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Coconut Khoya Barfi

Coconut Khoya Barfi

There are times when you end up with a lot of coconuts. Happens quite often, with coconuts being broken at temples and at home. It is best to start looking for ways to use them. Making coconut chutney is probably the easiest thing to do. […]

Besan Ladoo

Besan Ladoo

A sweet made with staple ingredients found in almost any India kitchen. Besan ladoo is made by cooking chickpea flour or besan in ghee. All the flavor comes from the cardamom powder and the sugar powder brings in the sweetness. Once the cooking is done […]

Coconut Rice

Coconut Rice

Freshly grated coconut, sauteed with spices and mixed with cooked rice.  Coconut rice has good texture and is loaded with flavor. It tastes best when fresh tender coconut is grated and used. The coconut shreds are not cooked completely so they have a great texture […]

Chakli Recipe

Chakli Recipe

Crispy, savory and spiral shaped deep fried snack  With the festival of Pongal and Sankranti on the way, it is time to get ready. The preparation also included “testing” a batch of Chaklis during tea time. The crispy spirals are made with rice flour as the […]

Walnut Jaggery Mess

Walnut Jaggery Mess

One of the most easiest and the most reliable recipes. It is just melting the jaggery to a liquid and mixing in the walnuts. The walnuts get a sweet coating and they taste amazing. A recipe is not really needed for this. You can just […]

Eggless Mawa Cupcakes

Eggless Mawa Cupcakes

Cardamom flavored rich cupcakes I got introduced to the delicious mawa cake during my travel in Pune. Many of the bakers there are Parsi and the Mawa Cake is one of their specialty. The Irani cake have a lot of dairy content but is not […]

Grilled Paneer Salad

Grilled Paneer Salad

Fresh & flavor packed vegetarian salad  Freshness of lime, flavor of garlic and a hit of fresh mint with grilled cottage cheese. This salad is easy to make and the mix of ingredients make the salad light and full of flavor. The vegetarian protein comes […]

Veg Chop Recipe

Veg Chop Recipe

A spicy veggie stuffed deep fried snack  The recent Durga Puja was an incredible experience. Festivities and of course food. I got a chance to do some photography and to eat some good food. There were a good variety of snacks to keep me busy. […]

Bread Upma Recipe

Bread Upma Recipe

A spicy fusion snack prepped in a few minutes A traditional Indian dish with a twist. Taking a few slices of bread, cutting them into cubes and adding flavor and spice. The first Bread Upma I had was prepared by Mom. Easy to make and delicious. The […]

Sundal Recipe

Sundal Recipe

Easy, healthy & tasty From the temples to the streets to the kitchen, Sundal makes its way to a lot of places. The first time I saw this version of sundal was in Chennai where it was being sold along with the other street food […]

Paneer Pakora

Paneer Pakora

An easy modern classic snack My attempt to try a new snack didn’t workout so well and I ended up going back to the good old pakoras. The snack that I had planned to make: Paneer Popcorn, sacrificed a couple of good paneer pieces in […]

Pori Urundai

Pori Urundai

Light, sweet & easy to make munchies  Pori is puffed rice and Urundai is a ball. Pori Urundai is a ball of puffed rice being held together with jaggery. I have been munching on these, called murmura ladoo in my neighborhood, for longer that I […]

Corn Cutlets || Corn Fritters

Corn Cutlets || Corn Fritters

Easy prep, less cook time & delicious With fresh corn in the house, this weekend snack had to be “corny” 🙂 These cutlets are very basic as they are essentially shallow fried corn-potato patties. I added some regular spices along with onions & fresh coriander leaves.  […]

Snake Gourd Kootu

Snake Gourd Kootu

Simple, easy & delicious Snake Gourd might appear a bit daunting. I have seen a lot of people in the market just walk by it without buying. As if it were an alien vegetable. But cooking snake gourd is quite easy and it cooks fast. […]

Masala Sticks

Masala Sticks

Dynamite sticks of flavor An experiment that turned out into a really good snack. An absolute flavor bomb. I had something called methi sticks once and it was terrible. There was a little flavor but the ingredients used were of really bad quality. The smell […]

Palak Chana

Palak Chana

Spinach & Chickpeas in a delicious curry  I had never before mixed spinach and chickpeas and my first attempt was a success. Spinach is my favorite leafy veg because it has a unique and pleasant flavor of its own. Now potato-spinach is one of my […]

Modak Recipe

Modak Recipe

Simple, traditional and delicious  Over the years, I went from just shaping the modak to making it from scratch. A promotion indeed. Of course I had to make these from scratch after I messed up the ones that Mom was making. I used a coconut-jaggery […]

Cucumber Smoothie

Cucumber Smoothie

A refreshing smoothie with cucumber, mint, lime & cumin Exchange of recipes is like gift cards among folks high on cooking. It is quite amazing how many recipes and ideas are shared among foodies in offices, cafeterias, parks etc. This two-minute Cucumber Smoothie came to […]

Black Chickpea Sundal

Black Chickpea Sundal

Cooked black chickpeas tempered with spices Making Sundal is one of those snacks that is hard to ruin. It really is quite simple. Despite all that, Sundal was something I got to eat once a year because it was made only during Ganesh Puja or […]

Jaggery Chhena Poda

Jaggery Chhena Poda

Four ingredients & a few minutes for a yum dessert My first evening in Bhubaneswar and I chanced upon this very interesting sweet outside a temple. The shop had a range of sweets and a very enthusiastic seller. He started naming all the sweets with such […]