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India’s Top 7 chefs and Food Writers & Recipe Cook Books

The land of spics and curry  have many proficient Indian chefs making the best in currys  and Exotic Indian dishes from the north to the south of India. There are many popular acclaimed food critics  that write  reviews for the Indian food industry. Below are some of the more popular and well know names in the food industry in India and some reviews of the curry recipe Cookbooks.

Top Popular Indian Chef’s and Food critics

Tarla Dalal

She is India’s best - selling cookery author since over 2 decades. She has written a total of 100 titles, several of which have been translated in various languages like Hindi, Gujarati, Marathi, Bengali and even Dutch and Russian. To her credit she has about 17 recipe cookbooks and about 4 million copies sold till date.
Indian top chefs and food critics
Her cookery show "Cook it Up with Tarla Dalal" is aired weekly on Sony Entertainment Television in INDIA. The show broadcast all over South East Asia, India, the Gulf, UK and even the US.
Tarla Dalal Cook Books:
1. “The Pleasures of Vegetarian Cooking "
2. The complete Gujarati Cook Book

Sanjeev Kapoor
Sanjeev Kapoor probably needs little introduction being the most celebrated face of Indian cuisine today. He is chef , TV show host, author of best selling cookbooks, restaurant consultant and winner of several culinary awards. Sanjeev Kapoor is one of India's most popular chefs and author.
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Sanjeev kapoor Curry recipe cook books:
1.Khana Khazana:Celebration Of Indian Cookery
2.Khazana Of Healthy Tasty Recipes
A lot of painstaking research has gone into collecting these Indian curry recipes for his book “Khana Khazana: Celebration of Indian Cookery"”

Atul Kochhar:
 He is an Indian born British chef. He is a celebrity chef not only in India but in Britain as well. He is the first Indian chef who is awarded Michelin Star. Today Atul Kochhar is a renowned hotelier known all across the world. Michelin-starred chef Atul Kochhar creates great recipes, from fish curry to potato cakes, simple enough to cook at home.
In 2001, Kochhar's modern Indian cooking won the restaurant a Michelin star and made a name for the precocious 32-year-old chef.
You can find Atul kochar on his website @ http://www.atulkochhar.com/

Atul Kochar Ebook & Cookbooks
1. Simple Indian: the Fresh Tastes of India's New Cuisine
2. Indian Essence: The Fresh Tastes of India's New Cuisine

Madhur Jaffrey

Madhur Jaffrey (born August 13, 1933) is an Indian actor, who has also found fame as a food writer. She was born in Delhi, India, educated at Miranda House (Delhi) and in England. She is based in New York City. Originally Madhur Bahadur, she obtained her stage name when she married Indian actor Saeed Jaffrey, though they divorced in 1965.
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It all started when she moved to London at the age of 19 and then she started cooking by herself the recipes referred by her Mom.
Madhur Jaffrey Cook books
1. Madhur Jaffrey Indian Cooking
2. At Home with Madhur Jaffrey: Simple, Delectable Dishes from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka
3. Madhur Jaffrey's Quick & Easy Indian Cooking

Jiggs Kalra

Jiggs Kalra is a pioneering food columnist and cookery writer, anchor of two popular television programmes, Gastronome and Food Consultant. He is the Chairman & Managing Director of Bawarchi Tolla India's premier Hotel and Restaurant Consulting Company.
Top indian chefs
He has written Indian recipe books like
Listed Jiggs kalra books for sale on amazon :
1.Prashad-Cooking with Indian Masters

Hari Nayak & Vikas Khanna:
Hari Nayak is an Indian chef and restaurateur born on 8th February 1974 in Udupi, India. Vikas Khanna is also a chef and restaurateur born on 14th November 1971 in Amritsar, India.
They both are renowned book writers and authors who have written lots of cook books. They are the founders of “Cooking For Life”. Cooking for life is a tasting even organized all across the world where top chefs from all parts of the globe gather to raise funds for different relief projects carried in different parts of world.
Cookbooks from Hari Nayak And Vikas Khanna
1.Modern Indian Cooking
3.The Spice Story of India

India Curry Recipes Ebook - (Special Introductry offer Only $8):

iCR Book frontpageMost of the recipes included in the Ebook Below have been tried and tested by our resident chefs who also  are contributors to the blog and also some from our website readers. The eBook Contains Meat  and non-meat recipes, Seafood recipes as well as Vegetarian recipes and Sweet or desert recipes  to provide you a wide selection of indian food flavors

Our Curry Recipes Ebook
The recipes contributed in this book are from our resident chefs  who have worked in the Food industry and also normal people like you  who have a passion for home made cooking.
Get the “Ebook now”

Laxmi's Authentic Indian Home Cooking 700 Recipes

With Laxmi's eBook you will cook with recipes that is Genuinely Indian. It is the food that we Indians make in our homes not the food that we eat in 5 Star Restaurants. Laxmi will show you the art of making Indian curry that is Healthy, delicious & tasty.

Book Content includes

Part 1: Vegetarian Recipes
You will find all the best of India's vegetarian dishes here. Best of
South Indian dishes including different types of dosas, idlis, sambaar etc. Some of the best of Gujarati, Rajasthani and other well known vegetarian dishes, hundreds of them in fact.

Part 2: Regional Indian Recipes
Various regional states such as Kerala, Goa, Andhra, Bengali, Punjab and other state vegetarian and non vegetarian recipes.

