Moong Mooli Koshimbir – Yellow Lentil and Radish Salad

Moong mooli koshimbir is another simple salad for the Maharashtrian kitchen . Filled with the goodness of petite yellow lentils and the intrinsic flavor of radishes , it’s a must try for all healthy eaters. The concept of salads is in the limelight these days . You can see all kinds of salads around , with all possible permutations and combinations of veggies and dressings. Salads is one thing you can get in every cuisine. And it has to be , after all it’s such an important part of the meal ( or a meal itself 😉 ). Even the…

Burnt Aubergine Curry

Burnt Aubergine curry aka Baigan ka Bharta is one of the regular curries in Indian Homes. What makes it unique is the process of actually burning the Aubergine on a direct flame. That’s what gives this curry a smoky flavor . The simple tempering (with minimum ingredients ) that we’ve used since ages in our home , gives it an amazing flavor. A lot of my readers tell me that they love how I name the everyday recipes and make them sound exotic . I know they’ll have a huge smile on their faces , when they read today’s recipe…

Snow Balls – Coconut Khoa Fudge

Snow Balls or Coconut Khoya fudge , is an easy Indian sweet , which involves absolutely no cooking! These Snow Balls are so soft and filled with the richness of Khoa , I bet it’s going to be , love at first bite for you. A recipe so easy , even kids can make it ! This recipe is very special for me , as this was one of the first things I made during my school days . As you know , we were never allowed in the kitchen when we were young , our job was only to…

Varhadi Bhurka – The Crunchiest Chutney ever !

Varhadi Bhurka is a super crunchy condiment , that can give a regular meal , instant texture and a spicy kick . The peanuts , sesame seeds and coconut , spiced with red chili powder, makes it a trademark Varhadi dish . A must try recipe for everyone with a spicy palate. I belong to a family , which loves to eat and loves to cook too. And I am pretty serious about the cooking part . Almost everyone can put together a decent meal , if it comes to it . And “ everyone” includes my hubby and FIL…

Buckwheat Flour Halwa

Buckwheat flour aka kuttu ka atta , is a staple on the fasting menu . This buckwheat flour halwa , is an Indian sweet , made using the buckwheat flour and jaggery. This easy, rustic Indian sweet is a must try for everyone ! I belong to a Brahmin family , and yes we fast a lot ( I being the only exception) . But, when we do fast , we fast in style. Who said you can’t have a filling meal during a fast? You just need to tweek the menu a bit 😉 , and we are masters…

Veggie Stuffed Buns

Plain buns stuffed with a mix of veggies in a cheesy sauce! An awesome breakfast or an evening snack for kids! Just bake these stuffed buns for a few minutes , and a hot crisp treat is ready to enjoy for one and for all. If you have kids around in the house , you know exactly what I mean when I say , you need to be inventing all the time. They seem to be eternally hungry , for something NICE ! And in last couple of days , I have been running out of ideas for sandwiches and…

Sabudana Usal – Sago Khichdi

Sabudana or sago is widely used in Indian kitchens .This particular preparation is a savory delicacy from Maharashtra. Specially made when people fast on auspicious days. Its easy to make and awesome to taste, and a great breakfast option or a tea-time snack. I have always lived in a joint family. The kitchen being the domain of my grandmother , my Mom and my Aunts. With so many ladies under one roof , from a Brahmin family, it’s hard to recollect a day when no one was fasting . Apart from the weekday fasts there were special days like ekadashi…

Khamang Kakdi – A cucumber salad like no other !

Khamang kakdi is a cucumber salad full of freshness, tang and flavor! Another everyday Maharashtrian preparation good to go with any regular meal. I bet you wouldn’t settle for any other cucumber salad , once you have sampled this! I have been born and brought up in Delhi , but the food made at home was mostly Marathi –style , simple and flavorful. I was a very fussy eater back then , as far as veggies are concerned. Can you imagine I hated tomatoes (hate them even now). So if I saw anything red in Dal or Curries , I…

Jawas Chutney – Flax seed Chutney

A dry powder chutney made with the combination of Flax seed ( Jawas in Marathi ) and sesame seeds, spiced with fiery red chili and garlic. A traditional Indian recipe that is a must try as it helps you get the goodness of flax seed in every meal! Flax seed , sesame seeds and groundnuts have been an important part of the Maharashtrian diet since ages. Dry powder chutneys are easy to make and store , so there is always some stock in the kitchen . You just have to take some of the chutney, drench it in oil or…

Dashmya – Spiced Indian Flatbread

A soft sumptuous Indian flatbread , flavored with garlic and chili, is a popular Maharashtrian breakfast. You will simply love it as it’s easy to make. Filled with the goodness of whole wheat flour, it makes for a healthy and filling breakfast! Which is the most difficult meal for you in the entire day? I bet it’s the breakfast. And most of the time we just hurry through it with some cornflakes or butter toast. Isn’t it? Even though everyone knows how important it is to have a healthy , nutritious breakfast , it has become difficult to have a…