Indian Paneer Puff

Yes more paneer recipes. Now that I told you how to make paneer at home, this was bound to happen. Paneer and potato puffs are very popular in India. These crispy, flaky savory pastries are usually relished with a cup of hot chai in the evening. Sometimes I have this sudden craving to eat a vegetable or paneer puff in the evening. Now back home it was easy, just get go to your local bakery and get the puffs however it’s not all that convenient here. First of all it’s hard to find puffs here and even if you find them, they are never...

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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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Individual No Bake Tiramisu Cheesecake

It’s beginning to get hot here and I am loving it. Love the sun when it’s shining bright till 8 pm. It makes me feel like there are more than 24 hours in a day! And with so much going on in my life, I really need those extra hours. Days are flying with packing stuff and spending time with family but amidst all the craziness, I take out some time to make desserts. Life becomes boring if there isn’t some dessert involved on a regular basis. Isn’t it? No bake cheesecakes have been always been one of my favorite desserts because...

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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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Roasted Beetroot Raita

Such a pretty color, isn’t it? I mean the color of this raita. I’m so in love with this pretty magenta! Raita is always an integral part of Indian meals, it has to do with the fact that our food is full of spices and so we do need a cooling raita to balance off the heat. Raita is nothing but a yogurt dip to which we add little seasoning. It’s mostly made of vegetables but fruit ones are also becoming popular these days, like this pineapple raita.

In my home,...

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Chocolate Yogurt & Granola Breakfast Bowl

Let’s talk about breakfast. I know I talk about it quite a bit, well I can’t really help. Breakfast is just so important that whenever I get an opportunity I cannot hold myself from talking about the same. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and there is a reason behind it. Your brain needs glucose to function efficiently after a long all night break without food and when you deprive the brain of it, well your efficiency goes for a toss. No seriously without food in the morning, you are likely to be more irritable and feel tired throughout the...

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Post Workout Snack Bites

What is your favorite post workout snack? A granola bar? A peanut butter sandwich or something else? Post workout snacks are super important especially when you lift weights and do other intensive stuff in the gym. Muscle protein breaks down during exercise and undergoes repair during post-workout recovery and to maximize recovery you need to snack on some good...

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Salted Caramel Mocha

Did I mention that I am learning to drive these days? Yes, after being in US for more than 3 years I finally decided to learn how to drive. Actually all this while we have been living in downtown where everything is at a walking distance so I didn’t really feel the need. But now that we have bought our own house which isn’t actually in downtown, it finally dawned upon me that I need to learn this.

I used to drive in India but driving in India and US is as different as chalk and...

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Bakery Style Chocolate Chip Muffins

Happy Chocolate Chip Day! Yes in case you guys were unaware, May 15th is Chocolate Chip Day. Honestly I am not very good with remembering these food days but this day I had to, after all there’s chocolate ♥ I was thinking about it the other day, I always get the 72 oz bag of chocolate chips from Costco and I have finished several of those in the last 2 years. Seriously that’s tons of chocolate chips and I have consumed everything! Okay maybe not consumed all but still that’s way too much! I think I need help. I feel like adding...

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Dhaba Dal

Dals or Lentils for Indians is like potatoes or bacons for Americans. I mean you get my point right? We can’t do without eating lentils almost every day. It doesn’t matter whichever part of the country you are from, if you are from India you will be eating dal in some way or the other. We have such a huge range of lentils in India that are cooked on a regular basis. Red lentils, yellow lentils, green lentils, black lentils and so on. And then every lentil is further classified into ones without skin, with skin, whole lentil and so on. You...

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Salted Caramel Sauce

The weather is warming up and we are getting lots of sunshine! yay! I am so thrilled and what adds to the enthusiasm is that we have found our own house! Yes, it took us some time but we finally found “the one” for us! My biggest criteria was that it should have a big kitchen and this one has a HUGE kitchen, like really huge and I can’t wait to move in. From 1 bedroom apartment to 2500 sq ft house, it’s definitely going to be a huge transformation. We will be moving mid-June and so things might be a little slow...

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Focaccia with Caramelized Onions & Pistachios

Even after making breads at home for more than 3 years now, I still feel the same excitement as I did when I baked my 1st bread. The fact that it was a complete failure is a different story altogether. It was hard like a rock and I swear I could throw it on the wall and nothing would happen to it. YES, that rock solid! I always have a good laugh whenever I remember that incident.

Anyway so because tomorrow is Mother’s Day, I thought of sharing another brunch recipe and what better than...

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