Easy banana bread

I have a confession. I’m a dessert addict. Which means I’m always on the prowl for healthy(ish) sweets that I can devour without guilt. And if they’re easy to make, it’s a big bonus. This banana bread recipe is made with coconut oil instead of butter. It’s also a one bowl recipe. So, win-win? Ripe bananas, a smattering of salt, a…




Easy lamb curry (Agani curry)

Recipes that are handed down through generations have a special place in my heart (and my kitchen). They help keep family traditions alive. This lamb curry recipe was recited to me by my grandmother, as I was furiously scribbling away her precious instructions in my leather-bound recipe book – all in the hopes of handing it down to…




Homemade pita bread

I have a secret. This is the best pita bread recipe there is out there. And I couldn’t keep it from you any longer. As much as I love a cooking challenge, once in a while, I just want a recipe I can rely on. It’s like an old sweater on the first day of Autumn….




One-pan chicken burrito bowl

What’s the best thing about a burrito? The filling. So we decided to ditch the wraps for a burrito bowl instead.  This recipe calls for a variety of ingreients that work well together. But don’t let that intimidate you. Feel free to adjust the toppings to suit your preference and pantry’s availability. Just make sure you like…




Frozen banana ice cream

I was never a cool kid. While the popular kids went outside to play, I used to stay in, glued to my computer screen, playing Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego or inventing my own colour palette in MS Paint. Yes, I was that kid. During sleepovers, my sister, cousin (not cool either, by association)…




Paneer butter masala

Paneer butter masala, also known as paneer makhani is a popular Indian curry originating in Punjab. Makhani in Hindustani (the language of North India and Pakistan) translates to ‘with butter’ which is one of the main ingredients in this vegetarian dish. Another important ingredient is paneer – a semi-hard Indian cheese made with milk and lemon…




Homemade paneer

When you live away from India, finding good quality, shop bought paneer can be an onerous task. Luckily, making paneer at home is easier than the trip to the shop itself. And it only takes two ingredients – milk & lemon juice. THE MILK Milk determines the creaminess of the paneer, so it is important…




Blueberry buttermilk muffins

Have you ever wondered what the differences are between muffins and cupcakes? Apart from the obvious – one is an acceptable form of breakfast while the other is clearly in the dessert zone. There are plenty. Muffins have a craggy texture with a 2:1:1 flour, fat and sugar ratio. The batter is thick and the…




Kayalpatnam chicken curry

This chicken curry recipe is from a coastal south Indian town called Kayalpatnam.  Once a famous trading port, it is said to appear in Marco Polo’s travel diaries dating back to 1250 AD. The only special ingredient is the spice mix which can be made with a few Indian spices. Why not try another Kayalpatnam…




Madhur Jaffrey’s naan bread

Making naan (Indian flatbreads) at home can be both easy and rewarding, as it only needs an hour of proving. Unfortunately, it doesn’t always taste charred and authentic unless it’s made in a traditional tandoor (clay oven). But luckily, oven-baked naans are delightful in their own right. We polished these off with sheek kebabs and mint…