Roasted cherry tomatoes pasta

Sometimes the simplest of dishes are more fulfilling. Spaghetti with roasted cherry tomatoes and basil is one such dish and my go-to pasta when I am not in the mood to cook an elaborate meal. I love the simplicity and freshness of this pasta.

Mango Saffron semolina halwa

Sweets are part of our Indian culture and tradition; halwa is a quick, easy way to make special occasions. A couple of years ago, I created mango malai laddoo (Indian sweet) for a special occasion, and this year it had to be halwa. The leftover mango puree, which I had frozen, went into my halwa.  Mango Kesar halwa has to be hands down my current favorite.  

Garlic butter crab

I have always been apprehensive about cooking crabs. And somewhere deep down, I was also scared. Recently, I put my fears to rest and bought a few crabs home to make some delicious crab garlic butter. 

Top 5 salad dressing

With summer still on, here are my top five salad dressing that can level up your salads. I love adding citrus juice instead of vinegar, which adds flavor to the dressing. Fresh herbs like dill, parsley, basil etc. are a great add on too.

Saffron shrikhand cheesecake

Here is a yogurt-based dessert that is light and perfectly sweet on the palate. Shrikhand is a healthy dessert loved by everyone. The rich flavors of saffron and cardamom make it unique. This dessert is my little contribution to the 75th Independence day celebration of India. 

Watermelon margarita

never met a soul who dislikes watermelon. We love snacking on it as a fruit or in a salad. The juice gets loads of makeovers with fruits, soda, or juice of different fruits. It is compatible with different fruit juices, especially citrus, and works beautifully. I love using the clear juice in mocktails. Watermelon margarita and cosmopolitan are a few of my favorites.

Muhammara / roasted bell peppers dip

It’s wonderful to meet people from different cultures and learn a bit about them. It opens our minds and helps us grow. I find food as an interesting way to connect. Recently I got introduced to a unique dip called muhammara made with roasted red bell peppers and walnuts. 

How to use cheese in food styling

Cheese can be the hero, a prop, or garnish in a picture. Cheese seems to have a soothing effect in a colorful frame. I had some fun and some tense moments while shooting with cheese. It is a slightly tricky ingredient to work with; however, the results are beautiful when done right.