Mango Mint Iced Tea

Mango Mint Iced tea is in my hands as the heat is on and we are on an extended summer after a couple of days rain. There is no dearth of drinks to breeze you through these sweltering days and the flavours are mind-boggling. Keep it fresh and keep it as natural as possible. The…

Egg Dosa or Savory Egg Pancake

Dosa is my favourite breakfast and why not as I was born in Dosa land. Idly has always lagged behind as it is plump to catch up. The variety of dosas that we get today is mindboggling from dosa pizza to chilli chicken stuffed dosa it has become a universal dish. I grew up mainly…

Jamun Popsicles/ Black Plum Ice Lollies

Black plum, java plum, Jamun or Jambul, what’s in a name? I love the dark wine colour and I made Jamun Popsicles/ Black Plum Ice Lollies just because it is my favourite colour. I have childhood memories of foraging for fallen Jamun under the tree and then when we were more adventurous we plucked them…

Moringa Masala Buttermilk

South Indians cannot do without Summer Drinks like Buttermilk or Moringa Masala Buttermilk all throughout the year as we live in a really hot land. We have only two seasons here; summer and more summer! It is a staple in almost every meal and if it is not Buttermilk or Majjiga then curds or yoghurt…

Baby Corn & Peas Masala Curry

Another fusion recipe from my kitchen is Baby Corn & Peas Masala Curry.  I like baby corn and I love to try fusion cooking as I try to blend different cultures to create a unique recipe of my own effectively. I love crunchy vegetables and baby corn is crunchy and used mostly in stir-fried veggies….

Easy Cherry & Coconut Jelly Cups

Easy Cherry & Coconut Jelly Cups is a kid-friendly dessert as kids love gobbly-wobbly jelly. This dessert is especially for my grandson, Arian as it is his birthday<3. Luscious ripe red Cherries are one of the delights of the summer. They are much loved for their scarlet juicy globules that are succulent, flavourful and look…

Virgin Mango Mojito Recipe

One specific summer drink that is my favourite is the mojito and this is a Virgin Mango Mojito Recipe. A Mojito is basically a rum-based drink that has crushed mint leaves, lemon juice (citrus flavours) and sugar. Mojitos without alcohol are known as‘virgin mojitos’ and are considered as mocktails. Mocktails are non-alcoholic drinks which consist…

Italian Chinese-Garlic Mushrooms

Fusion food is that where you merge different cuisines to make another and here I have brought Italian Chinese-Garlic Mushrooms served in Mexican tortillas on one plate. I have this fascination for mushrooms since childhood when I first saw pictures in Alice in Wonderland or the Pixies sitting on toadstools as they were called. The…

Luscious Lychee Fool

A Luscious Lychee Fool! Sounds interesting? God blessed summers with a fruity bounty for sure. When you get lemons you make lemonade and when you get lychees you make an ambrosial dessert? Lychees look like bumpy strawberries and grow in dense clusters. The succulent and luscious pulp is white and translucent. Lychee fruits have one…

Easy Mango Sago Pearl Swirl

Summer is the season of the “King of the Fruits” and I made this Easy Mango Sago Pearl Pudding to celebrate the king. Almost everyone I know loves this juicy favourite in different forms; popsicles, ice creams, pickles, beverages or just raw. These golden yellow beauties are the best fruit, round in shape and exceptionally…

Quick Chilli Mushroom Gravy

Cooking in summers is like being cooked yourself as the kitchen is like a sweltering cauldron. I made this Quick Chilli Mushroom Gravy which didn’t need much cooking time. I look for easy recipes that do not need much time in the furnace like kitchen. I love Chindian or Indo-Chinese recipes as they fit the…

How to make Nalleru Pachadi

A lesser-known climber, Nalleru or Winged Treebine, grows in the tropics and I made a relish or chutney or Pachadi (as it is known here in Andhra) with it. It has long spiky quadrangular stems with internodes and is a little acrid and bitter to taste. I first had Nalleru Pachadi in a friend’s house…