Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Shortbread Cookies Recipe

Shortbread Cookies are super simple and easy to make holiday cookies. They are rich, tender and crumbly with a light pale color to them. Originally these cookies were served mainly around the Christmas and Newyear's time but now you can make a batch whenever you want using this recipe. 

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Crunchy and Creamy Chocolate Cake Bars

These Crunchy and Creamy Chocolate Cake Bars make the perfect dessert for this holiday season. These are decadent, indulgent and so pretty looking making them apt for holiday parties and gathering. Made this yummy dessert for this year's thanksgiving dinner and simply loved it. Holiday Entertaining couldn't be easier. 

Friday, November 20, 2015

Eggless Banana Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

Whenever I have an overripe banana I tend to bake muffins out of it but this time I thought why not try cookies instead as my stash of cookies was anyways over. To my pleasant surprise these Banana Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies turned out delicious so had to share this recipe with you all. 

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Pickled Jalapenos - How To Make Picked Japalenos Without Canning

Pickled Jalapenos are one of the must haves in my refrigerator. They are super easy and quick to make. They are great on Nachos, Enchiladas and also in salad, salsa, burgers, pizza, sandwiches basically with everything. They instantly add slight heat and sour factor that takes the taste to an altogether different level.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Creamy Mushroom and Spinach Lasagna Recipe

Hello everyone!! Back with an scrumptious Italian Pasta recipe -  Creamy Mushroom and Spinach Lasagna that will leave you wanting for more. Its rich, creamy, indulging and bonus freezer friendly. Another plus point, I have used store bought Pasta Sauce to cut down on the cooking time. Now you can whip up a comforting and delicious meal in no time. Its a big batch too so definitely suitable for large gatherings and parties/potlucks too. 

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Eggless Apple Banana Streusel Muffins

Eggless Apple Banana Streusel Muffin is an easy muffin recipe that is perfect for fall season or even otherwise. Its moist, soft, light and bursting with flavors from apple and banana. Serve these with a glass of milk or your favorite cup of tea/coffee for that healthy and wholesome breakfast or snack combo. 

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Sabudana Kheer Recipe - Tapioca Pudding

Sabudana Kheer is an easy Indian pudding made with Tapioca or Sabudana. Its rich and creamy and can be made even richer by adding some dry fruits, nuts and saffron. Its very similar to the Rice kheer recipe just the main ingredient here is Sabudana/Tapioca. 

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Upma Recipe - Rava Upma Recipe

Rava Upma is a classic Indian breakfast made with roasted semolina also known as Suji. Its a thick savory porridge that is extremely popular breakfast in most Indian households and always on the breakfast menu of most restaurants. Its very easy, healthy,nutritious and filling dish. You can cook this dish in less than 15-20 mins and increase the nutritional value even further by adding some veggies of your choice to it.  

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Paneer Bhurji Recipe

Paneer Bhurji is a spicy and easy paneer (Indian cottage) dish made by cooking crumbled paneer with onion tomatoes and Indian spices. It can be served with Indian flat-breads like roti, chapati, paratha or naan as well as Bread. Its the perfect kind of recipe when you want something quick and delicious. This burji can also be using as a stuffing for your paratha or a filling for your sandwich.  

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Healthy Trail Mix Recipe

Trail mix is basically a snack made by mixing some nuts, seeds, grains, dried fruits and sweets. The original intent of this snack was for those going on hikes and treks since its light and easy to carry and provides right nutrition and energy required. However due to the exact same reasons its now an immensely popular snack that you can have on the go and eat right. 

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Easy Coconut Ladoo Recipe with Condensed Milk

Coconut Ladoo is an easy and delicious recipe that can be made using just 2-3 ingredients - desiccated coconut, condensed milk and cardamom powder. Simply mix all these ingredients and roll them into a ball. Coat these balls into some desiccated coconut and garnish with dryfruits and you have a super easy, quick yet extremely tasty Ladoos ready. With festive seasons coming up, having such easy recipe at hand is always good idea. 

Monday, August 31, 2015

Sookhi Dal Recipe - Sukhi Urad Dal

Sookhi Urad Dal is a Punjabi style tangy and spicy dry lentils dish made by tempering skinned and split Black gram also known as Urad Dal. Usually the lentils prepared in North Indian style of cooking are of curry consistency but this the exact opposite. Its completely dry (just like a sabzi) and hence the name Sookhi Dal which literally translates to dry lentils. This dish is vegan, delicious and healthy making it a great recipe for everyday cooking. 

