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 ….

Tangy Sweet Corn Chaat

Tangy corn chaat is an Indian salad or snack , perfect for a lazy evening. The spicy ,tangy ,sweet and salty flavors come together so amazingly well in this dish , that every foodie will be left , wanting for more . Sweet corns are so in season. From the roadside Bhutta to the plush corn starters , you will find it everywhere. Even I end up putting it in every and any dish I fancy , be it pizza , pasta , sandwich or salads . And the best part , the kids ( yes , both of them…

Paan Shots

The traditional Indian aftermint made with betel leaves , gulkand ( rose petal jam ) and fennel seeds , just got a makeover ! These Paan shots have the same all-time-favorite Paan flavor ,paired with the richness of ice cream. They are just delish. There are always certain tradition in every family , mine was no different. After a heavy meal on occasions like Ganesh Chaturthi , Mahalaxmi puja , Diwali or Dashehra , my Dad used to get sweet Paan for everyone present. And we kids used to get a teeny – tiny part of it to taste. Even…

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…

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…

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…