Masala Oats – A Healthy Savory Breakfast!

Breakfast needs to be quick, simple, comforting and healthy! And for some, add savory to the list! Spruce up your mornings with this fabulous dish that will have you looking forward to mornings again. Enjoy! Prep Time: 5 min Cook Time: 10 min Serves: 2 Ingredients: Steel Cut Oats – 1/2 cup Oil – 1 teaspoon Mustard Seeds – 1/2 teaspoon Curry Leaves – a few Asafoetida (Hing) – 1/8th teaspoon Green Chillies – to…

"Masala Oats – A Healthy Savory Breakfast!"

Eggless Marble Cake (Chocolate & Vanilla) Recipe

Some of us just can’t decide which to pick – Chocolate Cake or Vanilla Cake! Well, here is a simple and a very attractive solution, combine the two favorites and make a Marble Cake. Marble Cake is not just a “WOW” presentation but also has that “WOW” flavor effect, the subtle hints of vanilla give a flavor break from the decadent chocolate. Sink your teeth into a soft, spongy eggless cake and take a bite…

"Eggless Marble Cake (Chocolate & Vanilla) Recipe"

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 –…

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Beans Chaat (Cold Beans Salad)

This amazing Chaat or a cold Salad is out of this world and bursting with flavors. Keep it for a few days in the fridge and enjoy the ease and the convenience for a while. It is great for picnics, road-trips, lunches and get-together. Prep Time: 25 min Chill Time: 1 hour Serves: 6 Ingredients: Kidney Beans (Rajma): 1 can (approx 1.5 cups) Black Beans – 1 can (approx 1.5 cups) Garbanzo Beans (Channas) –…

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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…

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Dhebra (Gujarati Snack)

So Gujjus and snacks can never be parted! And we can honestly say, Gujaratis do make the best snacks! This Dhebra is easy and amazing and right from the State of Gujarat and now we can all relish and enjoy it. It is a bread or a snack that is healthy (no frying needed), full of flavor and has a great shelf-life. Make a few or a stack and take it along for the road…

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Papad Ki Subzi (Rajasthani Cuisine)

Another great Dish inspired from the colorful state of Rajasthan. Papad Ki Subzi needs very few ingredients and has a flavor that is distinct and fabulous. Easy to make and great for days when we have not a whole lot of vegetables in the fridge to work with. It tastes great not just with Bajra Roti but also with any other type of Chapatis, Parathas or Breads. Prep Time: 15 min Cook Time: 25 min…

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Cool Mint Cucumber Soup

Cucumber and Mint both spell “Summer”, “Refreshing”, “Cool”! This wonderful Cold Soup is a great alternative to the warm, hot soup that we are more familiar with. Try this awesome, simple yet cool soup over the summer for a party or better yest, a barbecue! For garnish add a sprig of fresh Mint and a slice of Cucumber and enjoy! Prep Time: 10 min Cook Time: 5 min Chill Time: 1 hour Serves: 4-6 Ingredients:…

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Saffron Mango Mousse (Shrikhand)

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…

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Chicken Kofta Curry

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:…

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Chicken Curry in a Hurry

We’re not lying when we say “Chicken Curry in a Hurry”! In less than 30 minutes, you’ll be on your way to enjoying this scrumptious chicken curry in a flavorful and creamy sauce. This quick and easy chicken curry recipe is perfect for students, bachelors or anyone looking for a fast, yet satisfying meal. It also makes a great pot luck dish with very little effort.

