Thursday, December 26, 2013

Tomato Mozzarella Pesto Sandwich

Tomato Mozzarella Pesto Sandwich is our current household favorite. As the name suggests its a simple Italian sandwich made with tomato, fresh mozzarella cheese and basil pesto. I like to add some salad (lettuce) leaves (to get my dose of greens) and also some roasted tomatoes. These really add a great flavor and taste to the sandwich. Lastly grill this on slow flame allowing the cheese to melt giving it a great texture and taste. 

Friday, December 20, 2013

Pumpkin Halwa - Pethe Ka Halwa - Kaddu Ka Halwa

Pethe Ka Halwa or Pumpkin Pudding is an Indian dessert made using very few ingredients like Pumpkin, sugar, cardamom, ghee (clarified butter) and dry fruits. I like to call this a healthy Dessert....why? Reason is although clarified butter gives the halwa a nice and rich taste you can still cook it in very little ghee and sugar and it will still taste yumm. In fact depending on how sweet your pumpkin is you may not really need that much sugar.  So a complete win-win for all the dessert lovers. Also you can enjoy this sweet during fasts just avoid the black cardamom. 

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Basil Pesto

Basil Pesto is a classic Italian sauce that is traditionally made by pounding/grounding the ingredients like fresh basil, pine nuts, garlic & olive oil in a mortar using circular motion of the pestle and finally adding shredded cheese (parmigiano reggiano) to the ground paste. But now a days many use food processors, mixers to quicken the process as I did for this recipe. I find Pesto quite similar to our Indian Green chutney which we prepare using Mint & Coriander, green chilies.  This Pesto can be served tossed with cooked pasta or used as spread for sandwiches and rolls.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Hakka Noodles - Vegetable Hakka Noodles

Hakka Noodles is one of the famous Indo-Chinese recipe that you will find being served from small food stalls on Indian streets to famous big restaurants. This dish is a simple stir fry of boiled noodles with veggies seasoned with sauces to taste. Very quick and easy recipe. 

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Eggless Vanilla Chocolate Chip Crumb Cake

Vanilla Chocolate Chip Crumb Cake is a combination of Vanilla sponge cake mixed with some chocolate chips and topped with some sugary buttery crumb mixture giving this cake a soft spongy and crispy texture all in one. This is an egg-less version and this cake stays good for couple of days at room temperature when stored in airtight container.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Mushroom Mutter - Matar Mushroom Masala - Mushroom & Peas Curry

Mushroom Mutter Masala Or Mushroom and Green Peas Curry is mouthwatering North Indian dish served as a side with Roti/Chapati/Naan and can also be relished with Rice. Its basically mushroom and peas cooked in a spicy and tangy onion tomato gravy and flavored with Indian spices. 

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Mint & Coriander Chutney - Green Chutney

Mint & Coriander (Green) Chutney is a one of the most popular Indian condiments that is commonly served as a accompaniment with many appetizers like Tikka, Tikki, Samosa, Pakora and so on. This Chutney also works great as a spread for your sandwiches/rolls or as a side to your Biryani and Rice dishes like Tomato Capsicum Rice & Phodnicha Bhaat

Monday, November 11, 2013

Spaghetti Aglio E Olio - Spaghetti with Garlic and Oil

Spaghetti Aglio E Olio is a very simple and easy traditional Italian pasta dish. "Aglio E Olio" means "Garlic and Oil" in Italian. So as per the name its literally spaghetti pasta cooked with garlic and oil. This dish is made by cooking garlic in oil on low heat till garlic is light brown and slightly crispy. Seasoning can be as simple as salt pepper and parsley or you can add some some herbs of your choice (like I have done for this recipe). This garlic and herbs flavor infused oil is then mixed with spaghetti and topped with Parmigiano Reggiano to add some nutty texture. If you love garlic you will surely love this pasta dish. 

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Kurmura Chivda - Murmura Chivda - Spicy Puffed Rice Mixture

Having seen the tradition of Faral since childhood its difficult for me to think of Diwali without it. So I try and make couple of sweet and savory treats every year and share the recipes with you. For this year's Diwali, I made Sweet Shankarpali and this Kurmura Chivda - one sweet and savory dish.  Kurmura or Murmura Chivda is a super simple, crunchy and easy to make savory snack. Store this in airtight container and this chivda stays fresh and crunchy for weeks. 

