Green Chili Pickle, from Syl

“So many chilies. Given a heap away. But they keep growing in such abundance on the bushes in our compound. Not wanting to see them go to waste I thought about pickling them. A friend suggested I look up Nisha Madhulika’s FB vlog for a reliable recipe. So I did, and here’s the result.” The…

Indian Olives ?

Saw this recipe in a magazine or newspaper or something in India, couldn’t quite get my head around it, but it does sound interesting. Orange and Chaat Masala Olives 30 black Spanish olives 4 cloves garlic 1 sprig rosemary 4 to 5 thin slices whole orange, peel on 1 tsp dried red chili flakes 3…

Iron rich meal suggestions

Back to Sango, and the latest on her Intermittent Fasting successes (which are quite mind-boggling and extensive. Less 20 kg now, with glowing skin and uber energy). Some tips and suggestions. All sources of iron should be eaten with Vitamin C rich food such as spinach, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, kale, bean sprouts, dried beans, lentils,…

Fish Tikka a la Sango

Another one of Sango’s easy-to-prepare dishes; prepare in advance … cook in minutes ! 500 gms seer fish (Spanish mackeral), skin and bones removed, cut into 1.5 x 1.5 inch cubes 3/4 cup hung curd * salt to taste 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper 1/2 tsp paprika 1 tsp garam masala 1 tbsp each…

The Silver Palate Carrot Cake

To die for !! I tasted this cake first  over 20 years ago when a handsome young man visited us and a nubile young lass made this cake for the said bachelor and invited us all over. He was impressed, they got together for a bit. They broke our bed but did not make it…

Gluten-free Banana Bread

This recipe popped up as the link to an article on my phone, and I can’t remember if it was from the International New York Times, or Time, or Flipboard or Pocket … but something made me click on the link to the recipe and I copied it out to try out later. When I…

Veronica’s South Indian Chicken Curry

So this is a basic version of a go-to recipe – robust, tasty, easy to make, and quite the staple with rice, chappattis, naans, parathas … 2 chicken breasts, in pieces 1 big onion, chopped 2 tomatoes, skinned, pureed 2 tbsp ginger-garlic paste 1 tsp turmeric (haldi) chili powder – to taste, depending on how…

Pam’s Masala for Curries

Mona brought with her a small bottle of masala powder and produced magic in the kitchen. This was her mother, Pam’s, basic masala powder, made fresh every year, which she   sent to her daughters in Dubai and Shanghai. The curries are to die for. Masala for Chicken and Meat Curries 1/2 kg dry chilies…

Sango’s Multi-Seed Bread

So met Sango again, after a couple of years and she’s down 20kg, bursting with energy, glowing skin … thanks to a strict discipline of intermittent fasting. This is one of her fave recipes that’s helped her on her way to what she is today. 1 cup/125 gms sunflower seeds (or a mix of sunflower…

Kumari’s (quick) beetroot (a side dish)

I saw her grating, stirring, tasting and serving – all in a few minutes. This was it. Beetroot, grated green chili (as required), de-seeded and sliced OR one or two dried red chilies OR a dash of chili powder I tomato, chopped 1 big onion, chopped Juice of lemon – to taste salt In a…

Mum’s wonderful, wonderful Buttermilk

The eternal go-to during Indian summers. There are so many varieties and recipes, but the one you are used to is the only one that hits all the right spots ! For 2 glasses : 3 tbsp thick yoghurt, whizzed in a blender Separately, give 3 shallots, 1 green chili and some fresh coriander a…

Shikanji – Homemade Lemonade

Traditional Indian lemonade, this is a summer favourite … and with current sweltering days and soaring temperatures … a welcome relief ! 1.2 litres of water 6 tbsp sugar Juice of 3 lemons black salt to taste Pepper powder, to taste A pinch of powdered cumin or ginger or chaat masala spice blend Mint or…

Sangeeta’s Quinoa, Chia & Flaxseed crusted Chicken

Another from Sango’s kitchen, table, imagination, research, cookbook … 200 gms chicken breast boneless Marinade 1 cup buttermilk 1 tbsp Coleman’s double superfine mustard powder,  into a paste with 1 tbsp cold water salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste 6 cloves of garlic finely grated finely chopped herb of your choice, basil or…

