Holi Special: Melt-in-the-mouth Besan Laddus

Happy Holi to you all!! I’ve used coarsely-ground chickpea (besan) flour in this recipe, you could use the fine variety too, it works just as well. Good news is that traditional homemade snacks are back playing the comforting role they always have in most Indian households, they certainly had an important role in my childhood…

Mother-InLaw’s Beets in Mustard and Coconut Sauce – Sasmi

Marriages not only bring new customs and traditions but also bring a whole new set of recipes to one’s repository of ideas/ skills in the kitchen. Cooking knowledge, ideas and skills that one might have not been exposed to previously. My cooking skills have expanded since to explore many other traditional recipes that I had not…

Warm and Healing Tamil Rasam

Hey there, I’m sorry it’s taken me a while to write a post… I’ve been dealing with an ailing family member, followed by sudden bereavement. The matriarch, mother of  mothers, my rock, my dearest grandmother is no more. May god bless her soul. While we deal with this difficult time of collective mourning as a family…

Kannada Favorite – Lemon Rice/ Chitranna

Here is a recipe that is made regularly in most Kannada homes. It’s a great way to up-cycle leftover rice. Are you a regular rice eater? you would understand what I mean. Even if rice is part of your diet occasionally, we all tend to have some of it leftover don’t we? Thus was born…

Poṟiyal, Palya or Thoran – Beets with Fresh Coconut

Hope it’s been a good start to your week so far. I know, Monday right!?! Feel like the days are just rolling past me, this year feels like it’s running too fast. Is it just me or do you think the same? Our recipe today: Palya – as it is called in Karnataka is a…

Konkani Staple – Daalithoy

The Konkan region is based along the Western coastline of peninsular India. This a scenic part of the country, if you ever get a chance I recommend visiting. The cuisine here is varied – locals enjoy anything from fresh seafood, veg,  meat and poultry prepared in methods that are unique to this region. Some ingredients…

Knockout Karnataka-Style Akki Roti

Apologies for being away for a while, since my last post, I’ve now relocated to the US and the past few weeks have been manic as you will imagine. I’ve been eager to write a recipe post for the last few weeks but have not had the time, mental space or creativity since the ‘big…

Soppinna Palya – South Indian Style Spinach

Love Spinach? Well, you’ve clicked on the right recipe! Not a fan? Well, you’ll just have to keep an open mind! 😉 This is a Karnataka – style spinach recipe, its extremely simple but packs some great flavour combinations My husband is not a fan of spinach however this recipe has surely converted him, I’m…

Bengaluru-Style Breakfast – Upittu/ Upma

How has your weekend been so far? Did you get up to some cooking or just plain enjoying the sun being outdoors this weekend? I’m kicking back and taking things easy so being homebound after a busy week at work was a much needed break Here is what I had for breakfast today – Upittu…

Sundal – Traditional Black Chickpea Salad

Known as Kadlekalu Usali in Karnataka and Sundal in Tamil Nadu – it’s a very popular snack in both states. The beauty of this recipe is that it can be served either warm or at room temperature depending on the weather – I prefer it warm on a cold, rainy day as it tastes extra…

Beetroot and Daikon Raita

Love naturally colourful food? Well, then here’s a recipe you don’t want to miss out on! In anticipation of the festival of colours, I was in the mood for some creative exploration in the kitchen this weekend, I suddenly remembered a colourful raita (yogurt dip) I had at a friend’s place many years ago Holi…

Vibrant Bazaar of Bengaluru

On my recent trip to India, I visited the good old Gandhi Bazaar in Bengaluru. The sights, sounds and scents give you the real experience of the soul of this city. The streets are full of vendors selling fresh produce, fruits, flowers and herbs. This is truly a shoppers paradise for the everyday home cook…