An Adai a Day… 

What’s golden and crunchy, delicious and healthy; filling yet leaves you craving for more. Nutritious and gluten free, to boot! It’s the Adai. The rustic, less known cousin of the Diva, Dosa. Adais are really easy to throw together. You just soak the lentils (four different ones if you are a purist) and an equal…

Sugar and spice and everything nice!

Some things are meant to be! And some things are meant for me. Nine years back, I didn’t know a chilli padi from the back of my hand. Green chillies were the spiciest food in my limited lexicon. Had you mentioned a Bhoot Jholokia or a Trinidad Scorpion, I’d have thought you’d mixed your metaphors….

We all scream for ice cream! 

I haven’t met too many people who are indifferent to ice cream.  In fact most people I know love it. Lots.  And then I met B who was unmoved every time I brought a new flavour home. “Meh”, was his reaction.   So tubs of Hagendaaz, Ben and Jerry’s, Tillamook and Dreyers passed through our…

Vanilla Cake– egg free and yet delicious

A delicious vanilla cake is the cornerstone of every baker’s repertoire. It’s light and airy, and combines beautifully with a myriad frostings to make a delectable treat. But an eggless version. A nightmare! Eggs add that lofty volume. Eggs add a wonderful golden colour to cakes. Things, one takes for granted, until one leaves out…

Kion, the Lion Guard 

I watched Lion King, and loved the movie two decades ago. But until a couple of weeks back, I’d  never heard of Lion Guard. When mom S told me that her daughter A had set her heart on Kion, I had to do some research. I found this image and decided to use it for…

Vegan Chocolate pudding

This is a simple 4 ingredient chocolate pudding recipe. Quick and easy to put together. Great to rustle up for a vegan friend or a dairy allergic child. A family member had gifted us a lovely dark chocolate with orange – my all time favourite combination. But the chocolate was a bit too bitter to…

Cocoa powder demystified 

What is cocoa powder? How is it different from chocolate? Why are some cocoa powders almost midnight black, and some a light brown? Can one be substituted for the other? What have the Dutch to do with cocoa powder? And much more….. I teach a workshop called The Science of Baking. A workshop designed to…

Planes, trains and automobiles

I made little N’s birthday cake last year. A cute one with characters from the nursery rhymes he knew and loved! This year he was turning 2. A big boy now- with new big boy interests! Cars and planes, trucks and trains, ships and more. His mom and I discussed the theme and decided to make…

Teletubbies cake

I loved making this sweet custom designed Teletubbies cake for baby S’s first birthday. When R first contacted me, I had just about heard of Teletubbies– never made a cake in that theme. R was a dream customer! She chose her cake flavour, told me how many guests she’d have attending the party, and left the…

Happy Republic Day, India!

Where The Mind Is Without Fear Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high Where knowledge is free Where the world has not been broken up into fragments By narrow domestic walls Where words come out from the depth of truth Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection Where the…

Mother

 Yesterday my mom turned 29. Again. She’s been 29 ever since I could comprehend the concept of age and timelessness. Mom is the youngest person I know. Full of fun and verve and a zest for life, unparalleled by most. Growing up, a pimply, painfully tongue-tied teenager, I used to marvel at the ease with…

Garbanzo beans –two different ways

  Garbanzo beans, chick peas, Kabuli channa…..a rose by any other name! Garbanzo beans are cheap, easily available and high in protein. A little goes a long way in filling you up. Here are two quick-to-put-together ways, of using these tasty legumes.    The old Warhorse- The South Indian Sundal. Ingredients: Tin of garbanzo beans-…