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

Catering for an Art Show-4/6/13

My daughter goes to art classes in a small warm cozy art studio in Maplewood, NJ. The owner is an extremely talented, warm and nice. She was organizing an Art Show at her studio and wanted me to cater some short eats to go with wine for all the people who were invited.  I decided to … Continue reading

Williams Sonoma Cooking Demo on 23rd March,1-4pm

Hello everyone, As promised, I am posting some pics from my  cooking demonstration at Williams Sonoma in Short Hills Mall, NJ on March 23rd. It was a lot of fun and like always I had a wonderful audience. This time, I must confess that I had this one lady who came up to me and … 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

Recipe: Mango Coconut Soup with spicy baked Eggplant and Bulgur Wheat

Ingredients: 1/4 cup Grated coconut(fresh/ frozen) 2 Ripe mangoes or 1/4 cup Mango puree’ 1tbsp cumin seeds 1/4tsp fenugreek seeds(if you have it, this gives such flavor! else u can skip this) 1 Red Chilli 🙂 as per individual spice level(you can take off the seeds if you like less spice) Nandini’s tip: 1 tbsp … Continue reading

Recipe: Eggplant Curry in honor of Ben Starr

Ingredients 1 medium sized eggplant( I used 1/2 a large eggplant) 1 onion 2 tbsp tomato paste 1 tsp curry powder 1 tsp cumin powder 1 tsp coriander powder 1/2 green chillies 1 tsp dried fenugreek leaves 1 inch piece of fresh ginger(else 1 tsp ginger powder) 2/3 cloves of garlic Baking pan Canola Oil … Continue reading

Eggplant Curry in Honor of Ben Starr!

I am a huge fan of Ben Starr from Master Chef Season 2 and have always cheered for him. I feel like apart from being a wonderful chef, he is such a nice person and has been very encouraging. He has now become one of my good friends and my idol. In our recent conversation, … Continue reading

My Favorite Meat Substitute- EggPlant!

We are vegetarians but would love to eat something meaty. What better way than an eggplant dish? Since I like healthy, this dish does not have any cheese. Instead I have packed it with flavors of thyme, oregano, fresh basil and my authentic homemade tomato sauce which has lots of garlic and basil. My kids … Continue reading