It’s no secret that I love chai. Recently, the head of Learning and Development was visiting from my company’s headquarters in London. He hosted a series of workshops and seminars for our LA and San Diego staff. One of those was a session on presentations. He asked us to come prepared with a short two… Continue reading Cardamom Tea Shortbread
Cookies are my favorite thing about the holidays. I love to bake them and share them with friends and family. This year I almost didn’t get around to the holiday baking though. Since we spend Thanksgiving and the two following weeks in India, it didn’t even feel like the holidays to me.
A couple months ago, I had a Cardamom-Rose truffle at Eclipse Chocolat, a local chocolate shop. I was in love! I had never had chocolate cardamom and rose together but somehow it felt very familiar, very Indian. The candied rose petals on the truffle were so yummy. A crunchy sugar-y taste of rose that’s not… Continue reading Chocolate Cardamom Shortbread Cookies with Candied Rose Petals
Pistachio and saffron (known as kesar pista) is a classic Indian combination. The buttery flavor of pistachio goes superbly with the metallic notes of the saffron. You will find all sweets from cookies to ice creams to traditional desserts made with this delicious flavor combination. I have been making pistachio tuiles for years. I make… Continue reading Pistachio and Saffron (Kesar Pista) Tuiles
Cardamom is the Indian vanilla. It basically functions as a vanilla substitute in Indian cuisine. We use it in pretty much any sweet dish ranging from rice pudding to nut fudge to masala chai. I love the flavor so much, I chew on cardamom pods in place of mints…I know I’m weird. Don’t judge! I have a method.… Continue reading Cardamom Semolina Shortbread Cookies