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Tandoori chicken is placed in a platter with a lot of greens and other vegetables
Dry Side Dishes, Recipes, Sides, Snacks

Tandoori Chicken

 

 Tandoori Chicken hold a special place in my heart. It is linked to one of my favourite uncles and the food memories that cling on to us though life moves on. ⁠ When we lived in Mumbai, this uncle visited and stayed with us now and then. He enjoyed my […]

The vegetable is dispalyed in a pretty bowl with a napkin on one side
Dry Side Dishes, Vegetarian

Karela Mazedaar

 

 Karela or bitter gourd used to be a dish I ran from when I was a kid. Who am I kidding? Even for half my adult life! (Some also call them Bitter Melons. It’s called paagakaai in Tamil.) And then I mastered the vegetable! I can now confidently serve varieties […]

Breakfast, Mains, Recipes, Snacks, Vegetarian

Gnocchi ⁠— My Way!

 

 So what is Gnochhi? Believe me, when I first made Gnochhi, I had no clue that it is going to be a super hit. I made it for a lark, as a make-ahead breakfast, inspired by a very old cookbook gifted at my wedding, called Virtue’s Colourful Cooking. You can […]

A blue oval shaped bowl with creamy orange carrot soup
Soups, Vegetarian

Carrot Soup

 

 Carrot soup is gorgeously satisfying. You will find it creamy, tasty and it’s so, so good for health. The story behind this is so interesting! I had been on a recipe developing spree. My aim was to focus on raw, fresh turmeric. After the most obvious choice, mango smoothie, (which […]

Platter full of noodles, garnished with cherry tomatoes, herbs and chilli flakes
Mains, Vegetarian

Paneer Steak Noodles

 

 Paneer Steak Noodles is perfect for times when you need an all-in-one dish that has to look spectacular and yet take only minutes to prepare. All you need to do is to get the ingredients sorted, and the dish is almost ready!

A bowl of the Quinoa Chaat mixed up fpr use
Breakfast, Salads, Snacks, Vegetarian

Quinoa Chaat

 

 Quinoa Chaat is a way to use the extremely healthy quinoa in a healthy Indian avataar! Quinoa is power-packed and there are numerous health benefits to including it in our meals. This is great as a healthy snack. Have it as a filling brunch. This recipe is ready in minutes […]

The talle mugs with the mango smoothie have been arranged on the table
Beverages, Vegetarian

Mango Smoothie

 

 Mango Smoothie is a quick, delicious and a gorgeous drink to have in the summer. Absorb the health benefits of mangoes, curd (yoghurt) and milk with an added bonus because of the addition of the extremely healthy raw turmeric. Steps to the Mango Smoothie Choose ripe mangoes that are firm […]

A pile of the Nutri Surprise pieces arranged on a table
Breakfast, Snacks

Nutri Surprise Cake

 

 Nutri Surprise Cake is a recipe I invented one casual evening when I wanted to play around with the seeds I had in my kitchen. It is soft, with the satisfaction of nuts and dry fruits in every bite. This cake is absolutely bursting with flavour and healthy ingredients! Everyone […]

The bottle of the vinaigrette is places on the table with its ingredients around it.
Basics, Vegetarian

My Vinaigrette (Salad Dressing)

 

 My Vinaigrette is a salad dressing that I fall back on whenever I need to impress. It has been moulded to my liking, and does not strictly follow the rules of a classic vinaigrette. A bottle of this wonder adorns my fridge door permanently, so that I can toss up […]

A spoonful of the pasta sauce is being taken out of the box.
Basics, Vegetarian

Pasta/Pizza Sauce

 

 I’m sharing my favourite flavour-rich pasta sauce today. This Pasta/Pizza Sauce is my go-to solution if I have less time in the mornings, or if unexpected guests pop up. When this sauce is there in the fridge, I just have to fry a few slices of vegetables while I cook […]

The prepared Bhindi Masala is placed in a oval dish
Dry Side Dishes, Vegetarian

Spicy Bhindi Masala

 

 Spicy Bhindi Masala is ladyfinger/okra in a dry form. It is a vegetarian side, slightly different from the usual bhindi preparations. It will remind you of pakoras. But without the oily feel. It is similar to the stuffed bhindi version. But without the hassle of it. Ready in 20 minutes! […]

