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
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
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 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
"Bakes brown & moist, this loaf for morning tea,
With coconut & a crunch, no sampling, gotta have a whole piece.
Atta takes over that dreaded flour, healthier, but tastes just as good,
Experiments in the kitchen, oh! aren't they fun with food!"
Go ahead, get that apron on, and put on your baking shoes,
If you're feeling down today, this will drive away those weekday woes.."Read More
Did you know beetroot leaves are edible? Yes sir! The young ones can be eaten raw, and as they get older it is advisable to cook/sauté them as you would do with spinach. Packed with vitamins and other nutrients, 1 medium beetroot – leaf, stalk & root et all helps boost immunity, fight infections, lower blood pressure and increase red blood cells. Aren’t those enough reasons to add it to your next meal?
And if you cook it like I did, you won’t care how healthy it is. You’ll just want more.Read More
Ever since I can remember, I have disliked persimmons. What a way to start a recipe right? I know.
It's the classic tale of something I used to love as a child, probably overdosed on one season, and swore never to touch it again. It's amazing how memories remain embedded in your brain, enough to not want to taste that fruit/dish again, even though over time you forget why you disliked it in the first place. Such has been my relationship with this bright peach fruit - one of mysterious aversion.Read More
“Farro is nutty, Farro loves spice,
It is my solution, To something other than rice.
Cooks in minutes, And blends in well,
Be it soup or curry, Or a bake so swell.
With a grainy bite, And a fragrance mellow,
I now turn everything, Into a version A-la-farro…”Read More
"I know I know, summer is over, but can't we celebrate anyway?
Slurp, crunch, savor, the red we love all May...
Spiced like the streets, on a scorching Indian afternoon
It's like those childhood treats, during holidays in June
July has come & gone, and Autumn is taking over the sun
So we'll hold on to the warmth, in this little glass of yum.."
1/2 watermelon, cut into cubes or rounds (using a melon baller)
2 large cucumbers, de-seeded, peeled and cut into 1inch pieces
Juice from 1 lemon
Handful of fresh coriander, finely chopped (the more the better!)
12-15 fresh mint leaves, finely chopped
1 teaspoon black/rock salt
1/4 teaspoon paprika or chili powder
1/4 teaspoon dry mango powder
1/2 teaspoon roasted cumin powder
Salt to taste
Mix the watermelon, cucumber, coriander & mint and chill for 30 mins. When ready to serve, toss with lemon juice and spices. Eat fresh. A quick, simple, super healthy spiced fruit salad that will change the way you see watermelon!