Mexican Vegetarian Burrito Bowl

Not a true/authentic Mexican dish, but definitely meal/salad with tons of flavor. Ingredients & Method For¬†Guacamole 1 ripe avocado 1 tomato (finely chopped) 1/4 cup onion (finely chopped) 1/4 cup fresh cilantro 1 jalapeno 3 cloves garlic salt to taste lime juice to taste Steps to prepare: In a food processor add all of the…

Lettuce Wraps

I was first introduced to lettuce wraps at PF Chang’s (Asian & Chinese cuisine restaurant). With my first bite, they became my favorite and my ‘must order’ item off their menu, whenever I ate there. This dish is so light, fresh and healthy that it will for sure spur up your appetite for more. I…

Avocado and Sprouts Bhel

Mumbai, my hometown is famous for its street food. Bhelpuri (rice puff medley) is one of my favorites. Growing up I have eaten this rice puff medley sold by the street vendors in Mumbai. The taste was heavenly ūüôā and I did not fall sick :). The main ingredient in this are the chutnies (sweet…

Navratan Koorma with Tava Roti

Hello readers, Today I bring to you a recipe which is a medley of several veggies and couple surprise ingredients. The lack of access to Indian buffets, due to shelter in place, prompted me to try this out at home. Navratan, stands for ‘9 gems’. So typically in this dish there are 9 main ingredients….

Open faced protein & iron rich burger

Hello readers, Hope everyone is staying safe and healthy. Keep the spirits high and think positive. Hoping things get back to normal soon. This change in our lifestyle, has given me a chance to pursue my hobby and explore new recipes more ūüôā often.¬† I have some picky spinach eaters in my house. Trust me,…

Sweet Potato Puris

Hello readers, It has been a while since I blogged. A lot has changed in the last few years. Life brought to me my beautiful son (who is now almost 3 yrs old). With his arrival, priorities changed and I had to pause my blogging for a bit, to focus on his health and growth….

Malpua Rabdi Cake!!

A very Happy New Year to all my readers! I hope you all had great holiday break and have kick started new beginnings this New Year. Over the holidays I enjoyed a lot of desserts. It’s hard to avoid them, when you have back-to-back occasions to celebrate :). It’s even harder if you are someone who…

Bharwan bhindi (stuffed okra)

I have at times found myself stuck in a round robin¬†pattern of cooking food. The daily routine adds to the boredom of going out-of-the-way to cook something new. @home¬†I hear complaints @dinner table “you made this … yet again …”. Today’s recipe emerged out of the need for change :). Okra is a favorite veggie…

Stuffed Idli (Stuffed rice cakes)

It has been cold and rainy weather in Bay area since the last few weeks. This weather calls for some piping hot and carb rich food :). Today’s recipe is perfect for such a weather. Idlis (steamed rice cakes) are typically paired with Sambhar (spicy lentil soup) and coconut chutney (coconut spread). I am always…

Rava Idli (Steamed semolina cakes)

Winter has taken toll all over US.¬†Cold winter nights call for sizzling hot food. I¬†love¬†South Indian food.¬†I got lucky. During engineering days, I relished (or I must say hogged) South Indian treats from my good friend’s lunch box.¬†Miss the good old days. Today I bring to you¬†very common South Indian tiffin recipe – rava idli….

Jeera Khari (Cumin flavored puff pastry)

Cold weather has hit most parts of US. East coast gets the glow of¬†snow and California coast, finally gets some¬†rain (after 3 years of dry winter). Cold weather calls for getting cozy and lazy :). Fritters¬†of various kind and adraki chai (ginger tea) is¬†my favorite¬†combo during cold weather.¬†Today I bring to you a recipe of…

Bharwan (stuffed) colored peppers

Today I bring to you a recipe that has become a favorite side dish of all my family members. I was once researching online for what I can add to my diet that would provide Vitamin C. I found that adding bright colored vegetables and fruits to my daily diet will do the need full….

No fry Sabudana (Tapioca pearls) fritters

[05/21/20] Update: I tried the same recipe in air fryer and here is the outcome: (Cooked in air fryer for 6 min each at 375 deg F on either side)¬† I grew¬†up eating many Maharashtrian delicacies as a child. Sabudana (tapioca pearls) vada (fritters) are¬†my favorite. I have shared with you all a recipe made…

Mini peas pie (savory)

Looking for a quick bite? Thinking of making something to impress your guests?¬†Thinking of some fresh ideas for the next potluck? I bring to you the answer to all these questions. In my kitchen this recipe emerged out of lack of ingredients at hand and the need to make something quick. The end result was…

Baked spicy cauliflower

Are you the fussy one who finds a¬†reason to not eat veggies? Or you know of someone who does that? I am guilty of being one when I was a child. I recall vividly that I never wanted to eat any vegetable curry made by Mom :). Mom figured out a way to make me…