Part 3: Non Vegetarian Recipes
All the best of Mughlai, Lamb and Chicken Curry and sea foods. Hundreds of them for you to experiment. Get Laxmi's Cookbook Here.

Indian cuisine is well known all across the world for the amount of spices used in cooking which is much more than any other cooking style. Each Indian state has its own specialty and delicious regional food different from any other state.

The Indian Recipe Book: Over 200 Deliciously Authentic DishesThe Everything Indian Cookbook: 300 Tantalizing Recipes--From Sizzling Tandoori Chicken to Fiery Lamb Vindaloo (Everything: Cooking)From Mom With Love . . .: A Complete Guide to Indian Cooking and EntertainingFrom Curries to Kebabs: Recipes from the Indian Spice Trail

A list of some other well known Indian chefs who run or work/ Manage   successful Eating places in india and abroad

1. Hemant Oberoi, Masala Kraft & Zodiac Grill, Taj Mahal Palace & Tower, Mumbai
2. Ananda Solomon, Konkan Cafe, Taj President, Mumbai
3. Imtiaz Qureshi, Dum Pukht ITC Sheraton Maurya Delhi
4. Arvind Saraswat, Taj Group. Oversees Taj Delhi & Taj Bengal in Kolkata.
5. Naren Thimmaiah, Karavalli, Taj Gateway Bangalore
6. Satish Arora, was the youngest chef for Taj Bombay back in 1973 (he was 26 then!). Now Director of Food Production for Taj SATS.
7. Rahul Akerkar, Indigo (Continental), Mumbai - heard that Bill Clinton's dined here as well.
8. Ritu Dalmia, Diva (Italian), Delhi
This list is not a be all and end all of great indian chefs list, If you think we have missed any great Indian chefs, send us a comment or message on our blog and we will endeavor to review it and include it in our list
Complete Book of Indian Cooking: 350 Recipes from the Regions of IndiaThe Indian Vegan Kitchen: More Than 150 Quick and Healthy Homestyle Recipes5 Spices, 50 Dishes: Simple Indian Recipes Using Five Common Spices
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Mughlai Cuisine Recipes and food

Mughals and Mughlai Food

Mughals invaded India on sixteenth century. They brought exotic spices, dried fruit and nuts and new cooking methods. 'Mughlai' dishes as they are called have lots of milk and cream with spices to make rich and spicy meal. Mughlai cuisine includes many famous dishes such as Kormas, Pasandas and Birianies and Pilaus. In the north and the west, Kashmiri and Mughlai cuisines show strong central Asian influences. Through the medium of Mughlai food, this influence has propagated into many regional kitchens. To the east, the Bengali and Assamese styles shade off into the cuisines of East Asia
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The influence of the Mughal rulers who ruled India is perhaps most felt in their food. A major contribution towards this is the tandoor which is an earthen oven, used to make rotis and kababs, which are pieces of meat marinated in spices and skewered over a coal tandoor. Some of the famous Mughlai dishes include tandoori chicken, seekh and boti kabab and even tandoori fish.

Royal Mughal Emperors food recipes

Mughlai cuisine is one of the most popular cuisines, whose origin can be traced back to the times of Mughal Empire. Mughlai cuisine consists of the dishes that were prepared in the kitchens of the royal Mughal Emperors. Indian cuisine is predominantly influenced by the cooking style practiced during the Mughal era. Mughlai food is quite spicy and has a very unique aroma. On eating Mughlai food, one can get a feel of the ground spices. The spices used in the preparation of Mughlai food are easily accessible.
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Mughlai food is especially preferred in Northern parts of the country. Some of the Mughlai dishes have Muslim names such as biryani, pulao, kebabs, kofta. This is suggestive of the strong influence of Muslim cooking style. The Mughals have truly left a long lasting influence on India, which is also reflected in the cuisine of India. Mughlai food occupies a commanding position in the popular cuisines of India.
The rich preparation of Mughlai food consisting of flavored sauces and butter based curries is so tempting that food lovers are bound to crave for more and more food. Mughlai food offers an amazingly delicious variety of food ranging from hot spicy shorba or soup to ginger based roasted meats to kulfi with rose petals sprinkled on it. Even, the names of the Mughlai food are so attractive that a person gets tempted to try out different dishes.
Hyderabadi_Biryani vegetaranian mughals recipe

Mughlai cuisine in india

Though, Mughlai food is cooked in all parts of the country, but the best feel of this cuisine can be had only in Delhi, which specializes in the preparation of this royal cuisine. In the 16th century, India was invaded by Mughals, who introduced the exotic spices, nuts and fruits to India. Also, the Indians got an opportunity to learn new techniques of cooking. In the preparation of most of the Mughlai dishes, milk and cream is used liberally. Mughlai Biriyanies, Pasandas, Kormas and Pulao are so enticing and yummy that people usually end up licking their fingers.
Mughlai food is very rich, its sauces consisting of curd, cream and crushed nuts like cashew. The biryani from the kitchens of the nawabs of Hyderabad, is a flavoured and spiced rice cooked with ghee and chicken or meat, and is a meal-in-a-dish eaten with raitha and salad. Aromatic spices and ghee make Mughlai food a very rich form of cuisine.
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Popular Mughlai Recipes
  • Aloo Ka Raita
  • Badaam Halwa
  • Carrot And Capsicum Raita
  • Chaamp Masala (Lamb Chops Curry)
  • Chicken Biryani
  • Chicken Korma
  • Chicken Tikka
  • Chole or Chane
  • Jhinga Malai Curry (Creamy Prawn Curry)
  • Kesar Chawal
  • Murgh Achaari
  • Naan (Indian Bread)
  • Palak Gosht
  • Palak Paneer
  • Paneer Tamatari
  • Seekh Kebabs
  • Tandoori Chicken Legs (Grilled Chicken Drumsticks)
  • Biryani

