Coconut Burfi Recipe

Coconut Burfi The festive season has just started and I am already diving into the sweet section of the kitchen. With the shravan or the vegetarian month for us , the celebrations have begun. The fasting and pujas have started in full swing , and so follow the sweets and Prasad! Coconut and festivities go hand-in-hand for us , as it is a sacred fruit offered to god and received as Prasad. Making coconut burfi is the easiest way to utilize them.The kids just love it, and they get over within no time! The burfi is a mixture of Bombay…

Spiced flatbread / thalipeeth recipe

THALIPEETH – MIXED MILLET FLATBREAD RECIPE Every day begins with a totally new breakfast story, doesn’t it? And today also started with the evergreen question….what would you like to have for breakfast? The first thing I did was to look for leftovers , just to see if they can be used as a recipe ingredient. Just had some dal in my fridge. And so the breakfast was decided , Thalipeeth ! it’s a traditional maharashtrian flatbread , made with mixed millet flour and spices. My Mom used to make these for our school snack box. The flatbread has to be…

Gola Bhaat Recipe

How many times does it happen to you ? That craving for something different? And not the regular dal , rice , roti and veggies for a meal ( which is a tradition in my house . Twice. Daily. ) In my case a Lot! More often than not I find myself looking for some different options. Home made but different ! Healthy but different ! Just something out of the routine. And the brainstorming begins……..Something like a one-pot-meal, or tahiri or veggie pulav or dal-rice or maybe khichdi. The options always seem to end up at khichdi every time(…

Bottle Gourd Fritters

We have a small farm in the outskirts of the city . We’ve just started developing it. Presently we are soil testing ( that’s what I call it…. Sounds professional , right?) , which is to say , we are planting various fruits and vegetables to see what quality and quantity we can get. For the same reason we planted a small bottle gourd plant 6 months back. It grows incredibly fast , and being a vine has spread over a big area now. The bottle guards that we get are totally organic and the taste is awesome! I had…

Cinnamon Rolls Recipe

Whenever I happen to pass by a bakery, the aromas of all the baked goodies , and the display are so tempting . I always end up buying at least a fresh loaf of bread and buns! After having mastered the art of baking cakes ( Awarding the master’s degree myself) , I decided to try my hand at breads! I thought how hard could it be? But let me tell you “cakes” are really a piece of cake , as compared to breads. Mostly because you need a lot of patience and time with breads. I have to admit…

Chickpeas Salad recipe

I just discovered an interesting chick pea salad recipe. Actually it’s not a discovery but remodeling of sorts. I had soaked some chickpeas to make Punjabi style Channa masala, as some friends were coming over for dinner. The plan got cancelled and I had to reduce the quantity of Channa masala. I was left with some soaked chickpeas, sitting right there in my fridge. I was thinking about how I could utilize them. and It struck me like lightning! My Aaji / granny used to make a lip-smacking side-dish with chickpeas! She never used to like garlic and tomatoes, so…

Mixed sprouts salad recipe

My daughter has suddenly developed a lot of interest in environmental science, specially because of the experiments her teacher makes them do ! Just last week they learnt about germination . And guess what was the assignment given to her ? Take a few seeds , keep them in moist cotton in a paper cup, water them regularly, keep them in a warm place and see what happens. She followed the instructions given to her , came running to me and said, “ I got the answer to the assignment! , its…..SPROUTS ! Sprouts was a much easier concept for…

Fresh Fenugreek / methi salad recipe

Whenever I go for veggie shopping, I am amazed at the variety of greens that we get in India. And we surely know how to utilise the greens for innumerable preparations. We can use it in dals , mix veggies , chutneys and even salads! One such awesome salad is made with methi / fresh fenugreek leaves. It is one of the authentic maharashtrian sides , aka koshimbir. I tasted this salad for the first time at my in-laws place. And as my readers already know, I was a really picky eater then. And greens were the most dreadful veggies…

Banana Strawberry Muffins

The other day , a friend of mine was enquiring about my microwave oven . She needed the model number , capacity and other details as part of her market survey before buying one. I never remember all these details about any of the gadgets I own, I am more interested in using them to get what I want. So I started looking for the user’s manual to get all the details , and found a small recipe book that was nicely tucked inside it. I had never taken a look at it before, so just out of curiosity started…

Paneer and veggie salad

These days we are all looking for fusion recipes! Be it Chinese , Mexican or American , we will not love a food preparation until we Indianise it! We need an Indian desi flavor in everything …..if nothing else we’ll add a little salt n pepper! Today’s salad recipe is inspired by the same fusion thought! A cottage cheese / paneer salad with veggies. The paneer gives the salad an Indian twist, And the freshness of veggies adds to the awesome taste! This preparation can be enjoyed as a filling evening snack or a healthy breakfast ! Again you can…