Iyer Mami’s Rasam

Iyer Mami’s Rasam

I can’t say I remember meeting Iyer Mami but I guess I could say that I have eaten her food. Or perhaps ‘imbibed’ is a better word. When my Mum was pregnant with me, her first & most favourite child (small print: this claim is Read more

Lighter Sticky Sesame Chicken

Lighter Sticky Sesame Chicken

My children love all kinds of ‘Chinese’ (or perhaps Americanised Chinese is a more accurate description) dishes where the chicken is deep-fried or even double deep-fried to achieve a crunchy exterior and a juicy interior and then dunked in a sticky sauce. Personally, I am Read more

Japanese-Style Fried Rice (Chahan/Yakimeshi)

Japanese-Style Fried Rice (Chahan/Yakimeshi)

Once upon a time, when life was normal and we could do all that we then took for granted, Wagamama* was one of my favourite places to eat in. The food was/is delicious, of course, otherwise I’d be a fool to keep going back, but Read more

Quick & Easy Chilli Cheese Naan

Quick & Easy Chilli Cheese Naan

Each year, it is expected of December to fly by at double speed. There are parties to attend, shopping to do, presents to wrap, Christmas baking to be done – you know what it’s like. Somehow, it seems like the year starts off slowly, barely Read more

Of Armchair Travels & Fish Curries

Of Armchair Travels & Fish Curries

I am craving a fish curry today. Making it is the easy part, deciding which kind is harder. After much deliberation – yes, we take such decisions with a great deal of gravity around here in our household – I settle on making a south Read more

Keema Matar (Lamb Mince with Peas)

Keema Matar (Lamb Mince with Peas)

It was a long time ago, but if I close my eyes, screw up my face and concentrate, I can still almost taste it. I was about 9 years old and lived with my parents and brother in rented accommodation in Ghaziabad, a city around Read more

Aloo Tikkis (Potato Cakes)

Aloo Tikkis (Potato Cakes)

This just might be the time and place to make a profound declaration about my lifelong love for potatoes. If not now, when? No matter what else has changed in my life from childhood to adulthood, this spudevotion has remained unequivocal. You cannot hide a Read more

Spinach & Ricotta Stuffed Pasta Shells

Spinach & Ricotta Stuffed Pasta Shells

Spinach and cheese. It’s probably one of the best pairings of the food world. Why else would so many countries in the world have their own take on this classic combination? America has her spinach dip, India her saag paneer, Greece her spanakopita. Cyprus pairs Read more

Crisp Onion Pakoras/Bhajiyas

Crisp Onion Pakoras/Bhajiyas

There is no denying it. India loves pakoras. It’s difficult to walk around in India without eventually coming across some shop, tiny or big, selling these fried morsels. Like cricket, pakoras are a national passion. As with much else in India, it’s not easy to Read more

Baked Sriracha Chicken Wings

Baked Sriracha Chicken Wings

If you think these look good, just wait till you taste them. But that’s not even the best part. They are baked, yes, but thanks to a nifty little trick, get as crisp in the oven as when deep-fried. Sounds too good to be true, Read more