Step-by-step, No grind Thosai (Dosa)

No grind thosai with coconut chutney, tomato chutney and podi with gingerly oil Growing up, thosai and idli with chutney, thuvaiyals (thick stoneground chutneys) or sambhar was a breakfast staple. I’d never seen a cereal box until I was a school-going, 7 year old girl! In the 80s, my maternal grandparents sold thosais and chutneys….

Spiced Skillet Roast Chicken

It was our second holiday as a couple. We’d intended to celebrate Christmas away from the crowds and so we decided to have a simple meal in our serviced apartment. I’d never cooked for him before and had no idea what we were going to cook together.  A short walk to a supermarket in Bukit…

Ayam Kalio (Lazy Man’s Chicken Rendang)

A quick internet search for ‘rendang’ will yield several thousands of recipes for rendang as this is a much loved dish in Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore. Ancient maritime trade and shared histories have ensured that this dish crossed over from its West Sumatran origins to Malaysia and Singapore. It is not known when this dish…

Ultimate Seafood Pilaf

Aromatic basmati rice infused with a rich prawn stock and a vivacious scent of ceylon cinnamon, cloves and green cardamom all swaddle this luxurious take on a simple, mildly spiced pilaf. A pilaf is completely different from a biryani. The pilaf is a lightly spiced rice dish that is usually accompanied by gravy and other side…

Making Sabudana Khichdi with Aunty Meena Newaskar (Melting Pot #2)

For the second feature of my blog series ‘Melting Pot’ , I’ve interviewed my childhood friends’ mother, Mrs Meena Newaskar, who was kind enough to share the recipe for her daughter’s (my friend Neeti) favourite – Sabudana Khichdi and how she learnt to create this popular breakfast and snack originating from Maharashtra. Sabudana, also known…

Rice cooker Mushroom Biryani

Mushrooms are one of my favourite ingredients to cook with and eat. They come in an astounding array of colours, shapes and textures. Just look at my mushroom ‘garden’-slender enoki, meaty shiitake, gorgeous maitake (hen of the woods) and king oyster mushrooms and the cutest of them all – bunashimeji mushrooms. When we were in…

Making Mullu Murukku

Hello Everyone! Thank you for sticking around despite the long absence. As you may know from Instagram, quite a few things have been brewing in my kitchen since I last checked in here. For a few years now, I’ve been thinking about working on a blog project. I’ve finally decided to just take the plunge and…

Nigella’s Nutella Cake (Torta Alla Gianduia)

I owe you a massive apology for being away for so long. Since August, I’ve been busy studying for my TESOL exams and preparing for a move…We’re temporarily moving to Auckland, New Zealand for the whole of 2015 ! It’s been a longtime coming as we’ve been preparing for this for years but it’s crunch…