Chili Paneer

My friend wanted me to post something vegetarian. So I kind of tweaked the chicken fry recipe and prepared Chili Paneer with almost same ingredients except those non-veg components. I had few guests last night, they said it was just too awesome. I was glad that the bowl was empty at the end of our dinner though …

Mangodae (Mung bean Fritters)

One of my colleague brought some vada like stuff during lunch. She said it is a Bhopal specialty and they call this golden mung bean fritters as Mangodae. It tasted so great that I was tempted to pick up the recipe from her. Many thanks to my colleague and her mom for sharing such a …

Sweet Potato Methi Cutlet (Baked)

OMG… this cutlet tastes so divine. I was little skeptical when I picked up the sweet potatoes from the grocery store. But I knew what I had to do with this. I thought of blending the orangish and sweetish sweet potato and the bitterish and greenish methi leaves(fenugreek leaves/vendhaya keerai) with some flavorful Indian spices …

Khasta Kachori – Irresistible Savory

So far this is one of the best and toughest challenges in ICC. I say this for two reasons 1. The frying time of this Indian chat will test your patience. 2. But hard work never fails. The end result is addictive, yummilicious and irresistible Kachori’s. Thanks to Srivalli for picking up this recipe for …

Dixie Stampede Homestyle Cream of Vegetable Soup

What do you think about spending your vacation in Virgin Islands Beach resort or a Ski resort in Vermont or in the warm shores of Florida? We wanted to visit one of these places during the last Thanksgiving holidays. We did a mega planning but due to the selective loss of memory, we almost forgot to book the hotel and air …

Mexican Cucumber Cherry Salsa Recipe

Growing up in a multicultural suburban town, I was introduced to people from various parts of India and their food. However I hardly ate anything that was cooked outside my Mom’s kitchen. But occasionally we did get to taste food that were made by our neighbors and friends. Like the Rasagullas from Kolkata, Egg curry …

Sundal with Chana Dhal/Kadalaiparuppu

Navratri is celebrated for 9 days in Autumn and it marks the beginning of long festival season in India. This festival is celebrated across India in umpteen number of ways. The first 3 days of this festival is dedicated to Durga (Goddess of power), the next 3 days for Lakshmi (Goddess of Wealth) and the last 3 …

Cabbage Poriyal

Poor cabbage came to my sight when I opened the vegetable box in my refrigerator. I had picked it up from the farm that I visited during the Labor Day weekend. Though it was small in size, the whole cabbage was too much for both of us. I still have half cabbage left even after preparing …

Asparagus Usili

Does a Woman hate to shop for Clothes? I did. Every time I visited the store I had to look for a bigger size. I hated to try those pants that didn’t fit. I had to let go those cute dresses because they stopped looking good on me. Hope you understand the kind of frustration …

Avocado Fries (Oven Baked Oil Free)

My pantry is loaded with healthy ingredients since I went on South Beach Diet 3 months ago. This lifestyle change has helped me to lose 20 pounds in less than 3 months, to be precise in 2 months. Last 1 month was little crazy for me and I couldn’t follow the diet to the dot. …

Indian style Baked Chicken

“Nothing tastes as good as being thin feels.” How true is this. At least to me it makes lots of sense. Not to boast there were days when my friends said I physically resembled Actress Simran,  not pretty wise thou  But today, when I look at myself in the mirror I have grown 6 dress size which is …

Venthiya Keerai Kara Kuzhambu

How was your weekend. Ours disappeared in a jiffy. We were packing, in between did some India shopping for my in-laws and again did some packing so that we can move over the long weekend. Last 2 weeks were ridiculously suspense. We were keeping our fingers crossed for the mortgage approval. Atlast we got a …

How to make paneer (low fat)

It is a myth that low calorie or fat free food is tasteless or lacks  soul in it. All you need is some patience to experiment with low calorie ingredients or simply follow a fool-proof recipe to create a lip-smacking dish.  I kick started my experiment with low or fat free ingredients after I went on …

