Oven roasted tomatoes turned into delicious and aromatic soup… Chrysanthemums in my garden have bloomed, pumpkins are stacked up outside most of the grocery stores, pumpkin spice latte is back on the coffee shop menus…Yes, Fall is fast approaching. After reading about the first snow fall of this season in Calgary, I looked out of the window and felt happy...

Chana dal and banana mashed together, combined with coconut milk and sweetened with jaggery, one of the desserts served with Sadya… Wishing all Keralites a Happy and Prosperous Onam. Onam is a harvest festival and is the biggest celebration of my beautiful home state Kerala. It’s actually a 10 day celebration, so while in school/college we had 10 days...

Cracked wheat mixed with veggies and perfectly seasoned, a truly delicious Summer salad… Looking at the cracked wheat that was sitting comfortably in my pantry, I had to ask myself this question: how can I turn cracked wheat into something delicious??? I’d tried making cracked wheat chicken pilaf before and loved it. I wasn’t up for making it again...

Baked bitter gourd is combined in coconut and yogurt gravy, it’s bitter but tastes delicious… One of the most bitter tasting vegetables is Bitter gourd or bitter melon, for that reason it’s packed with all kinds of nutrients. It has been used for the treatment of Diabetes. Despite being bitter, I enjoy this particular veggie when it’s cooked....

  SouthIndian Breakfast dish-Vegetable Upma or Semolina… One of the common breakfast dishes in South India is Upma, which is made with roasted semolina. Semolina is made by coarsely grinding the endosperm of durum wheat kernel. Hence, it’s not gluten free. In India, semolina is widely used for making a lot of savory and sweet dishes. My favorite desserts...

  Chicken biryani made effortlessly, tasted extremely delicious and flavorful… For me, any celebration will be incomplete without biryani. In my family, Biryani has been one of the main attractions during special occasions. And my mom made the best biryani. Not just my mom, even my sister makes it so deliciously. Last year, when I’d visited India, I...

Fresh green beans picked from my garden, turned them into poriyal by stir frying with coconut; simple yet comforting veggie side dish… Cooking with the freshly picked veggies is beyond amazing and the food tastes even more delicious. This year, I sowed some dried beans in my veggie bed, I got excited seeing the seedlings sprout out of the seeds. Then the flowers...

Marble cake is made by layering vanilla cake batter and chocolate cake batter, one cake and you get to enjoy both vanilla and chocolate flavor… It was my Man’s birthday yesterday. As always I’d made a cake to celebrate the special day. On this birthday, I surprised him with Marble cake, to make it more delicious I topped the cake with swirled frosting....

It’s spicy, it’s sweet, it’s sour; you get to taste all these flavors in this chicken curry… Last weekend, I harvested a lot of tomatoes and banana peppers from my veg garden. It’s been raining a lot this Summer, I really thought that the crops would be damaged by the heavy rains. Luckily, not much damages. I love growing tomatoes as...

Chapathi and chicken stir fried together, delicious one pot meal and a great way to use up leftover chapathi… Chapathi is flattened wheat bread that is quite popular in India and is served for dinner or even breakfast along with veg or non-veg curries. The dough for making chapathi is made by kneading wheat flour and water, it doesn’t require the addition...