Coconut is an integral part of every south Indian kitchen. It is used in most of our cooking either ground with spices to make a curry base or as a garnish over a finished dish. Coconut milk is used to make desserts like payasa and aamras. Coconut milk is a […]

How to make coconut milk


  Click on individual links for recipe Jeera Rice – basmati rice cooked with ghee, cumin seeds Dal fry – pigeon pea lentil or toor dal slow cooked with onion, tomatoes and aromatic spices Palak Chola – cooked similar to Palak paneer but replaced paneer with boiled chickpeas Kachumber salad – chopped cucumber, tomatoes, onion in […]

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Spinach is a superfood that is loaded with nutrients. This iron-rich green leafy vegetable is a great source of vitamins and minerals. Spinach is used in cooking curries, dals, fritters and a huge variety of Indian food. It takes about four to six weeks from seeding to harvest making them […]

How to freeze spinach



  Jelly is one snack that kids would never refuse to eat. And obviously, my kids love them. I am not a fan of store-bought jelly because of the amount of sugar, artificial flavours, colours and other chemicals in them. So I make jelly at home with fresh juice. It […]

Orange jelly in orange skin


Atte ka halwa or wheat flour pudding is a famous north Indian dessert that is given as prasad in gurudwaras, also called karah prasad. In fact, I tasted this divine sweet dish first time in a gurudwara here in Melbourne six years ago when I visited a gurudwara for the first […]

Atte ka halwa


Click on individual links for recipe Steamed rice Capsicum masala – diced capsicum cooked in a coconut-peanut gravy Majjigehuli – yogurt based bottle gourd curry (similar to the north Indian kadhi) Kachumber salad – chopped cucumber, tomatoes, onion in lemon juice, salt, chilli powder dressing Homemade yogurt Rasgulla – Soft and spongy cottage cheese […]

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  Christmas and New Year are just around the corner. And the holiday season calls for loads of baking… cakes, cookies, puffs… all the delicious goodies that are perfect for parties and gatherings with family and friends. Here are some of my recipes to make it easy for your next […]

Holiday Season Baking


  Click on below links for individual recipes. Lemon rice – a simple flavourful dish where cooked rice is tossed with an easy tempering and a generous serving of lemon juice Pumpkin Curry – made with pumpkin, potatoes and brown chickpea (or kala chana). This simple no onion-no garlic dish is an excellent accompaniment […]

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  Click on below links for individual recipes. Chicken Kebab – Juicy, succulent, melt-in-mouth kebabs where chicken is marinated overnight in a mix of spices and yogurt Jeera Rice – basmati rice cooked with ghee, cumin seeds and green peas Dal Makhani – silky velvety dal makhani made with whole black lentil, red kidney […]

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  Balyekai palya or raw plantain stir-fry is a simple dish that tastes great with roti, rice-dal or curd rice. This dish is made with just a handful of ingredients and is ready in less than 20 minutes. The important step is to cook the plantain without adding any water […]

Balekai Palya or Raw Plantain Stir-Fry