Rose-Flavoured Bonda Sherbet| Tender Coconut Drink From Udupi-Mangalore

In the pretty coastal areas of Udupi and Mangalore, ‘bonda’ does not just mean a deep-fried snack that tastes delicious. ‘Bonda‘ is what tender coconut is called in these regions. Bonda sherbet is a beautiful, refreshing drink that you get in these parts of Karnataka, made with tender coconut water and lemon.

This Valentine’s season, I present to you bonda sherbet with a twist – the same beautiful-tasting drink with the hint of rose to it. The rose makes for a lovely addition, I have discovered, to the sherbet, making it all the more delightful. You’ve got to try this out!

Check out the recipe, just in on my photo blog!

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Christmas Buffet At Plaza Premium Lounge, Bengaluru International Airport

A couple of days before Christmas, I had the honour of being invited to an exclusive preview of the festival buffet served at the uber-luxurious Plaza Premium Lounge India at the Bengaluru International Airport.

Read on, to know how I found the spread!

Home-Made Strawberry Butter

Merry Christmas, people! 🙂

What are you eating this XMas? I must tell you that you’ve really got to try out this home-made strawberry butter!

It takes but a few minutes to put together, and tastes absolutely delicious. Apart from a lovely spread for bread, toast and bagels, this home-made strawberry butter makes for a simple and beautiful icing for cakes and muffins. The pretty pink of this butter is eye-catching, just perfect for the Christmas season.

Check out the recipe, just in on my photo blog!

Foodie Gifts For The Holiday Season| Gifts I Wouldn’t Mind Santa Bringing Me This XMas

It’s XMas season! The festival is just around the corner, and there’s festivity in the air. There are Christmas trees and fairy lights and lanterns and snowmen everywhere. There is a nip in the air, and the pictures of gingerbread and hot chocolate and fruit cake make you want to eat something sinful, too. Letters are being written to Santa, wishlists are being made. Why should I not, as well? 🙂

Here’s my foodie wishlist for Santa – 10 foodie gifts that I absolutely wouldn’t mind Santa bringing me this XMas.

Easy Basundi Recipe (With Condensed Milk)

When I think of the years we lived in Ahmedabad, I cannot not think of basundi. It used to be a favourite, favourite sweet dish, rich and creamy without being overly so, loaded with nuts. This cousin of the North Indian rabri is something I associate with festive times, specifically Diwali.

Check out the recipe, just in on my photo blog!

The Husband’s Birthday Lunch At Farzi Cafe: An Underwhelming Affair

Farzi Cafe had always been on my list of eateries to visit in Bangalore, thanks to a number of blog posts I have read praising the place. I was in awe of the very innovative ways in which the cafe presents its food. So, it was Farzi Cafe in UB City that we chose to celebrate the husband’s birthday recently, and headed to for lunch. True to the reviews that we had read, the cafe did dish up food in very different ways, but we, sadly, ended up underwhelmed by the whole thing.

Read all about our experience of lunching at Farzi Cafe, on my photo blog!

Proso Millet Sweet Pongal| Millet Sakkarai Pongal

This festive season, let’s offer something healthier to the Gods and to our bodies, shall we? How about some millet sweet pongal?

This sweet pongal contains absolutely no rice, which has been substituted with proso millet. You can even use a mix of different types of millet, really. The pongal also uses jaggery and not sugar, which is commonly used in festival sweetmeats. It tastes absolutely delish, just like the regular sweet pongal, but a much healthier alternative. The hint of edible camphor that is added to it takes the fragrance and taste of the pongal to new heights. What’s more, this dish is a breeze to prepare too!

Check out the recipe, just in on my photo blog!

Gulkand Coconut Laddoos| Easy No-Cook Dessert Recipe

If you are still thinking about what sweet dish to whip up for the upcoming festivals, I am here to rescue you, with some beautiful Gulkand Coconut Laddoos!

These laddoos are super simple to make, and can be done in minutes, with just a few ingredients. They taste absolutely delish, if I may say so myself, and make for a refreshing change from the regular Indian sweets. Coconut and gulkand go really well together, and the gentle rose fragrance in these laddoos will surely make them a hit with family and friends alike. What’s more, this is a dessert that requires absolutely no cooking!

Check out the recipe, just in on my photo blog. 🙂

Saragva Ni Kadhi| Gujarati Drumstick Kadhi

Saragva ni kadhi, a Gujarati dish made using curd and drumsticks (‘saragva’ is Gujarati for ‘drumsticks’), is a hot favourite at our place. One of our Gujarati friends taught us how to make this kadhi, years ago, and I have been making it ever since. The husband loves it, the bub loves it, and so do I. This kadhi is something I prepare often at home, whenever there is sour curd left over. Hey, sometimes I even set extra curd just so I can make this! 🙂

Check out the recipe, just in on my photo blog!

Eid Special| Thoughts About Shan Special Sheer Khurma Mix

Eid Mubarak to all those who are celebrating today! 🙂

This day, I had to break open the packet of Shan Special Sheer Khurma Mix that I had been hoarding for a while! It is the day of Eid after all! Let me tell you, I absolutely loved the way it turned out, and so did everyone at home.

Check out my thoughts about the mix, just in on my photo blog!