Christmas Cake

When celebrating Christmas in India, baking a cake is as important as decorating a tree in America. Growing up in Lucknow, I visited my Christian friends on Christmas day and was offered pieces of Christmas cake with sips of rum! The aroma of this cake baking in my kitchen still evokes fond memories. The classic (Indian) […]


Gul Gula (Whole Wheat Sweet Dumplings)

  Gul Gula or Pua is a deep fried, crispy-on-the-outside, soft-on-the-inside, sweet treat that my mom made on my birthday and other special occasions. It is also one of the sweets prepared on the festival of Karva Chauth. Even though Gul Gula is deep fried, it does not soak up much oil if the temperature […]


Besan Laddu

Laddu is a very popular Indian sweet. The word literally means ‘ball’ so anything sweet and balled up is a Laddu. You can make Laddus out of almost any flour, puffed rice or other puffed grains, seeds such as sesame or any combination of nuts and coconut. The basic ingredients are the same-butter/ghee and sugar […]


Fruit and Gelatin Salad

This salad turns out perfect every time, looks so beautiful at the table, is nutritious and delicious! Even though it is called a salad, I serve it as a dessert sometimes! I try to use the fruit in season so this recipe uses persimmons. You can use berries, pineapples, peaches or apples, using different flavors […]


Sooji Halwa (Sweet Cream of Wheat)

Sooji or Cream of Wheat Halwa is a popular dish in India. It is a comfort food and can be served for breakfast, lunch, dessert. It is also a popular ‘Prasad’ (food offered to God during pooja, or prayer session, and shared with everyone at the end). Traditionally, cream of wheat is roasted in butter […]


Peanut Brittle

I have made Peanut Brittle for years using this recipe and it works like a charm! You will be amazed at how easy it is! Make a second batch and share with your friends. You can use hulled sesame seeds (white or black), mixed nuts, pumpkin seeds and my favorite, pine nuts. I like to […]


Gaajar Halwa (Carrot Pudding)

Carrot Halwa is a popular Indian dessert, specially during the winter season when it is served warm. My mother made it with ‘black carrots’ which are darker, almost like beets in color, giving Gaajar Halwa a deep, ruby-red color. (Black carrots are available at the local farmer’s market sometimes). Traditionally, grated carrot is cooked in […]