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Summer Berry Cake

Summer Berry Cake

  Summer berries are in full season now, and what better way to use them than in this lovely berry cake! The cake is a delightful cross between a rich pound cake and light coffee cake. The buttermilk  makes it soft and moist and the  berries add a refreshing taste. Feel free to substitute raspberries or blueberries with … Continue reading

Indian Tomato Pickle (Tomato Thokku)

Indian Tomato Pickle (Tomato Thokku)

Happy New Year! Wishing everyone a great 2014 filled with many wonderful culinary treats and experiences! I would like to start this year off with a guest blog post from a very special person, my mom! My mom, Usha Ramachandran is a great cook! A self-taught cook, her food is delicious and she is the … Continue reading

Baked Kale Chips

Baked Kale Chips

This summer we participated in a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program. When you sign up for a CSA share, you receive a variety of vegetables and fruit every week, fresh from a local farm! The quality of the produce is usually far superior from anything you get at the grocery store. The carrots taste carrot-ier, … Continue reading

Homemade Almond Butter

Homemade Almond Butter

Breakfast is a tough meal sometimes. Often it’s a debate between sleeping in extra ten minutes vs having a hearty breakfast before heading to work. Usually, sleeping in wins. For a while,  my breakfast consisted of a having a granola bar and coffee at my desk . Often, this was not filling enough and left … Continue reading

Leche Flan

Leche Flan

This is probably the most amazing flan recipe in the world!  The ingredients are relatively simple and easy to find, it takes little time to put together and voila! you have a delicious creamy caramel custard which is sure to be a hit with everyone! The “Leche” in the name of this recipe is the Spanish word for … Continue reading

Roasted Butternut Squash and Chickpeas Pulao

Roasted Butternut Squash and Chickpeas Pulao

Butternut squash is a staple fall/winter vegetable very similar to pumpkin and tastes lovely with warm spices like sage and cinnamon. While we have pumpkin in India, butternut squash is not found in Indian cooking. Being so similar to pumpkin, I thought it would taste great cooked with Indian spices. Often for a weeknight meal, … Continue reading

Ras Malai – Indian dessert

Ras Malai – Indian dessert

To continue with the holiday/festival theme, here is a recipe for an Indian dessert I made for Diwali last month. Ras malai is one of my favorite Indian desserts. The soft and sweet pillowy goodness of paneer “dumplings” floating in sea of cardamom and pistachio milk is just irresistible. It’s also incredible that the entire dish … Continue reading

Garlicky Braised Brussels Sprouts

Garlicky Braised Brussels Sprouts

Brussels sprouts are cute little vegetables and look a lot like mini versions of cabbages! Sad to say though, they have a bad reputation among kids and adults alike, mostly due to their bitter taste and smell both of which are actually caused by overcooking the vegetable! When cooked properly brussels sprouts have a much … Continue reading

Pumpkin Cheesecake

Pumpkin Cheesecake

This Thanksgiving, I decided to try my hand at baking a Pumpkin cheesecake. I have come a long way since I used to think that pumpkin-themed sweet goods were, well, unsavory in my cookbook! In Indian cooking, pumpkin is mainly used in savory and spicy dishes and my first exposure to a sweet pumpkin dish … Continue reading