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…

Mushroom and Cucumber Pulao

“Food is our common ground, a universal experience.” – James Beard. When all you want to do is wind up cooking as fast as possible, the dish I go to and make is a simple pulao or biriyani – it’s quick , easy and tasty. All you need is Basmati rice and a peep into…

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…

Herb Crusted Grilled Fish

Every time you ‘SURPRISE’ yourself….. you ‘INSPIRE’ yourself . It’s delicious, it’s healthy and it takes no time at all – herb crusted fish. This simple crust elevates the ordinary seer fish to a whole new level and it’s a dish all will relish and want more of……….. Am in the process of going through…

Chicken in Chilly Orange  Sauce

    Less than 50 days to Christmas – a few special dishes to start planning your menu. Chicken in chilly orange sauce -it’s tasty, has a lovely citrusy flavour, can get the bite of flavour from the chilly flakes and above all just yumm. I wait for Sunday afternoon lunch, it’s the only meal…

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…