Buckwheat Crepes | A French Classic Made Easy

Buckwheat crepes always seemed too difficult to make at home – I imagined that there was some secret method that brought out the best of that toasted nutty buckwheat flavor. I tried to make them a few times, but they never tasted quite like the ones I’ve had at small French cafes in New York or even at Suzette, the well-known creperie in Bombay (and … Continue reading Buckwheat Crepes | A French Classic Made Easy

Healthy Zucchini Chocolate Oat Muffins | Gluten Free

Zucchini’s mild flavor makes it a prime candidate for including it (or for some, hiding it) in cakes, muffins and sweet breads. It takes on the other flavors that it’s paired with beautifully and in turn shares its juicy qualities to make a rich, moist and soft texture. These healthy zucchini chocolate oat muffins wrap up good-for-you ingredients like oat flour, yogurt, cocoa and zucchini into a … Continue reading Healthy Zucchini Chocolate Oat Muffins | Gluten Free

Oat Apple Chia Muffins | A Healthy Eggless Breakfast

Back when I lived in New York, I frequented the local Le Pain Quotidien when I wanted a sweet snack and a coffee. One of my favorite Friday morning treats was their chia muffin; their baked goods are delicious and definitely healthier than most other bakeries’ around the block. I was reminiscing that chia muffin when I wanted something lightly sweetened yet healthy to go with … Continue reading Oat Apple Chia Muffins | A Healthy Eggless Breakfast

Spaghetti with Pesto and Green Beans | A Classic Ligurian Pasta

I’m biased towards winter vegetables like cauliflower and broccoli, so when the hot Indian summer comes around it can be a struggle for me. Most of the seasonal vegetables available (especially in Calcutta) are ones I have never heard of, let alone know how to cook. The Eastern region of India has its own set of leaves and vegetables, most of which are foreign to me. … Continue reading Spaghetti with Pesto and Green Beans | A Classic Ligurian Pasta

Chocolate Orange Almond Olive Oil Cake | Gluten and Dairy Free

The moment I received a carton full of fresh, juicy oranges straight from the orchards of Nagpur, I knew exactly what I was going to use the first few fruits for – this chocolate orange almond olive oil cake (phew!). Orange and chocolate together make a classic combination, but that flavor is even more nuanced when paired with almonds and olive oil in this moist, delicious … Continue reading Chocolate Orange Almond Olive Oil Cake | Gluten and Dairy Free

Spinach and Yogurt Salad with Crispy Onions | Summer Tapas

Inspired by a Mediterranean warm spinach salad I’ve eaten at several restaurants, I created this summer-version of it with cold, but cooked, spinach and cooling yogurt. Thankfully, spinach is one of the few “mainstream” and “international” green vegetables that you get almost all year round. The weeks I spend in Calcutta, I struggle with ideas to incorporate other green vegetables that I’ve ever heard of … Continue reading Spinach and Yogurt Salad with Crispy Onions | Summer Tapas

Tofu Steaks | How to Make Tofu Taste Good

If you’ve been trying to or want to include more tofu in your diet but don’t know where to start, this is for you. A tofu dish doesn’t have to translate to just Asian food – I’ve found plenty of ways to make it taste great, maybe even better than it does in a typical Chinese stir fry or Thai curry (see also: my tofu tacos). … Continue reading Tofu Steaks | How to Make Tofu Taste Good

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Chocolate Mousse Shots | Eggless, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Low Carb, Quick!

This recipe is one of my new favorite when it comes to chocolate desserts – it’s easy, completely fuss free, eggless, gluten free, grain free, low carb and quick! Does it get better than this? Not really, if you ask me. As long as you stick to these exact proportions and use the best quality chocolate you have available, you’re set to make these perfectly … Continue reading Chocolate Mousse Shots | Eggless, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Low Carb, Quick!

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Lemon Cupcakes | A Springtime Classic

In a departure from my usual style, this recipe is not vegan, gluten free, whole grain or healthy. Instead, it’s a celebration of spring! The bougainvillea plants are blooming on our terrace and I couldn’t resist the beauty and brightness they add to the scene; the lemons these days are spotless, smooth and fragrant. These lemon cupcakes that are so good they don’t need any kind … Continue reading Lemon Cupcakes | A Springtime Classic

Nutty Chocolate Buckwheat Granola

These last couple of months, I’ve rediscovered the warmth and heartiness of a bowl of oatmeal at breakfast. I ran out of the store-bought Swiss granola I usually top it with and decided to make my own nutty chocolate buckwheat granola this time around. I thought to make a granola that incorporates more of other grains rather than just oats; buckwheat is perfect for this purpose because it … Continue reading Nutty Chocolate Buckwheat Granola