Saute an onion in a large soup pot. When it clears add some chili flakes, 1/2 tsp turmeric, 1/2 tsp cumin powder and 1/2 tsp rasam powder and 6 curry leaves. Add 1 liter of water and six large ripe tomatoes, 2 carrots chopped, 1/2 lb asparagus cut into inch long pieces. Bring to a … Continue reading

Saute onions, red peppers and garlic with some fresh herbs in butter or olive oil or a blend. When the onions clear add the red peppers and saute till they begin to blister. Add fresh thyme and one mint leaf and some oregano. Add one can of tomatoes or six to eight plum tomatoes and … Continue reading

Cream Of Tomato and Peas Soup

I found some lovely large tomatoes and fresh peas at the market. I was reminded of the soup my mother would make. So I got them and planned to serve soup for my next gathering. Serve piping hot with a dollop of butter or sour cream or both and some minced curry leaves as a … Continue reading

There are as many soups to make as there are colors in the spectrum. The combination and endless variety of vegetables, legumes and herbs and spices is a starting point. The. Texture, puréed or textured or clear and proportions of ingredient. No two soups are ever the same. A cold front came through last night … Continue reading

Saraswathi Varadarajan of New Mumbai has contributed a wonderful recipe for making sambar. I share it here again in case any of you missed it. Sambar powder as I make. You may change the quantity of red chillies as per your spice limit. 1 tbsp methi seeds 1cm cube hing block 1 cup approx 150 … Continue reading

Extract the fruit of small lime size ball of tamarind and remove the strings and seeds. Should yield a cup of broth. Heat in a large saucepan with 2 inches of fresh ginger slices. 2 or three pieces of lemon grass, 1/4 tsp of ground black pepper, 1/2 tbs jaggery or brown sugar, 1 clove … Continue reading

The perfect ending to summer evenings. One English cucumber peeled and chopped , one ripe tomato, a pinch of fresh ginger: just a hint. A few sprigs of cilantro and a few curry leaves OR a few sprigs of fresh full and Italian parsley , juice of one lime a few bits of minced unripe … Continue reading

So I was hungry. I had had coffee for breakfast and lunch. Good coffee mind you. And then when I got home I raided the refrigerator and I found some soup I had made a few days ago. So into the microwave it goes in a large soup bowl. There wasn’t enough soup after I … Continue reading