Café Noir – Bangalore

Eons ago, when I visited Bangalore, I went to this mall called UB city and the people I was with decided to eat some pastries at this quaint little place called Café Noir. Cut to the present. Couple of weeks ago, I was in Bangalore for R’s housewarming. Over the weekend, S and I decided…

Crimson Chakra – For the nth time

So, CC launches a new menu and having been asked to be part of a group to give feedback on how this was, I can only say I was impressed. There was a good number of vegetarian dishes, a lot of paneer amongst that. I loved every dish on the menu except the basil vegetable fried…

Whole wheat bread – Easy Peasy

I was scared reading all the articles and posts about bread. So much so, that I thought it’s perhaps the most difficult thing to bake. Knead -> rise -> knead -> rise -> bake is the process. And of course, there’s the yeast. Few things to note when baking bread a. It’s not as difficult…

Have a break – Have a Kit Kat (Cake)

As you all know, I’ve begun baking recently. And amid all the crazy work schedules and weekends spent at parents’, there’s hardly any time except those evenings when I suddenly find myself full of energy, looking up pages and pages of recipes and as usual getting super confused over what to bake! And then, first…

Bitten by the baking bug

It’s been a while since I wrote on this blog. There was hardly any inspiration. I just went about my regular routine. And then, I saw Tasneem Aunty bake lot of breads. Naturally, I was curious and interested. I used to do some baking in the microwave but nothing too fancy. And then, of course,…

CHAO – Pan Asian

Yet another CFG showcase; only this time the sole vegetarian (that’s moi) was treated with great respect. That’s one thing I constantly look for these days. After a miserable experience at another restaurant earlier last month, this was a refreshing change. The ambiance was soothing and calm; not to mention the plethora of Buddha statues…

Mysore Pak

I’ve never been able to perfect sweets and I meant never until last week. It was a conscious decision to now try something new every Friday. Having totally messed up the cooking a few months ago, I am now trying to get it back on track. My GP knows why. The mysorepak / mysurpa has…

Dal Makhni – Rich and Luscious

I’ve always loved the dal makhni served in restaurants and can simply polish off the bowl without any accompaniments. With the rains in Madras almost every evening, there’s a craving for something hot and delicious. This rich and creamy soup can be eaten as is or with steamed jeera rice / chapatis. Ingredients Black urad…

Southern Aroma – Residency Towers

It’s been a while since I attended a CFG bloggers’ meet, the last one being Southern Spice at the Taj. And after having some really mad evenings at work, I just wanted to break free and thought this would be the perfect way to unwind. The last time Aaroo, Shadir and I were at the…

Poached Plums & Red Wine Reduction

I bought some plums last week and quite forgot about them. It had been raining whole of today and called for something really special and this is what I made. Ingredients 10-12 plums, stone removed1/2 cup red wineCinnamon stickVanilla1/4 cup sugar Prep time: 5 mins (including uncorking a bottle of wine)Cook time: about 30 mins…

Paneer Cake

Paneer cake – sounds funny, does it not! What started off as rosogulla ended up as paneer cake. I am not kidding. I’d wanted to make rasagullas and went through the whole procedure of splitting the milk and draining the whey. Sadly, I didn’t have enough patience for the water to drain out completely. So…

Falafels

I had a sudden craving for falafels and seeing a friend post pictures on Facebook didn’t quite help the cause. I’d decided to make it over the weekend that went by in such a dizzying speed that I hardly had the time to breathe. Monday dawned and I’d made chapati and chole for lunch. A…