The Ultimate Comfort Food – Rajmah

India is a country of  such immense diversity that one is truly spoiled for choice in this eternal gastronomical paradise umpteen with one delicious recipe after another. In the middle of such expansive food traditions, it is hard for but one recipe to stand out. Yet it does, as the ultimate comfort food. Yes, I…

Marble Cake for Beginners

This is where it all began for me. My love affair with baking, I mean. It was back in 2008 that after multiple failed attempts I finally succeeded in making this incredible Marble Cake and I have treasured the recipe ever since. The recipe is an evolved one considering the improviser I am. I remember…

Yoghurt Cake with Passionfruit Syrup

It was a special occasion. We were invited to a friend’s place for a steamboat lunch. It meant hanging out at an amazing home with an amazing company while enjoying a delicious meal involving dumplings, noodles, prawns, tofu and the list goes on. It was my kind of food heaven. So what would you take to…

Super Hot South Indian Chutney with Idli

Just like in Australia, Sundays back in India are meant for elaborate breakfasts that often turn into delicious brunches. Idli, a South Indian steamed rice cake is a popular choice when thinking of something special to cook on the weekend. I am a big fan of all food South Indian. I can literally give an…

Aate ka Halwa, Dessert for the Soul

There are desserts and then there are desserts. But there is simply no comparison with Aate ka halwa. Made from the simplest of Indian pantry items, it has a clean flavour that bowls me every time! So if I am ever craving something sweet, Aate ka Halwa always comes to the rescue. Aate ka Halwa, Dessert for…

Authentic Fried Rice at Home

It is hard to find anyone who does not enjoy a bowl of nicely prepared Fried Rice. Nicely prepared is the key here. Can’t tell you how many disappointing attempts later, did I stumble across this really awesome secret to Authentic Fried Rice. Yes, the local Chinese restaurant way. So here goes… Authentic Fried Rice…

Zarda: Sweet Rice & All the Things Nice

I am biryani crazy. I love basmati rice cooked to perfection together with a spicy meat curry as the crispiness of green chilli makes friends with refreshing notes of mint. That’s just one. I can come up with a million descriptors trying to do justice to perhaps the best thing that happened to human kind. That…

Easy Matar Patta Gobhi Ki Sabzi

If you call me a fussy eater, you would not be very wrong. I love food but that only applies to foods that I love. And dear ol’ cabbage is definitely not one of them. So much so that I would only cook it every once in a blue moon when completely out of options…

The Humble Moong Dal

Dals make for a great addition to the meal repertoire especially when you have leftovers and need just about a little something to make the meal substantial, and tasty! Honestly, I had never really cooked with Moong Dal until recently. Mum-in-law was visiting and she cooked it for me. Boy, did I get hooked or…

Save the Chocolate, Brownie!

Chocolates are an indulgence most enjoy. Almost! Of course, there are preferences that may from time to time lead to excessive accumulation of ‘a’ certain type of chocolate. In my case, that would be dark chocolate. I like my chocolate in a less intense concoction infused with a sugary sweetness that is best advised to…