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Safed Gajar ka halwa

PARSNIP HALWA DESERT In 1992, during one of my visits for a landscape project in Delhi, I was introduced to a winter specialty of Old Delhi- Safed Gajar ka halwa. We have always had Gajar ka halwa at home. A sweet made from the carmine-orange luscious, long, and juicy winter carrots that are grown in...


Chai masala Crème Brulée

The British left a legacy behind in India: Caramel custard (Crème Brulée), Trifle puddings, and jellies. I saw the same popular puddings as a legacy of the British in South Africa, too. I love its simplicity and its delicious creaminess. Besides, it stays in the fridge for a good 3-4 days, so I can make...


Vegan Coconut dessert

Super easy and quick to prepare, this Coconut dessert is one I had to adapt from my Indian-style coconut soufflé! Often when I have guests for dinner and if they are vegan, I tease my brain to find all the Indian non-dairy sweets. For friends who follow kosher meals, who do not eat dairy with...



Although I make Malpuas throughout the year, these spongy and light, crispy pancake-like Malpuas are made especially in the winter months. In the North of India, they are often served as breakfast!  Just visualise the winter mist, weak early morning sun filtering through, people wrapped in shawls, huddling near the warmth of the coal-fired stoves...


Steamed yoghurt – Kharvas

The inspiration for this recipe comes from a pudding-like sweet, Kharvas, my mother and many Maharashtrians cook. Before the time of pasteurized milk in bags, the milkman came to the door between 5:00 and 7:00 in the mornings, on a bicycle or motorcycle with huge cans balanced on both sides. He measured out the milk...