Puris are such a treat to the eyes and to the taste buds. The sight of a well puffed up Puri excites everyone (not just kids). Some great combinations are ‘Aloo-Puri’, Chole-Puri’ or ‘Halwa-Puri’. It is made on special occasions from religious functions to weddings to birthdays. Enjoy this awesome South Asian unleavened bread that will take your breath away!"Puri / Poori"
With so many holiday parties coming up, we can never have enough easy to make appetizers or finger foods. Try this simple pineapple and cheese appetizer recipe with a little zing and set your holiday spread apart from the rest."Pineapple Cheese Appetizer Recipe for the Holidays"
There is nothing easier than putting together some chips and dip as an appetizer for your next soiree. At the same time, doesn’t everyone want their guests to think they spent good time and effort? Well, impress your guests with this “Wow” Greek layered dip recipe, but shhhh…don’t tell them how easy it was!"Greek Layered Dip"
Methi Malai Mater is a rich and flavorful Indian vegetable dish. The Methi, or Fenugreek Leaves give a wonderful aroma and unique taste to compliment the sweetness of the peas and cream. Try this delicious recipe and enjoy it with chapati, naan or plain white rice."Methi Malai Mater (Fenugreek Leaves & Green Peas in Creamy Sauce)"
We love the fact that this particular Mexican favorite does not need any major cooking or prepping. A few ingredients that we always have on hand and we are ready for a fabulous meal. Tacos are always such a treat at our home and put a huge smile on everyone’s faces. They can be stuffed with anything…use your imagination. We have shown you the basic but it can be customized as required. Kid and Adult…"Tacos – Mexican Cuisine"
Aloo Methi, or Potatoes with Fenugreek Leaves, is a fragrant and flavorful Indian dish with a unique taste. Fenugreek Leaves are well known for their many medicinal properties and are a great alternative to Spinach as a leafy green vegetable. Try this wonderful recipe and turn your plain jane potatoes into something delicious and healthy!"Aloo Methi Subzi Recipe – Indian Cooking How-to Video"
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"
Mediterranean Cuisine for me is one the fall-backs I go to anytime I just don’t feel like Indian food. Pita Bread is almost like Chapatis, something that looks so familiar yet tastes so different. Traditionally, made with All-Purpose Flour, Whole Wheat Pita Bread is a little healthier twist on it without compromising on the flavors. Enjoy them as wraps, sandwich-pockets or as pita chips, they are easy to make and great to have around. Prep…"Whole Wheat Pita Bread Recipe"
Sevia Kesari, an Indian Vermicelli dessert (aka Sukhi Seviyan or Eid ki Sevia) is just as delicious as it is easy to make. It is a wonderful twist and healthy alternative to Suji ka Halwa, which uses a lot more ghee. Sevia is a traditional sweet dish prepared in celebration of Eid. So, Eid Mubarak everyone and enjoy!"Sevia Kesari – Vermicelli Dessert How-to Video"
Whether you are enjoying Idli, Dosa or any other South Indian specialty, a little bit of Dry Chutney Powder (also known as Molaga or Milagai Podi) can give you an incredible flavor boost. Sometimes called “Gun Powder” by spice loving enthusiasts, the slow roasting of different daals gives this molaga podi recipe the unique taste and texture that is sure to tantalize your taste buds."Dry Chutney Powder (Molaga/Milagai Podi)"
Nasi Goreng is just an exotic name for Fried Rice…so we hear! But it is amazing how the flavor is different for other Fried Rice. We love the fact that it can easily be made vegetarian or non-vegetarian. Traditionally, they do add Shrimp Paste to the dish but at my request Chef Sudabo showed me how it can so easily be transformed into a vegetarian dish. Thanks again Chef for allowing us into your kitchen!…"Nasi Goreng – Indonesian Fried Rice Recipe"
This Chocolate Pudding is great and not just for Vegans and Lactose-sensitive folks, yes, everyone is going to love it! The Avocados provide such beautiful creaminess to the dessert that one won;t miss the cream at all. And oh did we forget to mention how much healthier it is for you? – shhhh, it’s our little secret! Prep Time: 10 min Chill Time: 15 min. minimum Makes: 5 X 1/4cup servings (approx) Ingredients: Ripe Avocados…"Vegan Chocolate Pudding"
