Recent Recipes

  • Indian Masala Chai
  • Maharashtrian Shengdana Chutney
  • Homemade Garam Masala Powder
  • Corn(y) Cheese Straws
  • Amrood Chaat Cocktail

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Indian Masala Chai

Or Indian Spiced Milk(y) Tea Chai is a way of life for most (North) Indians. Not time or occasion specific, it is the most humble beverage and yet has the capacity to be very ritualistic. It is enjoyed equally in most settings  – from an ornate sitting room to an office or even a local street… 

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6 Easy & Useful Baking Hacks

Baking hacks that have changed my life Baking is, by far, my favourite activity in, and around, the kitchen. I could bake a cake long before I could make dal or put together a simple salad. Having baked my first cake at age 9, my skill, technique, style and preferences have evolved over the years…. 

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Listing: Diwali Delights at Krispy Kreme

This Diwali: A nutty circle for every circle Krispy Kreme, the American doughnut chain, surprised us with a gift hamper of  Special Dry Fruit Diwali Doughnuts. A limited edition of 4 flavours developed for Diwali – available from 5th to 27th Diwali – they consist of Pistachios & Vanilla, Kashews & Kreme, Karamelised Walnut and Almond Double… 

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Maharashtrian Shengdana Chutney

Or Maharashtrian Peanut & Chilly-Garlic Chutney Powder Pune is a city that I consider my second home. Post independence, when my paternal grandparents moved from Ferozepur in Punjab, they set up camp in Pune. My grandfather set up a book and toy store called Ratanjee on MG Road, or Main Street as it is called. My… 

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Arabesque Week at Cafe, Hyatt Regency, Delhi

Head to Café from 25 – 30 August for a taste of Arabesque flavours! Cafe, the all-day-dining restaurant at the Hyatt Regency Delhi, is celebrating Arabesque flavours this week and they invited us to be one of the first few to try it and share our thoughts. Chef Ali Alhaj (Chef de Cuisine, Park Hyatt Dubai) has… 

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Homemade Garam Masala Powder

Or a Punjabi’s favourite Indian Spice Mix Garam = Hot/ Heat and Masala = Spice Mix This is as close to a definition or translation that I can manage. The garam here refers to the intensity and not the capsaicin content – in fact it generally contains little or no chillies. It is not fiery and… 

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Soju 101 with Jinro India

Soju Bomb-ing India: Jinro Soju 24 now available in Delhi. I recently had an opportunity to try out Jinro Soju 24. When I got the call from Jinro, I was a bit apprehensive because I hadn’t tried Soju before. To be honest, I am not very familar with Korean cuisine and even less so with Korean liquor! The apprehension… 

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Corn(y) Cheese Straws

An entry to the IFBM and Freedom Tree Baking Contest If you follow this blog, you’ve probably realised that I have been in a mad rush to complete my contest entries for all the IFBM contests that are being held by the various sponsors. (You can see the previous 2 entries here and here). It’s actually… 

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Amrood Chaat Cocktail

Or a Spicy Indian Guavarita, if you please! If you were to offer me a drink, it’s most likely that I will opt for beer. Usually because it’s the easiest choice. Almost everyone stocks it for a party or dinner and I love it. But the other reason I would do that is because I’m playing it… 

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Sponge Flan with Caramelised Plums

Or my entry for the KitchenAid contest as part of the IFBM 2014. I have this distinct memory of evening tea at the home of my mom’s friend, who made this delicious summery dessert that she called a flan. It was a sponge cake with a hollow basin which she had filled with whipped cream and fresh fruit…. 

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