Fresh Baguette from the home oven - just like from an artisan bakery

Homemade Sourdough Baguettes

Here is a simple baguette recipe that is easy to master. Baguettes take only 4 ingredients but the technique and proportions are what give it its characteristic appeal. With a little bit of patience and practice it will taste and look better than the store bought ones.

Quick Puff Pastry

How To Make Quick Puff Pastry

An easier version of the classic laminated puff pastry. This version does not create the individual laminated layers of the classic but gives very comparable flaky results.

Kulkuk or kalkal

KulKul – The Sweet X’mas Treat From Goa

Kulckuls are crunchy sweet treats from Goa. These are fired sweetened curls that are quite popular during X’mas time. The curls are easy to make and add a bit more fun to snack time.

Pollo A La Brasa - the flavorful Peruvian Roast Chicken

Pollo A La Brasa – Peruvian Roast Chicken

This is a popular roast chicken from Peru. Chicken is marinated in a flavorful blend of spices. After grilling the meat becomes tender and juicy while the skin turns crisp and sometimes even blackened.

St. Lucia Buns , Lessekatter ot Lucia rolls - the swedish saffron buns

Lussekatter or St.Lucia Rolls – The Swedish Saffron Buns

Lussekatter or Lucia Rolls are saffron flavored Swedish buns. These are popular during X’mas time . The buns are lightly sweetened and enriched with eggs, diary and sugar. These bright and soft rolls are a treat any time , but especially so during the dark winter months.

Loaded Oatmeal Cookies

Loaded Oatmeal Cookies

A few  months back a very discerning member of the  family declared  that  if mommy cooks with raisins  she  should not  expect him to  eat  it. To give him  credit he

south Indian style vegan mix veg kurma

Chapathi Kurma And A Few Fond Memories

This is  the  a popular mix  vegetable  curry  from South India.   A  variety of  vegetables  are  cooked   with  whole/powdered  garam  masala  in a  rich  creamy gravy.  It is an  easy one  pan  dish   that goes  well  with  mildly spiced  rice   preparations  or  any flat  bread.

Deep Fried Mix vegetable patties

Loaded Vegetable Cutlets

These  lovely vegetable  patties  are  perfect  for an evening  snack or   as  an appetizer.  Serve   with a  few  slices  onions  and  tomatoes  seasoned   with a  splash of

Flax Seed Chutney Powder

Flaxseed Chutney Powder

Flax seed chutney powder  is  an easy way to  increase the nutritional  value  of  any , well  almost any, dish. Chutney powders are  used as an  accompaniment  to a  variety

Pumpkin Halva

Pumpkin Halva

Halva is a  very popular  sweet in Kerala.  Sweet shops  carry  umpteen  variations of these, but pumpkin halva  is  not  one  of  them, usually.  It is typically  made at home  with

A delicious pumpkin quick bread

Pumpkin Bread

This is the perfect quick bread for fall. It is moist and delicious and is made with the favorite fall vegetable – pumpkin. A spiced sugar topping
gives it a crunchy crust and the spices makes the loaf deliciously comforting.

How To Roast Pumpkin

How to Roast a Pumpkin

I do not  use  canned  pumpkin or  the   canned  pie  fillings. When we  make  a  pumpkin  filled  baked goodies ,  which  happens  quite a  lot  during  the  season,  it

30 Minute Scones

Breakfast in 30 Minutes – Light and Healthy Raisin Scones

Scones are single serve quick breads. We love these flaky, buttery, crumbles in the mouth texture of scones. These scones are made with part whole wheat flour and loaded with dry fruits to make them healthier. Make and serve these as a healthy breakfast treat !

Home Made Naan - Plain

Home Made Naan

Naan is a popular North Indian flat bread. This delicious bread for scooping up spicy curries can be made home as well. Fresh made Naan right out of your own own is definitely a treat worth making..

Seven Cups Burfi - Indian fudge made with chickpea flour

Seven Cups Burfi – Simple No Fail Diwali Sweet

This fudge like dessert gets its name from the ingredients used – 7 cups in all. It is made with very common ingredients in the Indian pantry and requires no high level cooking skills. The burfi of fudge made is delicious and has a unique texture to it.

Shankarpali - Diamond Cuts

Festival Flavors – Shankarpali

Shankarpali   is  another  tea  time  snack  popular in many states  of  India.  Crunchy , a  bit  sweet  and  utterly munch-able, it is  known by names  – shakarpara , shakarpaada , diamond  cuts

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  up some 

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.

Onam – Happy Times …

Often  times I start   my posts  here  with   a picture of  food,  after all  this is a  food blog.  But to me food  is  not  just  about  cooking,

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).   There

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 fresh. I

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   called

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 .  So named

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 .

Strawberry Tart  – In A  Jiffy

Bright  read  strawberries  are  just so beautiful  . Sweet  succulent and  with a  touch of  tartness  these are perfect for  an in-between snack .  I  don’t  usually cook  strawberries  

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 spiced chicken

Basic Whole  Wheat  Pizza

It is  nice  to have a multipurpose  dough  on  hand    during  busy days .  This  is  the   easy  ,  go to  dough that   gets  we  make almost

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

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  tender  while

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.