Of Birthday Dinners & Blog Revivals

There are two parts to this post as you can gauge from the title: Birthday Dinner & Blog Revival. I’ll tackle the blog revival first, as thats the less interesting of the two. I started my blog two years ago. Posted regularly. Life got in the way. I am reviving my blog again today. Now…

Mango Thokku (Grated Raw Mango Pickle)

Summer means mangoes. I like mangoes of all kinds, all colours and all shapes from all states πŸ˜€ Although a ripe orange-yellow mango is the most sought after, the humble raw mango is no less in terms of taste and its contribution to the repertoire of finger-licking dishes. The beaches in Chennai are filled with…

Dinner in a Bowl – Minestrone Soup

This soup is a winter staple. It is light, but incredibly satisfying. It warms you from inside, and is lovely especially when you have caught a cold, or when its cold outside J I have had this soup frequently during my Masters days in the UK. It stores well in the fridge, and is flexible…

Red Bell Pepper (Capsicum) Chutney

This is a slightly unusual, but extremely tasty chutney. It breaks the monotony of having the usual coconut/tomato/onion chutneys with South indian breakfast mains like idly, dosa, upma etc. This chutney is delicious and versatile in that it has a variety of uses. Add some cream, oregano, pepper and use it as a pasta sauce,…

Basundhi

I’m a milk-sweet fiend. I prefer milk-based sweets, mostly bengali sweets and sweets that are creamy and nice πŸ˜€ Although I do love the occasional gulab jamoon and jalebis, I’d any day pick a sweet that is creamy and yummy over something that isn’t. Halwas are an exception to this rule. I made this delicious…

Paneer Bhurji Sandwich

We had this for breakfast today. If you love paneer, you will absolutely love this sandwich. It is flavourful, cheesy from the hot, melting Paneer – and crispy on the outside. Filling, nutritious and totally delicious ! Ingredients: Fresh Paneer – 200gm, crumbled by hand Bell peppers – 1/2 each of one red, yellow and…

Easy Badam Halwa

Β  I’ve been wanting to make Badam halwa since Diwali last year, but for some reason it never happened. DH is having a potluck at office today, and he asked me what I wanted to make. When I was thinking some kind of variety rice, he suggested dessert. I jumped at the chance and immediately…

Vegetable Hakka Noodles

Ingredients Hakka veg noodles (I use Ching’s which is usually 150 gmΒ  – I use two packets) Capsicum – Red, yellow and green –1 of each (small) Carrot – 2 Cabbage – 1 (small) Onion – 1 big Oil – 2 tbsp Soy Sauce – 2 to 3 tsp Ginger garlic paste – 1 tsp…

Beetroot Curry (dry) with Coconut

Here’s wishing everyone a healthy, peaceful and very Happy New Year 2014!! Beetroots have a lovely, deep red colour almost bordering on purple. They are super healthy foods that offer detox, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Regular consumption of beetroot is also good for getting iron into your system πŸ™‚ We generally have Β a variety of…

No-bake Nutella and Raspberry Jam Tarts

  This dessert is a cinch to make. No oven required, not even a stove. No meticulous stirring or measuring of ingredients needed. Just throw in dollops of stuff together to make this absolutely delectable dessert that I guarantee will disappear in minutes!!! The juicy raspberry jam centre is a perfect complement that gives spurts…