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Recipe for Anda curry ( Egg masala Curry) By jeff

Updated 24 September 2015 - This recipe is a “egg curry with Indian spices” or also called as "egg masala curry" and can be made  a bit dry  by adding less coconut milk or water  while cooking  or then can be made into a gravy curry with more coconut + water + tomato puree.
If you make the gravy method  you can just have it with rice  and if you can make it the dry method you can have it with bread or some nice nan or chappatis or even appams ( south indian rice bread). It is also called “egg masala curry”

My Egg masala recipe video coming soon

Ingredients for Egg curry

Vegetable oil or sunflower oil for sautéing onions
5 Full Boiled Chicken eggs
1 250 ml can of Coconut milk
1 Big finely  Diced onion
1 tomato diced
1 teaspoon fenugreek leaves
2 slices of ginger
1 chopped chilli
1 Big or two small pods garlic crushed
1 tablespoon turmeric powder (Haldi powder)
1 teaspoon garam masala
1 teaspoon coriander powder (Dhania powder)
Pinch of Chilli powder

Curry Eggs -Method 

Cook on medium flame

1. Full boil the 5 eggs and set aside . Peel and cut eggs in half or partially slice it for flavours to infuse into eggs (when you will add it to the curry later).
2. Make the curry masala for the egg - Pour two tablespoons of oil in pan or dish and let it get hot
3. Add onions , chopped or crushed garlic  and ginger slices in the oil and Sautee until golden brown ( possibly 7 to 10 mins depending on cooking flame).
3. Add the spice powders like chilli, turmeric, Coriander powder to the sautéing onions which have turned golden and mix together and fry for 5 mins while stirring it
4. Add diced tomato  ( or half 420 g tin of crushed or puree tomato) and keep mixing ( approx 5 mins) until a bit dry
5. Add boiled eggs  to the dish while cooking and let cook for another2 minutes for the eggs to to absorb  spices flavour 
5. Add 250 ml tin of coconut milk, mix, let it cook for another 4 to 5 mins and its done

You can garnish with fresh chopped coriander if you like

Tip: If  you want to give this recipe a south Indian flavor, add four curry leaves to the curry 10 to 15 mins before finishing cooking it .In South India this is also known as Motta Curry (egg curry)

Other egg recipes you may want to try

Scrambled Eggs With Cheese (5 stars!)
Soft-Boiled Eggs With Toast Fingers
Toad In The Hole (5 stars!)
Baked Eggs With Parmesan & Basil
Home Egg Muffin Sandwich
Poached Eggs A La Micro (5 stars!)
Spinach & Egg Garlic Toasts
Fried Eggs (5 stars!)
Fried Egg Sandwich (5 stars!)
Breakfast Burritos Sans Beans
Hard-Boiled Eggs (5 stars!)
Egg Salad
Chutney Deviled Eggs
Scrambled Eggs & Caviar
Hot Egg & Bacon Salad
Crab & Egg Drop Soup
Greek Egg & Lemon Soup (5 plus 5 stars!)
Chawan Mushi
Cajun Spiced Eggs
Pizza & Eggs
Eggs, Onions, & Lox
Asparagus Quiche
Zucchini Frittata
Huevos Rancheros (5 stars!)
Scotch Egg
Potato Tortilla
Wild Mushroom Omelet
Greek Omelet
Matzo Brei
Faux Egg Noodles
Huevos Motulenos
Chorizo & Eggs
Salami & Eggs
Egg Bread
Ultimate French Toast
Classic Eggnog
Totally Safe Eggnog
Mocha Flip
Zabaglione (5 stars!)
Stovetop Lemon Curd
Pound Cake
Old-Fashioned Noodle Pudding
Sunshine Cake
Grand Marnier Souffle
Cookies & Cream Supreme
Ophelia's Celestial Egg Whites

 You can get the  cook book for More Egg recipes from Amazon (totally Eggs)

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North indian Chicken Masala Recipe with a hint of mediterranean

Dates in chicken curry, sounds weird (yep). Not so much weird is mint and “jaifal” (nutmeg) in my Indian Mediterranean chicken curry as I would like to name this delicious recipe. It’s a take-off on my Indian chicken curry with a simple twist in flavours, to bring out that delicious north Indian taste flavours with a hint of Mediterranean, thanks to the dates in the recipe.

