Category: Recipes

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

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Butter Chicken or Makhani Chicken

Well the name itself gives an introduction to this dish. Butter chicken also known as Murgh Makhani or Makhani chicken is one of the most popular and relished Indian dish. A subtly flavored chicken recipe that has a wonderful balance of sweet, salty, spicy and tart flavors that meld perfectly together. Butter chicken is my boys favorite Indian dish and it’s definitely in regular...

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Vermicelli Upma

Looking for a healthy breakfast – try out this simple and nutritious Vermicelli Upma recipe for breakfast. Vermicelli is a very thin pasta broken into small strips. The beauty of this vermicelli is that it’s made out of wheat and it cooks up fast. A delicious breakfast that is enjoyed and relished in my house every weekend. Vermicelli can be substituted with...

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Quick and Easy Corn and Bean toast

What snack can I cook up in 20 minutes? It’s a common question which sizzles through every mind on a busy weekday. Well here is a simple recipe that is very tasty and full of great flavor. Had frozen corn and some sourdough bread in my fridge. Cooked up a fast, easy and delicious snack under 20 minutes. Corn and bean toast –...

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Meethi Seviyan – Vermicelli Kheer

Meethi Seviyan – Vermicelli Kheer can be enjoyed during any festive occasion. In fact this is my go- to recipe if I have some unexpected guests- not only it cooks up fast it’s an all time favorite classic Indian recipe. Thin threads of vermicelli are boiled with milk, sugar and dry mawa powder until well blended and tender. Mawa powder adds that...

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Tandoori Chicken without oven

Sharing a pretty easy and traditional Indian recipe – Tandoori Chicken without oven. Deliciously spiced and pan cooked authentic Tandoori Chicken recipe. Secret lies in the marination – the longer the marinade the more flavorful and moist the chicken will turn out to be. Both the cooking methods are shown below – without oven and with oven. I marinated the chicken for 12 hours and it...

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Chicken and Bean Enchiladas

Whenever I announce ENCHILADAS TONIGHT.. my kids are jumping with joy. This one pot wonder casserole is an all- time yummy and kids-friendly dinner. Made the veggie enchiladas as well as the chicken enchiladas -had great flavor and balance of spices. Prepared with homemade enchilada sauce and added color to my recipe by tossing in black beans, yellow corn, red bell pepper and onions....

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Healthy Punjabi Kadhi with non-fried pakoras

The name says it all – Healthy Punjabi Kadhi with non-fried pakoras. This recipe needs no explanation – a staple food in every household. Wanted to create a healthy yet delicious kadhi for my family, so took a break from the classic version (deep fried pakodas) and choose to test my all-time- favorite APPE PAN to prepare healthy pakodas. This recipe will probably be my go-to recipe from now...

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Meethi Boondi or Sweet Bundi

Sweet boondi is a popular prasad distributed on Tuesdays after a visit to the temple. I still remember how we rushed to grab that small brown bag when mom used return from the temple- brings back childhood memories. Well now we can enjoy this mouthwatering meethi boondi or sweet bundi at home. Though it looks like a tedious work but believe me...

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Pineapple Upside Down cake

Pineapple upside down cake is what my kids wanted to eat tonight so here comes my family’s favorite cake recipe and before you know, it will be half eaten . Its a straight forward recipe, nothing complicated super easy to throw together and follow a step by step guide to prepare this wonderful textured and flavorful cake! Before you start make sure...

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Achari Paneer Tikka

Achari Paneer tikka is a spicy and popular Punjabi appetizer. Paneer cubes are marinated in spicy pickle masala and oven baked to perfection. Totally a delicious and flavorful party appetizer. Achar means pickle and its the blend of these aromatic spices that makes this paneer tikka so special and fragrant. No achar masala – follow the recipe below, and ground it to a fine...

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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...

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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...