Shakshuka, poached eggs in cooked tomatoes is a popular Middle Eastern dish… This is a staple dish served for breakfast in many Middle Eastern countries, and also in North Africa. It’s cooked in a cast iron skillet and served in it as well. It’s a complete meal: onions, red pepper and tomatoes are cooked well, seasoned with paprika and ground cumin-...

Nankattas are Kerala’s favorite irresistible cookies… This is one cookie my mom used to make, it always turned out so perfect and we all devoured it right away and finished it in just one sitting. These cookies are found in all bakeries in Kerala and Tamil Nadu with different flavoring and toppings like pistachios, almonds, cashew nuts etc. These are...

Quinoa combined with mixed veggies and kale made in the Instant Pot, it was ready in a minute… Yet another reason to love Instant pot, you can make perfectly cooked and fluffy quinoa in a minute. I’d been making quinoa over stove top and it takes almost 20 minutes to completely cook quinoa. If I can make something effortlessly and that too in a minute,...

Ground beef stew cooked in an Instant Pot… The latest rage Instant Pot has reached my kitchen and I’ve started cooking in it and I’m absolutely blown away by it. Instant Pot is a multi-use programmable pressure cooker. Literally, anything can be cooked in it. It acts as a rice cooker, pressure cooker, slow cooker, steamer and yogurt maker. The best...

Lobster tails marinated with garlic-paprika and pan fried in butter… I’m a lobster fanatic, and love lobster made anyway. However, my most favorite is lobster pan fried in butter that’s been seasoned very lightly. I don’t like to season it heavily as it will take away the amazing taste of lobster. I seasoned lobster tails with garlic powder...

Onion Samosa, a popular street snack in Hyderabad… These are also called Irani samosas as they are sold in Irani cafes and tea shops. Onion samosas are also sold at most college and hospital canteens in Kerala. I’ve had these from my college canteen, tasted so crispy and the onion filling was delicious that I ended up having many in one sitting. These...

Quick Fix puff pastry dessert… This is an easy to make dessert with puff pastry. I didn’t make the puff pastry from scratch, may be sometime I’ll have to make it from scratch and post the recipe. In Summer, most Friday evenings, we will be out in our backyard grilling. Yesterday, I grilled Caribbean chicken legs and served it with salad and grilled...

Chicken and veggies combined with pesto spread and combined with orzo, easy to make and delicious one pot meal… Orzo is a rice shaped pasta, that can be cooked very easily. I like orzo as it’s small and resembles to rice. If you want to do a quick fix meal, combine cooked chicken and mixed veggies or just the veggies with orzo and cook them together till...

Protein rich chickpeas and edamame stew… This is a healthy and protein rich chickpeas and edamame stew, that can be served with rice or rotis. If you haven’t introduced edamame in your diet, it’s high time you include that. Edamame is a young soybean, rich in fiber, protein and various minerals.   ...

Green beans stir fried along with shallots and some seasonings, makes a perfect side dish… These are freshly picked green beans from my garden. The joy of picking veggies from my veggie garden and cooking with them is just pure bliss! I made a simple stir fry by cooking green beans with shallots and some Indian spices. It was served as a side dish along with...