Deviled eggs or devilled eggs, also known as stuffed eggs, angel eggs, eggs mimosa, Russian eggs, dressed eggs, picnic eggs are hard-boiled eggs, shelled, cut in half, and filled with the hard-boiled egg's yolk mixed with other ingredients such as mayonnaise and mustard, but many other variants exist internationally.

Deviled eggs are usually served cold. They are served as a side dish, appetizer or a main course, and are a common holiday or party food.


6 eggs
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1 teaspoon white vinegar
1 teaspoon yellow mustard
1/8 teaspoon salt
Freshly ground black pepper
Smoked Spanish paprika, for garnish


Place eggs in a single layer in a saucepan and cover with enough water that there's 1 1/2 inches of water above the eggs. Heat on high until water begins to boil, then cover, turn the heat to low, and cook for 1 minute. Remove from heat and leave covered for 14 minutes, then rinse under cold water continuously for 1 minute.

Crack egg shells and carefully peel under cool running water. Gently dry with paper towels. Slice the eggs in half lengthwise, removing yolks to a medium bowl, and placing the whites on a serving platter. Mash the yolks into a fine crumble using a fork. Add mayonnaise, vinegar, mustard, salt, and pepper, and mix well.

Evenly disperse heaping teaspoons of the yolk mixture into the egg whites. Sprinkle with paprika and serve.





250 Grams Cashews
500 Grams Sugar
1 Egg White
1 wine glass rose water
1/2 tsp Almond Essense
1/2 tsp Vanilla essence
1 tbsp unsalted butter


1.  Soak cashews in warm water for 1 hour. Drain water, wash and wipe the cashews.
2.  Grind to a smooth paste with rose water.
3.  Take a thick bottom pan and add the sugar. 
4.  Add 1/4 glass of water and let the sugar melt and boil to 1 string consistency
5.  Add Vanilla essence and cashew paste
6.  Next add the cashew paste and stir continuously to avoid sticking to the bottom and burning.
7.  Keep stirring till it begins to leave the sides of the vessel
8. At this stage add the butter and keep stirring till it leaves the side and the mixture becomes a little difficult        to stir.
9.  Take a teaspoon of  the mixture and place in water. If it forms a ball the mixture is ready.
10. Turn off the gas and let it cool for some time.
11. Once cool, grease your palms make small balls and add different colors to it.
12. Place in moulds and shape it.



Methi or fenugreek seeds and leaves form an important ingredient in Indian households. It is used in almost every Indian preparation be itdal, paratha or curry

Being loaded with various minerals, vitamins and anti-inflammatory compounds, methi is packed with many health benefit.

Tips for cooking Methi Vegetable

  1. Before you cook methi leaves, it is necessary to clean methi leaves atleast 2 to 3 times with water.
  2. Like other green leafy vegetables while cooking methi / fenugreek leaves, do not close the lid. Cooking greens while lid close turn them dark or black.
  3. Adding a little extra oil cooks the methi leaves well and methi tends to loose its bitterness.
  4. In methi recipes you can add a teaspoon of sugar to counter the bitterness. Sugar in small quantity lift ups the taste.
  5. In all methi bhaji or methi sabzi recipes do squeeze a lemon. Like sugar that also helps in enhancing its flavor.







Make the Ballon D'or Football Cake for my Son's 12th Birthday




2 Medium Sized Cups of Prawns

Balchao Masala
To be ground to paste in Vinegar
24 Kashmiri Chillies
1 Inch Piece Ginger
6 Flakes Garlic
1 and 1/2 Teaspoon Jeera
1/2 Teaspoon Haldi Powder
A Small Ball of Tamarind
Vinegar around 200ml

For Frying
4 Medium Onions cut fine
1/2 Inch Ginger cut into Jullians
6 Flakes of Garlic cut fine
2 Green Chillies 
2 Sprigs of Curry leaves
300 to 500 ml of Oil depending on storage

Put all the masala ingredients in the blender.
They needed to be blended in vinegar so add around 200ml and blend the ingredients in vinegar.
Clean and keep the prawns ready while your masalas getting done.
Once your prawns are cleaned, saute them for a while.
stir fry the prawns
Chop the second set of ingredients, onions, ginger and garlic.
Your prawns should be fried by now, keep them aside till they cool off and become easy to handle.
Put some oil into the pan and add the curry leaves - fry the curry leaves
Add the juliennes of ginger and stir fry with the curry leaves.
Then add the garlic pieces are continue frying
When slightly brown add the onions and continue keep frying!
Chop your prawns into pieces this is if you have large or medium size prawns. You want the masala flavour to get into it.
Mince the prawns into pieces
Once onions are nice and brown, add the balchao masala to the ingredients and let it fry as well.
Now add the chopped pieces of prawn to the masala.
Mix the prawn balchao ingredients in the masala till its spread evenly.
Split and cut into pieces two green chillies or more if you want your prawn balchao extra spicy.
Add the green chilly to the prawn balchao and your done. If you are going to consume the balchao immediately you can use less oil during the steps.
If you plan on preserving it for a long time add more oil, you need to make sure once you bottle it, there should be oil floating above the contents for it to be well preserved.


