There are many different ways of making tea – hot tea, iced tea, with lemon, with milk, with masala, and more! Here is an aromatic version made with spicy ginger and sweet cardamom – the desi way!"Ginger Cardamom Tea How-to Video"
“You can’t ever have enough Dessert recipes”! Well said! This one is definitely one that takes me back home – to a very comfortable and a warm place. Easy to make and very hearty, and I love to make desserts at home as I can control the sugar amounts and make it to my taste. Enjoy this special Halwa. Soak Time: 3 hours minimum Cook Time: 30 minutes Serves: 4-5 Ingredients: Channa Daal – 1/2…"Channa Daal Halwa – Indian Dessert Recipe"
After any festivals, there is a phase where we have had too much of Mitai and it is just sitting around and you can’t even bribe the kids with them anymore! You can always freeze them and save them for later, that’s a great option but here is another one. Have it as milkshake! Prep Time: 5 min Cook Time: 0 min Serves: 1 Ingredients: Leftover Mithai – as needed Milk (or Lassi) – 3/4…"Mithai (Burfi) Milkshake – Indian Recipe"
With Gurpurab and Diwali just around the corner, it calls for something sweet. Now, we all know that we really don’t need an excuse to make dishes and desserts, do we? The Atte ka Halwa has a beautiful, smooth, melt-in-you-mouth, buttery feel. Enjoy the Halwa and the festivities and best wishes from our families to yours. Prep Time: 0 Cook Time: 15 min Serves: 4-6 Ingredients: Chakki Atta (Whole Wheat Flour) – 1/2 cup Melted…"Kada Prasad / Aate Ka Halwa /Whole Wheat Halwa Recipe"
Coconut gravies for some reason have a very comforting aspect – in flavors and in presentation. This wonderful and comforting Chicken Ishtew dish from Kerala, the land of the Gods, is just that. It is great when served with rice or with Appams. Prep Time: 10 min Cook Time: 30 min Serves: 4 Ingredients: Boneless, Skinless Chicken thighs – 1 lb, cut to bite size pieces Medium Potato – 1, pealed, cut and rinsed White…"Chicken Ishtew (Chicken Stew) Kerala Recipe"
Shahi Khir is a dessert fit for the kings, hence the name. Shahi means rich, royal…The abundance of dry fruits and Panir in this Kheer make it a rich dessert. The textures of the chopped dry fruits, the softness of the paneer, the creaminess of the milk, make for a suprise-in-every-bite-kinda-dessert. Enjoy this deconstructed Ras-Malai at home without all the drama. Prep Time: 10min Cook Time: 30min Serves: 5-6 Ingredients: Whole Milk – 4 cups…"Shahi Kheer Dessert Recipe (Paneer ki Kheer)"
We tend to overlook Asparagus as a possible ingredient in Indian cuisine. With its fresh and subtle flavor, not to mention a crisp texture, asparagus is a fabulous addition to an otherwise basic and ordinary pulao recipe. Combine asparagus with the bold flavor of garlic and you’ve got yourself a winner!"Garlic Asparagus Pulao"
The aromatic aroma of Dill Weed is incredible, it will fill the whole house with it. It is used in so many cultures and in so many cuisines, in so many different ways. Dill Weed is known to aid in in digestion as well especially given to women right after giving birth. The leaves may be beautiful and delicate but they are packed with flavor hence remember, a little goes a long way. Prep Time:…"Dill Pulao, Indian Recipe"
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"
We all know how good Spinach is for us and we keep looking for recipes and innovative ways to include as much as we can in our diets. This recipe is absolutely wonderful because can be served as a main dish or a side-dish, had with Chapatis or with Rice and your proteins and greens all in one. Soak Time: 8 hrs Prep Time: 15 min Cook Time: 1 hour Serves:4-6 This dish is made…"Spinach Curry with Channas"
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. Cook Time: 15min Serves: 4-5 Ingredients: Cream of Rice Cereal – 1 cup (found in the cereal aisle) Ghee/Clarified Butter – 1/4th cup Water – 3…"Gluten Free Halwa"
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"
Quinoa is the wonder food that is often referred to as “a complete protein” amongst plant-based foods. A grain-like seed originally from Peru, Quinoa contains a balanced set of essential amino acids needed for human health. It cooks in the same way as rice and can often be substituted in rice dishes. Try this Quinoa Pulao recipe and enjoy the health benefits and wonderful taste of Quinoa!"Quinoa Pulao Recipe"
