Basale Soppu Kodhel – Malabar Spinach Sambhar

With the end of summer, and advent of monsoons we start spotting the Basale or Malabar Spinach in the market. Mom’s dal-based coconut curry is my favourite preparation. Steaming hot rice, fish-fry and this curry is one of the staples at home. We have not been able to get fresh fish these days due to…

Chicken Ghee Roast Baos

This lockdown has finally given me the opportunity to revive my food photography and blogging love. I have created a recipe section for this website so I can post both my photography and blogging stories in one place. Yesterday was a highlight as I created a fusion of two of my favourite foods into one…

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…

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…

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…

Coconut Chutney

As promised, here is the recipe of mum’s coconut chutney to accompany steaming Idlis, crispy Dosas, fluffy Uttapams and hot Medu Vadas! Amongst the different chutneys and dips she has prepared, this is definitely the family favourite. In fact, it’s everyone’s favourite. I remember Akki’s friend Hufrish would relish the chutney so much, she almost…

Nostalgic Idlis

I always remember Sunday mornings at my home in Mumbai. Would wake up to the lovely smell of Idlis steaming away and the gentle whirring of the coconut chutney in the blender. The smell would waft through my bedroom door and the urge to sleep in a wee bit more would go away and I…