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Snacking and listening to music… Today has been a bitter cold day. It was all bright and sunny in the morning, all of a sudden it turned windy and started snowing real bad. Reaching home, first thing I wanted was to sip something hot to keep me cozy. After drinking a cup of coffee, I had the craving for having some fried snack. Felt very lazy to cook at first,...

Eggplant Rice with toasted sesame seeds… Eggplant is one of my favorite vegetables. I love how it gets mushy and tender when cooked. Lately, I’ve been obsessed with grilling eggplants. So this time I wanted to try something different and I made eggplant rice. To make it little more flavorful I added toasted sesame seeds. Eggplant rice tasted delicious...

I can eat couscous everyday when it has two of my favorite shell fish in it: Shrimp and Mussel… Couscous has been always my favorite quick fix meals. Each time I make couscous, I throw different ingredients to it like chicken, veggies, dates, nuts and sea food. Among them, couscous combined with shell fish is my most preferred way of devouring it. I added two...

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 will...

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...