Cherupayar Thoran - Green Mung Saute with Coconut - Kerala Recipe Indian Recipe Vegetarian Vegan - Mirch Masala

So, I am back from over a month long vacation to India and Dubai, over the jetlag, some sicknesses and all that jazz. It happens to me all the time when I get back from India. I get into an India depression mode (that’s what AJ calls it). I miss home, family, the people, the general hustle and bustle and the familiar memories that it drives me to a point where I am only cooking Indian food, drinking tons more chai, religiously making filter coffee everyday, listening to Malayalam and Tamil music and watching movies. Talking about Tamil movies, I am really kicking myself for not watching Mani Ratnam’s O Kadhal Kanmani when I was in Chennai. I am so much in love with Dulquer (I know he is a kid!!! but who cares!) and there is nothing like watching a Tamil movie in the theater, especially I haven’t watched one in years. Well, I guess I will just have to wait for it to be out on DVD now.

Ok, so basically, that’s the state I am usually in, for a couple of weeks after I am back from India. This simple saute with green mung beans is one of my favorite comfort foods for these kind of days. It doesn’t take a whole lot of time and energy into making this and since the protein part is taken care of, I don’t have to make an additional dal or sambar to go with it. Just some good thick yogurt, rice and this is enough for a satiated meal. Maybe a little bit of gooseberry pickle too. Read More


Sausage and Egg Fried Rice - Toddler Kid Friendly Food - #mirchmasalalittlepeoplefood - Mirch Masala

The little guy is going to have a ton of fun and be pampered spoilt by grandparents, uncles and the rest of the family, for the next few weeks while we are in India. I bet there is going to be a lot more different kind of Little People Food that he eats there and I will be sure to capture all that to report back here.

Till then, here is one of V’s favorites – Sausage and Egg Fried Rice.
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Paal Payasam ~ Rice Pudding with Milk | A Kerala Sadya Recipe

February 20, 2015
Paal Payasam ~ Rice Pudding with Milk ~ Kerala Sadya Recipe, Vishu, Onam Sadya - Mirch Masala

Most times, I don’t really need a special occasion to make something special or to treat myself or the family. It is when I feel like making something or eating something that I make and eat! It could be a simple toast and fried egg or an elaborate meal with dessert and such. When it […]

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Varutharacha Chicken Curry ~ Kerala Style

February 18, 2015
Varutharacha Chicken Curry ~ Kerala Style ~ Chicken Curry with a Roasted Coconut and Spices Sauce - Mirch Masala

It is amazing how food brings people closer, forms really close friendships and let people create and cherish those memories through it. Most of my friends, that I have formed of my own and not necessarily because we became friends as a family, are mostly through some association of food. Whether it is about eating […]

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Vegetable Rawa / Rava Upma ~ Semolina Breakfast Porridge

February 15, 2015
Vegetable Rawa Upma - Semolina Breakfast Porridge - South Indian Breakfast Recipe - Mirch Masala

Sometimes it is the simplest of things that you need a good recipe for. You know you always loved it, but never really bothered to make it or find out how it was made till you are put in a position where you really want to eat it but you just don’t know how to […]

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Chocolate Chip Almond Pancakes

February 10, 2015
Chocolate Chip Almond Pancakes for valentine

We never really celebrate Valentine’s day because I never believed in just one day for love (and also not to give in to the Hallmark holiday) but sometimes it is just impossible to not get sucked in to all that is happening around you. Especially with V around and a whole Valentine’s day week theme […]

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Aloo Gobhi Capsicum ~ Potato, Cauliflower and Green Bell Pepper Sauté with Spices

February 6, 2015
Aloo Gobhi Capsicum - Potato Cauliflower and Green Bell Pepper Saute with Spices - Mirch Masala - Indian Food

Sunscreen. Check. Sunglasses. Check. Shorts / Dresses. Check. Flip flops. Check. Yes, you guessed it right. Some place beachy and sunny is awaiting me. I am getting ready to get out of the house to spend the weekend with some of my girlfriends in sunny San Diego. Far far away enough from the rainy cold […]

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Little People Food ~ Breakfast Smoothie

February 5, 2015
Breakfast Smoothie with Avocado Bananas Peanut Butter - Mirch Masala Little People Food - Toddler Food, Kids Meal

Some days of our weeks are breakfast smoothie days. V has to get to his daycare by 10.30 in the morning and he sleeps in most days and especially so during some days. As a rule, we don’t wake him up but instead let him sleep as much as he wants and wake up by […]

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Spicy Asian Chicken Wings

January 31, 2015
Spicy Asian Chicken Wings - Superbowl Game Day - Mirch Masala

It is Seahawks fever in this Seahawks nation as we return to the Super bowl yet again. We went out for doughnuts in the morning as a special treat and Top Pot Doughnuts had dough nuts with blue and green sprinkles on them called the GoHawks! Well, we just had to buy that! And then […]

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Ulli Theeyal ~ Pearl Onions in a Roasted Coconut and Spices Sauce | A Kerala Recipe

January 27, 2015
Ulli Theeyal - Pearl Onions in a Roasted Coconut and Spices Sauce - A Kerala Recipe - Mirch Masala

Growing up, I always thought that theeyal was a very elaborate dish to make. It is, in a way, elaborate, but not really difficult, now that I have made it myself one too many times. I have seen my mom “slaving” over the stove, roasting the coconut over low heat, so that it browns evenly […]

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