Tigerkaka (Tiger Cake – Chocolate Marble Cake)

“Travel changes you. As you move through this life and this world you change things slightly, you leave marks behind, however small. And in return, life—and travel—leaves marks on you.” ― Anthony Bourdain Reposting this post from 2018. Recently a friend, tried this and informed me of some typos. Correcting and reposting. From the time I…

Vegan Chickpea Harissa Soup with Homemade Harissa Paste

I was introduced to Harissa paste during the start of the pandemic. I was looking for sauces or dips to serve and somebody said harissa is the new sriracha. That piqued my interest and I looked it up. It had all the ingredients I likes and it was spicy. This is a chilli paste used…

Butternut Squash Soup – Creamy and Healthy

Butternut squash is one of my all time favourite fall/winter vegetable. By roasting the vegetable it brings out an inert sweetness and believe me, you can eat it as is. If you are trying to avoid desserts and you have a sweet tooth, try this. I also add it to sandwiches or pasta. Goes well…

Thai Inspired Red Curry Soup

I woke up to see a winter wonderland outside my window. The tree was laden with snow. It was beautiful but cold. I woke up thinking of a hot cup of soup with warm spices, not too spicy, creamy soup with some freshly baked bread. I had no idea what soup to make till the…

Garlic Chill Oil

Sometimes all you need is a perfect condiment to accompany a meal. This oil is so flavourful and can be added to pasta, soups or anything you deem fit. A drizzle of this on salads or roasted vegetables or meat would be wonderful. Just use your imagination. The garlic is so soft that you can…

Ven Pongal with Kathrikai Gothsu (Khara Pongal with Eggplant Curry)

Happy Pongal/ Sankranthi! Pongal is a holiday celebrated in Tamil Nadu on the 14th of January. It is a harvest festival; celebrated all over the country and in Karnataka and other parts it is called Sankranthi. In Karnataka, a snack made of roasted gram, dried coconut pieces (kopra), peanuts, jaggery pieces mixed together. You just…

Chilli Cheese Toast

Indians love their spice and masalas. But they also love western food, especially cheese, and have adapted to make it their own. You will find cheese parathas and naan and cheese masala dosa among other things. This is an indian version of grilled cheese sandwich which you will find in small takeouts to good restaurants….

Cranberry Orange Biscotti

I hope you are all having a good break. I hope you have a wonderful year to come, a vaccine to keep you safe, a year filled with happiness and health, time with family and friends and good food! Happy New Year, 2021! Many many years ago, I would make pistachio biscotti during christmas. I…

The Humble Rasam, Elevated

Seasoned Rice Balls served in a Tangy Tamarind Rasam Broth with a Smattering of Stir Fried Carrots and Beans I love Ottolenghi’s recipes and I recently bought two of his books, Plenty and Flavors. His books are wonderful, filled with vegetarian dishes and uses a variety of vegetables and spices which elevate simple ingredients to…

Mediterranean Baked Feta

The first time I ate Feta cheese was almost 26 years ago. I am not sure I liked it, it was salty and a lot of it in my greek salad. I love it today and it took me 25 years to realise that when you bake feta, it gets soft and creamy and even…