Methi Matar Malai

Methi Matar Malai is a popular Indian dish which is made in north India especially during winters when fresh methi (fenugreek) is in season!

This recipe combines methi, matar (green peas) and malai (cream) in a rich, sweet and seriously creamy curry!

Methi (fenugreek) is a popular winter vegetable in India. I remember those cold winter mornings in Delhi when we were served hot Methi parathas with...

Continue reading

Dal Idli (No Rice)

Want to avoid rice and still have idli? Try this Dal Idli made with lentils!

This idli is made with urad and moong dal only making it more protein packed than the regular idli.

Idlis are so comforting, aren’t they? I can pretty much have them everyday. I especially love them for breakfast or lunch. 

And...

Continue reading

Roasted Winter Vegetables with Balsamic Vinegar

Make use of all the winter veggies in season to make these Roasted Winter Vegetables!

Topped with balsamic vinegar and fresh parsley, they make a nice side with soup or rice or can be enjoyed as such.

I love the fact that every season brings with it new fruits and vegetables to enjoy! In India, winter meant eating lots of greens like mustard greens, methi (fenugreek), bathua (chenopodium) and also those beautiful red carrots (which I soo miss...

Continue reading

Instant Pot Lauki Curry (Bottle Gourd Curry)

Easy Lauki Curry (bottle gourd curry) made in the Instant Pot!

One pot, vegan and gluten-free, this gets done in 30 minutes or less.

Lauki (bottle gourd) is not a very known or popular vegetable around here in the US. But growing up in India, it was one of the most common vegetables.

It was made often in my house but no one was...

Continue reading

Matar Chaat

Matar Chaat made with white peas tossed with onion, tomatoes, spices and chutneys!

This chaat is extremely popular in Delhi and makes amazing meal with kulcha or can be enjoyed as such.

Matar Kulcha had a special place in my heart during college days. There was this roadside stall near our college which sold matar kulcha plate for Rs.7  I think (which is less than 10 cent!) and that used to be my treat very...

Continue reading

Balsamic Maple Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Pomegranate

Balsamic Maple Roasted Brussel Sprouts makes an easy and wonderful side dish for the Holidays!

The balsamic vinegar, maple syrup and smoked paprika give the brussel sprouts that sweet, smokey and tangy flavors which goes so well together!

I had never heard of brussel sprouts back home in India. So, this was a totally new vegetable for me when I moved to the US. I was not wary of trying it though as I...

Continue reading

Instant Pot Saffron Quinoa with Cashews & Raisins

Here’s any easy side dish for the holidays- Saffron Quinoa with Cashews, Raisins & Dried Cranberries.

Made in the Instant Pot, this aromatic dish is vegan and gluten-free.

The holidays will be looking so different this year. Here in Washington state, a lockdown was announced again this week.

Indoor gatherings are totally banned and one is supposed to celebrate...

Continue reading

Quinoa Idli

Amp up the protein content of your idlis with these Quinoa Idli.

Quinoa replaces 75% of rice in this recipe making the idlis more wholesome and more protein-packed.

Idli is one of my favorite comfort food. Even though it was not a part of my diet growing up, I just eat it a lot now.

Freshly steamed idlis dunked in hot...

Continue reading

Paan Peda

Paan Peda made with mawa, sugar and paan leaves!

These pedas are easy to make with store bought mawa and have a beautiful green color from the paan leaves (no food color used)!

Paan desserts have always been very popular on the blog. Whether it’s the paan coconut ladoo, paan kheer or ice cream.

You all seem to love the refreshing flavor of paan....

Continue reading

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...

Continue reading

Quinoa Jaggery Ladoo

Quinoa Jaggery Ladoo- an easy and protein packed treat to make this festive season.

These ladoos are refined sugar-free, gluten-free and require no cooking other than roasting the quinoa in the oven.

Every year when I brainstorm Diwali recipes, my goal is to come up with recipes which not only taste good but are also easy to make.

Sure, I would throw in a more complicated recipe...

Continue reading

Chocolate Paan (Chocolate Meetha Paan)

This Chocolate Paan has paan leaves (betel leaves) smeared with a hazelnut spread and filled with gulkand, chocolate chips, tutti frutti and coconut!

Dipped in chocolate, this meetha paan makes a refreshing after meal mouth freshener or dessert!

Whenever we go to India, I make it a point to go and try the newest paan flavors.

Paan (betel leaves) is...

Continue reading