Pesto Genovese – Classic Basil Pesto


Yet another recipe born out of our veggie garden. This is the first year, that I planted basil in our garden. Every year, I’ve tried growing basil from seeds, and for some reason I never had success with it. This year, I got a small basil plant and put it next to our tomato plants … [Read more…]

Garlic Pickle


Summer here is all about eating ice creams and lemonades, however summers in India are very different. In addition to it being the time for mangoes, it is also the time my grand mother used to gear up to make vathal,applam and pickles. Pickle making was reserved for the summer months, and although this particular … [Read more…]

Idly Podi/Idli Milagai Podi/Gun Powder


No matter how many ever side dishes like chutney sambar exist for idlies, there arises a question at my house everytime we have idli or dosa – ‘where is the podi?’. This podi, also called Idly Podi/Idli Milagai Podi/Gun Powder in other Indian cuisines is a dry lentil powdered which is mixed with oil and … [Read more…]

Fire Roasted Eggplant Chutney/Sutta Kathirikkai Thuvaiyal


There are so many eggplant recipes on my blog and you probably have figured out already that it is one of my favorite vegetables. One of the most delicious ways of eating eggplant is to roast it over fire and use the pulp to make a dish. This method has been favored by cooks all … [Read more…]

Home made Low fat Vegetarian Refried beans with Baked Tortilla Chips

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I love Mexican Food…I love how the usage of spices, beans and rice in the Mexican cuisine is very similar to Indian cuisine. If you are a vegetarian like me, you would love the fact that Mexican food has so many vegetarian options. I especially love the refried beans they serve in Mexican restaurants. I … [Read more…]

Oats Coconut Chutney

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I served my 16 bean adai with oats coconut chutney. It was a super easy recipe, made using  the microwave and the blender and added a nutritious twist to the ubiquitous coconut chutney that is paired with a lot of South Indian dishes such as idly, dosa, adai etc. I have used old fashioned oats … [Read more…]