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

Sundal; the word itself brings back memories of childhood and navarathiri festivals, visits to the beach in Chennai. “Thengai mangai pattani sundal” the young man would shout as he walked up and down Elliotts Beach with his basket and lamp.  For a few pennies he would hand you a warm pack of sundal wrapped in … Continue reading


Here’s another quick and yummy meal that you can bring to the table in a few minutes. Serve for lunch or dinner or even as an after school snack. It honestly took me less than 20 minutes to get on the table with available ingredients in my kitchen. And that last point is the big … Continue reading

Navarathiri is always a time for interesting snack. For most South Indians it is a time to make different kinds of sundal which is a sort of high protein salad with made with a variety of lentils and beans and with spicy, flavorful garnishes.  Here is my all-time favorite; a variation on the coconut, raw … Continue reading

Guest Chef Lavanya Krishnan has a summer veggie burger recipe just in time for the July 4th holiday weekend.  Like all of of our guest chefs here, Lavanya is a creative innovator. She has added her own twist to a recipe she found in the Vegetarian Times magazine. It’s packed with protein and great flavors … Continue reading

My grandmother would always be experimenting in the kitchen with leftovers;  trying to come up with variation to make unassuming leftovers seem more appetizing . She would suddenly emerge from the kitchen with her latest creation in her hands and pop it into the mouth of the nearest grandchild.  Some of this must have rubbed … Continue reading

Sweet potato fries are very similar to potato fries, only better.  The sweetness of the sweet potatoes provides a nice base for experimentation with various spices.  The rich orange color of the vegetable makes it a pleasure for the eyes too.  This is one dish that is a feast for your eyes and stomach.