Amtekayi Uppinkayi| Instant Indian Hog Plum Pickle

Have you had the pleasure of biting into an Indian hog plum? If you haven’t, I would suggest you try to get your hands on some as soon as you can. It is a wonderful thing, this hog plum – it will make your mouth pucker with its sourness and refresh your taste buds like very few other foods will. No wonder it lends itself beautifully to things like pickles, gojju or the South Indian version of a relish, chutney and the likes. Today, I am going to present to you the recipe for a very delicious pickle using Indian hog plums.

Check out my recipe for Amtekayi Uppinkayi or Instant Indian Hog Plum Pickle, just in on my other blog!

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Oki All Set To Tantalise Tastebuds With Its New Menu

One of these days, you must surely visit Kammanahalli and lunch at Oki. The long trek across the city, braving the heat and the traffic, will be totally worth it, I can tell you that. Now, you have all the more reason to trek across the city to this eatery (if you don’t live in that neck of the woods, that is) – Oki has come up with a fantastic new menu, which is all set to launch on May 20!

I had the privilege of sampling Oki’s new menu recently, expertly curated by Chef Surajit Ghara, along with a few other food bloggers from the city.

Read all about my experience trying out the new menu at Oki, just in on my photo blog!

Sattu Ka Ghol| Savoury Sattu Drink

My first brush with Sattu Ka Ghol was in Calcutta, a few years back, while on a holiday there. I was enchanted by the pale brown drink that a lot of locals seemed to be relishing, off street-side carts. It looked quite interesting, with finely chopped green chillies, onion and coriander in it.. it was only much later that I learnt that the drink was called Sattu Ka Ghol, a savoury sherbet made using roasted black chickpea flour aka sattu or chane ka sattu.

I tried making the Sattu Ka Ghol at home recently, and was super thrilled with the outcome. It turned out simply beautiful – delicious, very refreshing, just the thing you need on a hot summer’s day. And, it took me not more than 5 minutes to put together!

Sattu Ka Ghol is a supremely easy (not to forget delish!) way of getting in the several health benefits that sattu possesses. Check out the recipe, just in on my blog!

Nungu Sherbet| Ice Apple Lemonade With Rose

Today, I present to you the recipe for a summer speciality from Tamil Nadu – Nungu Sherbet, a delectable juice made using the  flesh of the ice apple. Ice apples by themselves are a great thirst quencher, and they are utterly lovely when used in this drink. The combined forces of ice apples, rose and lemon used here make this juice an ultimately refreshing one, simply perfect for the hot days of summer.

Check out the super easy recipe, just in on my photo blog!

 

Experience Flavours From The Streets Of India, Now At Bombay Brasserie

The bustling 12th Main in Indiranagar is home to several restaurants, serving a variety of cuisines. Bombay Brasserie, one of the eateries on this road, has managed to create a loyal clientele for itself, in the two or so years of its inception. The place is almost always packed, especially so on the weekends. There is a Street Food Festival running at Bombay Brasserie now, and I was recently invited over to sample the special festival menu. I ended up having a lovely experience!
 
 
 

Sugarsnap Peas Stir-Fry, Indian Style

Sugarsnap peas are mostly talked about in connection with dishes like pasta, salad and Oriental-style stir-fries. Did you know that these peas lend themselves beautifully to Indian cooking too?
 
Here’s presenting to you the Indian-style stir-fry I recently made using sugarsnap peas, which rank a bit higher than the regular Indian green peas, nutritionally. It was a delight to cook, this stir-fry – it came together within minutes! It tasted simply lovely – sweet and spicy and slightly tangy – and made for a gorgeous, different-from-the-usual accompaniment to the phulkas I served them with.
 
Check out the recipe, just in on my blog!
 
 

Watermelon & Feta Salad With Mint

Watermelon & Feta Salad is just the perfect thing to prepare on a hot summer’s day, filling, hydrating and refreshing, low in calories. It takes bare minutes to whip up, and is loaded with the several health benefits that watermelon and feta possess.

I love how the sweet juiciness of the ripe watermelon combines with the creamy saltiness of feta to create an explosion of flavour. I use fresh basil or mint leaves in this salad, depending upon what I can get my hands on, and I love how it adds oomph to it.

Check out the recipe, just in on my blog!

Bombay Chutney| Gram Flour Chutney

What do you do when you need a side dish to serve with dosas or rotis, but don’t have much in your pantry? I often end up making Bombay Chutney in that case.

For the uninitiated, Bombay Chutney is a simple but very flavourful dish made with gram flour aka besan. It is quite a common accompaniment to breakfast in Tamil Nadu, and you will find it being served in several eateries. It takes bare minutes to prepare, making it the perfect go-to dish on busy weekdays and lazy weekends alike….or on hot, hot, hot summer days when you don’t want to spend hours slogging over the stove. Did I tell you that it tastes lovely too?

Check out our family recipe for Bombay Chutney (also, Kadala Maavu Chutney), just in on my blog!

Anarosher Chaatni| Pineapple Chutney, Bengali Style

A Bengali meal is incomplete without a chutney, especially so on festive occasions. Quite different from the South Indian chutneys we are used to, a Bengali Chutney (rather, ‘Chaatni‘ in the local language) is a beautiful medley of flavours – sweet and sour with just a hint of spice to keep it intriguing. Panch phoron (Bengali five-spice mix) and raisins added in lend it a lovely texture.
 
Today, I present to you the recipe for Anarosher Chaatni, pineapple chutney Bengali-style, which I learnt on a holiday in Calcutta a few years ago. This is quite a simple thing to prepare but such a flavour bomb that it can jazz up a meal like no one’s business!
 
Check out the recipe for Anarosher Chaatni, just in on my photo blog!
 
 

Rose Syrup| Home-Made Rose Syrup Recipe

I am here today with a home-made rose syrup recipe, one that is rather close to my heart, an inextricable part of my summer-time memories.

Like I have said many times on my blog before, the hot days of summer bring back lots of foodie memories for me. Of holidays spent at my maternal grandparents’ place in Hyderabad, and bottles and bottles of my aunt’s chilled rose milk that she prepared using her special home-made rose syrup.

Over the course of several hot afternoons, I learnt from my aunt the technique of making her fragrant rose syrup. Made from sweet-smelling roses, called Panneer Roja in Tamil, this syrup is free of any artificial colours or preservatives. It makes for some awesome, awesome rose milk, of course, and also goes beautifully in lassi, juices, mocktails, falooda, rose milk, cakes, ice creams and other desserts.

Check out the recipe for home-made rose syrup, just in on my other blog!