Cream Of Celery Soup

Till recently, I did not know much about celery. Of course, I’ve heard the name and had a vague idea of what it looked like. But it is not one of the vegetables that was available either in India or the Far East when I was growing up. And, therefore, I did not have any…

Eggplant In Yogurt

I love eggplant in any form. It is one of the most versatile vegetables and there are literally hundreds of dishes using eggplant. There are also a number of varieties of eggplants, each one better than the next. For this dish, I used the small, purple, round ones. They are the perfect size once you…

Gajar Ka Kofta (Carrot Fritters In Gravy)

Koftas are fritters, served immersed in a wet curry. They are absolutely delicious. Normally, koftas are deep-fried, but this oil-free recipe is as delicious as the fried ones. The most common kofta is made with lauki (bottle gourd). Once, several years ago, Hari said that he would make a kofta with carrots – and he…

Sambaram (Thin Buttermilk)

Today is Ram Navami, a major festival in India. It celebrates the birth of Lord Ram (supposed to be the 7th incarnation of Lord Vishnu). Ram is often described as the ideal man. The huge and impressive volume written by Valmiki on the life of Ram is a very holy book for Hindus and one…

Beetroot Raita (Dip)

Indian summers are harsh, with temperatures soaring above 40o C across most parts of the country. One does not crave heavy foods in such weather. A raita (yogurt based dip), also called pachadi in the Southern parts of the country, is an ideal accompaniment to a meal. These are Indian salads, so to speak. Raitas…

Baked Cauliflower

In the mid and late 80’s, my weekends were always spent with two good friends and their families. We would rotate the venue amongst our homes – and whoever was the host had to prepare lunch and dinner for the group. It was always such great fun. On one such occasion. my friend’s wife (she…

Drumstick Soup

Let me, at the outset, clarify that by drumstick I mean the vegetable. It’s the pod from the moringa tree. Called Sajjan Ki Phali in Hindi and Murungakkai in Thamizh. While eating this excellent vegetable, the pod is cooked with the skin on. It is only when served that the pod is chewed upon and…

Makai Shorba (Corn Soup)

This is another wonderful soup by the prolific Tarla Dalal, may her soul rest in peace. Corn is plentifully available in Northern India from late monsoon right through winter. Of course, it is available throughout the year – but not through natural farming methods. So I tend to avoid buying corn in summers, trying to…

Chayote Squash Soup

Chayote squash is widely available across India, commonly called chow chow. It is also widely used in the cuisines of East and South India. But I have never seen it used in North Indian cuisine. I buy this gourd quite often, but must admit that I am not a great fan. I eat it rather…

Lemon Coriander Soup

This is another classic soup, though I am not sure whether it is only in India or across the world. In my mind, this is more like a summer soup. Perhaps because the association of lemon is often with summer and lemon juice. But I made this soup in winter and thoroughly enjoyed it. The…