Modak – a steamed treat for all

Today I share the¬†‘51st‘ post on my blog. To celebrate this milestone, I bring to you a recipe for ‘Modak’ – prepared to offer lord Ganesha. Lord Ganesha is believed to bring joy, eliminate sadness and obstacles in our lives. His name is taken prior to start of any new event in life. Trailing part…

Roasted corn & peppers salad

It is monsoon season back home. One street food that is sold in Mumbai during monsoon is, roasted corn. The corn on the cob¬†is cooked on charcoal fire till the kernels are charred and then coated with fresh lemon¬†juice and some salt and chili powder. The taste is to die for. I have fond memories…

Tiranga Sandwich (tri-colored bread fritters)

Nostalgia is on my mind today. It is hard to believe that it has been 10 years since I¬†left home to come to US.¬†In lieu of¬†India’s independence day yesterday, I¬†bring to you a recipe that resembles the colors in the Indian flag. This is a very famous tea time snack consumed in various parts of…

No fry Dahi Vada – (lentil dumplings in yogurt sauce)

Hello readers. Hope you all had a great weekend. July marked the beginning of the holy season for Hindus. Today was Raksha Bandhan, the first of many festivals to follow over the next 3 months. Raksha Bandhan is a day when the brother and sister bond is celebrated. Today I bring to you a recipe…

Savory oats porridge

Quaker oatmeal – was¬†how I first got introduced to oats. I loved the different flavors it came in. However, they were a little too sweet for my taste. Then I came across regular oats and realized that they¬†were healthier. In all excitement I purchased regular oats, but ¬†was clueless¬†on how to consume them. Started with…

Quinoa veggie burgers

  Summer marks the beginning of barbecue season. You will see grills firing up in parks, beaches, house porches , decks and tailgates. What I love about grilled food is the charred grill marks and the  flavor of smoke. Today I bring to you the comfort food from summer – a recipe for a burger. This…

Dates and nuts treats

Happy Saturday to all my readers! Are you the one who has the urge to eat something sweet after every meal? It’s 3 pm and you are craving for an afternoon snack? Are you looking for an¬†energy boost to kickstart your day? Look no further. Today I bring to you a recipe which can fulfill…

Paneer Pinwheels

Hello readers! Long time no see :). It seems like my blogging pattern is similar to that of a sine wave. My blogging has periodic peaks and troughs. I have finally come out of the trough and want to stay out of it to the best of my ability. The monsoon season is in full…

Quick fresh spinach salad

Hello readers! Hope all is well with you all. The inception of spring and the notion that summer ain’t that far away inspired me to get back to writing. Today, I bring you a quick, easy, healthy and super tasty salad. I was introduced to this salad when I visited a good old friend for…

Katori Chaat

Hello all! Hope you all are having a great Sunday! I have a strong fondness for ‘Chaat’ (Read more about Chaat here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chaat), due to my North Indian heritage. I still recall, during every summer trip to my Grandma’s in UP (Uttar Pradesh) how me and my siblings hogged on the street chaats. The chaats were mind-boggling….

Quinoa in creamy vegetable gravy

Hello readers and friends. Happy Thursday to all! Hope you all are excited to embrace the weekend, which is just one day away. I have been¬†thoroughly¬†enjoying my little break. It has been very relaxing and exciting. I have been bored with my standard daily cooking¬†off late, which has triggered me to hunt for new recipes….

Couscous with pan roasted vegetables

Hello readers! Long time no see :). After a long hiatus I am back to blogging again. It feels good to be back. I hope to be regular from now and keep bringing to you all the experiments from my kitchen. Today’s recipe is a byproduct of one such experiments. Couscous has become a part…

Couscous Salad

The lovely cherry blossoms on the trees. The sound of the birds chirping at dawn. The giggles of children playing in the park. The colorful tulips blooming in the yards. Yes!! Spring is here. I love the colors and warmth this weather brings with it. In spirit of this lovely weather I bring to you…

Bombay Sandwich

Nostalgia is on my mind today. Bombay is famous for its crazy monsoons, cosmopolitan culture and mouth-watering street food. The streets of Bombay are packed with food carts. If you haven’t eaten from these carts you surely have missed out! I have grown up eating this food and have enjoyed every bit of it. These…

Semolina Cake

Happy Friday afternoon all! Back to blogging once again, after a long hiatus. It is always good to take a break from routine and do something different. And here I am bringing you another recipe from my kitchen. Have there been times when you have a sudden urge to eat something sweet? Are you the…

Kadhai Tofu

Hello readers. I hope you all are having a great start to the new year. It was time for me to take a break from my routine and get back to blogging. Today I bring to you a healthier version of one of my favorite north indian recipes, called ‘Kadhai Paneer’. However, ¬†this recipe is…