Mediterranean Indian Chicken recipe

Photo only for illustration purposes
It is not recommended to put more than 2 dates in 500 gms meat, as they can overpower the other flavours with their sweetness. For the mint, just three sprigs of mint with atleast 7 to 8 leaves on each sprig. Just chop tem whole with tender stalks to put in the curry. For the jaifal (Mace /nutmeg) use dry scraped peace’s of nutmeg bought from your local Indian grocery.
Forget taste.com.au recipes, Allrecipes and BBC good food recipes, this is the real deal!
As you can see from the above the main star ingredients other than 500 gms ( half a kilo Chicken) is the super three below
Chopped Mint ( 3 sprigs)
Scraped pieces of Mace ( 1 to 3 pieces)
Dates ( 1 or two)
4 Adult(s)

Ingredients for Mediterranean chicken recipe

· 1 large onion
· 6 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
· 50g ginger, roughly chopped
· 4 tbsp vegetable oil
· ½ teaspoon coriander seeds crushed
· ½ teaspoon grind pepper
· 5cm cinnamon stick
· 3 to 4 bay leaves
· 2 to 3 cardamon crushed
· 2 to 3 cloves whole
· 1 tsp chilli flakes + 2 freshly chopped chilli
· 1 tsp garam masala
· 2 tsp turmeric
· 2 Dates
· 3 sprigs chopped mint
· 2 to 3 pieces of Mace
· 400g can chopped tomatoes or fresh diced tomatoes
· Chicken skinned, boneless or with bones(about 500 to 600g)
· 2 tbsp chopped coriander

Method for Recipe

1. Roughly chop the onion, transfer to a small food processor, and add 3 tablespoons of water - process to a slack paste. You could use a stick blender for this or coarsely grate the onion into a bowl – there’s no need to add any water if you are grating the onion. (Optionally , onion can also be diced instead to brown on the pan- same with garlic and ginger below). Tip into a small bowl and leave on one side. Dice the dates and mint and keep aside.
2. Put the chopped garlic and ginger into the same food processor and add 4 tbsp water – process until smooth and spoon into another small bowl. Alternatively, crush the garlic to a paste with a knife or garlic press and finely grate the ginger.
3. Heat the oil in a wok or sturdy pan set over a medium heat. Combine the dry spices like cardamom, cinnamon , bay leaves , cloves, Mace and chilli flakes and add to the pan in one go. Swirl everything around for about 30 secs until the spices release a fragrant aroma (don’t let it burn).
4. Add the onion paste – it will splutter in the beginning. Fry until the water evaporates and the onions turn a lovely dark golden - this should take about 7-8 mins or more. Add the garlic and ginger paste and cook for another 2 mins – stirring all the time.
5. Add the chicken and keep stirring for 7 to 10 mins.
6. Stir in the garam masala, turmeric, and chopped dates and continue cooking for 20 secs before tipping in the diced tomatoes. Put the chopped mint in at this stage. Continue cooking on a medium heat for about 10 mins without a lid until the tomatoes reduce and darken.
7. You can add chicken stock if more gravy is needed. Simmer for 10-20 mins with a lid until the chicken is tender and the masala lightly thickened – you might need to add an extra ladleful of stock or water if the curry needs it. Wait for a layer of oile to form over the curry while it simmers , it means the curry is cooked and ready to eat.
Sprinkle with chopped coriander and serve with Indian breads or rice
( The cinnamon stick, whole cloves and other spice bits can be removed from the curry if needed  as these are mainly only to bring the flavors out in the curry)

Photo of mace

1. Nutmeg is one of the two spices – the other being mace – derived from several species of tree in the genus Myristica. Wikipedia
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Assorted Christmas Recipees

The countdown to Christmas is well and truly on, and if you’re looking for inspiration, you’ll find it right here. From cakes and decorations to puddings and sweets and roast turkeys. we try list some different recipes for you.
Wondering what to cook for Christmas lunch? It's almost Christmas so don't wonder too long :-) Do it differently this year and go the Indian way! Why? There's heaps to choose from and it's all very tasty indeed!
You could cook up an Anglo-Indian Christmas feast or celebrate Christmas Goan-style (Goa is on the western coast of India). And if you're still not feeling spoilt for choice, here're some more Christmas meal ideas

Kul Kuls recipe

A great sweet to prepare with the family, Kulkuls are made all over India at Christmas time. They are fun to make and keep very well if stored in a airtight container.

  • 1/2 kg plain flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup coconut cream
  • 4 tbsps sugar powdered
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • Oil for deep frying
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3-4 tbsps water
  • Mix the flour and baking powder well.
  • Add the butter a little at a time, mixing gently.
  • Beat the eggs in a separate bowl and add them to the flour-butter mix.
  • Add the sugar and coconut milk to this and mix into a soft dough.
  • Form the dough into small marble-sized balls.
  • Grease the back of a fork with some oil and flatten and press a ball of dough onto it.
    • Starting at one end, roll the dough off the fork and into a tight curl. The end result will be a tube-like curl with the design from the fork on it! Make the remaining dough similiarly till it is all used up.
    • Heat the oil in a deep, heavy-bottomed pan on a medium flame.
    • When hot, fry the kulkuls in it, making sure to turn often, till they are a light golden brown in color. Drain and cool on paper towels.
    • Put the sugar and water in a separate pan and cook till the sugar melts fully.
    • Put the cooled kulkuls into this sugar syrup and coat well.
    • Remove and allow to sit in a plate till the sugar encrusts on the kulkuls.
    • When fully cooled, you can store the kulkuls for a considerable amount of time if kept in an air-tight container.

