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

Vegetarian Thai Green Curry

I have been looking for a completely vegetarian green curry paste that I can use to make my thai green curry and finally found this awesome brand. Now i have to share this recipe with everyone:) The brand is Maesri Green Curry Paste and this is the only one that is completely vegetarian and contains … 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

Best moments from my cooking demo at Whole Foods in Montclair

I must begin by saying that I had the most wonderful time cooking for such a wonderful crowd at Whole Foods at Montclair in NJ yesterday. Carmen, the lead for cooking demos at the store was such a cheerful person and helped me out completely with the set up of my station and making me … Continue reading

My spicy Tomato Soup with Lentils & Freshly ground black peppercorns

Its been raining and I feel like making a hot bowl of my spicy currylicious tomato soup but with a twist as always! LENTILS:) yes, I add some lentils to my tomato soup. The room fills up with flavor and fragrance of the spices that I add to it which makes it spicy as well. … Continue reading

Recipe: My spicy Tomato Soup with Lentils & Freshly ground black peppercorns

Ingredients 4 ripe tomatoes 4 cloves of garlic An inch piece of fresh ginger Few fresh black peppercorns Coriander leaves Cumin seeds, a pinch Pinch of turmeric 1 tsp mustard seeds 1 tsp cumin powder 1 tsp coriander powder 1/4 cup yellow lentils Juice of 1 lemon Canola oil Preparation   Chop tomatoes, garlic and … Continue reading

A sneak peek from the auditions of Master Chef 3 at the warehouse!

I came across the auditions for Master Chef Season 3- the Open Casting Call at Flatotel in NY back in November 2011. I still remember the day that I had called my husband, who was at work to let him know that I had decided to give Master Chef 3 auditions a shot and he … Continue reading

Pan seared Mushrooms in a Cilantro Basil Sauce with Candied Ginger

My Love Story with Mushrooms Mushrooms-Plant of immortality?? Growing up in India, we never ate mushrooms and was never cooked in my household or my husband’s ! Me and my husband never tried mushrooms here since we were never raised eating one back home. So I had to do some research to make a delicioussssss … Continue reading

My Mentors and Inspiration!

I have to begin by thanking God to present me with the most wonderful opportunity to be a part of this amazing show called “Master Chef- Season 3” on Fox. It was such an honor to cook for great chefs like Gordon Ramsay, Joe Bastianich and Graham Elliot who are so encouraging. They are my … Continue reading

Mango Coconut Soup with spicy baked Eggplant & Bulgur Wheat

Mango Coconut Soup, yes you heard it right. I loveeeeeeee mangoes and my husband just got me a bagful the other day. Perfect excuse to tell him that the mangoes are going to go bad and have to be used in a “wise” manner so that they don’t get rotten over time 🙂 I learnt … Continue reading