Turmeric Tales

As I write this post, I am packing freshly ground Turmeric or Haldi into packets to last me through the year. Our kitchen and home is filled with he most amazing smell of fresh Turmeric. My hands are stained orange and I just do not care! Turmeric… an orange powder that is an essential ingredient…

Buttery Butter Cake

There is truly nothing as satisfying as a good buttery butter cake with that crunchy crust. Made with just a handful of ingredients, the butter cake is an essential part of every kitchen larder. Can be served as it is at tea or can be used in desserts like a trifle in a jiffy. This…

Lychee Kulfi

I am a part of food groups on Facebook and in one of them I came across a beautiful Lychee Kulfi recipe. Kulfi is you did not know is an Indian frozen desert, like an ice cream. the traditional flavours added to kulfi are: rose, pistachio, saffron, mango, cardamom and so on. But really you…

Foolproof Brownies

Brownies never fail to comfort. this is a simple recipe that delivers every time.

Green Tomato Chutney in south Indian style

Ever since I saw Fried Green Tomatoes, I have loved eating them as well. As I grow a lot of tomatoes, sometimes, even after making ketchup and filling numerous bottles and puree as well, you continue to get fruit. On sunny Sunday afternoons, I like plucking a couple of tomatoes (sometimes ripe and sometimes green)…

Gond ke Laddoo

Gond ke Laddoo is a popular Indian sweet ball of wheat flour, clarified butter (ghee), dried fruits, sugar and edible gum called Gond. I love eating this during winters but have never known or cared to know how to make it. And then we had our annual Flower Show, and this year we had a…

Almond cake

There are days when you feel like baking but don’t have much time. This is a cake for those days. Simple but utterly soft and delicious, this cake is perfect for tea times, to take along when visiting friends, and for just gazing at. I found the recipe on a website called jensfavouritecookies.com and it’s…

Main meal salads

Salads are a meal in themselves with most people nowadays preferring to have a bowl of salad rather than a heavy and elaborate lunch. The best thing about salads is that once you know a few basic dressings and the classic salads, you can experiment on your own and never go wrong. Here are some…

Pork Stews and mornings in Shillong

It was a cold winter’s morning and Sanjib wanted something that could warm him up a bit. We were at Shillong (the hilly capital town of Meghalaya, north east India, also known as the Scotland of the East), meeting my cousins after a long time, and old memories of sitting around the warm kitchen fireplace…

The Indian Spice Cabinet

India is the land of spices. Each region has its own special spices used in local cuisines but there are certain spices that are used throughout the country and Indian cuisine would be incomplete without them. Here are some popular spices of the Indian subcontinent! The Bitter truth – Fenugreek Fenugreek (Trigonella foenum-graecum), methi, is…

An Assamese Lunch with a twist

Assam, to the northeast of India, is the state I was born. We are a laid back people with simple tastes in life as well as in food. Fish, duck, and all kinds of meat and poultry with a variety of vegetables and herbs cooked with love and simple spices send delectable aromas from the…

Cheesy Cabbage Bread

A wonderfully tasty and soft cheesy bread. We have Jain guests at home at the moment so no onion and no garlic in their vegetarian dishes. Tried this bread out replacing garlic with cabbage and it came out wonderfully yummy. Garlic bread can be made with the same recipe…just replace the cabbage with garlic. You…