Fish Moilee

I hope you had a good Mother’s day. I hope you didn’t post a selfie of yourself with your mother. That would seem too much of a cliché I’d think. I am sorry if I offended those who did. In my family, …

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Fish Moilee

Jaya’s tomato chutney

Jaya is the cook at my parent’s home. Her hair has grown into a longish boy crop after her mottai at her kula deivam kovil. She comes in every morning and asks my mother for the day’s menu. They chat …

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Tomato chutney

10 Tips to help plan your next big party | Carrot Kheer recipe

Have you experienced “biryani fatigue” ever? I am in the middle of it now.

I don’t want to eat biryani ever..

in the next 2 months.

We were about to have a large family get-together of ne…

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Carrot kheer

30-minute Paneer rice bowl

Do you know the “spoon in the fridge” trick? You keep a spoon hidden in the fridge so that when you are craving a spoon of bread halwa, gulab jamun or chocolate mousse you just grab your secret spoon …

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Paneer rice bowl

Chicken burger

Me: “It is so hot these days. Summer is here.”

Yuvan: “AC podu ma” (Switch on AC)

Me: “Summer le nariye Vathal podalam” (We can make lots of vathals this summer)

Yuvan: “Vathal pota summer po…

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chicken burger

Rava Idli

When I am moping, I lie in bed while my kids climb over me, I shut my eyes tight when Yuvan pries my eyes open. I hear Hasini echo my dad’s words – “You’re always late.” Back in the days when I was si…

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Rava Idli

Chicken pot pie

Do you buy baby potatoes to make Dum Aloo but then make potato varuval out of it? Do you get brinjals intending to make bhaingan bharta but make kathirikkai kuzhambu out of habit? Do you pick up baby …

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Chicken pot pie

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Carrot beetroot chutney

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