Our delightful neighbor dropped in on us last evening. My daughter saw someone approaching the back door as we were having a few restful minutes in the living room. She was rolled up In a fleece wrap on the floor with a small pillow while I was reclining on the sofa and reading aloud to … Continue reading

This is a simpler version of the very traditional moru kuzhambu, quite commonly made in many south Indian homes and at wedding feasts.  My friend Revathi Subramaniam shared her recipe with me. Being lazy, I have made it quite a bit simpler and easier to serve as a hearty soup, though one could argue it is really … Continue reading

This recipe started off as a very simple snack to which we were introduced by our neighbor Lauren. It as so crisp and delicious, I just had to find out how it was made. My daughter and I experimented with it till we were really happy with it. One year we decided to make some … Continue reading

This is a completely vegan recipe where the cream/cheese sauce is made with ground cashew nuts soaked in water ahead of time. It takes just a few minutes to prepare and impresses your friends, if you have any of them over and share.    

I love the gentle, yet complex taste of leeks. In omelets, in curries, stews, and soup, leeks make for a more complex set of flavors that boost every dish. I was introduced to this leek and potato soup years ago as a teenager in Europe. I have never been able to reproduce that “je ne … Continue reading

This is one of those perennial favorites and classics that is deceptively simple to make. Try as one might, it is difficult to get the right flavor and consistency that brings back childhood memories of eating masala dosa at a genuine Udipi restaurant – called them hotels in the day. I have added this recipe … Continue reading

Pumpkin soup with fresh herbs

I was at the India grocery store last week and I asked the storekeeper for pumpkin. He helpfully went in the back and cut me a fresh two pund slice of a yellow sweet variety! Yikes!  What I had wanted was the white ash pumpkin.  I has said “pooshinikkai” and he insisted that this was … Continue reading

There are times things just turn out extraordinarily well.  What started as any other soup just turned into sheer deliciousness.  My daughter ate three bowls of it for dinner and asked for more at lunch the very next day. I have no explanation.  But I share the recipe here. The ingredients were quite ordinary, even … Continue reading

Apricot and mango preserves

I was visiting my friends Krishna and Paulomi at their home in the greater LA area.  Like many Californians, they too have a number of profusely productive fruit trees in their yard, including an apricot tree that was brimming with over ripe fruit.  I couldn’t pass up the chance. The fruit was so ripe and many of … Continue reading

This is a fairly robust and flavorful soup. The key is to roast the vegetables so they caramelize and add that smoky, roasted flavor to the soup.  Fresh herbs add a lot of flavors. Use locally available herbs and substitute dry herbs if you must. It can be made dairy free and completely vegan or … Continue reading