It was an amazing day today, beginning with me falling down the concrete stairs to the garage. Traumatised more than actually hurt, pride suffering more than body, I am now the owner of a very sore big toe, a hole in the knee of my cropped pants, a dented pride, and some scruffs and scrapes on my lower limbs. It could have been much much worse.

It did take me a while for my body to get over the shock of that fall, so in the end I decided to work from home/take it easy as after all, I had worked all weekend running workshops and attacking that endless pile of bookwork.

It gave me a chance to further delve into the new pile of cookbooks that arrived during last week. 9 in all, furthering my interest in Sth Indian food, traditions and routines, and, linked to this, in Ayurveda. One book that I like particularly is  full of Keralite dishes (from Kerala on the West coast of India). This book is going to be a treasure.

Tonight’s dinner is going to be Rosa Matta rice with Moth Bean Sprouts; Ripe Mango Yoghurt Curry; Spicy Spinach Mash — the last two dishes from that book.

And am planning a tomato salad from my childhood. My mother, with her Germanic background, used to make a tomato and cucumber salad each summer which always delighted. She would make circles on a plate using one tomato slice then one cucumber slice etc. And the dressing had cream in it.

I will also probably cook a sambar, ready for lunch tomorrow. I add the mango seeds in the last 15 mins or so and they flavour the sambar and the sambar flavours the seeds, leaving them perfect for sucking the last of the mango from the seeds. Yum.

This hot weather has demanded cooling foods such as yoghurt, mangoes, coconut and Celtic Sea salt (to replace vital minerals lost in the heat). What better than Lassis?

Lassis are so delicious! I am making them every day at the moment, and on the hottest of days, a lassi, sweet or salty, makes a great breakfast.

It’s not quite the weather in Adelaide for my hearty 13 Treasure Happiness soup, but my Sydney-based daughter made it the other day in their rainy weather and declared it comforted, cheered and satisfied the whole (fussy) family.


13 treasure happiness soup

lassi drinks


my mother’s tomato salad

kerala dishes




Author: Ganga108

Heat in the Kitchen, Cooking with Spirit. Temple junkie, temple builder, temple cleaner. Lover of life, people, cultures, travel. Champion of growth, change and awareness. Taker of photos. Passionate about family. Happy.

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