Category Archive: Ingredients


I just got back from South India after a short trip.  Since I went alone this time I had plenty of time to cook and experiment in the kitchen and somethng which I… Continue reading


  This  sweet spice used to grow in the wild in the monsoon forests of the Western Ghats in South India until the 19th century .  Those areas were known as the cardamom hills.… Continue reading

Indian Gooseberry (Amla)

I was in an Indian grocery store last week admiring the delicious looking Indian gooseberries. Then a lady who was standing next to me suprisingly looked at me and asked , what are… Continue reading

Carrot and Courgette Salad with Sesame and Soy Dressing.

Sesame oil and sesame seeds are both very important ingredients in my kitchen. The toasted sesame oil is one of my favourite among all oils and it adds a delicious nutty flavour to… Continue reading

Kerala fish curry with Malabar tamarind

When I was living in Japan I once saw an article regarding a weight loss pill and to my surprise the magic ingredient featured in the article was Malabar tamarind, which in Kerala… Continue reading

Chakka (Jackfruit) Jam

I was in South India last month and when I saw the Jackfruit, I remembered my friend Karen. Some time ago I tried to explain to her what the Jackfruit looks and tastes… Continue reading