OVEN-ROASTED TARO

Taro/taro root or colocasia as it’s sometimes called is a starchy vegetable of the taro plant. Native to India and South-East Asia, taro also forms a staple in diets in Hawaii, the Caribbean and Africa. Taro ‘root’ is actually the corm—swollen underground stem—of the plant, so technically not a root. … Read More »

VEGAN PESTO

I’m not one for veganizing foods unless I’m cooking for someone who’s lactose intolerant or doesn’t like dairy (happy to report that I haven’t met anyone that falls in the latter category). Having said that, I do however try and reduce my dairy intake for a couple of reasons. One, … Read More »

BRUSSELS SPROUTS PORIYAL

Brussels sprouts in a South-Indian style recipe might sound terribly inauthentic. It is, and it’s probably why it comes as a surprise to most people when I tell them about this poriyal (as well as ones using oyster mushrooms, broccoli and lettuce). Growing up though, this was pretty normal. When … Read More »

BASIC CHINESE CHICKEN STOCK

   When it comes to stock-making, there are no real rules. (I would argue that there are no real rules to cooking in general, but I’ll hold off on that one for now). Depending on whether you’re making a Western style of stock or an Asian one, the ingredients will vary … Read More »

HOMEMADE RASPBERRY FLAVOURED YOGURT WITH CHIA SEEDS

   Until three years ago, I didn’t know how to make yogurt at home. What seems like a basic enough task now evaded me for a long time. I pulled out all the tricks and hacks I found on the internet from measuring exact temperatures using a food thermometer to setting … Read More »

CHICKEN TERIYAKI

   This might be the most requested recipe from my Instagram story (and also the most ad-libbed recipe on there, making the measuring process ridiculously hard). Disclaimer: I’ve written the measurements to the best of my ability and to what suits my palate, but you will still have to taste and … Read More »

EGG AND SILKEN TOFU FRIED RICE

   If sticky-rice fried rice is something you enjoy eating, then this might be the recipe for you (fyi, and achieved without using sticky rice). Silken tofu is broken up into small curds—resembling scrambled eggs—and when tossed with the rice, gives it the most desirable soft-set consistency. The tofu completely disintegrates … Read More »

ROASTED BEET, CUMIN AND CHIA LASSI

   I started my previous post by saying that I don’t do many breakfast foods on here, and here I am now with another one. This is inadvertently becoming a new trend.  Lassi is strictly speaking not a breakfast food, but fruit lassi, yogurt-smoothie—really, what’s the difference? I make the mango … Read More »

COCONUT QUINOA PORRIDGE WITH CARAMELIZED BANANAS

   I don’t do a lot of breakfast foods on here and that’s primarily because breakfast for me usually consists of scrambled eggs, a whey shake and a banana. I have however started incorporating more millets and whole grains into my diet, and the easiest way to do this I’ve found, … Read More »

PRESERVED LEMONS

   I’d been buying preserved lemons from a store that grows organic lemons on their property. I’m not someone that only buys organic produce, but the concept of using the entire fruit—peel, rind, juice and all—made me want to try and get my hands on some pesticide-free ones for preserving. So … Read More »

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  • CARROT AND GINGER SOUP

    How do I put this nicely? Although I have a ton of vegetarian recipes on here – actually coming to think of it, more so than ones that feature meat (how could I have let this happen?) – every time I cook something completely vegetarian I have this gnawing feeling … Read More »

  • HOMEMADE GRANOLA

    I know I’d said in my previous post that this was going to be a recipe for a roasted tomato and coriander pesto. Truth is, I was really happy with the recipe and it was all ready to go up until I realized that I was just not satisfied with … Read More »

  • ROASTED PUMPKIN AND SAFFRON RISOTTO

    It’s been a long time since I’ve made risotto. Actually thanks to my blog archiving it, It’s been exactly 3 years, 4 months and 26 days since I made this risotto. With mushrooms and sun-dried tomatoes and topped with bulgogi, it was undoubtedly wacky but surprisingly delicious. I remember Karthik … Read More »

