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
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.
If you never had Palappam, you are in for for a treat. Imagine crepe like bowls, crispy and lacy on the sides and a bit spongy towards the middle. These are
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
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 !
Kesari is an Indian desert made with sooji/rava (cream of wheat). It is quite easy to make and is a perfect treat to serve unexpected guests or for impromptu celebrations.
Being a big fan of wild yeast I had to make a sourdough version of naan. What is so special about sourdough naan, you ask ? The
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..
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 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
These cute owls were made for a Halloween party. I must confess , this is not entirely my idea . The inspiration ,of course, came from a few
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 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.
Here is a 3 strand Challah studded with poppy seeds. This is the all time favorite bread for us and made quite often at home. Why do we love
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
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 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 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 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 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 !
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 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 .
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 .
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.
This is a quick and light recipe for an easy weeknight meal or for a quick lunch . Pair these shrimps with a quick salad
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 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!
Vegetable Biryani is a one pot meal that that is fit for company . Even the die hard carnivores in the family do not refuse this dish .
The famed red velvet cake – smooth velvety texture, bright read color and buttery taste with a hint of cocoa – does a cake need anything more to
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
Flat breads or rotis are found everywhere in the Indian subcontinent. Usually made to order and eaten warm with accompaniments . These are made with a variety
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
Rich , fun and ready to share – if there is party bread , this is it . Hard to believe that it is just a
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.
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
The undisputed capital of Indian street food is Mumbai . It is not that the other regions do not have their own varieties , but Mumbai managed
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.
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 .
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 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 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 – 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!
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
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
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.
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
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.
I love buttermilk . Here is this wonderful ingredient that enhances the flavor and texture of your baked goods without adding copious amount of fat . It
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.
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 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.
Hokkaido Milk bread or Japanese milk bread is one of the softest and freshest tasting milk bread ever. This has a very nice oven spring and the bread is very spongy and tastes incredible even when toasted plain . It uses the tangzhong method to enhance the bread’s softness and keeping qualities.
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 grandmother of
What do you do when a bowl full of oranges is sitting on the counter ?? Juice them perhaps . There are tonnes of ways to