gur wale chaawal

Zarda was something that came into our home from a neighbor’s house. In our home, gur wale chaawal are king, and whenever a batch of fresh gur came from the village, we knew what it meant. I shamefully admit I haven’t made them as often as I’d like to, but whenever I do, I’m a child again, sitting on the couch with my family, watching my dad dollop some homemade yogurt onto a pile or gur wale chaawal while I pick out the kishmish and coconut slices in my plate.
It’s a beautiful thing isn’t it? Food. It not only nourishes you, but it holds such strong memories that can instantly teleport you to the past…

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Chocolate Eton mess

You know those dump everything together without really measuring too much, but still end up tasting bomb desserts? This is one of them, if not THE ONE. Chocolate Eton Mess is my take on the classic Eton Mess, a quintessential English dessert consisting of whipped cream, berries and crushed meringue. There’s nothing wrong with that, right? But add some chocolate flair and you have yourself a winner!

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Peach Cobbler

… Shortcuts are my best friends, as long as they don’t compromise on flavor. This peach cobbler is said shortcut recipe that doesn’t compromise on flavor…

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Toasted Coconut Bread Pudding

…The subtle crunch of toasted coconut covers the top with a creme brûlée like crust, to reveal a custard soaked brioche so creamy you’ll enjoy every last bite…

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Fruit Chaat

I sometimes find it sad that things that are a part of your daily life become seasonal when you move away. The samosa’s, jalebi’s and fruit chaat you eat so often become traditions you pull out during Ramadan. As much as I would like to make fruit chaat all year round, I make it everyday in Ramadan, maybe because that’s when I miss home the most. And if there ever was a fruit chaat recipe that you could make you feel at home, it’s this one, with the sweet guava juice and earthy cumin balancing the sweet and sour fruits so well, I’m transported to Lahore with every bite…

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