Turmeric Milk

Turmeric Milk

Turmeric  Latte is  all the  rage  now,  just like  quinoa   and  flax  seeds  were a  few  years  back. Turmeric has  a  lot of  medicinal properties  coupled  with its  ability to brighten  everything.  In Indian culture  turmeric has a place  everywhere  from  medicine  to  religion  to  cooking. If that is not  enough, the plant is  pretty Read more

Spiced Egg in Pastry Shells – The South Indian Egg Puffs

Egg Puffs

Hard boiled egg and  a little  spiced onions  encased in a crisp golden puff pastry  – that is  the  south Indian  Egg Puff.  Just one  is  enough to  quench the  mid afternoon hunger pangs.  Not  surprisingly this is a hot  selling  bakery item.   The  bakeries near  schools  and  offices have  these  delivered  fresh just  inRead more

Enchanted Yet ? – Point Arena Lighthouse

Point Arena Lighthouse

Waves  crashing  constantly on the  rocks,  as if  to keep time  eternally, this  is Point  Arena.  Just pure  nature, and  a  man made  lighthouse. The lighthouse  stands at  the tip of a narrow  peninsula  jutting  about  half a mile into the pacific Ocean – serene and  ethereal.   In the sparsely populated  cost  of  Northern  California Read more

Kerala Avial – A Vegetarin’s Delight

Avial

How do I describe Avial? A mix of vegetables in a  tangy coconut sauce ?  This  could  describe a  number of  things.  This is a  dish popular in  Kerala and neighboring  regions.   Different variations  of this  recipe  exist in other parts of  south India  – those  I would  refer  to as “vegetables with inRead more

Puliseeri – Yogurt Curry With Coconut

Pulisseri

Pulisseri or Pulissery  is  yogurt based  curry that  is  flavored  with  ground  coconut  and  a few  spices.  This  traditional Kerala dish is  made very often in  Kerala homes it  takes  very little  cooking  time and  umpteen  variations  are  possible. Unlike  many  other  curries, you don’t  need  to  rely on a  spice paste or  elaborate  cookingRead more

Parippu Pradhaman – Mung Dal Payasam For OnaSadya

Happy Onam !!!  So today is  the first  day of  Onam – Onnam Onam  or  Utradam  –  the  start  day of  4  days of  festivities.  Clean up  and  get  ready  for  the  main festivities the next  day  – the  Thiruvonam.  No major  sadya  today,  just a   couple  traditional dishes  and  of  course  the  desertRead more

Cinder Cone At Lassen – On The Hiking Trail

Cinder Cone - Lassen

  We were at  the  visitor  center  at Lassen  National  Park poring over  the map.  For  a  nature  lover there  are many interesting  things  to  do here.   I knew  what  I   must to do  the  minute i saw  the  picture of  the  Cinder Cone  Trail.  Lassen  has  no  dearth of volcanic  domes –Read more