Tandoori Aloo / Potato Lollipops

Few weeks ago we hosted three of our cheerful and boisterous cousins for dinner. We prepared an eclectic menu with some Punjabi and Italian recipes!! I know it sounds like a funny combination but then I was pretty sure that the boys would enjoy some “hatka” food considering most of us get to eat the…

Mexican Rice

Way back when I was in the 7th grade my parents brought home a rice cooker. Oh yes! This was back when, nobody dared to use anything other than the “Prestige” pressure cooker! Did I mention that they are one of the most forward thinking folks that I know of  when it comes to anything:…

Fettucine Pasta in Pink Sauce

My pasta journey has progressed considerably since 2001 when I first tasted this exotic sounding dish! For a tam bram girl from Madras (Chennai these days) everything other than rasam, sambhar, karamadu (vegetables) rice and thayir saadam (curd rice) sounded exotic! Though to be fair, my dad had introduced me to the pizza when I was in class…

Vegetable Idlis

Growing up idli was a regular on the breakfast menu at home. In fact  there was a standing  joke at my home where dad and me used to tell mom that we were going to sprout “idli” trees in our stomachs one day! For the record, idlis are steamed rice and lentil dumplings or rice…

Faux Sour Cream!

I love sour cream just like any other gal who loves chocolates, cheese and wine. I love spreading it on Mexican dishes, spicy  bread, veggie crudities and more. However I couldn’t find some good quality stuff around where I live so I came up with an alternative which is healthy in my mind and I guarantee you…

Veggie Quesadillas

I was introduced to quesadillas at “Chilies”, one of my favorite joints for some tasty tex-mex food when I was working in NY way back in 2006. My room mate’s uncle had come to visit and he graciously treated the girls to lunch. It was a gorgeous Sunday afternoon and we were talking about coloring…

Refried Beans

Per Wiki, re-fried beans is mashed and cooked beans and is a staple in Mexican and Tex-Mex cuisines. I heard of re-fried beans during my bachelorette years in the U.S. Initially I thought that they were some kind of fried beans and I wondered how they managed to fry beans? I imagined green beans smothered…

Veggie Macaroni Bake

The first time I tasted traditional Pasta bake was at the home of one of my colleagues at London. I had travelled to the U.K  for a work trip and one of my Indian colleagues had invited me over to his beautiful home at Marble Arch….Those were the  days. Sitting cozy in a warm apartment…