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Tariwale Aloo Tamatar Sabzi |North Indian Potato & Tomato Gravy

Aloo Tamatar Sabzi - North indian Potato curry made in the pressure cooker,served with Pooris and Kachories during festivals and fasts.

This is the one dish,armed with which I entered my married life.Really..No Kidding! Tariwale Aloo Tamatar Sabzi  was the only thing I knew how to make 8 years back..well that and Maggi..To this day, it’s what I love eating more than anything else in the world.It’s my comfort food, my got to for when I am missing home and mom! My mom made this all the time at home, on literally, every festival with hot pooris. So this year on Rakhi, I decided to go all out making this potato curry along with black Channa masala ,Kheer and obviously pooris.If you are on my Instagram you would have seen all the photos in my stories. I know I am never …

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Thai Red Curry with Homemade Red Curry Paste

Thai Red Curry with Homemade Red Curry Paste - A spicy Coconut curry made with Red Chillies,Lemon Grass and Galangal.

This is the only way to make Thai Red Curry is with homemade Thai Curry Paste ! I know I am in a mortal danger of sounding snooty but I plead you to hear me out. There is nothing that compares to a Homemade Thai red curry paste.Even if you take shortcuts or swap ingredients with what’s available locally.I always pick up Thai ingredients whenever they are available.I freeze everything- from the Kaffir lime leaves,galangal,lemon grass and the chillies. They are not always available but the urge to indulge in a steaming hot bowl of Red Thai Curry with rice can strike anytime.So one needs to be prepared. Most ingredients listed are easily available in India now except maybe the red …

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Chocolate Oats Brownies | Gluten Free

Dark and Decadent Chocolate Oats Brownies.The best Gluten Free Chocolate Brownie recipe made with 100% oatmeal.

I will be absolutely frank here! The first time I set out to make these Chocolate Oats Brownies ,I had crazy jitters.I was very unsure about it.I mean how could something with oats taste decadent? because that’s what my brother wanted.Something indulgent, decadent,Dark Chocolate brownie.Basically the real stuff and not some rip off healthy version.His words..not mine! I understood the hesitation and I understand if you are in the same kind of dharm Sankat(I mean dilemma) that I was in. Oats do not have any gluten which means the result could be weirdly crumbly or gummy and believe me,I have made my share of cakes and cookies with gluten free ingredients.Though these Chocolate Oats Brownies that came out of the …

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Seven healthy Chicken Marinades for Seven days of the week

Seven Freezable Chicken Marinades for Seven Days of Healthy Eating.

Here I am, making your life easy with these brilliant Seven healthy Chicken Marinades for Seven days of the week! This is meal planning made easy! Eating healthy isn’t easy and I cannot tell you how many times I have failed to stick to my lofty diet plans.It’s easier to eat crap then what you actually should.The recall value of those chips lying in the shelf is a lot higher than the watermelon sitting outside.That’s the reason I have created this post on Freezable Seven healthy Chicken Marinades for Seven days of the week of the week. Doing this, mentally aligns you to a plan, everyday at 10 am you take one marinated frozen chicken pack out, keep it on …

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Authentic Mangalorean Prawn Sukka

Mangalorean Prawn Sukka - A spicy, tangy Prawn roast from the west coast of india made with chillies,tamarind and fresh coconut.

Mangalore Prawn Sukka is a dish from the west coast of South India.It is a bright orange(red in some cases) spicy and Tangy prawn roast made with fresh coconut and dry red chillies. I was introduced to Mangalorean cuisine about 7 years back when we went to Kudla, the most iconic Mangalorean Food restaurant in Bangalore, for a department lunch.My love affair with it began then. The Neer dosas, the Mangalorean Kori Gassi and the Ghee Roast, have wooed me to nose-dive deep into the cuisine with open arms.Though something or the other has always kept me from visiting Mangalore,the food remains an obsession that has grown with all the time I have been in Bangalore. This recipe of Mangalorean …

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Easy Indian Style Chicken Roast | Chicken Roast Masala

Easy Indian Style Chicken Roast Recipe - Whole Chicken & potatoes roasted with desi indian spices ,yogurt and Ghee.

