Herb-y French Toast

One of the first ‘non-Indian’ breakfast dishes we ever had was French Toast. Not the sweet variety common in the US, but a savoury salt-pepper-chilli version, suitable to our palate. It was an instant hit and became a regular at home. It is easy to make, delicious, is a great way to sneak in some eggs for breakfast and is crispy yet soft at the same time. Glorious, indeed 🙂

When I started cooking for myself more often (5-6 years ago), I rediscovered my love for french toast. This version is more amped up in terms of herbs and is as glorious as ever!

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Roasted Masala Channa

Savoury snacks are essential to enjoying a drink (alcoholic or not), getting through a long day, enjoying a movie/show and generally driving away hunger pangs at any time. Are you a snacky person too?

A lot of snacks that are available nowadays are the packaged, deep fried variety. While they are usually tasty, they are also massively unhealthy! I’m on a mission to find easy to make, healthier snacks for my million snacking needs!

First up – roasted Masala Channa!

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Watermelon & Gin Cooler

Summer is here and how! Doesn’t matter which city you’re in right now, it is HOT! I just want to sit in an air conditioned room, with a book (or maybe watch Netflix) and a nice, cold drink. If that cold drink is spiked with a little boozy goodness, even better 🙂

When it comes to alcohol, nothing says summer to me more than Gin. It is refreshing, flavourful and works with so many things. A simple Gin & Tonic is my go-to, but it also works with most fruits and even of course, with cucumber and lime.

This watermelon cooler is super easy to make and a nice gin kick takes it to a whole new level 😍

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Jam Thumbprint Cookies

All of us have some biscuits or cookies that remind us of our childhood, right? For me, it’s these jam thumbprint cookies! There was this one store near our house, Batra General stores (I still remember the name :)) which sold these in packets. Sadly, not fresh from the oven, but back then who cared? These butter cookies with jam in the middle – all good things rolled into one!

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Upma

We didn’t really eat breakfast very often as kids. Who manages to eat at 6am before school? Weekends were for lazy breakfasts and hence there was really not much need to experiment beyond the usual suspects. Eggs, sandwiches, poha, aloo puri, paranthas, french toast – more than enough!

Once I started living on my own, I realized I need to eat at least something good for breakfast so that I avoid unnecessary snacking around 11am. Again, the easiest thing to do is make eggs. But after a few weeks of fried eggs, I really need a change of scene! I started adding more things to the repertoire, especially for weekends, and am glad I’m making breakfast a must.

The latest edition to my breakfast menu is this super easy, extremely tasty Upma. I had been toying with the idea of making Upma but always thought it would be too tough. One day, while making coffee, I had this ‘it’s now or never’ feeling and decided to give upma a go! I don’t know what brought it on, I think I’m just in one of those mental phases right now. Given how well this turned out, I think I should listen to those voices more 🙂

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