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Pumpkin Apple Bread with Streusel Topping

September 10, 2019

All I can say is, yum, yum!










  • 1½ cups white whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon powder
  • 1 cup raw sugar
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup apple cider
  • 1 large Pink Lady apple, chopped


  • 1 tablespoon all purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons turbinado sugar
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon butter, softened

Mix the flour, sugar, cinnamon and butter with a fork in a small bowl. Keep aside.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Butter and flour a 9X5 pan.

Mix the flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon powder in a medium bowl. Whisk well and keep aside. In the meantime in a mixer, add the sugar and butter. Beat till the mixture is creamy. Add the eggs, vanilla extract and apple cider. Beat well and slowly add the flour mixture. Mix well and fold the diced apple. Transfer the batter to the pan and top with the streusel mixture. Bake for 50 to 60 minutes till the cake is done.

Wild Blueberry and Lemon Tea Bread

June 18, 2019

Wild Blueberry and Lemon Cake

  • 1½ all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon powder
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg powder
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 cup evaporated cane juice (sugar)
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • Juice of one lemon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 cup frozen wild blueberries

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a loaf pan.
Mix the flour, salt, baking powder, cinnamon powder, nutmeg powder and lemon zest in a medium bowl. Whisk briefly and set aside.
In a mixer, add the sugar and olive oil. Mix for 2 to 3 minutes. Add one egg at a time, mixing in between. Add the lemon juice, vanilla extract and milk. Mix for 2 to 3 minutes till all ingredients are incorporated. Add the blueberries and mix. Add the dry ingredients and mix with the egg mixture, incorporating well. Add to the loaf pan and bake in the oven for approximately an hour or till the center comes out clean. Let cool and serve.

Healthy Irish Oatmeal

February 12, 2019

Irish Oatmeal2

  • 4 cups water
  • 1 cup Irish Oats
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup agave
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Add 4 cups water into a medium saucepan. Add the cinnamon and salt. Bring to a boil. Add the oats and simmer on medium low heat for about 30 minutes or till the oats are soft but still have a bit of chew to them. Turn the heat off and add the agave and vanilla extract.
Top with flaxseed, walnuts and banana.

Turkey Chili with Squash and Eggplant

November 9, 2016
  • 2 tablespoons extra light olive oil
  • 1 pound dark meat, ground turkey
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ancho chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon powder
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 medium squash, peeled and chopped
  • 1 medium Chinese eggplant, peeled and chopped
  • 1 14 ounces can fire roasted tomatoes
  • 1 14 ounces can black beans
  • 2 cups water or chicken broth
  • ½ cup cilantro, chopped


Heat a large saucepan with the oil. Add the ground turkey and sauté on medium high heat for 3 to 4 minutes, while separating the meat with the back of a spoon. Add the onion, garlic, chili powder, ancho, cinnamon and salt. Saute for 5 to 6 minutes on medium heat. Add the squash, eggplant, tomatoes and beans. Saute for 3 to 4 minutes. Add the water/broth, bring to a boil and simmer with lid on for about 20 minutes. Take the lid off and continue to cook till a good chili consistency is reached. Check for seasonings and garnish with cilantro.

Spiced Chocolate Banana Bread

August 3, 2014

I thought I would do a week of different desserts….

  • 1¼ cups unbleached white whole-wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon fine salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon powder
  • ¼ teaspoon clove powder
  • ½ teaspoon cardamom powder
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg powder
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, at room temperature, plus more for preparing the pan
  • 1 cup turbinado sugar
  • 3 very ripe bananas, peeled, and mashed with a fork (about 1 cup)
  • ½ cup milk or dark chocolate, chips or grated

Sift the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, clove, cardamom and nutmeg into a medium bowl, set aside.  Whisk the eggs and vanilla together in a liquid measuring cup with a spout, set aside.  Lightly brush a 9X5X3 inches loaf pan with butter.  Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

In a standing mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.  Gradually pour the egg mixture into the butter while mixing until incorporated.  Add the bananas (the mixture will appear to be curdled), and remove the bowl from the mixer.

With a rubber spatula, mix in the flour mixture until just incorporated.  Fold in the chocolate pieces and transfer the batter to the prepared pan.  Bake for 55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the bread comes out clean.  Cool the bread in the pan for 5 minutes before taking it out.  Cool completely before serving.


Kashimiri Koftas (Indian Style Meatballs in a Yogurt Gravy)

February 14, 2011

Kashmiri Koftas1 My mom has been making these meatballs ever since I can remember. A friend from Kashmir taught her these a long time ago. Since then the dish has been tweaked to perfection. Technically speaking- it is not a typical Kashmiri dish. My mom has changed it over the years by adding more onions to the gravy, etc- she has made it her own.

I had never made these before. I would usually wait for my Mom to visit and make this delicious dish. I finally decided to write down the recipe and try it on my own. It is a bit laborious- but definitely worth all the work.

It is a bit different than the rest of Indian dishes I have posted- the dish does not have any tomatoes or garlic. The main flavorings in the meat are ground fennel and ginger powder. The gravy includes whole cinnamon and cloves. The most interesting flavor comes from asafetida. It has a very distinct flavor. If you can’t find it, no worries- just eliminate it. The dish will be good even without this spice.

Serve it with naans or rotis. I would highly recommend this dish- try it and it will part of your repertoire…
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South Indian Style Chicken- Hyderabadi Chicken

March 23, 2010

Hyderabadi Chicken1 This recipe is inspired from my favorite Indian cookbook- Prasad. I have been cooking from this book for over ten years. When I first bought it and looked through i, I was quite intimidated. The recipes are very complicated the  instructions are not very clear.

Over the years I have learned to simplify the recipes and still capture the essence.

This dish is extremely flavorful and delicious. Chicken thighs are marinated in ginger, garlic and salt for a few hours. They are then sauteed with onions, ginger and garlic with lots of curry leaves. Curry leaves have a very distinctive flavor and if you are not able to find them- just eliminate out of the recipe. There is really no substitution.

The chicken was a big hit. I cooked it for a dinner party. Everyone loved it.
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