Spicy Tangy Potatoes

Sunday 26 June 2011 | Posted by Kishi | Easy Cooking,Indian Cooking



2 tsp. aata (flour)

1 tsp. dhaniya powder (coriander)

1tsp red chilies

1 tsp. bhuna zeera (cumin seeds roasted)

1 tsp. salt

1tsp black pepper

1/2 tsp. garam masala

1/2 tsp. amchoor (mango powder)

1/2 tsp. kala chaat masala

1/2 tsp. normal chaat masala

1/8 tsp. heeng (asafetida)

4 potatoes boiled diced (medium size)

2 onions chopped

1 lemon


· Mix all the dry spices.

· In a wok add 1 tsp. oil and add all the dry spices and cook over the low heat till flour turns light brown.

· Add 4 chopped potatoes to this mixture.

· Mix well

· Add chopped onions, chopped coriander and juice of one lemon, switch of the burner.

· The pink onions look quite gorgeous with the brown potatoes

· Enjoy with regular food, or use leftover to make old school style equity sandwiches or snack on the same with a cup of tea!

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Good Housekeeping Columns

Wednesday 15 June 2011 | Posted by Kishi | Articles,Good Housekeeping Monthly Column




Good Housekeeping launched in India in October 2004 through the India Today group. In less than two years, it became a household brand touching women’s lives, and through them, their families. It has a circulation of 80,000 and is widely read across the country. Its core audience is the middle to upper middleclass, urban woman. It covers everything from health and family to beauty and food. The edge is that even while being aspirational in parts, the magazine basically talks of and to real, everyday women. It is 125 years old in the US and more than 80 years in the UK. Globally, it’s the leading magazine in its genre, and is published in 11 countries.

GH has an annual show  (had 4 shows till date, all in Delhi) that brings the magazine to life. They invite experts to conduct workshops and experientials on various topics that our magazine covers. There are many competitions and quizzes that give visitors a chance to win prizes; they walk away with several free goodies. A celebrity chat show is always popular and has become a regular feature. People can also buy stuff for their home and food items amongst other things.

Last year I was approached by them to write a regular column in the magazine. I was more than thrilled. Here are same for past 6 months.


jan feb march
april may June
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Warm Soup–comfort food

Wednesday 15 June 2011 | Posted by Kishi | Easy Cooking,Soup


In a little butter or oil, gently fry a chopped onion, a large potato, peeled and cubed and 4-5 chopped celery sticks.

When the onion has softened add 750 ml of vegetable or chicken stock, bring to a boil.

Turn down the heat and simmer until potatoes and celery are cooked.

Finely grind 50 gms of walnuts and set aside

Liquidize the soup, return in to the pan and add the nuts

Stir until thickened

Serve with some brown bread.

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Chocolate Crepes w/ Strawberry mint sauce

Sunday 12 June 2011 | Posted by Kishi | French Cooking


Chocolate Crepes (yield: 32)

  • 4 eggs
  • 100 g sugar
  • 480 g milk
  • 145 g flour
  • 2 T cocoa
  • ¼ t salt
  • 30 g butter, melted
  • 2 T vanilla essence


  1. Whisk eggs ,sugar and milk
  2. Sift the flour , cocoa and salt
  3. Add the dry to the liquid mix
  4. Then slowly add the melted butter and vanilla essence
  5. Chill at least one hour or overnight.
  6. Strain before using.
  7. Cook over med heat, 2 min on first side and 30 sec on second side.
  8. These can be layered and frozen or stored in the refrigerator.
  9. Wrap well in plastic.
  10. Or serve hot with a nice strawberry mint sauce.


Strawberry Mint Sauce

  • Cut ¼ of a flat of strawberries into quarters; mix with 2-3 cups of sugar; let sit overnight in fridge.
  • Strain the juice; leave the strawberries for jam.
  • Put the juice into a shallow saucepan; add some sugar and 1-2 vanilla beans. Boil.
  • Add a handful of mint leaves and let steep until strong mint flavour :15 – 20 min; strain; cool.
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Homemade Lemonade

Thursday 9 June 2011 | Posted by Kishi | Drinks


1. Pare the zest off in long strips from at least 2-4 lemons, avoid as much of the white pith as possible.

2. Add to a pan with 200 gms sugar and 200 ml water and bring to a simmer, stirring until the sugar melts.

3. Remove from heat and give the lemon zest a bit of a bash to release its oils.

4. Juice the 4 lemons into a pitcher

5. When the sugar syrup has completely cooled, strain, and then mix it with the lemon juice.

6. Add water (sparkling also works very well) to taste.

7. Add sprigs of mint and pieces of peaches/strawberry/raspberry and allow infusing a little before serving.

8. And now go make some… and enjoy your day!

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