Instant Pot Lemon Quinoa (South Indian Style)

Here’s a fun take on the traditional south Indian Lemon Rice- this Lemon Quinoa has the same flavors as the rice but is more wholesome and protein-packed! Its a one-pot, vegan meal which requires minimal prep-work and can be easily made on busy weeknights.

Quinoa is something I have grown to like over the years. At first, I wasn’t a fan but then I developed the palate for it and now I enjoy it in various forms.

Sarvesh on the other hand...

Continue reading

Karachi Halwa

Karachi Halwa is a sweet made with cornstarch and has a characteristic chewy texture. It feels and stretches almost like rubber. Making it at home is definitely a labor of love but one bite into this delicious halwa, and the effort seems worth it.

Karachi Halwa was one of my favorite sweets while growing up (along with besan ladoo and rasmalai and motichoor ladoo). I remember I would beg mom to get me a few pieces of Karachi halwa from this one particular...

Continue reading

Kalakand

Kalakand is an Indian sweet fudge made with milk and often flavored with cardamom. Plain kalakand is the most popular one but there are several other variations to it like mango kalakand, rose kalakand etc. This is an easy to make sweet for festivals like Diwali, Raksha Bandhan and more! 

When I started making Indian sweet at home, it was probably because I missed home so much and making and eating the sweets, I grew up eating made me feel close to home (well, as...

Continue reading

Paneer Pesto Pasta with Cherry Tomatoes

This summer vegetarian pasta combines my homemade pesto with cherry tomatoes and paneer! Packed with lots of fresh flavors, this paneer pesto pasta makes the perfect meal for date nights or special occasions. Serve with a side of crusty bread.

Paneer is such a versatile ingredient. You can add it to anything and everything, right from curries to lasagna, pizza and even your pasta. Have you ever done that? Added paneer to...

Continue reading

Easy Vegan Pesto

Easy vegan pesto comes together in 10 minutes and makes a great sauce for pasta, salads, sandwiches and more. I keep a bottle of this versatile sauce in my refrigerator at all times to make easy dinners!

Pesto is one of my favorite sauces. I didn’t know about it 10 years ago and got introduced to it only when I moved to the US. It quickly became my favorite sauce and I started using it over my pasta and salads...

Continue reading

Iced Mocha

Make this easy and refreshing Iced Mocha on a hot summer day! It’s made with easily available ingredients and is the perfect way to cool down on a hot day. Add a scoop of ice cream to make it creamier.

Cold coffee is one of my favorite summer drinks. It’s easy to make and tastes great every time. When I used to live in India, I would make cold coffee and mango milkshake during summers all the time. They would be my evening treats as I didn’t like drinking hot chai in 115...

Continue reading

Mango Milkshake

Sweet and creamy Mango Milkshake is a great way to enjoy the sweet mangoes in season. Made with just few ingredients, you can enjoy this milkshake for breakfast or evening snack. Make it plain or jazz it up by adding some vanilla ice cream to it.

As soon as summer kicks in and the mango season arrives, I make mango milkshake pretty much everyday in my kitchen (along with Mango Lassi). Sarvesh is a huge mango fan (I have mentioned that several times on the blog) and his favorite way to...

Continue reading

Homemade Choco Bar Ice Cream

Beat the heat with this homemade Choco Bar Ice Cream. Soft vanilla ice cream bars dipped in chocolate makes the ultimate summer treat. Keep them plain or roll in nuts for added texture!

Which ice cream immediately takes you to your childhood days? For me it is Choco bar and Feast! For those who grew up in India during the 90s would totally get what I am talking about. That ice cream cart vendor selling choco bar, mango twist, cornetto and feast would be my favorite person during...

Continue reading

Dal Palak (Spinach Dal)

Hearty and wholesome Dal Palak (Spinach Dal) is lightly spiced and makes a great comforting meal. It can be served with any grain of choice and is also vegan.

Adding spinach to your dal is a good way to include some greens in your diet, don’t you think? I have always been someone who loves their greens, saag is my absolute favorite. However, I remember my brothers not being too fond of spinach and...

Continue reading

Masala Parle-G Cheesecake Ice Cream

You need only 15 minutes to make this no-churn Masala Parle-G Cheesecake Ice Cream. Filled with spices like cardamom, cinnamon and crushed parle-g biscuits, this ice cream is a crowd pleaser and perfect for summers!

I am back with yet another no churn ice cream and this time we are combining a childhood favorite biscuit of mine- the classic parle-g into a cheesecake ice cream. The inspiration for this ice cream comes from parle-g cheesecake which I had at Farzi cafe in Gurugram,...

Continue reading

Fresh Corn, Kale & Quinoa Salad with Tahini Dressing

This Fresh Corn Salad with Kale, Quinoa is filling, wholesome and great for summer picnics and potlucks. Drizzled with a tahini-lemon dressing, the salad is also vegan and gluten-free. Toasted walnuts add a nice crunch to the salad.

I love biting into sweet juicy corn this time of the year. Every weekend we go to the farmer’s market and come home with these sweet corn during summer. Our most favorite way to eat is the Indian way- by roasting it directly on heat and...

Continue reading

Easy Tofu Lettuce Wraps

These easy tofu lettuce wraps make a light and flavorful lunch or dinner and are easy to make at home without much prep work. The tofu filling can be made in advance and so these are great for meal prep as well.

The first time I had tofu lettuce wraps was at PF Chang’s. I instantly loved them, though Sarvesh didn’t fancy them (but then he never fancies anything with tofu), and ever since they are my go-to order when we eat at that restaurant. I also had tofu...

Continue reading