French Fruit Tart

Although I went to culinary school to study culinary arts, my Chef knew right from the start I had a very strong pastry hand. Our usual classes used to be a demo by the chef and each student replicates the dish from what they learnt from the Chef. On days we had pastry our Chef…

Pesto Baked Eggs

“I wish there was an option to patent recipes ” says my husband when he tasted this dish. He said, “why don’t they serve such dishes in restaurants, wow its soo good.” These were the comments from my egg lover husband. I wasn’t originally a great fan of eggs but he loves and needs his eggs…

Basil Pesto

Being a working woman in India, my mom always prepared some staples like tomato ketchup, ginger garlic paste, idli dosa batters etc every weekend to get through the work week. Likewise, I have developed a habit of making some staples over here in the US like hummus, pesto, almond butter etc that help us with our…

Skillet Brownies

Ever since Ive transitioned from an IT job to the culinary world Ive always made the desserts for my family from scratch and never bought any since then.When I was doing my masters in Syracuse in 2008, I happened to take home a boxed package of brownie mix to India. I made my mom taste…

French Vanilla Icecream

Having learnt the method of making ice cream at Culinary school I vowed to myself never to buy store bought ice cream from the grocery stores (of course I do visit gourmet ice-cream shops to keep myself updated of the industry trends).The taste of fresh home made ice cream beats every other store bought ice cream…

Chicken Tikka Masala

I was never a fan of Chicken tikka masala because most times Ive tried it in restaurants the chicken is way overcooked and tasted like rubber to me. The reason behind this is tikka masala uses Chicken breast meat and it being a lean meat tends to dry out if not cooked correctly. The Chicken…

Amaranth Tomato Curry

Amaranth leaves are also called Thotakura in Telugu and Chauli in Hindi.Although we find the red amaranthus in asian stores regularly, the green one is hard to come by and I absolutely relish these in the spring season when they are available in stores.I am a strong believer in seasonal eating which warrants adding more…

Green Mango Charu

Charu in Telugu means a soup made from an extracted juice of vegetables.There are many versions of charu like pappu charu(made with dal), nimmakaya charu(made with lemon), majjiga charu(made with buttermilk) etc.In case you are wondering what is the difference between a charu and a rasam is, in rasam we add spices in addition to…

Opera Milkshake

Opera Cake is a French cake which is layers of almond sponge layered with coffee buttercream and chocolate ganache. When I was in culinary school , one of our chefs made this every other week for the open house events and demoes conducted at the school and guess where we hanged out after the demoes…

Saag Jeera Aloo

Potatoes were like a banned item in our house while growing up.My dad was an extremely health conscious person and would only allow potato dishes on special occasions.That feeling somehow continued with me post marriage in that I don’t cook potatoes that often except for special occasions at home, not for any reason but just…

Avocado Toast

Me, My husband and my two dogs just got back from a lovely weekend getaway for our 5th wedding anniversary. It was a lovely, private, cozy vacation home down south in Malibu, CA.My dogs had so much fun running around the property without a leash, while me and my husband enjoyed the lovely views, star…

Lemon Mascarpone Mousse

If you read my previous post on Chai Panna Cotta, I had posted about a party I hosted where I served just appetizers, desserts and drinks. The second in the dessert menu was a Lemon Mousse with a Blueberry Compote.I love lemon, I mean I can just keep drinking lemon juice all day long.And when…