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 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

Sautéed Spinach with Green Tomato

A delicious blend of flavors that will have your family enjoying spinach.  A couple of tablespoons of this packs a powerful punch of nutrition with a meal. It’s a snap to make and stores well in the refrigerator for several days.  

My neighbour Lauren asked me if I had any good recipes for ripe avocados. She and her family were tired of guacamole and wondered if I could produce something different. I took up the challenge as she proferred three time avacados and a bunch of cilantro that was slighly older that I ; it was … 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

Okra is one of my all time favorite vegetables.  No vegetable stall we frequented in India would be without this ubiquitous ancient mallow.  In curries, in sambar, and in other assorted sauces with fresh cocunut, okra was just delicious.  My mother would make the best dry okra curry with thin slices of okra sauteed in … 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