Raghavan’s Blend

Having written an authoritative book on Indian curries and having expounded on the benefi ts of tailoring blends for individual recipes, I hesitate to offer a panacean blend for all fl avors Indian. It’s like asking someone to gather the magic of Indian cuisine in a convenient bottle—after all, the British tried it more than … Read more

Paneer – Whole Milk Cheese

The moment you tell someone you are making homemade cheese they either look at you in awe or think you are, frankly, insane. What they don’t know is how easy it is, especially if there is no rennet involved or any hazardous steps of sticking your hand in boiling liquid to gather balls of creamy … Read more

Ghee Indian-Style Clarifi ed Butter

Making ghee is not rocket science. If you can melt butter, you can make ghee. Although ghee is widely available in stores, it is not easy on the pocketbook, so be prepared to plunk down your hard-earned money for the convenience of ready made. I admit I occasionally splurge and buy ghee that is imported … Read more

Steamed White Rice

In my role as a cooking teacher for over twenty years, this is by far the most important question I get asked: How do you cook rice? Folks get intimidated by this grain, which has been around for more than 12,000 years. With more than 100,000 varieties of rice in the world, it does seem … Read more

Lemon Shortbread

Ingredients 1 cup all-purpose flour 1/2 cup cornstarch 1/2 cup icing sugar 2 tablespoons grated fresh lemon rind 3/4 cup butter, softened Directions Take flour, cornstarch and mix them with icing sugar and lemon rind in bowl. After this, mix in butter. Knead till soft and smooth dough is formed. After this, roll the dough. … Read more

Marbled Style Cheesecake Brownies

Ingredients 5 tablespoons butter 2 ounces semisweet chocolate 2/3 cup sugar 2 eggs 1 teaspoon vanilla 2/3 cup flour 1/2 teaspoon baking powder Cheesecake layer 8 ounces cream cheese 1/2 cup sugar 1 egg 1 teaspoon vanilla 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips Directions Blend the melted butter and chocolate till become. After this, beat in … Read more

Apple Dessert

Ingredients 1 yellow cake mix 1/3 cup butter, softened 1 egg Topping 1 (21 ounce) cans apple pie filling 1/2 cup packed brown sugar 1/2 cup chopped walnuts 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1 cup sour cream 1 egg 1 teaspoon vanilla Directions Take cake mix, butter and blend them with egg in mixer and beat till … Read more

Raspberry Crisp

Ingredients 4 cups fresh raspberries, divided 3/4 cup sugar 2 tablespoons cornstarch 1 3/4 cups quick oats 1 cup flour 1 cup brown sugar 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 cup cold butter Directions First of all, crush one cup of berries and add water to measure ONE cup. Take sugar and mix with cornstarch in … Read more

Dessert Meals Pecan Pie

Ingredients 1/2-1 cup margarine 2 cups light brown sugar, packed 3 eggs 1 (9 inch) pie shells 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon vanilla 1 1/2 cups pecans, chopped Directions First of all, add the vanilla, salt and eggs to melted margarine with sugar in saucepan. Blend well. Then after this, add in pecans. Take mixture … Read more

Tasty Lasagna

Ingredients 12 ounces lasagna noodles 2 tablespoons salad oil 2 garlic cloves, minced 1 medium onion, chopped 1 lb ground beef 1 1/2 teaspoons salt 1/4 teaspoon pepper 1/2 teaspoon rosemary or 1/2 teaspoon basil 1 tablespoon parsley, minced 12 ounces tomato paste 1 1/2 cups hot water 2 eggs, beaten 1 pint cottage cheese … Read more