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

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 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

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

Is there something as Healthy Chips?

Kale is low in saturated fat and in cholesterol but high in protein and contains Vitamin E , thiamine, riboflavin and is high in dietary fiber! This is the best and quickest way I have eaten Kale ever. Preparation: Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit Place kale leaves in parchment paper on a baking pan … 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

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

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

Baked Cauliflower with Pecans, Caramelized Onions in a Cilantro Yogurt Sauce

I received so much great feedback from my “Absolutely healthy Cauliflower dish” that it inspired me to make another one- this even better because of the coriander yogurt sauce. The recipe is very similar but this time with a slight variation. I place the cauli florets in a baking pan along with Pecans and then … Continue reading