Musk Melon Rasayana (Cantaloupe in Coconut Milk, Flavoured with Jaggery and Cardamom) – Step by Step Recipe

The muskmelon, or cantaloupe, is made up of 90 percent water. This is the reason why  it is one of the preferred fruits of choice for people who wish to stay optimally hydrated in summer. It is also rich in Vitamin A, potassium and beta carotene, making it very nutritious. The word 'rasayana' is derived … Continue reading Musk Melon Rasayana (Cantaloupe in Coconut Milk, Flavoured with Jaggery and Cardamom) – Step by Step Recipe

Mixed Vegetable Cutlet – Step by Step Recipe

Two very popular snacks - the quintessential cutlet, and the samosa, are staples in Indian cuisine. A hot cup of tea, or 'chai' as we call it, accompanied by one of these flavourful, deep fried  delights, is the way we tackle our evening hunger pangs 😀 Especially in the rainy season, when all you crave … Continue reading Mixed Vegetable Cutlet – Step by Step Recipe

Paruppu Poli (Flatbread with Lentil and Jaggery based stuffing)

'Poli' is a traditional South Indian sweet dish, which is essentially a type of flatbread that encloses some kind of stuffing. The flatbread is usually roasted on a hot griddle griddle with oil, white butter, or ghee (clarified butter). They are served warm to hot, crisp on the outside, peeling away to reveal a soft … Continue reading Paruppu Poli (Flatbread with Lentil and Jaggery based stuffing)

Coconut Milk Veggie Biryani: Step by Step Recipe

Coconut Milk Biryani is slightly different from the traditional biryani recipe, in that the addition of thick coconut milk adds a mild sweetness and creaminess to the biryani. It also balances the stronger spices in this dish beautifully. If you are looking for an intensely aromatic, mildly spiced, and incredibly flavourful biryani, this recipe is … Continue reading Coconut Milk Veggie Biryani: Step by Step Recipe

Whole Wheat Calzone with Paneer Bhurji Filling

Calzones are pockets of pizza dough baked to golden brown perfection, holding molten, gooey and scrumptious fillings within themselves. This is an Italian - Gone- Desi Calzone, which has the goodness of a whole wheat crust, accompanied by a zesty fresh cottage cheese and vegetable filling, and jazzed up with robust Indian spices. In short, … Continue reading Whole Wheat Calzone with Paneer Bhurji Filling

Easy Strawberry Crumble Bars: Step by Step

These easy Strawberry Crumble Bars are a perfectly buttery type of  cross between shortbread and crumble, filled with juicy fresh strawberries and paired with a butter, sugar and almond crumb top, which is baked until golden. Just the aroma that you get in the kitchen while it bakes is so divine, not to forget the … Continue reading Easy Strawberry Crumble Bars: Step by Step

Keerai Molagoottal / Arachuvitta Keerai Koottu (Spinach cooked with lentils and coconut-spice mixture)

Today's dish is Keerai Molagoottal, or Arachuvitta Keerai Kootu. This is just blanched and ground spinach mixed with a coconut-spice paste, with a lentil base. Such a simple, but flavourful and nutritious dish. This is basically a traditional South Indian dish, with minimal spices and can be made in under 30 minutes. This curry base … Continue reading Keerai Molagoottal / Arachuvitta Keerai Koottu (Spinach cooked with lentils and coconut-spice mixture)

Quick & Easy Red Fruits Jam / Preserve: Step by Step

Its strawberry season! I absolutely adore any kind of berries. I add them to my smoothies, salads, dessert, and to make salsa, gazpacho, sauces etc. etc. I am known to basically go crazy during berry season hoarding them like there's no tomorrow 😀 In India especially, I don't get other berries except for strawberries, freshly … Continue reading Quick & Easy Red Fruits Jam / Preserve: Step by Step

Onestà (Sholinganallur, Chennai) : Restaurant Review

The word 'onestà' means 'honest' in Italian. The restaurant's philosophy is to offer a 'stay as long as you want' and 'eat as much as you want' kind of experience in a relaxed atmosphere, allowing you to fill your plates with unlimited food as many times as you want. We visited this new branch of … Continue reading Onestà (Sholinganallur, Chennai) : Restaurant Review

Thai Pongal Festival – Festival Menu!

Pongal is a happy occasion, a new beginning, an occasion to rejoice and be thankful. Rice is one of the main staple grains in South India, and this is celebrated during the harvest festival of Pongal, by making two dishes - one sweet, and one savoury, using rice and lentils. The word 'Pongal' literally means … Continue reading Thai Pongal Festival – Festival Menu!