Featured Recipes

  • Gulkand (Rose Petal Jam) Yoghurt Cake

    May 26, 2021peppercook

    Being locked at home for virtually a year has given me a lot of time to experiment and play with ingredients! And thank God for Amazon! It has given me a chance to buy and experiment with lots of fun Indian and regional food favorites, both familiar and unfamiliar.  Just a little Covid retail therapy! One very familiar ingredient I rediscovered was gulkand, or Indian rose petal jam offered served in paan or betel leaves. My father loved eating paan, and as we lived in Manila, far far away from the Indian paanwalas, my Mom grew her own leaves.  And to fill the paan, she made her own gulkand (being a non-resident Indian meant making everything from scratch! Not unlike my kitchen life in Cochin.)…

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  • Seva Kitchen at The Pepper Cook Studio

    March 17, 2020peppercook

    I’ve always wanted to run a soup kitchen, inspired by the langars (community free kitchens) serving meals at the Gurudwaras (Sikh places of worship) while growing up in the Philippines. Later in college, I spent several years working in a…

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  • Buckwheat Khichdi

    April 24, 2019thepeppercook

    If you had asked me a yer ago what buckwheat groats tasted like, I would have given you a blank stare.  But fortunately, my experiments with gluten-free food have educated me! Most people don’t realize that buckwheat is native to…

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  • Banana Flour Banana Bread

    March 29, 2019thepeppercook

    Personally I don’t have an issue with gluten at all, but when my son suffered extreme digestive distress, he was asked to go off gluten completely for three months.  In that time, I accumulated a whole pantry full of gluten-free…

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  • No-Mess Coconut Cardamom Cake

    March 7, 2019thepeppercook

    In January a year ago, my New Year’s resolution had been to cook every single recipe in my Mom’s college cooking-class notebook – now named by some of my Instagram friends as “Mom’s Golden Book,” and that too in order!…

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  • Peanut Butter Chicken – College Cooking

    February 6, 2019thepeppercook

    When I visit my three children in US who are in college, I am always depressed and disappointed by the food they eat. Whether in dorm canteens, or if they live on their own in apartments, in their kitchens, most meals…

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  • A 1929 Almond Cake

    January 29, 2019thepeppercook

    “Anuja Aunty can I come and cook with you?”  Music to my ears!  Aashna Sundesha, one of my favorite students had graduated from the school in Mumbai and moved to be a thriving freshman at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore,…

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  • A Novice Indian Cook

    January 22, 2019thepeppercook

    It was dreadful. Egg Foo Young was by far the worst thing on the menu. A cold-ish egg omelet with what could only be leftover vegetables and chicken from an earlier meal, it looked like it had already been eaten!…

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  • Quick Mexican Corn Casserole

    November 13, 2018thepeppercook

    Everyone has that super easy dish that they make when gets suddenly drop by and there isn’t enough dinner!  Mine is Mexican Corn Casserole!  My Mom used to make a corn casserole and serve it with garlic bread every Saturday…

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  • Spicy Fried Coconut Prawns

    October 14, 2018thepeppercook

    Whenever I travel, I keep a list of food ideas I chance upon in notes on my phone. The list doesn’t always make sense and one currently reads “Pineapple butter sauce almond granita coconut prawns squid green beans olive salad…

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