June 7, 2020

This recipe makes me melt. Actually, brings a tear to my eye. I'm not exaggerating. It happens when a dish is so comforting, almost sings to my soul. And, why not? Paprika-dusted seared chicken cooked in lemon, butter and cream with some of my favourite vegetables. Topped with some fresh olive-oil flavoured Tagliatelle. Sigh. The lemon and butter accents along with the paprika certainly are imprinted on your memory after the f...

May 25, 2020

That flavour, yes that flavour of Burnt Garlic and Chilli, there's something about it. Even if one Chinese man back in the day left it to burn by mistake, well he indeed created history in bringing that amazing flavour bomb to us today. During these social distancing and quarantine times, I'm satisfying my Chinese cravings by trying to replicate some of my fav flavours right here in the kitchen - starting with burnt garlic and...

February 5, 2020

“As I watched the rinsed spinach leaves leave my fingers,

And into the blender,

I can’t help thinking, shucks I hope I don’t need to throw this experiment out.

I mean, spinach green savoury crepes? (Did I hear an eww?)

But one swirl on the skillet and I knew I could be onto something here.”

Here's a smart (or should I say sneaky?) way to add greens to a recipe: Let's take the simple crepe for instance. All I do is take a handful of...

January 15, 2020

"Laughter is brightest in the place where the food is."

- Irish Proverb

Vol-au-vents are baked puff pastry cases that can be filled with any stuffing, usually creamy in base. You can either bake them from start following the cooking instructions on the packet or if in a hurry, then pick up pre-baked cases at the supermarket. Chicken and mushroom cream base is my favourite, is simple to prepare and is full of flavor. Best assemb...

November 8, 2019

This is a unique spice rub I created on the spur of the moment. One of those days when I came home from a long day, entered the kitchen, opened my dry store cupboard (stared at it for a few minutes) and got whipping up a dry spice rub. I pretty much visualized how the flavours would come together in the right quantities for an on-the-spot marinade to satisfy a very hungry tummy!

The result of this one, to much of my pleasant su...

October 9, 2017

A couple of days back I was having a debate with my friend if Chicken tikka masala had its origins from India or from the UK? To my surprise when I even looked it up on Wikipedia it said the origins of this famous curry is “disputed” between Punjab or in one of the first Indian restaurants in Soho, London during the ’70’s! Also, did you know that Chicken Tikka Masala is like an all-time pub grub favourite among the English? Al...

June 3, 2017

I was always intrigued by the name 'Yakhni Pulao' whether I saw it on television, in recipe books, on restaurant menus or online. It was just one of those dishes my family never wanted to try out because it only had 'meat and rice'. But, I think I knew a tad bit better. My 7th sense (that's my foodie sense) told me Indian mutton, Basmati rice and whole garam masala - mmmm, that surely doesn't sound like a 'just' dish to me. Th...

February 23, 2013

Sometimes just that one ingredient or cooking technique is enough to whip up an old-time dish into some dish totally snazzy in taste! That is exactly what the aromatic flavours of lemongrass did for a popular South-Indian dish called Chicken Stew. Coconut milk and spices make chicken stew a household dish in many South-Indian families. It is served with steamed basmati rice, porotta (famous layered flat bread of Kerala) or the...

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates