CHEESY PULL APART BREAD

Cheesy Pull Apart Bread
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The cheesy pull apart bread is made of Bread, cheese, butter…. What’s not to like in it? Something that looks and smells as great as this is a treat to all your senses. I decided to make this with coffee on a rainy Sunday evening when we had to remain cooped up in our home. My husband woke up from his nap to the smell of the golden bread in my oven and finished half of it right out of the oven, even before I could make the coffee! This picture is from the second time I made it when… 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

STUFFED BUNS WITH PANEER MASALA

Stuffed buns with an a paneer masala filling, popular food from Bangalore!
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Hot Stuffed Buns! Hot Stuffed Buns! One a penny, two a penny, hot stuffed Buns! Errr… Maybe I ought to factor inflation into the poem and say, one a dollar? High time, don’t you think? Well, All I can say is, these masala stuffed buns aka palya buns are so warm, soft and the balance of flavors you get with every bite, it almost feels like a hug, a hug from an angel. And, who can put a price on that, eh? Then again, I am biased because, as you know, I made these stuffed buns from scratch and all. Why don’t you try them and tell me about it? 🙂 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

DATE ROLLS |NO-BAKE ENERGY ROLLS

Date Rolls
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Date Rolls filled with nuts, soft, chewy and the next best thing to caffeine to jolt your senses awake with a burst of energy!  I have used pitted mejdool dates. They are a soft variety of dates with a caramel like outer skin. I did not use a food processor but chopped the dates by hand (not because I wanted to be a hero but I thought the dates might stick to the blades and become mushy an create a mess which would take up more of my time than cutting by hand…so :P). Also, I have used some Marie… Continue reading

KODBELE |CRUNCHY BUTTERMILK RINGS

Crunchy buttermilk rings
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Kodbele (code-bay-lay) is a simple gluten-free, crunchy, buttermilk and flour snack. And no, they are not onion rings although their appearance screams otherwise! For those of you who have not read my About section, my mom has influenced my cooking significantly. I have a few recipes on the blog which are exactly how she makes them. This eggplant rice here and this radish dip here are a couple of examples; and now Kodbele. The reason I am bringing my mom up in this blog post is because she used to pack these kodbele for my lunch sometimes. You can understand… Continue reading

THE WORLD’S BEST VEGGIE BURGER

The world's best veggie burger
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Whoa! Hold your horses, please! Before you could say anything about the recipe name, hear me out. Being an almost vegetarian, currently living in the burger capital of the world (not LA, but USA); having been brought up in the almost immigrant city of India (Bangalore) and having done a wee bit of world travel (part, airport stopovers 😛 ) , I have had my fair share of  veggie burgers. Does this one, knock the socks off all of them? Hell Yeah! So, yes! I will be calling my recipe, The World’s Best Veggie Burger. Hands Down! I have this… Continue reading

Baked Samosa Pies – “Samosa in a Pie’s Clothing”

Baked Samosa
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Baked Samosa Pies (actually more of mini pies) are wolves in a sheep’s clothing. Street food gone fancy! Or may be street food with a make-over. I made the dough at home but if you are short on time, check the “My Take” section for a shortcut that will save you at least 30 minutes. You can probably make them as appetizers for a party or as an evening snack with a cup of hot tea. I was quite skeptical about how this would turn out because I have never had a baked samosa before but to my pleasant surprise,… 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