Diwali 2015 – Shankarpali / Shakkarpara

This is my personal favourite. The melt-in-your mouth mini cookies don’t last for long when I am around. It is probably the easiest to make amongst all the Diwali goodies. For a medium batch you will need the following Ingredients: All purpose flour – 500 gms Powdered Sugar – 200 gms Ghee or Unsalted Butter…

Diwali 2015 – Chaklis

There are varieties of chakli recipes, but the one I am posting today is close to my heart as it is my Dad’s recipe. Papa’s family had a farsan business for a while before he moved on completely to office life. This recipe was the one they used at the kitchen there. I have replaced…

Diwali 2015 – Chivda

Deep fry alert! Chivda is a common tea-time snack and a Diwali platter must-have. It is only when you prepare this yourself, you realise how much oil you dunk into your system with every bowl of this yumminess. Every ingredient is deep fried. But then again Diwali is one time of the year where all the…

Diwali 2015 – Besan Laddoo

Diwali prepping is one of those things that never seems to end. The biggest festival of the year for us Indians. After Dusshera, it has just been busy, busy, busy. Deep cleaning, organizing and giving away old stuff to charity. Today I finally started preparing the sweets. Last evening the electrican Bharat and I put…

Sajjige Rotti with a dash of my spiritual journey

After a super hot and humid October, Mumbai breathed a sigh of relief this morning with a gush of cool breeze into our homes. Early mornings are my favourite time. Hot cup of chai, newspaper and the rising sun. No where in the world does sunrise feel so pure and healing. Guess I am biased…

Pan-fried Salmon and Garlicky Stir- fried Beans

I am on a healthy eating spree (again) which happens after piling on vacation weight. One of the meals I really enjoy in this very brief phase is a good chunk of protein and some veggies on the side. This post qualifies as a ‘throwback’ post because the recipe was tried first time in my…

Pineapple Fresh Cream Cake for New Year’s Eve

I had to put together a cake in an hour and a half  for a New Year’s Eve staff party. Luckily I had all the ingredients required. There are three things you basically need to make the best pineapple cake ever [ apart from love that is 🙂 ] 1) Sponge 2) Cream topping 3)…

Fried Modak for Ganesh Chaturti / Chauti

Ganapati or Ganesha is one of the most loved Hindu gods.  My childhood stories often involved him and his funny adventures. Stories passed down generations talk about his love for food. Chaturti or his birthday is therefore a celebration of food in all its glory. Sweets, savoury, cripsy, various kinds of culinary delights are prepared to please him and…

Hummus

Very excited to write my first recipe post sitting in my room in Mumbai. This is one of my favourite dips. It also doubles up as a healthy spread on whole wheat toast with some sliced cucumbers. I generally prefer more garlic and red chilli in mine. To start preparing it, either take one can of chickpeas or if…

Merry Berry Cobbler

A new friend we met via Leo (Yes dogs can be a reason to make new friends) from one of his  off-leash parks date was visiting me over the weekend for coffee. I wanted to bake something simple with three things in my mind. Bake under one hour Cool off just enough so that it…

Easy Canapés

Had spotted cute little toasties in Fred Meyer last weekend. They are bite-sized (with almost the Indian rusk kind of texture) that can be topped with almost anything you have in your kitchen and still look fancy. The other one I picked up was a loaf of mini Pumpernickel bread which is a slightly sweeter version of Rye…

Mini Bourbon Cookie Parfait

A bunch of us girls meet once in a month to catch-up on a much needed girlie time. We started this in November 2011 and have had loads of fun till now. This month it was my turn to host. Since it was Ekta’s birthday week, I wanted something dessertie but not a traditional cake….