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

Fresh Guacamole

On the last day of a family visit, my cousin Cheenu suddenly asked me if he could have guacamole.  Living in Ohio, fresh avocado is not on my springtime shopping list.  As luck would have it, I was able to find a ripe avocado at Trader Joe’s and was hurriedly able to fulfill his request on … Continue reading

I got introduced to this delicious and filling salad during my college days.  It used to come in a box with a mysterious packet of spices until one of my friends showed me how to add boiling water to bulgur wheat and voila! I had one of the main ingredients ready. It’s a lovely salad … Continue reading

the simple rasam

As the title implies, this is a quick shortcut to making that ubiquitous South Indian comfort food, rasam.  The name itself means, nectar, essence or ambrosia.  In the hands of the right cook, it is quite clearly the latter.  I have included several rasam recipes, but there is always one more. There are as many … Continue reading

fresh tomato soup with herbs

It’s that time of year when the tomatoes keep coming in from the garden.  After two large batches of chutney, my daughter suggested we make tomato soup. It’s her favorite soup and she likes it a bit tart. We made a large cauldron full of it and she liked it so much she slurped up … Continue reading

It’s mid-July again and gardeners know what happens. There comes a day when the tomatoes all begin to ripen together. After what seems like months of waiting and peeking at them eagerly every day, they all decide it’s time to change color. Reds, orange, yellow and rust brown, the plants are covered with ripening fruit.  Neighbours … Continue reading