So now the BIG secret in my house is out! Baked Rice is my way of utilizing every morsel of left-overs in our house! There have been times when I have had surpirse guests, not enough food for everyone and no time to make anything…and I admit it, I have served this! The amazing part is that it has got rave reviews AND to top it all – requests (!??!!). And the other amazing thing…"Baked Rice"
Gatte ki Subzi has earned its place amongst Rajasthani fare. Dumplings made of chickpea flour (besan/gram flour) are cooked in a flavorful and tangy yogurt gravy. Enjoy this Gatte ki Sabji recipe with rice or with chapati – either way, it makes for a hearty, homey meal. You won’t regret making this curry dish."Gatte Ki Subzi (Gatte ki Sabji)"
Every parent knows what it is like to have kids who get hold of pens and the only place they can express their artistic talent is the couch!! If your kids are older, you can laugh at the incident now but at that time…well, it probably tested your patience 😉 ! We are not suggesting that it is okay for the kids to do that but here is a solution incase that ever happens…now breathe…"Removing Ink Stains – Tip"
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. We usually turn to Rice when confronted with wheat allergy or the need to stay away from Gluten. Rice flour is the base of most cake,…"Gluten-Free Basic Flour Mix"
Keema (aka kheema or qeema) is traditionally a flavorful minced meat (beef or lamb) dish said to have originated in Persia but extremely popular in the Indian sub-continent. Try this great variation to the classic recipe using Hard Boiled Eggs – a perfect protein packed delight for vegetarians who eat eggs."Egg Keema (Kheema) – Indian Cooking Recipe"
Life wouldn’t be the same without Salsa – the dance and the dip, both amazing. Here we are going to talk about the ‘dip’ or the condiment that is the highlight to of any Mexican meal. Fresh, delicious, easy, satisfying and fantastic! You’ll never want to eat out of a bottle again! Thanks, Sangita for this great recipe. Now for the other ‘salsa’, the dance, we think we’ll just leave that to the pros… Enjoy!"Salsa How-to Video, A Mexican Vegetarian Condiment"
Paneer is an Indian cheese which is used in many recipes for appetizers, main courses and desserts. Palak Paneer, Paneer Tikkas, Ras Malai, Paneer Paratha, Shahi Paneer…the list is endless. Paneer does not melt when heated and is very easy to make at home. Watch this video and try this easy to follow recipe."Homemade Paneer – Indian Cheese How-to Video"
Bhindi/Okra is a vegetable that is so tasty that it’s hard to believe that it’s good for you as well! Look at this list of things found in a LadyFinger – Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Calcium, Iron, Zinc, Copper and dietary Fiber”. WOW! Time to have an ‘Okra Party’!"Bhindi (Okra or Ladyfingers) Subzi Recipe"
Neer Dosa is a soft and a “melt-in-your-mouth” dosa and there is no better way to describe it. The softness is amazing and the mild flavor with a hint of coconut is what makes you go back for more and more. In today’s world, when life can be so hectic, this Neer Dosa comes as a breath of fresh air. Thank you Divya Giri, for sharing this wonderful recipe with all of us. Soak Time…"Neer Dosa, South Indian Crepe"
For those who are addicted to Chinese food and can truly understand the statement ‘I am dying for some Chinese…’, we have this awesome Vegetable Fried Rice that you can make at home and treat those cravings. Eat at home, eat healthy and save some money! Enjoy. Prep Time: 30 min (including making rice) Cook Time: 15 min. Serves: 4 Ingredients: Long Grain Rice – 1 cup Vegetable Broth or Water – 2 cups Salt…"Vegetable Fried Rice"
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"
Butter Chicken , also known as Murg Makhani, is a very rich and popular dish with everyone and every age group! My sons know this as ‘chicken with the red curry’ and enjoy it to the hilt. Considering how often we make it at our home, we have to make it a little more healthy without compromising on the taste. Butter Chicken is one of those dishes that very few resturaunts get wrong…every cook or…"Butter Chicken (Murgh Makhani) How-to Video"
This fantastic, light and refreshing Strawberry Shortcake recipe is a perfect way to get to someone’s heart! Easy to make, with a million dollar look, it is sure to impress. For a small get-together or for a big bash, try this today! Ingredients: Strawberries – 4 cups All Purpose Flour (Maida) – 1.75 cups Sugar – 1/4 cup Salt – 1/2 tsp Baking Powder – 1 tbsp Cold Unsalted Butter – 1 stick/1/2 cup/8 tbsp…"Strawberry Shortcake (Eggless Dessert)"