Honeydew Sorbet

sor·bet : a dessert consisting of frozen fruit juice or flavored water and sugar.    When you have a glut of fresh summer fruit, sorbets are the answer. You don’t need a recipe — just a basic template to follow and a little creativity. Strawberry-peach sorbet? Mint-infused watermelon sorbet? Raspberry-rosé sorbet? Yes, let’s make all of…

Kosha Mangsho ( Authentic Bengali Mutton Curry)

“Kosha Mangsho ” is an authentic Bengali mutton curry  which is deliciously spicy. It is a velvety gravy made by marinating the mutton pieces in hung curds/yogurt,mustard oil and cooked with a flavorful mix of spices . The authentic flavors of the spicy Bengali curry comes out  when one bites into the juicy pieces of  well…

Cauliflower Kootu/ South Indian Thick Stew

“Kootu” is the traditional South Indian thick stew made with an amalgamation of varied vegetables in a spicy savory aromatic base made of lentils, coconut and black pepper. This Cauliflower Kootu tastes so delicious, that your home is filled with the spicy aroma.It is best served with hot rice but is a delicious accompaniment with…

Tandoori Salmon

Woke up with this ache in me to eat the kind of salmon we had for breakfast each day during our trip to Japan, a few months ago, a strong urge to have it at any cost, just the way it was served. No amount of reasoning suffices, when you have that kind of hunger…

Pineapple Salsa

Summer days are upon us, the need to eat some crispy fruity salsa anytime of the day did not seem like a bad idea either. Light, easy to make & healthy all pointed towards making this salsa over the weekend, for the work week ahead. The last time, I was at the fresh fruit stand…

Eggplant Stir Fry/ Baingan Bharta (Punjabi Version)

Summer started with a heavy down pour of rain  for us, which continued for the past two days. The need for quick and easy summer meals was the order of the day, yet something spicy & delicious to enjoy watching the summer rains with, was calling my name. What better than this  Punjabi ( a…

Celery Chutney/ Dip

The Fresh market is filled with veggies this  summer season, right off the farm, I must say, coz they look so green and healthy. It wasn’t until one day when I saw a friend crunching on celery sticks that I really noticed this veggie, which I might have walked past a hundred times in the…

Cucumber Mango Salsa

  The weather is getting beautifully warm, birds chirping on trees, friendly neighbors sitting out in the porch chairs waving or greeting as you walk past, children playing outdoors, laughter and giggles…..signs of Summer approaching. Stepping out after nearly hibernating in Winter, into the green green grass seems like a blessing! The long weekend is…

Spring Blooms ~ Lilacs

  Is there anything more beautiful than a Lilac bush in Spring ? Lilac (Syringa) plants are mainly grown for their beautiful blooms and their intense fragrance. With its sweet scent, pastel blooms, and heart-shape leaves, lilac stands out as a welcome harbinger of spring. The spring-blooming lilac comes in a variety of shapes and sizes—including…

Spring Blooms ~ Bleeding Heart Flowers

One of my favorite things I enjoy the most during warmer weather is to go walking in the neighborhood, the trails or in the woods.The few times I enrolled myself in a gym, I hardly kept up the routine, I think some of us are just born that way, “free spirits” that can’t be tamed…