Sambar is a quintessential South Indian dish. There was not a day when we did not have sambar at home and sometimes twice. It’s pungent piquancy and its flavor can equally be an accompaniment to rice or to idlis or dosai. Just add a different vegetable and it is quite different. I still remember my mother’s spinach … Continue reading

Chilled Lemon Thyme and Cardamom Water

My friend Revathi called to poke fun. She tells me that I should next post a recipe for how to make water. She’s laughing because all my recipes are so easy. Well, like all good things in life, the best recipes are also beguilingly simple. On the days my grandmother made butter at home, using … 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

Yoghurt Sauce with Spinach

Temper mustard seeds, urad dal, cumin seeds, 1/4 tsp of fenugreek seeds. 1 dry red chili. 1/4 cup of unsalted dry roasted peanuts. Add 1/2 tsp rasam powder, 1/4 tsp turmeric powder, 1/8 tsp hing powder. Stir till peanuts are golden and add 8 – 12 cherry tomatoes and stir till skins are just splitting. … Continue reading

Spicy Okra Curry with Roti and Zukini Chutney

My daughter and I both love Vendaikkai (okra). She and I made curry today. Splutter mustard seeds, cumin seeds and urad dal with 1/2 dry chill, a pinch of hing, 1/4 tsp turmeric and 1/8 tsp chilli powder in canola oil. Add 1/4 inch pieces of Okra and sauté over a medium flame for a … Continue reading