Baked Cream Cheese & Chutney Samosa

Baked Cream Cheese & Chutney Samosa- these samosas are filled with cream cheese mixture flavored with chutney, green onions, jalapeño, raisins and cashews.

These make a great vegetarian appetizer for the holidays or just about any party!

Diwali parties will be different this time, most will be limited to a few people.

But I am sure what will not be different is the food! Diwali is one time of the year which I wait all year long and...

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Tutti Frutti Burfi Roll

Easy Burfi Roll made with milk powder and filled with tutti frutti.

These festive treat are easy to make and require only few ingredients.

Milk powder is one of my very favorite ingredients to use when it comes to making Indian mithai. There’s so much you can make with them (like this rose cardamom burfi or milk peda) and that’s the reason I am always stocked up on...

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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 chai.

And I am the same, I...

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Rasmalai Cake Jars

Rasmalai Cake Jars with layers of soft eggless cake, flavored milk and rasmalai flavored whipped cream.

Topped with rasmalai, these make a pretty festive treat and also a fun way to serve rasmalai.

Fusion dessert recipes in a jar are my thing. Whenever I have a dinner party at home, I always end up making Indian fusion desserts and serve them in jars.

There...

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Sweet Tamarind Chutney (Imli Chutney)

Sweet Tamarind Chutney aka Imli Chutney made with tamarind, jaggery and spices.

This is a staple chutney used in India for all kinds of chaats!

This recipe should have been here years ago. I don’t know what took me so long.

It’s one of the most staple chutneys and I have been meaning to share this recipe for years now.

I use it all the time in my...

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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 at times. But, I try hard to strive a...

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Raj Kachori

Raj Kachori- crispy deep fried kachori filled with potatoes, moong dal, yogurt, spices and chutneys!

Topped with cilantro, sev, pomegranate this is the ultimate indulgence!

If you have lived in and around Delhi, then you must not be unfamiliar with Raj Kachori.

It’s the king/queen of all things chaat. This round crispy deep fried shell filled with all sorts of delicious filling not only looks...

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Masala Cheese Cookies

Eggless, whole wheat crispy Masala Cheese Cookies spiced with Indian spices like ajwain, kasuri methi and flavored with pepper jack cheese.

These make a perfect pairing with masala chai!

Are you team sweet or savory when it comes to festive food? I am both! I definitely need my sweets but at the same time the savory snacks are needed to...

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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 very popular in South Asia and people...

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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 Indian grows up eating, in one form or the...

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Green Moong Dal (Sabut Moong Dal)

Simple and comforting green moong dal made with mung beans in the Instant Pot.

This protein packed dal makes a comforting meal and pairs well with rice or any grain of choice.

I have all sorts of lentils in my pantry, that’s given since I am an Indian and also because I grew up eating dal every single day of my life.

Although I have so many lentils, I make the usual chana dal,...

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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 remember we ever had our lunch without a side of...

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