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by Helene Dsouza on January 13, 2015

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What’s the best way to start 2015? I believe with some free goodies, don’t you think? I have compiled a Goan food recipe ebook, which includes delicious homemade classics such as the savory Sorpotel and sweet temptations such as Bebinca. Also, I have added a few basic multiple use paste recipes, including the Recheado paste […]


Kodaikanal Tamil Nadu South India and my honest experience

by Helene Dsouza on January 11, 2015

view from Kodaikanal into the valley south india

Some time around 2007 in Goa, I met a few very nice and friendly Russian freelance internet pioneers. They had made Goa their base during the winter months, but they would travel to their liking around the South Indian States, from Pondicherry, Mysore to Kodaikanal, Munnar and Alappuzha. I had not traveled the Southern Indian […]


Ricotta Stuffed Peppers

by Helene Dsouza on January 5, 2015

Ricotta Stuffed Peppers easily made from scratch - Appetizer Recipe

Dear reader, Have you ever caught yourself dreaming while preparing food and making a mistake while doing so? Don’t tell me I am the only one, the only food lunatic out there loosing my thoughts around a topic, and incidentally not realizing that I was suppose to only cut the top side of the peppers. […]


Lemon Rice – Fragrant Rice Recipe

by Helene Dsouza on December 27, 2014

Lemon Rice - Fragrant Rice Recipe, great side dish and Goan Indian food

When you visit Goa, the first thing that you do is to take a round to the beach and chill in one of the beach shaks. You check out one of the sticky, salty menu cards and discover in the side dishes something called lemon rice.  It doesn’t sound fancy but if you are a […]


Best of Sweet Christmas Recipes | Masala Herb

by Helene Dsouza on December 23, 2014

Best of Sweet Christmas Recipes from

Christmas cookies, bread, cakes and drinks from Europe and India; that’s what you will find in this collection of special best of sweet Christmas recipes. Next year I will post a collection of best of savory Christmas recipes but today let’s tackle the sweet side of life. If you have been following the free newsletter, […]


Poppy Seed Stollen {Eggless} – Christstollen Cake Recipe

by Helene Dsouza on December 21, 2014

Poppy Seed Stollen {Eggless} - Christstollen Cake Recipe

You might know the Stollen cake, but have you ever tried a Poppy seed Stollen? It’s one of my favorite treats and I can’t believe I took so long to finally share this here. The reason why I hadn’t posted this recipe yet is because I was stuck with the idea that the cake wouldn’t […]


Ragi Poppy Seed Cookies

by Helene Dsouza on December 19, 2014

Ragi Poppy Seed Cookies - healthier Fingermillet cookie recipe

In the past few months I have been surrounded by ragi flour, it has been literally popping in to my life at different times. Ragi cake on a friends page, ragi roti made with love by my mother in law (flat bread), Ragi flour bags in my friendly neighborhood grocery store and so on. Wherever […]


Poppy seed paste – DIY Recipe

by Helene Dsouza on December 16, 2014

Poppy seed paste - DIY Recipe, white poppy seeds

As a child I would be excited to find a sugary sweet poppy seed yeast snail in my school lunch bag. It was one of those treats, made with poppy seed paste, which one could barely resist and I would always finish mine with gusto. Every single time I would have a poppy seed piece […]