Cooking Class for the Newcomers-Encore Club of Short Hills and Millburn

The Newcomers-Encore Club is a social club open to all residents of Short Hills and Millburn, no matter how long they’ve lived in the area. The Club organizes various fun events and activities through out the year for its members. One of my good friends Neetu Salhotra approached me with an idea for offering a … Continue reading

Baked baby eggplant topped with onion, habanero mango salsa, goat cheese and basil

I love baby eggplants but in India we always removed the skin and cooked it to a point where it gets mushy and it would drive me nuts when my mom would insist that i eat this mushy eggplant curry with my rotis/bread. I wanted to come up with an eggplant dish that I would … Continue reading

Poached eggs with Carrot & Potato Puree and toasted brioche bun on top

This is my take on a French dish inspired by Jaques Pepin the legendary French Chef whom I respect and admire a lot. I have been wanting to make this dish for quite some time now and finally found the time and a great recipe for a mouth watering carrot puree. So here goes: Ingredients: … Continue reading

Easy Vegetarian Pad Thai Recipe

I am originally from India and so have a tremendous respect for spices. This is where my love and passion for Thai food comes to play. Me and my husband both love thai food but unfortunately whenever we go to restaurants, we are told that most dishes have fish sauce in them -such a bummer! I … Continue reading

Refreshing Whole Wheat CousCous Salad

Ingredients: Whole Wheat Cous Cous- 1 cup Cayenne Pepper- 1 teaspoon Chopped Green Beans- 1/4 cup ChoppedYellow Squash- 1/2 cup Green Peas- 1/4cup Chopped Carrots- 1/4 cup Onion- 1 Tomato- 1 Jalapeno- 1(optional for heat) Fresh garlic- 3 cloves Salt to taste Garlic powder- 1 teaspoon Cumin seeds- 1 teaspoon Curry powder- 1/2 teaspoon Preparation This … Continue reading

Recipe: Chick Peas with Grated Coconut

Ingredients: 1 can of chick peas 1 tsp mustard seeds 1 tsp cumin seeds 1tsp lemon pepper powder 1 tsp coriander powder 1 tsp cayenne powder 1 tsp turmeric 2 cloves of garlic Salt to taste Canola Oil 1/4 cup grated coconut- frozen or fresh Preparation: Heat a pan with canola oil. Add mustard seeds, … Continue reading

Catering for the International Fair at South Mountain, Millburn Elementary School 4/4/13

One of my very dear friends called me to check if I could cater for Millburn Elementary school’s International Fair day. On this day, all the parents and kids get to taste different cuisines from all over the world and so I decided to take up this challenge to represent Indian Food. According to the instructions … Continue reading

Cold Beet Salad with Goat Cheese & Sunflower seeds

  I must say that this is one of the best way and form I have consumed beets! My daughter ate a whole bowl of this salad so for all those moms struggling to get all the good stuff with nutrients in your child, this might be a dish you wanna try! Beets belong to … Continue reading

Savory Phyllo shells with Onion Tomato Chutney, Goat Cheese and Cilantro!

    Serving Size (4) Ingredients: Athens Mini Phyllo/ Fillo Shells(Frozen)- 1pack Onions     2 Tomatoes 2 Olive Oil 2 1 tbsp 1 tsp Cumin Seeds 1 tsp Lemon Pepper 1/2 tsp Turmeric 1 tsp cumin powder 1 tsp garlic powder 1 tsp cayenne powder 1 tablespoon goat cheese Bunch of Cilantro leaves for … Continue reading

Spicy Lentil Soup called “Sambhar from the Southern part of India

Growing up in a small city called Cochin in the southern part of India -Kerala, this spicy lentil soup that my grandmom and mom made filled the house with fragrance of freshly ground spices. This soup is called”Sambhar” in Kerala and is made a little differently than the regular “Sambhar”. My mom and grandmom freshly … Continue reading