Rose Cookies recipe

This snack is made during Christmas time. It is very tasty while having tea/coffee in the evenings.
1/2 Kg Maida; Eggs 6; Sugar to taste; 1/2 a coconut for milk; a pinch of salt to counter act the Sugar; Oil for Deep frying; Cake Seeds 1 Tbsp.
Scrape the coconut & extract the milk, beat the eggs well - keep aside. Take the Maida sieve it place in a bowl add the eggs, sugar, salt cake seeds & keep mixing using the coconut milk little @ a time to make a fine smooth batter like for Dosas' - keep aside. To make the Rose Cookies: Take a wok (Kadai) pour the oil kept for deep frying place on heat, now place the mould into the oil & keep it immersed when the mould is very hot, remove from the oil & lightly dip half way only into the batter - & put it back into the oil - wait for a second & start shaking the mould, the Cookie will leave the Mould -fry the cookie on both sides till golden brown remove & drain then let it cool, place in air tight containers & keep use whenever needed. Continue making the cookies with the remaining batter.
You could use Jeera Seeds, a little white pepper pwd, chillie powder & salt instead of Sugar

Diamond Cut Cookies

Ingredients For Diamond Cut Cookies:
1 lb filo dough (keep dough wrapped in damp towel once you cut it)
2 lbs butter (lightly salted)
1 1/2 c. walnuts, ground fine 1-bottle orange flower water Diamond Cut Cookies (should be available at specialty shops, or at a grocery store with a very good ethnic section)
3 1/2 c. sugar (or more to taste)
1 3/4 c. water
Juice of 2 lemons

Instructions For Diamond Cut Cookies:
Mix nuts with 1/2 c. sugar, or more to taste. Add 1 1/2 Tblsp. orange flower water.
Make syrup ahead of time. Mix 3 c. sugar and water to boil; boil 1/2 hr. Add lemon juice, and 1 1/2 Tbsp. orange flower water.
Melt butter. Line 13x9 pan with butter. Separate dough in half; cut to fit pan. Keep left-over pieces of dough to fill in spaces.
Separate sheets of dough and put 2 sheets together. Add 2 sheets at a time to pan and then butter well. Add 2 more sheets and butter again. You can fill in layers with pieces. Continue until half the dough is used.
Add layer of nuts, and then repeat procedure as you did for the bottom half. Butter top layer and cut into diamonds with sharp knife.
Pour remaining butter over top. Bake diamond cut cookies at 350 degrees for 1 hour or until golden brown.
Let cool slightly, and add some of the syrup. Then cool completely. Use remainder of syrup to "freshen them up" when you serve or eat them. Cut your diamond cut cookies to whatever size you prefer.


100 grams fresh ginger root
2 kgs sugar
6 limes / lemons (extract the juice)
3 pieces cinnamon
6 litres water
Peel and wash the ginger root and cut into thin strips. Put the ginger pieces, sugar and cinnamon together and bring to boil on high heat. Lower the heat, then simmer for atleast 2 hours on low heat till the water reduces and the mixture becomes slightly thick and coloured. Remove from heat then add the lime /lemon juice and mix well. When cold, strain through a thin cloth. Bottle and use as a digestive after all the heavy Christmas fare. This wine lasts for 3 months in a refrigerator.


2 cups coconut scrapings
2 cups white sugar
1/2 cup milk
1 tablespoon butter or ghee
1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence
1/2 teaspoon pink or green food colouring
Take a thick bottomed vessel and heat the sugar and 1/4 cup water on high heat. When the sugar melts, add the coconut, vanilla essence, ghee / butter and the milk. Cook on medium heat stirring all the time till the mixture thickens and leaves the sides of the vessel. Drop a teaspoon of the mixture in a cup of water and if it forms a ball when rolled between the thumb and fingers, the right consistency is reached. Grease a flat plate and pour the mixture on it. Spread well and flatten with the back of a spoon dipped in water. Cut into squares when slightly cool.


A traditional Australian dessert and popular at Christmas
as it is a real Summer dessert.
2 teaspoons cornstarch
4 egg whites (room temperature)
3/4 cup superfine sugar
1 teaspoon Vanilla extract
1 teaspoon vinegar
1 1/4 cups thick cream

Decoration on top:-
Fresh Fruit such as sliced bananas, strawberries,passionfruit etc
Another popular decoration is grated Peppermint Crisp which is a
chocolate bar with a crunchy peppermint filling.You could also make
up your own topping.Limit is your imagination.
  1. preheat over to 250 Fahrenheit (150 celsius).
  2. Brush large baking sheet with melted butter or oil. Line base with wax paper
  3. Dust lightly with sifted cornstarch, shake off excess.
  4. Using a 7-8 inch (approx) round baking pan or lid as a guide, mark a circle in the centre of the prepared baking sheet.
  5. Place egg whites in a small dry mixing bowl. Using an electric beater, beat for 1 minute or until soft peaks form.
  6. Add the sugar gradually, 3 teaspoons at a time, beating constantly until mixture is thick and glossy and all the sugar has dissolved. Add vanilla extract and vinegar, beat until combined.
  7. Spread meringue onto the marked circle on the prepared baking sheet.Bake 1 and 1/4 hours or until pale and crisp. Cool completely on the tray in the oven, with door slightly ajar.
  8. When the pavlova shell is cooled slide a flat bladed knife underneath and carefully ease pavlova onto a serving plate
  9. Place cream in a mixing bowl. Using electric beaters, beat cream until stiff peaks form. Spread over the top of cooled pavlova shell.
  10. Decorate


