Valentine’s Day Love Bites

Valentine’s Day is a day of love and there’s no better love than the love of food, is there? Valentine’s Day is one day in a year to show love to people who you may not show otherwise. Is Valentine’s Day overhyped? Some say it is too commercialised, some use it as a day to…

KHICHDI-Mishmash of Rice and Dal

Khichdi is a favourite comfort food in India, reminding one of home when one is away. It is a one pot meal made from rice and dal usually but some make it with vegetables too.The split version of pulses like lentils, peas, mung beans, are usually used. There are two types of it, one firm…

Strawberry Cream Biscuit Pudding

It’s my birthday today and no one to celebrate it with so I made this yummy creamy dreamy dessert all for myself.I like to make easy no bake desserts as I live in the tropics and cooking can be a sweaty, icky affair if there is too much cooking. Very similar to the Pineapple  pudding…

Whole wheat pudding or Atta Halwa

Winters are incomplete without hot halwa eaten at any time of the day or night.This Whole wheat pudding or Atta Halwa I have made is a fusion of food.In my religion, Sikhism, Karah is a halwa or pudding made with equal portions of whole-wheat flour, ghee or clarified butter, and sugar. The equal portions emphasise…

Tehri or Vegetable Pulao

When I visited my daughter in Lucknow a couple of months ago, I heard the word Tehri for the first time. (Do not be surprised. I am a south Indian and never heard the dish there) I was curious to know what it is and Esha, my daughter asked the resident cook to make it….

Mushroom-Mint Rice or Pulao

    Mushroom Mint Pulao is an awesome and simple rice preparation made with mushroom, spices and basmati rice cooked together flavoured with fresh mint leaves. The flavours emanating from the dry spices, ginger-garlic paste, browned onions and mint-coriander-green chillies paste makes this dish slightly spicy but it is a delicious combo of ingredients. Mushrooms…

Kale Mushroom Quiche Cups

Kick your Monday blues with a healthy protein packed breakfast. Having studied in a missionary school, I love everything English so much so that my dad used to say I am Anglo-Indian. Having said that I have stuck to wafer thin sandwiches or scrambled eggs and never experimented further. This morning I decided to be…

Dal Makhani Cooked in Slow Cooker

  The name Dal Makhani reverberates the rich and robust Punjabi culture and cuisine. Dal Makhani has many monikers; Kaali (Black) Dal or Maa ki Dal. It is a very popular dhaba dish and has a very earthy flavour. Dal makhani is now a staple Indian dish but was popularised by the refugees from Pakistan….

Muttar-Kulcha or Peas and Flat Bread

Muttar Kulcha, takes me back to those sultry summer holidays, I used to spend at my sister’s house in Delhi.  She used to get these fresh soft kulchas and heat them with a generous amount of butter and serve them with zingy tangy muttar. Half the days I was there this would be a staple…

Sem Ki Phalli Ki Sabzi or Broad Beans Curry

After the calorie piling with the sinful New Year foods, it is great to be back to some simple fare. What could be simpler than Broad beans or Sem ki phalli ki sabzi with roti or rice? Broad beans have many monikers as the broad bean. You may know them as fava bean, faba bean,…

PAN FRIED ROASTED BABY POTATOES

Christmas is just a day away and even in my city, I can feel the festive spirit permeating the air! Christmas is a magical time and it tends to bring back memories of family feasts and family fun times. I am missing my family and waiting for the time I will get to be in…

Moong Dal pakode, Lentil Fritters or Ram Ladoo

I had another of my pre-Christmas Tea party in my pretty little garden this evening! I am celebrating Christmas for my grandson who is thousands of miles away in Mexico. Doing these quaint things makes me feel closer to him. I made Moong Dal pakode, Lentil Fritters or Ram Ladoo, garnished with shredded radish, carrot…