Category Archives: From the Kitchen

Tomato Onion Gotsu. South Indian Tamil Tomato Sauce

Gotsu is saucy gravy made in South Indian Tamil homes to accompany rice dishes and steamed rice dumplings called idlis. Gotsu is usually made as a quick salsa like sauce to go with any dish on the menu.  This tomato onion gotsu is one that my Mom used to make to accompany a lentil and rice dish called pongal.  Mom’s simple rice pongal along with her tomato gotsu were always a hit in our home and was truly comfort food.  One can serve gotsu warm or at room temperature over your favorite rice dish, or even over chicken or fish. Here is the recipe for Mom’s pongal recipe.  For a simple and quick tomato and onion gotsu the recipe is below.   Continue reading Tomato Onion Gotsu. South Indian Tamil Tomato Sauce

Pongal. South Indian Tamil Rice and Lentil Porridge

Pongal is a South Indian Tamil rice dish made with rice and lentils that are cooked like a thick porridge. Rice and lentils are cooked together with salt and turmeric until very tender and then mixed in with ghee and toasted black peppercorns. As comforting a dish as it can get, this is a pure clean flavor that tastes awesome with a side of spiced tomato sauce called gotsu. Continue reading Pongal. South Indian Tamil Rice and Lentil Porridge

Fresh Tomato Carrot Soup

It was a beautiful summer day, very pleasant in our Bay Area microclimate, and I had just received a huge basket of garden fresh tomatoes from my neighbor Jim, and here I was watching an episode of Barefoot Contessa on TV with a recipe for fresh tomato soup,  I couldn’t believe it!  The timing couldn’t have been more appropriate, it was the perfect time to make tomato soup with my newly delivered stash of garden tomatoes.
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Pepper Paneer Curry

Sweet, spicy, flavorful and very easy to make this curry is. When I made this sweet pepper curry I had received loads of garden fresh peppers from my neighbor in all shapes, sizes and varieties. I kept racking my brain trying to figure out what I could make that would use up all these peppers in one main dish.  This pepper and paneer curry was the result.  We had it with chapatis but one could have it with naan, tortillas, stuff it in a burrito, or serve it as a side dish. Give it a try! Continue reading Pepper Paneer Curry

Raisin Nut Cardamom Superseed Truffles

Looking to make some homemade energy bites that taste positively yummy with loads of all-natural ingredients such as nuts and superseeds  – give these cardamom, raisin and nut superseed truffles a try. Packed with a variety of nuts, lots of superseeds such as chia seeds and flax meal, and lightly sweetened from honey and raisins, these are really really delicious energy bites and make for the perfect snack time treat. Continue reading Raisin Nut Cardamom Superseed Truffles

Creamy Broccoli Vegetable Soup

A delicious creamy vegetable soup with lots of vegetables, this soup will take care of more than just one serving of veggies for the day. With 1lb of broccoli, two cups of carrots, bell peppers and a potato for that creamy texture, this soup is filling as it is delicious. If you so desire add a bit of cream or milk or keep it vegan and dairy-free, either way this is a delicious veggie soup 😋. Continue reading Creamy Broccoli Vegetable Soup

Puff Pastry Bell Pepper Quiche for a New Year”s Eve Dinner

Quiche is synonymous for many with a good crust and a great egg filling.  For me however quiche will always be about the veggies that go in it, because without a great tasting veggie mix, that quiche can taste rather boring in my opinion. When I make quiche I make sure my veggie mix is packed with lots of veggies, lots of flavor, and lots of good quality cheese. These are to me what make any quiche taste outstanding. Continue reading Puff Pastry Bell Pepper Quiche for a New Year”s Eve Dinner

Bharazi. Black Eyed Peas in Coconut Milk

Looking for a totally different black-eyed pea recipe to make for good luck in the New Year?  A dish from East Africa? Try this black-eyed pea stew called bharazi created by Indians living in Kenya.  Bharazi is an Indianized Kenyan dish made with black-eyed peas or pigeon peas, coconut milk, and spices. Continue reading Bharazi. Black Eyed Peas in Coconut Milk

Spinach and Arugula Salad with Persimmons, Orange & Pomegranate

Spinach and arugula salad with persimmons, orange & pomegranate is a delicious salad I had at a holiday party with a group of wonderful gals recently. One of our friends Deb brought this colorful salad that was so beautiful that I almost felt bad taking some of the salad and disrupting the lovely presentation. Continue reading Spinach and Arugula Salad with Persimmons, Orange & Pomegranate

Orange Dijon Vinaigrette

Orange Dijon Vinaigrette is a recipe I collected from my friend Deb whom I recently saw at a holiday luncheon where she had brought an arugula and spinach salad with persimmons, orange, and pomegranate for our lunch soiree.  This salad tasted outstanding! Not only was the combination of salad greens and fruit perfect, the dressing made the salad taste even better. Continue reading Orange Dijon Vinaigrette