Making Sense of Gluten

Gluten is formed by two proteins - Gliadin and Glutenin (all the names sound like some family names instead of scientific terms) both these proteins are present in wheat flour and insoluble in water. But interesting fact is dry flour does not develop gluten on it's own, it requires water to activate gluten in the flour....more

Mediterranean Brown Rice Pilaf

After too much cooking and indulgence for continuous two days yesterday night I planned for a humble meal a simple pilaf with dollops of fresh yoghurt and green salad, we both filled our plates with pilaf on top with drizzle of yoghurt and salad on side and enjoyed our favorite television shows after a long time. Momo was also quite for a change, as last two days he was busy meeting new friends and entertaining guests, we signed off to bed early with a hope that coming week will be less demanding though I could see exactly opposite of that. <...more

Paneer Pasanda

The word "Pasanda" means every one's favorite and as the name suggests this paneer delicacy is adored by everyone who tastes it. The different pastes used to make the gravy add their own distinct flavors which combine to create a dish like non other. As usual I have made certain changes in the recipe, the original recipe suggest to make round shaped tikkis using grated paneer, flour and bread crumbs but I skipped that step and used plain paneer cubes instead of tikkis....more

Pastry Creme Layered Orange Marmalade Cake

With some Nagpur Oranges in hand and a bottle of orange marmalade lying in the fridge for a while the first and the obvious choice was an Orange Marmalade Cake, tanginess of orange, sweetness of pastry cream and bitterness of marmalade make this cake a perfect tea time treat. ...more

Gajar Ka Halwa (Carrot Halwa)

Some dishes never lose their glory nor they are ever out of trend, one such classic desert is Gajar Ka Halwa, winter specialty of Indian households though carrots are available all round the year but only during winters market is flooded with those juicy, sweet and long deep orange carrots. ...more

Simply Hummus

These days I am kinda obsessed with Mediterranean dishes, I feel there is something succulent about subtle and aromatic Mediterranean flavors, you just can't have enough of it....more

Homemade Chai Ka Masala (Tea Spice)

This year for the first time I made Tea Masala at home luckily I had all the ingredients required in hand....more

Chinese Chicken Salad

This recipe of Chinese Chicken Salad is one of my favorite recipes of Chinese Salad, it has trucks of fresh greens, and vegetables and grilled chicken served with fried wonton wrappers. Now in India also, at Gourmet Food Stores you can easily find readymade Wonton Wrappers or Spring Roll Pastry, it is one must item in my refrigerator, it comes real handy while making wontons or spring rolls for large gathering and lot of time saved with these readymade sheets.  ...more

Energy Bites - Homemade Granola Bars

Granola Bars are nothing but aka Granola cut into different shapes, so that one can enjoy them during any given time of the day....more

Phirni - Rice and Milk Pudding

Talking about Phirni, nobody knows about the roots of Phirni, some believe it came into existence duringMughal era, as a royal desert, today Phirni is a popular sweet dish not only in India but in Pakistan too and even after so many years it is till served in traditional style - earthen potware (Mitti Ke Kulhad or Matki)....more