1 kg Sugar
500 grams Almonds chopped
300 grams find Semolina / Rava (Roasted lightly with a little ghee)
500 grams ghee or clarified butter
5 cups thick coconut milk extracted from 3 coconuts or 5 packs of ready coconut milk
1 kg Puttu Rice or Red Rice Flour
In a fairly big vessel, boil the sugar and coconut milk together till it forms a syrup. Mix the Rice flour and Semolina together and add to the syrup a little at a time, stirring constantly. Add the ghee and almonds. Stirring continuously, keep cooking on low heat till the mixture is thick and leaves the sides of the pan. Remove from heat and pour onto a greased plate. Cut into squares when cold. The Doldol will be black in colour.
  1. Rum Balls

    9 Vita Brits or Weet Bix
    ½ cup coconut
    1 cup chopped raisins
    2 tabsp. Cocoa
    1 tin condensed milk
    3 tabsp. Bundaberg rum
    extra coconut

    Mix together well in a bowl.
    Cover in the fridge for ½ hour. (That's what we do in Australia.)
    (Yours could probably sit in the bowl in the snow.)
    Shape into balls and roll in coconut.

    Brandy Fruitcake

    Ingredients: 500g Raisins, 500g chopped Pitted Dates, 125g Sultanas, 125g Currants, 200g Glace Cherries, 1 Cup Brandy, 250g Butter Cut Into Small Pieces, 1 ½ Cups Dark Brown Sugar, 1 Tablespoon Vanilla Essence, 4 X 60g Eggs, 200g Dark Chocolate, 1 Cup Plumb Jam, 2 Cups Plain Flour, ½ Cup Self Raising Flour, 1 Tablespoon Cinnamon

    Instructions: Mix the dried fruit in a bowl and add the brandy then leave it marinate for 1-2 hours.
    Line a 23 cm deep round cake tin (or 2 x 18cm tins) with a double layer of baking paper on sides and base. Wrap outside of tin with a double thickness of brown paper and tie with string or secure join with a paper clip. Heat oven to 160°C.
    Beat butter sugar add vanilla until creamy, then beat in the eggs one by one, beating well. Add to the fruit and mix well. Melt chocolate in a small saucepan over simmering water, or in the microwave for about 60 seconds, and then stir in the plumb jam and pour over the fruit. Fold in the flour and cinnamon, and pour the cake mixture into the prepared tin. Smooth off the top and shake the pan to settle contents and remove air pockets.
    Bake for 2 ½ - 3 hours (2-2 1/4 hours for smaller cakes) until a skewer test comes out clean. Remove from the oven, leave in the tin, wrap in tea towels and rest overnight befor serving.
    Preparation Time: 30 minutes (plus marintation) - Cooking Time: 2-3 hours
    Want a taste of Christmas in Goa? Here're some traditional Goan dishes you can cook in your own kitchen.


Here is the list of gingerbread recipees for you. Click on any link to view the ingredients and method of creating wonderful gingerbread. We have a total of 10 gingerbread for you to make. Enjoy these recipes and do let us know your feedback. Blueberry Gingerbread
German Christmas Gingerbread
Ginger Christmas Pudding With Orange Hard Sauce
Gingerbread Birdhouse Ornaments
Gingerbread Cupcakes With Cream Cheese Frosting
Gingerbread Cutouts
Gingerbread Pudding Cake
Scottish Gingerbread
Sweet And Sour Sauce For Gingerbread

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Every Christmas my mother cons us into ‘Making Sweets,’ the most pointless Indian Tradition ever. Basically each family makes oodles of sweets, to put in a Christmas plate, and give to another family, who will give you variations of the same sweets back. Often the product you get back is worse than your own, hence the POINTLESSNESS.