Sangeeta’s Beet Hummus

I have the very very good fortune of knowing gifted, intuitive cooks who – apart from being close friends – are willing to share recipes, thoughts, innovations, suggestions. Sangeeta is one such, and one of my dearest treasures is the handwritten cookbook she gifted me over 30 years ago. Now a passionate advocate of Intermittent…

Pinhead or steel cut oats for Brekkers

Steel cut oats. The Sangeeta version.   A bowl of slow cooked pinhead oats, lavished with thick coconut milk, bananas, pomegranate and some macadamia nuts ! Delicious !! My mantra is soak everything for at least 7 hours ! Pix off the net, with thanks …

Burratinas before dinner …

This gets done in a flash when all the ingredients are assembled … fresh burratina from Puglia, tomatoes on the vine, sweeter than sweet, olive oil, fresh basil, avocadao oil, a terrific balsamic reduction and a dash of salt and pepper.   Place a burratino in the serving dish, drizzle the avocado oil over it….

Sylvia’s Poached Chicken

With Syl’s recipes, the making is as easy as the reading. Thanks much. 2 or 3 chicken breasts Garlic paste or ginger-garlic paste whatever herbs you have lying around tiny amount of salt and pepper (just for the flavour) few peppercorns a bay leaf few cloves 1 tsp chicken stock powder boiling water, to cover…

Pam’s stir-fried Paneer

Another light, easily made dish. Stir fry, serve. Paneer is a fresh cheese from South Asia, particularly the Indian subcontinent. It is unaged, acid-set, non-melting farmer or curd cheese, made by curdling heated milk with lemon juice, vinegar or any other food acids. paneer, cubed a bit of oil whole jeera (cumin) pinch of sugar…

Pam’s Beetroot Salad

Had this @ Pam’s on a hot summer afternoon, at lunch, and it was lovely. I normally dislike beetroots, but these half boiled ones retained a hefty crunch. Beetroot, parboiled, chopped fine 1/2 to 1 big onion, chopped fine 1 tomato, chopped fine green chili (as per taste), de-seeded, chopped fine dressing – salt, pepper…

Chia Pudding for Breakfast

Came across this recipe somewhere, can’t remember. Sounds interesting. for 3 1/4 cup chia seeds 1 1/2 cups unsweetened almond milk 2 tbsp maple syrup (adjust to taste) 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract fresh cherries or berries for garnish a small handful of toasted nuts – almonds, crushed pistachios, for garnish Combine chia seeds, almond…

Kuko’s Grilled Peppers

I know this sounds like a no-brainer … but when served piping hot, with meat and salad on a cold Gurgaon evening, music playing, wine in hand and catching up with old friends after yonks, it was delicious beyond belief. Green, red and yellow peppers, sliced, de-seeded, pith removed olive oil crushed garlic oregano salt…

Kuko’s Broccoli-Date-Pomegranate Salad

Another winner from the Kuko table ! Source and mix. Serve. Broccoli florets, steamed Pitted dates, sliced pomegranate arils toasted almond slivers honey mustard dressing Honey mustard dressing 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar 1 tsp mustard powder 1/2 tsp garlic powder 1 tsp salt 1 tsp pepper 2 tbsp dijon mustard 3 tbsp olive oil…

‘Kitchadi’ elevated to a party dish !

Lentil and rice based Indian comfort food – heartwarming, nourishing, filling and especially for those days when you don’t have much stuff at home or want to finish bits and bobs of vegetables. We usually make it on Mondays, when supplies are low, we haven’t yet been grocery shopping and I want to spend as…

Vermicelli for Breakfast

This vermicelli uppuma is a staple in many south Indian homes, a quick breakfast dish that is satisfyingly simple to make. Big onions, chopped curry leaves mustard seeds grated ginger urud dhal dried red chilies roasted vermicelli a little water Banana, on the side In hot oil, sputter the onions, curry leaves, mustard, ginger, chilies….

