Baking Cherry Tomato Topped Focaccia

Whoever said baking is therapeutic was spot on in his/her assessment. There is nothing quite like the beautiful fragrance of a hot oven containing a cake or a bread or the satisfaction of watching the “rise” of yeast-infused flour. Technique is however, crucial to any baking endeavor. I have got the hang of cakes but cupcakes seem to elude me completely. Breads and buns are … Continue reading Baking Cherry Tomato Topped Focaccia

The ‘Desi’ Veggie Delight

These are ‘desi’ Capsicum. ‘Desi’ in reference to vegetables implies that they are non-hybrid and just as god intended them to be. Each of these little darlings measures about 1.5- 2 inches in height compared to the capsicum that we get in the markets here which is about 4-5 inches tall. The tall ones literally taste like water while these tiny little ones carry a … Continue reading The ‘Desi’ Veggie Delight

Flavours from the Kangra Valley – A Himachali Cookbook

After ages of waiting for a book on Himachali food, I finally found one. I would have almost missed it if my uncle, who loves to cook, hadn’t saved an article from the Tribune about this new find. The book unfortunately is not available in bookstores anywhere in India and must be ordered directly through the author/publisher. I am not sure how that business model … Continue reading Flavours from the Kangra Valley – A Himachali Cookbook

For love of Samosa’s

Close your eyes (Or rather read the paragraph and then close them, because I forget that you can’t actually hear me speak, even if in my mind you can). Imagine the aroma of a hot deep fried, perfectly spiced, potato-filled samosa wafting towards you from the kitchen. Imagine dribbling a spoonful of pudine ki chutney or tomato ketchup on top and feasting your eyes on … Continue reading For love of Samosa’s

Red Capsicum, Lentil, Tomato and Spring Onion soup – Welcome Autumn!

I was feeling unwell. Nothing seemed exotic enough to entice my palate. Life was colorless and dull. So I decided to flip through my beautiful BBC Good Food Magazines to look for a dish exotic enough and possible with just the ingredients in my fridge. And the God’s were smiling at me. There were these wonderful red vegetables and fruit (tomato is a fruit!!!) in … Continue reading Red Capsicum, Lentil, Tomato and Spring Onion soup – Welcome Autumn!

Weekend Gluttony – Pav Bhaji

Weekends always call for something a little different from the weekly cooking. A meal that you can pig out on and then sleep off during your afternoon nap. And having a ‘picky – eater’ in the family does not make things easier. Today I opened the fridge and found all bits and pieces of vegetables that were just perfect for making Pav- Bhaji. An effective … Continue reading Weekend Gluttony – Pav Bhaji

Methi Kadvuu & Dal Tadka (Translates in English to a very continental sounding – Fenugreek Pasta & Yellow Lentil Soup )

“Its one of those days!”, I announced to Hubbs this morning. He looked up from his laptop, and concentrated on me for about 2 minutes as his mind went over the different interpretations of that sentence. Then he noticed the apron. “Noo!”, he almost choked. “Yes!’, I happily confirmed, “I am cooking today!” I have these bursts of activity when I end up cooking about … Continue reading Methi Kadvuu & Dal Tadka (Translates in English to a very continental sounding – Fenugreek Pasta & Yellow Lentil Soup )

Spinach Rice – A Green Dish for Blue Days

Winter is here again. Or at least it is back home. While most people up north are celebrating it with ‘saag’ and ‘makki ki roti’ I must conjure up some other green recipes of my own in order to compensate. Found this recipe for Spinach Rice years ago in our very own Tarla Dalal’s cookbook. The husband loves it and its not too much hassle … Continue reading Spinach Rice – A Green Dish for Blue Days