Nellikai Urugai| Gooseberry Pickle| Amla Pickle

With the kind of beautiful gooseberries you get in the market these days, it would be a sin not to pickle them! I absolutely had to get some home and make this nelikkai urugai aka amla pickle.

Here is the very simple way in which we make gooseberry pickle in our family.


One-Pot Vegetable Khichdi In Buttermilk| Moong Daal Vegetable Khichdi Cooked In Buttermilk

I absolutely adore cooking with curd and buttermilk. Be it Gujarati kadhi or Punjabi, ras no fajeto or more koozhu, shrikhand or a bowl of chaaswala mug, I love them all. Cooking khichdi in buttermilk never occurred to me, though, till I recently saw a recipe on a friend’s food blog.

Inspired, I tried out a one-pot moong daal vegetable khichdi in buttermilk, and it turned out absolutely fantabulous! I’m pretty sure this is going our new comfort food. Besides, it is a great way to use up leftover buttermilk as well. What’s more, this is a one-pot dish that can be cooked in a jiffy!

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

Chai (Tea) Masala, The Cheat’s Version| How To Make Easy Masala Chai

It is no secret that I love my cup of masala chai. I prefer the home-made version, made with my own hands. Making the tea every morning and evening is almost like a religious ceremony for me – the measurements have to just perfect to get that perfect cup of chai. With a well-made cup of masala chai and no interruptions, I can attain that state of almost-nirvana. 🙂

Here’s how to make a basic, very simple version of chai masala, the ‘cheat’s version’.

Spaghetti Aglio Olio E Peperoncino| Burnt Garlic Spaghetti

Spaghetti alio e oglio is a traditional pasta dish from the villages of Naples, Italy, a dish cooked with very, very few ingredients. Here, spaghetti is cooked with garlic and salt, in olive oil, each one of these ingredients more or less always available in the Italian countryside. Apparently, the villagers would cook this dish when the times were hard, when there would be nothing much to cook with but when one still wanted to eat a hearty meal.

Check out my version of spaghetti alio oglio, just in on the photo blog!

Tawa Pizza Recipe| No-Yeast, Whole Wheat Stovetop Pizza

This tawa pizza recipe is a throwback to older, simpler times when we had no ovens at home. Back then, pizza was an occasional treat, cooked at home on the stovetop. The sauce would be very Indian, again home-made, never out of a bottle. Served piping hot, these old-fashioned pizzas had a charm of their own and would be, always, super delicious.

Do check out the recipe, just in on my photo blog!

Vegetarian Thukpa| Tibetan/North Eastern Vegetarian Noodle Soup

The thukpa is a kind of noodle soup that originated in Tibet, but is quite popular in parts of North East India. When I tried my hands at making it recently, it turned out absolutely delish, and we loved it to bits. It made for a hearty lunch for the husband and me, a lovely change from the usual. It’s the perfect thing to make right now, considering the chilly weather in Bangalore presently.

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

Khao Phad| Vegetarian Thai Fried Rice

You have to try out this Khao Phad – Thai fried rice – to believe just how delicious it is! Like most other Thai dishes, this one too is a beautiful medley of sweet, spicy and tangy flavours. It is wholesome, and makes for a perfect lunch or dinner by itself. I have used ingredients that are commonly found in India, that will help you create this awesome fried rice within minutes, with just a little beforehand prep.

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