Karam Saag Pakoda (Kale)

Karam saag pakora is a delicate and lightly battered kale fritter. If you’ve found yourself saying no to kale chips in the past, treat yourself to paradise and say YES & YES to my crispy take. Ice capped mountains, lush valleys, rosy cheeked children in their shikaras(water boats), Kashmir valley is long known for its…

French Toast

I promise that you will not miss eggs nor will you be short on protein with my amazing vegan French toast. Read on to learn about the soul of spice (SOS secret tips) that go into the making of this fabulous treat. Make it anytime, Sunday brunch or otherwise & choose from my sweet or…

Thair Sadam

Yogurt rice for hot summer days Mr. Pandarinathan stood in line at the farm watching the milkman milk his cows to get frothy, fresh milk. Waking up at 4:30 to stand in line wasn’t a big deal as the rewards were phenomenal. He’d return home to make this delicious thair sadam. He would prepare lunches…

Lemon Ginger Rice

Perfect for a picnic, potluck. My best memories are carrying this for train journeys. Going to visit my grandparents in the south took us 3 full days by train from Delhi. The train had everything deliciously imaginable for a child. A library to borrow books, vendors who kept passing by with cutlets, coffee & snacks….

Keerai

Soup is such a generic name for such a beautifully elegant & delicious creation. Keerai is its rightful name. It means greens, done this way. This is my grandmother’s recipe. Anything she touched would become gold. A warm human being, she once took the train from madras to Delhi all by herself to spend time…

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…