There are many preparations and recipes for Poha, or flattened rice. These dry flakes are used for various Indian snacks such as chivda or in desserts like poha with sweetened milk. In this recipe poha is washed gently and fluffed up to make a soft and savory dish sometimes known as Batata Powa or Kanda Poha. It is a quick breakfast idea or perfect tea time snack."Poha (Powa) 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."Lentil Soup How-to Video"
A whole bird as a WOW factor, whether it’s a Hen, Chicken or a Turkey. Cornish Game Hens are easy to handle, very tender and juicy and the flavor of the meat is just incredible. A great alternative to the turkey at Thanksgiving and it definitely requires less work – this is a must try. The other reason why we love this dish is that the leftovers make a Fun, Fantastic, Fabulous, Flavorful Sandwich filling!…"Masala Cornish Hen (Thanksgiving Feast)"
We love to call this the ‘jhatt-patt’ rice. ‘Jhatt-Patt’ means quick! What a fabulous name for this wonderful left-over Masala Rice dish. It is amazing what a little masala(spices) can do to freshen up the leftover. So finish off the leftovers and get a great dish out of it, what a brilliant idea!"Masala Rice How-to Video"
Chai or Tea Masala is a combination of spices that can be ground, blended together and kept at home and used over a period of time. When made at home, we are ensured quality and it is definitely a money-saver. Mix it with warm milk and give the kids anytime they have the sniffles or are feeling under the weather. You can also use this powder to make our Chai Masala Cake! Prep Time: 15…"Homemade Chai (Tea) Masala Recipe"
Sometimes it is very hard to replicate the texture of eggs but here is our version of Eggless French Toast that just can’t be beat! Try the sweet version for the sweet tooth or the savory one when you are just in the mood for something a little “not so sweet” 🙂 Enjoy! Prep Time: 10 min Cook Time: 10 min Makes – approx. 5 slices Ingredients: For the Batter: Besan/ Chickpea flour – 1/2…"Eggless French Toast – Sweet & Savory"
Here are some great websites for kids. They are fun, educational and most importantly – a great way to keep bored minds active and entertained! Goodnight Stories http://www.goodnightstories.com The CrayolaHomepage http://www.crayola.com/index.cfm Sesame Street Central http://www.sesameworkshop.org/sesamestreet/ Playhouse Disney http://disney.go.com/playhouse/today/index.html Nickelodeon Jr. http://www.nickjr.com Little Explorers http://www.enchantedlearning.com/dictionary.html Kid’s Planet http://www.kidsplanet.org Kids go wild http://www.kidsgowild.com Insectclopedia http://www.insectclopedia.com ASPCA’s Animalland http://www.Animalland.org PBS Kids http://www.pbskids.org"Summer Survival for Kids and You – Part 4"
Breakfast is always a hectic time in our homes, not to mention the varied tastes amongst family members! For those who want a quick, hearty breakfast that is not sugary sweet, this Savory Oat Muffins recipe is for you! With flavors similar to upma, but made with heart healthy oats, these muffins are perfect to make ahead and enjoy throughout the week."Savory Oat Muffins (Upma on the go!)"
Masala Peanuts is a great Indian appetizer that is synonymous with clubs, bars and drinks. It’s amazing what some onions, lemon juice and some spices can do to dress up the already popular peanut! Watch this video and learn how to make this great make-ahead appetizer for parties…Enjoy!"Masala Peanuts aka Raja Special How-to Video"
Carrot Halwa always takes me back to the childhood days. It was usually served during the winter months and the warm halwa would just disappear so fast – so warm, soft and “the melt in the mouth” goodness…mmm! Did we mention that carrots are very good for you? 😉 With a lot of festivals round the corner, we though we’d start the auspicious part of the year with this great, easy and hands-off treat. Prep…"Carrot Halwa (Gajjar ka Halwa)"
Paan is sold in small corner-stores as well as some fancy shops all of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and neighboring countries. The “Paan-walas” stuff lots of different things into a pan and it is enjoyed as a mouth freshener as well has some digestive properties to it as well. There are a lot of flavors of Paan – the most common being the “Meetha Paan” ( my favorite and that’s I ordered), Sada Paan (Plain Paan…"King of Street Food – Paan (Betel Leaf)!"
Here is a super healthy Eggplant recipe that will have you craving for more. Simple is the perfect way to describe this no-frills dish made with just roasting eggplant and throwing very few ingredients that we always have on hand! This recipe was shared with us by Minal and we just love it. Thankyou, Minal!"Roasted Eggplant Subzi How-to Video"
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"
Raja Special is a great Indian appetizer that is synonymous with clubs, bars and drinks. It’s amazing what some onions, lemon juice and some spices can do to dress up the already popular peanut! It is a great make-ahead appetizer for parties. Raja Special is also known as Masala Peanuts…enjoy!"Masala Peanuts (aka Raja Special )"
SimplyRecipes.com’s Elise Bauer has this very easy recipe for a basic Hummus that we just love! It is great as a dip or spread. Serve with some crakers, pita bread or pita chips or just replace it with butter on toasts! You just can’t go wrong with this. Thanks again, Elise, this one is a keeper! Ingredients: Garbanzo Beans – 1, 15 oz can, drained and rinsed Garlic – 2 cloves, crushed Tahini (Sesame Seed…"Hummus"
Spinach and Artichoke is a prefect appetizer that can be made for a party of 2 or 20 or even 200! Make it ahead and cook and serve right out of the oven when your friends arrive. Fabulous as a spread on a bread, toast, cracker or tortilla chips. Prep Time: 10 min Cook Time: 22 min Ingredients: Frozen Chopped Spinach – 5 oz Artichoke Hearts in Water – 1, 14oz can, drained & chopped…"Spinach & Artichoke Dip"
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)"
Zucchini is a wonderful vegetable from the squash family that is perfect for people on a diet. It is low in calories, high in water content and a great stomach filler. Try this quick and easy stir fry recipe that takes just minutes to prepare."Zucchini Tossed with Cilantro and Lime How-to Video"
Besan Puda is a perfect quick and easy to make item. This with the combination of with Spring Onions which provide the color, the crunch and the subtle flavor is a match made in heaven. Besan (aka Chickpea flour) is known to provide warmth to the body which is perfect for rainy or colder days. The Rice Flour in the recipe gives the Puda a great crispy texture and makes sure the Puda does not…"Besan Puda (Savory Pancake) with Spring Onions"
Falooda goes into the Indian street food category – after all the spicy chaat, you’ve gotta have Falooda to end off on a satisfied note! This wonderful and good-looking drink/dessert is just a great surprise with the refreshing rose flavor and the healthy Basil Seeds – finally a dessert that is good for you! Enjoy."Falooda – Drink/Dessert"
Muttar Paneer – easily one of the most loved Indian vegetarian curries! This recipe has a refreshing mint and cilantro flavor that is just out of this world and a great variation to the traditional tomato based dish."Muttar Paneer (Green Peas w/Paneer) – Indian Recipe"