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…

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-…

Rice Krispie Treats!

Come 4 o’clock and I crave my cup of tea. And a savoury snack with it. Since I eat fruit for breakfast and salad for lunch, I really yearn for something spicy and crunchy at tea time. And that almost always entails Indian snacks – murukkus, chiwda, samosas, bondas, bajjis, ribbon pakodas…..don’t even get me…

Thai Sticky Rice and Mango

I grew up, an Armed Forces kid, in sleepy little cantonment towns all over India. We usually lived in rambling old houses, which more often that not, were old POW barracks or accommodation for the British army. Gardens, a luxury today, were also huge and overgrown, teeming with snakes and mongooses (mongeese?). Inevitably the gardens…

Berry brilliant breakfast!

Breakfasts are such a wonderful meal. In Victorian times, you’d partake of a repast that had the table groaning under the combined weight of a side of ham and steak and kidney pudding, salmon kedgeree, cold cuts, scones with clotted cream, syllabub and hot buttered toast. Sandwiches and seed cakes, poached eggs and poppy seed…

Orange Mascarpone Parfaits in Chocolate Cups

By now you’ve probably realized that I am partial to oranges and lemons. Partial? I’m practically besotted! If I could spray myself with orange essence instead of L’aire du Temps, I would. Cleopatra bathing herself in ass’s milk, is overrated in my opinion. Now, if she’d tried citrusy bath salts, she’d have my approval. So…

Banana-Peanut-butter-Chocolate-Muffin-in-a-Cup

The phone rings. I run down the steps, nearly breaking an ankle in the process, and leap at the phone to answer, assuming its one of my kids calling. There is a woman on the other end, “Hello….” Deep breathing from my end, due to all that unexpected exercise. “Hello, is this the residence of…

Sinsational Salad

I never thought I would post a recipe for a salad. And a salad as simple as this one? But this one is for the ladies in my Study Group, and for all of you talented, multifaceted women who look for something easy, healthy and delicious to make. My salad is simple and very quick…

Colourful Couscous

This one is for my friend D (hmm, there are a lot of Ds in my life) who is an expert on mustard. You know who you are 🙂 Four years back, if you’d asked me what ‘Couscous’ was, I’d have only had a vague idea, but now it is a kitchen staple in my…

Cinderella Cookies

It’s disconcerting to lose a whole day in one’s life. And when that day disappears, not because you were caught in a time warp and taken back in history, but because of mundane travel between continents, it somehow seems worse. Anyway more on that later, right now I need to get this written and posted…

A Summery Berry Tiramisu

Coffee is a no no in my book. I don’t like the taste, don’t like the smell, and can’t understand the drama behind how saplings were smuggled out of Yemen and the French Guiana in very James Bond like circumstances! So desserts like Tiramisu and Mud pies, leave me cold. But I love summer Tiramisus,…