Baked Oats Namak Pare

Baked Oats Namak Pare- savory crunchy snack made with whole wheat, oats.

This is a more wholesome version of the traditional namak pare and is quite easy to make.

It’s good to keep a balance between indulgent and healthy, right?

So after sharing the Mithai Cheesecake, I had to share something less indulgent and more...

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Baked Masala Peanuts

Baked Masala Peanuts – crunchy, spicy roasted peanuts which are baked in the oven making them a healthier alternative to deep frying.

These spiced peanuts make a great snack with chai or coffee.

I love munching on something savory with my evening chai. I remember mom always made some homemade chivda or namak para or something for her evening...

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Sweet Tamarind Chutney (Imli Chutney)

Sweet Tamarind Chutney aka Imli Chutney made with tamarind, jaggery and spices.

This is a staple chutney used in India for all kinds of chaats!

This recipe should have been here years ago. I don’t know what took me so long.

It’s one of the most staple chutneys and I have been meaning to share this recipe for...

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Instant Pot Quinoa Matar Pulao

Quick and easy Quinoa Matar Pulao made in the Instant Pot.

Quinoa is tossed with whole spices and lots of green peas, making this a more wholesome alternative to the classic matar pulao.

Ever since I started cooking quinoa in the instant pot (which has been many years now), I cook it so much more often.

Earlier, I would always find excuses to not make it since it...

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Sweet Potato Chaat

Sweet Potato Chaat is one of my favorite ways to enjoy sweet potatoes!

Roasted sweet potatoes are tossed with crunchy peanuts, chutneys and crispy papdi. It’s so flavorful and also very easy to make!

Sweet potatoes are my favorite and I love that here in the US, they are always so readily available. I don’t really have to wait for a particular season for me to enjoy...

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Instant Pot Butternut Squash Lentil Curry

Fall means lot of butternut squash in the market. While it’s great in soups, I also use it to make dal and curries.

This Thai Butternut Squash Lentil Curry has a lot of flavor from the red curry paste, the spices and coconut milk.

It makes a comforting and seriously flavorful meal for the fall and cold days.

The weather has been so bad here, I think...

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Instant Pot Apple Chutney

Use the apples in season to make this easy Apple Chutney!

This chutney is made in the Instant Pot and is a nice balance of tart, sweet and spicy flavors. Good as a side with a main dish or use it to dip crackers, nuts etc.

We went apple picking last weekend. It seemed like one of those activities which we could do safely do during these crazy times.

This farm was around...

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Khatte Meethe Baingan

Khatte Meethe Baingan aka sour and sweet eggplants! If you love eggplants as much as I do are always looking for new ways to enjoy them, then give these a try.

Baby eggplants are cooked with some pickling spices like fennel, nigella and tossed in a sweet and sour curry based made with tamarind and jaggery.

I adore eggplants and can eat them all the time and in all forms. Bharta is of course one of my absolute favorites but these days...

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Instant Pot White Bean, Tomato & Kale Soup

Easy White Bean, Tomato & Kale Soup made in the Instant Pot.

This hearty soup is perfect for fall and the colder days ahead and is also vegan.

The mornings have been getting cooler here. I have been going on for my morning walks pretty regularly these days and I usually go around 6:30 am.

Just a couple of weeks back, it was quite...

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Cauliflower, Corn & Poblano Tacos with Cashew Chipotle Sauce

Cauliflower Tacos with roasted corn, poblano peppers and a creamy cashew chipotle sauce!

Topped with cabbage for the crunch, these tacos are vegan and just perfect for summer.

Summer corn is so good right? So sweet, so juicy and I cannot have enough of it.

Every week I buy a lot of corn from the farmers market. We eat it throughout...

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Instant Pot Zucchini Chickpea Curry

Use the summer zucchini to make this Zucchini Chickpea Curry in the Instant Pot.

It’s easy to make and is also vegan and gluten-free.

One of the main reasons I wait for summers (other than the gorgeous weather of course) is my local farmers market.

This year it was delayed, in fact I feared that it would get cancelled because of what is going on in the...

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Peanut Chutney

Simple peanut chutney made with peanuts, chana dal, cumin seeds, ginger and tamarind.

This quick version gets done in 15 minutes and makes a great accompaniment to idli and dosa!

Indian meals are often incomplete without chutney.

Whether it’s north Indian food or South Indian, chutney remains constant. However, every chutney...

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