BENNE BISCUIT | UTTERLY BUTTERY COOKIES

Benne biscuts or Nankhatai, Indian buttery shortbread cookies
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Benne biscuit or Nankhatai is a delicious Indian take on Butter cookies. No, wait. Benne Biscuit or Nankhatai is a delicious Indian take on shortbread cookies. No, wait. Butter cookies or shortbread? Gah! You get it, right? That benne biscuits are extremely delicious Indian cookies that melt-in-your mouth? That, this is a super easy benne biscuit recipe, that is must—make-right-now, kinda thing? Then, leave my confusion behind and read on… Continue reading

STUFFED MUSHROOMS IN TOMATO CURRY

Bored of the same old food? try something stikingly new,Stuffed Mushrooms in a Tomato Curry
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Stuffed mushrooms in tomato curry, fresh mushrooms stuffed with farmer’s cheese (Indian paneer) and chopped greens that was seasoned with garlic and spices, were then roasted slowly in a dab of butter and then simmered away in a flavorful tomato curry. Did you just have foodgasm? If not, make this curry and I guarantee, you will have one when it hits your tongue! Continue reading

BHUTTA | SPICY STOVETOP GRILLED CORN

Bhutta, The Indian grilled corn slathered in a spicy mint-cilantro chutney is must-have this summer!
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Bhutta is the Indian word for corn. Available in abundance during the monsoon, Bhutta is eaten either grilled or boiled but like most delicious Indian foods it is slathered in a bunch of spices (which is very different for the two versions) to help lift up the flavor profile to the quintessential Indian best! Continue reading

IDLI UPMA | MAKEOVERS FOR LEFTOVERS

Idli Upma, Spruce up leftovers and give them all new look and taste!
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Idli upma makes an ideal breakfast considering that it is made from leftovers which cuts down prep time for busy mornings and it is a light yet wholesome breakfast giving your day just the boost it requires. Idli upma also makes a great evening snack with coffee. Watching the rain with a bowl of this delicious snack was just what I needed this week. Continue reading

METHI MALAI MATAR | PEAS IN A CASHEW CURRY

Methi malai Matar, a creamy cashew curry with peas and onions
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Methi malai matar is a creamy delicacy made with peas, onions, cashew nuts and some fresh herbs. As with most curries, methi malai matar can be a perfect side with any type of bread including the evergreen (eh… should I say white?) Indian naan bread (find the recipe for naan here). You don’t need to have a chef’s pantry loaded with international spices to create this delicacy at home. Methi malai matar calls for a few day-to-day items from your pantry but delivers the richest fine-dining restaurant food in the comfort of your own home. Continue reading

VEG MANCHURIAN GRAVY | VEGGIE BALLS IN CANTONESE SAUCE

Veg Manchurian Gravy, veggie meatballs dunked in a Cantonese sauce, A very popular Indo-Chinese recipe
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Veg Manchurian is a popular Indo-Chinese recipe that has a healthy mix of vegetables, deep fried (healthier alternatives in the my Take section) and dunked into a Cantonese sauce. These vegetarian “meatballs” make a perfect accompaniment to white/brown rice making you regret all the times you had take-out when you could have created a great dish like this in your very own kitchen! Continue reading

TURMERIC MILK | HEALING GOLDEN MILK

Keep this recipe for TURMERIC MILK ( aka miracle Golden Milk) handy before the allergy season hits you!
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It’s time! Time for spring and the beautiful blossoming colors around us… Accchooooo! That’s spring allergies sneezing away our admiration for beauty 😀 Spring brings with it inflamed throats, allergies and red eyes; not to mention the spring showers and the flu virus with it. The only way you should fight the effects of nature is with nature itself (you know, like how a diamond can be cut by a diamond and all). Bringing to your rescue, the age old Turmeric milk popular by its modern name of the miracle golden milk!

I know I am sounding like a tacky infomercial but this is not up-selling, this happens to be me, expressing my renewed love (actually, I used to hate it, so is it renewed no-disgust?) for turmeric milk aka haldi doodh. Continue reading

PUNUGULU | VEGAN RICE FRITTERS

Punugulu, Vegan Rice Fritters, Deep fried batter, batter made with rice, bet you can't eat just one!
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Just like most other deep fried snacks from around the world, Punugulu ae just too damn delicious and yes, you cannot eat just one! However unlike most of them, punugulu has no added sugars, is vegan and almost borders the realm of the loved-by-all healthy snacks. Fondly renamed as dosa vadas by my husband, punugulu is a much loved recipe that was passed on by my grandmother and grandmas are never wrong, are they? 🙂 Continue reading

KADALA CURRY | CHICKPEA COCONUT CURRY

Kerala Kadala Curry, chickpeas in coconut milk curry
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Kadala curry or kala channa curry is a curry made with black chickpeas (which can be substituted with white), fresh roasted masalas, and a generous splash of coconut milk. Reminiscent of Kerala, a popular coastal destination of India, kadala curry and puttu (a steamed flour dish) is a breakfast staple of the region. A dinner favorite at my place, this curry shines through when eaten with flaky bread like the Kerala Parotta. Continue reading

AVAREKAI PULAO | LEAN BEAN RICE

Avarekai Pulao, rice, veggies and spices cooked in one pot, making nutritious meals, a breeze!
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Avarekai Pulao, avarekai rotti, avarekai saaru, avarekai sweet are just a few of the dishes made from the humble broad bean or avarekai during winter. Rich in protein and fibre, broad beans are highly nutritious and apparently, are popular on weight loss menus. Well, if you ask me, who really cares about how good they are for your health when they are just so darn delicious! Continue reading