Butternut Squash Vadai

Butternut Squash Vadai (Fritter)


 share…emailPrintPinterestFacebookGoogle+TwitterLinkedinYummlyTumblrHave you had those days when you are distracted but you have people coming over for dinner and so obviously everything goes wrong? I have those often but once what was looking to be a disaster turned out to be delicious. Yep, I am talking about this recipe for Butternut […]

Summer Vegetable Couscous Stir-fry
Appetizer, Mains, Recipes

Saffron infused Summer Vegetable Couscous Stir-fry


 share…emailPrintPinterestFacebookGoogle+TwitterLinkedinYummlyTumblrSaffron infused Summer Vegetable Couscous Stir-fry is a light, welcoming and satisfying side or main course. A perfect homage to the summer farmers market loot. Is vegetable stir-fry a no-brainer during summer? Absolutely! The market is overflowing with the bounty of the harvest with rich flavors and mesmerizing taste. It’s so […]

Grapefruit Iced Tea
Appetizer, Drinks

Ginger Grapefruit Iced Tea


 share…emailPrintPinterestFacebookGoogle+TwitterLinkedinYummlyTumblrThe weather is hot and I long for a refreshing iced tea. So I grabbed the grapefruit from the bowl, squeezed it, made syrup, added water and Voila! Ginger Grapefruit Iced Tea. It’s that easy. The slight bitterness from the grapefruit pairs marvelous with ginger from the tea bags. The resulting […]

Crispy Polenta Cakes

Crispy Polenta Cakes, Whipped Goat Cheese,Tomato Compote and Avacado Cilantro Crema


 share…emailPrintPinterestFacebookGoogle+TwitterLinkedinYummlyTumblrCrispy Polenta Cakes are an elegant and simple, make-ahead appetizers for your upcoming party. This is my guests all time favorite and my family’s. I do sometimes make Polenta as a main course, serving bigger portions of it with roasted carrots and chard with a lentil puree. For the appetizer, however, I […]

Quinoa-Potato Burger Patties
Appetizer, Mains

Fresh Herb Quinoa-Potato Burger Patties


 share…emailPrintPinterestFacebookGoogle+TwitterLinkedinYummlyTumblrFresh Herb Quinoa-Potato Burger Patties are succulent, protein-rich patties, stuffed with fresh herbs, rolled in breadcrumbs, and finally shallow fried to perfection to satisfy even a meat-eater. Restaurants have been offering “Veggie Burgers” since the beginning of the 21st century. From “falafels” in Middle Eastern cuisine to  “vadas (vada pav)” in India, […]


Garam Masala Arancini with Truffle oil


 share…emailPrintPinterestFacebookGoogle+TwitterLinkedinYummlyTumblrGaram Masala Arancini with truffle oil is my latest in my crazy experimental laboratory aka my kitchen. Every year I host a Diwali party at my house for my friends and family. There is an expectation that I would be making something exciting and new and of course delicious. The […]

medhu vadai
Appetizer, Breakfast

Back to Basics ….. Medhu Vadai – Scrumptious!


 share…emailPrintPinterestFacebookGoogle+TwitterLinkedinYummlyTumblrI am from South of India, the land of idlis, sambar and … the MEDHU VADAI. There is really nothing like it. It’s a deep-fried fritter whose crispy exterior dances a medley with the soft interior in your mouth. Medhu Vadai Medhu Vadai is called by many names, ulundhu vadai (Tamil), […]