It's winter. And winter means warm, comforting bowls of healthy goodness. But healthy needn't be tasteless. And soups needn't be one dimensional.....Read More
What has apple, dates, oats and cinnamon and smells divine? Breakfast of course!
In the continued attempts at eggless baking this month, this warm, cinnamony loaf with apple, dates & oats turned out to be quite the fall-in-a-bite. It has everything to complete your cool morning cravings. Now all I need is someone to get me that steaming cup of coffee.Read More
I loved every bit of this dish, and it was so darn easy to put together. Not to mention super duper quick, warm (perfect for the weather), healthy, vegan, glutenfree and delicious!Read More
For those who have been following my recipes & work for a while, or have attended any of my dining experiences, know that I love to create. Using everyday Indian ingredients and traditional home style cooking, I explore new dishes that are healthy, out of the ordinary and fun!Read More
My first memories of eating lemon rice are from our days in Bangalore, India. Not being a big rice eater in those days, I always marvelled how a subtle lemony rice always managed to get my attention. And for good reason. For this quick & simple dish has a few ingredients, but bursting flavours that need no accompaniments whatsoever. Of course, a little pickle on the side never hurts though!Read More
Summer is all about cool drinks. From bubbles to lemonades, everyone brings out their A game to create their own versions of the best thirst-quenching, throat soothing, ice crackling jugs of flavour. Summer is also about outdoor activities, public spaces, and germs. Lots of germs. So for this recipe, I decided to fuse the ever popular Indian Nimbu Pani (sweet & salty lemonade) with a touch of health. After all, what could be better than having your lemonade and drinking health too ;)Read More
I love cardamom coffee. In my mind it's the cousin to the Indian staple masala chai, and since I love all things spice, definitely a favourite in our household for those grey winter mornings. But, summer is a different story. While I still need my early morning cuppa joe, I rarely ever feel for the hot steam during those sultry months. The answer? These cooling coffee flavoured popsicles with hint of cardamom and creaminess from condensed milk! Think a frozen iced latte, only yummier.Read More
My earliest memories of chai are not of drinking it, but dunking in it. As a child, we weren’t allowed to indulge in this adult-only staple of most Indian households. However, when our parents felt generous, we did get to occasionally dip our biscuits in their morning cuppa. Or even let a couple of almonds soak at the bottom, while they read those boring newspapers, only to have the nuts warm and chai-spice blanched by the time they got through their cups. We had a system, I used mom’s cup and my brother got dads’. And such days were special. For not only were we allowed a taste of tradition, but also got to sit beside them, like adults, in this morning routine – a routine we often considered so secret that we were convinced it was this very time all discussions barred from our tiny ears took place. It was when the parents plotted our punishments, reviewed our school performances, criticized those friends they didn’t approve of, and in our case, contemplated if we should be sent to boarding school. And here we were, dunking our Parle-G biscuits in their tea, getting an opportunity to eavesdrop. Oh, bliss.Read More
I first tried Zaalouk at a Mediterranean restaurant in Hong Kong. After several coy tries of figuring out what exactly went into this delectable dip, I had asked the owner for the recipe (none of the ones online did it any sort of justice!). He obviously didn't reveal it all, but did mention that its "simply a blend of roasted eggplant, garlic, red pepper, lots of tomatoes and common spices". Ha, a sentence that didn't give away much, but just enough for the sleuth in me to set off on a culinary mission and decipher this recipe! After a few tries, I felt I had come pretty close to what I tasted in the restaurant - the missing ingredients was probably just the amount of oil I could get myself to use at home!Read More
This is a deliciously easy cake that has a subtle flavour of cardamom and tart bites of strawberry. The brown sugar adds a slight caramel flavour, which I absolutely adore in my baked goods! I never ever bake with white flour or refined/white sugar anymore, and I guarantee you this healthier version is just as addictive as any traditional cake. In fact, better ingredients just means you can have more guilt-free ;). Bake this pronto!Read More
This all-natural indian-style chutney made with fresh beets, raisins, tamarind and spices is a deliciously balanced sweet & spicy condiment on crackers, breads, dosas, idlis or even eggs!
For a recent event, I served this chutney with kale paniyarams (pan fried semolina cakes - pics below) and the guests licked off every last bit. Truly versatile, and fast becoming a must-have condiment in my kitchen.Read More
"I want muffins, and I want them now,
Sweet, savory or spicy, i'll devour them any how!
A cold winter storm, and baked so fresh
Melted cheese and butter, and soft soft flesh
A bite or two, and boy I was hooked
Never did I ever, for spicy muffins look!
Now breakfast is served, and lunch & dinner
I think my friends, we have a baked winner!"Read More
I hate change. As I reluctantly accept that we're in the midst of winter, I needed something to look forward to as we inch towards spring. For me, food is the answer. In fact, food is the answer to most questions. So as we move from one season to the next, I adapt by immersing in new discoveries, relentless failures and as a result, highly acclimatised taste buds. For few can match the warmth & comfort of a pretty plate of food.Read More
“As winter creeps up
We snuggle and hide,
From that frosty cold
That does indeed bite.
A warm meal
Makes us drool and dream,
A steamy sinful stew
With dollops of cream.
A movie and a blanket
A loving kiss,
Comfort for that hunger
That’s one granted wish.
And with a stomach full
We in happiness sway,
Winter isn’t that bad
When summer is on it’s way..”Read More
I applaud extraordinary. I smile at eccentric. And I adore weird concoctions.
Chana Masala or Chole is one of the most common and loved dishes of Northern India. It consists of a semi-dry curry made with chickpeas, and seasoned with spicy and tangy spices, simmered for hours. Probably the most common way to devour this delicious dish would be as Chola Bhatura or Chickpea Curry eaten with leavened Deep Fried Bread. Mmmm, it’s hard not to salivate just writing about it. This dish also happens to be really versatile. How you ask? Read on.Read More
"Born in India, plated in Thailand
This dish of vision, is anything but bland,
With spices few, but herbs fresh in season
The look itself will make you lose all reason!
Healthy like hell, with a natural crisp
Chili & spices, do that tingle on your lips,
Roll em up, and sink your teeth
This guilt-free dinner can stand up to meat!"Read More
Upma is a quintessential breakfast/brunch dish in the southern part of India. Fragrant, light, low on spices and a very satisfying bowl on rainy day, it's my constant go to when I find myself cooking for 1. It not only comes together in minutes, but can also be adapted to seasons by using any produce abundant at the local farmers market. Here is my nutrient packed version with Zucchini & Kale - a healthy kickstart for a cool autumn day!Read More
I am not a cookie lover, but I get cravings. And always at the busiest, oddest and most inappropriate of times. So there is nothing left to do but to make a quick batch that will satisfy the palate without completely tipping the calorie balance.Read More
"The feeling of holiday, slow ripples in a boat
That warm summer day, fishermen at work,
Lunch beckons, just as the catch comes in
So fresh, the fish almost seem to smirk!
Spiced & roasted, ready in minutes ten
Flaky goodness, the devours the best of you,
Ah, if only day we ate this well everyday
A fish, a boat & a wide ocean blue!"Read More
"I went far out, in search of vegetables fresh
And came across this farm, where I could've gone insane!
Beets & lettuce, fresh cauliflowers off the ground
Oh my! My excitement remained no bounds.
I set out to chop, sizzle and prepare
A meal that said seasonal, flavorful and rare...
Out came this wonderful soup, chilled to the core
Grapes and Gobi? Yes sir, I present you no bore!"Read More