Prawn Masala – Kerala style

  “If given a choice I can live on a deserted island sit under a coconut tree and eat prawns all day.” Black Phoenix   Prawn masala/roast/ ularthu – Kerala style , a spicy dish, filled with the flavour of cocum, spices added and of course the coconut oil, not to forget the fried, crunchy pieces…

Tandoori bites

“True happiness is whiskey and tandoori chicken.” Tandoori chicken – flavourful, spicy, smoky chicken loved by millions all over the world. It’s the perfect dish to introduce you to the world of Indian spices. When grilled, the chicken is soft, succulent and flavoursome. I make grilled chicken very often as all you need is some…

Paneer and Capsicum masala

Cottage cheese or Paneer as we call it is a mildly flavoured end product that remains after curdling the milk and throwing off most of the whey. Half a cup of paneer is a low calorie high protein snack. Since I have sisters in Delhi and Mumbai, whenever they come down to kochi, accompanying them…

Fish Biriyani

“The destiny of every Biriyani is to be eaten – eaten without guilt.” Biriyani is a true delicacy in every Indian household. It is a one- dish meal, it’s tasty and everyone loves it. Fish does not require too much of a marination so the whole cooking process could be over in about 45 minutes….

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…

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…

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…

Methi chicken Masala

“And believe me, a good piece of chicken can make anybody believe in the existence of God”.              – Sherman  Alexie Methi chicken is one of the most popular dishes in Hyderabadi cuisine. It is made with fresh methi leaves and tender chicken. It is the distinctive flavor of the methi leaves…

Coriander Paneer

“There is nothing in this world that can’t be solved without butter paneer masala and paranthas.” Paneer or cottage cheese has a dedicated fan following in India itself and I confess my family too are hard core paneer fans. I guess it’s all about the multiple ways one can make use of this  indispensable protein…