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coconut ice cream in a bowl
Desserts

Coconut Ice Cream

 

 Coconut ice cream made at home, with no eggs, no ice cream machine and no hard work! Just a hand mixer or blender will create this beauty for you to devour! Interested? This fresh coconut ice cream recipe is going to make all coconut lovers so happy! I do use a […]

Healthy, Sides, With Gravy

Healthy Chicken and Vegetables

 

 Healthy chicken and vegetables is a welcome addition to any meal. It pairs up wonderfully with all kinds of breads and rice dishes as well. All of us are leading busy lives and often skimp on the exercise. In such a case, it is so important to have meals that […]

VEgetable semiya in a black bowl
Breakfast, Healthy, Mains, Recipes, Vegetarian

Vegetable Semia (Vermicelli) Upma

 

 Vegetable Semia Upma is an easy breakfast that looks and tastes amazing. Very nutritious, it is also a great tiffin box idea. Semia or Semiya is nothing but vermicelli and it is a way of replacing the rava or semolina in the traditional upma recipe. Growing up, I recall not […]

chicken tenders are grilled to perfection
Mains, Recipes

Chicken Tenders

 

 Chicken tenders are ideal for an amazingly quick meal of grilled chicken with vegetables. This meal is a keto meal that I developed for some loved ones to enjoy. However, since we are a bread loving family, we had it with some bread. It is equally delicious both ways! The […]

Grilled fish
Mains, Recipes

Grilled Fish

 

 Grilled fish is a healthy protein dish. In spite of it having a high nutrition quotient, it aces in the taste and appearance department too! In this recipe, I’m also sharing my secret sauce for the marinade. This one can be used for multiple dishes, not just for fish. The […]

Pineapple keasari
Breakfast, Desserts, Snacks, Vegetarian

Pineapple Kesari

 

 Pineapple Kesari is a delightful combination of semolina and pineapple. Serve it with pride, it is flavoursome and looks amazing! This is my version, where I use fresh (and not tinned) pineapple. The ease with which it comes together is rather unexpected. This Pineapple Kesari (or halwa as people in […]

chicken korma
Recipes, Sides, With Gravy

Easy Chicken Korma

 

 Chicken Korma is a hearty, delicious and crowd-pleasing gravy. It is one of the evergreen favourites. I make chicken korma in different ways. There is another one that I make without coconuts, and that is a hit too. And I do love the Tandoori chicken too. But I liked this […]

cherry frangipane ready to be decorated
Desserts

Cherry Frangipane

 

 Cherry frangipane is my go to way of using cherries in a sophisticated recipe. But make no mistake, I have tweaked it till it is a healthy, robust and a farmhouse-like dessert, that satisfies, fills your heart and soul with divine textures and makes you ask for more! Recipes like […]

A small serving of mango mousse in a glass dish, decorated with fresh cream and mango pieces
Desserts

Mango Mousse

 

 This Mango mousse recipe has got to be the easiest one you’ve ever heard of. It’s so light and natural that I happily serve it to the family, because I know that there are no harmful calories in it. For this recipe, you can choose any kind of mangoes available […]

PODI written with ingredients
Basics, Dry Side Dishes, Vegetarian

Idli Podi | Gunpowder!

 

 Idli Podi is full of flavour and rich aromas, especially if made in this special version. Some call it “gunpowder” because it is fiery and spicy. The advantage when you make it at home is that you can adjust the powder according to your likes and taste. This one has […]

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 […]

Blog

We survived COVID-19

 

 Yes, among thousands of fellow Covid survivors, our family too went through the drill and survived. Nothing remarkable we may think. But we need to talk about and record the happenings of this part of a pandemic. A time that started from a space where we had only heard of […]

Fish, Mains, With Gravy

Fish Molee

 

 Fish Molee is a delightful Indian fish curry. Very light and pleasant, it is a great way to include fish protein in you meal without the overwhelming flavour of the more traditional curry, the meen kozhambu. And you will also love it because the best part of this version is […]

Beverages, Healthy, Tips, Vegetarian

Spiced Buttermilk

 

 Spiced buttermilk in tall glasses! Refreshing and cooling you to the core… does that sound inviting? Well it is certainly the best thing you can have at this time of the year… especially if you live an a place that turns blisteringly hot. Beat the Heat with Spiced Buttermilk! Yes, […]

Breakfast

Egg Toast Sandwich | Easy Breakfast Surprise

 

 Making this egg toast sandwich toast is such a satisfying experience for me. Probably because it is such an easy way to surprise and delight people with this breakfast! Or as a picnic meal! In a mood to give someone special a nice breakfast? Well this easy breakfast surprise will […]

Basics, Breakfast, Vegetarian

Spicy Tomato Chutney

 

 1 tbsp sesame oil ½ tsp mustard seeds Few curry leaves 1 tsp urad daal (you can add more if you wish) ½ dry red chilli (If you want it to be spicy, add an entire red chilli) 1 onion chopped  ½ tsp salt 4 tomatoes, chopped 2 tbsp roasted […]

pretty bowl with the mustard greens in it
Healthy, Sides, Vegetarian, With Gravy

How to cook mustard greens in Indian style

 

 Mustard greens are available in North India during the Indian winters. Lush fields with these seasonal vegetable dot the landscape and everyone starts dreaming of the traditional ‘sarson da saag‘. Indeed, it is the must-have dish in north india during winters. If you are ever in this region after November, […]

Dry Side Dishes, Healthy, Sides, Vegetarian

Paneer Bhurji

 

 Paneer bhurji is the easiest way to get a delicious side dish ready in minutes. Do you know that bhurji is a term in Hindi, that denotes “scrambled”. So “anda bhurji means scrambled eggs. Do you also get this happy feeling of delight when you hear this term? In addition, […]

Egg fry on parchment paper
Tips

Frying Eggs on Parchment Paper

 

 Frying eggs on parchment paper has indeed been a game changer for my kitchen. Do you also belong to the category of people who love eggs but not it’s smell? Why should a perfectly versatile and delightful product have such an unpleasant smell on our pans and sinks? We’ll probably […]