Semiya (Vermicelli) Briyani

The valentines day this year was in a long weekend, we had decided to stay in town as i was a little sick.

I had originally planned of cooking something special for the day, but hubby stepped up as I wasn’t able to. His own, semiya briyani. Turned out to be very tasty!



Just for fun

What can you do with very little chapathi dough that’s left over? Tell “I Love You”


Aloo Egg curry

I have made this curry for many get togethers. It’s a kerala dish, but it goes especially well with fried rice. It’s pretty simple – the aloo gives the gravy a nice thick consistency.

MAB made it this time. He usually helps me with one dish when we have many guests, and I’m multi tasking with many dishes. Oh, even writing about it makes me want to eat this dish NOW!


Chocolate Cake

I made this for Hubby’s birthday in 2014. I’ve experimented with this cake few times since then

  • Writing on it ( I said experimented – not succeeded 🙂 )
  • Decorating. Again no comments on how it turned out.
  • 3 layers instead of just two – Gooooood!!
  • Altering chocolate and whipped cream filling – This was the best

No matter how I do it, it has been incredibly tasty – I hope some folks can attest to it. Especially if served after a day or two of baking – Talk of all the filling soaking into the cake, and making it oh-so-moist!! I’ve even helped a friend bake it at our home for her family party. I wish there was a different name to it – calling it just a regular John-Doe-Chocolate-Cake seems to do injustice to it. Oh well!

It’s a shame I don’t have more pictures of it – I will update this post if I find more pics somewhere hidden, or when I make it the next time.


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!!