Malpuas (Sugar syrup dipped pancakes)

A very happy 2013 to all my readers! May this be the most rocking year for you all.¬†Wanted to give a sweet start to my first post in 2013 and hence I bring this recipe to you. Malpuas are sugar syrup dipped pancakes. A very popular and traditional Indian dessert, mostly prepared during festivals and…

Sabudana Thalipeeth (Savory Tapioca Pancakes)

It has been cold and rainy in Bay Area for a past few weeks :-(. Overcast clouds and heavy rains make a perfect recipe for lazing around and do nothing. All to come when you are on a break is a cherry on top of the cake :). It was a perfect weather to feast…

Paneer Tikka Masala Pizza

Hello readers! Finally I get some time to get back to writing :). I wish I could do it more often. I plan on making it a habit :). Pizza! In India it was a ‘Sunday’ special meal. Here in US, it became a norm :). Weekend dinners, free pizza parties at school, sunday night…

Masala Mini Idlis

Sharing another recipe with you from one of my favorite¬†cuisine – South Indian. I had some left over idli batter, but I was bored with eating the idlis the regular way. I looked around for some variations and ultimately ended up making it this way. This is a slight variation of the masala pav recipe,…

Cake decorating fun!!

Last year,in summer, I was at home taking a break from work and waiting to hear back about my applications to B-schools. I was restless at home, with nothing to do and worry about. I had tons of free time. My friend was taking the cake decorating courses offered by Wilton. I decided to join…

Cucumber Dosa (Savory cucumber crepes)

I have a strong liking for south indian cuisine. It all started during my engineering days, where I met my very good friend (who is a south indian). We spent long hours studying at each others’ houses, and this was when I got a chance to relish various south indian delicacies. The heavenly filter coffee…

Quinoa with a twist

I fell in love with Quinoa, the very first time I ate it. Thanks to my ex roommate for introducing me to this wonderful grain. You can read all about it here:¬†http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quinoa. As I mentioned in one of my earlier posts, being a¬†vegetarian¬†I am always on a look out for protein rich food. I am…

Khandvi

Mumbai! My home town. Love it and miss it a lot. Thanks to Mumbai, I got to experience the cultural diversity and enjoy food from different regions of India. Be it Maharashtrian, North Indian, South Indian, Gujarati … the list is endless. Today I am sharing one of my favorite Gujarati snack recipes – ‘Khandvi’….

Shrikhand (Indian flavored yogurt)

Strain and hang the yogurt in a muslin cloth for hours. Is this what is stopping you from making Shrikhand? Wait no more my friends. I am sharing this recipe with you all where you skip this painful step and enjoy Shrikhand with just 10 minutes of wait time :). Shrikhand is a very popular…

Chocolate Burfi

¬†I love chocolate and will never get bored with it (at least I hope not :)).¬†This post is for all you chocolate lovers, like me. Chocolate cake, chocolate chip cookies & pancakes, chocolate covered strawberries, nutella stuffed crepes are my all time favorites. This past Diwali I made ‘Chocolate Burfi’ and to my surprise it…

Mini Pizza Bites …

Hello Friends! With another hiatus of no posts I am back to blogging. Hope everyone is keeping warm during the winters :). This is my second winter without snow and I m Loving it :). Today I am sharing a recipe of an appetizer with you all. This is a quick, not so usual and…

Falafel on a Baguette

I was first introduced to Middle Eastern food when I was in Erie. I was surprised to realize its similarities to Indian food to some extent. Falafel, Hummus, Cous Cous, mejadra are some of my favorites. Today I am sharing with you a recipe of Falafel that I tried. I baked these instead of frying….

For the ones with a sweet tooth

Hello there. I haven’t blogged for past few days. Travel, family visits, and school have kept me tied up. Looking forward to continue doing what I love the most. Today I am sharing an Italian dessert recipe with you, which I came across online. ‘Panna Cotta’ – which means ‘cooked cream’. I fell in love…

Going Green with Chaat

Being a native of North India, I have an uncanny fondness for the food from there :). Chaat being my all time favorite. The taste and richness of chaat in Northern parts of India is mesmerizing. I have tried numerous times, but failed to get that same taste. I will have to live with this…

Cucumber in Summer

Quick, Easy, Tasty and Healthy… isn’t that what you want your cooking to be. Yogurt, cucumber and mint soup, brings in all these with it. This is cold soup and is ready in minutes. When you bite into the fresh green chillies its adds to the zing. The flavor of mint is very refreshing. Ingredients:…

Protein Treasure – Soya Kurma

Being a vegetarian, it is tough to find and make protein rich food. Pulses, legumes are common source of protein in my diet. To keep things different in my meals I am on a constant lookout to find out foods rich in protein and prepare them. Soya is well-known to be rich with protein. I…

Tangy Tasty Paneer Achari

Paneer … the Indian version of cottage cheese .. I love it. Paneer dishes are very popular in northern parts of India. Paneer is used in salads, curries and desserts as well. Unlike most cheese, Paneer is very easy to make. Paneer has its nutritional value of being rich in protein as well. The recipe…

Panini Press

Keeping up the summer spirits high here is another one to add to the list. This being one of my favorites. Was introduced to Panini with my visits to Panera Bread. I happened to fall in love with almost all vegetarian food sold there :). Panini has an Italian origin and is typically made using…

Beat the heat ..

