Pretzels

I wanted to make the German style pretzel with a crunchy exterior and a soft crumb. I think that comes from the water bath you put the formed dough in before you put it in the oven, and crank the oven temperature really high. Here’s my version of the German pretzels. The last time I…

Cinnamon Rolls

Oh my goodness. Do you have one day that you just want to indulge? Well, this is the perfect food to indulge in. Its absolutely incredible! I think this was an original Daring Bakers challenge, but I found the recipe on Andrea’s incredible blog. Cinnamon Rolls(tweaked a little from Andrea’s Recipes) 6 1/2 tbsp Sugar1…

Mango Bread

Mangoes are back in season! Woohoo! The downside is that this means that summer’s here in full force – in April! At an average temperature of 95 deg F, Madras is way way too hot! But… you can’t be really too frustrated with the heat when you have gorgeous juicy mangoes to fill you up!…

Ilai Vadam

India is a caste-ridden society. One of the castes is Brahmins. Traditionally, they were the scholars, preachers and educators. Now, Brahmins make up about 4 % of the entire population. Now, in the Brahmin class, there is a sub-category called Iyengars (pronounced eye-en-gars). Though there aren’t many glaring differences between the sub-categories, there are subtle…

Nutella Ice Cream

Could there be anything better? I doubt I have to sell this one to you – if you like Nutella and ice cream, well, there isn’t much else to say, is there? Nutella is God’s way of letting you know there is a heaven! It’s a chocolate hazelnut spread (for breads, or just about anything…

Double Chocolate Chip Muffins

Or… Mud Muffins. They truly look like mounds of mud. But they are oh-so-delicious. And completely easy to put together. They are great to serve as dessert with ice cream when you need a quick fix. And they don’t have eggs, so you get to lick the spoon after mixing the batter! Chocolate Muffins(makes 6…

Cucumber Salad

In India, these tender cucumbers are common street food – sold cut with a little bit of salt and chilli powder. The cucumber is soft enough to eat without peeling – just wash, slice off the two ends and cut into pieces. Aren’t they gorgeous? To celebrate these cucumbers, here’s a really lovely flavorful and…

Khara Bread

In Bangalore there’s this bakery called VB Bakery that sells loaves and loaves of this bread. While on vacation in Bangalore, this would be a daily tea time snack – a slice of hot, buttered khara (khara means spicy) bread. I still bring back a loaf every time I visit Bangalore. I tried to recreate…

Sevai (Thin Rice Noodles)

Sevai is a huge south Indian favorite. They are essentially thin rice noodles and are either eaten plain or mixed with spices to make it savory or like a sweet pudding. It is sort of difficult to make – it needs a bit of muscle work – but no more than, say, kneading dough or…

Oatmeal Chocolate Raisin Cookies

And we get to Sweet and Simple Bakes to start the month on a great note. My favorite cookies in the world are oatmeal raisin and what better way than to add chocolate to it? They were, in short, fantastic! Do try this at home. Oatmeal Chocolate Raisin Cookies(recipe from Sweet and Simple Bakes –…