Lentil Chili

Warm and comforting, this Vegetarian Red Lentil Chili is all that you need to beat the cold!

So just few days back I posted how sunny it is here, well spoke too soon! It’s been raining non-stop and I haven’t seen the sun in 2 days now. Such dark, rainy and cold weather calls for comforting meal. For me comforting meal is one which can be cooked in a single pot, is wholesome and can me made easily with simple ingredients. When it’s so...

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Non Alcoholic Apple Cider Sangria

Non Alcoholic Apple Cider Sangria is the perfect drink to celebrate fall. Kids and adults can enjoy this drink alike!

Confession time – I don’t drink alcohol. Not of any kind. In my 30+ years of life, I have tasted alcohol 7-8 times, I can count it on my fingers. I was brought up in a family where drinking alcohol wasn’t considered a good thing. Yes that’s how the society I grew up in the 90s in India was. Things have changed so much and now no one would think that way. I...

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Zucchini Chana Dal

Zucchini cooked with chana dal, onion, tomatoes & fresh ginger makes a flavorful dish. This dal is great with roti or with rice. Healthy & vegan!

When I was little, mom would often make Chanal Dal (Split Garbanzo Beans) with Lauki (bottle gourd). Lentils (or dals as we call them) are a part of everyday Indian diet so we ate some or the other lentil every day. Chana dal was made not everyday since it’s little heavy on the stomach compared to other dals like toor/arhar or moong....

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Matar Nimona

Most of us have fond memories of food from our childhood. Food has this magical ability to bring back wonderful memories. Matar Nimona reminds me of winters and fresh sweet green peas [green peas=matar in Hindi]. When we were kids, me and my sister would go to grandma’s village every year. Whenever we went there during winters, we would eat lot of matar ka nimona. It is a dish made out of green peas and it’s made in the states of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar in India during winter months. The reason why it’s made only during...

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Quinoa Chickpea Salad with Mango

When my family was here, I made tons of calorie rich food, no really look at this and this and there was more which never made it to the blog. And as a result of this indulgence (read: over indulgence) I have put on few pounds! Urgh I so hate it when my jeans starts to get tighter. Anyway now in order to get back on track I am trying to eat salads for dinner. I am still eating my desserts and exercise is one thing which I always do, so that is there but now I am deliberately trying to add...

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Roasted Cauliflower Pita Tacos

Another Friday and another week has come to an end. I know I say this so often but I can’t help it because it seriously surprises me – this time and how fast it flies! Wow it will be the 8th month of 2015 in just few more days and then the festive season will start. I was speaking to my hubby in the morning and I said all this while I was waiting for mom-dad to visit us, they came and now they left too. It’s seriously crazy, how the hell are weeks passing like days!

Anyway since it’s Friday, it...

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Tropical Punch Popsicles

Can you believe we are in July already! Where did the time go? and before we even realize it would be Christmas. Didn’t we just celebrate Christmas? Seriously time is flying way too fast. What did you guys do over the long weekend? We went to a BBQ party and I made paneer tikka and then we also did some grilling at home. We got this really cute small grill and we grilled some corn and ate it the Indian way with some chat masala , chili powder and lemon, ahh bliss!

It’s...

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Mint Paratha

Helloooo from my new home! 😀 Yay we made it but it was so exhausting. The unpacking is still left but at least we are done with the moving stuff. Gosh, I haven’t slept properly in days. It feels like I was packing stuff into boxes forever. My family is here and that made the entire process so much easier. I can’t imagine packing 60 big boxes on my own. And oh my god you guys, out of all the boxes, 60% were from my Kitchen! My dad was like, do you have anything else besides kitchen. Well what do I say, I guess only food...

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Chunky Arrabbiata Sauce

Pasta is everyone’s favorite quick meal. I know we all have those days when we simply don’t know what to cook for dinner and that’s when pasta comes to the rescue. Boil some pasta and toss it up in your favorite sauce and dinner is ready in like 30 minutes or even less. The process obviously becomes quicker if you already have pasta sauce ready to go into the dish. Which brings me to this question – which is your favorite pasta sauce? My absolute favorite is pesto and my other favorite is this chunky arrabbiata...

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Red Potatoes with Dill

My family is here guys and I’m so happy and excited 🙂 I spent my whole day yesterday cleaning and cooking. These are the days when I seriously miss being in India, I mean I miss it otherwise too but when you have do everything alone, then you miss it a little more 😉 In India, we would always have domestic help to do the dishes, to wash clothes and to even cook. Now that kind of luxury is obviously not possible here, I am telling you most people miss this the most when the...

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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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Tofu Pineapple Coconut Curry

Happy Monday! I’m kicking this week off with a very flavorful recipe of Tofu Pineapple Coconut Curry. I have mentioned before tofu is not my favorite, but I do it enjoy it once in a while especially when it’s combined with some of my favorite ingredients like pineapple in this recipe! This recipe is seriously jam packed with flavors. It’s healthy, vegan and great with rice or noodles. This recipe started off as an experiment but I was so pleased with the end result. The pineapple added a nice touch to balance out the...

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