Monday, August 24, 2015

Chocolate Chip Walnut Granola Bars

Chocolate Chip Walnut Granola Bars are a healthy homemade snack/treat option that is packed with oats, honey, walnuts and chocolate chips. These chewy, crunchy and chocolaty bars are the perfect on-the-go after school/office snack. 

Monday, August 17, 2015

Aloo Baingan Recipe - Potato and Eggplant Curry - Punjabi Aloo Baingan Sabzi

Aloo Baingan is a simple, vegan and extremely flavorful Punjabi style dry curry made with potatoes and eggplants. This sabzi (dry version of curry) can be served with some Indian flatbreads like Chapati/roti or even Naan. This dish is apt for everyday cooking and makes the perfect recipe for lunch box and tiffins. 

Monday, August 10, 2015

Chabeel - Kachi lassi - Rose Flavored Summer Drink

Chabeel also known as Kachi Lassi is a sweetened and flavored non-alcoholic summer drink. There are many variations of Chabeel but rose flavored one is the most popular which I am sharing in today's post. It is an extremely easy and awesome cooling drink made with just three ingredients - water, milk and rose syrup. Its a lovely light pink colored drink that is sweet in flavor and best served chilled. 

Monday, August 3, 2015

Quick and Easy Pickled Onions - Sirke Wale Pyaaz

Sirke Wala Pyaaz or Pickled Onions is super easy and quick recipe for making this delicious condiment that is very popularly seen in Indian restaurants. A complimentary condiment platter of pickle, lemon wedges and some pickled onions is a common sight in most Indian restaurants. Making these pickled onions at home is even more delicious and super easy. They are as easy as soaking these peeled and washed onions into a mixture made of water vinegar, salt and sugar. 15-30 mins of marination and you are ready to enjoy better than restaurant type sirkewala pyaaz at home. 

Monday, July 27, 2015

Milk Peda Recipe - Doodh Peda

Peda is a popular Indian sweet mostly well known as Prasad (religious offering to God which is then distributed to the followers). Traditionally Peda is made out of mava/khoya and there are many variations of Peda available in market today - ranging in different textures, sizes, shapes and even color. But in today's post I am sharing this very simple recipe of Milk Peda using milk powder and condensed milk. 

Monday, July 20, 2015

TCBY Frozen Yogurt Nutella Milkshake

Nothing feels better than sipping a cold icy Milkshake on a hot summery day. For today's post am sharing this classic recipe of my Nutella Milkshake using Nutella, milk and Frozen Yogurt (yes you read it right no icecream) Isn't that a good? 

Monday, July 13, 2015

Vegetarian Black Bean and Cheese Enchiladas

An Enchilada is a popular Mexican dish. It comprises of filled and rolled tortilla (flatbread) topped with spicy enchilada sauce, lots of cheese and baked until the cheese melts. You can have umpteen variations for the  Enchilada filling like veggies, beans, meat or a combination. For today's post I chose to make my Vegetarian Black Bean and Cheese Enchiladas that has lots of veggies and black beans as its filling. Its a complete and satiating meal with lots of color and nutritional goodness.  

Monday, July 6, 2015

Red Enchilada Sauce Recipe

Red Enchilada Sauce is a Mexican condiment that is super easy, quick and loaded with tons of flavors. It always turns out way more delicious than the store bought canned ones. Once you make this sauce, you wont ever buy the canned stuff. Best part is you can customize the sauce to your taste and spice level. You can refrigerate it for up to a week or freeze it for later use. Having this sauce on hand makes meals simple and quick. Although its more popular with Enchiladas there are a quite a few recipes for which this sauce can be used. so stay tuned. 

Monday, June 29, 2015

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Soft, Chewy, chocolaty in short "THE BEST" Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe you will ever need. Oh and I must must mention these cookies are super duper addictive, you just cant stop after eating one. These are great for snacking or for breakfast with glass of milk, tea, coffee Or even for dessert with some vanilla icecream. Yum! Its definitely not one of those healthy snacks but once in a while such treats can be rewards for all the healthy and clean eating we do. Also these are much better than buying a box of store bought cookies as you know what exact ingredients you are eating and bonus they taste so much better too. 