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Bengali Shrimp Curry (Chingri Malaikari)

This superbly mild (of course, can be made spicy) and creamy curry has the shrimp melting in your mouth. The soft and the juicy shrimp are a seafood lovers delight. One of the most popular and recognizable Bengali dishes will have you licking your fingers. Like all other regions and states, each region has it’s own style of making the dish. Enjoy this great version shared by Sayanti Chanda. Thank you, Sayanti! Prep Work: 10…

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Queso Dip

The king of appetizers and yet the easiest of them all! Queso aka Chili Con Queso, in Spanish means Cheese or Chili with Cheese. Don’t be alarmed if you are not too fond of chillies…just skip it and it’ll be just as good! The wonderful part about this starter is that it is easy to make and does not have to be babied…people will just folk around it! It is a perfect appetizer for parties…

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Queso Dip How-to Video

The king of appetizers and yet the easiest of them all! Queso aka Chili Con Queso, in Spanish means Cheese or Chili with Cheese. Don’t be alarmed if you are not too fond of chillies…just skip it and it’ll be just as good! The wonderful part about this starter is that it is easy to make and does not have to be babied…people will just folk around it! It is a perfect appetizer for parties…

"Queso Dip How-to Video"

Garlic Asparagus, A Vegetarian Side

Sometimes we come across a vegetable that needs very little frills to make it an attractive and tasty dish, Asparagus is top on that list. Here will have prepared the Asparagus with garlic (lots of it) and salt and no other spices and the results are absolutely amazing. The flavor of the Asparagus, the simplicity of the dish and the eye appeal make this a great hit.

"Garlic Asparagus, A Vegetarian Side"

Pizza Dip – A Perfect Party Appetizer

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"

Salsa, Mexican Vegetarian Dip

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, Mexican Vegetarian Dip"

Kadhai Chicken How-to Video

Kadhai Chicken is another one of those signature dishes at Indian restaurants. The Kadhai Chicken has a very unique flavor. The amazing part is that it is not a dish that is overloaded with spices, yet the few that are there just make this one fantastic dish. The flavor and the aroma of the fresh ground coriander seeds is simple yet amazing. A big thank you to Anita Krishnan for this great recipe.

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Kadhai Chicken

Kadhai Chicken is another one of those signature dishes at Indian restaurants. The Kadhai Chicken has a very unique flavor. The amazing part is that it is not a dish that is overloaded with spices, yet the few that are there just make this one fantastic dish. The flavor and the aroma of the fresh ground coriander seeds is simple yet amazing. A big thank you to Anita Krishnan for this great recipe. Prep Time:20…

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Pasta Salad

Try this super easy recipe for Pasta Salad. It is a great make ahead and take-along dish for picnics and outdoor barbecues. Take it along for a potluck and the presentation will WOW everyone! Ingredients: Fusilli/Rotini/Corkscrew Pasta – 16 oz (cooked per directions) Italian Dressing – enough to coat pasta Green Onions – 4 stalks, chopped Bell Pepper – 1/2 large, diced Tomato – 1 large (diced) or handful of grape tomatoes cut in halves.…

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Vella Dosa – Sweet Jaggery Pancake

Vella is Jaggery in Tamil, hence the name Vella Dosa. Sweet Jaggery Dosa has a very special place in our home, it is always made on the spur of the moment. We love the fact that it does not need as much planning as other dosas do. Quick, fast, easy and so so good… Prep Time: 30 min Cook Time: 2-3 min each dosa Makes: 10-12 dosas Ingredients: Whole Wheat Flour – 1 cup Rice…

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Sticky Dosa Tawa

There is just no point crying about the dosa sticking to the tawa. And of course it will happen when you have a group of hungry mouths to feed! Now all you have to do is watch this video and learn how not to get dosa sticking to your cast iron pan or tawa. This tip is very simple to use. Another day and another beautiful dosa, life is good!

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Meethe Chawal aka Sweet Rice

Meethe Chawal which literally translastes as Sweet Rice aka Gur (jaggery) Chawal (Rice) is very simple recipe which can be served as a snack or as a dessert. It is very easy and quick to make and really enjoyed by kids. Prep time: 20 minutes (including soaking time) Cook Time: 20 min Serves – 6 Ingredients: Basmati Rice – 1 cup Hot Water – 2 cups Jaggery – 3/4 cup Ghee/ Clarified Butter – 1.5…

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