Cornmeal cake topped with blackberry… I’ve been always a lazy morning cook, I literally cannot cook in the morning. So, I always go with either cereal or instant oats or microwaved eggs for breakfast. Sometimes, during weekends I surprise my Man with pancakes or waffles for brunch. At times, I do get tired of the usual instant breakfast dishes, that’s...

Delicious chicken 65, spicy and deep fried chicken appetizer…. I am still not sure how this dish got the name chicken 65, what does 65 represent? There are several interesting stories about the name; some say the marinade was made with 65 ingredients, others say it has 65 chili peppers and yet others say it was first introduced in 1965. I am pretty sure about...

Aromatic and delicious chicken curry with fried onion… Last month, I’d posted the recipe for making Easy chicken biryani, in that recipe fried onion and other spices are added to the chicken and allowed to marinate for a few hours, the marinated chicken was slow cooked in a large pan and then combined with Basmati rice. It was such an easy yet yummy Biryani...

Tomato and eggplant cooked in roasted coconut gravy, delicious vegetarian curry… Lately, I’ve been making a lot of vegetarian curries (Yes, using homegrown veggies) and having them with homemade chapati or rotis. I don’t seem to get bored of South Indian style vegetarian dishes. But my Man tend to always go behind non-vegetarian dishes and for that...

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...