Friday, June 01, 2012

I am back!

Its been three long years since i wrote on this page of mine. I was busy battling a few travails that life sent my way. But in the end i have emerged victorious. Thank you God! 

I am now a mother to a 2 yr old and needless to say she keeps me busy. So time in the kitchen means cooking the barest minimum required to satiate both hunger and the palate. 

Nevertheless I want to continue with this blog, so stay tuned for some yummy recipes, good photographs and of course meaningful stories.

Saturday, January 01, 2011

Happy New Year

Dear All,

Wish you and your families a very Happy New Year!

Saturday, October 04, 2008

Cherry Tomato Pasta Salad

Cherry Tomato Pasta Salad

This post has been pending for way too long...The last few months have been very busy for us and blogging has taken a back seat. It was more of a cook comething, eat something and rush kind of routine, with no memory of what was eaten. So, where is the space for a camera here? :-)

But anyway, today I made it a point to publish this simple recipe. We had gone vegetable picking twice over the last two months. Of the bounty which was gathered, were Cherry tomatoes - Wickedly red, deliciously ripe and mildly sweet. I have not tried them in anything other than a salad, to be devoured raw.

Here is one more of my pasta recipes, which I make very often:

Uncooked Pasta ( Any small variety like elbows, penne) - 2 Cups

Cherry Tomatoes - 2 to 3 Cups - Halved

Onion - 1 Medium - Finely Chopped

Capsicum - 1 Big - Finely Chopped

Garlic Powder - 1 to 1.5 Tbsp

Black Pepper - As per taste

Salt - To season the pasta water and additionally - As per taste

For the Dressing:

Olive oil - 1/4 Cup

Lemon Juice - Juice from 1/2 a lime

Boil pasta as per the instructions on the package. Drain into a big bowl. Add the rest of the ingredients, except for the ingredients listed for the dressing and mix well. To make the dressing, whisk together the olive oil and lemon juice. Pour over the pasta and mix well. Set aside for 15 mins and serve. It can be served hot or cold.

Plum or Romano tomatoes can be used instead of Cherry tomatoes. Reduce the quantity a bit and use about 1 and a half tomatoes.

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Monday, July 28, 2008

Creamy Penne with Spinach And Peas

Creamy Penne
This is one of my favorite pasta recipes and I make it very often. The sauce used is the mother of all sauces, the Bechamel. Nutmeg is a must in bechamel and blends with the milk to create an enticing base.

Think Nutmeg


Uncooked Pasta - 1 Cup ( Any small variety like penne, elbows, shells)

Garlic Powder - 1 Tbsp

Black Pepper Powder - 1/2 Tbsp

Lime Juice - From 1 Lime

For the Bechamel Sauce:

Milk - 1 Cup

Butter - 1 1/4 Tbsp

All Purpose Flour - 1 Tbsp

Ground Nutmeg - 1/8 tsp

Salt - As per taste

Melt the butter in a saucepan, add the flour and stir till smooth. Let it cook for a couple of minutes till it turns a sandy color. Do not burn it. Next add the milk and whisk to remove any lumps. Cook till the sauce thickens, and keep stirring all the while to prevent lumps. Season with salt and nutmeg and set aside.

Cook a cup of pasta as per the instructions on the pasta container. Drain. Saute a cup of frozen peas and 3 handfuls of spinach leaves, using a little oil. Cook till done.

Add the sauce to the drained pasta, along with the sauteed vegetables. Add 1 Tbsp garlic powder and 1/2 Tbsp black pepper. Next add the juice of 1 lime. Adjust salt according to taste. Mix well and serve.

The nutmeg in the bechamel sauce adds a very distinct flavor and binds the rest of the ingredients superbly in this simple pasta dish. This recipe goes to 'Think Spice' event initially started by Sunita of Sunita's World and being hosted by Aparna of 'My Diverse Kitchen'. Aparna has chosen Nutmeg as the star ingredient this month.

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Spinach Lime Dal

Spinach Dal
Hello friends,

I am back after a 6 month blogosphere hibernation. I was ill and could not come anywhere near blogs or cooking. It was sudden and hence I could not leave a message here. I hope you will continue visiting as usual...

On to the recipe now...

This is a simple Spinach dal which has been recreated on a lot many blogs till now. I have tweaked my mom's recipe a bit and the result was very good. Instead of using tamarind to add the sour quotient, I used lime juice and I had no complaints.


