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A Christmas Cook Book


Hi everyone! Today I am not sharing a recipe but letting you know of a beautiful project that I am part of.

I am pleased to announce the release of the Foodies+ Christmas Recipes (Cook book) on Amazon.

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So happy to be a part of this collaborative effort, to bring you a gorgeous recipe book written by some dedicated foodies, myself included.

Recipes from various corners of the world, this book will make an awesome Christmas gift.

Here’s a sneak peak at some of the recipes I have contributed to the book.


Orange Blossom Bellini I was introduced to this beautiful drink on my trip to Dubai. It’s been a staple at my dinner parties ever since. The perfect mocktail, if you ask me. The light scent of the Orange Blossom Water along with the addition of nibbles is a combination of flavours to tease the senses. No alcohol required! This recipe replaces the customary peach puree and prosecco with sparkling grape juice, cranberry and sometimes blood orange juice. Here, it is the exotic scent of Orange Blossom that makes it all the more special.


I’m dreaming of a White Christmas…well, White Christmas Cookies anyway. These White Cookies make the perfect gift for friends, family or teachers, I just love them! Coming from someone who thought she hated white chocolate, that’s a statement! The cookies are tender, with the perfect crunch, yet just chewy enough!

It’s out!!! 🎄 🎄 🎄  Foodies+ Christmas cookbook !
With all proceeds going to Action Against Hunger , it’s some hard work, geared towards a good cause.
📚 Please share with all your friends. 🎅

I am also hard at work on my first couple of solo ebooks. Curry Recipes, Rice Recipes and   Favorite Regional Recipes.📚

The Foodies+ Christmas Cook Book – features almost 100 recipes from various parts of the world!

It is a privilege to be a co-author along with great contributors such as Azlin BloorLisa WatsonNomad DimitriJoy StewartIndrani Sen , Jasmina  Brozović, and Zvonimir Fras. Some of my favorite foodies 🙂

Available on Kindle on your favourite Amazon siteAmazon UKAmazon USAmazon AUS.


This is what you’re getting:

Supporting Cast
Starters, Soups, Sides, Stuffing, Sauces and Gravies

The Main Performance
We’re not just talking turkey, baby!

La Dolce Vita
Because Life should always be sweet!

Time for a Tipple
Always Happy Hour somewhere, right?

Feeding a Crowd
Canapés and other party food for the planned and uninvited guests!

Gifts from the Kitchen
The way to anyone’s culinary heart!

Menu Suggestions

And Basic Recipes, because we pay attention to detail!

Lamb Chops with Cherry Sauce

lamb chops with cherry sauce

Lamb Chops with Cherry sauce

Lamb Chops with Cherry Sauce

Lamb Chops with Cherry sauce.  These savory chops with sweet and sour sauce are perfect for entertaining or on special occasions. I used lamb loin chops. Quite the ‘Fancy but Simple meal’, as I call it; served with a Mesclun Salad and Mashed Peas.

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Pongal Recipe | Ven Pongal

pongal recipe

Pongal Recipe

Pongal Recipe | Ven Pongal (with slideshow)


Pongal’ is a festival in Southern India to celebrate the coming of the Harvest Season.   ‘Pongal’ is a derivation of the word  ‘Pong’,  which means to ‘spill over’ or ‘boil over’.

There are two dishes associated with this festival. One savory and one sweet. The savory version is called Ven Pongal (White Pongal) or Khara Pongal (Spicy Pongal). It is a very common breakfast item in parts of  the South. The sweet version is called Sakkara Pongal (Sweet Pongal).

If the dish is simply referred to as  ‘Pongal’ it is referring to the Savory Version. It is a very satisfying and quick breakfast ( or anytime) dish. It is often served with Chutney , Sambar and ‘Vadai’ (lentil fritters). The dish is made of de-husked green gram and short grained rice. It is cooked to a creamy but thick (porridge like) consistency, perhaps like a ‘Risotto’. The ghee is absolutely essential, and Pongal just isn’t Pongal without it.

