If you are a fan of Aachari Baingan, then try this healthier and quick version of the original favorite in which the eggplant is deep fried. After many experiments, I came up with this recipe to maintain the taste and yet do away with the oil. For those very special occasions, I still revert back to the ‘old faithful’, but to feed my family on a normal basis, this one works great."Eggplant in Exotic Spices"
This year the summer is a scorcher – no matter where in the world you are! This is a perfect way to beat the heat and feel healthy about it. The combination of Avocado, Pomegranate Seeds and the Yogurt take care of your mind and body. Enjoy and stay cool over the summer. Prep Time: 5 minutes Serves: 1 Ingredients: Avocado – 1 Yogurt – 3/4 cup Ice – 3-4 cubes Pomegranate Seeds – 1…"Avocado & Pomegranate Smoothie Recipe"
Funnel Cake is a State Fair favorite and has the longest lines possible and honestly, we think we go there just to be able to enjoy this wonderful treat. The “yummy, sweet, warm, crispy-outside and soft-inside” goodness makes the long lines so worth the trouble and effort. Prep Time: 7 min. Cook Time: 3-4 min for each cake Makes: approx. 5, 7″cakes Ingredients: Egg – 1 Milk – 1 cup All- Purpose Flour (Maida) –…"Funnel Cake"
It’s mango season somewhere in the world! Cooking with mangoes and using them in unique ways just adds to the excitement for the die-hard Mango-lovers. Here we have used raw mango, mostly used in pickles, along with the mild Mung Daal so the focus is solely on the mango flavor. The two seasonings adds a different dimension and levels of flavor. Enjoy this dish with rice or with chapatis. Prep Time: 10 min Cook Time:…"Raw Mango with Mung Daal Indian Vegetarian Recipe"
Watch this video recipe for Homemade Yogurt aka Dahi or Curds. It’s so simple to make and you won’t believe how easy (and cost effective) making yogurt at home can be. Forget those store bought yogurts which lack flavor and are usually made thick with gelatin or pectin. You will be certain that yogurt made by you is all natural!"Homemade Yogurt (Dahi) How-to Video"
So all of us have leftovers…and most of us have a very hard time trying to figure out what to do with them. Here is a great ingenious way to utilize them and enjoy them to the hilt. Baked Rice is one of those dishes that will make you feel really really good and feel like you have accomplished something- 1. Cleaned out the refrigerator – check 2. Fed the family – check 3. Did…"Baked Rice How-to Video"
Seekh Kebab are flavorful little appetizers made from lamb (chicken or beef can also be used) that are traditionally prepared in a Tandoor (clay oven). Since most of us don’t have tandoors, try this easy recipe to make them at home. The use of fresh roasted and ground spices takes the flavor up a notch!"Seekh Kebab How-to Video"
Avocados are relatively unkown in Indian cooking but all that goodness and wonderful flavor should not be left out of any cuisine or by anybody. Learn to select, peel and pit an Avocado. try the tip on how to store it for a few days with it loosing it’s color… Enjoy this gorgeous fruit and it’s unique buttery flavor!"Avocado Tips"
Black Eyed Peas are a a great addition to any diet. They are high in fiber and are also a great source of potassium. This simple dish is home-cooking, easy to make yet packed with flavor and nutritional value. The slow-cooker recipe makes it a breeze in the kitchen. Soak Time: 8 hours Prep Time: 10 min Cook Time: 6 hours (Slow Cooker) 30 minutes (Stove-top) Serves: 4 Ingredients: Dried Black Eyed Peas – 1…"Blackeyed Peas Curry (Slow Cooker Recipe)"
Though many people refer to a variety of beans as Lentils, lentils are actually small, round and flat legumes with a dark brown husk. Lentil Soup (or Masoor Daal) is hearty, homey and satisfying. Packed with protein and fiber, this Lentil Soup recipe makes a healthy and filling lunch. Pair it with rice or chapati and you have a complete dinner."Masoor Daal (Lentil Soup)"
For the holidays and for parties, we always need recipes that can be made ahead and kept aside. Make this Pizza Dip ahead of time and bake it right before you are ready to serve it. You’ll have your family and guests licking their fingers. It is also perfect for the winter season when you want a warm dip to compensate for the cold outside. And it’s cheese…who does not like cheese?"Pizza Dip – A Perfect Party Appetizer"
