Festival & Celebration

Mango Rice – How to make Raw Mango Rice or Mangai Sadam

Mango Rice – How to make Raw Mango Rice or Mangai Sadam

Easy, tangy and tasty seasonal raw mango rice or mangai sadam, Tamil style. Grate the mango with the peel and add peanuts for greater flavour and nutrition.

Panakam -Traditional Indian Summer Cooler of Jaggery and Dry Ginger

Panakam -Traditional Indian Summer Cooler of Jaggery and Dry Ginger

Panakam or Panagam: Traditional chilled drink of Jaggery water with dry ginger -specially made for Sri Rama Navami festival – easy, refreshing and healthy

Strawberry Poppyseed Dressing with Chia Seeds

Strawberry Poppyseed Dressing with Chia Seeds

Quick Easy Strawberry Poppyseed Dressing with Chia Seeds for a delicious and healthy Dip or Salad dressing. A cupful of nutrition in less than 10 minutes!

Christmas Cake Easy Recipe

Christmas Cake Easy Recipe

A few weeks ago I had posted my guide on how to soak fruits for a Christmas Cake. I had soaked the fruits in the 3rd week of November, and by the first week week of December it was time to bake the cake, giving […]

How to Soak Fruits for Christmas Fruit Cake

How to Soak Fruits for Christmas Fruit Cake

Christmas Plum cakes are my favourite eats. A trip to Kerala is not complete if I don’t stock up on the rich cakes available at the numerous bakeries, after first checking out from locals as to which one is the ‘best’.   I have been wanting […]

Christmas with Natasha

Christmas with Natasha

Have you soaked the fruits for the Christmas cake yet? There is still time to do this! This will be my first Christmas  with my granddaughter Natasha, and I want it to be really special. One of the best ways to the hearts of my […]

Easy Healthy Pudina Rice – fragrant mint rice with capsicum

Easy Healthy Pudina Rice – fragrant mint rice with capsicum

A deliciously tasty rice, made by mixing cooked rice with a spiced mint sauce. Nutritious and so easy to make!

Vanilla Apricot Black Rice Kheer (Payasam)

Vanilla Apricot Black Rice Kheer (Payasam)

An Exotic yet healthy Payasam / Kheer of Black Rice, Vanilla and Apricots. Soaking the rice for 3 hours reduces the actual cooking time. The rice is soft and chewy in texture, with a nutty taste and a heady aroma and the kheer is delicious. The cardamom is optional as the rice has enough flavour on its own.

Puliyodharai – Spiced Tamarind Rice made from Pulikachal

Puliyodharai – Spiced Tamarind Rice made from Pulikachal

Pulikachal – A South Indian delicious paste of dry red chillies, spices, a handful of lentils and a thick tamarind extract cooked in hot sesame oil. The cooked paste is mixed with rice to make the fragrant dish called Puliyodharai.

Cranberry Banana Bread

Cranberry Banana Bread

Everything about this bread is good, the making and baking, the taste, the aroma. I have followed the recipe for Brown butter Banana Cranberry Bread from Joy the Baker, as faithfully as I could except that I reduced the cranberries to 1 cup and used frozen instead of fresh. The original recipe did n