Butternut Squash Risotto

Ingredients: Butternut Squash (1; peeled and cut into cubes) Thyme (3-4 springs plus more for garnish) Garlic (4-5 cloves; peeled) Arboria Rice (2 cups) Chicken Stock/Vegetable Stock (6 cups) Onion (1; finely chopped) White Wine (1/2 cup) Saffron (a pinch) Grated Parmesan Cheese (1/2 cup) Shaved Parmesan Cheese (for garnish) Salt (to taste) Pepper (to…

Palak Roti

Ingredients: Spinach (2 cups) Wheat Flour (2 cups) Salt (to taste) Water (as required) Oil (as required) Directions: Rinse the spinach thoroughly. In a saucepan, bring water to a boil and add some salt. Add the spinach and cook for 2- 3 minutes and then strain out the spinach leaves and put it over an…

Sambar

Ingredients: Tamarind Water (2 cups; check notes) Potato (2 medium sized; diced) Onion (1-2 medium sized; diced) Drumsticks (2; sliced to 2 inch thinkness; check notes) Tomato (2-3 medium sized; diced) Carrot (1; diced) Beans (6; cut into 1 inch pieces) Ivy Gourd (aka. Tendli; 6-7 cut into halves; optional) Eggplant (1-2 small; diced; optional)…

Dosa

Ingredients: White Rice (2 cups) Urad Dal (1 1/2 cups) Sabudhana (Tapioca pearls; handful) Salt (to taste) Note: For every cup of rice you have to use 3/4 cup of urad dal. Directions: Rinse the rice and sabudhana a few times and then soak them both together in water for 6-8 hours. Do the same…

Pineapple Pachadi

Ingredients: Pineapple (2 cups; finely chopped) Coconut (1 cup; shreded) Green Chilies (3-4; depending on spiciness) Cumin Seeds (1 tablespoon) Mustard Seeds (1/2 teaspoon) Curry Leaves (couple of leaves) Yogurt (1 1/2 cup) Turmeric Powder (1/2 teaspoon) Chili Powder (1 teaspoon) Salt (to taste) Sugar (optional; to taste) Water (1/2 cup) Coconut Oil (2 tablespoons)…

Vegetable Pulav

Ingredients: Rice (3 cups) Carrot (2-3 carrots; diced) Green Peas (1 cup) Green Beans (1 cup; sliced 1/2 inch) Cauliflower (cut florets into small pieces) Water (6 cups) Lemon Juice (1/2 lemon) Cilantro (half a bunch; finely chopped) Salt (to taste) Pepper (to taste) Ghee (2 tablespoon) Directions: Rinse the rice thoroughly and then soak…

Pavakka Thoran (Stir Fried Bitter Gourd)

Ingredients: Bitter Gourd (2-3) Chili Powder (1 tablespoon) Turmeric Powder (1/4 teaspoon) White Vinegar (2-3 tablespoons) Salt (1-2 tablespoons) Oil (3-5 tablespoons) Directions: Cut the bitter gourd lengthwise into halves and remove the seeds from the inside. Slice the halves into roughly two-inch long cubes and finally slice the cubes into thin sticks. Add the…

Boozy Hot Chocolate

Ingredients: Milk (3 cups) Heavy Cream (1 cup) Unsweetened Cocoa Powder (1/3 cup) Sugar (3/4 cup) Nutmeg (grated; a pinch) Salt (a pinch) Whiskey/Bourbon/Rum (2 ounces) Peppermint Candy (optional; for garnish) Marshmallow (optional; for garnish) Directions: In a bowl, combine cocoa powder, sugar, salt, and nutmeg. In a saucepan, add the milk and bring it…

Methi Malai Matar (Creamy Fenugreek Green Peas)

Ingredients: Fenugreek Leaves (2 bunches; roughly chopped) Onion (1; cubed) Green Chilies (2; slit into halves) Ginger-Garlic Paste (1 teaspoon) Cashew nuts (1/4 cup; soaked) Heavy cream (1/2 cup) Green Peas (1 cup; if using frozen soak it in warm water for 10 minutes) Cumin seeds (1 teaspoon) Water (1 cup) Gara Masala (1/4 teaspoon)…

Bourbon Pecan Pie

Ingredients: For Pie Crust: All-purpose flour (2 1/4 cups) Salt (1 1/4 teaspoon) Sugar(1 tablespoon) Unsalted Chilled Butter (1 cup) Ice Water (1/2 cup) Pie Filling: Pecans (2 1/2 cups; roughly chopped) Eggs (3) Maple Syrup (1/4 cup) Light Corn Syrup (1 cup) Salt (3/4 teaspoon) Dark Brown Sugar (3/4 cup) Vanilla Extract (1 tablespoon)…