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Veggie Pinwheels Party Appetizer

Holiday season is upon us and it’s the time of the year when our calendars are filled with parties, family celebrations and get togethers. I love to host dinners but when it comes to planning a party, the first thing that crosses my mind is...

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Orange Cake Recipe

Don’t you agree there is something special about oranges? Guess what? This bright and juicy, citrus-y fruit reminds me of winters. In cold and frigid temperatures there’s nothing more comforting than sitting next to a sunny window and enjoying fresh oranges. Surprisingly, my recent trip to the grocery store yielded...

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Malai Kofta Recipe

Have you ever been in a situation where you keep on postponing your grocery shopping to the last minute and in the end you are left with just basic ingredients to cook with.  That’ me, and maybe it was the rainy weather that kept me indoors...

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Mathura ke Pede

Excitement of festivities have gripped the nation and everyone seems drenched in a festive mood. On this occasion, people are busy preparing a wide assortment of sweets and savory snacks. Same applies to me as well, Diwali fever has caught up with me and my kitchen is all set to...

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Instant Rabri or Rabdi

Growing up, I have always relished my mom – made desserts. She had that magic touch which could convert a simple pudding into a rich and heavenly delight at ease. Among all the sweets that my mom made, this one is my all time favorite Diwali sweet. Rabdi or rabri...

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Indian Party Meal Planning Basics

Indian festival season has started and with that comes parties and potluck dinners. It’s always a hassle to decide what to cook, how long it’s going to take to cook the entire meal and above all how much quantity should I cook? The three- course Indian meal...

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Indian Party Potluck Recipes

Festive season is the time for celebrations and social gatherings. On every festive occasion, families get together at a friends place for celebration and potluck. Potluck dinner is a great way to get everyone involved and is simple to plan. Friends help out with cooking and ‘bring-a-dish’ to...

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Indian Party Menus

Preparing for a party all by yourself can be a tiring job. But if planned efficiently, it can make cooking a pleasure and you will feel like organizing a party every weekend. Have you by any chance missed my meal planning basic section then please read...

Cooking Basics

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How to make ghee in slow cooker

Ghee is an essential part of Indian cooking and is used in almost everything from sweet to savory. Ghee is a term used for “pure butter fat” or “sudh makhan”. But for me G – Ghee is , H- Heaven sent, E- Extraordinary, E – Elixir (medicinal potion). Butter prepared from the milk...

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Homemade Instant Uttapam Mix

Uttapam is always on my menu planner as a favorite morning breakfast. But going through the process of soaking rice, urad dal and then fermenting it sounds like too much work to me. No doubt that is the most authentic way of preparing yummy uttapams,...

Tips & Tricks

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Mess -free kulfi

Enjoy Kulfi, ice creams or popsicle mess free. Place a cupcake liner underneath your dessert to avoid drippings. All drippings will fall in the cupcake liner and once done toss everything in the trash. Voila.. no more sticky hands  

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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...

Festivals of India

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How to make Karwa chouth diya or lamp

Learn how to make Karwa chouth diya or lamp? Please excuse the picture quality, it’s a cloudy and rainy day and that is clearly visible in my pictures. I have tried my best to get the clear shots and give you an idea on how to prepare...

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Karwa Chouth Sargi ki Thali and Puja ki thali

Please follow rituals that your family and elders follow. This is what my mom-in-law taught me and I am sharing it with you. Plan a day ahead, collect all that you choose to eat on this day. If you eat pheni or seviyan make it beforehand....

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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...