Cadbury Chocochef Challenge 2017

Hey guys!!! Happy Sunday, hope you all are having a great weekend! I’m still recovering from a nasty bout of flu, but today am here to share a bit of info with you all. Well it’s actually an invitation to participate in this year’s mega Cadbury CHOCOCHEF Contest, brought to you by Cadbury India. All…

Bread Bhalla (Holi Special)

Holi came and went, and my struggle to get this post up is still ongoing. Because my absolutely worthless broadband connection thinks it’s fun to disappear whenever it wants!!! Grrrr! Nevertheless, I’m only a day late and let me start by wishing everyone a Happy belated Holi, and hope that your lives are filled with…

Kesar-Elaichi Shrikhand (Flavoured Hung Yogurt)

Shrikhand is a….well, we’ll get to that later. First, let me begin by saying how good it feels to be back; not that I was gone, gone, but being horribly sick these past weeks has taken its toll. Most of all, on my cooking/blogging, because well, when you’re alternating between throwing up and wanting to…

Ragda Pattice (Ragda Patties)

Must have bored ya’ll with my stories of how I miss Mumbai countless times, no? Alas, this is one of those times when I’ll probably bore your socks off once more. Old habits die hard see? 😉 and my very Mumbai-soul craves for snacks and meals that remind me of my formative years in India’s…

Spicy Ravioli Hearts

I’ll be frank with you, it might make me sound like a hypocrite, but I’ll be frank…I don’t celebrate Valentine’s day! There, I said it…. I don’t like all the hullabaloo and fluff and I most certainly don’t like the mush, the reds, the hearts, the roses…and yet, here I am, with a dish as red…

Vanilla-Rosewater Pannacotta (with Strawberry Coulis)

Pannacotta, or Panna Cotta, is one of Italy’s simplest desserts, literally translated to ‘cooked cream’. The dish is smooth, creamy and rich, known for its trademark ‘wobble’ that gives a Pannacotta its signature stature. Of course, getting the perfect wobble has slayed many-a chefs, I’ve heard. Luckily, my attempts have been met with success so…

Subho Saraswati Pujo (Happy Vasant Panchami)

It’s been a few days since I had planned to blog this, but family commitments kept blogging at bay. So better late than never, and on with this post pending since last week, I say… 🙂 Spring is upon us and the country is waking up from its bout of chilly winters, onto a warmer…

Vegetable Au Gratin

It’s cloudy, dark, gloomy, with a dullness that seems to be seeping into everything, leeching out the happinessssss…….no, there are no Dementors about, (Sorry bout the Harry Potter reference 😀 ) but it sure makes me lethargic. After much procrastination, and debating whether to sleep the day off or get off my butt and cook,…

Gajar ka Halwa (Carrot Halwa/Pudding)

Frankly, I doubt there are many Indians who wouldn’t know about this particular dessert, considering it’s totally decadent and sinful and most of all, irresistible. Irresistible because even a carrot-hater like me cannot stop from pigging out…and decadent because of the ingredients used to prepare it, obviously. 😉 My earliest memories of eating Carrot Halwa…

Veg Jalfrezi

When the East India Company began settling across India, they first set their sites upon Calcutta, establishing it as their major trade hub and business capital. With easy access of ships and boats from all over the world, and thanks to the Hooghly and Ganges rivers, the British government found their business booming. However, there…

Happy Poush/Makar Sankranti

Happy Poush Sankranti everyone! The season of new harvest is almost upon us; in fact many parts of India are already celebrating with goodies prepared with the freshly harvested products. My memories of Poush Sankranti are vague at best. Having grown up as a ‘Bambaiyya’ gal, I have been fortunate enough to experience the different…

Christmas Roast Chicken (& a Birthday Treat)

Christmas celebrations in my family are always surrounded by special cheer…and rightly so, since it’s also my Dad’s birthday on December 25th. In fact, when I was a child, I have been known to tell my teachers that Santa’s birthday and my Daddy’s birthday fall on the same day…and what that usually meant was that…