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

Gingered Cinnamon Coffee

Ingredients 6 tablespoons ground coffee, not instant 1 tablespoon grated orange rind 1 tablespoon chopped candied ginger 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 6 cups water whipped cream cinnamon stick Directions Take the coffee, orange peel and blend them with cinnamon and ginger. Then place in coffee filter Then brew as instructed on the coffee maker. Then pour … Read more

Cream Puffs

Ingredients 1/2 cup water 1/4 cup butter or 1/4 cup margarine 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/8 teaspoon salt 7 tablespoons rice flour 2 eggs whipped cream Directions First of all, heat the water, butter, salt and vanilla to boiling in saucepan over moderately high temperature setting in saucepan. After this, put the rice flour and … Read more

Ice Cream

Ingredients 1/2 cup half-and-half 1 tablespoon sugar 1/4 teaspoon vanilla 1 sandwich ziploc bag 1 gallon ziploc bag 3 cups crushed ice 1/3 cup rock salt Directions Place 1st THREE items in small size Ziploc bag and seal it and then put ice and rock salt in large size bag and add the filled small … Read more

Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble

Ingredients Topping 3/4 cup flour 2/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar 1/3 cup chopped almonds 1/2 cup butter, softened Filling 3 pints fresh strawberries 2 lbs fresh rhubarb, cut in 1 in pieces 1 1/4 cups sugar 3 tablespoons dry tapioca 2 teaspoons freshly grated orange rind Directions For preparing topping, Blend everything together till … Read more

Chocolate Zucchini Cupcakes

Ingredients 1 1/4 cups butter, softened 1 1/2 cups sugar 2 eggs 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 3/4 cup baking cocoa 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup plain yogurt 1 cup zucchini, finely grated 1 cup carrot, finely grated 16 ounces chocolate frosting Directions Mix the sugar and … Read more

Salad Meals Chicken Salad

Ingredients leftover barbecued chicken ( torn or cut into bite sized bits) sliced Avocados or mango 1 -2 chopped shallots or 1/2 small red onion, finely sliced Lettuce DRESSING enough for two chicken breasts 1/2 large lemon, juice of 1 teaspoon grainy mustard 1 tablespoon warmed honey Directions First of all, take the lettuce leaves … Read more