Coriander, aka Cilantro and Dhaniya is a very commonly used garnish in South Asian Cooking. It is only natural to then go a step further and also use it to make Coriander Chutney. Versatile with a very fresh and light flavor, it is used as a dipping sauce with pakodas, samosas, dhokla amongst many others."Coriander (Dhaniya) Chutney How-to Video"
Fondue is originally a Swiss creation in which cheese is melted with wine or beer in a communal pot and served as a dipping sauce with bread or vegetables. This recipe was submitted by Rachana Gandhi and offers a “Desi” twist to the popular appetizer. Serve it for your next get-together!"Desi Fondue How-to Video"
Chaas is a yogurt (curd) based dish/drink! Yes, it can be had as a curry or as a drink! It is a refreshing dish/drink, great for the summer and is an ideal accompaniment with Masala Khichadi…the spice of the Masala Kichadi and the soothing taste of the Chaas, things don’t get any better than that!"Chaas How-to Video, A Yogurt Based Indian Recipe Video"
Spinach Paratha is a perfect way to enjoy the goodness of spinach. This Indian recipe for unleavened flat bread is a little different from the traditional stuffed version of paratha. The kids will love the fun presentation and they won’t even have to know they’re eating a leafy green vegetable!"Spinach Paratha"
No Indian meal is complete without a flavorful rice dish. Try this delicious recipe for Mushroom Pulao, made with fragrant Basmati Rice and caramelized mushrooms. Serve it with raita, plain yogurt or a side salad…Wow! Prep Time: 15 mins Cook Time: 30 mins Serves: 4-5 Ingredients: Basmati Rice – 1 cup, washed and soaked for 30 minutes to 1 hour. Mushrooms – 8 oz, sliced thick Water – 2 cups Salt – 1 tsp Lemon/Lime…"Mushroom Pulao"
Who would not agree that rainy days mean Pakodas! We love Pakodas and are very fair and impartial to all kinds, be it Paneer, Spinach, Onion or Potato. Enjoy these Pakodas (Bhajjis, Bahjias) and believe us when we say, you’ll start looking forward to the rain."Pakodas (Crispy Fried Fritters) How-to Video"
Sabudana Khichdi is a popular dish from Maharastra, India. Made from tapioca (sago), this sabudana khichdi recipe is a wonderful blend of flavors — sweet, tangy, spicy, balanced to perfection. It makes a mouth watering brunch or lunch item and is often enjoyed during times of fasting."Sabudana Khichdi – Spiced Tapioca (Sago)"
Pedas are a wonderful and delicious mithai (sweets) that are very popular and are often served during Diwali. Traditionally, it is made with milk that is cooked and cooked and cooked…till it thickens. It has a smooth and silky texture and it just melts in the mouth. One Peda will never be enough…so here we have a simplified version that is just as tasty and a lot easier to make. Another interesting fact about Pedas…"Peda"
Disclaimer: Mangala Deshmukh is NOT a licensed Dietician/ Nutritionist. The information on this website is provided for educational and entertainment purposes only, and is not intended to diagnose, cure or treat any medical or other condition. Always seek the advice of your health provider prior to starting any diet. Here’s a traditional favorite which can be made wheat free! Those with allergies do not have to merely watch while others around them gorge on Gulab…"Gluten Free Gulab Jamuns"
This versatile Marinade as a the name suggests is wonderful for vegetarians and non-vegetarians. Use it to make meals, sandwiches or appetizers and just great to have on hand. Marinate Paneer, Chicken, Cauliflower, Potatoes, Beef, Pork, Mushrooms, Turkey, Fish, Shrimp and trust us, we know you can think of atleast another dozen ways of using this wonderful fragrant marinade. Prep Time: 10 min Marinates approx 2 kgs or 4.5 lbs of chicken Ingredients: Spring Onions…"Multipurpose Marinade Recipe for Vegetables and Meats"
A great way to get vegetables and protein into one dish. My kids love it because it can be ‘mild’ yet flavorful but if your tastes are anything like mine and you like it hot and spicy….just double the amount of Garam Masala, Red Chili Powder and Curry Powder listed below….come on, be brave and give it a shot!!! Ingredients: Chicken – 2 lbs boneless, skinless thigh, bite-size pieces Spinach – 16oz pkt, frozen chopped…"Chicken Curry with Spinach"