Shankarpale – Sweet Snack

Shankarpale is a traditional Maharashtrian snack that has a perfect hint of sweetness to it . It is generally prepared on the festival of Diwali . But a snack like this, doesn’t really need a festival to be around . Shankarpale are an absolute hit with the kids ! Shankarpale are mildly sweet snack , perfectly crisp with melt-in-the-mouth texture. In Marathi this texture is called “khuskhusheet “. No wonder kids love it! With the festival of Ganapati in full swing , the festive food just keeps coming , with the Modaks being the star of the festival. We do…

Rava Besan Laddo

One of the most popular sweets in India is the delicious Laddo . Laddo is the term given to a sweet that’s round in shape . It can be made with various ingredients , adding loads of ghee and dry fruits to it. This particular Rava besan laddo is a Maharashtrian recipe , made almost for every festival . These laddos are a favourite with the kids. Specially if the kids are Chchota Bheem fans , the laddos are even more in demand. It is one of the easy and healthy , bite-size snack for the kids to have ….

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.

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…

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…

Jaggery Dalia Dessert

An awesome Indian dessert , made with Dalia / Broken Wheat and jaggery! Just 3 ingredients and you have an awesome Indian Sweet , great to go with any meal or even a stand alone dish!

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…

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…

Rice Flour Laddo

This is something I noticed this Diwali during Laxmi puja. All the sweets ( Prasad ) made specially for goddess Laxmi are white in colour. Got to know from the elders that goddess Laxmi likes white sweets and red flowers , and so we had to prepare a white sweet that day. The first white coloured sweet is kheel batasha, which is the main Prasad distributed during Diwali . There’s no cooking involved in this. Just take kheel and batasha, mix them and keep it in a bowl. We had to make another white sweet, something quick and easy ,…

Masale Bhaat recipe

Masale Bhaat brings back memories of my childhood. My mom used to make it during festivals as a part of the Mahaprasad for gods. The aroma used to fill the entire house , and I used to eagerly wait for the puja to get over , so that we could have it. I don’t know if it was the puja , or the fact that it was a Prasad, that made it so divine to taste. Masale Bhaat paired with Mattha ( spiced buttermilk)and green chutney, was one of my favorite combinations. Masale bhaat is an authentic Maharashtrian style vegetable…