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…

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…

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…

Soya Chunks Veggie Pulav

A fragrant rice preparation , loaded with Soya chunks and veggies ! Perfect for weeknight dinners or a quick lunch. Just team it up with some curd , raita and some chutney or mango pickle . It is one healthy , nutritious , filling and tasty bowl of rice. For most of us living a modern Indian lifestyle , weekdays are the most difficult. Its easy to give in to packaged ready-to-eat stuff , just to reduce the stress of weeknight dinners. Recipes like pulav and khichdi are on the top of our weeknight chartbusters , right? Moreover if you…

Poha Bullets – tea time snack

Poha Bullets is a savory tea-time snack , made with flattened rice flakes and Indian spices. This crispy snack should be served piping hot with any dip or ketchup of your choice! It’s a great snack that can go well as a starter or appetizer too. Poha is a truly versatile ingredient to work with. But growing up, I only knew two dishes that could be made with it , and that’s Masala Poha (a general breakfast for us Marathi folks) and Chiwda. Recently at a get-together at one of my friend’s place, I tasted a cutlet that didn’t have…

Potato in a blanket – Aloo bombs recipe!

A spicy potato based filling inside a blanket of perfectly crispy bread crust. A recipe that can easily make a weekend breakfast or a weekday snack , tad bit more special. Just team it up with lightly toasted bread , dip of your choice and ketchup. And ,how can I forget … ginger tea! Its OK to give in to the cravings sometimes , right? Specially when its drizzling outside , signaling that the monsoons are finally here, and they are here to stay! We had a nice leisurely breakfast yesterday at the sit-out, enjoying the rains . Doesn’t the…

Kala Chana Masala – Black Chickpeas in spicy tomato gravy.

Kala Chana Masala is a North Indian preparation of black chickpeas with a spicy tomato based gravy. Its relished as a heavy breakfast along with poori , tandoori roti or plain rice in North India. There are a few days when the Nortn Indian within me starts craving those flavours and those aromas. Yesterday was just that kind of a day. So I planned on making spicy and flavorful kala chana masala for lunch. Luckily everyone in the family loves it too and quickly agreed upon the menu plan. And I guess , everyone wanted a break from that regular…

Narali Bhaat – Sweet Coconut Rice

A traditional rice preparation with coconut and sugar or jaggery . Narali Bhaat is a mildly sweet delicacy with subtle flavors of cloves and cardamom. Traditionally prepared during Narali pornima , it is an awesome Indian sweet for any occasion. Narali Bhaat used to be made at my mom’s place, but as kids I was more into spicy rice preparations rather than the sweet ones ( actually I still am!). So this preparation was never on my crave list. But yesterday hubby dearest, asked me casually , do you know how to make Narali Bhaat? I had a faint idea…

Crispy Sandwich Pakoda with Veggie Stuffing

Spicy veggie mix ,stuffed between the soft bread slices, sealed with the batter and fried into crispy fritters. Just the kind of recipe you need for this monsoon season, right?. It is a great snack, and an awesome lunch box recipe for kids too! The monsoons seem to have finally arrived! And this awesome weather , makes all of us crave for some hot spicy treats! Doesn’t it? A dear friend has asked for some monsoon recipes. Now , I can’t let my friends down , can I? So let’s give this monsoon season a hot spicy welcome. These crispy…