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Eggless Egg Curry – A vegetarian delight

Let’s cook up some mock eggs tonight. Today’s recipe is Eggless Egg Curry – A vegetarian delight; can also be referred to as Aloo ke ande .Follow the step by step recipe below to prepare mock eggs. These were a hit tonight, even for the pickiest eater in my house loved it. Pretty easy to cook and a delicious recipe. The possibilities...

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Kalmi Kabab recipe

Treat your family tonight with these juicy and tender Kalmi kebab recipe. Boneless chicken pieces marinated in aromatic and flavorful Indian spices and grilled to perfection. Bone-in chicken or mutton pieces can also be used for this recipe – cooking time will vary if using mutton. From my kitchen to yours this tasty and succulent delicacy requires 4 hours of marination...

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Kofta Curry prepared with non fried Koftas

Enjoy your favorite Kofta curry recipe guilt-free. Today we share a healthy version of Lauki ke kofte – Kofta Curry prepared with non fried Koftas. Prepared with a brush of oil, these koftas are are easy to make and they are super soft and healthy. Vegan lauki/bottle gourd balls tossed in onion-tomato based rich gravy and enjoyed with hot chapatis or serve it over...

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Kala chana – Ashtami Prasad

Black chickpeas or Kale chane are a staple at every household. Dried kale chane are commonly prepared as Ashtami prasad on the last days of Navratri. Paired with Sooji halwa and puri, this is a delicious and favorite KANJAK food. Once chickpeas are thoroughly boiled, from there on this recipe is straight forward and needs no fancy ingredients, just the regular...

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Sooji Halwa – Ashtami Prasad

It is again that time of the year when the fasting period is coming to an end and every people who observe Navratras are getting ready to celebrate ASHTAMI/NAVAMI – eighth/ninth day of Navratri. During this puja small girls are worshiped and is referred to as KANJAK PUJAN (Kanya pujan). They are offered prasads and gifts. Sooji Halwa or suji ka...

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Savory Vegetable porridge – Namkeen Daliya

Saturday and time for breakfast, everyone in my family knows it’s NAMKEEN DALIYA. Broken wheat or cracked wheat also referred to as Daliya is a perfect breakfast recipe and ready under 30 MINUTES. Savory porridge prepared with cracked wheat and vegetables is a healthy one pot meal breakfast. Looking into my kids eating pattern I have chosen the vegetables they like but...

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Punjabi lobia masala – no onion no garlic recipe

Punjabi lobia masala also referred to as chawalie or chawli is cooked in tomato puree and boiled lauki paste – makes it a perfect no onion no garlic dish. For this recipe you can even use canned black eyed peas and that can save you 2-3 hours of soaking time.  This recipe is cooked without onion and garlic but if you like...

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Vrat wale Aloo

Vrat wale aloo or vrat ke rasewale aloo recipe. Nothing fancy but a simple and basic dish prepared in every household during fasting period. Boiled and cubed potatoes are combined with freshly grated tomatoes and flavored with spices. Usually paired up with Kuttu and Singhare ke atte ki Poori to make a complete meal. Along with sabudana, sawa ke chawal and amaranth flour (rajgira flour) this...

Cooking Basics

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Boiled Lauki Paste

Wondering why would someone have boiled lauki paste in her refrigerator? Well, this is an excellent base to no onion no garlic recipes. This ugly looking vegetable (that’s what my kids call it ) is actually a blessing in disguise. Bottle gourd/lauki has both- healing and cosmetic benefits, it’s loaded with thiamine, vitamin C, zinc, iron and magnesium. Imagine adding...

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How to make Cashew Paste

How to make Cashew paste for Indian gravies and where can I find one? This is the most commonly asked question. Why buy it from the market when you can make one at home. Follow the step by step guide below and you will have homemade Cashew paste ready in minutes. If you have cashew paste in your refrigerator than...

Tips & Tricks

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Blueberry Cake Tip

Blueberries have a tendency to sink to the bottom of the cake. BUT WHY DO MY BLUEBERRIES SINK? Answer is simple .. GRAVITY. Anything additional added to a cake whether be chocolate chip, blueberries, or any other berries or nuts they will sink to the bottom of the cake because of gravity. To stop them from sinking just follow this...

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Fluffy Puris

For fluffy puris – While kneading the dough adjust the amount of water with 2 tablespoon of milk. For example – if the dough requires 1 cup of water adjust it – minus 2 tablespoon of water from 1 cup and add 2 tablespoon of milk.  

Festivals of India

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Indian festival Calendar – 2015

Indian Festival Calendar 2015 – Rich in it’s cultural inheritance, festivals are an essential part of our Indian community.They reflect the diversity of celebrations in a multi-cultural, multi- religion nation which values sentiments, respects traditions and fosters community living. Indian festivals are so vast in number and variant in form, colorful and soulful that these cannot be compressed into the space limit...

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Navratri means- Nav = nine ; Ratri = nights. Nine nights of worshiping Shakti also known as Mother Durga. Wish You All A Happy Vikram Samvat 2072, celebrated as  Gudi  Padwa in Maharashtra,  Ugadi  in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.  Baisakhi  in Punjab, Cheti  Chand in Sindh , Naba  Barsha in Bengal and Goru  Bihu in Assam.  WHEN IS NAVRATRI CELEBRATED? Navratri...

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Gangaur Festival

Gangaur or Mewar festival is performed in the honor of Mother Gauri. In the word Gangaur ‘Gan is a synonym for lord Shiva and ‘Gaur’ or ‘Gauri’ for Goddess Parvati (the consort of Lord Shiva). WHEN IS GANGAUR CELEBRATED? In Rajasthan, Gangaur festival’s spirited celebration gets underway every year during the Hindu month of Chaitra (March – April) in honor of Gauri,...

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Gudi Padwa – Festival of Spring

Gudi Padwa ia a Maharashtrain spring festival. According to Marathi calendar it marks the New Year’s Day for Maharashtrians. WHEN IS GUDI PADWA CELEBRATED? Gudi Padwa is celebrated on the first day of the Hindu month- Chaitra in March/April which also represents the onset of spring or Vasant. In Karnataka this festival is known as Yugadi or Ugadi which means Yug and...