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Sweet Shankarpali - Shakarpara - Shakarpare

Shankarpali is a widely popular snack in India and traditionally made as part of the Diwali Faral. For those who are new to the concept of Faral - it basically comprises of sweet and savory treats made during Diwali festival. Shankarpali can be made in two forms - sweet and savory (both equally addictive). But for this post I'll be sharing the recipe for sweet Shankarpali also known as Shakarpara.  

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Berry And Oats Smoothie - Berry Oatmeal Smoothie

Berries & Oats Smoothie is a very simple & healthy breakfast/snack option. Its as simple as bringing together all the ingredients and blending to get this delicious smoothie. I am kind of lazy when it comes to eating fruits, so such smoothies are a great way to include fruits in my day's meal plan. 

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Yaaaay!!! Finally posting my 100th recipe - Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip CookiesFeels like yesterday when I posted my first recipe. Thank you All - for your support, encouragement and kind words. 

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Mushroom Fried Rice

Fried Rice is a very popular Indo-chinese recipe involving stir fry of veggies with rice and seasoning it with variety of sauces. Mushroom Fried Rice is yet another quick and easy to make delicious Rice dish from the Indo-Chinese recipe list. You can serve this dish on its own or with a gravy dish like Vegetable Manchurian or with Broccoli, Mushroom & Bell Peppers in Chilli Garlic Sauce or any gravy of choice. 

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Baigan Bharta - Punjabi Baingan Bharta - Oven Roasted Eggplant Recipe

Baingan Bharta (Spicy Smoked Eggplant) is a North Indian recipe made using roasted and mashed eggplant that is cooked with onion, tomato, ginger and Indian spices. Traditionally the eggplant is roasted over charcoal or direct fire to give it a smoky flavor. But you can also grill the eggplant in an oven like I did for this recipe. Its much neater and clean process that way. This dish can be served with Roti/Chapati/Naan or any Indian bread of your choice. 

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Caramelized Onion and Rosemary Focaccia

Focaccia is an oven baked Italian flat-bread that is topped with herbs and various other toppings. Focaccia dough is similar to pizza dough just that the amount of leavening agent (yeast) used in focaccia is slightly more than that of pizza. This gives the focaccia a slightly thicker base in comparison to the flat and flexible pizza base. I love baking breads and Focaccia was on my list for long. Herb Focaccia is the most popular one but the taste and texture caramelized onions give to focaccia or for that matter to any recipe is delicious. Hence thought of baking Caramelized Onion and Rosemary Focaccia this time and we all absolutely loved it. 

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Bhindi Do Pyaza - Okra Onion Stir Fry

Bhindi Do Pyaza - Okra Onion Stir Fry is a very popular Indian sabzi/side dish that is served/eaten with Naan/Roti/Chapati. Bhindi is also popularly known as Okra or lady finger and is one of our favorite vegetable. There are different theories and methods associated w.r.t preparation style for this dish due to its name "Do Pyaza" which in literal translation is 2 onions. Some say it was named "Do Pyaza" as the onions are used twice during the cooking process once to make the gravy and then as garnish where as some say its the quantity of onions used. Since I make this in stir fry style (not gravy) I like to follow the later theory i.e. use two onions. That way its simple, quick and delicious all at the same time. 

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Eggless Marble Loaf Cake - Vanilla Chocolate Marble Cake

Helloooo !! Finally back after a short hiatus. As they say ‘Don’t forget every once a while to stop and smell the roses…’ that’s what I have been doing since my last recipe post. With utmost joy I’d like to announce that on April 22nd 2013 my husband and I got blessed with a baby girl, our first child, Rhea. Since then life is running around her charms. And as she is growing every month I will start taking out some time in between her sleeps to return to the blogging world. So stay tuned!

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Methi Thepla - Fenugreek Flatbread

Methi Thepla is popular Indian flat-bread that originated in the northwestern state of India -Gujarat & is a staple in many households now. Made with wheat flour , chickpea flour (besan), Methi (fenugreek) leaves, curd & spices, these flat-breads are known to be edible for days & hence favored by most for travels & picnics. 

