Instant Pot Gajar Halwa

This Instant Pot Gajar Halwa is an easy to make popular Indian dessert made with carrots, milk and sugar. It’s often flavors with cardamom, nuts and mawa (dried milk solids) and makes an indulgent treat!

While the traditional way to make gajar halwa yields amazing results, you can get the same results with less work using the Instant Pot!

I have very high expectations when it comes to...

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Eggless Besan Brownies (Chickpea Flour Brownies)

These eggless brownies are made with Besan (chickpea flour). They are fudgy, full of chocolate flavor and you would never guess that they are gluten-free!

I am really excited to share this recipe of Besan Brownies with you guys! When I started baking many years ago, I would just use the basic ingredients to bake cakes, cupcakes and brownies.

But now I like to try different ingredients...

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Gujarati Dal Recipe

Sweet, spicy and tangy, this Gujarati Dal is comfort food at it’s best! This thin consistency dal is tempered with lots of spices like cinnamon, cloves, cumin, mustard and flavored with ginger, jaggery, lime juice. Best enjoyed with plain rice.

As someone who grew up eating dal everyday of her life, it still is (and will always be) an integral part of my diet and life. I cannot do without eating dal at least 2 times a week. That’s bare...

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Air Fryer Onion Pakoda

Onion Pakoda are onion fritters made with onion, gram flour (besan) and spices and are a very popular Indian snack. They are traditionally deep fried but this air fryer version of onion pakoda turns out just as good! These are crunchy, so flavorful and make a delightful snack with a cup of chai!

Most Indians will have fond memories associated with pakoda and rains. I remember whenever it would start raining during monsoon season, mom would make all sorts of pakodas made...

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Til Chikki (Sesame Brittle)

Til Chikki is a brittle made with sesame seeds and jaggery and especially popular in northern Indian during winters! It’s easy to make at home with only 2 main ingredients. It keeps good for weeks in an airtight container and makes a nice snack or a little treat when the sweet cravings kick in!

Til (sesame) is something that’s consumed a lot during winter months in Northern India. I know it’s used in a lot of dishes in western and eastern parts of India but in my home, the most...

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Almond Flour Masala Crackers

Gluten-free and made without any oil, these Almond Flour Masala Crackers are a great snack to munch on. Spiced with Indian spices, they also pair well with dips like hummus, pesto, tzatziki and more!

Do you have a snack problem? I definitely do! I feel like I am constantly snacking, and it really has to do with me being in the kitchen all the time. On days, when I am not in the kitchen, I...

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Cranberry Maple Rosemary Mocktail

If you are looking for an easy and refreshing drink for the holidays that even the kids can enjoy, then try this Cranberry Maple & Rosemary Mocktail. The vibrant red color makes it perfect for the festive season!

This year we have been actually able to go to a few small holiday parties (unlike last year) so that has been nice. But whenever we go to these parties, we always struggle with the drinks option. Needless to say there are always lots of alcoholic options on the menu but not much it comes to...

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Sweet & Spicy Air Fryer Brussel Sprouts

This Sweet & Spicy Brussel Sprouts comes together easily in the air fryer. The crispy Brussel sprouts are tossed with a sauce made with olive oil, maple syrup, sriracha. Makes a quick, easy and vegan side or appetizer!

Ever since I got my air fryer, I have been air frying tons of vegetables in it. I always thought I loved roasting veggies in my oven (and I still do) but the air fryer has completely replaced it for this purpose.

The fact that...

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Hasselback Sweet Potatoes Chaat

This Hasselback Sweet Potatoes Chaat inspired by Indian flavors might be your new favorite way to enjoy sweet potatoes for the holidays! Garnished with cilantro chutney, tamarind chutney, pomegranate and fresh herbs this is also vegan and gluten-free!

I love chaat anything and everything and I think I have mentioned that so many times on the blog. I make a chaat out of everything from pizza to kala chana to potatoes to my favorite sweet potatoes. I have shared a sweet potato chaat recipe on the blog...

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Roasted Beets with Pistachios & Goat Cheese

Sweet oven roasted beets, thinly sliced red onion and roasted pistachios are tossed together with a red wine vinaigrette in this vegetarian side dish which is perfect for the holidays! Topped with crumbled goat cheese, this will be a great addition to your holiday table.

It took me some years to warm up to goat cheese but now I really like it. It’s sharp flavor particularly pairs well with sweet vegetables like butternut squash, beetroot,...

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Butternut Squash & Peas Sabzi

Use the butternut squash in season to make this Butternut Squash & Peas Sabzi! Cooked with onion, tomatoes, curry leaves and spices, this is so good with any bread or as side with rice and dal. It is also vegan and gluten-free.

Now that we are done with all the Diwali recipes, we can shift our focus to fall and winter produce. One of my absolute favorite this time of the year is Butternut Squash.

It’s great...

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Kaju Pista Roll

Kaju Pista Roll is an Indian sweet made with cashews and pistachios. These rolls have a layer of pistachio dough covered with a layer of smooth cashew dough. Rich and decadent!

Kaju Pista Roll is one of Sarvesh’s favorite mithai. Well the fact is that he has a massive sweet tooth and has a long list of favorites so I really don’t know which one is his most favorite but this is right up there.

He was...

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