At the holiday time my fridge always has a few seosonal fruits and vegetables and the temptation to use them in a recipe on the spur of the moment results in some successes and a few abysmal failures. Here is one that turned out well.  While making lemon rice for a potluck party I used … Continue reading

Pulao or mixed rice comes in various colors and flavors. It is popular all over the Indian sub-continent and every region lends its own unique flavor to this dish making it distinct. Tangy lemon rice, spicy (and tangy) tamarind rice, bland peas pulao, plain jeera rice and the list is almost endless.

Paruppu podi, a spicy ground lentil mix , is contributed by expert guest chef Saraswathi Varadarajan of Mumbai. A versatile mix indeed which can be eaten with rice or used to make several other quick and tasty dishes. “Yesterday I made the paruppu podi specially for the blog. Helped me in making my husband’s favorite … Continue reading

Time for an easy rice dish. More complex ones will show up from time to time. My daughter loves lemon rice. And this was very common picnic and travel food in my family when we were growing up in India. It is easy to make and doesn’t require refrigeration. Pack with a banana leaf and … Continue reading


Making pongal is a snap if you have a pressure cooker. Equal parts of jasmine rice, brown rice and moong dal cooked with three or four parts water. Add a 1/4 tsp of hing to the water. While this cooks heat 1/2 cup of ghee in a big pot. Add 1 tsp whole peppercorns, 1 … Continue reading

1/2 quinoa and 1/2 rice in rice cooker with 2 parts water and pinch of salt. Splutter mustard seeds and cumin with 2 dry chillies, 1/2 tsp turmeric and hing. Add a pound of fresh baby spinach and sauté and add salt to taste. 6 cherry tomatoes. Cook on low till tomatoes and spinach are … Continue reading