    You say we are White Washing the house for Christmas!!!!!!... White Washing???
    You say "Don’t get a Kottu from
    You say DONO (Don't Know)
    You have pepperwater, rice and pepper fry for lunch on Saturdays
    Of all the dances in the world, you know what "Tiger dance" is!
    You ate "kanjee water & rice" when times were hard!
    You think the hottest Anglo tailor is 'Gani' and he left you waiting and hoping on Christmas Eve!
    You played "Miss Mary Mac", "Ice-cream soda" and "who stole the cookie from the cookie pot" during school breaks (ring a bell, Doveton girls??)
    On Christmas you wore a 'coat & skirt' made from 'Garden silk' and patent leather 'coat shoes'!
    You went to an Anglo dance, and if your band, when testing the sound system, spent 30 minutes of 1-2, mike testing, 1-2, mike testing, 1-2, mike testing, 1-2.
    You got the "FIJACKS" atleast once in your life. (got the frights/were moody)
    All the underwear in your family are called "Jocks", "Jungies" and "Flyingfoxes”.
    You walk into a dance with a quarter bottle bulging in your suit pocket.
    You know exactly what species of ants "bully ants" is.
    You ran into one of the stalwarts of main road and they went "what macha - long time no see" or "Cousin got any change da, never ate from morning macha" you give them something and they are off...full swing, smile on their
    face to the grog shop.
    You've sung "Ging gang gooly..." at Sunday school or wherever!
    Your Sunday was longer than your Monday.
    Kalang Kol was a sport.
    You knew Mad Nora from Perambur
    You know Sampath from Foxen Street
    You use the phrase How mad nah!!! and if u use "blimming and blinking" in every other sentence (still don’t know what they mean - as swear words)
    You use the phrase "thatny" - for that only
    You respond with a "Namind (never mind)Child"
    You walked in late to church and walked out early after communion.
    At Anglo weddings, nana says to pass more wedding cake so she can put some in her bag to take home.
    You played Ringa Ringa Roses, Ringing the duck, Dog Shots, Musical chairs, n sung Hotel California more than a dozen times.
    You are convinced that everyone else in India is a bloody pye dog , Pariah Bugger
    or Wog.
    You ever u buy meat u ask the meat man for free Jow and Bones along with the meat.saying its for the dog.
    You have witnessed the following - Aunty Dolly is laid out and between prayers Uncle Willie wails "How you can leave and go without telling one word chile".
    You and 10 other friends pooled in about 3 rupees each to buy a quarter bottle of booze
    You're working in a call center even though you haven’t finished your 10th std.
    Your Aunties and Uncles get REALLY offended if you don't greet them with a 'Mornin', 'G'Afnoon', or 'D'Evenin'
    You refer to every guy as "bugger" in a conversation.
    You and your family go to Mass with everyone wearing the same material, Father and Son have the same material shirt, mom and
    sis have the same material skirts, and when you go back home the same material is used for your curtains and the sofa covers.
    You didn't own a tie and a suit but still wore one at the Christmas dance...
    Your mama prays to all the saints and every single version of Mother Mary ever known to human kind...
    You willingly go to the market to make some extra pais (paise).
    You smoke half a buggie (beedi) now and keep the other half for after lunch.
    You asked your mum where something was that you misplaced and she answers. "On my head"
    You walked in your short pants and T-shirt to the natta shop down the road or drove around on your bike to your friend's place like that.
    You’re at British or Lala's and thinking “look at these pies how they ‘beep’ up the place”.
    You've been for one of the dances organised by Passange
    Your mama told you, "I'll slipper you, mind!"
    If I said 'Who' and you replied Mother Boo!
    You have a fight or watch a fight on:
    a) Christmas Dance
    b) New Years Dance
    c) A wedding
    Somebody calls you "dorai" or "missi amma"
    You sing "She'll be coming down the mountain..." to & fro from a picnic.......
    You have coconut rice, ball curry and devil chutney for lunch on special days.
    If Ginger wine and Kul Kuls are a 'must have' at Christmas time.
    You stuck a pin in the bottom of your rubber slipper strap to save yourself from buying a new strap.
    You think 'She wears my ring' and 'Put your sweet lips a little closer to the phone' are still the two hottest songs in the world.

