About being authentic.

It is very natural to imitate. That instinct to be wanting to be “like” someone else. Someone who is better than us. We all do that. Try to be like someone else. Mostly because, when we are surrounded by people who are doing better than us, we often feel low and inadequate and the pressure…

Cilantro rice with Vegetable Blend

I would like to call this dish as a perfect blend of the two most beautiful seasons: The spring and the Fall. The bright fresh green of the cilantro and specks of brown , orange and green of the vegetables and beans combine together to form this visual treat. Just as I finished grinding the…

Crispy Karela/ Bittergourd Fries/Chips(haagalkaayi chips)

Would you make a resolution for the  upcoming New Year to add some bitterness into your life? Whoa , that is crazy. Who would want  bitterness in life when all we crave is for sweetness and more of it ?:) May be you DO. When you try this recipe of Karela or bitter gourd chips…

A Simple Tomato Chutney

A very simple recipe of tomato chutney that tastes great with Dosas, Idlis or just plain rice and ghee. Here ,ripe red tomatoes sauteed in oil and cooked until smooth paste with red chilli powder and salt. A generous amount of Hing is a must in this recipe. This dish is a keeper. Meaning it…

Spicy and Lemony Cucumber Corn Kosambari

I have never eaten so much corn in my life as much as I have since I came to the US. The all famous American sweet corn is quite sweet indeed. And that makes you just want to eat more of it, almost like candy. The tender, juicy and sweet corn is a great accompaniment…

Kodabale- A Karnataka Classic.

Pronounced as  Kod-ba-ley. Recreating a classic dish always is challenging. Because the dish ,with its long history and reputation will already have set a standard.  Hence, naturally , we have expectations to meet those  standards. These dishes have the signature recipes that have been passed on from generations to generations and hence when we try…

Mixed Vegetable Vaangi Baath

So, typically, Vaangi baath consists of eggplant. Literally Vaangi means eggplant and Baath means rice. Vaangi Baath = eggplant rice. But, care for a change?Then insteadof just vaangi, why not add some mixed vegetables and go about preparing the dish as usual. Here is how We need: 1 cup of cooked rice,cooled and grains separated. 1 cup of mixed vegetables(…

Ajwaini Tadka pulav

Some of the strong flavors are coming together in this recipe. As the title says, the basic seasoning or the tadka for this pulav is ajwain or the carom seeds,and nothing else! Typically, the tadka consists of cumin seeds, Hing(asafoetida) turmeric and such. But here, in this recipe I have not added anything except a…

Palak Rajmah- Spinach and Kidney Beans.

Tall cardboard boxes unpacked. Furniture set in place. Suitcases full of clothes slowly making their way into the large closets. All toys found intact, for the girls. The house is set. The kitchen’s got going. We have moved! Not very far from Cambridge though. It is the next town literally.we moved to  lexington,Ma. This is…

Chole stir fry

Chickpeas or Garbanzo A chubby legume Why the two names? When you are crushed You will turn into Hummus….:) LOL This is the poem I remember time and again, whenever I cook Chick peas.   This poem was composed by an Undergrad student at MIT, during one of the Toastmaster’s club meetings. The task was…

Awesome August

Never had I ever imagined August will become one of my favorite months in a year. All this while February was my favorite month,not only because it has the least number of days, but also because it is my birth month 🙂 When i was a little girl, I used to get excited for August…

Peas and Cauliflower in Yogurt Sauce

Tender peas and crunchy cauliflower simmered in a mildly spiced yogurt sauce. Matar Gobi or Gobi matar are the Indian names given to them,where Gobi means Cauliflower and Matar means peas. But what is in a name? what matters is the flavor and deliciousness. This semi gravy curry goes so smoothly well with rotis or…