Tasty Garlic bread I made with make-do ingredients @ home

I had made Thai curry for lunch last weekend to go with flavoured rice made using mint and cloves. When your dishes are that fancy, you begin to aspire to add just one sophisticated ingredient. Looking at the fresh loaf of grain bread, I decided to go for it.  But I have never thought making…

Home cooking: Indianised Pumpkin Thai Curry

I was on a cooking spree this weekend and I was feeling pretty adventurous. So I thought why not try Thai curry at home. When I opened the fridge I saw pumpkin and capsicum stacked and decided to go with Pumpkin Thai curry as I thought it was convenient. But man was the process long…

Some aloo chaat and dokla on a rainy day

It is so easy to give into a whole lot of temptations on a rainy day. I’m going to talk only about food cravings here. (Just saying.)    It could be the incessant ‘thup thup’ sound that brings you peace of mind; it could be those cloudy skies and deserted road that gives you the…

It is finally the time to try Korean cuisine in Chennai

I have tried few of the Asian cuisine like Japanese, Chinese (I tried them in Hong Kong), Thai, and Vietnamese. Though all of them have rice and noodles varieties in their cuisine and have only few vegetarian dishes, they are unique in their own way. I love the Japanese subtle flavours and Thai’s coconut based…

Pineapple pasta, Yay!

It is not always an experiment goes right. Let me rephrase. An experiment rarely goes right at the first try, especially when it comes to cooking. But the pineapple pasta in tomato I tried yesterday night, was anything but a failure. The sweetness of the pineapple perfectly matched the acidity of tomato sauce, giving a…

Savouring Parsi cuisine at Batlivala & Khanabhoy in Chennai

If you ask me what is it about Parsi cuisine that is different, I would be at a loss for words. For it is pretty similar to Indian food that includes rice, roti, sabji and curry. But somehow it was different. It could have been the spices, the way it is prepared. But the difference…

Nitrogen ice cream at 196 Degree Below, Chennai

The best part about Soul Garden Bistro in Alwarpet was not their fast selling pink sauce pasta or the super filling italian sizzler. It is their dessert and drink corner 196 degree Below, where you get to eat Liquid Nitrogen Ice cream.  The order of Blueberry ice cream (it was super cold and you could…

Dining at Mamagoto in Chennai

I had a decent meal at Pan asian restaurant Mamagoto in Chennai last Monday. Somehow it was a pretty satisfactory meal in a long time. right. It is the kind of happiness that you feel when you look at empty plates and your tummy is content.  It is most likely because I learnt to order…

Making pasta in tomato sauce at home in a jiffy

It was the first time I tried to make tomato sauce from scratch without resorting to shortcuts like readymade sauce or desi Indian pasta with chilli powder and all-purpose masala. Unlike what I thought, the process did not take a long time and tasted better than my previous failures. So this is what I did…

Pasta for the belly and John Denver for the soul

Who doesn’t love a good Italian pesto? I’m no exception. It is hardly a wonder that there are as much restaurants that serve pasta as good Punjabi thali in Chennai. Needless to say it is a go to dish for many like me. Places like Spaghetti Kitchen and Ox and Tomatoes were my favourite hangout places….

A study of South Asian cuisine at Noodle Bar

Best kind of dates are those that are unplanned. It was one such impromptu call from my friend that took us to Noodle Bar on a sultry summer afternoon in Phoenix Market City in Chennai.   As you enter the restaurant, you will be greeted by a statue of Buddha. The seating area and surroundings…

Tale of misal pav and broken ankle in Pune

It was supposed to be a relaxing two day trip to Pune. Evenings were supposed to be free and to be spent with a friend there, eating and looking around the city. If only I had not fallen down and not strained my ankle ligament. Anyway Pune did happen and I somehow tried to make…