Sweet corn soup

Actually I am not a soup enthusiast and I could enjoy hot vegetable soup only in the rainy evenings or winter nights. Nevertheless I like the idea of preparing simple yet wholesome soup & salad for dinner with little efforts.  Sweet corn soup with sprouted moong salad is one such hearty meal that makes us feel…

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Indian Beetroot Relish

I feel sad that children today are not able to savor our traditional beetroot relish as I did in my childhood. It was a delightful experience for me to relish the beautiful reddish-purple beetroot puree infused with delicious flavors of native fruits served in wedding feasts. Beetroot sweet pachadi, the most popular fruit dessert among…

Stir-fried Balsam Pear

It is a myth that bitter gourds (Balsam pear) are always bitter. Bitter gourds are similar to onions: they both have strong flavors when eaten raw and lose their flavors when cooked. Thus bitter gourds taste bitter when taken raw, when cooked its bitterness reduced by half, when deep fried they are slightly bitter, and…

Piquant Poriyal

It is really challenging to prepare piquant poriyal using mildly sweet & earthy flavored deep red beetroots. I tried various preparations with different ingredients to satisfy my palate; eventually I found that adding garlic, coconut & pepper not only helps to spice up this poriyal but also to add a burst of flavor. I have also added…

Cauliflower peas masala

If I feel exuberant and joyful I would like to please my palate with a delectable meal, and on the other hand when I feel anxious and stressed I used to cook an elaborate meal as it succors to shift my focus of attention in a positive manner. In either case, my family gets benefited…

Faux Mutton Biryani

Being born into a vegetarian family I have been totally clueless about the taste of meat of any kind and hence I used to wonder what makes people to have cravings for meat. So I began to try out the most popular recipes like biryani, kebab, kurma, etc. by replacing meat with vegetable substitutes. Earlier…

White Pumpkin Juice

Spiritual leaders in India used to stress the importance of including white pumpkin in our diet regularly as it is considered Saatvik (meaning ethical, pure & vital) conducive for practicing yoga & meditation. Food plays an important role in meditation because each food generates different effects on different parts of the brain. Saatvik food is recommended to…

Fermented rice

Fermented rice is a classic version of overnight oats popular in the west. It has been the staple food for working class here in India, but this humble meal is in vogue even among elites in the recent times. This is mainly because people prefer to take simple nourishing meal over a lavish meal followed…

Mixed Fruit Juice

My father never missed to treat me with a glass of delicious mixed fruit juice when he took me out for shopping during hot sunny days. He always preferred to take fresh mixed fruit juice without ice & sugar, thus I got motivated to prepare fruit juice without ice (or ice cream) and to use…

Cornmeal cake with Jackfruit glaze

Generally I prefer my cake moist & spongy but frosting free as buttery sugary frosting makes me feel guilty. Instead I enjoy my cake glazed with honey, fruit juice, or chocolate syrup. Now I have made spongy cake glazed with jackfruit pulp dotted with cucumber seeds. For the spongy texture I added starch as suggested…

Cottonseed milk dessert

Cottonseed milk is one of the best vegan milk traditionally used by people in the villages near my home town, Madurai, for making nutritious desserts. As a part of my college education, I served as a NSS (National Service Scheme) volunteer. We used to camp in the surrounding villages during summer vacation to understand the…

Miraculous Drink

Few years ago I had a serendipitous encounter with an amazing fruit kudampuli while I was looking for a gut-friendly substitute for tamarind used in south Indian cuisine. Kudampuli (Garcinia Cambogia or malabar tamarind) is a rich source of an interesting chemical compound hydroxycitric acid (HCA). HCA is well known to western medicine for its astounding property…