Cluster Beans stir fry

Cluster Beans, called சீனி அவரைக்காய் in Tamil is dad’s one of the most favorite vegetables. I’ve never tried to cook it, and decided to give it a shot when I found a frozen bag in Indian super market.

It came out pretty good, and went very well with Dhal.



Chapathi, Shrimp curry, and fish fry

Somedays, I’m in the mood for eating healthy, tasty as well as trying something new. This was one of the days. I made

  • Chappathi
  • Chettinad Shrimp – Turned out to be 6 out of 10, Also took long to prepare. Maybe not worth the time.
  •  Fish Fry – I used Tilapia as I get it easily here. I used to make it in smaller pieces, but now prefer the whole slice. I believe the flavor gets locked in better; also you run into the risk of burning faster if you used smaller pieces.


Baked potato crisps

Who doesn’t crave potato fries.. It’s the best mid night snack (second in line is popcorn). Baking is a slightly healthier (and easier!) option than frying. Cut the oil and just get the carbs. It was nevertheless very tasty.. Guess the salt and paprika made up for not frying.

Made this a couple of months back, and hopefully again soon this holiday season


Tamil Vegetarian Dinner

One of the things with abroad-living is, our social circle almost entirely comprises of people our age-group. Hubby and I sometimes wonder whether our perceptions were becoming less holistic because of this.  So when parents of two of our friends visited US recently, we were happy to have them for dinner last Sunday. We were 11 of us in total including a kid, and we chatted about local movies, politics and life style in general. It was refreshing.

Now to the food – I decided to make traditional tamil vegetarian dinner. It would not have been possible without hubby who helped a lot – right from planning to last minute shopping to chopping veggies to making a whole dish himself. The tomato rice was super-duper hit!!