Madraasi Khatti Daal – (Sour Lentil Soup a la Madras?)

So while I was in college in sunny ‘ol So Cal (sigh, I miss SoCal) away from family, well my sister lived over an hour away so away for most of the week at least, I would often find myself spending weekends or evenings at a friend’s place. My friend Reshma was married and didn’t…

Savory Tomato Feta Mini Tarts

I believe the time has come again to make a savory post, or two or more. I know I was under the radar during Ramadan, when some of you must have wondered what tasty eatables I could suggest for Iftar (or so I hope). The truth is, I am an essentially lazy person who experiences…

Jiggle Jiggle Jelly

OMG! What a pleasant surprise this recipe was. It was so easy. I had very low expectations when making this because I thought it wouldn’t set and just end up being an epic fail. But it was quite the opposite. Throw away those boxes of instant jelly filled with sugar, artificial flavors and God knows…

Smoothie all the way! #Ramadan Diary

Fruit Smoothies are such a fantastic meal replacement (perfect for health geeks). They’re fresh, fruity, sweet, filling and best of all, guilt-free because they’re nutritious and and low in calories. I love smoothies in Ramadan, coz they’re so easy to make and give you that instant pick me up and hydration that’s needed after a…

Ramadan is here! What else to do with Dates

Ramadan Tasty Date Tips: Dates are a fantastic source of fiber and instant energy… that’s why he have them to break our fast. Here are some interesting twists on what else to do with your dates especially as a replacement to regular sugar – >Salads: Chop up into tiny pieces and toss into a fresh…

Blissful Nutella Croissant Bread & Butter Pudding

So this week brought an exciting discovery. I always wanted to make a melt-in-your-mouth kind of a bread and butter pudding, but have never been a fan of the taste of white bread and milk put together, reminds me of when I was sick with mumps as a child. I had heard of opting to…

Revani/Rivani/Ravani – what’s in a name?

I asked my fellow foodies on our Facebook page if they thought the next post should be Desi or something else. We couldn’t come to a conclusion and I had to break my lazy phase of not making something that I deemed ‘postable’ and my posts have been long due. Also I felt like trying…

Gulab Jamun

I suppose it was about time I put up a real desi dessert that included both ghee and shakar right? One of my favorite desi desserts is homemade Gulab Jamun. These succulent dough-ey balls are deep fried to a lovely auburn hue and then immediately placed in a cardamom infused sugar syrup to soak in…

Best. Ever. New York Cheesecake.

For the ultimate New York cheesecake, look no further. Make this recipe with love and confidence and you’ve got a real winner in your hands. I dream of this cheesecake! And I have not had a single critic saying there’s something missing or too much in the taste… it’s perfect. Sorry do I sound like…

This Ain’t Cinderella’s Pumpkin (Cheesecake)!

You know what’s better than a pumpkin pie? Pumpkin Cheesecake! I got the opportunity to make this again recently for an order for an old colleague’s farewell. It was her favorite dessert, and that’s what they wanted to send her off with. Good thing ‘coz this got rave reviews! I think cream cheese makes anything…

Yum yum, gimme some! – Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Can anyone decline a chocolate chip cookie? I hope I know no such person… There are days when all you want are cookies, loaded with chocolate chips, right out of the oven. I liken chocolate chip cookies to being home after a long hard day, they’re warm and comforting. I like mine to be chewy…

Yee Haw! Texas Sheet Cake

This chocolate cake is all about taste, it doesn’t look fancy but tastes amazing. I would put it somewhere between fudge brownies and a moist chocolate cake. I make this like a poke cake so the glazey frosting you see on top, which is spread over warm, oozes in to the cake itself through the…