Banana and walnut cake

      After a very promising start, our summer has become a rather familiar story – rainy, wet and cold. But I can definitely feel summer in the air when the bananas… Continue reading

Avocado and tomato salad with Chilli mayonnaise

  It’s been very quiet in manjuskitchen in the past few weeks, apologies for that. I was in India (Kerala). It wasn’t a holiday… I went back to see my father, he is… Continue reading

Cream bread (Cremu pan)

This is another bread recipe which I picked up while I was living in Japan. Delicate and silky rich bread dough is combined with vanilla custard (pastry) cream in this recipe. The sweet… Continue reading

Tamarind Rasam

Believed to be native to East Africa, tamarind trees now grow throughout India, South East Asia and the West Indies. They are semi-evergreen tropical trees with long drooping branches and small leaves which… Continue reading

Fenugreek and Methi Thepla

Fenugreek is an ancient spice which has three distinct culinary uses. It is used as a spice (seeds), herb (dried or fresh leaves) and vegetable (fresh leaves and sprouts). The seeds are often… Continue reading

Strawberry Mousse

    We have had very wet and miserable weather over the past few weeks in London and I have been wondering where spring and summer has gone.  It is so cold that… Continue reading

Mushroom Tart with Wholemeal Pastry

    Savoury pastries are always a big hit with my family and a regular item in our menu these days. I got the idea of wholemeal pastry from my friend Akiko; she… Continue reading

Stir- Fried Green Asparagus with Chicken

    I am always eager for asparagus to be in season in the spring, the reason being that they arrive with the coming of lots of sunshine. Young asparagus spears are the… Continue reading

Fried Bitter Gourd

      No wonder children usually run away from bitter gourd dishes – in fact it is considered the most bitter of all culinary vegetables. The scientific name of the bitter gourd… Continue reading

Rhubarb jelly with Panna cotta

    I am fairly new to the wonderful world of rhubarb in season, as they are one of the first vegetables to be harvested in early spring after the cold winter. They are… Continue reading