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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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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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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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Homemade Achari Paneer Masala

Homemade Achari Paneer Masala

Today’s dish is Homemade Achari Paneer Masala. A spicy piquant curry with Cottage cheese, made with Indian pickling spices, to be eaten with steaming hot Ghee Rotis right off the tawa or white fluffy rice. One of my earliest memories of school are from when I was probably 6 years old, sitting on the steps with my girl friends, swapping homemade Mango pickles and parathas made by our mothers. Have you ever had homemade Mango pickles? It’s usually made with raw small green mangoes-quartered and preserved in a milieu of Mustard oil,Fennel Seeds(saunf),Nigella Seeds(Kalonji),Mustard Seeds(Rai) & Fenugreek Seeds(Methi seeds).When I made this curry the first time I was aiming to harness that taste of my childhood.Though i know nothing can compare …

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Pasta in Butter Garlic Sauce- Quick Recipe

Pasta in Butter Garlic Sauce- Quick Recipe

There are days when quick and easy is not quick enough.You know when you can’t or don’t want to order from outside but need something awesome urgently!That’s when I fish out my Pasta in Butter Garlic Sauce recipe- its quick, its easy and it needs only bare minimum ingredients. I have been making this pasta since I saw an episode of Masterchef where the contestant made a giant egg ravioli coated with burnt butter garlic sauce.It looked so so perfect.That was about 5 years ago and I have been smitten which this way of eating pasta ever since. If you are a moody person like I am and have too many of those days when indulgence is the only answer,  then …

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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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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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Greek Yogurt Party Dip – Tzatziki

Greek Tzatziki dip

The first time I heard about cucumber and yogurt in one sentence it was from a friend desperately trying to loose weight, which I dismissed unceremoniously because in my mind anything touted as a weight loss meal is usually unappetising or something you are forced to eat because you want to lose those pesky kilograms you put on during festivals.Suffice it to say I never tried putting the two toghether..untill I tasted the Greek Tzatziki dip. But but but..The first time I had authentic tzatziki was in Athens, which seems ages ago now,sigh.Well, that was a different experience altogether.I remember landing in Athens,dumping our luggage in our shared hostel and heading out to get some Greek Coffee from this idyllic road side …

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Power Packed Chickpeas Tahini Salad

Power packed Chickpeas Tahini Salad

  If you are like me..You gobble a mouthful of cookies your Super skinny friend bought from the other side of the world ,only to check the calories and realise you have consumed 600 calories in 5 minutes flat.Well such is life.Thats why this Chickpeas Tahini Salad exists. So they can push your derailed self back on the track.Though its a long long journey to that track..in my case probably 10 kgs.That’s the reason I have been doing a lot of salads lately.Don’t get me wrong…I am doing an equal(or more) number of desserts..So the salad is basically to make space for sugar.I know I know..Extremely unhealthy..but as I said the journey to the track is long and lonely.   This …

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My Famous 5 minute Yogurt Dip

Easy healthy Yogurt dip

One dip for all my parties. Since I started making this ,there hasn’t been a single gathering or a party where I have not made this.Whether I am serving Indian food or Italian or desi Chinese this is one dip that will always be on my party table. I have mopped this dip up with breads, nachos, chips, chicken wings, french fries, indian chicken keema sliders,naans with equal gusto.While planning my party menu, this is the first thing on my list-Every single time,and I am not exaggerating here, people have asked me for the recipe and I gladly tell them.Though I don’t know why I haven’t gotten around to penning here it sooner. Maybe cause it’s so simple that it’s …

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Easy Hummus

Easy Homemade Hummus

If my grandmother was here today she would have really smirked at this recipe and said whats so fancy about this channe ki chutney that you eat with papad.Well however you name it is essentially chickpea chutney. Some Channa or Chickpeas(as everybody outside of Bharat desh calls it) and a few olives here and a couple garlic cloves there and voila here is your hummus.If you are applauding my amazing writing skills then let me tell you that they are inspired from the barrage of nursery rhymes which have now entered my sacred erstwhile childfree house because I am a good mother and thus I must teach my baby about cows and spiders and spouts.Why spouts though?Whats the point? Bleh! …

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Foxtail Millet Salad

Foxtail Millet Salad

It’s been so long since I posted but believe me when I say ,things have been action packed and full of surprises! Life seems to have come a full circle and I find myself back at my whole30 program.(almost) Life threw us a curveball , which was expected but also unexpected.I should have suspected something when I couldn’t stomach coffee anymore! Appearance of a faint second line was not enough confirmation for somebody as paranoid as us so an unnecessary blood test proved that we were indeed expecting! Looks like the whole30 program created the best possible environment for this to happen and we couldn’t be less ecstatic about it. What we didn’t expect was the all time sickness (there …

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Authentic Greek Salad | Simple Salad Recipe

Authentic Greek salad - made with cucumbers,tomoateos and Bell pepper with a simple dressing or dried oregano,olive oil and lime juice.

