Sago Kueh (Sago dessert)

Southeast Asian desserts are delicious, delicately flavoured and not as sweet as South Asian ones. They are lighter as well, mostly made from sago, sticky rice or jello. This particular dessert, Sago Kueh, has the lovely flavour of pandan and rose. Ingredients Sago 2 cups Water 3 cups Rose syrup or Roohafza 5 tbsps Sugar… Continue reading Sago Kueh (Sago dessert)

Banana Bread with Walnuts and Raisins

When I was working on the newspaper desk in Singapore, we would start work at the unearthly hour of 4.30 am and the one thing that kept us going was that we would take turns to bring in warm bread for an early breakfast. One of my colleagues used to make this really divine banana… Continue reading Banana Bread with Walnuts and Raisins

Mac and Cheese

A comfort food and a favourite with my son throughout his schooldays was Mac and cheese. I used to make it three or four times a week. I use sharp English mustard and chilli flakes, which impart a unique flavour to the dish. Ingredients Elbow pasta 2 cupsAll-purpose flour 3 tbspsButter 2 tbspsOlive oil 2… Continue reading Mac and Cheese

Mutter-mushroom Curry (Peas and Mushroom Curry)

The combination of mushrooms and peas in a delicately flavoured tomato gravy is delicious. This is a dish that I fell in love with when I was a young girl. I loved the version of this curry sold at a restaurant called Chic Fish near my home. I have experimented till I have managed to… Continue reading Mutter-mushroom Curry (Peas and Mushroom Curry)

Cabbage leaves stuffed with chicken and rice

I was inspired by the Polish dish Golabki to experiment with Indian basmati rice and minced chicken. The gardener brought me fresh cabbages and the result is this really delicious dish. It makes a very satisfying dinner or Sunday lunch. Ingredients Cabbage 1 large Basmati rice 2 cups, cooked Chicken 500 g, minced Onion 1… Continue reading Cabbage leaves stuffed with chicken and rice

Palak Paneer (Spinach with Cottage Cheese)

The best palak paneer I have had is from a restaurant called Moti Mahal, not far from where we grew up in Delhi. I had to try a few times before I developed this version that is quite close to the taste I remember from my childhood. Ingredients Spinach leaves 1/2 kg, washed, steamed and… Continue reading Palak Paneer (Spinach with Cottage Cheese)

Atta Biscuits (Whole wheat flour biscuits)

These biscuits are very similar to those that I had as a child. My dad would take ghee or clarified butter, atta or whole wheat flour, and sugar to the local bakery and they would turn the ingredients into the most delicious biscuits. Through these biscuits nostalgia meets taste. Ingredients Atta or whole wheat flour… Continue reading Atta Biscuits (Whole wheat flour biscuits)

Za’atar Manaqish (Flat bread with spice)

This Middle Eastern bread with the flavourful za’atar spice is an ideal snack. It can be served with a green salad, lab Meh or feta cheese. I was introduced to za’atar when I was suffering from nausea and it cured me. I have been a fan since. Ingredients (Makes 20) All-purpose flour 3 cups Yeast… Continue reading Za’atar Manaqish (Flat bread with spice)

Broccoli and Mushroom Pasta

This dish with garlicky cream sauce with peperoncino flakes and aged cheddar cheese is delicious and healthy. You can use any pasta though I have used macaroni. The broccoli and capsicum give it a lovely fresh green colour. Ingredients Macaroni pasta 2 cups, cooked al dente Broccoli florets 1 cup Capsicum 1 medium, sliced Mushrooms… Continue reading Broccoli and Mushroom Pasta

Pav Bhaji ( Dinner rolls with vegetable medley)

The fresh light as air buns go very well with a mixed vegetable curry that is slow cooked and mashed. A street food from the western part of India, this dish is great for any meal— breakfast, lunch or dinner. It is a lovely snack as well. Ingredients For the pav (buns): Milk 1 1/4… Continue reading Pav Bhaji ( Dinner rolls with vegetable medley)