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Quick Raw Mango Chunda - Hot Sweet Sour Mango Pickle

Raw Mango Chunda is a hot sweet & sour tasting mango pickle. Popular with combination of Methi Thepla (Fenugreek Flat-bread) this pickle is known for its long persevering properties, store in air-tight container & you can enjoy this pickle year long. Broadly Chunda can be either sweet or savory but for this post I'll be sharing the savory/spicy version. 

Wednesday, February 27, 2013



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Monday, February 25, 2013

Fusilli with Roasted Tomato & Basil Pesto - Roasted Tomato & Basil Pesto

Fusilli with Roasted Tomato & Basil Pesto is an Italian main-course dish (Entree) comprising of pasta mixed with a sauce called Pesto & garnished with cheese. My hubby & me totally love the classic pesto made using Basil, but a step ahead in combining the basil & roasted tomatoes resulted in even more awesome & yummy pesto. The combination of tangy tomatoes & sweet basil really blends well. 

Monday, February 18, 2013

Oven Roasted Tomatoes - Slow Roasted Tomatoes

Oven Roasted Tomatoes are a great way to preserve tomatoes & use them later as required. These roasted tomatoes are versatile, you could add them to salad, pasta's, sandwiches or even make a spread or pesto from them. In-fact I even like to snack on them, they are that delicious.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Stuffed Tomato - Stuffed Tomatoes - One Pot Meal

Valentine's day is a celebration of love & affection and symbolized by color red & hearts.   Initially had planned to post a sweet/dessert recipe suitable for this mood but couldn't get my mind off the red color. After thinking which would be apt recipe to share for this love struck occasion I couldn't stop thinking of a tomato recipe.  Stuffed tomato - is a one such one pot meal recipe perfect for a romantic lunch/dinner with your loved one. 

Monday, February 4, 2013

Oven Roasted Potato Fries - Baked Potato Fries

Are you a Big Fan of potato (french) fries but often curb your cravings to avoid this unhealthy fast food? Well here's a solution to that - Oven Roasted/Baked Potato Fries. I know frying always gives that additional flavor to any dish but the process definitely decreases its nutritional value too. So now a days these crispy baked fries which are equally appetizing & satiating are my go to option be it snacking or serving them as sides with Burger. No more guilt trips required after eating these delights. 

Friday, January 25, 2013

Broccoli, Mushroom & Bell Peppers in Chilli Garlic Sauce

Broccoli, Mushroom & Bell Peppers in Chilli Garlic Sauce is a Indo-Chinese gravy dish that can be served with Rice/noodles. My hubby & me both love Indo-Chinese food so much that we eat it almost every week. But my taste-buds are super-spoilt so I can easily  get bored eating the same noodles/gravy dish every week. That drives me to try something new every time. One such weekend I thought why not try some gravy dish that can go with white rice. I had these three veggies Broccoli, Mushroom & Bell Pepper  available so started with them. The final dish turned out so good that I had to share it with you all. I named the sauce Chilli Garlic as I could feel the distinct flavor of garlic & chilli while relishing this gravy. 

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Tomato & Basil Bruschetta - Bruschetta al Pomodoro

Bruschetta is a popular Italian appetizer/antipasto. Its made by grilling the bread drizzled with olive oil & topped with toppings which are available in wide variety. The most basic & famous is Tomato & Basil Bruschetta also known as Bruschetta al Pomodoro which is the recipe for today's post. Pomodoro in other words is a mixture of of olive oil, fresh tomatoes & basil seasoned with salt & pepper and is also used with pasta. 

Friday, January 11, 2013

Arbi ki Sabji - Taro Root Vegetable - Arbi ki Dry Sabzi

Arbi ki Sabji is a dry Indian vegetable dish relished with Chapati/Roti/Naan. Like any other sabji, there are many variations with which this dish can be made. But my preferred method of making this dish is boiling the arbi & then mixing it with masala prepared using onion, tomato & spices. In today's post I'll be sharing this totally yum recipe with all.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Eggless Chocolate Coconut Macaroons

Wishing All A Very Happy & Prosperous New Year 2013!! 

Starting the New year with a sweet, crispy & coconuty recipe - Eggless Chocolate Coconut Macaroon. These cute looking goodies are perfect as Grab-and-Go snacks Or when served as dessert Or gift/treats to your friends.