Green Chili Pickle, from Syl

“So many chilies. Given a heap away. But they keep growing in such abundance on the bushes in our compound. Not wanting to see them go to waste I thought about pickling them. A friend suggested I look up Nisha Madhulika’s FB vlog for a reliable recipe. So I did, and here’s the result.” The…

Indian Olives ?

Saw this recipe in a magazine or newspaper or something in India, couldn’t quite get my head around it, but it does sound interesting. Orange and Chaat Masala Olives 30 black Spanish olives 4 cloves garlic 1 sprig rosemary 4 to 5 thin slices whole orange, peel on 1 tsp dried red chili flakes 3…

Iron rich meal suggestions

Back to Sango, and the latest on her Intermittent Fasting successes (which are quite mind-boggling and extensive. Less 20 kg now, with glowing skin and uber energy). Some tips and suggestions. All sources of iron should be eaten with Vitamin C rich food such as spinach, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, kale, bean sprouts, dried beans, lentils,…

Fish Tikka a la Sango

Another one of Sango’s easy-to-prepare dishes; prepare in advance … cook in minutes ! 500 gms seer fish (Spanish mackeral), skin and bones removed, cut into 1.5 x 1.5 inch cubes 3/4 cup hung curd * salt to taste 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper 1/2 tsp paprika 1 tsp garam masala 1 tbsp each…

Veronica’s South Indian Chicken Curry

So this is a basic version of a go-to recipe – robust, tasty, easy to make, and quite the staple with rice, chappattis, naans, parathas … 2 chicken breasts, in pieces 1 big onion, chopped 2 tomatoes, skinned, pureed 2 tbsp ginger-garlic paste 1 tsp turmeric (haldi) chili powder – to taste, depending on how…

Kumari’s (quick) beetroot (a side dish)

I saw her grating, stirring, tasting and serving – all in a few minutes. This was it. Beetroot, grated green chili (as required), de-seeded and sliced OR one or two dried red chilies OR a dash of chili powder I tomato, chopped 1 big onion, chopped Juice of lemon – to taste salt In a…

Mum’s wonderful, wonderful Buttermilk

The eternal go-to during Indian summers. There are so many varieties and recipes, but the one you are used to is the only one that hits all the right spots ! For 2 glasses : 3 tbsp thick yoghurt, whizzed in a blender Separately, give 3 shallots, 1 green chili and some fresh coriander a…

Pam’s stir-fried Paneer

Another light, easily made dish. Stir fry, serve. Paneer is a fresh cheese from South Asia, particularly the Indian subcontinent. It is unaged, acid-set, non-melting farmer or curd cheese, made by curdling heated milk with lemon juice, vinegar or any other food acids. paneer, cubed a bit of oil whole jeera (cumin) pinch of sugar…

Pam’s Beetroot Salad

Had this @ Pam’s on a hot summer afternoon, at lunch, and it was lovely. I normally dislike beetroots, but these half boiled ones retained a hefty crunch. Beetroot, parboiled, chopped fine 1/2 to 1 big onion, chopped fine 1 tomato, chopped fine green chili (as per taste), de-seeded, chopped fine dressing – salt, pepper…

Kuko’s Grilled Peppers

I know this sounds like a no-brainer … but when served piping hot, with meat and salad on a cold Gurgaon evening, music playing, wine in hand and catching up with old friends after yonks, it was delicious beyond belief. Green, red and yellow peppers, sliced, de-seeded, pith removed olive oil crushed garlic oregano salt…

Kuko’s Broccoli-Date-Pomegranate Salad

Another winner from the Kuko table ! Source and mix. Serve. Broccoli florets, steamed Pitted dates, sliced pomegranate arils toasted almond slivers honey mustard dressing Honey mustard dressing 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar 1 tsp mustard powder 1/2 tsp garlic powder 1 tsp salt 1 tsp pepper 2 tbsp dijon mustard 3 tbsp olive oil…

Kuko’s Celery Soup

Continuing the Kuko kitchen legacy … an absolutely delicious soup in its simplicity. Celery, chopped 2 big onions, chopped garlic, crushed chicken stock dash of cream 1 boiled potato (optional) for a thicker soup 1 tsp sugar salt, pepper 1 tbsp port wine In olive oil, saute the celery, onion and garlic. If using the…

Kuko’s Grilled Mushrooms

I’m a sucker for food that delicious, easy to prepare and involves the least work. So these few posts are all things Kuko, as she whips them up effortlessly, remains elegant and relaxed and entertains with gracious facility ! Button mushrooms, cleaned, stems removed, patted dry Finely chopped onion cheddar cheese a dash of mayonaisse…

Kuko’s (Indian) twist on a salad dressing

To give regular salad dressing a bite … … sputter in olive oil, some mustard seeds, curry leaves and a couple of dry red chilies. Mix this into the vinaigrette and lift with the addition of a couple of tablespoons of fresh orange juice. Goes brilliantly with grated carrots. Pix off the web, with thanks,…

Sweet Paul’s Famous Feta & Lemon Dip

Came across this first in his cookbook and then online – will be trying it out very soon. Looks and sounds terrific. This is the most blogged, tweeted, and pinned recipe I have ever created. It’s also one of the simplest recipes ever. Just a few ingredients, 2 minutes in the food processor, and voila,…

Baked Olives a la Navzer

Thrown together to no particular recipe, according to Navzer, this was another stellar pick on that cold Vancouver evening, along with the patates bravas. zest of 1 lemon 1 tsp fennel seeds 1 clove garlic, chopped fine 1 tbsp olive oil Sliced lemon from zested lemon olives A slug of wine Preheat oven to 350…

Patates Bravas by Navzer

A tapas dish from Spain, this is Navzer’s version, served on a cold Vancouver evening, quite the shining star among an abundance of delish platters. potatoes with skin, in small pieces, or small potatoes halved olive oil mayonnaise any hot sauce paprika or crushed red chili flakes chopped garlic, about 4 to 5 cloves squeeze…

Elsie’s Brinjal ‘meykewerti’ (in Malayalam, a vegetable dish)

brinjals (aubergines) of any kind, cut in thinnish long wedges 1 big onion, sliced 1 heaped tsp ginger-garlic paste chili powder, to taste 1 big or 2 small tomatoes, chopped salt 1/4 cup tamarind water (soak tamarind pulp in hot water for a bit, and extract clear tamarind water) a couple of spoonfuls fresh grated…

Mum’s Mango Chutney which turned out to be Dad’s recipe

There is this accompaniment – a mango chutney or chamandi as it is known in Malayalam – which was and is a household favourite, to die for. So, with Mum at home, we decided to revive old traditions and boy oh boy, did it vanish in seconds ! 2 raw green mangoes (the sourer and…

Spice Options

I can’t see myself making these, but found the idea appealing – freshly ground spice mixes for the occasion ! Found this in a magazine, as I do on the odd occasion I read magazines, usually in waiting rooms … Caribbean Jerk (makes 2 tablespoons) Use as a marinade mixed with a little honey and…