Long hot summer days!! Fun times. As mentioned in one of my earlier posts, during summer I prefer eating cold salads and sandwiches to warm food. This sandwich has a different taste and could be eaten as a snack or a meal. The spread of this sandwich is made with yogurt and fresh vegetables. The…

A nutrients rich treat

I often find myself caught up in the dilemma of eating something healthy, but not the same old stuff. I am on a constant look out for how to make things different and still get the nutrients. Here is a recipe ¬†for parathas I came across online. These are made using wheat flour, spinach &…

On a cold wet rainy day!

Some would say rainy days are dull, dark and gloomy. Other would say they are romantic :-). My birth city Mumbai is hit by monsoons every year. Back home, I loved the smell of the wet mud after the very first rain. I often recall my childhood days of playing in mud puddles, making paper…

Shake it up!!

Summer is finally here. Summer brings in fun for all. Be it outdoor activities, travel, vacations, BBQ’s, picnics .. the list goes on and on .. During summer cooking for me includes making cold sandwiches, fresh fruit and vegetable salads and shakes. In this post, I will share a few recipes of shakes/smoothies that I…

Apple Cake!!

I have been requested to post some recipes of cakes. Here is one of my all time favorites. My friend Sharada, had made this cake for one of our potluck dinners. And I fell in love with it. When you bite into the small pieces of apple while relishing the cake it feels heavenly. Don’t…

How can I help you?

Hello friends, I have been dormant for the past couple months. Now I am back to blogging. I need you all to help me. I want to get to know from you what recipes you would like to learn to make. Respond to my poll and I shall try my best to help you out….

Rajasthani Dal Baati (Lentils & hard baked wheat flour bread)

Rajasthan!! I love this place, its immense beauty, culture, people, places , cuisine , & how can I miss the opportunities to shop ethnic clothes and jewelry :). I have enjoyed every bit of Rajasthani food that I have eaten. It was my desire to learn to cook this cuisine. Luck knocked my door :)….

Hara Bhara Pulav (Cilantro & Mint Rice)

Rice …. This was our staple food during my Masters :). I think my room mates¬† would agree with me on this :). Rice was almost part of every meal we ate. The reason being, it was the easiest to make and less time-consuming. We just had to wash the rice and toss it in…

Almond & Saffron Pedas

I love sweets & mithais. Most of the times after a meal, I get the urge to eat something sweet :). May be it’s a sweet tooth :). Here is a recipe for some sweet lovers like me.¬†It’s easy to make and something different too.¬†The credit for this recipe goes to a friend from Erie,…

Palak & Paneer Pulav

Its a first day of the New Year!! Wishing all my blog readers a very Happy New Year! Has it ever been the case that you are wondering that I need to eat something different? You want to get a change from the routine? But at the same time want it to be simple… A…

Diwali Fun

I had intended to post this right after Diwali .. But busy life prevented me from doing so ūüôā … Its better late than never .. A little background on the festival of lights ‘Diwali’. According to mythology, Diwali was first celebrated to welcome Lord Rama, his wife goddess Sita and his brother Lord Laxman…

Halwa, Chana & Puri

Last weekend was the end of one of many festivals – Navratri which means nine (nav) nights (ratri). This festival goes on for nine days, each day has it’s own significance.¬†Goddess Durga is¬†primarily¬†worshipped during this festival. Different regions of India celebrate this festival differently.¬†In the northern¬†parts, Navratri is celebrated by keeping Jagraata – where in…

Lemon Cake

In the merriment of my Birthday I thought of making this as topic of my post today! ¬†CAKES! … Love them …. Cakes are usually tied to some celebration or festivity .. But personally I do not need a reason to have one ūüôā … One good thing about Cakes is they could be eaten…

Aloo and Pyaaz ka Paratha (Potatoes & Onions bread)

Have you ever wondered “what should I cook today?” or you are in no mood to make a meal for your self but still would like to eat something that fulfills your hunger? So here is a dish that is easy to cook and will curb your hunger … One good thing about these Parathas,…

Ready Get Set GO …..

I have been willing to start blogging for quite sometime now. So here it goes. This blog will include collections of recipes that I try out myself. A little background on ‘my love for cooking’ ūüėČ Since I was young I had always observed my Mom cook. And not to forget to mention my Dad…