January 15, 2019

Almond brittle or badam chikki

Almond brittle

I was in India last year for makar sankranti after many years. It was wonderful to see all the variety of chikki, gajak, pithe, payesh that were so easily available. I even brought back some with me.

This year as sankranti rolled around, I made some almond brittle or badam chikki.

The Great British baking show has turned them into little critics. They are walking around pouting things like "is it crunchy enough?" "is the bread hollow sounding?," and all the things they have seen on the screen.

Surely enough, as soon as I told them I made some almond brittle, they asked, how is your caramel. The first thing they did, was to see if it was crunchy enough. It was, so I was saved.

Here is how to do it:


1 cup almonds

2 cups white sugar

1/4 cup water

Almond brittle

Blanch the almonds and chop them into little pieces. Heat the oven to 400 deg and toast them for 5 minutes.

Let it cool. In the meantime, take a thick bottomed pan and pour in the sugar. Then add in the water and turn the heat to medium high. The sugar will melt and start bubbling. It is a 10-15 minute process so keep an eye on the syrup. Once it starts to thicken, turn the heat to high and watch the color to change.

As soon the color turns golden or light brown, take it off the heat and pour it over the almonds on the tray.

Let it cool. Cut it in small pieces and enjoy.

January 03, 2019

Boiled eggs in instant pot

Instant pot boiled-eggs

Happy new year everyone.  Hope your new year has started well. Are you working on any new resolutions in 2019? 

I do intend to set some goals, write some intentions for the coming year, but not setting any resolutions. I feel some of the best things happened when I was no thinking about them, they were not on my list. So this year, I am opening myself to possibilities with some goals. 

Let's see how it goes.  

Coming back to this recipe, I didn't think of it as a recipe. But in the last week, I feel we have give this recipe to atleast 3-4 friends so writing it down to share with more friends.

We got the instant pot about a year and a half ago. When we got it, Aswin immediately started using it and I ignored it for a while, a little intimidated.

Slowly, I started warming up to it, even joined a couple of recipe groups and tried different recipes, getting comfortable with it.

Over the course of last year I have made chicken chili, palak paneer, rice, sambar, chole, hummus, and egg curry.  This winter I am using it for yogurt as well.

But what I love the most are the boiled eggs made in the instant pot.  Over the last year, Aswin has perfected his method - 5 minutes for boiled eggs, 8 minutes for hard boiled recipe.

Here is how he does it:


6 boiled eggs
1 cup water
1 bowl iced water

Put the water and then the eggs on a tray in the instant pot.

Set the instant pot on manual setting for 5 minutes.  Then let it sit in the instant pot for another 5 minutes before the release. Open the instant pot.

Then take the tray with the eggs out and drop them in the bowl of iced water. Let it sit for a minute and then peel the eggs.

Deviled eggs desi style

They are ready to eat. We made some desi-style deviled eggs with this batch.


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