Vanilla Cake

I normally bake only one cake a year – for Christmas. But this year, everyone in my home were excited about baking cakes. And specifically asked me for the recipe of a cake with frosting. So, I picked a recipe from the website of The Jaroudi Family. By no means is this my original recipe….

Asparagus Soup

Asparagus in not native to India. I find it in the market often, but priced really high. But I have come to like the taste of asparagus. I therefore buy it every once in a while. It normally goes into a salad with baby carrots. But this time, I was having a rollicking good time…

Curd Shorba (Yogurt Based Soup)

Shorbas are Indian soups. The most well-known shorba is tomato. But there are several other intersting ones. This one, with a yogurt base, is one of them. As the weather in Northern India turns colder, I crave a hot soup with my lunch everyday. So, I am experimenting with several types of soups. This one,…

Thanjavur Drumstick (Pod From Moringa Tree), Potato And Eggplant Curry

Thanjavur (Tanjore) is a district of Thamizhnadu, famous for its iconic temples. Also equally well-known for its distinctive cuisine. This area has been a seat of Thamizh culture for several centuries and it’s cuisine has been handed down generation after generation. There are many temples in and around Thanjavur built by the Chola kings. Many…

Vegetable Broth

The weather is cold in Delhi. Medical wisdom says that we should include a lot of raw vegetables into our diet. The same school of medical wisdom also says that we should listen to our body when we consume food. In this cold weather, my body craves hot soups and wants to stay away from…

Bajra Dosa (Pearl Millet Crepe)

There are several varieties of dosa, though the rice and black lentil one is the gold standard and is most often made in most households. My home is no exception. But I do like to experiment with the other types too. The fermented dosas are the healthiest, but requires advance preparation. I had the urge…

Begun Bhaja (Roast Eggplant)

I had never been a fan of the large, round eggplant. That’s primarily because it is most often used to make bharta (mashed eggplant), which I am not very fond of. I subscribe to an organic food basket where I get 10 kgs. of vegetables every week – whatever is grown in the farm. And…

Kollu Dosai (Horsegram Crepes)

Horse gram is often classified as a superfood. It has several health benefits. It is anti-oxidant, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-hyperglycemic, amongst several other benefits. It contains 3x more calories than chicken, 2x more protein than eggs, 10x more calcium than dairy milk and 1x more phosporous than soy. Sadly, it is not widely used even…

Gazpacho

The credit for this recipe is entirely to Sharan India. I followed the recipe on the Sharan website to the letter. To say that it tasted wonderful is an understatement. My helpers at home stick to traditional Indian food (especially North Indian) in their homes. My driver, Madan Mishra, had therefore never tasted a soup….

Banana Chocolate Cake

We baked a banana chocolate cake for Christmas this year. Boy! It tasted wonderful. I was afraid that it may be dense as I was using no all-purpose flour. To my utter surprise, it turned out soft and moist. I had posted pictures of this cake on my Facebook timeline as well as in a…