Holidaying in Delhi with a baby

We went on a week long trip to Delhi with Adhiyan last month. That was our first holiday as a family after he was born. Why Delhi? Stanley’s aunt lives there and we thought it would be easier to stay with them instead going to a new place and staying at airbnb or a hotel…

Sumaar Foods to Super Foods

Been wanting to write this piece for sometime now. I was able to sneak in and consolidate the information I had on hand and here it is! The so “Super Foods” were used very normally in day to day lives of people. Modernization/Westernization/Globalization pushed them to the back seat and gave way for a very…

Adai

Adai is a protein rich dosai made from a variety of legumes. The choice of legumes that can be used makes it a very healthy dish. Millets can also used in substitute of rice while grinding the batter. Usually adai is quite thicker and the batter is ground and readily used for making adai whereas…

Peanut Ladoo

This is my first blog post after Adhiyan and it happened to be a sweet dish. After a good 5 months at my parents home I am back in Kuwait. Having left the fully loaded pantry with the husband has resulted in many unopened packets of groceries. Had to finish them at the earliest before…

Kothamalli Thokku

Kothamalli / Fresh Coriander leaves thokku is a pickle like chutney that will stay good for a week or two when refrigerated. The thokku goes well with all tiffin items like Idli, dosai, paniyaram,etc. It requires a handful of ingredients that are regularly available in the kitchen. This is our family favorite and Amma makes…

DIY – Painted Canvas & Storage box

Craft has always been part of my pastime since my childhood. I used to create greeting cards using chart papers, newspapers and pictures from magazines. Hand embroidery was taught in-house as my grandma used to do extensively. Somehow in the work-life marathon I couldn’t do much after I moved to Kuwait. Got a perfect time-off…

Ragi Pakoda

Ragi Pakoda is one of my favorite tea time snacks. Tastes good and comparatively easy to make when compared to bajji/bonda. Doesn’t need a side dish and perfect for rainy evenings with cup of cardamom/ginger tea! What you need Ragi flour – 1.5 cups Onions  – 1 thinly sliced Dry chilies – 2 Curry leaves…

Pottukadalai Urundai

Pottukadalai Urundai is one of the easiest sweets that you can make within no time. This is very commonly known in our family as Minuku Urundai which translates as glittering balls. The sugar adds a glitter to the balls and hence the name. The recipe uses simple ingredients and very less or no cooking time….

Lunch box hacks

It is an everyday routine to stare at the fridge and pantry to decide what to cook and wishing some magic to help with an answer! And like many, I am realizing every single day, how cruel it was tell Amma that her lunch menu was repetitive and boring (though she packed a good variety…

Vendakai / Okra Sukka

In the famous Tamil movie Roja, there is a scene where the hero Arvindsamy goes to see the elder sister for marriage and says he likes her younger sister ! Not to forget that “Enaku intha ponna pidichiruku!” dialogue. Same is the story for my last post, where Parupu Thogayal is the elder sister and…