Restaurant Style Dal Khichdi

Khichdi needs no prologue. It's a baby's first introduction to solid food, comfort food for cool mornings and chilly nights, remedy when one's under the weather (cuz it's easy on the gut) and a quick fix when you don't fancy cooking an elaborate meal. Most importantly, it's a blessing when you have a bad toothache... Continue Reading →

Baked Feta Cheese Pasta

Bubbling block of cheese, bursting cherry tomatoes, aromatic garlic… this one pan wonder is as delightful to make as it is to eat. No muss no fuss; add everything to the casserole or a baking dish along with a sprinkle of salt and pepper, chilli flakes and a drizzle of olive oil. Let it sizzle... Continue Reading →

Surmai Fry

Marinade: Marinate the slices in 2 tbsps Red chilli powder, 1 tsp garam masala powder, 1/2 Tsp turmeric powder, 1 tsp coriander powder, 1 tsp ginger-garlic paste, a small bunch of chopped fresh coriander leaves, few chopped curry leaves, 2 tbsp vegetable oil, juice of half a lemon and salt as per taste. Leave the... Continue Reading →

Lockdown has made me a huge fan of Instant Food Mixes. With the absence of househelp and backbreaking chores to do all by ourselves, it's understandable that we go foraging for shortcuts. Here's where Instant Mixes come to rescue. Like this splendid Vermicelli Payasam. Laced with nutty dry fruits, vermicelli and sweetness in perfect measure,... Continue Reading →

Pasta With Lentils

This is one-pot, wholesome and super-easy dish that definitely deserves a flaunting. If you're done with the monotony of cooking lentils the same old ways - soups, stews, salads, etc. - this will come as a respite. This is me. I get bored easily, cooking the same recipes over and over again. Need, as they... Continue Reading →

Whole Masoor Dal – Pressure Cooked

Whole Masoor or Sabut Masoor are these mighty nutritional members of the legume family, typically dark brown on the outside and salmon-pink on the inside. They cook super fast, even without a pressure cooker and are a powerhouse of proteins, dietary fibre, iron, zinc, vitamins, minerals and are super low on calories. These wholesome food... Continue Reading →

Tangy Tomato Rice

Natasha Gracious

Tomato Rice… this tangy, one-pot recipe is a breakfast/lunch/dinner staple in any South Indian household. No side dishes necessary, you can enjoy the best of it with just the papadum or raita and an equally tangy sour pickle. Gosh! My tastebuds have got the goose-bums already 😛  It used to be a tiffin-regular of my Keralite friend, thus the recipe. I remember exchanging my tiffin with hers so that I could gobble down all of it alone, without a thread of shame 😛
Tomato Rice
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 20-25 minutes
Serves: 4-5

Ingredients:
1 cup (250 gm) cooked basmati rice
3 big size tomatoes, finely chopped
1 medium size onion, finely chopped
1 tbsp ginger-garlic paste
2 green chilies, chopped
2 heaped tsps kashmiri chili powder
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1/2 tsp black pepper powder
2 tsps coriander powder
1 tsp cumin powder
2 tsps mustard seeds
1 tsp…

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Lucknowi Chicken Korma

Lucknowi cuisine has a unique identity and character of its own, just like the city of Nawabs where it was born. Lucknow was under rule of the Mughal Empire during the 16th century. The bawarchis or chefs of the Shahi kitchen were trained to cook an elaborate fair comprising high levels of dexterity and finesse.... Continue Reading →

Chettinad Prawn Curry

Chettinad, a region in Tamil Nadu state of South India, is synonymous with hyper-spicy and aromatic food laced with well-balanced flavors. If there's any cuisine that celebrates spices with utmost devotion, it's this cuisine. The fiery flavors come largely from the use of red chilies and black peppers. Variety of spices are roasted and freshly... Continue Reading →

Old-fashioned Bread Butter Jam Pudding

We all love puddings, right. I mean, who doesn't? You'll go nuts reading and then wondering about their variety, the diversity of recipes out there and the way they look and taste. It's like, they have a happy little world of their own. This old-fashioned BBJ pud is absolute bonkers. Super fun, easy-peasy and a... Continue Reading →

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