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Peanut poha or flaked rice masala

Peanut poha or flaked rice masala

Poha, or flaked rice is used extensively in Indian cuisine, from dishes like this one to desserts and dosas. It is a thin dried...

Badaga chicken curry

Badaga chicken curry

The Badagas are one of the original aboriginal tribes who have lived in the Nilgiris for close to 5000 years. These tribes have a unique...

Spicy grapefruit salad

Spicy grapefruit salad

I learnt about this recipe on a recent visit to Assam. The markets and fruit stalls are loaded with grapefruit and it is quite a common...

Assamese elephant apple (otonga) with lentils

Assamese elephant apple (otonga) with lentils

I visited my Sister-in-law’s mothers house in Guwahati at the end of the year and was fortunate to be able to spend time in her kitchen...

Mangalorean prawn ghee roast

Mangalorean prawn ghee roast

I was staying at the fabulous Kaav Safari Lodge at Kabini in absolute luxury, with wonderful sightings of tigers at Nagarhole Park and,...

Chicken bolognese lasagna

Chicken bolognese lasagna

I love lasagna, but hesitate to make it because the recipes I have are very involved. A lasagna is the epitome of slow cooking, each...

Wood apple ice cream with saffron and roasted cashew

Wood apple ice cream with saffron and roasted cashew

I was given a few wood apples (also called bael in India) by a neighbour, and since I had never had them before I had to look them up. I...

Omelette with pea shoots, herbed soft cheese and pea flowers

Omelette with pea shoots, herbed soft cheese and pea flowers

I was in Ooty last month in perfect spring weather and found these wonderful pea shoots and flowers in a friend's 9Bison) kitchen garden....

Potato-chili cheese toasts

Potato-chili cheese toasts

Indian street food is an almost infinite variety of delicious bites, the most popular and well known being the samosa. However,...

Assamese colocasia stem stir-fry (Kosu tenga)

Assamese colocasia stem stir-fry (Kosu tenga)

I traveled to Assam for the New Year and was fortunate to have a wonderful home chef, Morami, teach me a few recipes. I was not aware that...

Banoffee pie

Banoffee pie

Banoffee is a portmanteau of the words “banana” and "toffee". It is said to be created in England in 1972 in an Tea House called the...

Curd dip

Curd dip

I was visiting my sister-in-law, Sameena, in Gurgaon and she served me this dip one evening while we were having drinks. I was completely...

The great "Indian" stuffed omelette

The great "Indian" stuffed omelette

I grew up in Mumbai eating greasy and spicy (very spicy) omelettes served with soft fried bread off the street vendors, those were the...

Pan con tomat

Pan con tomat

Pan con tomat, means bread with tomato, is a traditional Spanish tapas, made to highlight flavorful tomatoes and built for the hot...

Carrot halwa with ice cream (Gajar ka halwa ice cream)

Carrot halwa with ice cream (Gajar ka halwa ice cream)

Gajar ka halwa is an quintessential Indian dessert found almost in every home or restaurant. This is a dessert that reigns supreme in...

Assamese amaranth leat stir-fry (Marisa xaag)

Assamese amaranth leat stir-fry (Marisa xaag)

I visited my Sister-in-law’s mothers house in Guwahati at the end of the year and was fortunate to be able to spend time in her kitchen...

Tea-leaf pakoras

Tea-leaf pakoras

I grew up on a tea plantation and spent my childhood in some of the most spectacular locations in South India. The vibrant green carpets...

Persimmon with lime and chili

Persimmon with lime and chili

In my house in California we had a massive persimmon tree, so over the years we have grown to love the fruit. Every year, in November,...

Punjabi yogurt curry (Dahi ki kadhi)

Punjabi yogurt curry (Dahi ki kadhi)

I was visiting my brother in Gurgoan, India when I learned that the cook at the neighbors house was an excellent chef. I took this...

Basic Asian style chicken noodle soup

Basic Asian style chicken noodle soup

I have been making a version of this soup for folks who have not been well. It is super healthy, nutritious and super tasty. This is a...