Badam Halwa Truffles

An easy to make dessert, these Badam Halwa Truffles are made with almond flour and dipped in white chocolate and decorated with toasted almonds and edible gold leaves for that festive touch. These also make an excellent edible gift for friends and family!

Almond flour is one of my favorite ingredients in the kitchen during the festive season. You can use it in so many ways to make quick mithais from burfi to ladoos. One of my favorite things to make with almond flour is...

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Spicy Mango Mocktail

Festivities are incomplete without a refreshing drink and this spicy Mango Mocktail is a drink that can be enjoyed by everyone alike. Made with mango juice, coconut water, ginger and fresh mint the drink gets the kick from jalapeños. Serve plain or top with sparkling water!

I love making mocktails for my dinner parties especially during the festive time. Whether it’s Diwali, Thanksgiving or Christmas, the addition of a good mocktail...

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Tawa Pulao

Spicy and full of veggies, Tawa Pulao is a popular street food from the city of Mumbai in India. It has rice cooked with vegetables, butter, pav bhaji masala and garnished with cilantro and fresh lemon juice. The addition of a chili-garlic paste made with Kashmiri red chilies gives it that bright color and also adds to flavor.

I have been to Mumbai a few times in my life and every time I go there, I feel like I am always eating. From vada pav, to pav...

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Paneer Butter Masala (Paneer Makhani)

Creamy Restaurant style Paneer Butter Masala is easy to make at home. This creamy curry is made with onion, tomatoes, cashews, cream and butter (of course!). t has a mild sweet taste and pairs beautifully with garlic naan or jeera rice.

You can never have enough of paneer. Can you?

There are just so many ways to cook with it. You cook it with green peas you get matar...

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Lauki Kofta (Air Fryer & Stove-top)

This easy Lauki Kofta curry is a simple vegan dish made with lauki (bottle gourd) koftas which are dunked in a tomato-onion based curry. The koftas are traditionally deep fried, but I like air frying them. This makes a simple and comforting meal which can be served with boiled rice or any bread of choice.

One of the ways I enjoyed lauki as a child (other than lauki kheer) was when mom made Lauki Kofta. In Indian cooking, we refer to koftas as small dumplings which are deep fried and...

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Instant Pot Fig Chutney

Seasonal fresh figs, spices, sugar and vinegar are combined together in this delightful fig chutney which is good on just about everything. It’s vegan, made in the Instant Pot and can be enjoyed with any bread or crackers of choice. It will also make a fantastic addition to your charcuterie board!

I love making chutneys with in season fruits like peaches, apples etc. These chutney go well with so many things and make a great accompaniment to Indian breads. With figs being...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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