Besan Halwa

Rich and aromatic Besan halwa is made with gram flour, ghee, sugar, nuts and flavored with cardamom.

This is one of those desserts which is just perfect for any celebration and requires only few ingredients.

As an Indian, your relationship with halwa (or kesari/sheera as it is called in other parts of India) is indispensable. It doesn’t matter which part of the country you belong to, it is one dessert which every...

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Cucumber Raita

Quick and easy Cucumber Raita makes the perfect accompaniment to Indian meals.

It’s cooling and refreshing flavors go so well as a side with curries or you can also use it as a dip.

Raitas have always been an indispensable part of Indian food. Growing up, there was always a raita on our lunch for most days.

Especially during summers, I don’t...

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Tawa Paneer

Tawa Paneer is a spicy semi-dry paneer dish which is made on a flat griddle (tawa), hence the name tawa paneer.

It has small cubes of paneer cooked with onions, tomatoes and lots of spices. Makes a great accompaniment to naan and paratha.

I am back with yet another paneer recipe. Yes, this is never going to end!

We seem to have a love affair with paneer (me...

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Instant Pot Quinoa Matar Pulao

Quick and easy Quinoa Matar Pulao made in the Instant Pot.

Quinoa is tossed with whole spices and lots of green peas, making this a more wholesome alternative to the classic matar pulao.

Ever since I started cooking quinoa in the instant pot (which has been many years now), I cook it so much more often.

Earlier, I would always find excuses to not make it since it...

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Instant Pot Butternut Squash Lentil Curry

Fall means lot of butternut squash in the market. While it’s great in soups, I also use it to make dal and curries.

This Thai Butternut Squash Lentil Curry has a lot of flavor from the red curry paste, the spices and coconut milk.

It makes a comforting and seriously flavorful meal for the fall and cold days.

The weather has been so bad here, I think...

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Instant Pot Apple Chutney

Use the apples in season to make this easy Apple Chutney!

This chutney is made in the Instant Pot and is a nice balance of tart, sweet and spicy flavors. Good as a side with a main dish or use it to dip crackers, nuts etc.

We went apple picking last weekend. It seemed like one of those activities which we could do safely do during these crazy times.

This farm was around...

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Instant Pot White Bean, Tomato & Kale Soup

Easy White Bean, Tomato & Kale Soup made in the Instant Pot.

This hearty soup is perfect for fall and the colder days ahead and is also vegan.

The mornings have been getting cooler here. I have been going on for my morning walks pretty regularly these days and I usually go around 6:30 am.

Just a couple of weeks back, it was quite...

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Instant Pot Zucchini Chickpea Curry

Use the summer zucchini to make this Zucchini Chickpea Curry in the Instant Pot.

It’s easy to make and is also vegan and gluten-free.

One of the main reasons I wait for summers (other than the gorgeous weather of course) is my local farmers market.

This year it was delayed, in fact I feared that it would get cancelled because of what is going on in the...

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Rajma Masala – Kidney Beans Curry

Rajma Masala aka Kidney Beans Curry is one of the most common and popular curries made in North India.

Kidney beans are cooked with onion, tomatoes and spices in this flavorful vegetarian curry.

Rajma is one of the most popular curries in north India.

In fact I always say that chole, rajma and dal makhani are...

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Instant Pot Moong Dal Chaat

Pressure cooked moong dal topped with an assortment on toppings like onion, tomatoes, cilantro, ginger and spices.

This Moong Dal Chaat is a healthy twist on the traditional chaat and is vegan and also oil-free!

I am not sure what took me so long to share this recipe here.

In fact I have hardly made it in my kitchen ever since I got married...

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Kaju Kishmish Ice Cream

An easy no-churn ice cream made with cashews and raisins! This Kaju Kishmish Ice Cream requires only few ingredients and makes a refreshing summer treat!

I make no churn ice creams on repeat during summers.

To tell you guys the truth, I do have an ice cream attachment with my stand mixer and I have used it in the past.

But mostly, I am just lazy...

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Instant Pot Blueberry Chia Jam

Simple Blueberry Chia Jam using the fresh blueberries in season!

This jam is made in the Instant Pot and sweetened with maple syrup making it refined sugar free.

Fruits are in abundance during this time of the year. We went to our farmers market last week and got lots of fresh fruits.

The farmers market felt so different this year with all the safety rules but...

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