Kuko’s Celery Soup

Continuing the Kuko kitchen legacy … an absolutely delicious soup in its simplicity. Celery, chopped 2 big onions, chopped garlic, crushed chicken stock dash of cream 1 boiled potato (optional) for a thicker soup 1 tsp sugar salt, pepper 1 tbsp port wine In olive oil, saute the celery, onion and garlic. If using the…

Veronica’s Sambal Tomat (tomato hot sauce or relish)

A sambal (or sambel as in Javanese) comes in many varieties and tastes; they are piquant, spicy, chili hot … and are made from a mixture of variety of chili peppers and secondary ingredients like shrimp paste, fish sauce, garlic, ginger, shallot, scallion, palm sugar, lime juice, and rice or other vinegars … in myriad…

Veronica’s well-loved ‘Ayam Kuning’ aka ‘Yellow Chicken’

Veron is an ace in all dishes Indonesian and this was a particular hit with my niece, visiting from university and interested in trying out different dishes. This one is for you, Pooj ! 5 chicken drumsticks a 2″piece of fresh ginger a 3″ piece of fresh turmeric a 2″ piece of galangal 1 stem…

Kuko’s Grilled Mushrooms

I’m a sucker for food that delicious, easy to prepare and involves the least work. So these few posts are all things Kuko, as she whips them up effortlessly, remains elegant and relaxed and entertains with gracious facility ! Button mushrooms, cleaned, stems removed, patted dry Finely chopped onion cheddar cheese a dash of mayonaisse…

Kuko’s Mutton in Cream

So, spending a night with old friends in Gurgaon, after years and years, and there’s this splendid dinner served piping hot on a cold December night. Old friends, terrific food, music, wine and much reminiscing … This dish was particularly delicious. Mutton with bone, cubed garlic paste red wine vinegar olive oil oregano, or mixed…

Kuko’s (Indian) twist on a salad dressing

To give regular salad dressing a bite … … sputter in olive oil, some mustard seeds, curry leaves and a couple of dry red chilies. Mix this into the vinaigrette and lift with the addition of a couple of tablespoons of fresh orange juice. Goes brilliantly with grated carrots. Pix off the web, with thanks,…

Brekkie, in some style !

Veggies are good at breakfast, I read, they are especially good, as they’re nutritious, full of antioxidants, provide very few calories per portion, and are packed with fiber—which is filling because it takes up space in your digestive system. Fiber also slows digestion, which means you’ll have a steadier supply of energy over a longer…

Chewy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies : a breakfast option

So, after a very early morning Pilates class, Sudha handed me a cookie which she said was her breakfast, on her way to her next class. It was delicious. Here is the recipe, which I got from her, which she got from Smitten Kitchen. Given that its been passed from hand to hand or rather…

Christmas is Coming ! (3)

I wanted an easy recipe for mulled wine. This is by Ina Garten and sourced from Food Network. For 8 servings : 4 cups apple cider 1 (750-ml) bottle red wine, such as Cabernet Sauvignon 1/4 cup honey 2 cinnamon sticks 1 orange, zested and juiced 4 whole cloves 3 star anise 4 oranges, peeled,…

Christmas is Coming ! (2)

Time to jettison ‘healthy eating’ for a bit and indulge in some decadent food and drink. As in : Salted Caramel & Dark Chocolate Milkshake (for 2) 1 pint salted caramel ice cream 1 pint dark chocolate ice cream 1/2 cup fresh milk 1 tbsp ground nutmeg Whizz on low speed till smooth. Add more…

Christmas is Coming ! (1)

Festive times and festive evenings draw near and people on social media have now discovered the most indulgent dessert ever and they just can’t seem to get enough of it! The gluttonous red wine chocolate brownie is now red hot on social media …  Reese’s Peanut Butter Chocolate Cake Cheesecake 200g plain chocolate 170g salted…

Apricots. Apricots. Apricots.

The fruit is everywhere, warm, orange, gold, offering all kinds of suggestions.                       Sauces. Appetizers. On the side. Three recipes I haven’t yet tried. Sound delicious though. As an accompaniment, from Alon Shaya, Executive Chef and Owner of Shaya in New Orleans. Stir together :…

Another easy, filling Brekkie

Trying to make the mornings easier, healthier and fast, on-the-go; with food that’s good on the table and in the system. So this is Veron’s – googled, I think, off the net. Almond milk, thinner as it is from regular dairy, and off a different non-milk white – ivory ? – doesn’t photograph as well,…

Kumari’s chicken

On a visit to Chennai last week, Mum’s helper, Kumari, brought this steaming dish of chicken to the table. It was delicious with a paratha and a pat of ghee ! Chicken, in pieces 1 big onion, diced fine 1/2 (or more, as per taste) tomato, diced 1 tsp or so ginger-garlic paste 1/2″ cinnamon…

Selvi’s Chicken Curry with Broad Beans

One of the nicest chicken dishes I’ve had in a while. The addition of  beans – avarakkai in Tamil, aka Indian broad beans – elevates the dish to a satisfying level. Its delicious, filling and different; all it needs is a dish of piping hot rice or a couple of hot chapattis off the tawa….

