INDIAN DAL MADE DHABA STYLE

Indian Dal, created in a rustic dhaba style with a simple technique in your own kitchen
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Come, fall in love…. With this coal-smoked simple Indian dal that can be made in your kitchen with a recipe so simple, that you will reach out to it often, even on busy weeknights! Tandoor cooked food with no Tandoor, barbecuing with no grill, the simple technique explained in this recipe comes handy for all occasions and no occasions at all! This dhaba dal or smoked Lentil curry compliments Indian bread and rice perfectly and makes a wholesome, nutritious and delicious lunch/dinner recipe. Continue reading

KOLHAPURI THECHA | SPICIEST INDIAN CHILI SAUCE

Kolhapuri Thecha, the spiciest Indian sauce with peanuts and garlic
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If you think Indian cuisine is spicy, wait till you taste this Kolhapuri Thecha, it is sure to set your pants on fire! If you’re a brave-heart who loves some adventure with food, this Kolhapuri thecha, the spiciest Indian chili sauce is definitely for you. Abundance of flavor from the garlic, crunch from the peanuts, the sauce compliments rice and dal (lentils) like nobody’s business and also goes very well with roti (Indian flatbread) and dosa (Indian pancake) too. Continue reading

TOFU STICKS AND CHIPS

Crunchy Tofu Sticks, A crisp crust and a soft centre just like the best person I know :)
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Crunchy “tofu sticks” is a sure-shot way to win anybody over! If they are a tofu lover, you are soon going to become their favorite chef, if they are a tofu hater, they will soon believe you have supernatural powers of transforming yucky into yummy! 😀 A crust that is so crisp that you can hear a crackle when you bite envelops a center so soft, you would think it is a marshmallow! Add a well-balanced seasoning to these complementing textures and you will be making tofu sticks every other day! Continue reading

CHOCOLATE COVERED KIWI POPS

2 -ingredient, chocolate covered kiwi pops, to satistfy that craving of icecream & candy but in a light way
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These chocolate covered kiwi pops are tiny frozen treats made with fresh fruit coated with a layer of velvety rich dark chocolate. You know the punch line “No one can eat just one”? In my opinion (and in your opinion too, once you taste these charming babies), it actually sings for these chocolate covered kiwi pops, I definitely was not able to stop at one! Or two! Or three… Well, let’s just say, I ate a few! 😛 Continue reading

TAWA VEG PAKODA RECIPE | SKILLET FRITTERS

Veg Pakoda or Indian fritters made on a skillet, a perfect tea time snack
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Pakodas or Pakoras is a popular Indian snack that is usually made with onions and deep fried. I decided to make healthier pakodas and used some vegetables and crisped them up on a tawa/skillet which made these very easy and delicious Tawa Veg Pakodas. Read along for interesting ideas about how you can serve these veg pakodas/fritters. Continue reading

HOMEMADE PEANUT BUTTER IN 5 MINUTES

Quick and easy method to make creamy peanut butter at home in just 5 minutes!
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“Homemade peanut butter” with a texture so soft and creamy, no added preservatives, and the best of all, you just need five minutes to make it; FIVE minutes only to make it from scratch! Sold on the best peanut butter yet? Read on! Continue reading

RAJMA CHAWAL PIZZA | RICE CRUST PIZZA

Rajma Chawal Pizza, leftover kidney beans curry and rice turned into a gluten-free rice crust pizza with the curry for topping, Indian-Italian love child
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With this Rajma Chawal Pizza, I can say that fusion food is clearly my calling! I am stepping into the realms of food crossovers and it is resulting in some amazing recipes like this gluten-free, rice crust, curry Pizza with kidney bean toppings, in short, Rajma chawal Pizza. Continue reading

TOMATO SLICE CHAAT | SKINNY TOMATO CANAPES

Tomato Slice Chaat
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Tomato Slice Chaat, described in its simplest way is the love child of skinny canapés and Indian street food, Chaat. As healthy as but tastier than, your diet-salad-dinner, it can also be refreshing for a hot summer afternoon. Easy to assemble, serve this healthy Indian appetizer and watch your guests be surprised as they enjoy this delicious tomato slice chaat. Continue reading

INSTANT MANGO PICKLE | MAVINKAYI UPPINAKAYI

Instant Mango Pickle
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“Instant Mango pickle” is one of the very few Indian pickles that don’t require resting under the sun or storing till it matures (which usually takes forever… and a day!). It gets done in about 10 minutes, and you can eat a bowlful of it (unlike other pickles, a bowlful of which would probably send you into a food coma)! The only downside to this slurp-a-licious instant mango pickle, it does not have a shelf life as long as the rest of the pickles from India. It will last for about 10 days when refrigerated. Well, with me around, it… Continue reading

MUSHROOM NOODLES WITH CHIMICHURRI

Mushroom Noodles
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This Mushroom Noodles recipe is not your usual noodle recipe. It has no soy-sauce, uses caramelized mushrooms and is mixed in with this awesome chimichurri sauce. Oh! I almost forgot. It tastes like a ton better than any mushroom noodles that you have ever tasted! With the number of recipes I use, mushroom in, you would think I would love mushrooms of any kind. But I have not explored the world of mushrooms at all. Apart from the easily available, white button mushrooms, I have tried three other varieties and all I can say is Uh oh! I was unable… Continue reading