Summer=Mango Simple as that! Lassi is a refreshing yogurt beverage that has a cooling effect and is great for the summer months. Though many different types of lassis are available, none are as famous as the renowned Mango Lassi. Enjoy the perfect combination of Mango and Yogurt with this mango lassi recipe and enjoy the summer. 🙂 Ingredients: Ripe Mango Yogurt Sugar Ice Ginger Juice (optional) Powdered Cardamom (optional) Method: 1. Wash, peel, cut and…"Mango Lassi – Mango Flavored Yogurt Drink Recipe"
Doi Maach is a very unique dish with very little spices and the flavor of the fish is the star of the dish. “Doi” is Yogurt or Curds and “Maach” is Fish and the mix of the two is just right and a perfect blend. Rohu is an everyday fish in a Bengal and to get the authentic flavor, that is the best fish to use. Sometimes, it’s hard to find Rohu, here are some…"Doi Maach (Fish Cooked with Yogurt) – Bengali Cuisine"
Around this time of year (or any time of the year, for that matter), everyone is looking for cookie recipes. Here is a Nan Khatai (Indian Tea or Coffee biscuits) recipe that is so simple that you’ll want to whip up a batch right now! With no frills, no fancy ingredients and no eggs, even the kids can take part in this yummy baking experience!"Nan Khatai (Eggless Cookies)"
Chettinad Chicken Curry is known for the flavors, the spice and the aroma! Here is a fantastic recipe that promises to deliver in all aspects. The dish is very popular not just in the South of India but has made a place in a lot of homes and hearts all over the world. Give it a shot and you’ll see exactly what we mean. It is a dish that requires patience and love and a…"Chettinad Chicken Curry"
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)"
Boondi Ladoo is an all time favorite festival mithai. With Diwali and other festivals right around the corner, what better time than now to make this easy boondi laddu recipe. See the delight as you watch your kids enjoy this moist and sweet ladoo and realize that Lord Ganesh is not the only big fan of Boondi Ladoos!"Boondi Ladoo – Diwali Sweets"
Hooray! Its festival season yet again and one thing is for sure…Jalebi will be on everyone’s wish list. Try this easy Jalebi recipe and be amazed at what you can do with a cup of flour and sugar. Serve your family some hot jalebis this holiday season and warm some hearts (and tummies). 🙂 Prep Time: 5 minutes plus 30 minutes fermentation time Cook Time: 30 minutes Makes approx 35 jalebis Ingredients: All-Purpose Flour –…"Jalebi – Indian Dessert"
If only I could count the number of ways to make Kathal! Having grown up where we had Jack Fruit trees in our backyard, we had to make dishes that everyone has heard of and some of them we just invented along the way. Kathal Pulao, Biryani, kebabs, pickles, subzi, jams, kheers or payasams….and the list is just endless. Here is one way that is just so simple and flavorful. Enjoy! Prep Time: 30 min…"Jack Fruit Pulao"
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)"
Saffron Mango Mousse is a quick, easy and fabulously light and airy dessert. It has that “WOW” look that will look like you have put in hours of work in the kitchen. The beautiful color of the Mango, intensified with the color of Saffron, the creaminess of the Cream Cheese and the lightness of the Sour Cream, topped with the nutty Pistachios! The combination is “melt in your mouth goodness”. Call it a “Saffron Mango…"Saffron Mango Mousse (Shrikhand)"
The best way to describe Chicken Kofta Curry is Spiced Meatballs in Spiced (not “spicy”) Curry. The ground/minced meat makes the koftas smooth and full of flavor. The curry, or sauce takes that flavor to another level making it delectably different from other meat dishes. This great make-ahead Chicken Kofta Curry recipe is perfect for a party or large crowd. Simple, easy, flavorful and a crowd pleaser…you can’t go wrong with this one! Prep Time:…"Chicken Kofta Curry"
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"
So there is an easy way to do things and there is a not-so-easy way! Here we show you the easy way to make Kalakand! “Easy” because it has only 2 major ingredients AND ready to eat in under 2 hours and only 1 dish to clean, how can you go wrong with that? Try this mithai recipe for the festivals, holidays or as a hostess gift and you’ll have everyone licking their fingers! With…"Quick Kalakand – Indian Milk Burfi Recipe"