Monday, June 22, 2015

Strawberry Yogurt Popsicles

With summer at its peak, all you want to eat and drink is something chilled and cold. Ice-creams and Popsicles make the perfect treats, snacks or dessert to beat this heat. Strawberry Yogurt Popsicles are the perfect summer treats. They are are all natural and delicious treats not just for kids but for adults too. These Popsicle come out nice and creamy. Make some fancy layering and these poposicles are treat to the eyes as well as to the taste buds. Honestly I can eat them for breakfast too. 

Monday, June 15, 2015

Kachumber - Indian Spiced Onion Tomato Cucumber Salad

Kachumber is a very popular vegan Indian Salad. Its made with fresh veggies like onions, cucumber, tomatoes and tossed with some Indian spices, freshly squeezed lemon juice and coriander leaves. Its complements most Indian dishes and hence a staple in most homes as well as restaurants. There are many variations of this recipe and am sure every house has their own. But for today's post I am sharing my version

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Matki Usal Recipe

Matki Usal is a very common, vegan and healthy Maharashtrian dry curry (sabzi) made using sprouted matki.  Matki is a brown color legume also known as Mat or Moth or dew beans. You can serve this Usal with Chapati (Whole Wheat Indian Flatbread) and/or as a side with Rice and Dal. Its a very healthy and perfect sabzi for day to day cooking. 

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Pesto Bruschetta - Pesto Cream Cheese and Tomato Bruschetta

When it comes to appetizers and snacks, I like dishes that can be prepped in advance and can be assembled in minutes just before the guests arrive. Pesto Cream Cheese and Tomato Bruschetta is one such super easy, extremely flavorful and delicious appetizer recipe. Its really simple and comes together very quickly. All you need is bread, pesto, cream cheese and tomatoes.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Arrabbiata Sauce Recipe - Spicy Pasta Sauce - Penne Arrabbiata Recipe - Pasta Arrabbiata

Arrabbiata Sauce is a spicy Italian sauce made from tomatoes, garlic,parsley and spicy chilli flakes cooked in Olive oil. Arrabbiata actually means angry which is in association with the heat added by the chillies. Its is a very basic and simple recipe that pairs really well with pasta and can also be used as a dip or a spread for pizza, sandwiches and wraps.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Apple Peanut Butter Dog Cake - Dog Birthday Cake

For the first time, sharing a recipe for our four legged babies and friends - A Dog Birthday Cake made with Apple, Peanut Butter and whole wheat flour. Also along with the recipe a comes an introduction for whom this cake was baked - "Sasha"

Monday, May 18, 2015

Eggless WholeWheat Banana Oatmeal Muffins

Eggless Wholewheat Banana Oatmeal Muffins with a glass of milk or your favorite cup of tea/coffee makes the perfect healthy and wholesome breakfast or snack combo. This is one of the best banana muffins recipe you will ever need. Its moist, soft, light, slightly chewy (due to oats) and crunchy (due to nuts) and full of banana favor. In short, just perfect -be it taste or texture. I would say even a non-banana lover is going to love these muffins. 

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Punjabi Tinda Curry - Apple Gourd Curry

Punjabi Tinda Curry is a vegan, healthy and North Indian style gravy dish. Its mainly apple gourd (Tinda) cooked in onion tomato base gravy and seasoned with flavorful Indian spices. The gravy for this dish is more of a soupy consistency as we are not adding any thickening agent. This curry can be served with rice as well as freshly homemade roti/chapati. 

Monday, May 4, 2015

Creamy Avocado Dip

Creamy Avocado Dip is a super simple dip full of Mexican flavors. When I say simple I truly mean it. All you need is a blender and some avocados, yogurt, garlic, jalapeno, cilantro,lime or lemon juice, cumin powder, salt and pepper. Blend it all up and there you have a tasty dip ready. Other than as a dipping sauce you can use it as a spread/sauce for your sandwiches, rolls, pitas, pastas

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Vanilla Sponge Cake with Whipped Cream Frosting and Fresh Fruits - Birthday Cake

Vanilla Sponge Cake with Whipped Cream Frosting and Fresh Fruits is a rich moist cake suitable for many special occasions like birthday & anniversary. It has a springy/summery vibe to it making it the perfect dessert for a backyard party or a causal get together. A white fluffy whipped cream frosting over a spongy vanilla cake makes an excellent combo. Top it with colorful fruits and its treat to the eyes and your taste buds. 

