Wishing all my dear friends, my dear readers and everyone out there a Happy and Prosperous Onam! Being born and brought up in Kerala ( Southernmost state in India), Onam is a festival which is very close to my heart. Onam brings back a lot of beautiful memories: beginning with the 10 days holidays which I used to get while in school, followed by the endless fun and...

Healthy, aromatic soup which will open up your senses and enlighten your soul… The other day when I was feeling low and drained of energy, I couldn’t think of having anything but sipping a bowl of hot soup. My first thought was to go with the instant canned soup. That thought didn’t really please my mind and I actually had to make the soup from scratch...

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...

Peanut and Sesame seeds, two of my favorites when combined with fried and saucy chicken made this dish irresistible… Most of the Chinese chicken dishes call for frying the marinated chicken and then stir frying the chicken in a sauce. So, when it comes to Chinese dishes, I dare to try mixing the fried chicken in different kinds of sauces. This time, I tried...

One of the finest traditional delicacies of Kerala is the spicy fish curry that’s made in the clay pot… When you are in Kerala you are guaranteed to find spicy fish curries on the menu of any fine or local restaurants. Most of the curries are prepared in clay pots and are served in clay pots as well. Making fish curries in the clay pot has been the traditional...

My Grandma’s specialty dish… This cutlet was made often at my Grandma’s house. Whenever she got anchovy she made sure to make this. This is still her favorite appetizer for lunch or dinner. Anchovy Cutlet Ingredients: To grind: Small Anchovies, fresh and without bones- 25 (or use small prawns) Coconut, grated- 1/2 cup Ginger-Garlic paste- 1/2 tbsp Green...

An Authentic Malaysian net crepes or Roti Jala (in Malaysia) or Jalar Appam(in India) made in a special mould; from my mom’s kitchen… Yet another recipe I had been wanting to post for the past few years. Roti Jala or Malaysian net crepes is made in a special mould which looks like a ladle with 5 holes in it. While in the US, I didn’t have this mould,...

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...

From my mom’s kitchen, a bizarre food: Goat Brain Roast… I am blogging from my hometown Trivandrum, Kerala. It’s been 17 days and I am having a blast spending time with my family. Honestly, there is no place on earth like home. Here is a picture from my hometown. This time it’s more exciting as I’ve my niece in my home. I can’t...

Crispy & delicious spinach cheese rolls… While peeping into my freezer I came across puff pastry sheets and I grabbed them out as the first step. I got inspired by the recipe given on the pepperidge farm puff pastry box which called for spinach, eggs, and cheese. I made a few changes and made my own spinach cheese rolls. Puff pastry when stuffed with spinach...