Soft, Buttery Garlic Bread

I’ve clicked through so many links and seen so many recipes for garlic bread all these years, and invariably I’ll be disappointed because the ingredients will expect you to have a loaf of French bread lying around at home, that you cut and smother with garlic butter and bake in the oven. There is no…

Kulchas

This is continuation of the previous post. In that one I introduced Amritsari Chole, a spicy chickpea curry from northern India. The spicy curry is generally served with kulchas to soak up all the goodness. 🙂 Kulchas are one of the most popular breads of India, and in my quest to make breads from around…

Amritsari Chole

Amritsar is a town in the northern state of Punjab in India. The food from Punjab is very popular around the world, famous for its naans, kulchas, butter chicken, biryani, tandoori chicken and dal makhni (dal made with black lentils). Tandoor cooking, or cooking in a clay oven with high temperatures, and wood-fired ovens are…

Shokupan

I love love love Asian breads. They are soft and just so slightly sweet and just delicious. They make great sandwich bread. The crust is flaky and light. Starting from Chinese steamed breads, to this Japanese milk bread, and others like the one used to make Banh Mi. The crumb is always light and fluffy….

Chickpea Salad

One of the nicer places in Chennai to eat and shop is Amethyst. The property is lovely and has an old house that has been converted to a restaurant, a clothing/ book shop and a flower shop. The restaurant is located in an outdoor patio, looking out onto lovely gardens. It’s extremely rare in Chennai…

Perfect Pound Cake

Do you spend some days wishing you had a small piece of a perfect cake? Or when you’re done with dinner, but just need that tiny forkful of something sweet? I love pound cake. It’s sweet but not overly so. And no icing, I’m not an icing fan. I’ve used Betty Crocker’s pound cake recipe…

Tamarind Chilli Spread

I was at work. Long meetings, watching the clock, hungry and waiting for lunch. Lunch would be great – at a friend’s place. There’s always great food. Mind wanders and continue to watch the clock. Lunch is fantastic – lots of great South Indian food. But the best part was this chili and tamarind spread…

Brioche Buns

This is my first time making brioche. I loved the dough – it was smooth, soft and so easy to work with, even softer than challah. The main difference between Challah (a traditional Jewish bread) and Brioche (a very French bread) is that challah is kosher and hence has no dairy, ie no butter. Brioche…

Coconut Milk Pudding Rolls

These pudding rolls are sweet and quite decadent. Perfect for brunch with some fruit and great for pot-lucks. There’s more than enough to go around. The sugar and coconut milk form a frosting at the bottom of the pan, making it a great alternative to dessert. Coconut Milk Pudding Rolls (from MyRecipes) 3 1/4 cups…

Cheddar and Pepper Crackers

I’ve become quite obsessed with the Tartine series of books. First with their breads (my all-time passion is bread) and now with their other books as well. I haven’t been able to make their breads as yet (my sourdough starter is just beginning to take shape), but I have been able to try some of…

Kale Salad

Kale is a difficult green to love, and though it’s become a super hip, trendy super food, I still prefer so many other greens. I love spinach, rocket, even watercress. But kale needs some getting used to. I really did enjoy this salad, though, and it was a big hit at our family dinner. The…

Scallion Pancakes

I travel a lot to China on work, especially in the Shanghai region. Initially I expected to get very little vegetarian food. Half my small suitcase was packed with spice powders to mix with rice and other ready to eat Indian foods. After my second trip, I took no food with me. The vegetarian food…