot, chopped onions and cilantro to look like an Indian flag. I used the tempered green chillies and mustard seeds to make the chakra of […]

Tuscan Mushrooms

When I saw Dee’s announcement for this month’s Herb Mania Basil, I decided I was going to send something this time for her event. I missed her last month’s event and never participate in Herb Mania before. I don’t use basil very much in my cooking and I had no idea what I was going […]

Makha Butta with Ellipaya Miram

Makha butta or corn on the cob is one of my favorite food, prepared in any form. Whenever I see fresh corn in the stores, it reminds me of street side vendors back home. During the corn season, these vendors are every where selling fresh corn or roasted corn. They roast the cobs on coal […]

Corn Salad with Yogurt Dressing ~ Corn Raita

Corn raita is Indian version of corn salad in yogurt dressing. This is a quick, easy, under 15 minutes recipe and makes a great side dish as well as a light snack. Update March 2018 – This post is updated with new images and re-edited in March 2018. Corn is one of my favorite foods […]

Sorakaya Pachadi / Bottle Gourd Chutney

Sorakaya or anyapakaya belongs to squash family and is called bottle gourd in english.  In Indian cooking, it is used to make curries, gravies, chutneys or a dessert.  Sorayakaya pachadi is one of my favorite pachadis  or chutneys.  When making chutneys, whole spices are roasted in oil and ground to a fine paste with other […]

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