Moving to US opened my eyes to a lot of new things and the most important one in my opinion was food. I had limited knowledge of different cuisines and ingredients when I lived in India. One such thing which I discovered after moving here is Chia Seeds. I think it’s still not that common in India, my parents had no clue what it is when I told them about it during their visit this summer. But in US it is like the latest health food! For those who are still unaware about these wonder seeds, these are native to central and southern Mexico but have now become widely popular owing to their health benefits. They are packed with fiber, protein and...Continue reading
I have told you guys this before, we always had raita as a side dish in our home for lunch and it’s still the same. Lunch at my place in India will always be roti, sabzi (any vegetable cooked with spices), rice, dal (lentil) and raita. Yes quite a meal and I ate it every damn day growing up. I think that spoiled me, having a luxurious lunch made from scratch everyday and where you had to do nothing but simply eat! I never cared for that lunch then because obviously I got to eat it every day and I had no idea how much effort it takes to serve your family fresh meal , 3 times a day every single day. Now that I understand it, I...Continue reading
Indian cuisine has a huge range of breads but the only one people outside India are aware of is naan. And naan is the least likely bread to be made in an average Indian household, oh what an irony! The more popular everyday breads are roti and paratha, which are made with whole wheat. That is what we usually eat with our sabzi (spiced veggies) and dal (lentils).
Another well known Indian bread but not so common in the western world is kulcha. It is a leavened bread made...Continue reading
If you have been following me for a while, you would know that I am a big chocoholic. I think I am slightly obsessed with it and this has been the case ever since I was a little kid. Back then we didn’t use to get too many different varieties of chocolates in India so every year I would look forward to my aunt’s visit to India (she used to live in Dubai) so that I could stuff my mouth with fancy chocolates. Anyway fancy or not, chocolates are always more than...Continue reading
The weekend was so crazy. I never ever thought that I would be painting walls one day! Seriously in India, we always had painters to paint the wall, well everything is easy in a developing country when the cost of labor is low but not so in America. I have realized that all the small small things that we never even bothered doing ourselves in India (because there was ALWAYS someone to do it) has to done all by us here and that includes painting the wall.
So we have been meaning to paint the...Continue reading
Obsessed, yes that’s what I am with these cute little darling cakes! Aren’t these like the cutest cake ever? I have way too many mini stuff on my blog, I think all good things come in small packages (ahem I’m mini too at 5’2 😛 just kidding!) but seriously guys these are one of the best cakes I have ever made. So simple yet so good! And the best part they are eggless! Yay! I know a lot of my readers look forward to baking recipes without eggs so this one is for you guys. These cinnamon mini bundt cakes are super moist, delicious and...Continue reading
I think by now you must have guessed that I am obsessed with this combination of spinach and sweet corn. In case you haven’t noticed I have already shared few recipes using these two. I can’t help it, whenever I add spinach to something my hands automatically reach out to the bag of sweet corn. In fact when I made spinach lasagna, I ran out of corn else I would have added it to that recipe too. Spinach has a slightly bland taste and the sweetness of corn really balances it out. Together, they are perfect in these mini stuffed...Continue reading
Easy recipes, we all seem to love them. And why not? It all makes perfect sense. If you can create something delicious with readily available ingredients and without any complicated steps then that recipe is always a winner in my book. A lot of my favorite easy recipes come from puff pastry. Isn’t it a magical thing?! I sure thing it is!...Continue reading
The weather has become so unpredictable. Few days back it had become grey and cold and I actually thought it is time to buy some pumpkin cans. No kidding, seriously the weather just gave me that kind of a vibe. And then this week things changed again, totally! The sun is shining bright and it’s hot and I say thank god for that. Because no matter how hot it is, I don’t want to let go off summer, not yet anyway.
I crave for refreshing drinks when it’s hot. Water is of course my...Continue reading
What do you love most about summers? Yes it’s nice and bright and you don’t need to wear 987650 layers of clothes before heading out. Also BBQ is fun and so are all the summer activities! But if you ask me what I love most, it will be fruits! I think I have a slight obsession with summer fruits. The berries, peaches, cherries, melons, how can you not fall in love with all this gorgeousness?
And while eating the fruits as such is wonderful,...Continue reading
Disclaimer: I always like to write a little disclaimer when I post traditional recipes (other than Indian of course!). My love for cooking motivates me to try different types of cuisines in the world, but I obviously cannot comment about how authentic the recipes are.
Whatever I know is through books and internet but what I can tell you is that this recipe of Afghani Pulao was delicious and I am so happy to be sharing it with you guys! I love Afghan cuisine, it’s one my absolute favorites and one of the most...Continue reading
When my family was here, I made tons of calorie rich food, no really look at this and this and there was more which never made it to the blog. And as a result of this indulgence (read: over indulgence) I have put on few pounds! Urgh I so hate it when my jeans starts to get tighter. Anyway now in order to get back on track I am trying to eat salads for dinner. I am still eating my desserts and exercise is one thing which I always do, so that is there but now I am deliberately trying to add...Continue reading