Who doesn’t love a perfectly roasted chicken?I like mine full of flavour and Spices.Today’s Chicken dish is an Indian style Chicken Roast. There may be myriad ways of roasting a chicken but the most comforting for me is this Spicy Chicken made with warm spices and yogurt.It has what my palate recognises and associates with comfort food. The Indian Marinade for Roast Chicken Marinating the chicken overnight will make sure that it’s well seasoned and flavourful.I have used some basic Indian spices along with two important ingredients Yogurt and Vinegar. Yogurt and Vinegar not only impart flavour but also tenderise the chicken from inside.Rest of the spices are everyday available Indian pantry staples – Coriander,cumin,Chilli powder and pepper. if you want …

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Italian White Butter Beans and Tomato Stew

Vegan(Vegetarian) Italian White Butter Beans and Tomato Stew with herbs and roasted cherry tomatoes.Easy to make hearty Lima Beans Stew

I am always looking for meals that can serve a large crowd and be made in advance.This Italian White Butter Beans and Tomato Stew is just that.You can not only make this ahead of time but also freeze it for later use. It’s the perfect Vegan (Hence Vegetarian) option – it has good amount of protein from the beans and the flavour from the tomatoes, bell pepper and herbs.It’s a recipe made for success really! What are Lima Beans / Butter Beans Let’s talk about Butter Beans,shall we?Lima Beans are large white colour kidney shaped beans.They are a great vegan source of fat free protein and have a high glycemic index- which means they are great for people with diabetes. What …

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Tamil Nadu Style Egg Roast Masala – Spicy Muttai Thokku recipe

Tamil Nadu Style Egg Roast Masala - Spicy Muttai Thokku recipe

We used to get this exact Egg Roast Masala in our hostel about a decade back.In fact this Tamil Nadu Style Egg Roast Masala was the sole reason I joined the Non Vegetarian Mess.While everything else was a disappointment in my hostel mess, this was one dish that they excelled in. This Egg Roast Masala is also called Muttai Thokku in Tamil.It’s best described as boiled Eggs in roasted onion and tomato masala. While the ingredients are simple, the technique and quantity of each is important. So how do we make Tamil Egg Roast Masala Egg Roast Masala is made by slow roasting onions and tomato in warm spices.Hard boiled Eggs are added once the masala is ready. If you read the recipe, …

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Thai Sweet and Spicy Cucumber Salad

Thai Sweet and Spicy Cucumber Salad

Thai Sweet and Spicy Cucumber Salad is my absolute favourite salad to make, especially when I am entertaining.In fact in my mind it’s an amazing appetizer not a mere salad. The dressing is the real bomb though and I think it would jazz up any kind of vegetable.It’s a Sweet,Spicy & tangy dressing- which is just what is needed to make the best salad dressing ever. It’s obviously Thai inspired as the name suggests.Traditionally fish sauce is also added in the dressing for an extra umami but I have skipped it in this dish. You can change the proportions of the ingredients as per your taste and preferences.This recipe will yield an extra spicy Thai Sweet and Spicy Cucumber Salad because …

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Dhaba Style Dal Tadka | Restaurant Style Yellow Dal Fry

Dhaba Style Dal Tadka | Restaurant Style Yellow Dal

Today’s recipe is Dhaba Style Dal Tadka also called Restaurant Style Yellow Dal. Every household as a favourite dal and a special way of cooking it.Even within households, people cook Dal differently.My aunt usually only makes the brown Masoor with the Chilka and my mother prefers Moong.There is no right or wrong way to make a dal- you can make it in one shot in the pressure cooker-without bothering with an extra tadka or you could slow cook it like the black dal usually is for a creamy consistency. The Method The Dhaba Style Dal Tadka that I make has two types of tempering or tadka.The first one is with the usual suspects – Onions,Tomato,Ginger,Garlic and spices and the second tempering …

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Easy Cherry & Rhubarb Crumble

Cherry & Rhubarb Crumble

I don’t know what it is but a crumble always takes me right back to my childhood.I can tell you I felt like a little child licking the bowl clean when I was done with this Cherry & Rhubarb Crumble. There is something so comforting about eating a crumble.It has everything -the tartness from the fruits – cherry & rhubarb in this case,crispness from the crumble and creaminess from the ice-cream or whipped cream.It’s infact ,the perfect no fuss dessert at the end of a hearty dinner.I usually serve the crumble warm with a dollop of ice cream which adds another dimension to this already amazing dish. I love making it in my kitchen because this doesn’t need any special knowledge …

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Malabar Chicken Peralan | Kerala Style Kozhi Peralan Roast

Malabar Chicken Peralan - Kerala Style Chicken Roast

Malabar Chicken Peralan or Kozhi Peralan as is known regionally is a famous dry Chicken Roast from the state of Kerala. It’s very popular in the Malayali Christian Community but like all traditional recipe everyone has their own versions of it.This  recipe is adapted from the famous book Flavours of the Spice Coast by Mrs K. M Mathew.This book was published almost two decades ago and has since been handed to every new bride in the Malabar community. The first time I made it ,both I and Abhishek were pleasantly surprised with how rounded the flavours were- everything is in a fine balance- the heat from the chillies,the warmth from the spices, the sourness from vinegar.Everything has a role to …