Today’s recipe is of the Authentic Greek Salad. If and when you visit Greece you will be bombarded with greek salads everywhere.Even if you don’t want it you will see people ordering it on the next table and you will salivate all over the floor like a dog for it. What Pizza is to Italy Greek salad is to Greece.(my personal opinion). We ate this for lunch,breakfast and at pubs! Have you ever imagined a salad as a finger food?Well..We ate greek salad like that but I think that happened only cause we were in Greece.   Let me first tell you what it doesn’t have.No lettuce please! No green olives and definitely no cabbage!An authentic greek salad has a nice slab of …

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Skinny Mac and Cheese

Butternut Pumpkin Mac and Cheese

Mac and cheese is a comfort food that has transcended not only borders but also oceans! While parathas and capsicum potato curry remain my ultimate comfort food , pasta in a creamy sauce is my elixir when I am looking to curl up in a corner with a book. I love a simple pasta with just butter and some bacon..but if I have a hankering for something cheesy nothing warms my heart more than a mushy warm creamy bowl of mac and cheese. My only complaint with mac and cheese is that it is too heavy and high on calorie for its own good. So, I have come up with a skinny Mac and Cheese recipe, which lets you indulge …

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Roasted Veggies in Italian Herbs

Baked Veggies with italian herbs

I want to start out by thanking Readerspride.com for featuring me on their site. It’s very inspiring when people reach out to you and feature you on their sites! It’s the reverse feedback loop from the food universe patting your back and telling you to keep going.:D After my brunch party on Sunday I had loads of veggies left, which I wanted to use. I contemplating making Pav Bhaji the quintessential Bombay street food but decided to order that instead (Love Swiggy!) and make this nice and healthy veggie bake for myself. All your half zucchinis and handful of mushrooms and tomatoes , that you keep wrapped up waiting for inspiration to strike and ultimately throw them at the end of …

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Ratatouille

Ratatouille

The first time I heard about Ratatouille was through my brother.I don’t know where he tasted it but he was so awed by it that he came back home and tried his hand at making it.It was funny when he discovered that the dish contained brinjal cause he used to always fight with my mom whenever she made the traditional Baigan Bharta at home(Aubergine). The second time I heard about it was in the movie Ratatouille in 2007.The movie is about a mouse who wants to be a chef  ,whose signature dish is a Ratatouille.What better dish for a Rat to make than a “Rat”atouille. It tickled me something funny when I first saw the promo of the movie! Let …

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Vegetarian Pumpkin Laksa with Peri Peri Chickpeas

Pumpkin Laksa with peri peri chickpeas

Once you start browsing, there is so much inspiration around.It’s difficult to zero in on what you want to make.I see a lot of simple recipes where the biggest effort is the grocery shopping. I wish I was more organised and had a better way to track my inspirations.I wish there was an online instant grocery shopping available.Because when the inspiration strikes I don’t have ingredients and when I have ingredients my mind is blank! I do write them on my phone and on word doc on my laptop..napkins..behind pamphlets..ammm..yeah a little disorganised.(Sidebar-If some of my OCD friends read this, the first flinch would be on the number of extra full stops that I have taken the liberty of using and …

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Roasted Chickpeas

Homemade Garlic Roasted crunchy healthy Chickpeas

Warning!!-these are addictive and you can stop with only a bowl These crispy roasted chickpeas deserve a post of their own.Making these was an afterthought to the pumpkin laksa that I have pinned on my pinterest board few days back. As is clear from my multiple warnings on various social media these are addictive and I enjoyed them more than the main dish. For all you NRIs you don’t have to wait for relatives to get indian snacks. For all you dieters,you don’t have to consume weird soy based processed crisps. For all you serial snackers, these will never make you feel guilty! Chuck the ugly tasteless sprouts and eat these! You can decide the flavours based on your palate.Roasting …

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