Spinach - 1 Bunch

Toor Dal - 1/3 Cup

Onion - Half of a medium onion

Green Chilles - 7 to 8

Lime - 1

Asafoetida / Hing - 1/8 Tsp

For seasoning:

Mustard - 1/2 Tsp

Cumin / Jeera - 1/2 Tsp

Urad dal - 1/2 tsp

Turmeric - 1/8 Tsp

Garlic - 2 cloves crushed

Oil - 1 Tbsp

Wash toor dal and clean spinach. Dice the onion and slit the green chillies. In a pressure cooker, cook together the dal, spinach, onion, green chillies, asafoetida using about a cup of water. Once they are cooked, mash together to a coarse consistency using a wooden/steel ladle or a hand blender. Add salt as per taste. Next, juice the lime and add to the dal. Check for tartness and add according to your taste. Finally for seasoning, heat oil, add the turmeric, mustard seeds, cumin, urad dal and garlic. Wait till the mustard splutters and add to the dal.

Monday, January 28, 2008

AFAM - Dates RoundUp

Dear Friends,

Here is the much delayed AFAM-Dates roundup. AFAM is a wonderful event started by Maheswari of Beyond the Usual and it focuses on a particular fruit every month. November was my turn and I chose Dates. Thank you Maheswari for giving me this opportunity.

I am sure I am the only host who has taken so long to post a roundup and I am terribly sorry for it. I wish to thank each one of you who had spared some thought,time and effort to participate in this event and I extend my sincere apologies for delaying the roundup and for being unresponsive. Over the past weeks, I met with some unexpected circumstances and could not meet any of my commitments on time.

Again, thank you so much. I am overwhelmed by these 47 lovely entries. They mean a lot to a first time event hostess. I am sure you would enjoy the diverse recipes as much as I did.

I have categorized the recipes into Baked Goodies, Savory Treats, Desserts and Breakfast and Snack Choices and Beverages. Kindly let me know if I have misplaced any entry or if you do not find it in the roundup.



Cashew Dates from Indira of Mahanandi

Dates Halwa from Ashwini of Food For Thought

Dates Obattu from Sia of Monsoon Spice

Date Halwa from Saju of Chachi's Kitchen

Pumpkin Dates Walnut Halwa from Richa of As Dear As Salt

Dates Kheer from Ramya of Mane Adige

Dates Almond Payasam from Suma of Veggie Platter

Milk Date Peda from Red Chilli of Red Chillies

Dry Fruits Adai from Meenakshi of SuthiRecipe
Dates Milk Kheer from Meenakshi of SuthiRecipe

Stuffed Dates from Sagari of Indian Cooking

Dates Biscuit Pudding from Nags of For The Cook In Me

Qatayefs from Sra of When My Soup Came Alive

Date Tamarind Nut Treats from Bee & Jai of Jugalbandi

Date Candy from KayKat of Cooking From A To Z

Yogurt Date Parfait from Sandeepa of Bong Mom's Cookbook

Baked Goodies

Dates Biscuits from Dhivya of Culinary Bazaar

Date Cinnamon Sugarfree Cookies from Bindiya of In Love With Food

Dates Cookies from Anu of ChandraBhaga

Eggless Date Muffins from Seema of Recipe Junction

Rolled Dates Cookies from Dorit of Pretty Baking in Israel

Vegan Date Cake from Kumudha of Vegan Fare

Date Ricotta And Polenta Cake from Happy Cook of My Kitchen Treasures

Date Pecan Bundt Cake from Sunita of Sunita's World

Dates And Persimmon Cake from Kalva of Curry In Kadai

Date And Walnut Date Cake from Deeba of Passionate About Baking

Eggless Date And Nut Cake from Shwetha of Fresh Flavors



Dates Apple Smoothie from Remya of Spices N Flavours

Dates Milkshake from Srivalli of Cooking 4 All Seasons

Dates Milkshake from Kribha of En Samayal Pakkam

Date Banana Milkshake from Chandrika of AkshayaPatra

Savory Treats


Dates Raitha from Shankari of Stream Of Consciousness

Cranberry Date Chutney from Nupur of One Hot Stove

Toor Dal Chutney with Dates from Linda of Out Of The Garden

Coconut Date Chutney from Zlamushka of Zlamushka's Spicy Kitchen

Date Fig Ravioli from Arundati of Escapades

Gretchen's Moraccan Chicken from Gretchen of Canela & Comino

Date Cilantro Dressing from Valli of Valli's Kitchen

Dates Pickle from Lissie of Salt and Spice

Breakfast & Snack Choices

Oatmeal With Dates and Pistachios from Suganya of Tasty Palettes

Dates Parfait from Pooja of Masala Box

Date Walnut Tangerine Flavored Granola from Rajitha of Hunger Pangs

Date Bars from Raaga of Chef At Work

Dates Oats Bars from Asha of Aroma

Date Filled Bars from Aparna of My Diverse Kitchen

Date Bars from RP of My Workshop

Fig Date Bars from Mansi of Fun And Food

Date Cinnamon Porridge from Valli of Valli's Kitchen