Valentine's Day Cake

St. Valentine's Day began as a liturgical celebration of one or more early Christian saints named Valentinus. Several martyrdom stories were invented for the various Valentines that belonged to February 14, and added to later martyrologies. A popular hagiographical account of Saint Valentine of Rome states that he was imprisoned for performing weddings for soldiers who were forbidden to marry and for ministering to Christians, who were persecuted under the Roman Empire. According to legend, during his imprisonment, he healed the daughter of his jailer, Asterius. An embellishment to this story states that before his execution he wrote her a letter signed "Your Valentine" as a farewell. Today, Saint Valentine's Day is an official feast day

Valentine's Day calls for a heart shaped cake as it represents love, care, friendship anything connected with the Heart.

Chocolate Chiffon Cake

Chocolate Chiffon Cake
3 large eggs, separated
1 large egg white
1 cup (200 grams) granulated white sugar, divided
2/3 cup (85 grams) all purpose flour
1/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon (40 grams) unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup (120 ml) safflower, canola, or corn oil
1/3 cup (80 ml) water
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar

8 ounces (227 grams) semisweet or bittersweet chocolate, cut into small pieces
3/4 cup (180 ml) heavy whipping cream
2 tablespoons (28 grams) unsalted butter
1 tablespoons cognac or brandy (optional)

Golden Sprinkles

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (177 degrees C) and place rack in center of oven.  Butter and flour an 9-inch heart-shaped cake pan (with 2 inch (5 cm) sides).

Separate the eggs, placing the whites in one bowl and the yolks in another.  To the whites, add the extra egg white and then cover both bowls with plastic wrap.  Bring them to room temperature (about 30 minutes) before using.

Meanwhile sift together 2/3 cup (130 grams) granulated white sugar, flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.  Set aside.

In a liquid measuring cup, whisk together the oil, water, and vanilla extract.

In your electric mixer beat the egg yolks for a minute or two on high speed.  Turn the mixer on low speed and slowly pour the oil mixture into the egg yolks until very well combined.  Gradually add the flour mixture and beat until well incorporated.

In a separate mixing bowl, with the whisk attachment, beat the egg whites until foamy.  Add the cream of tartar and continue to beat until soft peaks form.  Gradually beat in the remaining 1/3 cup (65 grams) of sugar and beat until stiff peaks form.  With a large rubber spatula or wire whisk, gently fold the egg whites into the batter just until blended (being careful not to deflate the batter).

Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for about 35 to 45 minutes, or until a wooden skewer inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.  (When lightly pressed the cake will spring back).  Cool on a wire rack.  To remove the cake from the pan, run a sharp knife around the inside of the pan to loosen the cake.  Invert onto a wire rack.

For the Ganache:  Place the chopped chocolate in a medium sized stainless steel bowl.  Set aside.  Heat the cream and butter in a small saucepan over medium heat.  Bring just to a boil.  Immediately pour the boiling cream over the chocolate and allow to stand for a few minutes so the chocolate melts.  Gently stir with a whisk until smooth.  Add the liqueur, if using.

To Cover the Cake with the Ganache:  Put the cake on a wire rack that is placed over a baking sheet.   In this way if the ganache drips it will end up on the baking sheet, which makes clean up easier.  Pour the ganache onto the center of the cake and, with a large spatula, spread the ganache over the top of the cake, using big strokes to push the ganache over the sides of the cake, to create an even coating of ganache.   If there are any bare spots on sides of the cake, cover with some of the ganache that has accumulated on the baking sheet. 

Gently transfer the cake to your serving platter and place the cake in the refrigerator until serving time.   Cover the top of the cake with red Fondant.  Place golden sprinkles on the edge of the cake to decorate.  I added some sugar flowers that I had to decorate my cake.

Recipe courtesy : Joy of Baking



Kheema pav is a minced meat recipe that is popular in the streets of Mumbai. Kheema Pav is Mumbai's favorite breakfast dish. It's hot, it's spicy and gets over in most restaurants by 9 am. One of the earliest references to kheema comes from the book of a Mughal emperor Akbar mentioned in his Akbarnama.

