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Tandoori chicken is placed in a platter with a lot of greens and other vegetables

Tandoori Chicken

Tandoori Chicken hold a special place in my heart. It is linked to one of my favourite uncles and the food memories that cling on to us though life moves on. ⁠ When we lived in Mumbai, this uncle visited and stayed with us now and then. He enjoyed my […]

 
A pleasantly coloured chicken gravy is cooking in a black pot.

Chicken Gravy (without coconut)

Chicken gravy is a multi-purpose side dish and this one, in particular, caters to all kinds of palates. The colour is pleasing and it almost looks like a stew. Traditionally, I add coconuts to my gravies. You might have tried the one with paneer in it… so delicious and full […]

 
Paneer gravy in a pretty bowl, garnished with coriander

Paneer in Tomato Gravy

Paneer in tomato gravy is one of the go-to, quick and easy way of cooking up a side dish for the day. And this one is extra quick as you are about to find out! Indeed, there are many hundreds of recipes for paneer, and the beauty is that by […]

 
The vegetable is dispalyed in a pretty bowl with a napkin on one side

Karela Mazedaar

Karela or bitter gourd used to be a dish I ran from when I was a kid. Who am I kidding? Even for half my adult life! (Some also call them Bitter Melons. It’s called paagakaai in Tamil.) And then I mastered the vegetable! I can now confidently serve varieties […]

 
The green thuvayal in a pretty blue bowl

Thuvayal/Ridge Gourd Peel Chutney

Thuvayal is a scrumptious addition to any south Indian meal. And this one is made all the more special because the main ingredient is ridge gourd (English)/ turai (Hindi)/ peerkangai (Tamil) peels! ⁠⁠Indian food is made up of many different styles of cooking. What also makes it special is the […]

 

Mutton Cutlets

Mutton cutlets are the luscious, golden brown discs that can bring in cheer to any meal. Honestly, this claim is true! We eat mutton cutlets with rice and daal/sambhar. It goes with rasam, curd and of course it can be eaten with gravies and stews. It is yum with bread […]

 
Two pieces of friend fish on a white tray, with a salad

Fish Fry

Fish fry is the one of the most popular ways of eating fish in the Southern part of India. The fresher the fish, the better the taste will be. It can be done in just minutes, and makes for a very striking dish on the table. People living near the […]

 
Cauliflower with eggs is served on the table and it is alos being eaten from a plate

Cauliflower with Egg

Cauliflower with eggs is a very quick recipe, ready in literally 20 minutes. I complete it with a generous sprinkling of spring onions and/or coriander leaves. Just five ingredients and a few spices make this a power-packed side to adorn your table! Steps to the Cauliflower with Eggs Buy white, […]

 
The prepared Bhindi Masala is placed in a oval dish

Spicy Bhindi Masala

Spicy Bhindi Masala is ladyfinger/okra in a dry form. It is a vegetarian side, slightly different from the usual bhindi preparations. It will remind you of pakoras. But without the oily feel. It is similar to the stuffed bhindi version. But without the hassle of it. Ready in 20 minutes! […]

 
The dates and tamarind chutney is bottled for storage

Dates and Tamarind Chutney

Dates and tamarind combine well into a tango of flavours. And when we add the sweet health quotient of jaggery and the roasted aromas of select spices, then we get the most perfect ‘Dates and Tamarind Chutney’ that you will ever find on Earth. Guaranteed! And it has no chemical […]