A Green and Delish Breakfast

So, no grains. Nothing acidic. Light yet filling. Tasty. This is entirely Veron’s creation and it was so good, so good. Boiled eggs, halved. Yolk discarded. Avocado into guacamole sans tomatoes (and it tasted better). Organic kale chopped, freshened with a simple olive oil/lemon juice/salt/pepper dressing. Roasted pine nuts. And for those who wanted grains…

Sweet Paul’s Famous Feta & Lemon Dip

Came across this first in his cookbook and then online – will be trying it out very soon. Looks and sounds terrific. This is the most blogged, tweeted, and pinned recipe I have ever created. It’s also one of the simplest recipes ever. Just a few ingredients, 2 minutes in the food processor, and voila,…

Sylvia’s Fragrant Rice Dessert

She just made it up. With what she had. Like she always does, and it is superb each time. cooked rice jaggery freshly grated coconut cardamom, powdered raisins organic Mallige mangoes Toss, top with sliced mango, enjoy. Jaggery is an amorphous form of unrefined and non-distilled sugar prepared from the sap or the juice of…

Baked Olives a la Navzer

Thrown together to no particular recipe, according to Navzer, this was another stellar pick on that cold Vancouver evening, along with the patates bravas. zest of 1 lemon 1 tsp fennel seeds 1 clove garlic, chopped fine 1 tbsp olive oil Sliced lemon from zested lemon olives A slug of wine Preheat oven to 350…

Patates Bravas by Navzer

A tapas dish from Spain, this is Navzer’s version, served on a cold Vancouver evening, quite the shining star among an abundance of delish platters. potatoes with skin, in small pieces, or small potatoes halved olive oil mayonnaise any hot sauce paprika or crushed red chili flakes chopped garlic, about 4 to 5 cloves squeeze…

Elsie’s Brinjal ‘meykewerti’ (in Malayalam, a vegetable dish)

brinjals (aubergines) of any kind, cut in thinnish long wedges 1 big onion, sliced 1 heaped tsp ginger-garlic paste chili powder, to taste 1 big or 2 small tomatoes, chopped salt 1/4 cup tamarind water (soak tamarind pulp in hot water for a bit, and extract clear tamarind water) a couple of spoonfuls fresh grated…

Elsie’s Prawn Curry

Another dish, south Indian, and easy to make (along the lines of the egg curry … with a couple of omissions and additions). prawns, cleaned, de-veined, shelled 1 big big onion or 2 small small onions (I love the sound of this !!), chopped or sliced 1/2 inch piece of ginger, crushed 3 cloves garlic,…

Elsie’s Egg Curry

So, another friend is visiting and I have mined her trove of easy-home-food recipes in an attempt to coax Mum into eating … … because when I try Mum’s recipes, they are never up to par as far as she is concerned. Mona suggested I don’t even try to replicate her recipes, but offer different…

Sweet Summer Kale Salad

Discovered in Kitsilano, Vancouver, this salad and dressing was outstanding ; the kale elevated by the sharp contrasts between the piquant, nutty and sweet accents. Kale Chopped apples Cranberries Almonds Dressing olive oil orange juice balsamic vinegar shallots, diced garlic, diced honey red chilies oregano sea salt pepper Most pictures borrowed from the web.

A Sunday lunch with prosecco and friends

Unplanned, on-the-spur-of-the-moment and impromptu, this lunch was sunny, sparkly, air-conditioned and frothy both in liquid sustenance and atmosphere : good cheer, good friends, good food (even if I say so myself). With Raising Sand (Robert Plant and Alison Krauss), thank you Neena. Menu Prosecco, prosecco, prosecco. And good old G & T. And fresh, tender…