There are times things just turn out extraordinarily well.  What started as any other soup just turned into sheer deliciousness.  My daughter ate three bowls of it for dinner and asked for more at lunch the very next day. I have no explanation.  But I share the recipe here. The ingredients were quite ordinary, even … 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

Spicy Vegetable soup with penne

This dish should really be called vegetable rasam and it’s a perfect one pot dinner for a small family.  I am not sure why I made it last night. I think it was because I was craving some spicy rasam flavors but didnt feel like making rice and a vegetable separately. I also had a … 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

Readers must know by now that I enjoy both making and eating soups and usually make them with whatever vegetables I have available. I use fresh herbs when available and any combination of spices that I think will work well together. It means that my soups never taste the same and there is some risk of … Continue reading

vegetarian-tacos

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

Uppuma

The lowly uppuma frequently gets a bad rap. Despite it having been a winning recipe on a TV chef competition, many of us harbor a little bit of disdain for this dish.  This is reflected in phrases like  “just uppuma”. My daughter and I love uppuma. It is nutritous and capable of infinite variety and can … Continue reading

On Friday evenings I usually fix up a bunch of simple appetizers and have friends over. You can do this with just about anything you have available in your kitchen.  Here are a few simple appetizers that you can serve your friend along with an assortment of wines or beer of soft drinks. These will … 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

Vegetarian chili

This is a terriffic vegetarian chili recipe from Ranga Seshadri. He brought some to share when he came to dinner and  I stashed it away for myself and I am glad I did. It was delicious and  I was able to make two more meals out of it that week.  I plan to experiment with … Continue reading