Rainbow chutney sandwiches

Polo Club sandwiches get a makeover with late summer harvest, backyard tomatoes, mint plus some farmer’s market cilantro, and a few delicate spices to make my rainbow chutneys. Gunita and I carried our helmets as we happily walked side by side towards the stables of the New Delhi president’s estate polo club. It had taken…

Thair Sadam

Yogurt rice for hot summer days Mr. Pandarinathan stood in line at the farm watching the milkman milk his cows to get frothy, fresh milk. Waking up at 4:30 to stand in line wasn’t a big deal as the rewards were phenomenal. He’d return home to make this delicious thair sadam. He would prepare lunches…

Lemon Ginger Rice

Perfect for a picnic, potluck. My best memories are carrying this for train journeys. Going to visit my grandparents in the south took us 3 full days by train from Delhi. The train had everything deliciously imaginable for a child. A library to borrow books, vendors who kept passing by with cutlets, coffee & snacks….

Keerai

Soup is such a generic name for such a beautifully elegant & delicious creation. Keerai is its rightful name. It means greens, done this way. This is my grandmother’s recipe. Anything she touched would become gold. A warm human being, she once took the train from madras to Delhi all by herself to spend time…

Ishtu

Softly cooked potatoes smothered in a light coconut gravy dressed up with mild Malabar spices go into the making of Ishtu or Stew. The festival of Onam calls for celebration and today I offer you my easy take on this popular dish. When the Arabs started trading with the west coast of India nobody imagined…

Keerai Vadai

Keerai vadai is a crunchy lentil fritter, with spinach and a special blend of spices folded in. Once you dig in, you will find it hard to stop at one. But why should you? Dr. Vannucci clapped her hands excitedly as she saw me lift up my sari skirt, carefully navigating the stairs that led…

Payesh

Payesh is a Bengali rice and milk pudding sweetened with date palm jaggery. This divine decadence will have you dipping your spoon in again & again till the payesh is no more. My recommendation, do this with eyes closed. Today is ganesh chaturthi. As I pray to the remover of obstacles, by offering this payesh,…

Blueberry Cashew Kulfi

Kulfi is a frozen dessert combining milk with spices and fruit pulp. Similar to ice cream, but a little denser, the difference – kulfi is not whipped. I hope you enjoy my simple 5 ingredient kulfi, packed with yummy flavors and anti-oxidant goodness. A city invaded, demolished and built over at least 7 times, my…

Cherry Tomato Chutney Tarts

Whip up these tarts in a jiffy using store bought tart crust and of course my cherry tomato chutney’s tart flavor makes them truly a tart! The intensely satisfying aroma of the spice blend in this chutney filled my home with a welcoming fragrance that even my 4-legged companion sniffed appreciatively 🙂 A profession that…

Chai Banana Bread

Gently caressed with my special chai blend, eating my banana bread is a sensuous experience. I use all plant based materials and whole grain flour. Hope you enjoy this creation that I’ve been fine tuning like a nicely aged wine for over 25 years. Newly married me wasn’t interested a whole lot in tennis, but…