The definitive reason to Blog!!

Writing a blog post makes me happy. It’s like talking to people I don’t know yet and I feel connected. When a part of me wants to be somewhere else I start writing my blog, it is kind of empowering. At times I feel it’s the best job in the world. I know it’s not…

A life amidst nature

With an agricultural background and an early life spent in a tea garden, I have lived a life amidst nature, an experience I can only wish for my little one. All locally and organically produced fruits, vegetables, and grains was the order of the day. In the UAE, even though we are surrounded by a…

Mango Falooda

Walking along the narrow streets mesmerized by the bangles market in the Charminar area of Hyderabad, I and my friend stumbled upon a cart loaded with drinks. This was our first visit to this wonderful city of the Nawabs. After the mandatory dose of kebabs and biryanis, we looked for other things the place had…

Light-en up your breakfast!

If you like having dessert for breakfast you will love this. Its super simple with a very short preparation time. The sauce can be easily stored in an airtight container for 3 days. You just need a handful of ingredients. The pudding which we also call ‘firni’ is something I grew up eating. It is…

Beery meets Algae

A simple and quick dessert made with a handful of ingredients yet it can look so elegant on your dinner table. It’s a classic that never fails to impress. My version of berry pannacotta is with coconut cream is light, vegan and refined sugar-free. I used agar-agar in the place of gelatin. I remember using it…

Accidental Greatness

This chutney is an accidental discovery. I had a couple of ingredients which I wanted to finish. Since the quantity of the ingredients was less, I decided to throw them together and create something new. The pear was the last moment addition as I found it in the refrigerator. But it added a lovely texture….

Black is a Miracle

Oryza Sativa or Rice is a miracle crop. A lot of hard work and labor goes into raising a single crop of rice. A background in agriculture and experience of the process of rice cultivation has made me understand the real value of this crop. Not just nutritionally but also it’s economic value. Assam is…

Black is the new Orange

Assamese cuisine is known for its simplicity. We depend on what is available during the season and to be honest we are blessed with an abundance of biodiversity. Even the methods adopted for cooking are simple and sustainable. Apart from earthenware, hollow bamboo shoots serve the purpose of cooking rice and even protein. Herbs and…

Bonhomie over Winter Chill!!

As I sit next to my little one, in the corner of our bedroom where plenty of light seeps through, allowing me to write my blog with the mandatory tea and a slice of beet carrot bar, I recall some vivid memories from my Uncle’s Tea-estate bungalow. Winter vacations were usually reserved for spending time with uncle’s…

All Treats no Tricks from your friendly Pumpkin…

Come autumn and all I can think is a pumpkin. I try to find out ways to include it in our diet. Be its soups, salads, curries or just as roasted veggies. Luckily even my husband is a huge fan of pumpkin or butternut squash. Pumpkin is a rich source of Vitamin A, C and…