Monday, April 20, 2015

Tortilla Pinwheels

Tortilla Pinwheels is the perfect appetizer/snack recipe for any party or potluck. Its super simple and easy to make, can be made ahead of time, looks pretty, tastes delicious and you can serve it two ways: hot (baked) or cold. Now isn't that great. I've another Cheesy Peppery Pinwheels Recipe which is using crescent dinner roll instead of tortilla. Both recipes have their own unique taste and texture due to the base used. Which ever you try am sure you will like both. 

Monday, April 13, 2015

Roasted Broccoli Recipe

Looking for something healthy to snack on well here's a extremely nutritious yet tasty replacement to those store bought chips and snacks - Roasted Broccoli. Broccoli, olive oil, salt and pepper is all you will need to make them. Sprinkle some Parmesan cheese and chaat masala for additional flavor. You can either make them in the oven or on the stove top. These taste best when you serve them fresh out of the oven as they tend to go soft with time but hey they still taste good even then. These are great to snack on just as they are or simply serve them with your favorite dip or even add them to your salads, pastas and sandwiches/rolls. 

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Cucumber Thalipeeth - Savory Cucumber Pancakes - Kakdi Thalipeeth

Thalipeeth is a savory type of pancake popular in India and mainly with Maharastrians. Traditionally it is made by forming a dough of multigrain flour, onions, coriander and spices. These are then shaped in circles and roasted on pan by smearing some oil. A signature style of serving Thalipeeth is a dollop of fresh homemade butter on top. Thalipeeth is as one of my favorite breakfast types since childhood. Like most dishes, there are many varieties of Thalipeeth too - most popular is the Sago/Sabudana Thalipeeth but for today's post I'm sharing my absolute favorite Thalipeeth of all -Cucumber Thalipeeth known as Kakdi (Cucumber) Thalipeeth (Pancake) in Marathi Language.   

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Tropical Smoothie Recipe

Tropical Smoothie is a perfectly summery but healthy and refreshing smoothie recipes. This smoothie is filled with tons of goodness from lots of tropical fruits (like mango, pineapple, kiwi strawberry and banana). Its great for breakfast or snack or even dessert. 

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Spinach Basil Pesto Pasta

Spinach Basil Pesto Pasta is yet another easy and super delicious Italian dish that can be made in a jiffy. Pesto sauces are very versatile and can be used for pastas or as spread for your pizzas, sandwiches, roll and wraps  They are extremely easy to make - just blend all the ingredients, cook the pasta, mix and you have a delicious meal ready. Plus you can make pesto in bulk since it freezes beautifully. Now who wouldn't like that. 

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Chocolate Cupcakes with Whipped Cream Frosting

If you have been looking for the best Chocolate Cupcakes recipe, well your hunt is over. In this post I will be sharing my recipe for Chocolate Cupcake recipe with Whipped Cream Frosting  right from scratch. Now you can say bye-bye to those store bought boxed cake mixes and try one at home. These cupcakes have the perfect texture, flavor and color. They are moist, light, fluffy and chocolaty. The light and airy Whipped Cream Frosting paired with these cupcakes takes them to a even better level of taste. 

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Dum Aloo Recipe

Dum Aloo is an exotic and popular North Indian gravy dish. This recipe requires simmering the baby potatoes in its gravy for hours on low flame. This dish can be served with Rice/Naan/roti/Indian bread of choice. 

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Tawa Pulao Recipe

Tawa Pulao is a famous Mumbai street food. Its a spicy vegetarian rice dish made on large flat griddle called Tawa. Its the same Tawa that is used by the street vendors and in restaurants to make Pav Bhaji/Masala Pav. At home you can use the regular Tawa on which you make Roti/Chapati or a fry pan.  When am in a mood for Biryani but want it quick I tend to make this Tawa Pulao. Its quicker and satisfies my spicy cravings. Serve it with a side of Onion Raita or any other favorite Raita to cool the spice off. 

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Sabudana Khichdi Recipe

Sabudana Khichdi is one of the most popular recipes consumed during Indian fasts. Its a savory dish made with Sabudana (tapioca pearls/Sago), roasted ground peanuts and potatoes. Its a complete balance of Carbohydrates, Protein and fats and hence one of the preferred meals during fasting as it keeps you full longer. 

