Buttermilk Pancakes

My daughter has been sick with a fever. She recovered a few days ago but I’m keeping her home for the week. The doctor said to give her anything she wants to eat or drink and allow her to get stronger and rest. And the only thing she ever wants are pancakes. Lots of pancakes…

Adjarian Khachapuri

Khachapuri is the national dish of Georgia. Khacha (curds) + Puri (bread) is a dish made of different shaped breads, filled or topped with cheese and eggs. The crust is usually ripped off and dipped in the egg and cheese mixture. The shaping is unique to each region. For instance, Imeretian Khachapuri from Imeruli region,…

Omam Biscuits

Omam or Ajwain is indigenous to India and is a delicious spice that has a very unique taste. It is also known as Bishop’s Weed or Carom. It is a common spice found in most grocery stores. These biscuits or cookies are very popular in India, served with afternoon tea. Omam Biscuits 1 1/2 cups…

Baguettes

I have made baguettes before using the bible of all bread baking at home, Peter Reinhart’s Bread Baker’s Apprentice. It’s an amazing recipe and I got great results. But I’m also somewhat obsessed with chef Thomas Keller. It was at French Laundry that I was first introduced to truffles. I was sitting in a room…

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…