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…

Pan-fried Salmon and Garlicky Stir- fried Beans

I am on a healthy eating spree (again) which happens after piling on vacation weight. One of the meals I really enjoy in this very brief phase is a good chunk of protein and some veggies on the side. This post qualifies as a ‘throwback’ post because the recipe was tried first time in my…

Fried Modak for Ganesh Chaturti / Chauti

Ganapati or Ganesha is one of the most loved Hindu gods.  My childhood stories often involved him and his funny adventures. Stories passed down generations talk about his love for food. Chaturti or his birthday is therefore a celebration of food in all its glory. Sweets, savoury, cripsy, various kinds of culinary delights are prepared to please him and…

Easy Canapés

Had spotted cute little toasties in Fred Meyer last weekend. They are bite-sized (with almost the Indian rusk kind of texture) that can be topped with almost anything you have in your kitchen and still look fancy. The other one I picked up was a loaf of mini Pumpernickel bread which is a slightly sweeter version of Rye…

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…

Kahlua Cocoa birthday cake bliss

I have always been a Nigella Lawson and Rachel Allen fan for their cake recipes. I wanted to try something new for a booze-loving friend. Decided to get my hands dirty in Kahlua chocolate heaven. This recipe requires usual chocolate cake ingredients and quarter a bottle of Kahlua liqueur for baking and icing. Pre-heat your…

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…

Roasted Masala Chickpeas

Like most women I love grazing while watching telly. Instead of chips, this time I decided to go with a homemade option for some guilt-free snacking! I have baked these a couple of times previously for parties and it is one of those budget-friendly, healthy and quick to prepare snacks you can bake and store…

Smoothie for the warm and sunny weekend

The sun surprised us this weekend by shining brightly and giving an almost spring like feeling to the rather gloomy winter. So out came the fruits and ice for a delicious ‘Jamba Juice’- like smoothie. I put together chopped strawberries, de-seeded oranges and one banana into our juicer with plenty of ice and a dash of lime…

Roasted Green Veggies on a Snowy day

Snowed in today. It snows so rarely in Seattle. When it does, it is the most beautiful sight. Just came back from a small walk as the slope of Queen Anne hill is quite steep to venture out any further. Walking to work tomorrow will be an adventure! A light sheet for now I made…

Grilled Salmon with Pinto beans

Healthy start to the year! Three different weighing scales don’t lie :(. So in an attempt to cut some calories, I have decided to cook healthy food this year. Well, at least will try to. Although the good ol’ roti-sabzi-dal combo is supposed to be the best, I get easily bored. Seafood is the safest…

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…