garlic roast chicken

The Best Garlicky Roast Chicken

Roast chicken is very versatile. This is one of our favorites – Garlicky roast chicken. It is perfect for dinner along with some potatoes and roasted
veggies and the left overs are great in sandwiches, salads or wraps .

French Madelines

Classic Madeleines – Little Bites of Heaven

Madeleines are classic bite sized sponge cake that can be mistaken for a cookie. These are the perfect companion for an afternoon tea , but chances are you can never stop at one !

Lachha Paratha Or Kerala Parotta

Whole Wheat Lachha Parathas

Lachha paratha is a layered flat bread from the Indian Sub Continent. In the south It is also known as Parotta, Malabaar paratha or Kerala parotta . This is a delicious unleavened bread that you will be tempted to eat all by itself . The over lapping layers are crunchy on the top hiding tender layers inside.

Cake rusk or biscoti

Tea Time Munchies – Simple Cake Rusk

Elaichi or  Cardamom  Rusks  are  favorite of  my dad’s.  These are  hugely popular as a tea time snack all over.   It  so happenes  that  spending  time  with  grandpa  meant  picking 

Pumpkin and beans in a mild coconut curry

Erisseri – Savory Pumpkin Stew Kerala Style

Erisseri is a dish made with a vegetable usually pumpkin and beans. Cooked beans and and pumpkin is mixed together and flavored with ground coconut and spices. This dish is finished with seasoned oil, spices and toasted coconut.

Olan

Olan – Spice it Up , Just A Little

Olan is a very traditional kerala dish. It is mild and an integral of Sadya where very many varied curries are served with rice. It is almost like a palate cleanser helping you to transition and savor each dish .

Ada Pradhaman - Dairy free and gluten free kheer from Kerala

Ada Pradhaman

Ada pradhaman is dessert made with rice, coconut milk and jaggery. Rice noodles are cooked in coconut milk and jaggery making it delicious , creamy and nutritious. It is topped with fried coconut bits , nuts and raisins.

Parippu or Mund Dal Curry for Sadya

Parippu For Sadya- Mung Dal Kerala Style

Parippu  in Malayalam literally  translates  to  split beans or dal.  Mildly flavored Mung  dal  curry, simply  referred to as Parippu,  is  the  first  course  in a traditional Kerala  Sadya (feast).

Palada - Rice Noodle Kheer

Palada – Not the Humble Rice Pudding

Palada is a milk based kheer made with fresh rice noodles or ada . This is a gluten free dessert that is in a semi liquid form. The noodles are prepackaged or sometimes freshly made. The sweetened thick with bits of soft melt in the mouth ada is the perfect end to a traditional Kerala feast. Drink up the liquid and savor the ada by itself or mix it all up and enjoy by the spoonfuls !

How To Make Rice Ada For Kerala style pradhamans and payasams

Easy Method To Make Rice Ada For Payasam

Ada is fresh rice noodles. These are usually used to make kheers like palada or ada pradhaman. traditionally a thin batter of rice four is steamed just set and broken into flat noodle bits. it is gluten free and nut free. Fresh ada adds texture and body to the kheers and has a melt in the mouth quality to it.

Puli Inji - Sweet and sour Ginger pickle

Puli Inji – A Tongue Tickling Ginger Relish

Puli Inji literally translates to tangy ginger. This is a relish/pickle made with ginger and tamarind. Chilies and a few spices are added to the mix for extra flavor. Jaggery is used as the sweetener to take the edge of the spices. Sweet, tangy and spicy this is a dish that hits all the right notes .

Estonian Kringle - A beautiful shaped loaf with cinnamon sugar

Estonian Kringle – A Twist on the Cinnamon Rolls

The  warm aroma of  cinnamon  rolls  baking  in the  oven, such a  fun  way to wake the kids up in the  mornings 🙂 . Meet this fancier cousin of your everyday cinnamon roll – Estonian Kringle .

Varutharacha Chicken Curry

Chicken in Roasted Coconut Gravy – Varutharacha Kozhi Curry

This is a delicious chicken curry made with roasted coconut and spices. This is a popular method of creating exotic flavors in the konkan region . This is one chicken curry with complex mouthwatering flavors ! Serve with traditional favorites like ghee rice, appam or lachha paratha.

Tandoori Chicken

Tandoori Chicken – Made at Home

Tandoori chicken is tender and juicy with a hint of smoky flavors. The same flavors can be achieved at home without a tandoor or synthetic colors
and flavorings. High heat cooking in the key – so be ready to crank up the oven or grill as high as it goes before you cook 🙂 .

Vada Pav - Delicious spiced potato burger

Delectable Street Foods – Vada Pav

Vada pav is a popular Indian street food. Call it the vegan Indain burger – or carb on carbs , but you can not deny its appeal. When you break it down it is spiced potato fritters and white bread. A generous amount chutneys and spice powders add to the visual appeal and makes it something more than the sum of its parts. Bite on the fried chili if yo dare!

Orange Faloodeh - Persian Ice

Persian Ice – Orange Faloodeh

The  other  day I  got  to pick  a  bag  of  oranges  from  a  friend’s  backyard. Fresh  sweet oranges   are  always  a  treat, especially when handpicked and had

Armenian Gata

Armenian Gata

One of  the  perks  of  living  in  Southern California is   that one  gets  to  experience  different  cultures and cuisines.  Sometime back  I found  these   wonderful sweetbreads

The spiced cake filled with dry fruits and nuts , popular during xmas

X’mas Fruit Cake

A fruit filled cake that is a treat any time. It is especially popular around Christmas time and preparations to make this cakes starts weeks in advance. This is a very old fashioned cake and definitely a treat to sink your teeth into.