  • SAVOURY PINEAPPLE LASSI

    I was experimenting with this pineapple lassi a few days ago, not with the ubiquitous sweet version, but a savoury one. The flavours are what you would expect with a typical ‘salt’ lassi: cumin, mint, and salt. The addition of fruit is the wildcard ingredient here. I always add a … Read More »

  • CHILLED BEETROOT SOUP

    I never was a big fan of beets. Their infamous reputation for being overcooked and slimy was something that I experienced first-hand in my years at boarding school. It’s funny how something that would require great expertise and dexterity like cakes and breads were churned out effortlessly everyday, while the … Read More »

  • MUSHROOM AND BEAN ENCHILADAS

    Never before have I been excited at the prospect of making a vegetarian version of an enchilada, but the vibrant tangle of peppers lured me in. I had a recipe for inspiration but because I’m just so rubbish at following them I didn’t do exactly what was instructed; I added … Read More »

  • BEEF BIBIMBAP WITH BROWN RICE

    After almost an eight-week hiatus, I’m back! (although admittedly it feels like it’s been way longer than that). December for me was an absolute whirlwind with lots of travelling and my first paid (!!) food styling assignment. It was a fun experience alright, aside from the fact that my hands … Read More »

  • BEEF AND LENTIL MOUSSAKA

        If you’ve never heard of using lentils in a moussaka, don’t worry. Until about two weeks ago, neither had I. An ideal alternative, or in this case an ideal addition to meat, lentils retain their shape upon cooking making them the perfect vehicle to carry the structure of … Read More »

  • FRIED ANCHOVIES WITH CURRY LEAVES

    I understand that anchovies are a controversial choice of fish and a vast majority of people find them polarizing, but cooked properly, their flavour is unrivalled. These spicy fried anchovies are the ultimate side dish in South India (fried in coconut oil in Kerala and either groundnut or other flavourless … Read More »

  • WATERMELON LEMONADE

    Watermelon is one of my favourite fruits to eat during the sweltering summer months (which is almost all year round in Chennai). I love them diced into a salad with olives and feta, and I love them sliced into wedges and sprinkled with a pinch of chilli powder and salt. … Read More »

  • MAPLE GRILLED NECTARINES & ALMOND-OAT CRUMB

    The stone fruit season might be long gone, but the last of these exotic (for Chennai at least!) nectarines still linger in the markets, so I’ve been making the most of them while I can. Although Chennai is not the first place you’d think of for stone fruits, I’ve been … Read More »

  • MELON JAM WITH STAR ANISE

    Who makes their own jam, right? That was exactly my line of thought when I set about making a batch, and only because I had a huge haul of plums languishing in the fridge begging to be used up. Now I’m hooked. Not only is it easy as pie … Read More »

  • ROASTED PUMPKIN AND HARISSA HUMMUS

    The real beauty of hummus as far as I’m concerned (apart from its taste of course), is that it’s just so quick to throw together. Even if you’re going the no-tahini-from-a-jar route. A can of chickpeas, some sesame seeds, garlic, olive oil, and lemon juice. Blend. Eat. Lick. Do … Read More »

  • A SLIGHTLY UNORTHODOX MASALA CHAI

    My first instinct is always to reduce rather than to add. Masala chai as we know it has a whole array of spices – whole and ground – that makes up its base. My version here, has just three (two actually, since the third is fresh mint leaves). As with … Read More »

  • LABNEH WITH SUMAC, CHILLI, AND MINT

      Labneh is the easiest cheese you’ll ever make. Although called cheese, this Middle Eastern staple occupies the space somewhere between yogurt and cheese in the dairy spectrum. It is made very simply by straining yogurt in muslin overnight until all the whey water seeps out resulting in the most … Read More »