Have you ever heard of an authentic Indian salad recipe? No really right? Have you wondered why? Indian cuisine has a heightened heritage of over 8000 years and an unparalleled diversity. It has an assorted food ethos that springs such distinct sub-cuisines. Any kind of foodie is likely to find something of their liking. But if there is one thing it doesn’t offer in abundance, it would be salads. We might create some salads with references of Indian spices, but there is no true authentic Indian born salad recipe. Hence, I am often trying to explore this not so rewarded expanse of Indian food culture. Nevertheless, I have observed these days there are references of Indian cuisine in popular salad recipes like curried cauliflower, puffed rice (bhelpuri) mixes, tomato base lentils, or green chutney dressing. It’s exciting to see that the salad scene today is high on Indian cooking spirits.…

Well let’s start by a little food weakness of mine. I am a cottage cheese (paneer) lover, hence I am innovating cottage cheese snack ideas every now and then. Lately, I have been creating cottage cheese snack ideas with sundried tomatoes, as they give a contemporary and contrasting touch to the Cottage Cheese cubes, but retain the traditional savoury-ness that works perfect with cottage cheese. This time I am creating a creamy curry cottage cheese bowl with sundried tomatoes and fennel seeds. Yes, that is the twist! You got to taste how the dried tomato tang fuses with the fresh aroma of fennel. Most of all this recipe is a quick one to cook, perfect protein poke bowl and can be a great appetizer with cocktails.

I believe if you want to deepen your culinary experience in a country, go for a cooking class. Getting your hands dirty in a local kitchen is the best way to discover the nuances and details of a country’s taste. Quite fortunately, Srilanka offers a lot of cooking classes. Also, most of them are quite authentic, as they take you in their real home or restaurant kitchens to show you what goes in making that delicious plate of curry & rice. I took 2 cooking classes during my trip to Srilanka. I managed to gather some spicy secrets about Srilankan cooking, like the authentic recipe of Srilankan Curry powder, preparing coconut milk for curries and some key ingredients for Srilankan cooking. You can read more about this in my recent post Secrets from my Srilankan cooking class. This post will also help you learn some Srilankan cooking basics that you…

The real taste secrets of a country’s food are hidden in the kitchens where its broiled. That authentic taste can only be created in those timeworn pots, with the home grown food ethos, with the practice of mulling the spices a certain way and with the panache of the sous-chef. I truly believe, if you want to deepen your culinary experience beyond just tasting food in local restaurants, go for a cooking class.Getting your hands dirty in a local kitchen is the best way to discover the nuances and details of a country’s taste. Quite fortunately, Srilanka offers a lot of cooking classes. Also, most of them are quite authentic, as they take you in their real home or restaurant kitchens to show what goes in making that delicious plate of curry & rice. Sometimes, they may also have a spice garden that they may like to show you around.…

Being from India, I always took notice of Srilanka, the tear drop shaped island just at the South base of my country. Having said that I missed (sometimes even skipped) chances of visiting this emerald island several times in life. Not sure why? May be I thought it’s going to be similar to India in many ways or it’s so close and I can go there anytime. Whatever the reason was it wasn’t justified. This was my wise realization in my recent trip to Srilanka to celebrate 33 years of my life and bring in 2019! So, what took me 33 years of life to finally decide to explore Srilanka? Well, few reasons but all very important: With a 2-year-old (who thinks he can do all), you want a short flight (from Dubai it’s just a 4 hrs flight for us) There are very few countries (within 4-5 hrs flight…

Rice kheer is true Indian tradition India is all about festivities and food! Let me tell you, no Indian feast is reckoned celebratory without a desert delicacy. The one that is most popular on festivals is a rice kheer. Kheer is a milk based dessert recipe, where milk, rice and nuts are cooked together for prolonged hours. Essentially, the longer you cook the tastier it gets. You may also find many versions of rice kheer in different cultures like “Sheer” in Persian cultures, “Payesh” in Bengal region of India or “Firni” in Middle east, Pakistan and North India. My memories of Diwali festival & Rice Kheer….. In my home it’s customary to prepare rice kheer on Diwali. For me it’s a childhood memory when every Diwali morning my mom would set me and my brother up for decorating the house. In the kitchen, she would start preparing for the grand…

Yeah… we are in the Quinoa decade! Well through the last decade, we all saw the emergence of the “healthy food choices” generation. From being a new trend, healthy choices became the norm of the food scene. It’s become a way of life. Well still not for all, but for enough people to create a boom of health food blogs, healthy cafes, and healthy options even in the not so health places to eat : ) Today, even when people are eating out they want to put something healthy in their body. Well it’s also the best time to do it, because you have so many options where even your cheat eats are made into a healthy version. One food that emerged as a great healthy substitute is Quinoa. These days whenever I am eating in a healthy restaurant there is always some quinoa salad recipes to choose from. Quinoa…

Looking for Indian cottage cheese snack ideas for our next cocktail party? Well I am going to be a bit candid here – most likely your search (looking through restaurant menus or online recipes) will end with Paneer Tikka or variations of it. Don’t get me wrong, I love Paneer Tikka but I don’t quite love the fact that Indian cuisine gets food credits mostly in the space of spicy and savory food. As I travel around the globe, it’s endearing to witness far-reaching presence and acceptance for Indian cuisine. I do feel proud when people from different origins often tell me how much they relish Indian food (with a side not of “Oh boy it’s so rich”). Sadly, this may also be true to some extent, for example if I think of an Indian appetizer to pair with a fine wine, I may be able to think of very…

