Bihari Parwal Masala (Pointed Gourd Stir Fry)

Parwal (pointed gourd) was not one of my favourite vegetables when I first moved to Delhi in 1984. As usual, I bought it stoically once every 3 months – just to assuage my guilt that I am not eating seasonal and local. It was only when Hari came into my employ in 1997 that I…

Vankaya Vepudu (Eggplant Stir Fry)

The humble eggplant is one of the most versatile vegetables that I know. There are literally hundreds of recipes in each of the different states of India. And there are several varieties of eggplants – long, small-round, large-round, green, white, striped… I reserve specific varieties for different dishes. For example, the Palakkad preparation of eggplant…

Amritsari Dal

I was not a great fan of the North Indian dals – mainly because I have been used to the taste of tamarind (or something sour) with my rice. Therefore, the South Indian preparations were more suited to my taste buds. Some years ago, I decided not to have rice for dinner, but opted for…

Greek Salad

Salads are an everyday preparation in my home. I am therefore constantly on the lookout for interesting salad recipes. I normally stick to the Indian icon, Tarla Dalal, for inspiration. That’s because her recipes use ingredients that are easily available in the country. But I do like to try salads from different countries too. When…

Tomato, Basil and Tofu Salad

I have been enjoying concocting salad recipes. In the process, I have lost count on the number of salads that I have prepared. It suffices to say that each one is more interesting (and tasty) than the next. This salad called for feta cheese. I could have substituted the dairy with vegan cheese. However, my…

Muthira Varutharacha Curry (Horsegram Dal)

Horsegram is widely used in Kerala. I was pleasantly surprised to discover that even in Uttarakhand, it is a popular dal. I have tried some recipes from Uttarakhand using horsegram – and they turned out delicious. This recipe, however, is a traditional dish from Kerala. It is difficult, if not impossible, to find horsegram with…

Banana Blossom In Tamarind Gravy

Every part of the banana tree is consumed in India. The steam and blossoms are used to make various lip-smacking dishes. The leaves are used to serve food – eco-friendly. The used leaves are then fed to cows or goats. Raw banana is also used to make different kinds of dishes. Ripe bananas are, of…

Uppu Cheedai (Crunchy Savory Balls)

India has numerous deep-fried snacks. Being WFPB, many of us are denied the pleasure of such snacks. I have missed my murukku, ribbon pakoda, thattai… – since I sacrificed oil a decade ago. But the experiments to bake such snacks continued. Several attempts during the last decade, but not 100% successful. The mouth-feel was always…

Mixed Vegetable Curry

There are occasions when I like to have a flavoured rice – any of tomato, eggplant, sesame, coconut, tamarind, lemon… I often pair this with a mixed vegetable curry. That way, I of balance the carbs in the rice with loads of vegetables. It is a wonderful combination – and I am invariably in seventh…

Caesar Salad

I have heard of Caesar salad, but really did not know what it was – except that it is a salad! So, I decided to add to my knowledge. Whenever I check out a new recipe, my first task is to check the list of ingredients – whether I have the actual ingredients or suitable…