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Vaazhaka Masala (Raw Banana Curry)

Raw Bananas/Plantains are a staple in southern Indian cooking. The more typical preparation involves sautéing them dry with spices and salt, but this gravy version is a departure from the … Continue reading

04/01/2015 · Leave a comment

Cavatappi with Capers and Asparagus

Asparagus and capers are a harmoniously delightful combination. The briny capers and the nutty asparagus added with basil and tomato make a perfect pasta dish. Another easy weeknight dinner that’s … Continue reading

03/25/2015 · Leave a comment

Classic Tomato Soup and Grilled Cheese

A crispy golden brown melty cheese sandwich is just what you need to dunk in this simple velvety tomato soup. This is my go-to tomato soup recipe that’s easy to … Continue reading

03/18/2015 · Leave a comment

Cabbage and Onion Dosa

This is a variation of one of my favorite Indian breakfasts. The original recipe is a crispy dosa made from semolina, wheat flour, rice flour and flattened rice. Adding veggies, … Continue reading

02/22/2015 · 1 Comment

Kale and Bean Salad with Mint-Lime dressing

This is one of my favorite salads.It is also great way to eat kale without it feeling like you are forced into eating boring greens. A flavor packed mint-lime dressing coating crispy … Continue reading

02/18/2015 · Leave a comment

Pomodoro Mozzarella Salad

This is a 10 minute no cook dish that is extremely versatile. It can be served cold as a salad over a bed of spinach or lettuce. Serve at room … Continue reading

02/09/2015 · Leave a comment

Ziti Rigati with Asparagus and Cannellini beans

This is the time of year for deeply comforting and hearty food. Beans and pasta make a perfect combination and a base for just about any flavor combination you want. … Continue reading

01/31/2015 · Leave a comment

Cauliflower Couscous with Olives and Almonds

This is a quick salad that makes for a perfect lunch. I made a few tweaks to the original recipe to make this a warm salad (vs. cold) , and … Continue reading

01/18/2015 · Leave a comment

Spiced Lentil and Bean Stew

Inspired by the classic Ethiopian dish, and with my inclination towards indian spices came about this hearty and ‘warm your belly’ lentil stew. If you love earthy, warm spices, this will … Continue reading

12/05/2010 · 1 Comment

Ziti with Broccolini and Spinach in Roasted Garlic Marinara

Quick and easy to put together, combining some store bought ingredients with fresh veggies, this makes an ideal weeknight meal. This was my dinner tonight. With broccolini and spinach in … Continue reading

04/26/2010 · 4 Comments

Simple Coconut Green Beans

Here is an authentic south-indian style green bean recipe. It’s delectable! Ingredients 1 pound fresh green beans, ends trimmed, washed and chopped into 1/4 inch pieces. 2 tbsp canola oil … Continue reading

04/15/2010 · 2 Comments

Roasted Garlic and Onion Soup

What could be possibly be better than a big bowl of soup with crusty bread on a snowed in winter night! Here is a light yet creamy soup with roasted garlic … Continue reading

02/18/2010 · 1 Comment

Tomato and Goat Cheese Bruschetta

This is a dish than can never go wrong. It is super easy to make, delicious yet light and healthy. It is perfect as an appetizer for a party because … Continue reading

02/16/2010 · Leave a comment

Campanelle with Asparagus and Creamed Sun dried Tomato Pesto

Campanelle is a flower shaped pasta that is perfect for hearty and chunky sauces which makes it the ideal for this rustic sauce. The pesto is definitely key to taste … Continue reading

06/04/2009 · 9 Comments

Gnocchi in Roasted Red Pepper, Caper and Roasted Garlic Sauce

What’s better than pillowy soft gnocchi in warm herbed sauce on a rainy cold day? Nothing! So here’s what’s for dinner tonight. I used gnocchi bought from my local italian … Continue reading

05/16/2009 · 3 Comments

Cabbage Lentil Pancakes

Try this and you will never complain about cabbage being bland. The crispy pan fried pieces of cabbage and the hearty spiced lentils are a wonderful combination. Ingredients 1 cup … Continue reading

04/16/2009 · 9 Comments

Simple Pureed Spinach

This authentic Tamilian(Southern Indian) dish is simple yet comforting. The toasted fenugreek seeds and mustard seeds add to the flavor and aroma, the urad dal gives it texture and dried … Continue reading

01/31/2009 · 8 Comments

Roasted Basil Potatoes with Garlic Sour Cream Topping

This is super simple, yet incredibly tasty. It makes a great snack, side dish or an appetizer. This one is standard fare in my parties. 4 medium potatoes 3 tbsp … Continue reading

01/29/2009 · 6 Comments

South Indian Stir Fried Lentils

A common dish from back home, this makes a filling and healthy snack. You could use a a couple of varieties of Indian Lentils or even the regular green lentils or puy … Continue reading

01/20/2009 · 5 Comments

White Bean Soup

Although I love Michael Chiarello’s creations, I have always thought that they are time consuming. This  “Super-Tuscan” white bean soup however beats the norm. The basil topping completely sold me this dish … Continue reading

01/12/2009 · 4 Comments

Rotelle with Spinach and Ricotta

I have been hooked on Lidia’s Italy recently. I love everything she makes and find the entire authentic Italian experience fascinating. It makes you understand how not Italian many Italian … Continue reading

01/07/2009 · 2 Comments

Curry Leaf Chutney

Curry leaf is one of my favorite herbs. It is the soul of Tamilian (Southern Indian) cooking. They add such a complex layer to food with their savory, fresh and … Continue reading

