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Eid is just around the corner and I wanted to share this special biryani of Kashmir… Eid celebration is literally incomplete without biryani. Biryani has always been the main attraction of Eid in my family. When I was with my mom, on almost all Eid I used to wake up to the aroma of Biryani. Now, this is the one thing that I miss terribly: waking up to the pleasant...

Celebrating this year’s Diwali with this homemade easy dessert… Diwali, “the festival of lights” is one of the famous Indian festivals. To me when I think of Diwali, two things come to my mind – firecrackers and sweets! I cannot explain how nostalgic I feel right now. I have so many good memories associated with Diwali, especially when...

Making parotta is a pure art and this flatbread has been reigning the South Indian food world for many centuries… When I think of parotta my mind will instantly dress up to attend a muslim wedding in South India. A mandatory flat bread served at every muslim wedding and other special occasions. I don’t think there would have been or would be any muslim...

Idiyappam, a common breakfast dish served both in Kerala and Tamil Nadu… This dish is served at least once or more in a week for breakfast or dinner at my parent’s house. In fact, I don’t think if there would be any house in Kerala where they don’t serve this dish at least once in a while. To make this you need to have a idiyappam maker or...

Presenting a popular evening snack of my hometown, Kerala… Pazham pori with a cup of hot cardamom tea, even the thought of this makes me nostalgic and cozy. Pazham pori (in malayalam) or Plantain fritter is one of the most famous evening snacks in Kerala. It’s one of the simplest and the humblest snacks as well. As Kerala is the land of plantain, you...

A quick stir fry and a great side dish for rice or roti… It’s hard to find long beans in regular grocery stores, you can find them in either Indian stores which has vegetables or at some Asian markets. I get hold of long beans very rarely and I usually make this stir fry. This makes a great dish for rice or roti. If you don’t have long beans, you...

A traditional recipe which hasn’t yet lost it’s identity, one of my family favorites… A dish very close to my taste buds as I grew up having this on every special occasions and during all family gatherings. This is often made by my grandma, my mom and my aunts, surprisingly all of them make this particular dish so perfectly. This recipe has been...

Hands down, the best whole chicken recipe I’ve ever tasted and I am proud to say that this is my dear grandma’s recipe… I had tasted this whole chicken twice, once cooked by my grandma and another time which was 2 months ago when I was in India by my mom. Since then this dish had been on my top lists and it was yesterday I finally gave it a shot...

An easy yet delicious chicken curry which has the creamy texture from the coconut milk and mild spiciness from the ground pepper. If you are tired of having your regular chicken curry over and over and looking for something different to treat your taste buds and your family, here is a recipe you could try with almost minimal effort. You don’t have to have a...

Tender Coconut Pudding, an authentic Kerala dessert… One of the desserts I had been wanting to try for the past 5 years was tender coconut pudding. For making this I needed fresh tender coconut, which was not available in the US. However, in kerala tender coconut is found in abundance. Tender coconut water has several health benefits. In fact it is an instant...