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Tomato Pesto Tarts

Layer of Basil Pesto, tomato and cheese over a puff pastry sheet, baked till crisp gives you these delicious Tomato Pesto TartsThese are yet another super easy  appetizers that are loaded with Italian flavors. The combination of fresh basil flavor combined with the juicy tomatoes over the crisp pastry works wonders. Best part is all the ingredients can be kept ready before hand and just before the party assemble the tarts and bake. In less than 30 mins you will have delicious, crispy and flavorful appetizers ready.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Chocolate Covered Strawberries are these exotic looking treats which are really easy and quick to make. These make the best desserts, gifts or even appetizers. They are as easy as dipping clean and dry strawberries into melted chocolate and allowing them to set. To take a step further add some toppings to them or drizzle some chocolate. With Valentine's Day just around the corner, these quick treats are a great gift idea. A couple of ingredients and hour or two is all you need to make these. 

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Onion Raita - Onion Yogurt Dip

Onion Raita is an Indian condiment made with yogurt, onions and is seasoned with a few spices and herbs. Its cooling and soothing taste makes it the perfect accompaniment with spicy dishes especially rice varieties like Pulao or Biryani. 

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Instant Ginger Green Chilli Pickle

Instant Ginger Green Chilli Pickle is one of those Indian condiments that doesn't require time to ferment. Its more like marinating the ginger and green chilli in salt and lemon juice. Yes with just these 4 ingredients you have a really tasty condiment ready.  You can serve this pickle immediately or even let it sit for days in refrigerator. It keeps getting better and better (like most pickles) over a period of time. Exact measurements are not a must for this pickle. You could add more green chillies or more ginger or equal quantity depending on your preference. 

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Baked Indian Spiced Potato Chips - Batata Kachari

Batata Kachari is a simple and easy to make vegan Maharashtrian side dish/snack/appetizer recipe. This recipe requires marinating the potatoes in Indian spices, then coating them with mixture of flour and semolina and baking until crisp and done. Its in a way similar to the regular french fries/wedges just that it has more texture (due to the coating of flour and semolina), taste (from the Indian spices) and is much healthier than the deep fried french fries. 

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Til Gul - Til Gud Ladoo - Sesame Seeds and Jaggery Balls

Til Gul/Til Gud Ladoos are crunchy sweet balls made of sesame seeds and jaggery. These goodies are usually made during a Hindu festival celebrated in India called Makar Sankranti which falls on 14th January every year.  Its also known as the harvest festival. As per Maharashtrian tradition, these Til Gul Ladoo along with multicolored sugar coated granules are exchanged with friends and family  with a greeting "Til Gul Ghya, God God Bola!" This means : like these sweet goodies always speak good and sweet words for each other. Happy Makar Sankrant to All!! 

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Onion Potato and Tomato Curry - Onion Potato Tomato Sabzi

Onion Potato & Tomato Curry is a simple Maharahstrian side dish (sabzi/Bhaji) made using basic ingredients which are typically available in the Indian pantry. Inspite of using very few spices/ingredients this dish is extremely flavorful and can be served with Rice or Roti/Chapati. Its one of my favorite dishes to cook as well as eat. The reason being it doesn't require extensive cutting or cooking, gets done pretty quickly and turns out delicious every single time. Cooking exotic dishes every day may not be practical so we definitely need such simple yet delicious recipes at hand. 

Friday, January 2, 2015

Avocado Banana Smoothie Recipe

Avocado Banana Smoothie is a creamy, rich and nutritious beverage consisting of the main ingredients banana and avocado along with milk some chia seeds, and milled flax seed. This can be made Vegan by using Almond or Soy milk. Its a great breakfast or snack option and is one of my go to smoothies for my daughter. Its a very healthy drink not only for kids but also for adults. 

Banana Raisin Oatmeal

Banana Raisin Oatmeal has been my go to breakfast these days especially on the weekdays not only because its quick but because its healthy,nutritious, filling,  and equally delicious. Don't we all want to eat healthy this year. Nothing better than oats to begin your day.  Its keep me full longer cutting down my cravings to snack and helps me go through lunch. I keep alternating between my Egg Omelet and this oatmeal pretty much through out the week.