Gastronomical Journeys : Hummus 101

A healthy creamy and delicious dip from the Middle East that is joining the health revolution after Kale Quinoa and Beets.Traditionally eaten with pita and falafel this superfoods now is preferred on the side of chips crisps breads.Hummus has gained a lot of popularity in the west and now is available all over the world.

Gooseberry on a Cracker 

Most of you would have read the classics as kids and would remember the children’s all time favorite fairy tale Snow White you would know about the awesome feast she throws for the dwarfs.I am going to skip the poisoned apple and move on to a special gooseberry pie.Gooseberry or Amla is very popular in…

Golden Matcha Brownie 

This is the first post of the new series called Microwave and Bake.It will feature quick and easy recipes most of which would be doable in under 5min and require very few ingredients and of course a microwave.Before starting the series I would like to talk about some safety instructions before starting to use your…

Almond and Besan Ladoo 

Ladoo is a very popular Indian dessert that is made with puré ghee on special occasions.The history of Indian food dates 5000 years back and the key ingredient for most Indian Sweets that is ghee is found mentioned in rig Veda one of India’s ancient literatures.Preparing Ladoo is not such a tedious process and I…

Are You Eating Poison?

So I came across this article on healthy eating and then it got me researching more and more and I realized that whatever we see is just the tip of the iceberg.The utensils we cook in to the oils we use play a major role in healthy eating.Thanks to the popularity of “Olive Oil” and…

Gastronomical Journeys: Nordic Crisps

New Nordic Cuisine also known as Scandinavian food is a dynamic form of food whose birthplace resides in Copenhagen, Stockholm and Helsinki.So its basically like turning Europe upside down.Nordic food is prepared on the basis of three key elements:purity,simplicity and freshness.It encourages usage of only seasonal foods,preparation of traditional dishes using ingredients benefitting from the…

Gastronomical Journeys: German Sauerkraut

Sauerkraut is another great fermented salad that is very popular in eastern and Central Europe and of course Germany.Sauerkraut is a natural probiotic and perfect recipe for a unhealthy gut.Sauerkraut is not only a rich source of Vitamin C,B,K but it also contains important nutrients like calcium,magnesium,fiber,folate,iron,potassium,copper and manganese.Fermented foods are alkaline in nature and helpful in regulating the pH of your body which is imperative for good overall health.

Gastronomical Journeys: Italian Pasta alla Puttanesca

Pasta alla Puttanesca simply translates to pasta in spicy red sauce which in this recipe would be my homemade Marinara.I am using baby pasta shells also known as Conchiglie in this recipe but you can chose linguine as well and make spaghetti with marinara sauce.This is an extremely simple pasta recipe that you can make…

Gastronimical Journeys:Persian Rose Cookies

Today we will looking at Persian Food from cookies and baklava to royal Persian biryani.In today’s post I am going to be discussing a simple eggless cookie made with whole wheat flour and coconut.For the Persian touch we will be adding so pistachios and fresh rose petals.We will also learn how to make a rose petal reduction to go with our cookies.

Homemade Marinara Sauce 

Homemade sauces are always the best, they are devoid of preservative and high levels of sodium.They are super easy to make and perfect for times you have fresh fruits and veggies from th market. Here is a close up of how it looked while cooking. INGREDIENTS Fresh Tomatoes-4 Onion-1 Garlic-4 cloves Green Chilli-1 Salt- to…

Gastronimical Journeys : Vegan Kimchi 

This is the first post of the new series called gastronomical journeys.In this series I am going to talk about the most famous and favourite street food from all over the world.Our first stop is Korea.Kimchi is a very popular dish in Korea, Koreans love kimchi in everything from breakfast to dinner , no meal…

Indian Coconut Trifle 

Coconut is natures gift and a superfood.Todays dessert is inspired and based out of this superfood along with lots of healthy components like pistachios ,almonds ,cranberries,dates and there are a lot of customisation so possible so this is an ideal dessert for when you are binging or just want a quick change of taste.Now this…

Pakoras Recipe

The rain gods are upon us showering us with downpour on almost a daily basis.While for some it might be getting frustrating to commute, here is the silver lining to the dark clouds.You can make piping hot pakoras with Masala Chai while enjoying the petrichor along with your friends.Read More …

Cranberry Sauce

Cranberries are a great source of anti-oxidants, and what better than making a homemade cranberry sauce.Its perfect for toppings on pancakes, ice-creams,pie-fillings,frosting your cakes,filling your beignets(see recipe here),donuts.The sauce needs to be a slight bit of tangy and sweet to give you that much needed punch to spruce up everyday meals.Let’s go over to the rest of the post to learn how to make this simple and yummy cranberry sauce

Khaman Dhokla with a Twist

Dhokla is a very popular dish in Gujarat.Dhokla is available everywhere in the mornings in Gujarat and almost every household lady be it a native or other wise is proficient in making dhokla.Traditionally made it with gram flour traditionally but other variants include,rava and vegetable fillings.The recipe isn’t as daunting as the end product looks like.It does require some degree of precision and careful handling of the balance between wet or dry-if you overcook your dhokla burns , if your undercook you ill be eating uncooked flour,if you make it in a steam bath there is a chance water will fill in.Learn how to make perfect dhokla.

