Ishtu

Softly cooked potatoes smothered in a light coconut gravy dressed up with mild Malabar spices go into the making of Ishtu or Stew. The festival of Onam calls for celebration and today I offer you my easy take on this popular dish. When the Arabs started trading with the west coast of India nobody imagined…

Keerai Vadai

Keerai vadai is a crunchy lentil fritter, with spinach and a special blend of spices folded in. Once you dig in, you will find it hard to stop at one. But why should you? Dr. Vannucci clapped her hands excitedly as she saw me lift up my sari skirt, carefully navigating the stairs that led…

Payesh

Payesh is a Bengali rice and milk pudding sweetened with date palm jaggery. This divine decadence will have you dipping your spoon in again & again till the payesh is no more. My recommendation, do this with eyes closed. Today is ganesh chaturthi. As I pray to the remover of obstacles, by offering this payesh,…

Blueberry Cashew Kulfi

Kulfi is a frozen dessert combining milk with spices and fruit pulp. Similar to ice cream, but a little denser, the difference – kulfi is not whipped. I hope you enjoy my simple 5 ingredient kulfi, packed with yummy flavors and anti-oxidant goodness. A city invaded, demolished and built over at least 7 times, my…

Cherry Tomato Chutney Tarts

Whip up these tarts in a jiffy using store bought tart crust and of course my cherry tomato chutney’s tart flavor makes them truly a tart! The intensely satisfying aroma of the spice blend in this chutney filled my home with a welcoming fragrance that even my 4-legged companion sniffed appreciatively 🙂 A profession that…

Chai Banana Bread

Gently caressed with my special chai blend, eating my banana bread is a sensuous experience. I use all plant based materials and whole grain flour. Hope you enjoy this creation that I’ve been fine tuning like a nicely aged wine for over 25 years. Newly married me wasn’t interested a whole lot in tennis, but…

Poha

Fluffy Poha is a delicious flattened rice, easy- to-make quick breakfast. My mom makes the best Poha I’ve ever eaten. Her recipe owes its origin to the west coast of India. Puzzled that a southerner would borrow from the west? Then read on to unravel the mystery of the delicious Poha’s wanderings. Haribai called my…

Stop that cold and flu the easy way

Fight colds and flu no more with my daily secret tip that’s also super easy. No more flu shots and no more antibiotics that can kill all your good bacteria as well. So how come we are more prone to the flu during winter? Cold weather is a thriving season for bacteria. During warmer weather,…

Chickpea Kale Veggie Kababs

Ever since I dreamed of having my yoga studio and café, I haven’t stopped thinking about how it would happen. Would I find a wealthy beyond investor who would be interested in what I have in mind?  A yoga studio & café in the heart of the city that’s funded by the users. Another drop…