December 31, 2014

Best of 2014 - a look ahead for the next year.....

As the new year 2015 unfolds in a couple of hours (it has already begun in several countries east to where I live), its that time of the year (perhaps forced, perhaps reflective, perhaps both) – to ponder upon how the year was the last 364 days. I will let my food pics do most of the talking.  I have selected Top 7 8 (don’t ask me why not top 5  or top 10) –8 just happens to be a fancy number right now – that reflects the changes / new ideas I brought In my kitchen this 2014

Quinoa, unbleached Bread flour, Instant yeast (yes!) – these were major new additions I cooked with. Also, the Indian Food odyssey & ABC World Food Marathon gave me ample research data into how food is perceived in various parts of india and the world. With a few ingredients different here and there, a new recipe evolves. There is a saying that in India every 200 km, the language (dialect atleast) and food changes. So true that !

So, to sum up : I am much more confident with yeast than I was before, and baked quite some during the past few months. Wholewheat is definitely replacing Maida (APF) – atleast by 90% in my kitchen, as are brown sugar / jaggery in place of refined sugar. Olive oil and ghee (yes!) are to replace fatty butter / margarine.

And to quote Julia Child “The only real stumbling block is fear of failure. In cooking you’ve got to have a what-the-hell attitude.” While I am not there yet, I am sure many more myths and fears will be broken as I steer my family’s health and eating preferences into tastier and healthier territories..
I leave you with some healthy and family favourites of 2014. Wishing all my readers and well wishers a healthy and enriching 2015 ! Happy new year....


Colombian Quinoa Mango Salad - my first foray into using quinoa in a salad

Hungarian Potato Salad -Potato lovers would love this :)

Moroccan Harira - Spicy Chickpea Soup - a super delicious soup that was licked clean !

Gujarati Oondhiyu - - my personal favourite ! 

Delhi style Dal Makhani - Need I say more ?

Dahi Ke kabab - a kabab that we would all love to dig into, again and again :)

Cabbage Dhokla - an experiment that turned out surprisingly well

Sajjige Rotti - Top marks from my mom for making this :-))
Linking this to Valli's Best of 2014 event . Thanks to all my Blogging Marathon friends for a stupendous year ! 


  1. Lovely recap, Kalyani. Wishing you and your family a very happy and prosperous new year!

  2. Wish you and your family a great year ahead was wonderful to read your recap!..

  3. Wonderful post with super eight recipes...though you could have put in some more...I have book marked a few from these eight...a very happy. New year to you all as well.

  4. I love all of your pics.. That's a wonderful post.Wish u a very happy new year.

  5. Lovely recap Kalyani.Must try the cabbage dhola.And wishing everyone at home a very happy and healthy year ahead

  6. glad you are having so much fun with the new ingredients in your kitchen. Happy New Year!!!

  7. Lovely recap Kalyani. Hope you have a wonderful year ahead.


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