Sajjige Rotti with a dash of my spiritual journey

After a super hot and humid October, Mumbai breathed a sigh of relief this morning with a gush of cool breeze into our homes. Early mornings are my favourite time. Hot cup of chai, newspaper and the rising sun. No where in the world does sunrise feel so pure and healing. Guess I am biased…

Mafalda pasta with Mussels

Mafalda pasta with Mussels, a photo by Parinita on Flickr. Mafalda pasta are long wide, flat versions of the spaghetti family with fancy rippled edges. I shot this as one of my earlier assignments of food photography using daylight.

Chocolate Mousse with Mango Coulis

As a lover of everything that is chocolate, I enjoyed shooting this plate for a restaurant that was adding this to their new dessert menu. The Mango Coulis was not my favourite addition for taste but for the shoot it was perfect!

Homemade Strawberry-Rhubarb jam

Last weekend I organized a baby shower for my dear friend in Seattle, Tina. When Tina broke the news about their baby and shared her first trimester ultrasound picture, I knew I have to throw her the best shower. Tina has always reminded me of my sister Akki. They are so similar in nature. Very…

Mutton Gassi for Mother’s day

Gassis (pronounced as Gussi) are staple in my Mum’s sunday kitchen. She would make us yummy gravies of chicken, mutton (goat meat) and seafood. After a long time I opened the section of our pantry which is arranged with dried red chillies, tamarind, sambhar powder and other bits from her kitchen and my native place –  Mangalore. I…

A Pomegranate Affair

There is something really sexy about fruits with the color red. Strawberries, pomegranates, watermelons …all red-fleshed and delicious. Pomegranates with their lush juicy gems are one of the most versatile fruits. The ruby colored bits can be tricky to take out without painting your kitchen red, but a few tricks can make it easier. Remember, the heavier…

Peppery Tomato Saar

I have been feeling under the weather from a few days. It’s getting really cold and people have been coughing all around me. Have caught the bug now 😦 I left early from from work and was in a mood for a homemade remedy. Mum used to make Kashaayas when we were ill. I make my own version…

Meaty Savoury Cupcakes

Meaty Savoury Cupcakes, a photo by Parinita on Flickr. I was pretty excited to see 50 ‘likes’ on my Facebook page on the very first day of sending off invites. Thank you all. It is very encouraging. To celebrate, I thought I shall bake a cake. But I also had to cook dinner. Can dinner…

Manila Clams, Mussels and Chilli Spagetti

Manila Clams, Mussels and Chilli Spagetti, a photo by Parinita on Flickr. Today I bought some fresh seafood from the market. Initially thought of cooking the clams into Mangalorean Marwai Sukka, but then decided to make it special with chilli spaghetti with clams. This recipe needs some saffron strands, fresh fennel (which we replaced with…

Rosemary Chicken & Potatoes

One pot meals are so convenient. This is my favourite one. I use rosemary most of the times because I have a small plant of it at home. It is a herb that can withstand harsh weather and gives a very nice flavour to dishes that don’t comprise of a complex list of ingredients. And…

Diwali preparation of the day – Ladoo

Happy Diwali to you all! A day before Laxmi puja I have finally completed my last but most important Diwali sweet – The besan ladoo. This ghee and sugar-laden sweet is one of those sinful pleasures of life worth indulging in. Well, it is that time of the year when everything is forgiven including the goodies that…

Diwali preparation of the day – Burfi

Burfi, a photo by Parinita on Flickr. Simple ‘Milkmaid’ recipe makes delicious chunks of chocolate burfi. The nuts and ghee give them the desi flavor. This is the first year I have made this. It is dedicated to the newest member of my family. My nephew Daivik. I am sure when he can start eating…