Gluten-free Gujiya (Dumpling)

Holi is a major festival that was celebrated mainly in India and Nepal. However, it is now celebrated across most parts of the world. It symbolizes good over evil and the arrival of spring. It normally falls on the full moon day of the month of Phalguna (roughly mid-March to mid-April of the Gregorian calendar)….

Thirunelveli Thavalai Adai (Lentil Crepe)

Thirunelveli is a fairly small town in Thamizhnadu. It is, however, very well known for its cuisine. The most iconic dish from this region is the Thirunelveli halwa. But there are hundreds of other dishes that have made the cuisine from this region famous. On another note, I get bored if I have to consume…

Kale Salad

Kale is a new green for me. I have seen it around for many years, but was never tempted to try. This winter, my farmer friend, Adarsh Singh Tawar, sent me several saplings. Kale was one among them. And they grew beautifully in my garden. But I was foxed about what to do with this…

Chilli Garlic Chutney

I normally hesitate to post very spicy recipes, especially those that are chili hot. For two reasons. Firstly, many of my friends and followers are not very fond of chili hot dishes. Secondly, my own tolerance has gone down dramatically with age. But there are some kinds of cuisine that are required to be fiery….

Hash Browns

Hash browns is not something that I would ordinarily make. My friend, Shuba Hariharan, had posted a very unusual lunch menu with hash browns included. So I decided to replicate her menu. It turned out very well, especially the hash browns. I am immensely gratified that several people asked me for the recipe. It is…

Carrot, Cucumber & Kidney Beans Salad

Since I began experimenting with salads a month ago, I have been fascinated with the many wonderful recipes that I tried out. Each one tastes better than the other. I now face a real dilemma – which one to choose each day. That is a real good situation to be in. I now look forward…

Masala Salad

Who says that salads must be tasteless and boring? I suspect this to be one of the main reasons why a salad is often absent from dining tables in India. Yes, we do have the occasional koshimbir, kosambari or raita – but too few and far between. Let me illustrate with an example. My driver…

Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms

I am not a great fan of mushrooms. But when I visited the organic market and saw these exotic portobello mushrooms, I was really tempted to buy them – which is exactly what I did. I must admit that this is the first time that I have bought these mushrooms. So, I had to google…

Upside Down Apple Cake

I normally bake a WFPB cake around Christmas every year. And, I must admit, it has always turned out extremely well. The credit must go to Hari, who always gets it perfect the first time. This year, I wanted to bake a plum cake – except that I had no plums at home! And they…

Mexican Salad

My recent experiments with different kinds of salads has had some delightful outcomes. The first is that these salads are absolutely marvelous. But, more interestingly, I seem to have made Hari and my driver (Madan Mishra) aficionados of salads. They look forward to the salad of the day, have large helpings and are always appreciative….