Almond Biscotti

Almond BiscottiI love evenings. I long for a quiet cup of tea more than anything to phase off the noise of the road, office still ringing in my head. It has become an expression more than anything to calm down frustrations accumulated through out the day. I close my eyes, cup in my hand and I can feel the stillness and noiselessness of deep ocean, I glide so fluidly, my senses sharpened and angers dulled. That is the state I long for.  Continue reading

French Toast

French ToastDiwali is gone and so are most of the festivals here in India. We had way too much of poori, kachori type of stuff. As yum as all of this stuff is, this Sunday called for a break. What else is more soothing on a long due lazy Sunday than good old ‘French Toast’. For the days when all you want to do is ‘NOTHING’, french toasts are perfect breakfast/brunch in my opinion.  Continue reading

Daal Ki Kachori

Daal KachoriIt is almost Diwali as I write this post. I want to share this recipe of daal stuffed Kachori specially for Diwali. At home, kachoris all everybody’s favourite be it aloo it kachori or these super yummy daal ki kachori (I hope to share aloo kachori soon). These kachorsi were must for Diwali menu and we all loved these. My mom makes best of these. These are not the khasta kachoris as you will usually find at street vendors. These are made of wheat flour and fried. So, very well suited for lunch or dinner.  Continue reading

Raw Banana Cakes

Raw Banana CakesWe are never out of festivals, here in India. There is something going on in some part, region, religion or community. The good thing is that everybody gets to enjoy. We celebreated Bakrid, Durga Puja, Navratri, Dussehra, Onam, Karwachauth and many more in just last couple of months. Andd there is more to come; the big one, Diwali is almost there. Of all things, festivals means a lot of good food which is the best part. Everybody is gearing up for Diwali. So, here is one more to add in your menu; these awesome Raw Banana Cakes. Continue reading

Chawal ke Phare (Stuffed Dumplings)

Phare dumplingHow baffling and somewhat mystic is the complexity and nuiances of web of emotions, us humans, have weaved through the evolution. I wonder so often when and how our ancestors who were hunting, learning to lit fire, domesticate the animals, form packs, started to do things which were beyond basics, beyond mere survival; sort of graduating towards top of the Maslow’s hierarchy of needs (This is how Maslow’s prism looks like). In those hundred and thousands of years of evolution somewhere our species learned to cook and satisfy our palates instead of just producing energy to survive. It overwhelms me to think how food is not just food for us; it is so many emotions, trails and errors, accidents and journey of our ancestors through thousands and thousands of years. Continue reading

Chicken Soup for Weary

This was the long weekend I was waiting for months, needless to say flu took over all the plans and excitement.I am hating how frequently I am getting sick these days. It’s awful and even more awful is that I passed it on to husband as well. He had very high fever yesterday and was in bed the whole day with almost no appetite. So I had to make something appetizing which he can’t say no to and which is also good for us sick people. What better than a comforting warm bowl of chicken soup when you are down with flu and cold. The soup itself can make you feel better. Continue reading

Wheat Berries and Bengal Gram Salad

What would life be without the mysteries and our perpetual quest to understand everything around us, our thoughts and actions our faiths and beliefs. Sometimes rationally, sometimes without any rhyme or reason; we do what we do. If only we could understand what goes on in the 3 pounds of slimy mass in our heads. Continue reading

Lucknowi/Qimami Sevyian: Sweet Vermicelli

Lucknowi Sevai

Lucknow Sevai Qimami Sevyian is how I remember Eid. Growing up in Lucknow, Eid was pretty special and these special Lucknowi style sevyian or sweet vermicelli is synonymous to Eid. These are different than Sheer Khurma (I made recently) which is absolutely delicious and also quintessential Eid dessert. Continue reading

Vegan Coconut Milk and Plum Ice Cream

 Vegan Ice cream
Can there be anything simpler than this three ingredients, gluten free, vegan, no churn Coconut Milk and Plum Ice Cream flavored with luscious, juicy, sweet and tangy plums. Well there can be; eating it (chuckles…). So we have been trying to eat healthy recently and you would know with the food blog eating healthy becomes little tricky. I itch to cook every thing in the world but you would agree not a lot of interesting recipes fall in very healthy category. It takes some thought, trials and errors to make regular recipes healthy.  Continue reading