Pineapple Semolina Dessert/Pineapple Sooji Halwa

With Holidays fast approaching, everyone is scrambling to find good and quick recipes that can be made ahead and are easy. These Pineapple Semolina dessert bites or a fond Indian name of Sooji Halwa are probably your answer.

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Cauliflower Butter Masala

Cauliflower Butter Masala – A decadent recipe with spicy roasted Cauliflower fragrant with Buttery sauce. A vegetarian take on Butter Chicken. If you were to ask me which one is my most favorite recipe on the blog, people, this is it. And why, because seriously people I can’t stop eating it. Both my girls love Cauliflower and Butter Chicken. So this recipe is an attempt … Continue reading Cauliflower Butter Masala

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Cilantro Pesto/ Cilantro Chutney

I have a funny story for Cilantro. When I came from India, I was looking for Coriander leaves and couldn’t find them anywhere. There were these certain leaves that most certainly looked like Coriander leaves but they were called Cilantro. I even asked the store clerk but they had no idea what I was talking about. I started using those and after a while when I made a few friends I came to know that well, if they looked like Coriander leaves and smelled like Coriander leaves, they are Coriander leaves a/k/a Cilantro. 

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TOMATO PULAO

Tomato Pulav with Chickpeas

  Tomato Rice or Tomato Pulao is one of the easiest one pot meals. Its easy enough and feeds the crowd. I added Chickpeas to add some protein. Feel free to add whatever vegetables you have on hand.  I would recommend using Instapot if you are having company over or if you are trying to make it right before heading out for a Soccer game … Continue reading Tomato Pulav with Chickpeas

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Quick and easy Vegetable Korma

What’s for dinner tonight? I ask myself. It’s gotta be the Vegetable Korma, for sure, for sure. There cannot be anything else. You know those recipes that you make once, and then you make twice, and then suddenly you realize that you made it way too many times in a month which makes you a very boring person or a winner for knowing such an amazing recipe.

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Bottle Gourd Kheer/Lauki Halwa/Dudhi Halwa

Do you feel homesick? A friend asked soon after I came back from India. The ever beautiful weather, the good food and more importantly all the friends and family gathered in a single city. All feels so heartwarming. I call America home and I call India home. And maybe that’s ok that I have more than one home. More than one place where I feel … Continue reading Bottle Gourd Kheer/Lauki Halwa/Dudhi Halwa

Simple and Healthy Cabbage Saute

You would be totally surprised that this dish originates in Indian cuisine. Most people who are acquainted with Indian cuisine know Butter Chicken or Chicken Kadai and Occasional Paneer dish. Indian cuisine also consists very simple and healthy dishes like this cabbage saute that comes from Western State of Maharashtra. It is used in day today menus and usually accompanied with Daal and very thin Rotis. This dish is so mild that you could simply skip the green chilies and have it as a warm Salad or may be accompany it with some yogurt and cucumber raita, go carb free, people. 

This recipe is so simple and yet there must be at least a hundred variations of this depending on the household. Here is how we like it.

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Roasted Cauliflower with Turmeric

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The rain has finally stopped. The whole of last week and the weekend it rained and rained. When it wasn’t raining, it was threatening to rain any second. The best thing to do on these rainy days is to make the inside life as comfortable as possible. Have a table filled with good food, open a bottle of Wine or two and call a few friends over to share. Isn’t that really an idyllic life? Wine, Food and Friends. I made us  a few dishes to last for the friends coming and going. One of them was this super easy Roasted Cauliflower. The recipe is super easy with some Cumin, Coriander, Ginger and Bay Leaf. I love the simplicity of this recipe and the roasting aroma coming from the oven fills the kitchen. The best kind of rainy day if you ask me.

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Healthy Chana Daal with Tomatoes

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When I started this blog, initially my vision was only to share the recipes without paying much attention to what goes into it. I believed in working out to burn the calories. I was not the one for dieting and I didn’t pay too much attention to what I was eating. Over the time as I grow older and my children are growing up I realize that my family not only needs to eat fresh and seasonal food but I also need to pay attention to how healthy our food is. I made little changes in our diet which really have been showing the difference in terms of how much more energy I have and how focused I stay on the tasks at hand. Although the kids still eat as many carbs as they like, me and my husband are changing our carb-heavy dinners. We eat dinner sometimes fairly late and eating a lot of carbs at that time was starting to take its toll. I came across this Daal preparation in one of my favorite books, Madhur Jaffrey’s Vegetarian. Her version is more spicy so I toned it down and changed the recipe around so it can be eaten without the side a Rice thus avoiding the starch. So if you feel like eating Indian food but are not willing to compromise on your low carb diet, this is the recipe for you. Continue reading “Healthy Chana Daal with Tomatoes”

Ragda Pattice – White Peas with Potato Fritters – Indian Street Food

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I don’t recall exactly when was the first time I had Ragda Patties but I think it was during one of our yearly summer vacations to our Grandparents house. There is one park that was close to my Grandparents house where the street vendors sold this yummy and spicy street food. When you think of a park in U.S., you think of may be an ice Cream truck but if you think of a park in Indian city, you think of all chaat items plus Ice cream. All the vendors shouting over the traffic noise to convince you how their item is the best in the city. When I had never visited U.S., I never realized how much I would miss these scenes but now after spending 15 years here, I miss it so much that I play the scene often in my mind’s eye and decide which vendor I will be visiting first when I am back to my beloved city of Pune. 

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