mostly about food and cooking, but also the stories about the Bread and the Butterflies!

Bitter Lime Pickle

In From the Garden, on the side, Pickles, south Indian, Under 30 min!, Vegetarian on December 2, 2017 at 8:25 pm

Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find. Even in an extremely urbanised city like Delhi, with hardly any real wilderness left, you will be pleasantly surprised how nature escapes the boundaries we set for her. Plants like bathua (lamb’s quarters) and kulfa (purslane) are common enough. I even found a large patch of sotchal (common mallow) growing wild in Purana Qila one time.

Last year K, my house help, put before me a bag of citrus growing on an unoccupied plot in her colony that no one wanted and was only attracting monkeys and their destructive antics. It looked a lot like our santara, the regular Indian orange; the peel and sections were on point. But there was nothing orange-y about their juice. The juice was sour and bitter, in equal measure. Loathe to see beautiful fruit laid waste she brought me a few confident that I would be able to make something of them.

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Ragi Laddoo for Diwali

In Desserts, on the side, Tea Party, Under 30 min!, Vegetarian on October 17, 2017 at 11:42 am

What better reason to post after a long gap than Diwali! It’s a low-key Diwali at home this year; Baba, my father-in-law, left us recently, and the son is also studying far away. But marking Diwali with some frenzied activity in the kitchen still feels natural and so I made these quick laddoos last night after a regular day at work. I shared a few pictures in my Instagram stories which had many asking for the recipe and I thought why not “revive” the blog with a quick recipe that anyone with half an hour to spare can make.

All you need is ragi (finger millet) flour, jaggery (unrefined cane sugar), ghee, almonds, and cardamom – all healthy, minimally processed ingredients. I stocked up on the first two ingredients at the just-concluded Women of India Festival 2017 at Dilli Haat showcasing organic products manufactured by women. These laddoos are a great way to include millets in our diet. I will need to make more to share since we’ve already polished off half the lot and it’s not 24 hours since I made these!

Ragi Laddoo
Makes 18 small laddos

The workshops are back!

In Uncategorized on September 30, 2017 at 9:08 am

I have the workshops planned for October, 2017, all around baking with yeast. First, we try our hand at instant commercial yeast (Saturday, Oct 7). Next we learn the basics of natural yeast starters – sourdough (Sunday, Oct 8). There’s a discount on this one if you’ve attended any one workshop earlier!!

The last one, scheduled for Sunday, Oct 29, is a very special, day-long workshop where you learn about baking using wild yeast to create an arisanal loaf which is sure to spoil you forever – you’ll never buy another commercial loaf ever!

Come, join me in my kitchen in Delhi!