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…

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,…

Superfood Amaranth stem in coconut gravy

Dear reader, my food life has changed a lot since I first started blogging. Then I was just a food blogger sharing my home cooking with everyone. Now I cook for catering requests. And the requests just seem to keep on growing. I’m not complaining. I love cooking and serving people. And nothing gives me…

Chickpea Basmati Pulao – One pot dish

When it gets cold and all you want to do is snuggle up to warm tastes with least effort.  Its time for one-pot meals to make their appearance. No fuss, easy to make, spicy, warming, comforting – hope you enjoy my take on classic pulao You need 4 tbsp. roasted chickpeas 2 tbsp. fresh spinach 2…