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Gingerbread Man Recipe | Decorated with Royal Icing

gingerbread man

gingerbread man recipe with decoration

Gingerbread Man Recipe | Decorated with Royal Icing

gingerbread man recipe

Gingerbread man is a biscuit made of gingerbread, usually in the shape of a man although ginger bread women are common too, as are cookies shaped according to seasonal themes (Christmas, Halloween, Easter, etc).

GingerBread dates back to the 15th century and human shaped ginger bread biscuits dates back to the 16th century.

According to the fairytale of ‘ The Gingerbread Man’ a childless old woman bakes a gingerbread man who magically comes to life  leaps from her oven and runs away. The woman and her husband try to catch him but fail. In the story the ginger bread man continues to run and escape from various pursuers. The lines ‘ You can’t catch me. I’m the Gingerbread Man ‘ are famous in the story.

I love making these biscuits for holidays with the kids. They are fine left as they are or for a more festive feel, decorated with royal icing, candy etc.

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Mid Autumn Festival – Mooncake Festival – Lantern Festival



Recipe for traditional Mooncake:

Mid Autumn Festival – Mooncake Festival – Lantern Festival

According to the Chinese Lunar Calendar, the 15th day of the eighth month represents the Mid-Autumn Festival (Zhong Qiu Jie)  also known as Lantern Festival  (Yuanxiao) or Mooncake Festival.

At this time, the moon is closest to the earth and  hence it’s at its brightest. It also marks the end of the Hungry Ghosts Festival, which occurs during the seventh month of the Lunar year.

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Ada Pradhaman with Instant Ada (Rice Flakes)

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Ada Pradhaman with Instant Ada (Rice Flakes)

Ada Pradhaman is one of the most sought after Payasams when it comes to Kerala feasts and Onam Sadhyas. Here is how to make it easily and deliciously with the store-bought instant ada. The Payasam thickens after resting a while, like in the picture. The texture can be loosened to a desired consistency bu adding light fresh milk and heating through.

Here, you can find the post on how to make Ada pradhaman with home made Ada

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Nadan Parippu Curry – Moong Dal Curry for Kerala Sadhya

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Nadan Parippu Curry – Dal Curry for Kerala Sadhya

This is the traditional method of preparing delicious Nadan Parippu Curry. I absolutely love this with some fresh ghee drizzled on top of the hot dal curry. Husked Moong dal is used for this dish.  Give me a plate of rice, some of this awesome parippu curry, ghee, some papad and – that’s all I need!

This is the type of dal that is made for traditional Sadhyas and Feasts. Loosen the texture further by adding more water.

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M & M Caramel Apples

M & M Caramel Apples

M & M Caramel Apples

Caramel Apples and Candy Apples are popular during the Autumn Season, Haloween : after Apples are harvested. Quick and easy. Kids Love them. Here’s how to make M & M Caramel Apples.

M & M Caramel Apples recipe

M & M Caramel Apples

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Pineapple Tart – Lunar New Year Special

Pineapple Tart - Lunar New Year Special
Pineapple Tart with pineapple filling

Pineapple Tart


A regular treat during the Lunar New Year at Asian Markets. I love these little flaky Sweet N Pineapple Tart Biscuits with Pineapple Jam Filling. The home made Pineapple Jam is lightly spiced and fills the house with a deliciously tempting aroma.

Not so hard to make. Just takes some time for chilling and patience in stirring the Jam. Makes a very cute gift jar as well.
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Sponge Cake with Strawberries and Whipped Cream

This Sponge Cake with Strawberries and Whipped Cream is  soft and light and supremely delicious. It’s the perfect way to give your loved ones a memorable cake for a special occasion or birthday.  It’s not complicated either. Fine sponge cake is made so very delicious with layers of cream and strawberry filling. A very easy but impressive decoration of whipped  cream too.

So ‘ light’and just sweet enough.  I am not a fan of overly sweet cakes and this one to me is just perfect! Here’s how to make it. Watch the video.

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