Are you thinking “here comes another overnight oatmeal in a jar”? Yeah, just like you, I too feel swarmed by the storm of oatmeal recipes on Instagram, Pinterest and health blogs out there. Dairy free, quick to cook, organic, yogurt based and a zillion others. These days every 5th occurrence of internet information seems to revolve around some kind of health food. If you are a health junky I suppose by now you must have tried and got bored of all those overnight oatmeal in a jar. So really, I don’t blame you. Well let me promise that you surely haven’t explored this oatmeal recipe. Its diverse, a swirl of Arab flavors in an Indian jar! A blend of spices & nuts from Arabic and Indian culture socializing overnight in a jar and creating a great friendship of flavors for your breakfast. You think I am faffing? Ok let’s check…

If you are an Indian food lover, then Lassi needs no introduction. You may have spotted Lassi on the menu of almost every Indian restaurant world over. This authentic Indian yogurt tumbler, with its sweet and refreshing taste, plays the perfect partner with savory Indian food. Also Lassi’s fruity version, Mango Lassi is quite popular on the smoothie circuit these days. By the way, this may be a lesser realized fact that much before the smoothie revolution began, Lassi has been swirling in the Indian kitchens as a good old summer staple. Being an Indian food lover, true to my origin, I lust over a glass of Lassi just anytime. By the way, as Lassi is a well-known drink, I have come several fusion attempts of Lassi like Strawberry Lassi, Pistachio Lassi, Guava Lassi and even a Chocolate Lassi (yes I was aghast) Well, everyone is entitled to have their…

You must be thinking what’s B3? Is this some sort of cooking formula? Though, it is just an easy cheesy deep fried broccoli recipe, but it is indeed my fusion fritter formula made with 3 key ingredients broccoli, besan (chickpea flour) and balsamic vinegar. Being a vegetarian, most of all broccoli is my boon vegetable, but the trivia is that there is not much traditional Indian cooking morphed around broccoli. Furthermore, the Indian broccoli recipes I come across, like broccoli curries, spicy stir fries and the likes, tend to overcook or over spice this veggie. A true broccoli lover knows that overcooking broccoli means killing the stout and crunchy taste character of this green protein, nothing less than a cooking crime. Well, sounds like a great opportunity for Honey Buzzard, to create a noble taste that is true to broccoli’s original character and just rightly Indianized. aa Why an Indian…

The eating world is divided in two parts – sushi lovers and non-lovers! This is a conclusion I have derived (may be based on limited and unwitting observations) through my eating experience thus far. I may be stating nothing close to a fact but that’s what I come across, people either like sushi or they

Road tripping is the travel ambiance that absolutely gets my travel feet going. One of the favorite drives of my travels has been in the US state of Arizona, also popularly known as the Grand Canyon State. Interestingly, Arizona’s name originated from the Spanish name, Arizonac, which in turn derived from an Indian word, ali sonak meaning “small spring”. Who hasn’t been riveted by the magnificence of Grand Canyons? It is a landscape that is visible from the space and surely finds space on every traveler’s bucket list? On mine too! The layers of Grand Canyons inspired my 7 layered Mexican Bhel recipe I had always been blazed by the layers, hues and textures of the rustic canyons, just like any other pair of travelers eyes would want to rest gaze on them. On my trip to the canyons, the whole day, I walked along the wide spread arms of…

I conceived a potato and beetroot salad from my trip to Croatia! Game of Thrones, Islands, Zinfandel, National Parks….. were the internet researched impressions I had on my mind when I planned my trip to Croatia in the summer of July’16. I also browsed about Croatian food and all I got was pictures of Octopus….. being a vegetarian my gourmet dreams broke : ( Many Croatian food plates later I must say “never trust internet entirely, experience your own”. Croatian cuisine is primarily around seafood but you will never fall short of tasting Croatian flavors on a veggie plate. I enjoyed my culinary experience in Croatia so much that it even inspired me to invent a potato and beetroot salad recipe. The simplicity of Croatian cooking appealed to my culinary senses the most. Croatians mostly treat any piece of food meat, fish or veggies with just 3 ingredients – Olive…

Chaach or chas is a yogurt-based traditional drink from India. It is similar to the more popular cousin Lassi but much thinner in consistency, made by diluting it with cold water. In English chaach is often referred as buttermilk. Chaach has cultural associations, with its consumption originating from the extremely hot desert areas of Gujarat and Rajasthan. This summer drink is prepared and stored in earthen pots that keeps it cool and adds that distinct flavour. More importantly Chaach has several health benefits like providing hydration and digestion, owing to its ingredients. The yogurt, water and salt helps beat the heat in Indian summer and keeps the body hydrated. More so, cumin spice aids digestion largely. By this value, Chaach can even be a great morning drink to cleanse your body hardware and give you a hydrating kick to conquer the day. One of my mornings while starting my day…

The Great Rann of Kutch, a dehydrated, monochrome and unwelcoming desert landscape spread over 7,500 square kilometers in Gujrat, India, ironically always had a very calling effect on my travel feet. At a younger age, images of Kutch made me wonder, if at all anyone could go there… because I could not see any route in or out of those hostile images…. All I could see was infinite cuts and cracks in a piece of earth. Several years later in 2012, on my honeymoon road trip across 5 states and over 3000 kilometers in India, I and my husband chose a very “un” honeymoon like stop over – The Little Rann of Kutch. Well, by then I had figured out that there is indeed a route to go into the barren lap of Kutch! Though google maps would still fail there : ) We stayed at Rann Riders, literally in…

Indian food is most commonly associated with tikkas or curries, and loved world around for its savory, spicy, aromatic and rich character. As much as I am proud of the celebrated imagery of my cuisine, equally I feel disappointed for it being mostly categorized as a traditional cuisine. As a result, most Indian savory cottage