Chocolate Yogurt & Granola Breakfast Bowl

Let’s talk about breakfast. I know I talk about it quite a bit, well I can’t really help. Breakfast is just so important that whenever I get an opportunity I cannot hold myself from talking about the same. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and there is a reason behind it. Your brain needs glucose to function efficiently after a long all night break without food and when you deprive the brain of it, well your efficiency goes for a toss. No seriously without food in the morning, you are likely to be more irritable and feel tired throughout the...

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Post Workout Snack Bites

What is your favorite post workout snack? A granola bar? A peanut butter sandwich or something else? Post workout snacks are super important especially when you lift weights and do other intensive stuff in the gym. Muscle protein breaks down during exercise and undergoes repair during post-workout recovery and to maximize recovery you need to snack on some good...

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Salted Caramel Mocha

Did I mention that I am learning to drive these days? Yes, after being in US for more than 3 years I finally decided to learn how to drive. Actually all this while we have been living in downtown where everything is at a walking distance so I didn’t really feel the need. But now that we have bought our own house which isn’t actually in downtown, it finally dawned upon me that I need to learn this.

I used to drive in India but driving in India and US is as different as chalk and...

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Dhaba Dal

Dals or Lentils for Indians is like potatoes or bacons for Americans. I mean you get my point right? We can’t do without eating lentils almost every day. It doesn’t matter whichever part of the country you are from, if you are from India you will be eating dal in some way or the other. We have such a huge range of lentils in India that are cooked on a regular basis. Red lentils, yellow lentils, green lentils, black lentils and so on. And then every lentil is further classified into ones without skin, with skin, whole lentil and so on. You...

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Salted Caramel Sauce

The weather is warming up and we are getting lots of sunshine! yay! I am so thrilled and what adds to the enthusiasm is that we have found our own house! Yes, it took us some time but we finally found “the one” for us! My biggest criteria was that it should have a big kitchen and this one has a HUGE kitchen, like really huge and I can’t wait to move in. From 1 bedroom apartment to 2500 sq ft house, it’s definitely going to be a huge transformation. We will be moving mid-June and so things might be a little slow...

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Focaccia with Caramelized Onions & Pistachios

Even after making breads at home for more than 3 years now, I still feel the same excitement as I did when I baked my 1st bread. The fact that it was a complete failure is a different story altogether. It was hard like a rock and I swear I could throw it on the wall and nothing would happen to it. YES, that rock solid! I always have a good laugh whenever I remember that incident.

Anyway so because tomorrow is Mother’s Day, I thought of sharing another brunch recipe and what better than...

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Mango Ginger Lemonade

My husband’s favorite season is here and yes it’s only because he gets to eat mangoes. I think 90% of the Indian population is obsessed with mangoes, I don’t blame them though. You do get the most amazing mangoes in India, the ones we get here in USA can never match up to them. The Indian mangoes are so sweet and bursting with flavors, each variety has it’s own unique flavor. And that is the reason why mango is everyone’s favorite fruit in India!

For the last few...

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Mini Fruit Tarts

Seattle’s weather has been literally playing hide and seek with us. Some day it’s so warm and nice and the very next day it’s super cold and raining. I mean seriously what’s up with the weather? I really want to pack my jackets and sweaters, it’s May now! The good news though is that it’s super nice today and I hope it stays this way in the coming weeks.

Summers remind me a lot of things especially of mangoes and cool refreshing drinks. When I...

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Roasted Cauliflower Soup

Oh my god you guys, I had absolutely the worst time in the kitchen yesterday. It was like whatever I touched, turned into a disaster. Cooked vegetables fell on the ground, onion got burnt [jet black!], spilled honey on kitchen counter and so on. I was so drained out by the end of it, that I did not even have the enthusiasm or patience to click pictures of the food.

I think it happens with all of us at times, isn’t it? When nothing seems to be working. The only thing I keep...

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Palmiers

When life throws you some puff pastry, you obviously make palmiers! Yay! Well at least that is what I did after I made this puff pastry dough. The fact is that I wanted to use my homemade puff pastry as soon as possible and didn’t want to slog in the kitchen for hours. You know as much as I love my time in the kitchen, there are days when I want to create something quick. And so when I made this puff pastry, the first thing I could think of was these little beautiful...

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Easy Puff Pastry

As much as I love baking, I have a different kind of addiction to french pastry. I adore it, I find it magical and can never have enough of it. Whenever I get free time, I try to read about it and absorb as much as I can. Few months back, I did a class in French Pastry at Sur La Table. It was 3 hour class and I had such a great time. I really want to go back and do another class there!

Among all the other things that we were taught, one was this easy puff pastry. Everyone I know loves puff...

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Spicy Chipotle Pizza

Long Recipe Alert.

There I said it in the beginning so that you guys don’t get bored by the end of it. This is going to be long recipe because not only I include the recipe for this spicy chipotle pizza (the vegetarian version) but also for the dough so bear with me guys!

Now everyone loves a good pizza, isn’t it? My love affair with pizza has come a full circle. When I was kid, I used to love pizza like love love...

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