Lasnachi Chutney

Lasnachi chutney or garlic chutney is a regular condiment in all the Maharashtrian houses. The spicy condiment made with coconut , spices and garlic ( garlic being the prominent flavor) is always in stock for us. It goes well with any meal , and is also used as a chutney with Vada Pav. This chutney has always been a part of regular meals at my house. It is an awesome condiment to spice up any regular meal. The main flavor is that of garlic and the red color comes from the dried red chili. The recipe is really simple ….

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…

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…

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…

Green Chili Thecha

Thecha is a traditional Maharashtrian chutney , made by crushing green chili and garlic in a pestle and mortar. This particular chutney is really hot , not at all for the faint hearts. It’s a perfect condiment for any regular meal , for people with a spicy palate ! Thecha in Marathi refers to a coarsely crushed mixture of chilies and garlic using a pestle and mortar. And as they say ,the chutney made using a pestle and mortar or the silbatta tastes far better than the one we get from the modern gadgets. It is typically enjoyed with Bhakri…

Kairi Kanda – Raw Mango and Onion salad

Kairi kanda ,as it is called in Marathi , is a salad made with raw mango and onions. It’s a favorite condiment for any meal during the mango season. It’s a kind of side dish, that can instantly spice-up a regular meal. Is there anyone out there like me who loves raw mango? I just love the tangy flavor that you get the moment you take the first bite. The natural raw mango flavor is something that I can’t put down in words. Its just awesome. And that’s the reason we use it in a lot of recipes. I still…

Spicy Mint Chutney

Oh what would we do without our Chutneys ! Chutneys are an essential condiment for any Indian meal for me . It’s even a must have with not-so-Indian preparations . I like to have it with sandwiches , rolls , kababs , chips….. and yes pretty much everything. The green spicy mint chutney is one of my all-time-favorite! It can add a spicy punch to even the most boring meals . I always make plenty of it in advance , as it goes for a couple of days if refrigerated. Today I am sharing with you the recipe for Mint…

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…