Love is the Spice and Flavour of Life - The New Indian Express

Love is the Spice and Flavour of Life

Published: 01st December 2013 06:00 AM

Last Updated: 29th November 2013 06:10 PM

I am writing this column on November 26, the day I call my Valentine’s Day. Yes you guessed right. I got married to my Lady of Spice and Flavour on this day and so this column is about love and food of love.

I was talking to my wife about the meaning of love and she said for her, love means red roses and a romantic hand in hand walk. I was getting more and more impressed till she added that the walk had to be in Central Park and the roses given on the Charles Bridge in Prague. Hmmmm!

I still believe the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. That is why food cooked with an element of love whether it is cooked by your mother or wife, is the tastiest food in the world.Ask me who makes the best gajar halwa in the world and I would say its is my mother. The answer would be the same for the best curry in the world too.

In my case, my wife spoils me silly when it comes to food though lately her love has become a little calorie  conscious when it comes to feeding me. I dedicate this column to some famous recipes of my wife Sonal which are close to my heart or should I say stomach.

Walnut Spice Cake


● Flour: 1 cup

● Powdered sugar: 1 cup

● Seedless dates, sliced: 1 cup

● Baking powder: 2 tsp

● Walnuts: 3 tbsp

● Honey: 2 tbsp

● Eggs: 4

● Butter melted: 1 cup

● Nutmeg powder: 1 tsp

● Cinnamon powder: 1 tsp

● Ghee: 2 tbsp

● Oil: 1 tbsp

● Garam Masala: 1/2 tsp

● Maize flour: 1 tbsp



Preheat the oven to 180 degree C

In a blender, mix egg white and sugar till frothy.Slowly add yellow of eggs and butter

Add flour gradually mixed with cinnamon and nutmeg powder. Add in baking powder and honey. Blend to a smooth mixture

Grease baking tin with oil

Put dates and walnuts in the bottom and pour the batter over them in baking tin

With a spoon, even the top

Put in the oven, bake for 40 minutes. Keep checking by putting a fork in the middle.It’s done if the fork comes out clean

Remove once done from the oven. Let cool remove from the baking tin


Toffee sauce

In a heavy bottomed pan add 1 cup sugar .Stir continuously till it caramelises.Add thick cream immediately after removing from fire and mix well. Empty in a serving  dish.Eat the cake drizzled with toffee sauce.

It will surely bring a sparkle in your loved ones’ eyes.


Cherry Centre


Yet another favourite dessert my wife makes. This can be stored and enjoyed for days to come



Cooking chocolate: 1 cup

Condensed milk: 1 tin

Seedless cherries: 1 tin

Brandy: 1 tbsp



In a heavy-bottomed pan, put the condensed milk. Stir till it becomes like a dough

Remove from heat. Empty the dough on a plate

Now divide the mixture in small 50 paise size balls

Make a hollow in the centre and stuff the cherry  and make it into a small ball

Take a tooth pick and insert it in the middle of the dough balls

In a double boiler, melt the chocolate. Immerse the cherry dough balls in the chocolate so the dough balls form a chocolate coating over them

Arrange neatly in serving dish and refrigerate. Serve chilled.

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