The children troop in, one after another, tired, messy hair and cold. The routine is the same every day. I insist they put their boots away, hang up their jackets and use the bathroom before snack time. I stand by the kitchen island, three bulging school bags lined next to each other. I am methodical. … Continue reading Saaptiya?

A Cake For Those Humdrum Days

A long while back, I tried my hand at noting down recipes on a different blog. I did it sporadically and eventually gave up. Now that I stay home and cook many meals a week, a lot of my life revolves around food and the making of it. Instead of compartmentalizing parts of my life … Continue reading A Cake For Those Humdrum Days

Recreating Traditions – Deepavali 2016

It is dusk, the light giving way to the dark as the shadows lengthen in my family room. Laddu is on my lap. I want to lie down and sleep but I am sitting ramrod straight, keeping a wary eye for gurgling noises before she throws up. Ammu and Pattu sit in matching pista green … Continue reading Recreating Traditions – Deepavali 2016

Eggless Banana Oatmeal Nut Bread With No Added Sugar

Background Every few weeks, I find a bunch of bananas in my fruit basket that are just past their prime that my children will not touch. Banana bread to the rescue. Since I don't use eggs at home I have used this base recipe and tweaked it to my liking.           Stuff you will … Continue reading Eggless Banana Oatmeal Nut Bread With No Added Sugar

Yeh Dil maange more

In the early days when the idea of being pregnant was just sinking in, one of my first thoughts was food. Pregnancy myths and stereotypes. I waited for the dreaded morning sickness or all day sickness to take over. I imagined myself feeling revolted by the idea of food. I imagined forcing Saathi to make … Continue reading Yeh Dil maange more

Fear to hope and beyond

Sounds of merriment trickled down the stairs as the twins used our bed as a trampoline jumping and landing on their bottoms only to pick themselves up and start all over again. Down a floor below, I stand in front of the burner pan roasting vegetables for our dinner. I scan the stove in front … Continue reading Fear to hope and beyond

Brownies beware

The shift has been gradual. So slow that I have trouble admitting it to myself. That I love my carbs is common knowledge. Over the past few months, I have gone from the person mocking at Saathi for his abominable fixation with vegetables to the one on whom the joke is. While what I consume … Continue reading Brownies beware

A tinge of sadness

Ready to call it a day, I logged into my GMail Account one last time before I shut the laptop and saw an email from a local restaurant. I had signed up for its reward program seven years back. Every year, they sent me a 25$ gift card for my birthday and K and I … Continue reading A tinge of sadness

Of Dhal, Chawal, Subzi.

If you were not aware already, I document evidence of my kitchen experiments here. Yesterday SLK left a comment that had me smiling. And thinking! If you haven't hopped over to see the actual comment, the gist of it is that most South Indians specially after moving away from home tend to pick up global … Continue reading Of Dhal, Chawal, Subzi.

Adai – Thick lentil and rice crepes

Background: Adai or Adai Dosai as K likes to call it is a staple in our home. Unlike Dosai that required using a grinder to make the batter and enough time to let it ferment, this crepe is made in half a day. Its healthier and provides ample scope for improvisation. Stuff you will need: … Continue reading Adai – Thick lentil and rice crepes

Vegetable Subzi – Medley of vegetables simmered in a tomato base

Background: This is K and I's favorite sides for roti/chappathi. In its simplest form it is a mix of all possible vegetables simmered in a tomato base. Sometimes, I like to dress it up with grated panneer. With or without panneer, this is one dish that everybody who has tasted seems to like. Stuff you … Continue reading Vegetable Subzi – Medley of vegetables simmered in a tomato base

Commonplace becomes exotic.

With class cancelled today, I was thrilled with the prospect of 'me' time. Waving bye to K as he left for his weekly class, I turned my attention to the full sink. Working methodically, I cleaned the kitchen and caught up with the day's events with mom over the phone. Chopping tomato, onion, ginger and … Continue reading Commonplace becomes exotic.

Dinner and a movie equals learning the fun way

Ploughing my way through lunch, I look at the printed sheets that lay scattered in front of me. One is a schematic and the other a list of questions for discussion. I put them away and I am eager for the day to be done. Tonight is a dinner and movie night in class. Admittedly, … Continue reading Dinner and a movie equals learning the fun way

When pride goes before a fall

Over the years K's incessant praise has gone to my head when it comes to cooking. With every passing year, I lorded over my kitchen with the confidence of a master chef who's arrogance is forgiven because of the quality of food that comes out of the kitchen. Yesterday however, witnessed a fall of epic … Continue reading When pride goes before a fall

Simple weekend joys

Most people I know had a four day weekend, but not K and I. What we did have however was a weekend full of food and friends like any Thanksgiving should be. I realized how much I love food and cooking when I was in front of the stove at 1:30 PM Thursday afternoon whipping … Continue reading Simple weekend joys

A bountiful harvest!

Not long back, like I mentioned here, K and I decided to go green and plant some seeds in planters on our little deck. When we embarked on the project, we did so without expectation. The idea was to get started, learn on the way and enjoy the process. Two months later, our plants are … Continue reading A bountiful harvest!

Where have you been? Rice is 22$ a bag now!!

Helloji!! smiled the man at the counter of our local Indian grocers. "Been a while since I saw you here" he said in Gujarati accented Hindi. Saathi and I smiled, paused at bit by the counter and inquired after him and his family. "I have been wanting to reach you the past week" he emphatically … Continue reading Where have you been? Rice is 22$ a bag now!!

Kindness is a vanilla milkshake!

Yes it is. Let me start at the beginning. I have had a few tough weeks at work earlier this year. Absolutely my doing of course. At a time when I was seriously thinking working in the US was a drag, no friends to lighten your mood up, no one to haul you over to … Continue reading Kindness is a vanilla milkshake!

Poondu Rasam – a flavorful garlic soup with tomatoes and lentils

Background: Poondu rasam is the somewhat distant cousin of the regular rasam I made. One that visited once in a blue moon. Being married to a person who's definition of masala started with garlic, it is not easy to incorporate this pungent pod in most of my dishes. I would sneak it in sometimes in … Continue reading Poondu Rasam – a flavorful garlic soup with tomatoes and lentils

Chaat – Bhel Puri a.k.a crunchy colorful spicy salad

Background: Quick and easy. My favorite snack and at times dinner. Packs in goodness of colorful veggies and the crunch of desi sev and puris. Lends itself to infinite customization and can be made with as many or as less ingredients on hand. Stuff you will need: 2 cups bhel mix or a combo of … Continue reading Chaat – Bhel Puri a.k.a crunchy colorful spicy salad

Morkuzhambu – Buttermilk gravy spiced with coconut and cumin

Background: Considering parupu usili is a favorite in our household and morkuzhambu is often spoken of in the same breath, it is only natural that I feel the need to record my way of making this no fuss side. Stuff you will need: Thick curds - 1 cup Coconut gratings - 2 handfuls Green chillies … Continue reading Morkuzhambu – Buttermilk gravy spiced with coconut and cumin