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Easy Beetroot Falafel

Beetroot Falafel - Traditional Middle Eastern Nutrient Rich,high protein patties made with chickpeas and spices

Introducing you today to – Beetroot Falafel that can be fried or baked.These Middle eastern street food is so loved across the world that it’s become a household name now. Easily made and even more easily eaten- Falafels or Felafel can be eaten simply with some yogurt dip or stuffed inside a pita bread with some raw veggies. Falafels are super high on nutrients because the majority of it is only chickpeas(garbanzo beans or chole) and veggies. In fact these beetroot falafels are not only vegan but also paleo and whole 30 approved. Beetroot Falafel can be made paleo and whole 30 approved by swapping flour with tapioca flour or potato starch and baking them instead of frying them. Healthier …

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Restaurant Style Punjabi Rajma Masala

The best Restuarant Style Punjabi Rajma Masala -Easy recipe

I could write a book on Rajma.If there was one dish that was my ALLLLL time favourite it was the Punjabi Rajma Masala.It’s something I cook almost every week at home. The Punjabi Way of cooking Rajma Masala is to soak it overnight in water, boil it using a pressure cooker and mix bhuna masala made with Chopped Onions,Pureed tomato,Ginger, Garlic and milieu of fresh spices- including Cumin,Coriander and Chilli Powder.This dish  is especially popular in the Northern states of India. Everyone has a Rajma recipe and a story with it, don’t we? I in fact have a number of stories! There was a time I ate(& relished) undercooked Rajma Masala with rice at my hostel in Vellore for 4 …

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Light Pasta Salad with Gorgeous Cilantro Dressing

Light Pasta Salad with Cilantro Dressing

Summer is all about fun- with the summer holidays,Mangoes and but it also makes you want to eat something light and refreshing.This Light Pasta Salad is just that-feather Light,refreshing and best of all has a kick ass Coriander/Cilantro Dressing! Out of all the ingredients in this Pasta Salad, the absolute hero of this dish is the Cilantro dressing.It is such a perfect mix of fresh, salty, fatty and acidic that I can’t get enough of it.I am probably not qualified to say this but I still want to say it This is the best dressing Ever!!!   No really!!! If you are one of those who just can’t stand plain old stale salad then this dressing will be your elixir. Prior …

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Authentic Mangalorean Prawn Curry-Yeti Gassi

Mangalorean Prawn Curry

This Mangalorean Prawn Curry is the crown jewel of the Western Indian Coastal cuisine from Mangalore,Karnatake. Before moving to the southern region of India, I really had no idea about the very distinct cuisines of the southern states. Actually,scratch that..not separate southern “states” but “regions”..There are so many cuisines , that I am suddenly grappling with too much information and ideas..For instance-there is the famous Chettinad cuisine, then there is the Tamil Brahmin way of cooking,Malabar Cuisine,Mangalorean Cuisine and I am sure I am missing out on a dozen more here. For me,Mangalorean Prawn Curry was a case of pure sheer infatuation which started when I tasted Fish Gassi at Jai hind lunch house in Mumbai for the first time.To say that we …

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Mom’s Quick Paneer Capsicum

Super Simple,Quick,Vegetarian Paneer Capsicum Family Recipe.

I met a friend today and we were swapping childhood stories about how her mom cooked some super exotic dishes at home and how my mother was the most “Jugadu” cook ever.All most all our birthday parties had channa masala noodles which by the way we all loved!,bread rolls,fryams and a giant giant vat of Rasna but the “fine cutlery” along with my mothers 10 minute Paneer Capsicum recipe was taken out at the more grown up parties. Our Love for Paneer Capsicum I am not lying here but it’s really her goto recipe-it’s served every time important guests come home,it was served when my inlaws came home for the first time, it was served when my brother’s inlaws came …

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Healthy Chocolate Bliss Balls

Healthy Chocolate Bliss Balls

Yes I named these Chocolate Bliss Balls and it’s okay if you want to call me out on my nonsense. These are ladoos which we Indians have been making for only a dozen centuries.But the undeniable fact is that these have chocolate and I don’t know a lot of healthy chocolate ladoos!These are made without any added sugar(of any kind),any oil or fat and has no grain in it.Like Really! I am obviously very late to the bliss ball party but you don’t have to be! The original recipe is from chocolate covered Kate blog and I can’t tell you how amazing her blog is! It’s full of unbelievable healthy treats which I swear I can’t stop making!  If you …

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