MATAR PANEER | CURRY IN A HURRY

Matar Paneer, A cottage cheese curry that can be made in a hurry!
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Matar paneer; While it is one of the most basic Indian curries, it can get complicated and elude some of you but with this matar paneer recipe, not only will you be able to whip up some soft flavorful paneer (not chewy, not rubbery but soft and spongy), you can make curry in such a hurry, you will soon be nicknamed the curry-king (or queen)!
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MANGO MOUSSE CAKE – EGG FREE & GELATIN FREE

Mango Mousse Cake
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Mango Mousse Cake is the best layered fruit cake. EVER! Actually, those are not my words. That’s Nachiket speaking. He LOOOOVVVEES mangoes and my Mango Mousse cake. Mango, often called the “King of Fruits” in India, is served in a variety of ways and as a part of many dishes. Entrées, sides, smoothies, desserts; you name it and you can make it! Its almost like the mango adjusts itself to perfection; like it does not want you to go wrong with it. Mousse cakes not only taste amazing but they also look gorgeous! The first time I made this for a… Continue reading

GHUGNI CHAAT | INDIAN STREET FOOD

Ghugni Chaat, Popular Indian street food made with dried peas
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Ghugni Chaat is a popularly available street food from the Northern and Eastern parts of India. Made of dried peas, this is an ultimate “healthy snack idea” (if you are wondering how to cook dried peas, look no further!)) as well as a perfect curry to go with most breads. Me? I just devour those mini bowls, many at a time just because they are super delicious and I just can’t seem to have enough! Continue reading

DOSA RECIPE & HOW TO SERVE DOSA FOR A PARTY

Dosa recipe or Indian pancakes that can breakfast, snacks or even an appetizer
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If you already have a few dosa recipes on hand and think that you don’t need another dosa recipe to add to your list, then, think again! This particular dosa recipe is a hand-me-down from the Dosa master, himself. It results in the softest dosas you have ever eaten; melt in your mouth dosa or the so called, set dosa. Served as a set of three, set dosas are an integral part of the Bangalore experience. Make set dosa with this dosa recipe today and you will know what I am talking about 🙂 Continue reading

MANGO RASAM – LENTIL SOUP WITH RICH MANGO PULP

Mango Rasam
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Mango Rasam or Lentil soup makes soups twice in a row on this blog. No, I am not on a soup diet! If you see me, I am sure you would agree with that! 😀 Like I mentioned in my last post of Spinach Soup, Texas has been quite a surprise for us with its freezing Clion & Dion storms dumping ice and sleet all over the place! So, we have been resorting to hot soups quite often and thus, Mango Rasam got featured in the list of soups. I have never made this before. My friend’s mom makes something… Continue reading

GRILLED FENNEL SALAD WITH HONEY-LIME DRESSING

Probably, one of the easiest and tastiest things you can do with a fennel bulb, Grilled Fennel Salad
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A fennel salad can make a healthy yet delicious addition to your summer meals. Well, any season for that matter but I find the addition of cherry tomatoes and lime in the dressing, a boon for summer! While fennel bulbs are not a part of your everyday grocery store, you should be able to find them in farmers markets and specialty grocery stores. When you do find it, do not pass up the chance to explore a new vegetable and its great flavor. Continue reading

TOMATO PULAV | TOMATO FENNEL RICE PILAF

Tomato Pulav
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Pulavs have been a favorite of mine for as long as I remember and this Tomato Pulav is no exception. Quite simple and quick to make, it would be an ideal dish to carry for lunch. A side of salad and you are all set. Sundays at home was synonymous with the fragrance of pulav. Dad out with his friends for a morning walk, Mom, bro and me chatting our hearts out while sprawling on the bed. We used to discuss the current events of our lives. Gossip about everything. School, college, relatives and any other topic under the sun! After… 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

IDLI SAMBAR PART 1–SAMBAR | CURRIED LENTIL STEW

Sambar
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Let me introduce you to Idli-Samar, the “Burger & Fries” of Indian food. I know it doesn’t look or taste anything close to burger and fries but trust me; I have my reasons for comparing the two. Nachiket says I have an obsessive need to find similarities and compare things which are not even remotely related. But, I call it a coping strategy. If I can find similarities between the new concept/place/idea and the existing one in my head (with which I am as familiar as with the back of my hand), does it not make understanding & accepting the new one… 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