Vegan Elaneer Payasam (Tender Coconut Payasam)

Tomorrow is Deepavali, the festival of lights. This is the day when we all wear new clothes, burst fireworks and eat good food. My mother would start make murukkus and laddoos a few days earlier. wE would distribute sweets to the neighbors and as kids meet in the evening to burst firework. This week has…

Peach Cobbler

I bought some beautiful peaches from the farmer’s market. I used some for salads and made a dessert with the rest. It is a really easy dessert to whip up. I don’t know why I never made this before. This recipe has no eggs, so a good dish to make if you want an egg-free…

Decadent Dark Chocolate Cake

This is one of the best chocolate cakes I have eaten. I have made this cake many many times, sometimes just sprinkled with powdered suagr and sometimes with a glaze. The recipe says that only dutch-process cake works. I have tried with both and they both work. This recipe is from a magazine Cooking Pleasures,…

Chakka Pradaman/ Jackfruit Payasam

Happy Vishu! Vishu is the beginning of the New Year in the state of Kerala. You can read more about Vishu here. This is a creamy sweet dessert which can be eaten hot or cold. With pieces of fried crunchy coconut, this is heaven! Try it! You can make this vegan by leaving out ghee…

Molten Chocolate Lava Cake

Happy Valentine’s Day! There was a restaurant called Atlas World Grill in Iowa City (heard they have closed down). They had some very good food there. One of the favorites was their chocolate molten flourless cake. You had to order it when you order the main course as you had to wait for 40 minutes…

Roasted Pineapple with A Sprinkling of Spices

What would you do with pineapples, other than eat it fresh, juice it or make a pineapple upside down cake? Roasting the fruit, brings out its sweetness and pepper and chilli on it makes it wonderful. I added a couple of tablespoons of Bacardi rum at the end of the roasting. Try it, it is…

Candied Orange Peel

This is a versatile condiment to have. Throw it in the freezer and use it whenever you want. Top chopped bits on ice creams or add it to an orange, chocolate or fruit cake. Dip these in melted dark chocolate and let it dry for a few minutes and you have a delectable treat. This…

Coconut Chocolate Cake with a Hint of Candied Orange

The other day, I was wondering what cake to bake for my friend, Uma, who was returning from a mountaineering course.  A lot of us dream of doing many things, but may not actually take the next leap of doing it. One day, on a whim, she decided to join the basic course. She started…

Rava Laddoo – A Delicious Semolina Sweet

It is that time of the year when the days are getting shorter and nights longer. Almost in every part of the world, there is a festival of lights celebrated. In India, we celebrate Deepavali or Diwali – the festival of lights, the day we celebrate the victory of good over evil. When I was…

Carrot Walnut Cake

Happy Halloween (and Happy Birthday to my soulmate)! There are days when I have cravings for dessert, but then I may feel guilty, so I try to cheat my brain to believe differently! Carrots are healthy and good for your eyes, mind you! Whole wheat flour is healthy and brown sugar is healthier than white…