Category: Recipes

Collection of Indian and world cuisine along with kitchen basics and how to’s.

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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...

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Kuttu and Singhare ke atte ki Poori

Buckwheat flour and water chestnut flour are gluten free flour and they don’t have the same elasticity like the regular wheat flour. It’s the most famous dish enjoyed during fasting days- Kuttu and Singhare ke atte ki Poori with Vrat ke aloo. Along with sabudana, sawa ke chawal and amaranth flour (rajgira flour) these healthy flours make a hearty meal on fasting days-...

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Sawa Chawal and Sabudana Vrat Uttapam

A great phalahari uttapam prepared with soaked sawa ke chawal and soaked sabudana. Sawa ke chawal when paired up with sago pearls makes a perfect dish. Both sawa ke chawal and sabudana is soaked for 3 hours before grinding to paste. I would recommend soaking them first thing in the morning and carry on with the rest of the day...

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Alu Capsicum – no onion no garlic recipe

Dry and spicy Potato capsicum sabzi ready in just 15 minutes. Alu Capsicum – no onion no garlic recipe can be enjoyed either with roti or just pick up a toothpick and eat it as a side dish. Quick and easy to make and a delish during fasting period. Nothing fancy just simple cubed potatoes and cubed capsicum tossed together with...

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Sabudana Vrat Dosa

How about fasting in style this Navratri? Fasting doesn’t mean that you have to be refrained from you favorite foods. Try out this delicious and filling Sabudana Vrat Dosa or vrat ka cheela recipe. Soaked sago pearls combined with kuttu flour, Amaranth flour and stuffed with potato filling. This dosa is very different and unlike the regular dosa. A GREAT TIP –...

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A guide to No-onion-no-garlic-cooking

Many people avoid eating onion and garlic in their regular meals. Including my Mom-in-law she prefers her food without garlic,it’s not because she doesn’t like to eat onion-garlic, it’s because the strong flavors of these ingredients hinders her medical treatment and daily yoga. In religious terms, food is categorized in three forms – Tamasic, Rajasic, Sattvic. Tamasic foods are the one...

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Mutter Paneer – no onion-garlic recipe

Another no onion no garlic meal tonight – Mutter Paneer – no onion-garlic recipe. Mutter paneer and that too without onion and garlic; Impossible – is what I heard from my folks at the dinner table. Without revealing much I served my dish tonight and it was all clean-plate. Well not really ..my older one who is a not-so-pea-lover had lined his...

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Sawa ke chawal ki tikki and vada

Looking for Navratri or fasting recipe. Here is a tasty and crispy Sama or sawa ke chawal recipe. Sama ke chawal combined with boiled potatoes to form this falahari crispy fritters. Along with sabudana/sago this sama ke chawal also referred to as Vrat ke chawal or barnyard millet is a commonly used ingredient during fasting days. These small grainy sama/sawa rice...

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Vrat ki Green Chutney

Mint and coriander chutney without onion and garlic. Also referred to as Vrat ki chutney is paired up with fasting food and is a great condiment! Simple recipe providing loads of good fresh chlorophyll and at the same time is very refreshing and tasty. Green coriander and mint dip prepared by combining yogurt with aromatic Indian spices. Prepared with fresh mint from my...

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Vrat Rajgiria Puri

Another great vrat recipe – Vrat Rajgiria Puri or Amaranth ki poori. Deep fried puffed pooris prepared by combining amaranth flour with boiled potatoes and spices. Amaranth flour is a gluten-free, protein-rich flour and is derived from the seeds of the amaranth plant, which is a leafy vegetable. Because its gluten-free, amaranth flour is a sticky dough as compared to the wheat flour...

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Vrat Jeera Aloo

There is just one week left for Navratri and today I am sharing a super easy and flavorful recipe- Vrat Jeera Aloo. This recipe needs no introduction. Boiled and cubed potatoes are sauteed with cumin seeds and flavored with other spices. Jeera aloo or vrat ke aloo are usually paired with pooris to form a complete meal. These potatoes are...

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7 minute Eggless Chocolate Cake

Craving for something chocolate-y tonight but have limited time on hand? Try our super moist Chocolate cake. Amazingly delicious Chocolate cake prepared with 7 ingredients and baked for 7 minutes in microwave and to top that- it’s EGGLESS. What else can I wish for tonight ? Easiest, moistest and a wonderfully dense chocolate cake.  This cake is prepared using Self rising flour. No...

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Paneer Tikka Pulao

Have some leftover paneer cubes in your refrigerator or some leftover takeout paneer tikka then try out today’s recipe – Paneer tikka pulao – YUMMY and FRAGRANT !! Inspired from my previous post Paneer tikka recipe, I thought of trying this fusion and turned out to be very aromatic and flavorful dish.This one pot meal is a delicious combination of...

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Dum Aloo recipe

Baby potatoes are so easy to cook and experiment with. Had a bag of baby potatoes sitting in my pantry so thought of trying my hand on this super easy recipe. Punjabi dum aloo recipe ready and on to the table in 40 minutes. Awe-mazing!! Somehow I believe food gets cooked faster without onion and garlic. Yes..you heard me right Dum...

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Eggless Oatmeal – Raisin Cookies

Looking for some tea-time cookies. Try out these soft and chewy Eggless Oatmeal – Raisin Cookies. Pretty simple and uncomplicated cookie with a perfect balance of sweetness.Before we begin,soak the raisins and cranberries in a bowl filled with boiling water; this will make them super plump and juicy. You can always substitute cranberries with raisins. The recipe calls for brown sugar but it can be substituted...

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Baked Bhindi do pyaza

All of us have eaten Bhindi do pyaza at our favorite Indian restaurant. For all okra/bhindi lovers how about baked bhindi do pyaza? Yeah you heard me right, BAKED OKRA very easy to cook and you can’t go wrong on this one. I love okra and was looking for a crunchier way of preparing it. This did the trick and its my...