Kottige (idly steamed in jackfruit leaves cup)

Sometimes it is nice to go back to basics. And these again are not available in the stores in Chennai. Mangalore stores in Bangalore, is a good place for me to get the leaves.


Get the jackfruit moulds from the store.

For the idly:

Soak 1 cup udad Dal and 3 cups of rice along with 1tbsp of methi/ fenugreek seeds in separate containers for minimum 3 hrs.

Grind the above and mix them together. Leave it to ferment over night.

Next morning add salt  to the batter and steam the batter in the jackfruit leaves cup.

Enjoy with chutney and sambar.

The aroma of the jackfruit leaves is something I say!!!

My Breakfast my style.

Breadfruit is not available in Chennai. When they are imported from Mangalore,they are made in different varieties. All mangalorean food adornes my breakfast table.

Breadfruit fry

Clean the breadfruit. Apply Turmeric powder, chilli powder and salt to the breadfruit slice. Shallow fry.

Breadfruit Omlette.

Cover the fried breadfruit with beaten egg. Just like my Spanish Omlette recipe.

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Tender Coconut Ice cream

My childhood dream when I first tasted the most awesome tender coconut ice cream at naturals, Mumbai. I would wonder how could someone make such delicious lip smacking ice cream. Not sure what took me so long to try my hands with making this absolute beauty.

My recipe, that was just like the Naturals ice cream.


1) 1 tin milk maid or mithaimate

2) 1 tin fresh cream, I use amul fresh cream

3) 1 tin fresh tender coconut pulp

4) 1 tin milk


Blend all the above ingredients in a blender/ mixer and leave it to freeze.

After 5 hrs blend it again in the blender/ mixer. Repeat the process 2-3 times.

Creamy yummy tender coconut ice cream ready to be served.

OMR Food Street, Navallur

A foodies paradise. After living in various cities in India and visiting many countries across the globe,  As a foodie I experienced  some awesome spread of cuisine. The experience was not one that could be found  in Mumbai, Bangalore or Delhi. This Street food was par excellence, for a movement I was transported to Singapore.

Most of the food is cooked in front of our eyes, the place is clean and hygienic. Hope it remains so for a longer time.

We definitely need to visit this place 5 times to taste all food. But whatever we had was excellent. Special mention to the kunafa, a Turkish dessert. This was in par or even better than the one I had in Dubai. At Rs. 120 for a portion, it sure was a steal deal. The Malaysia mutton Murtabak was yummy and filling for Rs.200 a plate it was meal for 3. The kebabs were juicy and inexpensive. Lamb doner at the Turkish food place needs a special mention too, it was mild spiced and cooked to perfection.

The GMT ice cream place needs a special mention with their ice cream made of goat milk, mild and yummy.

To all my foodie friends outside Chennai, visit Chennai on a weekend and this place will surely be one place I will take you to.

I could just go on and on. But would definitely recommend people of Chennai to visit this place. If you were planning to visit Singapore for their Street food, don’t bother. Visit Navallur instead. This one is close to the navallur toll gate, Chennai.

Fresh Fruit Ice Popsicle

Fresh Fruit Ice Popsicle.

Summer motives me to try some new recipes that will keep us cool and happy.

Fresh Fruit Ice Popsicle is made out of fresh fruits no water or sugar added.

Mango and tender coconut popciles:

2 ripe mango

1/2 cup tender coconut water

Zest of 1 lime

Pulp of half tender coconut nut

Blend all the above ingredients in a blender and set to freeze overnight.

Water melon, lime and mint popsicle:

2 cups cut water melon

1/2 TSP lime juice

10 mint leaves

Blend all the above ingredients in a blender and freeze over night.

Pomogrenate, black grape and ginger popsicle.

1 cup pomogrenate peeled

1 cup black grape

1 small piece of ginger

Blend all the above ingredients in a blender and leave to freeze over night.

These are absolutely yummy and guilt free indulgence!!!

Enjoy your summer.

Crepe made by my 14yr old son

Basic Ingredients:

200- 300ml milk

200 gms flour

3 eggs

1-2 tbsp sugar

1 TSP vanilla essence

2tbsp melted butter

Pinch of salt

For stuffing or garnishing:

Banana or any other fruit (optional) Chocolate sauce or maple syrup (optional) Ice cream (optional)

Method: Mix all the basic ingredients well and spread thin on a non-profit stick pan.

You may stuff the pancake with your choice of fruit. Decorate and garnish the way you like it.