Whole wheat, dates and walnut cake – a healthy bite for your hikes

It’s rainy days…rains..the most awaited season of the year. Monsoon has an uncanny ability to bring in joy, happiness and content to earth. Entire region looks so green, clean and calm. The solitude that brings out the tippy toe sound of poring rains amidst of the tall mountains, can not be beaten with any comparison….

Turmeric chutney – healing and nourishing #goldendip (Arishina Gojju)

Turmeric known for it’s healing properties, vibrant golden color and subtle flavour. Being a locally available super food, these golden roots have been extensively used in Indian kitchen. With almost every seasoning accompanying a small portion of turmeric powder, elders ensured, our taste buds are tuned to turmeric. I am grateful that, for introducing to such…

Mango Layered Cheese Cake – easy no bake dessert

I spent this summer in the beautiful hills and tiny villages of western ghats, wherein the tiny streams of water flows as the life line of evergreen forests, the chirping birds and mild sunshine welcomes the day. Mangoes are grown in the backyard orchards with love and care, plucked with tender hands. Every morning is greeted…

Kanne-kudi Katne or Chinese weed soup

Chinese weed or Kanne-kudi as it is known in the western ghat region of Karnataka, is an uncultivated plant, found in abundance across the region. The English name for the same seems to me an extreme misnomer, as there is absolute no China connection to it. Nonetheless I would use that in this post for…

Beetroot soup – A quick and easy soup and a super food

I’m trying to stick to my promise of healthy eating without compromising much on the taste and joy, it brings home.  Beet root is  available in India through out the year, though in winter we have access to its good green leaves. With multiple culinary usages in Indian vegetarian food preparation, beetroot also is a…

Undhiyu /Oondio – A Winter vegetables bliss

Life some time seems to be an insane journey. With unknown stopovers turning into cozy hang out places, people from different walks of life turning into a part of your family,  food once was alien being part of staple diet…..so on. And there are watershed moments … micro events… Looking back it all look so beautiful,…

Spicy tamarind rice / Puliyogare

Puliyogare is one of the traditional and most sought after recipes from Southern India. Each savoured bite of this rice reminds of the vivid memories of my student life spent at the community hostel. My mother would prepare this “can be stored well out side fridge” jam like spicy recipe, each time I visited her, as a take…

White poppy seed, milk pudding: Haalubayi or manni #GF #sugarfree

This is one of the popular south Indian traditional dessert items. Haalubayi or manni is one of those divine recipes which could only be prepared with the patience love and at most care. Till today, this is strictly home mode recipe and commercially not available, which brings unique touch to every occasion. Poppy seeds contain many…

Taro roots / colacasia in seasoned yogurt

Being a vegetarian in India does never mean limiting the options in your cooking menu. The wide spread of vegetarian recipes available are extremely high, probably one of the highest in the world. This would also translate into healthy eating options and thus presenting an opportunity to eat balanced and nutritious food yet light on the…