Happy Diwali – Nankhatai

Happy diwali to all my dear readers. Given that Diwali is almost upon us  tomorrow, I thought I would celebrate by sharing my Nankhatai recipe. Go guilt free this diwali with my low fat, vegan, gluten free version that delivers fully on taste & texture without compromise. Nankhatai is an Indian shortbread served during festive…

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,…

Buckwheat coconut milk pudding sweetened with country sugar

a dinner celebration! a dessert for my guest with a sweet tooth 🙂 a recipe that I happened to think up just today 🙂 I hadn’t taken strict measurements as I was just cooking, not planning to blog about it. But when my guest liked it so much that he went for it again as a…

Kesari

Kesari in the south, halwa in the north, this moist glistening golden winter sweet lightly infused with saffron and studded with nuts & raisins is a warming dessert! Ingredients 2 cups cream of wheat 4 – 5 cups of water 1 1/2 cups brown sugar 6 tbsp unsalted butter ¼ cup sliced almonds ¼ cup raisins Spice…

Appam

Happy Diwali! The festival of lights is here. ..and appam is a great way to celebrate.. This is my mom`s Palakkad iyer recipe that she makes in a special appam pan, however I got lucky when I spotted an electric doughnut pan that was the perfect size for appams. Ingredients 1 cup raw white rice(patna rice…

French Upside Down Apple Pie

Is it plums, is it dates asked my dinner guests enchanted as I served this upside down dessert. Apples everywhere in the grocery store so couldn’t resist dusting off my recipe book to bring out this classic which I made frequently over 15 years ago. Its not surprising that this French upside down apple pie…

Carmelized cardamom bananas

Today I was reminded of my great grandmother’s village home in Palghat (south western border of Kerala & Tamil nadu) where we spent many summers with our cousins. We listened to stories about our great grandfather who worked in the army as a surgeon during british times. Upon retirement he promptly opened a village hospital…