RAGI KOOZH (FERMENTED FINGER MILLET AND RICE PORRIDGE)

Finger millet (ragi) porridge has an infamous reputation for being dull, bland, and—especially if you went to my boarding school—a stodgy mass that you’d be forced to eat at breakfast every morning. Although I could always tolerate it, it definitely was not something that I particularly enjoyed eating. Fast forward … Read More »

ASIAN BEEF BURGERS

Sweet and spicy Asian beef burgers? Spicy, sticky Asian beef burgers? Asian beef burgers with a sticky sauce? I basically considered all the possible permutations before settling on ‘Asian beef burgers’. This minimalism thing works for me in completely disjointed ways. I have a confession. I don’t post recipes on … Read More »

COCONUT AND MANGO CHIA PUDDING

We eat eggs for breakfast every single day of the week, which as much as I like, is a bit of a shame because breakfast foods are the most fun to cook in my opinion (albeit not on a busy weekday morning). To get around this, a slightly more elaborate … Read More »

GRANOLA BARS

I know. The world doesn’t need another recipe for granola bars. But I’m here to throw out some ideas and variations to the ones that you normally make, maybe change things up a bit? Specifically this part: dates. Dates are a common enough addition to granola bars for sweetness, but … Read More »

VEGETABLE STOCK FROM KITCHEN SCRAPS

I don’t know if you can tell that I’m quite big on this nose-to-tail / root-to-shoot (?) concept of cooking. Not only is it a great way to reduce waste in the kitchen (and save money), but it also forces me to be creative; think outside the box and utilize … Read More »

PRESERVED LEMON MARINADE

I try to refrain from using words like ‘best’ and ‘favourite’ to describe recipes. But that’s exactly what happened here, and I’ve had to delete two entire paragraphs lest I sound like a used-car salesman. Not a good place to start. Preserved lemons have been making an appearance in a … Read More »

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 »

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  • BROCCOLI SOUP

    If you had asked me what my least favourite foods were ten years ago, I would’ve said mayonnaise, eggplant, and broccoli (in that order) without batting an eyelid. Although I seem to have gotten over and even come to love eggplant and broccoli, there’s no love lost in the mayo … Read More »

  • CHERRY CRISP WITH CRÈME ANGLAISE (GLUTEN-FREE)

      I think I may have done my fair bit of preaching about using ground almonds in desserts to replace flour. Not just from the health point of view, no, but for the texture and nuttiness that you get from the ground up nuts. I buy them in bulk, make big … Read More »

  • MEXICAN STUFFED PEPPERS

    Leafing through my untidy pile of scribbled notes and ingredient lists, I chanced upon a tattered piece of paper from when I was travelling in Turkey. It said ‘dolmas’ (stuffed grape leaves) on the top, and ‘rice, beef, garlic, sumac, raisins, and tomato paste’ jotted below. Not a recipe by … Read More »

  • LEMON CURD CAKE

    The lip-puckering tartness of lemon curd never fails to excite me. Be it in a tart, dolloped over pavlova, or in a parfait like this one I made a while ago, if there’s a dessert with it on the menu, that’s invariably what I’d end up ordering. Some like their … Read More »

  • 3-INGREDIENT MANGO FROZEN YOGURT

    This recipe has been a long time coming. Ever since the mango season began this year, I haven’t been able to stop buying these luscious beauties. Deceptively so, most of them however. Vibrant, voluptuous, and yielding, they are seldom as sweet and flavourful as you think they would be. Freezing … Read More »

  • THAI GREEN MANGO SALAD (SOM TUM MAMUANG)

    If I had to pick one favourite salad, I think this would be it (with Caesar coming in a close second). When my mom and I were travelling in Bangkok and Pattaya many years ago, we ate Som tam (raw papaya salad) in almost every street-food stall that we went … Read More »

  • KOREAN CORN TEA (OKSUSU CHA)

    Korean corn tea, or Oksusu cha is a classic Korean beverage. Although called ‘tea’, it isn’t tea in the normal sense; it’s essentially boiled corn water. Corn kernels are slowly roasted until almost blackened and charred, and boiled in water until the water takes on the slightly nutty flavour of … Read More »

  • SLOW-ROASTED TOMATOES

    I grow tomatoes all year round in my little terrace garden – grape, cherry, heirloom, pear-shaped ones, black plum ones, I’ve tried the whole range. Although I do get a steady harvest all year round—owing to the soaring heat and humidity levels in Chennai—this time of year, in the months … Read More »

  • OATMEAL WITH SPICED PLUMS

    Two times in a row I’ve written about pudding with cooked fruit (this is more a porridge, but it’s so good that it could pass off for a pudding!) and two times in a row I’ve written about breakfast foods. A little monotonous I know but bear with me, we’re … Read More »

  • COCONUT CHIA SEED PUDDING WITH APRICOT COMPOTE

      Pudding for breakfast? Best case scenario. This might be the healthiest ‘dessert’ that I’ve ever eaten. Seriously, there isn’t one ingredient in here that isn’t good for you – the sweetness is derived from honey, richness from coconut milk, and the subtle heat and flavourings from the spices and dried … Read More »

  • THREE BEAN SALAD

    This salad has been a part of my husband’s lunch box for the past two weeks now. Going on his third today, I was considering at least trying a different dressing to break the monotony, but he says he’d like to stick to this. The man can eat curd and rice for every meal for a whole month without getting sick of it! But back to the salad, if it ain’t broken don’t fix it, right?

  • SPICY BAKED OKRA FRIES

      Every so often I come across recipes that boast baked versions tasting better than their originally deep-fried counterparts. Either I haven’t been making them right, or my love for deep-fried food is so great that nothing stands up to it. I’d rather eat it occasionally in its ‘unhealthy’ form than … Read More »

  • EASY HOMEMADE KIMCHI

    My dad loves kimchi. The Chinese restaurant we used to frequent in Coimbatore used to serve sliced cabbage (not Napa, the regular variety) tossed with chili powder with some garlic and ginger I think, and serve it as a condiment at the table. Every single time we went there, we’d … Read More »

  • ROASTED CAULIFLOWER AND HARISSA SOUP

    I’ve talked about harissa before; about its endless possibilities of using it as a marinade for meats, in hearty stews, and to flavour soups with. I considered for a moment using chickpeas and making a stew instead of this soup, but after a quick cupboard rummage proved futile, soup … Read More »

  • STRAWBERRY AND ALMOND CRUMBLE (GLUTEN-FREE)

      Have you ever wondered what would happen if you switched up your good ol’ crumble recipe for one that uses ground almonds instead? Delicious things, that’s what. I made this cake with ground almonds instead of flour, and it tasted so good that I made a mental note to do … Read More »