Mushroom and Cucumber Pulao

“Food is our common ground, a universal experience.” – James Beard. When all you want to do is wind up cooking as fast as possible, the dish I go to and make is a simple pulao or biriyani – it’s quick , easy and tasty. All you need is Basmati rice and a peep into…

Saucy Pork chops

“There is poetry in a pork chop to a hungry man.” – Philip Gibbs After a lot of trial and error, I zeroed in on to this simple yet very effective recipe for pork chops – no dicing of onions etc. etc.in fact the balance of taste in this dish – sweet, tangy and spicy…

Pineapple Dream

Pineapple dream -a dream dessert to layer in your prettiest glass dish – a dessert too hard to resist. A rather fun alternative to serve this dessert would be to serve in small individual cups or bowls. There is a story to every recipe. This particular dessert is a favourite of mine and when I’m…

Herb Crusted Grilled Fish

Every time you ‘SURPRISE’ yourself….. you ‘INSPIRE’ yourself . It’s delicious, it’s healthy and it takes no time at all – herb crusted fish. This simple crust elevates the ordinary seer fish to a whole new level and it’s a dish all will relish and want more of……….. Am in the process of going through…

Chicken in Chilly Orange  Sauce

    Less than 50 days to Christmas – a few special dishes to start planning your menu. Chicken in chilly orange sauce -it’s tasty, has a lovely citrusy flavour, can get the bite of flavour from the chilly flakes and above all just yumm. I wait for Sunday afternoon lunch, it’s the only meal…

Grilled Coriander Chicken

The north- east monsoon has finally arrived in Chennai – it’s all wet and dreary when you look out of the window and it’s going to remain that way for some time. You really want some pakoras, a cup of hot tea and a good book  to keep you all warm and cosy. How about…

Gulab Jamun

“WISHING ALL MY READERS AND FRIENDS A VERY HAPPY DIWALI FILLED WITH PEACE AND PROSPERITY.” Gulab Jamun – a traditional sweet of India which has probably the largest fan following. Soft, spongy and absolutely melt-in-the-mouth delicacy, it’s time to pamper your taste buds with its unforgettable taste. When you look at a Gulab Jamun you…

Egg & Potato Curry- Kerala style

Egg and potato curry – an ideal Kerala breakfast accompaniment to Appam, Puttu, Upma, Idiappam, Parathas or even bread! It’s creamy, simple and uncomplicated, rich in taste and flavour, traditional and very popular. This particular dish is the best quick fix meal you can rustle up when guests drop in. Potatoes and eggs are a…

Carrot cake with Orange Frosting

“Vegetables are a must on a diet. I suggest Carrot cake, Zucchini bread and Pumpkin pie.” Carrot cake – a rich texture from the grated carrots and nuts, not overtly spicy and incredible easy – this just about sums up this delicious carrot cake. My children are crazy about carrot cake and every time I…

Coconut and Lime Loaf Cake 

 “Bakers make the world smell better”. Coconut and Lime Loaf cake – truly a “Taste of Paradise”. To add to the awesome flavour of the tropics, there is a good pinch of sea- salt to give the cake a balance in flavour. Thick coconut milk or coconut cream  is added to enhance the subtle taste…

Sesame Prawn Toast

Most of the Chinese starters are crispy, deep- fried, delicious, aromatic and very very tasty. Actually, you start a Chinese meal on a real high note. Chicken lollipop, wontons, spring rolls, crispy fried corn/ vegetables are some of the favourite starters frequently ordered by customers. Most of the starters are accompanied by a dip or…

Chicken Kofta Pulao

‘Rice is all one but there are many ways of cooking it’. Pulao or spiced and flavoured rice is easy to make depending on what spices are available. It is served as  a main course. This particular Pulao has chicken koftas made out of minced chicken and other ingredients which are blended together, shaped into…