Daal Maharani. Maharani denotes the queen. Can a name be more regal? Perhaps not. Previously, I had dragged the recipe of Sikarni Raan/Marinated Lamb Shank out of the kitchen of the hotel that we stayed in by the method of incessant persuasion. Not that the staff of the restaurant was any less courteous. But there were too many diners vying to catch their attention … Read More Daal Maharani Befitting the Queen (And Also Us) From Yak & Yeti – Kathmandu, Nepal
I have started writing our Nepal journey in a very unusual way – the first post on Nepal being the last day of our trip. Probably the divine experience of seeing the Mt Everest and the Himalaya can’t be written anywhere else but on the first post of my Nepal travelogue! But that doesn’t mean that our other experiences were any less than ordinary. … Read More Sikarni Raan/Marinated Lamb Shank From Yak & Yeti – Kathmandu, Nepal
Easter is here. Springtime’s here. Time for the Z-Sisters to get all excited – it’s time for Bunnies to bring in the chocolate eggs. Only this time, I tell them, that there’s going to be no chocolate eggs. The Easter bunnies have learnt to cook and they are going to bring in cooked eggs! ‘I want white eggs!’ says Li’l Zl. Easy – she’s … Read More Easter Egg Curry Cooked By Easter Bunnies!
Steamed in Rice or ‘Bhaaté’ In Bengali, mashed steamed vegetables are called ‘Bhaaté. The term literally means ‘In Rice’. It must have originated because very often these vegetables were traditionally steamed in the same pan in which the rice has been cooked. Mashing these steamed vegetables – assorted vegetables or any particular vegetable along with a dash of Mustard Oil or Ghee (Indian clarified … Read More Mashed Potato Bengali Style/ Aloo Bhaaté
Sometimes you have all the time in the world to do things but you are stuck in such a situation that it doesn’t permit you to do anything. Except pump your heart faster and clog your brains. And then comes a lightening of ideas which require super-fast execution. Otherwise, both the moment and the idea is Oops, gone! That’s when my super-fat notebook tucked … Read More Meydan Fireworks By The Walk in JBR & Yoghurt Aubergine
The fondest food moments are those where the experience and the journey to create these moments are more memorable than the food itself. Cuppa-Corn (or the traditional Cup-A-Corn) made by the Z-SISTERS (my sous-chéfs aged 8 years and 3 years) took me to my childhood fantasy – unlimited Cup-A-Corns without having to ask Mom for money. I wish they could also churn out pink … Read More Cuppa-Corn Sweet Yellow Moments
The Purple Story A beautiful wedding where the bride is in love with the colour PURPLE. An emotional church wedding followed by a beautiful wedding dinner amidst white silk linens & purple bows, silver & purple butterflies, bubbles & bubblies – signed off by purple M&Ms! M&Ms are perhaps the World’s most popular and colourful chocolate candy lentils and our family is besotted by … Read More Purple Haze Yoghurt With Purple M&Ms
Holi Nostalgia – The inspiration behind this dessert dish Holi, the festival of colours is probably the most famous of all Indian festivals. The entire land as well as the people of India turns into a big canvas on which colours are smeared upon. I’m always debating as to which Indian festival is more popular – Holi or Diwali? And which is more fun … Read More Icecream Rasgulla with Blueberry Sauce Inspired by Holi