Allow me to say…..


to all my readers for being very nice to me. It has been more than 4 years since I jotted down my first blog post in a moment of passing curiosity. This blog has gone through bouts of hyperactivity, stretches of inaction and everything in between ever since. But for some reason beyond my brain, you have decided to stick with me, choosing to visit, even when this space was dormant for over a year. Such gracious acts should be remembered, and I will.


This post will be open for comments till the end of this month. The winner will be randomly picked, and will be announced here on Dec 1st.

Wish you all a very happy Thanksgiving and a relaxing long weekend. Try not to fret over your turkey, will you? We are going to take it easy, and visit our pals over the long weekend, so lots of chatter is assured to be on the table. Have a very nice time folks, and please enter your name for the drawing.

Here is a recipe for a sort-of – Indian -inspired-cottage pie – (but made with chicken instead) we made this weekend to ward off the cold weather blues.



Chicken pie with Indian spices

Potatoes – medium size – 4 nos

Cooked, shredded chicken – 2 cups

Green peas – ½ cup
Carrots-chopped – ¼ cup
Onion- chopped – 1 cup
Tomato- chopped -1
Garlic-minced – 1 tsp
Ginger –finely chopped -2 tsp
Jalapeno skin –chopped- 1 tbsp
Cilantro- chopped – ¼ cup
Turmeric – ¼ tsp + ¼ tsp
Paprika- 1 tsp
Black pepper –crushed – ¼ tsp+ ½ tsp
Cumin powder – ¼ tsp
Cardamom-crushed – 1 pod
Nutmeg powder – ¼ tsp
Cinnamon powder – ¼ tsp
Clove powder – ¼ tsp
All purpose flour – 2 tbsp
Coconut milk – ¼ cup
Oil – 2 tbsp + ½ tsp
Salt- to taste
Butter or cheese – 2 tbsp

Heat ½ tsp oil in a pan; when it is hot add ¼ tsp turmeric powder and ¼ tsp cumin powder, fry for a couple of seconds. Add coconut milk, stir well, and turn off the heat. Cook the potatoes, peel and mash with the coconut milk mixture prepared above, ¼ tsp crushed black pepper and salt to taste. Keep aside. Heat 2 tbsp oil in a pan. When the oil is hot, add chopped onion, ginger, garlic and jalapeño. Sauté till the onion pieces turn golden brown, add all other spice powders, all purpose flour and sauté for 1 more minute,. Add carrots, green peas, chicken pieces, tomato, and mix well. Cook covered at low heat for 5 minutes. Remove the lid and add ½ cup water (or vegetable broth). Mix well, cook till the mixture thickens and all the water evaporates. Add chopped cilantro and mix.

Fill ramekins about 3/4th with the chicken mixture, and top with mashed potato. Fluff the mashed potato with a fork. Grate some frozen butter, or cheese over it. Bake at 375 oC for 20 minutes or till the potato layer turns crusty and gets golden brown specks

Anonymous –   – (11:33 PM)  

Yay, i am the first. Your photos are superb.
1) Purple
2) No, i am a veggie


Vidhu –   – (11:46 PM)  

1. Blue
2. I love Fish



Swapna  – (12:17 AM)  

Oh I miss the chance to receive your homemade goodies dear :(:(

Congrats Archana on completing 4 years of blogging and hope to see more wonderful recipes from you :)

Chicken pie and the photos looks great as usual.... have a great holidays dear...Enjoy!

Aparna  – (1:19 AM)  

Congratulations and wishing you many more birthdays here. Four is some milestone! And mine just turned 3.

I live outside the US but I'll share a bit about myself. :)
My favourite colours (I can't choose)- Black and Brick red.
I'm a vegetarian, so no fish for me.

Priya  – (1:31 AM)  

Congrats for completely 4years of blogging, thats really fabulous..

Chicken pie looks absolutely yummy and very tempting..

An Open Book  – (4:18 AM)  

Im not in the US but im gonna enter brother can enjoy your home made goodies:)
1. well my fav colour is actually seasonal. so right now its a yellow orange mix
2. Fish..not that much of a fan, but love it in fried and pickled form

An Open Book  – (4:19 AM)  

and the pot pie looks fab..and the serving bowls are just gorgeous archana.

Shabs..  – (6:37 AM)  

COngrats Arc!Wish your bloggie a wonderful Bday and many more.I guess we should thank YOU for having a fabulous blogger arounD. I was so very much inspired by ur picstures and recipes even before blogging and some of them were deeply registered in my brain.
I would enter teh competetition too, and would pass over the gift to my friend In US.

1. It changes from time to time!!
2. I love fish when it is properly prepared. But hate the stinking ones.;)


radioactivegan  – (7:35 AM)  

Hahah, these questions remind me of the questions in Monty Python and the Holy Grail ... what is the airspeed velocity of a swallow??? (I hope you get that reference, or it won't make a darn bit of sense).

My favorite color is yellow. I like fish as pets or in an aquarium, but I don't eat them. Aquariums are my favorite, though! I like jellyfish a lot :)

Bong Mom  – (9:02 AM)  

Congrats Archana on the 4 and wish you many more years of blogging.

