Chilli Cheese Toast

“I’ve never met a problem that cheese couldn’t solve.” – a wise guy. My version of a cheese toast – it’s got chilli powder, flour, egg, milk and oodles of cheese – baked! It’s simple and delicious, the ideal snack you’d like to bite into on a cloudy day. Could be fried too. All of…

Christmas Cake

Christmas is coming, the geese are getting fat…….. ‘Tis the season to be jolly…. Christmas -I think it’s the only universal festive season, or rather its the right tonic for all our souls – where families get together, traditions are shared, the joy of just being together and above all -most importantly- where the planning…

Pineapple Dream

Pineapple dream -a dream dessert to layer in your prettiest glass dish – a dessert too hard to resist. A rather fun alternative to serve this dessert would be to serve in small individual cups or bowls. There is a story to every recipe. This particular dessert is a favourite of mine and when I’m…

Grilled Coriander Chicken

The north- east monsoon has finally arrived in Chennai – it’s all wet and dreary when you look out of the window and it’s going to remain that way for some time. You really want some pakoras, a cup of hot tea and a good book  to keep you all warm and cosy. How about…

Gulab Jamun

“WISHING ALL MY READERS AND FRIENDS A VERY HAPPY DIWALI FILLED WITH PEACE AND PROSPERITY.” Gulab Jamun – a traditional sweet of India which has probably the largest fan following. Soft, spongy and absolutely melt-in-the-mouth delicacy, it’s time to pamper your taste buds with its unforgettable taste. When you look at a Gulab Jamun you…

Egg & Potato Curry- Kerala style

Egg and potato curry – an ideal Kerala breakfast accompaniment to Appam, Puttu, Upma, Idiappam, Parathas or even bread! It’s creamy, simple and uncomplicated, rich in taste and flavour, traditional and very popular. This particular dish is the best quick fix meal you can rustle up when guests drop in. Potatoes and eggs are a…

Carrot cake with Orange Frosting

“Vegetables are a must on a diet. I suggest Carrot cake, Zucchini bread and Pumpkin pie.” Carrot cake – a rich texture from the grated carrots and nuts, not overtly spicy and incredible easy – this just about sums up this delicious carrot cake. My children are crazy about carrot cake and every time I…

Coconut and Lime Loaf Cake 

 “Bakers make the world smell better”. Coconut and Lime Loaf cake – truly a “Taste of Paradise”. To add to the awesome flavour of the tropics, there is a good pinch of sea- salt to give the cake a balance in flavour. Thick coconut milk or coconut cream  is added to enhance the subtle taste…

Sesame Prawn Toast

Most of the Chinese starters are crispy, deep- fried, delicious, aromatic and very very tasty. Actually, you start a Chinese meal on a real high note. Chicken lollipop, wontons, spring rolls, crispy fried corn/ vegetables are some of the favourite starters frequently ordered by customers. Most of the starters are accompanied by a dip or…

Mango and Vanilla Pannacotta

It’s summer. It’s a special dessert . There is no whipping or beating to do. Few ingredients. Its wobbly, it’s light, creamy and absolutely delightful. A delicate blend of cream, milk and gelatin. It’s the most loved Italian dessert of all times . It’s  pannacotta and I absolutely love it. Mango is in season and  this…

Peanut butter and butterscotch Pancakes

It has been nearly 2 months since I posted, I spent time with my parents and family during the month of April and  came back to chennai mid-may to start work on my Preschool -‘rosedale’. It has been hectic the last few weeks but nevertheless, ‘rosedale’ is finally beginning to take shape and hopefully it…

Shepherds Pie 

“Casseroles don’t have to be about canned ingredients and vegetables you normally wouldn’t think of eating alone, much less stuck between layers of sauce and breadcrumbs. They can vary from everyone’s favourite all time casserole- macaroni and cheese to the ultimate English casserole – Shepherds pie.”   -Marcus Samuelsson Traditionally Shepherd’s pie comes to us…