Sun-dried Mint Leaves | How To

Sun-dried Mint Leaves | How To

This is another of staples in my kitchen. I have never bought ready-to-use dried mint leaves. It is so easy to make that I would not like to buy it. Just like Roasted Cumin Seeds I keep this handy to add to buttermilk, raita, etc. Thoroughly wash & clean the mint leaves from the stem and spread them out on a baking sheet. After 2-3 days of Sun, you have dried mint leaves ready! Easy Peasy!! I also use dried mint leaves/ flakes sometimes in pizza too. I know I am crazy! … [Read more...]

Dry Roasted Cumin Seeds | How To

Dry Roasted Cumin Seeds | How To

I have so many recipes here using roasted cumin seeds. I thought why not share how to roast as well. Why? Because roasted cumin seeds powder is an essential spice in my kitchen. Because sprinkling roasted cumin seeds on buttermilk, raita or a salad adds a wonderful flavour to the dish. Roasting cumin seeds at home is so easy that it is a shame to buy it. Do you I need to convince you more? All you need is cumin seeds and a thick bottom pan/ gridle. You may grind the … [Read more...]

My Food Photography Gear | Camera, Lens & Image Processing PC

My Food Photography Gear | Camera, Lens & Image Processing PC

It’s been a year since I did my last post on my Food Photography Journey. In the year gone by, lot has changed – my skill set, styling, composition, creation and recently my gear. Yes, I finally took the plunge and bought my first dSLR. The first few shots from which I posted last week. My confidence grew in last one year so did the acknowledgement for my work and capability. I got numerous comments on quality of photography, which were almost always accompanied with the disbelief that I was … [Read more...]

How To Blanch Tomatoes

How To Blanch Tomatoes | My First dSLR

Before I begin this post, I have a BIG news to share. I finally did it!!! Yes. Yes. Yes. I bought my first dSLR & a image processing PC with good configuration. Do you want details? Even if you don’t want, I will still be sharing them later in the week. *wink* That’s me! Coming back to the post, I know that most of you know how to blanch tomatoes but I have seen so many different versions of blanching using boiling, steaming or plain peeling that I decided to share my own method of … [Read more...]

CLICKS Competition | Annual Photography Competition #Pune

CLICKS Competition | Annual Photography Competition #Pune

There are certain delightful advantages of working with Persistent Systems Ltd. for the family of the employee – they conduct short courses on photography, interior designing, yoga, etc open to family. They have launched women centric programs for allowing them to get back into work post a break. Among many such initiatives is an annual photography competition open to both employees & their family. It is held in the month of Feb/ March. I had participated in it last year as well as … [Read more...]

Roasted Banana Ice cream with Lemon Caramel Sauce | #leftover

Roasted Banana Ice cream with Lemon Caramel Sauce | #leftover

Anybody looking to use up leftover Banana recipes has come to the right place. I have plenty of them coz I always have few of bananas in freezer. And every time I look for new ways to use them up. Summer is right here – hot and not so good. So instead of a bread or cake, I put together a Roasted Banana Ice cream. The process is quite simple – roast bananas in sugar & butter, churn it in blender with some milk & cream and voila! I topped it with some chopped … [Read more...]

Marrakesh | New Outlet at FC Road | An Experience

Marrakesh | New Outlet at FC Road | An Experience

I am currently working on my thesis on Food Blogging as part of Masters in Fashion Technology. It is kind of hard to explain Food Blogging for PG Degree in Fashion!! I will save the relation & explanation for another time. The thesis requires me to read existing work, thesis, journals, magazines, newspapers etc relating to the topic. And believe me when I say that my knowledge of food blogging has sharpened and at the same time my mind has open to loads of possibilities in blog-o-sphere for … [Read more...]

Eggless Mawa Cupcakes with Pistachios

Eggless Mawa Cupcakes with Pistachios

Last week I was approached by Pagdandi Books Chai Cafe for Bake Sale. They specifically had requirement of Mawa Cupcakes. I was a bit overwhelmed, sceptical and happy all at the same time. May be I am crazy to feel all these emotions and much more together. Apart from one small order for a friend last year, I don’t do commercial orders. So for me it was unchartered territory. I do have Eggless Mawa Cake posted roughly 3 years ago, recipe learnt in a Baking Class ages ago and egg is … [Read more...]

Eggless Decadent Orange Zest Brownie

Eggless Decadent Orange Zest Brownie

I haven’t made brownies for more than a year. Made Eggless Applesauce Brownies for the Photography contest in 2012. Whoa, more than a year!!! It was no wonder, I was craving Brownies, since ages. Yeah but life gets in the way and before I could finally make them, we were celebrating Holi! We make Coconut Filled Hand-made Sweet Pies (Ghujjia/ Karanji) for Holi but this time I let them go for brownies. It was a tough choice but I had to make one. :| Another reason for making these … [Read more...]