South Indian

Spicy and tangy lamb/ mutton curry made with tender meat and green curry sauce. If you love lamb and you love Indian food, then this dish is your destiny. www.clovesandcaramel.com

Gongura Mutton – Sorrel Lamb Curry

The amazing diversity of Indian cuisine is an apt representation of the diversity of the country. Over the centuries, every region of India has developed its signature dishes. Whether it is the famous Hyderabadi biryani or the mumbai pav bhaji or bisibele bath from Karnataka, they have become the specialty of the place. Sorrel or roselle as it is known in english… Read more →

Chettinad Chicken: Chicken cooked in a spicy, aromatic gravy of freshly ground black pepper, roasted curry leaves and whole spices. An authentic and flavorful Tamil Nadu chicken curry.-www.clovesandcaramel.com

Chettinad Chicken

Spices are one of the most important ingredients of Indian cuisine. This is especially true in case of south India. The various spices used in south Indian cuisine are generally specific to the region. Chettinad is a district of southern Tamil Nadu region of India and home to a social caste of wealthy businessmen and merchants called the chettiars. This… Read more →

South Indian sambar or lentil vegetable soup with freshly ground spices. Quick, flavorful, healthy and delicious. Tastes divine with vada or idly or rice. www.clovesandcaramel.com

Udupi Sambar – Lentil Vegetable Stew

It is the festive season. Christmas is just around the corner and it will be a brand new year very soon. This year has been a mixed bag. A lot of good things and a few not so good things. But hey, that is what life’s all about. Isn’t it ? You have to keep your optimism in tact and… Read more →

Chepala pulusu - Fish cooked in tamarind sauce and Indian spices. Topped with chopped green onions and cilantro. Easy to make and a spicy mouth watering dish. Made in less than 30 minutes. www.clovesandcaramel.com

Chepala Pulusu – Fish cooked in Tamarind Sauce

I have a new obsession now. It is fish – cooked in different forms. I have been trying different types of fish cooked multiple ways. I have always loved fish prepared by my grandma. She makes an amazing fish fry. When we were young, she often made dal (lentils), rice and pan fried marinated spicy fish steaks. That flavor and the… Read more →

Lamb Keema (Lamb Mince Curry) - A traditional Indian curry dish made with Indian spices and topped fresh cilantro leaves. So delicious and comforting with plain rice or flatbread and great for the chilly weather ! - www.clovesandcaramel.com

Lamb keema – Minced lamb curry

Growing up, I never liked mutton or lamb. Chicken was my first choice followed by fish or shrimp occasionally. I didn’t like the texture of the meat and so did not enjoy it. After getting married, the husband who is a fan of all things meat related and edible, reintroduced it to me. On his insistence, I tried it a… Read more →

Bagara rice: Mild flavorful Basmati rice with whole spices, red onion, mint and garlic. It pairs beautifully with spicy curries. It's vegan, gluten free and ready under 30 minutes with just 10 ingredients. Perfect for parties, pot luck, diwali or festival lunch/dinners. www.clovesandcaramel.com

Bagara rice / Whole spice flavored basmati rice

My sister’s birthday was last week. Me and the husband decided to go pay a visit. The actual plan was to surprise her with her favorite red velvet cupcakes and write a blog post about the over all experience and her feedback. But things did not work out as planned. I don’t know where I made a mistake, but the cupcake… Read more →

Mutton Dalcha – Hyderabadi style lamb & protein rich lentil curry. A simple, healthy and nutritious dish served with bagara rice / biryani /plain rice. www.clovesandcaramel.com

Hyderabadi mutton dalcha / Meat lentil vegetable stew

The end of summer came with the arrival of the strongest hurricane of the year. Though hurricane Matthew caused no major problems for us, it is suddenly much colder now. We have switched from cold to heat literally overnight. Speaking of the chill in the air, cold lazy days are the perfect time to enjoy hot spicy delicious soups and… Read more →

Pepper cumin rasam – A spicy, tangy and hot clear soup made with tamarind, black peppercorns and cumin. Excellent remedy for cold and cough. It tastes delicious with steamed rice and papad. www.clovesandcaramel.com

Miriyala charu – Pepper cumin soup – Menasu saru – Milagu rasam

I woke up early in the morning, packed breakfast and lunch for the husband like every weekday. It was around 8:15 am when he tied his shoe laces, took his laptop, lunch bag and was in the driveway about to get into the car when it happened. I was standing on the porch, had my hand on the railing. I thought I… Read more →

Ven pongal recipe - Rice and yellow lentils cooked and seasoned with peppercorns and ghee. Tempered with curry leaves and cashew nuts for a delicious meal. www.clovesandcaramel.com

Ven pongal – Khara pongal – Ghee pongal

I remember the time during my early graduation days, when I was invited by a friend to her house and her mom made this delicious spicy mushy rice dish with a tangy sauce. I did not know back then what I was eating. It was pongal with a tangy tamarind sauce. I was a very shy and an introvert back… Read more →

The sweetness of dates and crunchiness of the nuts . Great for Ganesh Chaturthi or as any festival sweet . An easy healthy dessert and on the go wholesome energy bite / snack. www.clovesandcaramel.com

Dates and nuts laddoo / laddu / energy bites

Vinayaka chavithi or pillayar chaturthi or ganesh chaturthi is the festival of lord ganesha (The elephant headed god). His pot belly is interpreted to have grown with his favorite sweets as well as the sins of his devotees, thus redeeming them. He is considered to be an enhancer of happiness and the remover of sorrow / obstacles. The word chatur in Sanskrit… Read more →

Soft, slightly chewy and utterly delicious coconut burfis, they are made with the goodness of juicy coconut and fresh cardamom. Perfect for Raksha bandhan ( Rakhi ) or any festivities. www.clovesandcaramel.com

Coconut burfi / Nariyal vadi / Naralachi wadi / Thengai burfi

One of the best things I love about my country (India) are the festivals. The best thing about India is the colors and the rituals. Traditions that go back hundreds of years and are intertwined with the values associated with a rich culture that celebrates family and community. Raksha bandhan or rakhi is one such festival celebrated across India. Every… Read more →

Homemade curry powder is the all-purpose powder which is an integral spice blend for the Indian cuisine. It is quick, easy and natural. It tastes so much better than the store bought brands. www.clovesandcaramel.com

Spice Mix – Madras Curry Powder

Curry is a mixture of spice blends generally used in Asian cuisine. It is considered to be world’s one of the oldest seasonings. All though curry is associated with India, many other countries in the Asian continent have an array of curry dishes in their cuisines and the British introduced curry to the western world.The word curry is the name adopted… Read more →