Victoria Sponge Cake

Victoria Sponge Cake

Every now  and  then  you are  reminded  of   why the   classics are  what  they are . Victoria   Sponge  Cake  is  one of those  recipes .

Sweet Spicy and Tangy Red Pepper Jelly

Homemade Red Pepper Jelly –  Sweet , Tart, and Spicy 

Here is a sweet and tangy jelly with a hint of spicy beat. Ripe red peppers give the jelly its beautiful red color and a little pectin reduces the cooking time greatly . Use it to spread on toast or to on roast chicken or pork.

A Simple Sourdough Bread

Basic Sourdough Bread

Here is a  basic  sourdough  bread  made  using   the  100% hydration  starter. This  is a   simple  recipe  involving  only 4  ingredients – flour , water ,  salt and  the  yeast (starter).   This   recipe  adapts  well to  additions  and  can be  made into a  loaf , rolls  ,  boule  or  any shape  you wish .

Spiced Carrot Cake With Orange Cream Cheese Icing

Spiced Carrot Cake

This carrot cake is made with whole wheat flour and assorted spices . The spices add warmth and enhances the flavors. The sweet and tart cream cheese icing perfectly complements the warm spices. The ingredient list might look long , but this definitely qualifies as guilt free indulgence.

Dilkhush /Dilpasanad Coconut Buns

Dilkush –  Coconut Stuffed  Sweet Buns

Dilkhush or Dilpasanad are these plain looking buns from South India. But don’t be fooled, when you bite into these there is an explosion of sweet coconut and dry fruits .. a perfect evening snack !

Chicken Tikka Masala

Chicken Tikka Masala

Chicken tikka masala is a popular dish in Indian restaurants. This is lighter version of the restaurant fare – boneless chicken in a creamy gravy of tomato and spices.

Hot Cross Buns

Hot Cross Buns

Hot cross  buns   – this British classic is treat around Easter. Whether you believe  the  stories  or  not  these are  perfect  with a  cup of  coffee / tea . These soft buns are flavored with spices like cinnamon , cardamom and nutmeg and filled with dried fruit. Whether you make them with a cross or not these are absolutely delicious to have!

Tandoori Chicken Pizza

Tandoori Chicken Pizza

The  other   day I blogged  about  our favorite  Tandoori  chicken . When  I am  making  this  I  usually    make  a few  extra  pieces . This  lightly

Valentine Palmiers - Crunchy heart shaped cookies filled with jam

Valentine Palmiers 

Palmiers are classic fresh cookies made with puff pastry. These Valentine palmiers are filled with raspberry or strawberry jam and formed into a lovely heart shape. The puff pastry part has a lovely crunch and the berry jam complements the pastry with sweet and tart flavors.

Whole Wheat Burger Buns

Everybody likes  a  good burger .   It is  convenient ,  tasty   and  come in  myriad  versions  .  The  classic  burger  buns  are  lightly  sweet , soft and

A delicious cake made with carrot and beets

Carrot Beet Cake –  Almost a Health Food

This is a healthy and delicious cake . Carrots and beets give it its wonderful color and keeps it moist. Use part whole wheat flour for added nutritional value. The spices blend beautifully with the sweetness of the vegetables.

Snow Ball Cookies With Almonds

Almond Snow Balls

These are melt in the mouth cookies rolled in confectioner’s sugar the resemble snow balls . These are known by different names , but always have crushed nuts in the cookie and rolled in sugar.

Cranberry Quick Bread

Cranberry Bread

Bright red cranberries , fresh orange juice and crunchy nuts make this quick bread a treat. Warm or cooled these are a treat. Make the night before and serve in the morning for breakfast for a more mellow, mature flavor. Bake mini loaves and share the love …

A savory Knead Bread with cranberries and walnuts

Rustic Cranberry Walnut Bread – No Knead Version

A rustic no knead loaf studded with walnuts and cranberries. Being a no knead bread it very little effort to make. Mix and set the dough aside for the gluten to develop slowly. The flavors are perfect for fall and the method allows you to schedule baking according to your convenience.

Simple Caramel Custard or Flan

Flan Glorious Flan

Flan  or caramel custard is  an  elegant  desert   that  is  fit   for   company   or   to  be  indulged in all  by  oneself.   A good  flan is  hard  to  resist  – silky smooth  and  sweet  with  a  caramel  crown.  This is  the 

tangzhong or water roux used to make bread light and soft

Tangzhong

Tangzhong is a cooked gelatinous mixture of liquid and flour. It is used to replace a portion of the flour in the traditional bread recipes. Tangzhong makes the bread softer and stay fresh longer.

Apple Crisp

Apple  crisp or  apple  crumble is  a   delectable  desert  with   baked  apples  on the  bottom   and a crunchy   crust  on the   top .   It is  a  quick  desert 

Orange Pound Cake

Orange Pound Cake

What  do you do  when  a  bowl full  of  oranges  is   sitting on  the   counter ??  Juice  them  perhaps  .   There are  tonnes  of   ways