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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 […]

Easy Murukku

Easy Murukku

Crispy, crunchy & yum. Made in a jiffy  This is straight from the festive Janmashtami list-of-snacks-to-make. This is the first time I made Murukku from scratch and was quite surprised at the simplicity of the process. Mixing the ingredients and making a dough is of […]

Sweet Corn Salad Recipe

Sweet Corn Salad Recipe

A colorful & fresh salad with a nice citrus punch that can be assembled super fast For some reason, the word salad always reminds me of green leaves on a plate or a plate full of cucumber pieces. It is hard for me to not […]

Poha Cutlet || Flattened Rice Fritters

Poha Cutlet || Flattened Rice Fritters

An easy to make vegan cutlet/fritter that is made with spiced mashed potato & flattened rice Flattened rice is amazing for making a light quick-fix snack. It cooks fast and there are a lot of savory and sweet snacks that can be made in a […]

Paruppu Usili

Paruppu Usili

Spiced and steamed Toor dal / Lentil paste mixed with cooked french beans and tempered with Indian spices. The journey that a recipe or a food item takes is fascinating. Travelling across the country opens up new cuisines and this is how some of the […]

Chocolate Corn Flake Bites

Chocolate Corn Flake Bites

Bite sized goodies of chocolate coated corn flakes that can be made in a jiffy  Radio is so much fun. For me, it is not because of my weekly shows but also because of the people and shows I listen too. Good programs are filled with […]

Easy Ragi Puttu

Easy Ragi Puttu

A cardamom flavored steamed dessert made with Ragi flour & fresh grated coconut. I have had some of the best puttu during my time in Kerala. There is plain puttu served with a black chickpea curry. Then there is vegetable puttu, biryani puttu, chicken puttu […]

Vegetable Stew

Vegetable Stew

There is something really special about coconut milk stew served in an earthen pot along with appam. It is rich, aromatic and full of flavor. The authentic Kerala stew is heavenly and the one that I had in Kochi was delicious. This vegan stew has […]

Foxtail Millet Bisi Bele Bath

Foxtail Millet Bisi Bele Bath

Millets, veggies and pulses. I was pleasantly surprised when I first had a Bisi bele bath with millets in it. Lots of veggies and a good amount of ghee on it. There is a slight change when rice is removed but it was delicious. This […]

Spicy Modak

Spicy Modak

For some reason the word modak reminds me of a very festive sweet. Of course a very popular version of modak is the festive sweet but there are so many other variations that just don’t top the charts in my head. The other sweet version […]

Aloo Bonda

Aloo Bonda

Food has this amazing ability in taking us down the memory lane. There could be that city that you always associate a particular food item with. A drink that reminds you of a fun party you had years ago or a little snack that takes […]

Sabudana Vada || Tapioca Pearl Fritter

Sabudana Vada || Tapioca Pearl Fritter

Love thy neighbor, especially if their cooking is amazing. One of my former neighbors used to have quite a different eating schedule. Some of the family members, especially the stay-at-home ones used to have a good meal at noon, a little snack in the late […]

Ragi Masala Biscuit

Ragi Masala Biscuit

There is spice, great aroma and amazing flavor. All the things that hit me when I first had masala biscuit. It is a bit surprising that very few bakers bake masala biscuits. I was fortunate to grab some freshly baked ones. I felt that the […]

Sev Recipe

Sev Recipe

I almost went to buy sev again, which I always do, then comes the thought: ” why not make it at home, instead of buying”. Did just that and I was surprised how easy it is to make and how well they turned out. Sev […]