Green Tomato Veggie Side – Hirvya Tamatyachi Bhaji

Green tomato veggie side is a perfect side dish with an amazing combination of sweet and tangy flavors. Baby green tomatoes are used for the preparation , to get a fresh tangy taste. This is totally different from the tang we get from Tamarind or Amsul. It’s a must try Maharashtrian recipe , to instantly spice up any regular meal.

Malai Paneer Starters

Velvety soft cottage cheese cubes smeared with an aromatic and creamy sauce! Sounds awesome ,right? Trust me it is ! Malai paneer makes for a delicious starter or an equally amazing vegetarian side. Paneer is generally at the top of the list of favourite foods for any vegetarian ( or non-vegetarians) in India. At my house too, Paneer is the hot favorite. Recently I started making Paneer at home. I just Loved the soft velvety texture and fresh taste of paneer , that one can make at home easily. As opposed to the rubbery chewy Paneer that we get in…

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…

Dathar vade – Toor Dal Vegetarian Side

Dathar vade is a lip smacking vegetarian side dish from the Maharashtrian kitchen. Its an easy and healthy preparation , made with Toor Dal ( split pigeon peas). Just serve them hot along with a meal or as an evening snack with tea. This is the auspicious month of Shravan and my family fasts on all Mondays during this month. During this fast we have a full meal in the evening i.e. dinner , and rest of the day we have fruits , milk and sometimes sabudana. For the dinner , along with the regular dal-chawal-roti-sabji , there is always…

Gobi Stuffed Paratha

Gobi Paratha is a North Indian spicy flatbread stuffed with shredded cauliflower ( Gobi in Hindi ). It makes for a flavorful, filling breakfast , teamed with chilled yogurt and mango pickle.

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…

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…

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…