01/04/2009 · 9 Comments

Pine Nut-Parmesan-Basil Pilaf

I love pilaf/pulao dishes. I experiment a lot with flavor combinations and this is one such attempt, which was a success! The nuts, basil and parmesan that makes a great pesto … Continue reading

12/23/2008 · 4 Comments

Tortellini Soup

The original recipe for this soup is from Mario Batali whose version is an all day long intensely painstaking version! Sherry adapted it into a simple chicken soup, which I … Continue reading

12/18/2008 · 7 Comments

Pesarattu (pronounced pes-a-ret)

Here’s another authentic south Indian breakfast/supper dish. Pesarattu is a savory pancake made from whole green gram dal. You can make the batter ahead of time and store it in … Continue reading

12/08/2008 · 9 Comments

Pearl Onion Chutney

2 cups or 1 bags pearl onions ( I used frozen, thawed at room temperature ) 1 tbsp split black gram dal/urad dal 1/2 tsp asafoetida powder 6 dried red … Continue reading

12/02/2008 · 6 Comments

Radiatore with Sun Dried Tomato Pesto, Asparagus and Zucchini

This dish is pretty self explanatory! It has a few ingredients, its minimalistic, delicate and delicious. 1 pound radiatore 1 bunch (around 15) fresh asparagus, chopped into 2″ pieces. I … Continue reading

11/13/2008 · 4 Comments

String Beans and Green Bell Pepper Rice Sauté

Using my South Indian spice mix I posted before, here is another easy one pot dish. Serve this with salted creamy plain yogurt and you have a delicious meal. 1 … Continue reading

11/12/2008 · Leave a comment

Rava Upma

Rava is the tamil name for powdered semolina. It is coarser than semolina flour but finer than small pasta. Upma is the tamil name of this dish, which can be … Continue reading

11/07/2008 · 4 Comments

Zucchini with Sun dried Tomatoes and Caramelized Onions

Here is a side dish that’s light, flavorful and easy to make. You need : 2 large zucchini, sliced into 2 inch pieces lengthwise 1 large onion, thinly sliced 8 … Continue reading

11/03/2008 · 2 Comments

Gemili with Roasted Red Peppers and Garbanzo

Here is another simple and delicious weeknight dinner idea. The minute I saw this recipe on American Profile I just had to try it out! The original recipe did not … Continue reading

11/02/2008 · Leave a comment

South Indian Potato Curry

4 large all purpose potatoes, washed well, peeled and chopped into 1 inch cubes 1 large onion, finely chopped 1 tsp mustard seeds 1 tsp urad dal( split black gram … Continue reading

10/12/2008 · 11 Comments

South Indian spice mix

I have always wanted to post indian spice rubs/mixes that can be stored and used it on pretty much anything. Here is my first post. This is a aromatic combination … Continue reading

09/21/2008 · 2 Comments

Penne Bruschetta

Weeknight dinner is a huge hurdle for me after a long tiring day at work. This is a pasta recipe I came up with that is easy and quick with … Continue reading

09/17/2008 · 4 Comments

Tomato Chutney

There are many variations to making tomato chutney, this is my south indian version. 3 Ripe Tomatos 2 indian Green chillies 2 Dried Red Chillies 1 tsp black mustard seeds               … Continue reading

09/13/2008 · 1 Comment

Potato Gratin with Basil Garlic Cream sauce

Here is my super simple version of the potato gratin with no compromise on the flavor. 2 large potatoes, sliced into 1/2 inch thick rounds 1 1/2 cups heavy cream( … Continue reading

09/06/2008 · Leave a comment

Spiced Sesame Powder (Yellu Podi)

Here is my mom’s classic recipe for Sesame powder which is authentic South Indian food. We usually eat it mixed with rice, drizzled with ghee on top. It’s just heavenly! … Continue reading

01/14/2008 · 8 Comments

Spiced up Roasted Zucchini with Basil and Garlic

Here is an extremely simple side dish that explodes with great flavors. It takes hardly any time or effort to make. I make this dish at least 2 times every … Continue reading

11/13/2007 · 1 Comment

South Indian Egg Curry

Here is a recipe I came up with as great way of using eggs in South Indian food. The combination of onions, curry leaves and hot chillies are intoxicating! Makes … Continue reading

11/10/2007 · 8 Comments

Kale and White Beans in Chilli Garlic sauce

I came up with the recipe last night because I really wanted to make a dish with the Kale I had in my refrigerator. I was a bit short on … Continue reading

11/07/2007 · Leave a comment

Spicy Spinach Pasta With Garlic And Basil

This is one of my favorite flavor combinations. The olive oil, garlic, basil and red chillies all married together is just a party in your mouth! 1 pound spinach pasta … Continue reading

10/23/2007 · Leave a comment

Bok Choy with Onions

4 tbsp whole roasted peanuts 1 tsp red pepper flakes pinch of salt 1 large bunch of bok choy 2 tbsp peanut oil 1 red onion, finely chopped 4 tsp … Continue reading

10/18/2007 · 1 Comment


Sambal is a condiment used in Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, the southern Philippines, and Sri Lanka. They are made from a variety of peppers, although hot chili peppers are the most common. … Continue reading

10/04/2007 · Leave a comment


Harissa is an Algerian, Libyan and Tunisian hot red sauce or paste made from chilli peppers(often smoked) and garlic, often with coriander, cumin, and/or olive oil. It may also sometimes … Continue reading

10/03/2007 · Leave a comment




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