Tikhat Mithachi Poori – masala poori

Masala poori or Tikhat Mithachi poori ( in Marathi) is a hot , puffed and spicy Indian bread , made with wheat flour. It is one of the favourite breakfast or evening snack recipes enjoyed during monsoons, with a side of green chutney and ginger tea ! With monsoons just around the corner , I am all set to indulge in piping hot snacks with Adrak wali chai ( ginger tea). I know that I’m not the only one out there , who craves for the likes of kanda bhaji / onion pakoras, when it rains. With this thought ,…

Masala Poha Recipe

Some mornings are just, plain simple bliss. With kids having summer holidays, there isn’t any hurry to pack their boxes or rush them off to school. To add to the calmness , You’ve already decided on breakfast . You don’t want to have anything complex, but just relax and fall back on the ever-so-trusted mom’s recipe. Today was such a day . And we started it with the simple Masala Poha. The light poha with veggies and roasted groundnuts is one of the everyday dish for any Marathi family. And yet is relished like a delicacy. The signature maharashtrian garnish…

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…

Aloo Ragda Recipe

Eat Breakfast like a King , lunch like a Prince and dinner like a Pauper ! That was pretty much my story last weekend . Heavy breakfast , where I just hogged , as if there wont be any meal next. And then a light lunch n dinner , as there wasn’t any scope for anything else. All this, Just because I made one of my favorite Aloo Ragda , and parathas! Aloo Ragda or potato in tomato curry , is one of the basic everyday recipes in North India. ‘Ragda’ refers to the process of mashing up the boiled…

Rajma Masala Recipe

Rajma and Jeera Rice is a pair made in heaven . And its surely one of the most favourite foods for all North Indian food lovers . It is so popular that you can see it on pretty much every menu card in North India ! Rajma rice used to be one of my favorite lunch options , during my college days . Having had a full day college for both my grad and post grad studies , standing in the labs for almost 4-6 hrs everyday, we all used to be so drained, tired and yes Hungry , almost…

Mango Panha Recipe

Summer. It doesn’t seem to be ending soon, does it. As the temperatures soar high , my brain radar constantly searches for something chilled to drink. I avoid any aerated drinks or packaged fruit juices (as much as possible) in my house. So it’s an even bigger task to make mocktails or fruit punches that’ll interest my kids. I am constantly experimenting with fruits and flavours. I Also tried some mocktails for birthday parties and other get-together, and everybody loved them! And You know what? Peer pressure always works! When your kids friends say , that they loved the fruit…

Mumbai Vada Pav Recipe

MONSOON……. It’s the best season in my opinion! The rains , the cool breeze , lazy dreamy weather……………………..A cup of hot ginger tea……Ah …..BLISS! And to top it off, something hot and spicy to munch on! With this very thought , there starts a slide show of all hot, spicy and fried items in my head…… and this time I settled on Vada pav’s . Vada pav is one of the famous street food, in and around Mumbai. You can have it literally anytime of the day. It has gained a lot of popularity all across india. When I was…

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…