    Collection of christmas recipe Links

    Crispy Skin Turkey with Cherry Sauce and two stuffings
    Diabetic Fruit Cake
    Gert's Belgian Stuffed Turkey
    Australian Christmas Pudding
    Brown sugar shortbread
    Boiled fruit cake
    Easy plum pudding
    Finger Foods - Back to the Seventies!
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    Meals for Morons - Summer Cocktails
    Simple Apple Cake
    Christmas Toppings by Lyn Battle
    Tomato and golden syrup barbecue glaze
    Jackie French's Red Christmas Cordial
    Boozy icecream
    Mother-in-law's Christmas cake
    Cooking with Champagne - Meals for Morons
    Avocado Dip (Guacamole)
    Summer tomato and melon soup
    Berry and meringue roulade
    Italian strawberry mascarpone trifle
    Potato Croquettes
    Dark fruit cake for Christmas
    Iced Plum Pudding
    Bûche de Noël
    Gingerbread tree decorations
    Edna's Christmas Pudding
    Gran’s brandy sauce
    Christmas Pudding
    Summer pudding
    Christmas cakes for everyone
    Lemon curd trifle
    Christmas pudding
    Tangy plum pudding
    Pecan Tarts
    Nougat from my friend Gabriel Gate
    Santa's Squid Stockings
    Economical plum pudding
    Birnbrot - Christmas Pear and Nut Bread
    Fruit Mincemeat and Mandarin Brulee style Tart
    Walnut Shortbread
    Poached Summer Fruits
    Almond and Cherry Christmas Pudding
    Drover's Christmas Cake
    Boiled Christmas cake
    Cold Christmas pudding
    Christmas Cake
    Fruity truffles
    Christmas Muffins
    Valli's Plum Pudding Vodka
    Diabetic Christmas Pudding
    Whole Baked Ocean Trout or Atlantic Salmon with Thai Cucumber Salad
    Pecan Tarts
    Almond Bread
    French Onion Dip
    Yvonne's Diabetic Christmas pudding
    Bread Pudding
    Vegie Crudités
    Christmas Truffles
    Mini Christmas puddings
    Manyon's Diabetic Fruit Cake
    Soups - Meals for Morons
    Salmon Dip
    Tiffen roll
    Macadamia Shortbread
    Meals for Morons - Pasta, Pasta, Pasta
    Shannon Lush's 30 Minute Christmas Pudding
    Gluten Free Christmas Cake
    Crisp fried banana prawns with cumin salt
    Meals for Morons
    Christmas Tomato Salad
    Brandy Butter
    Cherry, Tarragon and Walnut Salad
    Silky brandy sauce
    Supremely Versatile Christmas Fruit Mixture
    Valli's White Christmas
    Sago Plum Pudding
    Tart Berry Jam
    Frozen Christmas pudding
    Asian brown rice salad
    Christmas puddings
    Yvonne's Diabetic Christmas cake
    Cranberry grilled chicken
    Christmas chocolate logs
    Fresh fruit Christmas cake
    Rum Balls
    Microwave Christmas pudding
    White Christmas
    Yvonne's Diabetic mince pies
    Blue swimmer crabs with black bean sauce
    Christmas cake
    Salmon escabeche with smoked salmon and fennel salad
    Christmas cake
    Mum's Scrambled Eggs, love from Junior
    Quick little Christmas puddings
    Apple and Cheese Roll-ups
    Finger Foods - Meals for Morons
    Quick Mango Sorbet
    Irish Christmas Cake
    Australian Lighter Christmas Pudding
    Christmas glazed ham
    Christmas salad
    Roasted stonefruits with berry compot, yoghurt and sabayon
    Ginger and Nut Rum Balls
    Frozen Christmas pudding
    Fatoush salad
    Stone fruit dessert
    Grape Jam
    Christmas Turkey On The BBQ
    Plum pudding truffles
    Nut Snacks
    Buffet Turkey
    Brandy Sauce
    Dried fruit and nut stuffing (for Christmas turkey)
    Green bean and haloumi salad
    Tricia's Plum Pudding
    Gingered Rhubarb Strawberry Jam
    Traditional Christmas pudding
    Spanish Walnut Cake
    Pumpkin caramalised walnut salad
    Mango, prawn and avocado salad
    Mum's Christmas pudding
    Apricot and Almond Tarts
    Christmas Pudding
    Raspberry cream cheese brownies
    Christmas 'fruitcake'
    Chocolate ganache tart
    Christmas Pudding
    Meals for Morons - Easter Ideas
    Quick cook Pork loin with mango salad
    Last Minute Christmas Pudding
    Turkey and Asparagus Pilaf
    Turkey picatta on herbed, roasted vegetables
    Salmon steaks
    Beetroot puree
    Christmas truffles
    Gingerbread men Christmas fun
    Mini Fruit Mince Tarts
    Summer Pudding
    Apple Cake
    Mango chutney
    Festive biscuits
    Smoked Salmon Pinwheels with Basil and Capers
    Christmas toppings
    Meals for Morons
    Dutch rumballs
    Low fat egg nog
    Garlicky coleslaw
    Christmas cakes for everyone
    Rock oysters with saltwater vinaigrette
    Christmas pudding
    Frozen souffle with Christmas berries
    Spiced beef
    Ice cream Christmas pudding
    Rocky Road Christmas Cake
    Festive fruit tart
    Christmas fruit mince
    Chocolate fingers
    Christmas Bavaroise
    Bring a plate recipe - frozen Christmas pudding
    Exciting things that go with BBQ sausages
    Peanut butter bon bons
    Meals for Morons
    Meals for Morons - Chocolate
    Lavash Crisps (a low fat alternative to corn chips or crackers)
    Margaret's Diabetic Christmas Pudding
    Mrs Dibble's Christmas Pudding - by James Dibble
    Savoury vegetable tart
    Christmas Fruit Mince Pies
    Fillet of pork with a drunken dried fruit salad
    Rolled turkey breast with my mother’s stuffing
    Mango with champagne sabayon
    Meals for Morons - Christmas Food
    Christmas bourbon balls
    Christmas fruit mince
    Mince pies
    Turkey stuffing
    Mixed Fruit Crumble
    Diabetic Christmas Cake
    Plum pudding in a cloth
    Christmas Party Finger Food - Cooking with Clive
    Warm Chocolate Pudding With Icecream
    Chicken with pinenut stuffing
    White Christmas Slice
    Pita Chips (a low fat alternative to corn chips or crackers)
    Small Christmas puddings – microwave style
    Fresh raspberry porridge for Christmas morning
    Christmas Ham (The Easy Way)
    American green salad
    Rum Sauce
    Tempura strawberries with creme catalan
    Elsie's Two Minute Fruit Cake
    Kathy's fabulous Florentines
    Whole roasted pheasant
    Sweet and sour cherry marmalade
    Chocolate nemesis
    Twenty minute Christmas pudding
    Almond and Cherry Christmas Pudding
    Meals for Morons - Bread
    Rum Snowballs
    Plum pudding ice cream
    Golden Grand Marnier Christmas Cake
    Rice paper wraps
    Vicar's punch
    Successful Gluten Free Flour
    Crunchy fish skewers
    Mango icecream
    Sauces for Christmas puddings
    Christmas Turkey Stuffing
    Marinated Artichoke Crostini
    One Minute Savoury Pizzetta
    Orange Shortbread
    Ice-cream Christmas pudding
    Festive Ice Cream Pudding
    Bring a plate recipe - Frozen Mango Bars
    Christmas panforte de Siena
    Christmas Pudding
    Drunken chicken
    Meals for Morons - Christmas Food Ideas
    Mini Christmas Pavlovas
    Plum Pudding with Brandy Sauce
    How to cook a turkey
    Christmas ploughman's
    Egg nog
    Chocolate snowball cake
    Ice-cream Christmas pudding #2
    Christmas cheer and berry christmas
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    Ice cream Christmas cake
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    Hand Made Chocolate Truffles
    Orange Shortbread
    Ginger Bread Stars
    Christmas Pudding
    Coconut Turkey - Cooking with Clive
    Dot’s Christmas pudding
    Brigid's mum Sue's Christmas chocolate sauce
    Fruity Christmas Slice
    Almond Shortbread

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