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…

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…

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!

Dadpe Pohe – Coconut Infused Rice Flakes Snack

Dadpe Pohe is a traditional Maharashtrian dish made with flattened rice flakes. This cold snack has the very basic flavors of lemon , curry leaves and green chili , with the prominent flavor being that of fresh coconut ! An ideal , healthy and no-fuss evening snack , that is ready within minutes. As far as Pohe is concerned , it’s a very normal ingredient in any Marathi kitchen. The most widely known preparation being Masala Poha. Dadpe pohe is one of the lesser known preparations. I think only known to maybe our grandparents generation. This dish had gone down…

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…

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…

Dry fruits and Kesar Srikhand

Srikhand is a traditional Indian dessert recipe . Its a perfect amalgamation of yogurt and sugar , lightly flavored with nutmeg and topped with kesar and dry fruits. Srikhand can be served with hot poori or as a stand alone dessert. It’s a treat , not to be missed! At this time of the year , when everyone is going gaga about the soaring temperatures and the heat , we tend to crave these cold modern desserts like icecream , smoothies, jellies and so on . The age old Indian desserts don’t even come to our mind. But today ,suddenly…