Assembling the salad, with all ingredients around it.
Salads, Snacks, Vegetarian

Bean Sprouts Salad

 

 Bean sprouts salad has amazing textures and is slathered in creamy and flavour-rich curd dressing. It is ideal for days when you want to feel really good about yourself and the food you eat. You know, you can wear a halo that says, “I care for myself. I eat right.” […]

A pretty serving dish of palak paneer is kept on the table
Vegetarian, With Gravy

Palak Paneer

 

 Palak Paneer is a beloved Indian side, made up of spinach, with glorious chunks of the Indian cottage cheese. It is a great favourite at our home. Green vegetables are good for us, but spinach has extra benefits. This is because it is loaded with vitamins and building blocks to […]

A close view of the colourful breakfast treat
Breakfast, Vegetarian

Celebration Breakfast

 

 ‘Celebration Breakfast’ is a hearty, scrumptious and easy-to-make indulgence. You can tweak it to make it with ingredients available around the house. Once in a while, you get an opportunity to call for a celebration. And you want to have something really yummy for breakfast. Without worrying about making it […]

mango panna concentrate mixed with water and served in a pretty glass
Beverages, Vegetarian

Mango Panna Concentrate

 

 I realised the true worth of Mango Panna (pronounced as pun-na) only after shifting to North India. During the summer season here, I faced a time of intense heat. There’s a dry, hot wind blowing across. Heat strokes are common, but can be prevented by means of some traditional drinks. […]

Chcoclate Cheesecake is placed on a white stand
Desserts

Chocolate Cheesecake

 

 A Chocolate Cheesecake that is delicious is possible. But a Chocolate Cheesecake that is delicious, easy-to-make, made within 40 minutes and healthier than any other cheesecake? That sounds rather impossible, doesn’t it? Allow me to prove my statement with this irresistible recipe. This is an egg-less recipe, that doesn’t involve […]

Cucumber and melons blended to get a refreshing drink
Beverages, Vegetarian

Melon and Cucumber Cooler

 

 A refreshing glass of this Melon and Cucumber Cooler is made in a jiffy and has too many plus points to list them here. These wonderful fruits are available in the summer for a reason…and that reason is that they should be eaten! Or in this case, drunk, as a […]

A casserole full of fresh biryani
Mains, Recipes

Mutton Biryani-2

 

 Mutton Biryani is already up on Kitchen Rings. Then “Why another South Indian version?” you may very well wonder. Well, the story is that I spent a couple of days with a very talented young cousin, who confidently made this Biryani. And I fell in love with the aroma and […]

A pleasantly coloured chicken gravy is cooking in a black pot.
Recipes, Sides, With Gravy

Chicken Gravy (without coconut)

 

 Chicken gravy is a multi-purpose side dish and this one, in particular, caters to all kinds of palates. The colour is pleasing and it almost looks like a stew. Traditionally, I add coconuts to my gravies. You might have tried the one with paneer in it… so delicious and full […]

Paneer gravy in a pretty bowl, garnished with coriander
Vegetarian, With Gravy

Paneer in Tomato Gravy

 

 Paneer in tomato gravy is one of the go-to, quick and easy way of cooking up a side dish for the day. And this one is extra quick as you are about to find out! Indeed, there are many hundreds of recipes for paneer, and the beauty is that by […]

The green thuvayal in a pretty blue bowl
Dry Side Dishes, Vegetarian

Thuvayal/Ridge Gourd Peel Chutney

 

 Thuvayal is a scrumptious addition to any south Indian meal. And this one is made all the more special because the main ingredient is ridge gourd (English)/ turai (Hindi)/ peerkangai (Tamil) peels! ⁠⁠Indian food is made up of many different styles of cooking. What also makes it special is the […]

Breakfast, Dry Side Dishes, Recipes, Sides, Snacks

Mutton Cutlets

 

 Mutton cutlets are the luscious, golden brown discs that can bring in cheer to any meal. Honestly, this claim is true! We eat mutton cutlets with rice and daal/sambhar. It goes with rasam, curd and of course it can be eaten with gravies and stews. It is yum with bread […]