The Best Homemade Peanut Butter

Post Views: 35 Peanut butter is really one of the easiest things to make. Four ingredients, whack it in the blender and you’re done, right? Right. But – remember, peanuts have a very dense composition, and after grinding to a paste, becomes a big blob of clay-like consistency that can obliterate your wonderfully convenient machine… Continue reading The Best Homemade Peanut Butter

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Grilled Vegetable Coleslaw Sandwich (No Mayo)

Post Views: 148 Every Monday, eight kids from the village behind my residence come to me for cooking lessons. They’re this amazingly enthusiastic, wonderful bunch of 12 to 15-year-old girls and boys whom I’ve been teaching now for more than a year. And while I do love teaching them, it’s a real struggle to come… Continue reading Grilled Vegetable Coleslaw Sandwich (No Mayo)

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Power Packed Chia Pudding – Healthy Breakfasts

Post Views: 230 I first ate this at the Perch restaurant in Delhi’s Khan Market and loved it. Till a month ago, I hadn’t ever gone near any chia dishes. I somehow have this healthy disregard for all these exotic superfoods such as quinoa, goji berries, acai berries, chia and those that come from far,… Continue reading Power Packed Chia Pudding – Healthy Breakfasts

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Low Calorie Chicken Caesar Salad – No Mayonnaise

Post Views: 223 This has now become my most popular salad at home. Somehow, I’ve gone back to the simple classic, giving weight to the phrase ‘Old is gold’.  My favourite leaf is now Romaine lettuce, overthrowing the very popular rocket leaves and arugula with their peppery flavour. In fact, this is the only leafy… Continue reading Low Calorie Chicken Caesar Salad – No Mayonnaise

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Gourmet Balsamic Chicken, Avocado Sandwich

Post Views: 237 Sitting at home today with one sick kid, a twinging back that’s stopped all my much required exercise and super high temperatures, I suddenly got the idea to make this sandwich. I had an avocado sitting in the fridge for a couple of weeks so thought it’s better to use it up… Continue reading Gourmet Balsamic Chicken, Avocado Sandwich

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Masala Appe (Super Healthy Snack)

Post Views: 405   I first had a really delicious version of this at my friend Padmini Rao’s place. She, being from Andhra Pradesh, makes great South Indian vegetarian food and I keep pestering her for her amazing lemon/mango/tamarind rice which is the best I’ve ever had anywhere. Every time she calls us over for… Continue reading Masala Appe (Super Healthy Snack)

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The Best Summer Salad – My Accidental Not-so-Greek, Greek Salad

Post Views: 302   This is a totally unexpected post and yet another salad, but I was compelled to put it out there. You know when the food gurus say that food tastes best with the freshest and good quality ingredients, they’re not lying. So over the weekend, we had a little organic market fete… Continue reading The Best Summer Salad – My Accidental Not-so-Greek, Greek Salad

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Deliciously Fluffy Double Chocolate Cake

Post Views: 380 Coming up with the recipe for this lovely chocolate cake was so enjoyable especially as all the variations I tried out came out brilliantly! The Universe was being kind to me this time, after all the culinary disasters I’ve had in the past few months. I tried three different proportions, all of… Continue reading Deliciously Fluffy Double Chocolate Cake

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Broccoli Salad with Hazelnuts and Feta Cheese

Post Views: 353 I’ve gone on a salad spree suddenly. That’s the only inspiration coming to me these days, Heaven knows why. Maybe it’s the cheese, or the nuts, but I’m not going to go so deep into it. However, it’s going down a treat with all the people I’m feeding them to, so nobody’s… Continue reading Broccoli Salad with Hazelnuts and Feta Cheese

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Rocket Salad With Apple, Cranberries and Pine Nuts

Post Views: 391 Salads are so varied and so versatile. The main thing however, is managing to keep the leaves crisp and fresh so there’s a bite to it, and making sure the dressing is not too runny or insipid. In summer, when everything is hot including the water from the taps and filters, you… Continue reading Rocket Salad With Apple, Cranberries and Pine Nuts

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Lightening-Quick Nutella Crunch Pudding

Post Views: 533 I came up with this quick and easy dessert after wracking my brains about what my 7-year old could make for a small cooking competition. As it was a cold-cooking competition, where there were no hobs or electrical appliances allowed, anything other than assembling was not possible. Since the kid has not… Continue reading Lightening-Quick Nutella Crunch Pudding

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Georgian Style Salad with Walnut Dressing

Post Views: 1,329 On holiday in Saint Petersburg, Russia, we were recommended a Georgian restaurant Khochu Kharcho (English name) by the receptionist at the hotel we were staying in and I must say, it was a really good one. The food was delicious and there came my introduction to this salad. I found the crushed… Continue reading Georgian Style Salad with Walnut Dressing

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Mini Chicken a la Kiev

Post Views: 595 Anyone in India who’s had any association with Calcutta/Kolkata and its famous continental food restaurants such as Mocambo’s, would have heard of or tasted Chicken a la Kiev. It may be made a little differently there, but the dish is essentially a chicken breast, stuffed with garlic parsley butter, breaded and fried.… Continue reading Mini Chicken a la Kiev

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Coconut Delight Cake (Eggless)

Post Views: 559 This cake is a tribute to my Indian heritage and is inspired by my love for coconut and jaggery combinations in many Indian sweetmeats made for certain festivals. One item called Modak, a rice flour dumpling stuffed with coconut and jaggery is a particular favourite and every time a friend’s mother-in-law makes… Continue reading Coconut Delight Cake (Eggless)

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Kala Jamun Frozen Yoghurt (Java Plum/Black Plum)

Post Views: 894 Kala Jamun, or Java plum or black plum is a fruit that grows in South East Asia in the summer and is a superfood. Its health benefits have been touted far and wide but it’s also an acquired taste. Most people I know don’t like it very much and when I was… Continue reading Kala Jamun Frozen Yoghurt (Java Plum/Black Plum)

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Deliciously Tangy Masoor Dal (Red Lentils with Mango)

Post Views: 608 If you haven’t been made aware of my infatuation with mango, raw or cooked, this post should do do it for you. I love the fruit and will look for any excuse to use it in dishes. This is one dish that’s a winner in my eyes because it’s so simple and… Continue reading Deliciously Tangy Masoor Dal (Red Lentils with Mango)

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Sprouts Salad with Raw Mango and Pomegranate

Post Views: 989 The Indian summer, especially in the National Capital Region, brings upon us intense heat, combined with hot winds called Loo and frequent dust storms accompanied by rain. In this weather, I sometimes lose my appetite for the usual hot dal, rice, vegetable curry and foods with the usual spices used in Indian… Continue reading Sprouts Salad with Raw Mango and Pomegranate

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Stir Fried Vegetables with Mint and Fennel Seeds

Post Views: 865 Here’s another take on stir-fried vegetables. There are not too many ways to make vegetables taste very different and keep them free of honey or sugar or cheesy or creamy additions that make them taste awesome and one can only play around with condiments and combinations. Here is my attempt at making… Continue reading Stir Fried Vegetables with Mint and Fennel Seeds

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Stir Fried Pork (Cambodian Loc Lak Style)

Post Views: 1,415 A quick trip to Cambodia’s Siem Reap last month resulted in some serious gastronomic delights and not only did I gain a few inches around my waist but also a whole bunch of inspiration for food I’d like to try out. So experimenting on family (the usual guinea pigs), I decided to… Continue reading Stir Fried Pork (Cambodian Loc Lak Style)

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