Bhindi (Okra) Raita

Okra Raita is a medley of crisp, crunch, flavor, coolness, eye-appeal and uniqueness. A little patience takes us a long way and is so worth the effort. Okra is a favorite vegetable for a lot of folks, so enjoy this great combination. Prep Time: 20 min. Cook Time: 25 min. Serves: 4 – 6 Ingredients: Bhindi /Okra – 1 lb Oil – 1 tbsp Mustard Seeds – 1/2 tsp Asafoetida – 1/8 tsp Chaat Masala…

"Bhindi (Okra) Raita"

Sabut Masala Chicken (Chicken with Whole Spices)

Quick, easy and very healthy! This Sabut Masala Chicken has a very appealing look and a flavor that surpasses all others. The whole spices pop out without being overbearing and overtaking from the main ingredient. Prep Time: 10 min Cook Time: 20 min Serves: 6 (main course) 10 (appetizer) Ingredients: Boneless Chicken Thighs – 2 1/2 lbs (1 kg) Oil – 3 Tbsp Mustard Seeds – 1 tsp Sauf (Fennel Seeds) – 1 tsp Kalonji…

"Sabut Masala Chicken (Chicken with Whole Spices)"

Macaroons (with Walnuts and Cornflakes)

Having found my Grand Mother’s recipe book from mid last century, the first thing we tried out was these Macaroons! They were just amazing – the crisp exterior and the soft interior, what a perfect balance. What we loved was the simplicity of the recipe and the availability of the ingredients. Enjoy these delicious small wonders. Prep Time: 10 min Bake Time: 12-15 min Makes: 10-15 Macaroons (depending on size) Ingredients: Dry Shredded Coconut –…

"Macaroons (with Walnuts and Cornflakes)"

Tacos – Mexican Cuisine

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"

Peeling Garlic and Pearl Onions – Tuesday Tip

The unbearable and frustrating act of peeling a mound of Pearl Onions and Garlic can be very intimidating…almost to the point that you “never ever” want to have Onion Sambar again! Watch the video and learn a cool and easy trick that is just makes the whole process actually fun (oops, did I say that out loud?) 😉 Thanks Elora Sharlin, for sharing this with us and our viewers!

"Peeling Garlic and Pearl Onions – Tuesday Tip"

Tropical Indian Smoothie

Smoothies are not just for the summers anymore! They can be enjoyed anytime of the year with the fruits in season. Here the yummy, sweet and ripe mango along with the creaminess of the Coconut Milk is heighten in flavor with the Saffron making it a Smoothie with an Indian heart 😉 Change out the fruits and have fun experimenting! Prep Time: 5 min Ingredients: Mango – 1 part Coconut Milk – 1 part Ice…

"Tropical Indian Smoothie"

Vangi Bhaath (Rice with Eggplants) Recipe

Another great one dish wonder, the Vangi Bhaath recipe is a Eggplant lovers dream! The flavor of the fresh spices are just amazing. Easy and full filling enough to satisfy all the senses – visually very appealing, the aroma is just fabulous, the texture of the rice and the eggplant combination – GREAT and the flavor – yuuuumm, mm mmmm… A great way to use and freshen up left-over rice. The flavors are so great,…

"Vangi Bhaath (Rice with Eggplants) Recipe"

Jackfruit Subzi (Kathal Recipe)

Have you ever seen this really gigantic green pokey vegetable called Jackfruit (aka Kathal) and wondered how on earth you can cook it? Well, wonder no more. Try this simple and delicious recipe for Jackfruit Sabzi and get acquainted with the wonderful flavor and texture of a truly versatile fruit/vegetable – Jackfruit. Prep Time: 30 minutes (for frying and chopping) Cook Time: 30 minutes Serves: 5-6 Ingredients: Young Jackfruit – 2 cans Oil – for…

"Jackfruit Subzi (Kathal Recipe)"

Lunch Ideas for School and more!

Every morning School Lunch is the foremost thing on any Mom’s mind. We are all looking for something healthy, appealing, nutritious, easy to make in the morning and something that will survive a few hours in the lunch box. Here are some of the ideas and we had help, so thanks for everyone that pitched in. We are always looking for new ideas and would love to hear from you. Tell us what do you…

"Lunch Ideas for School and more!"

Gulab Jamun

There a very few people who don’t like Gulab Jamun, as for us, we just love them. It is a perfect dessert for any occasion – wedding, birthday party, potluck or a romantic dinner for 2! An unbelievable combination is hot, hot Gulab Jamuns with cold, cold Ice Cream…yum…just thinking about it makes our mouth water. Gotta go now, have Gulab Jamuns to make!

"Gulab Jamun"

Tea Rusk – Perfect for Dipping!

All of us have some nice warm memories of dipping rusks in our tea on rainy days and the satisfaction that goes along with that homely feeling, mmmm! Then wanting to recreate that ever so often and getting a sticker-shock at the store. Yes, it can get expensive! But, ever thought about making it at home? Well, we have the recipe, it’s so simple and easy and let’s not forget, so inexpensive! Ingredients: Buns Sugar…

"Tea Rusk – Perfect for Dipping!"

Black Bean Burger

A flavorful burger that’s good for you, unheard of? This Black Bean Burger is so yummy that you may be be looking for excuses to make it again and again 🙂 The subtle flavors and the additional good of the healthy ingredients just add to the charm. Black Beans have this great taste that is hearty and substantial. Make it a meal or a snack and you have a winner! Ingredients: (makes approx 6 large…

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Chettinad Chicken Curry

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"

Masala Khichadi How-to Video (Indian Spiced Rice Recipe)

Khichadi is an all-time favorite comfort food in our family. Anytime we come home from a long trip away or after an exhausting day, khichadi and kadhi or chaas (spicy buttermilk) is a satisfying and welcome meal. Previously, we’ve shown you how to make Mung Daal Khichadi – a mild and nutritious meal for babies or great comfort food when you’re feeling under the weather. Here’s a recipe for Masala Khichadi…with a real kick! It’s…

"Masala Khichadi How-to Video (Indian Spiced Rice Recipe)"

Thai Tom Kha Soup

Thai Cuisine is one of the beautiful with depths of color and flavors. This Tom Kha Soup is always a favorite whether it is summer of winter. The balance of the sweet (palm sugar), the salty (fish sauce or soy sauce) and the spice (thai chilli) is just unbelievable with the soft and creamy and very subtle Coconut Milk. Can you tell we are in love with Thai Food? Prep Time: 20 min Cook Time:…

"Thai Tom Kha Soup"

Gluten Free Rainbow Puri

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. Colorful and gluten free rainbow puris are excellent take alongs. Make the dough the previous evening and refrigerate it.. Pull it out at least half an…

"Gluten Free Rainbow Puri"

Khatta Meetha Kaddu Subzi (Kabocha Squash) Indian Recipe

This quick & easy Kaddu ki Subzi is just that. It is a very typical Punjabi dish with is served with Puris and Aloo (Potato). The amazing balance of the sweet, sour, spicy and a hint of bitter is the key to the success of mastering this Kabocha Dish. Enjoy this amazing marriage of flavors the next time you get a chance! Prep Time: 15 min Cook Time: 30 min Serves: 4-6 Ingredients: Kabocha Squash…

"Khatta Meetha Kaddu Subzi (Kabocha Squash) Indian Recipe"