1. Color -- Mmmm, turquoise
2. yes

Jenn  – (9:30 AM)  

1) Red
2) Love fish! Haven't met a fish I don't like :).

Liza –   – (9:44 AM)  

Love your recipes. Excellent foodography.
1) Yellow
2) Yes

susan jacob  – (10:14 AM)  


Potpie with spices-bestway to serve it.- Everything you make is and always has been perfect.
COlour- Anything that my baby wears (must me all my mummy hormones)
Fish- I am like a hungry bear when I see salmon and my favorite song is Ayala varathahtundu, karimeen porichathundu - Need I say more. I will sent you my changed add by e-mail and I will wait for the post man to come with a hamper- otherwise I might have to sing varuvannillarum arum ezi vazhi! SO no pressure!

Bharathy  – (10:26 AM)  

Happy 4th b'day to Spicyana!!

Yet to go thru your updates.Still feeling glad to see you blogging regularly!! :)

2)My fav among all foods!!

Loved answering the cute questions :)

Ann  – (10:29 AM)  

You are welcome...for providing US with these marvelous pics and inspired blog posts.
1. turquoise
2. i like fish, but I steer clear away from shellfish =(

Bharathy  – (10:30 AM)  

P.S-I know I'm not eligible for ur wonderful gift being a non US resident.
still...cudnt help answering! :)

Ria Mathew  – (11:01 AM)  

Congratulations A!! You totally deserve this!

I love almost all the colours, but my forever favourite is White.

I am a big fan of fish,be it in the form of fry,pickle, baked stuff, and even good ole cutlets! YUM!

I am a big fan of pie's and yours look delectable! Loved those ramekins!

Anonymous –   – (2:37 PM)  

Congratulations Archana..and keep up the great work you are doing...Love your blog:)

I love maroon and I love fish!!!


dalia  – (3:21 PM)

2.Ilove fish


Anshu –   – (3:45 PM)  


Congrats Archana on completing 4 years of blogging The recipes as simple and great presentation.. we all feast with our eyes first!

2.Netholi thoran


Anonymous –   – (5:37 PM)  

Congrats on completing 4 yrs blogging. I have been a regular visitor to your blog for the past 3 yrs and have learnt so much from you. Thank you for sharing all the wonderful recipes with us.

1) Black
2) Yes, I love fish.


Anu  – (6:19 PM)  

Congratulations on spicyana turning four! I am so glad that you are back to blogging regularly again.
How sweet of you to send a gift basket to your a reader!!
1. Green
2. LOVE fish!

Gattina Cheung  – (1:13 AM)  
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Gattina Cheung  – (1:16 AM)  

archana,how could I ever think of not coming back again and again :):) During the period of you being inactive, I was quite sad as I felt the blogsphere losing one of the very talented cook/baker/styler/photographer! Besides, your regular visits and your encouraging comments to my blog meant a whole world to me!!! THANK YOU archana!
Once again, this delicious pie showcases a wondrous concoction of spices and your gastronomico knowledge, I truely admire!
Last but not the least, Happy Thanksgiving to you too!

Anonymous –   – (3:34 PM)  

1. Red
2. I like some fish.

Happy 4th birthday spicyana:)


Inji Pennu  – (5:00 PM)  

1. Chocolate (Yes, thats a color, it better be)
2. Love everything fishy, especially about people. :)


Love you Archana. My Baking fairy!

(And 'randomly' select me pleaseeeee!) ;) ;)

Dhanya  – (7:31 PM)  

Congrats Archana..........
1)Red colour
2)I love fish

Dr.Sameena Prathap
 – (9:56 PM)  


Lovely chciken pie...Happy Blog anniversary!!God Bless!!:)


joyce  – (7:19 AM)  

love fish!
Joyce Jose

Anonymous –   – (4:40 PM)  

2)Love only fish!

Thank you for blogging Archana, i have tried your fruit cake, it came out real good.

Anonymous –   – (4:42 PM)  

My name is Dimple, i left the comment above,thanks.

vineela  – (5:00 PM)  

Congrats archana(Baking Fairy).

I like magenta color.
I am veggie.

Happy Holidays.

Foodie Ann  – (7:28 PM)  

Congrats Archana..I discovered your blog from one of the older photo contest you one...and I was so taken by your beautiful blog...I went through all of your awesome posts...Ever since I am a frequent visitor...:)

My favorite colors are red and black..I love fish...:)

Saumya  – (10:46 PM)  

All pics in your blog are awesome.
1. Blue
2. I love fish

Shiuli  – (3:12 PM)  

Hey, Archana....Love your blog - both the presentation as well as the recipes!! My fav color is green, and I love love fish!

Anonymous –   – (12:01 PM)  

Blue and Yes


Gini  – (4:12 PM)  

Last but not the least. Pick me ...haha.

Fav color is black and love fish.

Seema –   – (6:06 AM)  

Congratulations! Love the blog and especially love the photographs. Wish you and yours a wonderful holiday season.

1. Blue
2. Love fish

RAKS KITCHEN  – (9:29 PM)  

Wonderful pictures!! Drooling the pictures!

Anonymous –   – (7:44 AM)  

How did i miss this one ??? Mhhhh, you should do this again, i am a BIG fan.


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