Roasted tomato and garlic dip

In my last post, I had shared some momos / steamed dumplings. Back home the momos were always accompanied by a red chilli based chutney and a clear soup. The chutney used to be super hot; well, by my standards at least. I skipped the soup and made […]

Baked cumin – potato wedges

Today’s post is an ode to the humble potato and I am sharing the recipe for these baked cumin – potato wedges. Full of flavour, crisp on the outside and fluffy on the inside, these wedges are a delight. Potatoes are very important in my kitchen…well, probably in […]

Gur diya narikolor laru (Coconut balls with jaggery)

These Gur diya narikolor laru (coconut balls with jaggery) were made to celebrate Rongali Bihu, the Assamese festival that is celebrated to usher in the Assamese New Year. Fresh grated coconut is mixed with a jaggery syrup. The mixture is then cooked and rolled into balls. Bihu? Assam, […]

Courgette / zucchini khar (Assamese recipe)

Khar is an alkaline based delicacy from Assamese cuisine, generally had at the start of a typical Assamese meal, especially lunch. It is had with some some rice. Apparently, khar is said to have cleansing properties. It is said to help in preparing the digestive system to welcome […]

Roasted butternut squash and sweet potato soup

The daffodils came, the tulips are sprouting up, the blossoms are putting on a show and clusters of new leaves on the trees are opening up. Long, warmer days were on the horizon. But then, the temperatures decided to take a nosedive. We even had a few flurries […]

How to roast garlic

Garlic is one spice that I use in abundance in almost all my cooking and savoury bakes. Yes, more than enough to keep the vampires away!! Not only is this spice good for you, being heart healthy etc, but the flavour that it lends to all the dishes […]

Roasted asparagus with garlic and chilli

Spring landed in our neck of the woods a while ago. The daffodils raised their pretty yellow heads some time back and are now almost past their prime. It is so wonderful to be able to experience the seasonal transitions of nature; something constant to look forward to […]

Kala chana – alu chaat l Black chickpeas and potato chaat

This kala chana – alu chaat l black chickpeas and potato chaat is an explosion of flavours. It is loaded with kala chana ( black chickpeas), potatoes and an assortment of other vegetables, fruits and nuts. A couple of fresh and dry ground spices are also added. All […]

Mint – coriander chutney / Indian style green chutney

Mint – coriander chutney / Indian style green chutney is a a very common chutney, not only in most Indian households, but also on the food carts of roadside vendors and restaurants in India. Growing up, how many times have we pleaded with the roadside chaatwalla ( chaat […]

Date – tamarind chutney / Indian style date and tamarind chutney

This date – tamarind chutney / Indian style date and tamarind chutney is the perfect blend of sweet and tangy with a slight heat running through it. In the local Indian dialect, it is known as khajur – imli chutney ( khajur-dates, imli- tamarind). It is the perfect […]