September 7, 2014

Sambar Using Store Bought Sambar Powder — Happy Onam!


Happy Onam.

Every Onam brings fond memories.  

Memories of draping in traditional gold-bordered settu mundu, wearing jimikki earrings with strings of fresh jasmine flower adorning the hair, creating pookkalam—the colorful and intricate arrangement of fresh flowers on the floor—with friends, clapping and moving around in a group to the tune of thiruvathira song, and, enjoying the elaborate and most exquisite vegetarian feast, sadya.

The harvest festival of Onam—the most important festival in Kerala—celebrates the mythical homecoming of King Mahabali, the legendary king who reigned the state in the golden era. Per legend, he visits his subjects every year, and Keralites celebrate it with pomp and great frevor. Onam also signals the end of monsoon seaon.

July 18, 2014

Mango Nectarine Smoothie


I'm in a serious relationship with drinks. The life bonding kind. 

Nah, not with alcoholic beverages. But the non alcoholic variety. Like juices, ice cold spritzers and mocktails, shakes and smoothies. 

Ah, smoothies.

June 27, 2014

Orange Rose – Fun twist on the classic OJ


Oh hai! It’s June and I’m back!

Temperatures are soaring; mercury is climbing; and the heat is searing.  

Summertime is here and I’m celebrating this sunshiny season with cool drinks ideal for sipping inside or poolside.

A sublime drink and a cool breeze is all you need to make a lazy hot day just about perfect. Don’t you agree?

June 22, 2014

4 Delicious Lemonade Variations for Summer


The world is gripped by the football fever. 

And, Middle East? Summer fever!

No kidding.

We are sizziling with temperatures hitting record levels as early as June. Haven’t seen this much heat and humidity so far in the beginning of summer. The peak season is usually July-August.

It’s simply hot, humid and hazy.  With temperatures soaring to the 50s, staying hydrated is vital.

October 19, 2013

Strawberry Soft Serve — three ingredient, less than 5-minute ice cream!

This is one of those long, long pending posts. It has been in my drafts since the beginning of summer. And finally sees light in fall.

Feel like some ice cream to embrace fall?

I scream. Ice scream. Nah, nah, it's, i c e  c r e a m …lol

June 24, 2013

Tadka Dal — Spiced Indian Lentils

If I had to list my all-time favorite dal recipe it would be this.  

Simple, satiating, and soul-comforting, dal tadka.

The taste I grew up with.

May 9, 2013

Blueberry Banana Oatmeal Smoothie—a power-packed hearty drink


We had a couple of exquisitely wet days since the earthquake tremor in mid-April. Beautifully wet days filled with blustery breezes and billowy clouds and early-summer drizzle. The kind that caught everyone off guard. 

It was followed by thunder, lighting, hailstorm and—scandalously pouring rain. Yes, it was pouring in summer!