The Perfect Cupcake Recipe

How many of you have woken up in the middle of the night feeling like having a sweet or a quick snack.Raise of hands for those who spend several minutes staring at the refrigerator thinking what to eat. Experts may connect your food cravings to deficiencies in bodies, well I agree that is one way to look at it, but another way to look at it is do something about those cravings.Here is a super quick recipe for a choco-vanillia cupcake that can be made within 15min with very few ingredients which will already be present in your kitchen.If you want to stay awake you can convert this one to choco-coffee cupcakes.Also I believe that adding little bit of instant expresso and a pinch of salt brings out the taste of the chocolate.Want more?

Blueberry Sauce

Blueberries are a top source of anti-oxidants and taste absolutely great when easting raw or in compotes,jams,pies or cakes.You can even add them to your milkshakes/smoothies , top them on your pancakes,crepes.Usually I have seen a lot of people buy berry preserves from stores but I prefer making them on my own.Its very simple and…

Veg Tunday Kababi

Hi, everyone knows about Tunday Kababs from Lucknow but unfortunately they are only made with lamb.Now those of you who don’t eat lamb in particular or are vegetarian feel left out.So here is a question: Why should non-vegetarians have all the fun? Introducing my Signature Dish Veg Tunday Kababi , made with 21 distinct spices touching…

Paneer Butter Masala w/ Butter Naan

Paneer Butter Masala is a very famous Indian cottage cheese gravy that is served in restaurants.Like the Paneer Tikka Recipe which I shared here on the blog previously. Paneer Butter Masala is milder in spice and creamier and most times has a little bit of sweet taste to it.Its perfect for kids because of the lower spice…

Vegetable Manchurian

We Indians love Chinese food.Almost every restaurant in India has some Chinese dishes on the menu be it in the form of starters or main course.A major concern that most people have is why doesn’t Chinese food taste good when prepared at home.There are several reasons for this.First the burners used in restaurants are very…

For the Love of Biryani’s

We Indians love biryani’s.Biryani originates originally in Persia and was introduced in India by the Arabs.Biryani is a rice dish with lots of flavours and textures,made with quite a few variants of rice.The key to a good biryani lies in good quality rice,fresh spices and ingredients and style of cooking.In this post I will be…

Diwali Special Kesar Milk Burfi 

While Diwali is an elaborate celebration in home towns for most people , for those outside it can be incomplete without sweets.Nothing to worry you can make desserts from the comfort of your home .This is a recipe that you can make even if you haven’t had much of an experience in cooking or are…

Flaky Chocolate Pockets 

This is a super flaky dessert that is perfect for this weather and yes it’s stuffed with chocolate.The pockets split apart as if they are weightless and so soft yet crispy.If you’re looking for something to go with your evening coffee this is what you’re looking for .this recipe is so forgiving you can go…

Colourful Cocoa Butter Bark | Not Your Usual Chocolate Bark

Who doesn’t love chocolate and did you know it’s fairly simple to make your own ? This one isn’t your regular dark chocolate instead I have used white cocoa butter for that silken melt in the mouth thin cocoa bark.Its perfect for holiday season for gifting  and for just keep in store.Whenever you want to…

Kuttu ka Aata or Buckwheat Flour Croquettes 

Happy Sashtmi to all.Today is the 7th day of the nine day festival of Navratri and some of you might be fasting today.During fasting whole grains,rice and lentils are not consumed.But to stay energised throughout the day a fruit based diet along with items made with buckwheat flour ,water chest nut flour and amarnath flour…

Fall Recipes-Cabbage and Potato Kebabs

A dusky evening in India – beautiful autumn foliage , the nip in the air and the fragrance of incense burning in Puja pandals.Fresh Autumn harvest brings to you an endless supply of Nordic vegetables aka root vegetables.I am sure you would be finding sweet potatoes , cabbage,tapioca,red onions,cauliflower,pumpkin and lots of leafy greens.In today’s…

What to Eat During Fast? : Navratri Special 

Today is the second day of Navratri, a very popular Indian festival celebrated for 9 days twice a year once during the spring and once during the fall.During the fall the festival ends with the celebration of Dusshera.During Navratri people observe fast and continue on a fruit based and Satvik diet.The foods people consume are…

Mozzarella Stuffed Chilli-Tempura All The Way

  Fried dough stuffed with anything is awesome.You can never go wrong with some tempura or chickpea wrapped on you early autumn veggies.It is the ultimate comfort food for a weekend at home.If you’re on a budget this is a under $5 snack that takes under 15 minutes to get ready.Perfect for the fall with…

Durga Puja Special Recipes 

Durga Puja is just around the corner and like several things we Indians love our festivals and celebrate them with a lot of enthusiasm.We are proud of our food and culture.Since we have Navratri starting in a couple of days followed by Dusshera here is a new series of posts that captures some recipes passed…

Welcoming the Fall 

Just couple of days past the official first day of fall passed.Fall started ☔️☃🌨winter is coming ! It’s time you would have started seeing fresh fall vegetables flooding your farmers market or local vegetable market.Besides going us respite from the heat wave the certain chill in the air is so comforting.The breeze feels like a…

The Great Indian Thali 

We Indians love our food , it’s complex and intense in flavours.This post is to talk about what we Indians eat on a daily basis,it’s our regular food and atleast couple of items of this grand thali are always present in Indian Cuisine.I will be talking about the Indian hot spice mix, the common flavours…

Homemade Pizza from Scratch 

Who doesn’t love pizza ? I am sure everyone is a high fan of pizza and most of us end up doing a take out on a Thursday because we are very lazy or just plain exhausted to cook.I used to do the same till I found that making pizza isn’t so tricky as it…