A typical board in a Irani Restaurant in Mumbai


The Ingredients
Mutton mince (keema) – 500 grams
Green cardamoms  – 3-4
Black cardamom – 1
Cloves – 3-4
Cinnamon 2 inch stick
Bay leaves – 2
Onions finely chopped- 3-4
Ginger Garlic Paste – 2 tsp
Tomatoes – 3 finely chopped
Tomatoes Pureed- 2
Green Chillies finely chopped – 4-5
Red chilli powder -  1 1/2 teaspoons
Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon
Coriander powder – 1 tablespoon
Garam masala powder – 1 teaspoon
Fresh coriander leaves
Salt to taste
Lots of Butter
Pav (Bread)

Heat oil in a thick-bottomed pan
Add green and black cardamoms, cloves, cinnamon and bay leaves.
Add your onions and ginger garlic paste in next.
Saute the onions very well, till they turn brown, don’t burn them though.
Next, pop in your finely chopped tomatoes and some fresh coriander.
Add all your masalas in next except the garam masala.
Sauté the entire mixture very well.
Let this mixture cook through till the oil separates along the walls of the kadhai.
Add the kheema in next and give the whole mixture one very good mix.
Fry the kheema  in the masala paste on high heat, till it is very well covered in the masala
Add the tomato puree in next with half a cup of water and cover the kadhai for 20 minutes or till the kheema is cooked through.
Add the salt and the finely chopped green chillies.
Cook the kheema uncovered till your kheema is dry.
Add the garam masala next.
Few dollops of butter go in next to take your kheema to a different level altogether
Garnish the kheema with fresh coriander and serve with pav fried in butter.
Heavenly !

KHEEMA ...Mumbai Restaurant Style




Pork Sorpatel, Chicken Jeera Meera, Chicken Pot Roast, Pasta, Vegetable Stew, Dhahi Vada, Carrot Pickle (homemade), Garlic Bread, Pulao and Sannas.



Jerk is a style of cooking native to Jamaica in which meat is dry-rubbed or wet marinated with a very hot spice mixture called Jamaican jerk spice. Jerk seasoning is traditionally applied to pork and chicken.

"Jerk" is traditional Caribbean barbeque very different than the usual barbeque most persons are used to. Chicken or pork is covered with a thick aromatic paste made from scallions, vinegar, allspice, black pepper, and molasses and allowed to marinate overnight before being placed on a  wood or charcoal fire with the addition of pimento (allspice tree) wood. 

I have modified my recipe a bit (original recipe called for adding 1 tablespoon of dark rum which I skipped).  I made a pot roast instead of grilling this.  This dish has become a hit at home as well as with my friends whom I usually invite for dinner.



Chicken leg or drumsticks                  6
Garlic,roughly chopped                      2 cloves
Ginger,roughly chopped                     1/4 inch piece
Green chillies,roughly chopped          4
Onion ,roughly chopped                     1 medium
Fresh thyme                                        1 1/2 sprigs
Spring onions greens,roughly
chopped                                              2
Red chilli powder                                1/2 teaspoon
Black peppercorns,crushed                1/4 teaspoon
Clove powder                                      a pinch
Cinnamon powder                              a pinch
All spice powder                                  1 teaspoon
Soy sauce                                           1 1/2 tablespoons
Oil                                                        4 tablespoons

Grind together garlic, ginger, green chillies, onion, fresh thyme, spring onions with greens, red chilli powder, crushed black peppercorns, clove powder, cinnamon powder, all spice powder and soy sauce to a smooth paste. Apply this paste to the chicken pieces. Add oil and mix and let them marinate for two hours in the refrigerator. Heat a non-stick pan and place the chicken pieces in a single layer. Cover and cook on medium heat. When the underside is cooked, turn over and cook till both the sides are evenly cooked and golden. Serve hot. Enjoy.

Goan Rechado Masala

Goa is famous for its seafood, the ‘classic’ dish being Goan fish curry and rice. Apart from a Curry preparation fish is also fried and sometimes picked. Kingfish is probably the most common item, on the menu, but pomfret, doumer, shark, tuna and mackerel are hot favourites as well. Among the excellent shellfish available are crabs, prawns, tiger prawns and lobster. Other seafood includes squid and mussels. Goa’s luscious coconut and fish based dishes draw in people from all over the world.

Recheado means stuffed in Portuguese and in this recipe, a fresh whole fish, usually a mackerel or pomfret, is slit down the center and stuffed with a spicy red paste, after which it is shallow fried. Mackerel Recheado is one of Goa’s most famous dishes. Other fish can be used is well. The fiery-red Recheado masala made of kashmiri red chilies, garlic, cumin, peppercorns and tamarind is ground into a smooth but thick paste using vinegar. It is very versatile and can be used to prepare many other Goan seafood dishes. The Recheado masala can be made and stored in an airtight container for months as the vinegar in it acts as a preservative.

