Minestrone Soup with Barley

Minestrone Soup with Barley

Spring is here! Which means it’s going to be cold and rainy for the next week or two until we magically jump into summer. Cold and rainy weather is, of course, soup weather. I work in a lab where I have to crane my neck or roll in my chair several feet to look out … 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

Happy 2013!

Happy 2013!

The much awaited trip to India is finally here! My fiance and I are on our way to Chennai today for our wedding and travel adventures! We will spend most of our time in South India which is rich in temple history and we will be traveling to a few cities including Trichy, Kumbakonam and Thanjavur … Continue reading

Brigadeiro – Brazillian Chocolate Truffles

Brigadeiro – Brazillian Chocolate Truffles

Brigadeiro is the Brazillian version of a chocolate truffle. Their taste and texture is a cross between a traditional truffle and fudge. They have a rich chocolatey taste and a fudgy consistency..the kind that gets stuck in your teeth! Yum! My first introduction to Brigadeiros were through a Brazillian friend of mine who made them one … 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

Latkes – Potato Pancakes

Latkes – Potato Pancakes

Happy Hanukkah! One of the many traditional Hanukkah dishes are potato pancakes known as latkes, which are often eaten with an accompaniment of sour cream and apple sauce, balancing sweet and savory tastes at the same time! I love potatoes. They are my major weakness (dramatic, I know). If you gave me a bag of … 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

Quinoa patties with mushroom sauce

Quinoa patties with mushroom sauce

When Thanksgiving Day rolls around, being a vegetarian means you don’t get to partake in the star of the meal, the turkey! However, there are usually plenty of vegetarian sides to (over) indulge in that don’t leave you hungry. Who can resist a hearty heaping of staple sides like mashed potatoes, green beans, corn, buttery … Continue reading