Plum Tomato Chutney

One of the Indian cookbooks that I really enjoyed leafing through in the recent past is Hari Nayak’s ‘My Indian Kitchen’. It’s beautiful to look at and the recipes are very easy to follow too. I have already posted this quick and easy Avocado Raita recipe from the book. This tomato chutney is also a very quick to make recipe and goes well with just about anything; rice, rotis, chips, bread etc. The freshly ground spices make this chutney taste so vibrant and tasty. A must try!!

Walnut Chutney

Recipe Courtesy: My Dear friend Himabindu Here’s a delicious no-cook recipe from my friend Himabindu. Bindu and I went to school together years and years ago and I think it’s been that long that we’ve seen each other. But thanks to Facebook, we are only a ‘message’ away from long lost friends. Bindu lives in India and has adorable twin boys who keep her busy. She sent this simple no-cooking involved Walnut Chutney that sounded so good that I had to make it right away. It takes so little time to make and needs everyday pantry ingredients — so there’s…

Undrallu with Allam Pachadi (Revisiting an Old Post)

Blogging Marathon# 26: Week 4/ Day 1 Theme: Revisiting Old Posts with New Pictures Dish: Undrallu & Allam Pachadi (from June 2006) Revisiting old posts with new pictures is something that I have been planning to do for quite some time now. But time seems to be of premium these days and since I can’t even catch up with the present, past keeps waiting. So this week’s theme is perfect as it lets me update some of my very old posts that are in dire need of better pictures.

Cucumber Sweet & Sour Chutney (Keera Dosakaya Pachadi)

Blogging Marathon# 25: Week 2/ Day 1 Theme: Cooking from a Book Dish: Cucumber Sweet & Sour Chutney (Keera Dosakaya Pachadi) My theme for week 2 of BM# 25 is “Cooking from a Book”. Like a lot of you reading this post, I have a ton of cookbooks that I have bought over the years. I find a million reasons to buy a book and I see myself cooking through the entire book before buying. But once the book comes home, it sometimes gets neglected. I have to say I do refer to my cookbooks when I’m in a rut…

Coconut Chutney & Eggplant Curry

Blender/ Grinder is a very important appliance in my kitchen, I’m sure it is the same in most of the Indian kitchens. I can’t imagine idlis, dosas, chutneys or even ground masala for curries without a good blender/ grinder. My mom bought me an Indian blender when I got married almost 8 years ago, which has served us well all through these years. But it is slowly losing its power and we are thinking if it’s a better deal to buy a Vitamix or Blendtec blenders here in the US or get another Indian brand from back home. I would…

Coconut Chutney & Eggplant Curry

Blender/ Grinder is a very important appliance in my kitchen, I’m sure it is the same in most of the Indian kitchens. I can’t imagine idlis, dosas, chutneys or even ground masala for curries without a good blender/ grinder. My mom bought me an Indian blender when I got married almost 8 years ago, which has served us well all through these years. But it is slowly losing its power and we are thinking if it’s a better deal to buy a Vitamix or Blendtec blenders here in the US or get another Indian brand from back home. I would…

Tomato Pachadi (Chutney)

This is a delicious and classic tomato chutney that needs no introduction. Every household in India might have their own recipe for this yummy dish — some tangy, some spicy, some a little sweet—any which way you make it, it is absolutely delicious and comforting. I bought 2 packs of Campari tomatoes that needed to be used up and I thought this would be the perfect. Campari is a variety of tomato that is juicy, less acidic, and sweeter than a regular tomato. A quick call to my mom and I was on my way to make this easy pachadi.

Panchadara Avakaya (Green Mango Pickle with Sugar)

I was never a big fan of mixing sweet and savory things. I wouldn’t eat a dish if I saw my mom adding sugar or jaggery to any dish. Sweet pickles, as you can imagine, were a big no-no. But now my palate appreciates the nuances of sweet and savory in a dish. When my dear cousin served us panchadara avakaya that her MIL made couple of years ago, I fell in love with it instantly. She gave me a bottle of pachadi last year that her MIL made while in the US and this year she decided to make…

Quick Tomato Peanut Chutney

I don’t know if I like weekends or not. It seems like they fly by faster than a weekday and I always end up wondering on Sunday night, what the heck I did in the last 48 hrs. My mind is buzzing with things to do for the weekend on Friday night, but come Saturday morning, all planning and to-do lists get scraped and NOTHING gets done. It’s like “Busy with no business”. This post is not about my “nothing got done weekend”, but about “at last something got done weekend”. So I was very proactive on Friday morning; soaked…