This is one of those perennial favorites and classics that is deceptively simple to make. Try as one might, it is difficult to get the right flavor and consistency that brings back childhood memories of eating masala dosa at a genuine Udipi restaurant – called them hotels in the day. I have added this recipe … 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

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

My daughter’s second-grade class was studying native American history and culture and a part of this was potluck lunch to include some native American foods.  I picked the Hopi Corn Stew as I thought we could turn that into a vegetarian dish. Surely, I reasoned with her,  the Hopi must have had days when they … Continue reading

Winter is for soup.  Who doesn’t feel embraced and cared for when served a steaming mug of soup bursting with flavors. The best soups have some depth and complexity of flavor.  But that doesn’t make them difficult to make. It is all about ingredients and combinations.  Feel free to experiment with what you have available … Continue reading

Here is a simple variation on the traditional aloo mutter paneer that is the staple of most tandoori restaurants the world over. With fresh vegetables and tomatoes it bursts with flavors. The tofu adds protein and removes some fat.  It can be a fairly low fat dish and versatile enough to be served with bread, roti … Continue reading

Every cook needs a few quick dishes they can produce in a jiffy to feed unexpected visitors or a hungry family on the prowl for the evening meal.  Every Indian family has a few such dishes that the children know and anticipate with pleasure. Every wayside food stall and “hotel” have their own set of … Continue reading

I have been discovering kale this year and learning to cook with it. Fresh Kale, I found out, is yummy and full of vitamins and antioxidants. There are a great many varieties of kale.  My local grocer carries an organic variety with purple leaves they call russian kale that is quite delicious. Saute it with … Continue reading

An early fall Sunday. The air is wet with rain and the birds a screaming with joy in the yard. The weather begins to cool and I start to think soup.  I have some squash and assorted color carrots and potatoes. Fresh herbs and tomatoes form the garden are still plentiful.  Soup sort of cooks … Continue reading