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…

Carrot and Tomato Salad – Koshimbir

Fresh grated carrot and chopped tomato salad with Maharashtrian flavours. A simple tempering, a dash of lemon and a sprinkle of sesame seeds takes the salad to an altogether different level. Salads are nothing new for us Marathi folks. Just that we have a different name for it – koshimbir!

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…

Dodkyatle Phala – Whole Wheat Pasta with Ridge Gourd

Dodkyatle Phala is a traditional Marathi recipe that combines ridge gourd fry and whole wheat pasta ( called Phala in Marathi). The pasta is slowly steamed with the juices secreted from the ridge gourd as it gets cooked . A healthy and filling one-pot meal , that can be enjoyed as breakfast , lunch and even dinner. I was introduced to the recipe , by my MIL. She had bought some nice fresh Ridge gourds ( called dodka in Marathi) and was preparing to make Dodkyatle Phala. I being a really fussy eater, was already fearing having to eat it….

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…