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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
Egg Puffs

Spiced Egg in Pastry Shells – The South Indian 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
Avial

Kerala Avial – A Vegetarin’s Delight

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
Pulisseri

Puliseeri – Yogurt Curry With Coconut

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
 

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Travel Stories

Point Arena Lighthouse

Enchanted Yet ? – 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
Cinder Cone - Lassen

Cinder Cone At Lassen – On The Hiking Trail

  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
Ode To Road Trips

Are We There Yet! – 5 Incredible Things to Do In Summer

 A  few  rocks to  climb , big and  small Fellow wandering souls,  to  meet and greet Swap a few tales, old and  new Smell the  mountain air,  feel the  salt in your hair All that  happens  here,  while someone  pipes in from behind “Are  we  there yet !!” Now  that is a family road tripRead more

Jaisalmer – Sonar Quila And The Havelis

Jaisalmer is the state of  Rajasthan, India. This city is  in the middle  of  the Thar desert  and  still retains a lot of  the old  world  charm. Yes  there  are  signs of  modern  times , but  there is  also a  sense of  time standing still. The arid climate of  Thar is  not  very  kind towardsRead more

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Kerala Recipes

Avial

Kerala Avial – A Vegetarin’s Delight

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
Pulisseri

Puliseeri – Yogurt Curry With Coconut

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
Ghee Rice

Mildly Spiced – Ghee Rice

A few  spices  make the simple rice   the  center of  the meal,  inviting you to to  reach for the fork.. that is  ghee rice  for  me! Nei Choru or  Ghee  Rice  used  to be  the  staple  of  our  mini household  celebrations.  Mom used  to  serve  these   with  hearty  sides  like  roasted coconut vegetablesRead more

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Bread

Parsley Garlic Wreath

Parsley Garlic Pull-Apart Wreath Bread – A Celebration In Green

Warm aromas of  fresh baked  garlic bread is indeed  amazing ! It  makes  you want  to  reach out  and  take  a bite, even when you are  not  hungry.   Parsley Garlic Pull Apart  Wreath Bread  is a  tricked  out  version of  the everyday garlic bread.  Vibrant  green  color  and  garlicky  flavors  go together   handRead more
Healthy Hot Cross Buns

Whole Wheat Loaded HotCross Buns

It  is  that  time  again  when you  start to  wake up  to  birds  singing outside  the   window. It is  definitely spring , whether  officially acknowledged or not.  Mind you, this is  also the  season  when   the  eyes are  watery and  nose  is  itchy , but  that is not  what this post is about.

Easy Pav Buns

Pav bread  is  very  much in demand  in the   Indian  fastfood  scene. These  are  very similar  to  soft  dinner  rolls. There are  many  different ways to  make  these  buns but   usually it  is  made   with  white  flour, with or   without  diary.   This  recipe  uses  milk  and makes  a  very spongyRead more

Ube (Purple Yam) Bread – Color Me Purple !!!

Isn’t this beautiful ! This loaf is  made  with ube  commonly known as the is  purple  yam or  purple  sweet potato.  In fact Ube should be  for  uber beautiful and  Uber  healthy too.These   are   loaded  with vitamin  A & C,  potassium and  Anthocyanin.  Suffice  to  say   that if  you don’t  want to drinkRead more
 

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