Chocolate Granola

They say good things doesn’t last for long. It is so true with the fall colors. As the temperature drops, the trees start revealing their inner beauty. To welcome the festive season they clad in Red, Orange, Yellow and pink. It feels as though a colorful explosion has occurred all over the state which rejuvenates …

Cilantro Lemon Quinoa Pilaf

I received a comment recently asking how am I doing on the South Beach Diet. To be honest, I am not following the diet strictly. But I am very close to my target goal weight. If you remember I started off with 165 pounds (as on March 2010) and today I weigh 134.x lbs. My …

Zucchini Almond Bread

Cinderella is one of my favorite fairy tale character. She lives with her step mother and two step sisters. They neglect and treat her badly. One fine day prince throws a ball so that he can choose his better-half. Fairy God mother helps her to attend the ball when her step sisters leave her behind. …

Apple Sundried tomato Chutney

There is a sign for a new beginning. Chirping birds, vibrant daffodils, fragrance wafting from the recent bloom indicate that the spring has finally arrived. Rain has made these plants ready for another memorable journey. And At last the brutal and long winter has come to an end. Sigh. What a relief. I never thought …

Cherry Rasam

After a day long work and an hour drive it feels good to be home and spend some time with myself while waiting for the husband to return. As soon as I step in I rush to the kitchen to feed my growling stomach. I make a glass of milk and ransack the refrigerator and …

Cucumber Raitha

Summer has officially began. But the Sun god has covered up herself behind the heaviest of grey clouds. Still I am glad that it is SUMMER and the temperature has soared up. Okay unlike last year I won’t complain about the heat because I had enough this winter. Back in India, I used to eagerly …

Tiffin Sambar Powder

I pinched myself; Once, twice, thrice and once again I pinched myself. Little harder this time. I had to believe that I am typing these words in the word processor and you will be reading a recipe post almost after an year. Whoa, is it a comeback? I think so. If you were wondering what …

Ina’s Chocolate Cake Recipe

Sanjana pulled her loose hair and tied it into a ponytail. She looked at Rishi. He was tucked in a sapphire blanket and he was in a deep sleep with his mouth wide open.  She smirked and whispered Happy fifth anniversary into his ears without waking him up.  Seven years ago, she wouldn’t have believed …

Rose and Cardamon Nankhatai

Few days ago I was watching an Inner Engineering video about the purpose of human life. Each one of you who is reading this post have some or the other thought going in your mind right now. We dream to become or do something. But most of the times it just remains a thought or …

S’mores on a stick | Marshmallow pops

“Chocolate symbolizes, as does no other food, luxury, comfort, sensuality, gratification, and love.”  – Karl Petzke Have you ever wondered why chocolate is related to romance or love. I was perplexed enough to dig to its roots. Well the mayans used and abused cocoa. Their favorite drink was made out of it and served during marriage, …

Spring Onion Egg Fry/Poriyal

Spring onions/Scallions are predominantly used in Chinese recipes. I had never heard about spring onions in poriyal/stir fry before my Aunt prepared it for me. It tasted so good that I asked my amma to make it. Then on I have had it many times. Spring onion is rich in fibers, low in fat and …

Hot n Sweet Pineapple Rice

My cousin’s wedding was celebrated very grandly with an extravagant feast. I had Pineapple Rice for the first time in her wedding. When I tasted it I couldn’t really find out what I was eating though the taste was very familiar to me. It was very different but it tasted awesome. I took my uncle’s …

Lemonade Recipe

What comes to your mind first when you think about Summer. I get reminded of those long summer break, watermelons, cantaloupes, mangoes and lots and lots of heat. Today I get to enjoy everything that belongs to this season but the “Summer Break” (deep breath and rewind…….) As soon as we finish our last exam, …

Ambat Bhath

Centuries ago, Sourashtrians migrated from the Sourashtra region in Gujarat to the southern states. There are many historic reasons quoted for their migration. Since then their language and culture has transformed.  When they settled down in south, they adapted the southern style cooking into their daily lives.  Food we eat today are pretty much same …