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

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

Spinach and Sweet Potato Bake

 I love all the cookery shows and competitions and always thought I would make those sumptuous dishes one day. For some reason that never really happened till I started with the BBC Magazine. Therefore much to the chagrin of my dear husband I announced that we would be having an ‘English’ dinner one of these days. I could see the superhuman effort it took for him to … Continue reading Spinach and Sweet Potato Bake

Vanilla Pannacotta with Pomegranate Jelly

The last time I tried pannacotta it was Litchi with Mango Jelly it turned out to be a disaster and did not set at all.This time around they were perfect, maybe because I was not too stressed about it. Panncotta is essentially a cream dessert and incredibly calorie laden but extremely tasty if you get it right. The last one was supposed to be very light and … Continue reading Vanilla Pannacotta with Pomegranate Jelly

Himachali Bhature – What the world calls Pita bread

A few weeks ago my husband and I stopped at a little Lebanese fast food in Bangalore and tasted Hummus and Falafel for the first time. They were great and we are officially hooked. But what I found most interesting was the Pita bread they served with the Hummus. It was exactly the kind of bread/ bhature which are cooked back at home during weddings and other … Continue reading Himachali Bhature – What the world calls Pita bread

Missi Roti – for those winter mornings

Sometimes you just need dollops of love that comes from heaps of melting butter on your plate. Usually on cold winter mornings. The tricky part is deciding what you want to complement your butter that day. It could be hot ‘aloo’ paranthas or maybe ‘sarson ka saag’. This time I tried something different, Missi Roti! Ingredients : Besan (gram flour) – 1 cup Jawar ka … Continue reading Missi Roti – for those winter mornings