Vanilla — a bittersweet tale…

Vanilla is the best loved flavour in the world today. Vanilla infuses cakes, ice creams, cookies, confections, yoghurts, fragrances, bath and body products, candles, rum, vodka, medicines, Coke, Pepsi…..the list is endless.   When you reach for ingredients to bake a cake, inevitably there is vanilla in the list. Never mind the flavour of the cake…

Floating on Cloud 9

Mango passion cloud This is a really easy dessert. It tastes spectacular! Looks like you have laboured over it for hours….but you can literally throw it together at the last moment. But Shh! That’s our secret. I make it with different fruit….. but Indian mangoes are currently in season. So go for it! Use a…

Lemony Poha

(Beaten rice with potatoes and lemon) When you’re craving something tangy, spicy and delicious that’s quick to put together, look no further than poha. Poha is a dish made of flattened dehydrated rice. While the origins of Poha are lost in the mists of time, rice has been a staple of the South Asian diet…

Merry Christmas! 

My last cake for 2017 was a last minute request.  A refined sugar free cake.  Since Christmas is around the corner, and fresh cranberries are on the shelves, I decided to adapt my recipe to make a fruit cake. A fruit cake heady with the aromas of spices, chockablock with dried fruit and nuts, festively…

Once upon a brownie…. 

A long, long time back…. in what seems to be another lifetime, I used to make brownies for The Corner House, in Bangalore. Spurred on by my lovely friend (and main customer) Sagarika, to bake cakes and cookies, brownies and breads, I took my first steps towards setting up a small business. The first year,…

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…