Goan Rechado Masala

  • 10 Kashmiri Chillies (discard stalks & seeds)
  • 4 Peppercorns
  • 6 Cloves
  • ½ inch Cinnamon stick
  • 1 tsp Sugar
  • ¼ tsp. Tamarind Paste
  • ½ tsp. Cumin Seeds
  • ½ inch fresh Ginger
  • 10 cloves Garlic
  • ¼ cup Sugarcane Vinegar
  • Salt to taste

To prepare Goan Rechado Masala Paste:

Break the chillies into small pieces. Soak in vinegar chillies, peppercorns, cloves, cinnamon stick, sugar, tamarind paste, cumin seeds, ginger, garlic & salt for 20 mins.

Grind in a blender/grinder to a fine, thick paste without using any water. Store in a clean sterilized bottle. Use as required

Goan Rechad Masala Fish Fry

Goan Rechad Masala Fish Fry

The  main ingredient for this recipe is homemade Goan Rechad Masala Paste. Fish is almost the staple food of Goans along with Rice and Curry.  At my home, we love to eat this with steamed rice and dal.  

Ingredients :

·   5 slices King Fish (Surmai)
·   1 tbsp. Goan Rechado Masala Paste
·   ¼ tsp. Turmeric pwd (Haldi)
·   Salt to taste
·   Wheat flour
·   3 tbsps. Vegetable Oil

Method :

Wash & drain the King Fish slices well.
To this apply rechado masala, turmeric & salt to taste & let it marinate for about 25 mins. Take sufficient wheat flour on a plate.
Roll each fish slice in the flour making sure it coats each slice well.
Heat a fry pan with oil on med. heat.  Slide the slices gently into the pan & fry well.
Flip gently & fry well on both sides. Make sure it cooks through.

Serve with Dal /Rice. 


Mince & Potato Bake

Mince & Potato Bake

A dish I have been cooking for years - easy to adapt to different tastes - kids and adults seem to love it.  An exciting variation on the traditional shepherd’s pie, and an  ideal winter warmer.

Ingredients :

5 med Potatoes
250 gms. Chicken Mince
3 med. Onions (peeled & chopped finely)
3 fresh Green Chillies (finely cut)
½ tsp. Turmeric pwd.
2 tbsps. fresh Garlic paste
1 tbsp. fresh Ginger paste
2 Tomatoes (blanched,peeled & sliced finely)
A dash of Vinegar (I used Sugarcane vinegar)
1 tsp. Red Chilli pwd.
1 tsp. Garam Masala pwd.
¼ tsp. each Cinnamon & Clove pwd.
1/3 tsp. fresh Nutmeg pwd.
1 cup blanched Mixed Vegetables ( Green Peas, Sweet Corn niblets, & Carrots)
1 Capsicum (deseed, discard membrane & chop finely)
1 tsp. dry mixed Italian herbs
A pinch of Sugar
4 tbsps. Vegetable Oil
1 cup Water
2 Eggs (lightly beaten)
2 tbsps. Milk
1 cup Processed Cheddar Cheese (grated)
3 tbsps. Bread Crumbs
1 tbsp. Butter
Salt & Pepper to taste
A handful of fresh Coriander Leaves (chopped)

Method :
Wash & pressure coboil potatoes in their jackets till soft. 
Peel off the skins from the potatoes & mash them well. Season with salt & pepper & keep aside for further use.
Add capsicum to the mixed vegetables & mix with a little salt, a sprinkle of pepper, Italian herbs & keep aside.
Combine beaten eggs & milk in a bowl. Set aside for further use.

Preparation of Chicken Mince :
Wash the mince lightly once. Drain the water & keep aside.
Heat oil in a wok/kadhai/pot till hot. Reduce heat & add onions.
Saute the onions till soft & translucent.
Add the turmeric, green chillies, red chilli pwd., ginger-garlic paste & saute till rawness disappears. Then add the sliced tomatoes, garam masala pwd., cinnamon & clove pwd., nutmeg pwd.,; stir & cook till tomatoes are soft.
Then add the chicken mince saute well for about 5 mins. on med. Reduce heat if it is too much.
Add one cup water & let it cook till the mince is dry.
Next add a dash of vinegar, a light sprinkle of pepper & salt to taste and a tsp of sugar. Mix well. Adjust vinegar to taste. Lastly garnish with chopped coriander leaves. Keep aside.

To assemble the bake :
Take a square baking dish.(9x9x2.5 inches)
Lightly grease a baking dish with some butter.
Spread all the prepared chicken mince evenly in the dish.
Then spread the prepared mixed vegetables in an even layer.
Cover the entire dish with an even layer of mashed potatoes.
Using a fork lightly scroll the surface of the potato layer with criss cross lines.
Gently & evenly pour the egg mixture on the potato layer.
Sprinkle grated cheese, pepper & bread crumbs on top. Dot with some butter.
Bake in a pre-heated oven at 200C till the bake sets well & turns to golden.
Remove from the oven & let it sit till it is warm.

Cut into wedges & serve.

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