Ingredients: 1 1/2 cup split chana dal (split chickpeas/bengal gram), washed until clear water 1 medium bottle gourd (cleaned, peeled, cored and cut into 1 1/2" chunks) 1 cup tomato (diced) 2 black cardamom 4-5 cloves 1 inch cinnamon 1 teaspoon turmeric Salt 2 tablespoon oil 1 teaspoon cumin 1 tablespoon ginger garlic paste (preferably fresh) 1/2 cup red onion (chopped) 1-2...
Ingredients: 1 cup potatoes (any variety) (peeled and diced) 1 1/2 cup bell pepper (cut into 1/2 inch pieces) 2 tablespoon cooking oil (I use canola) 2-3 garlic cloves, about 1 tbsp (sliced) 1 teaspoon turmeric Salt to taste 1 1/2 teaspoon amchoor (dried mango powder) 1 teaspoon fennel powder (crushed fennel seeds) 1 teaspoon red chili powder Method: Heat...
Turmeric or Haldi as we say in hindi, has been an integral part of not just Indian kitchen but our lives, I have to say. If there was a king (or in my opinion a queen) of spices in India then it has to be haldi (turmeric). Be it...
Papa HATED soy chunks or Nutrela as we commonly call in India. He just has this aversion to it that I could never understand as a kid and still do not get it, because I loved it even as a little picky eater. Dinner table would turn into a...
My four close girlfriends and I, we the famous (or infamous) gang of five, carefree girls who were the talk of the college because of some reason or another. Sometimes because of what we did, or wore or said and many times for the lack of. If you grew...
Ingredients: BASIC PANIYARAM BATTER: 1 cup coarse semolina 1 cup greek yogurt 1 cup water 1 teaspoon fruit salt (I used eno) Salt to taste Oil Method: Bring semolina, yogurt and water, together in a large mixing bowl. Whisk, until the batter is smooth. Let rest for 15-20 minutes. Add fruit salt (eno) and salt to the batter. Mix...

Spinach Dhokla

That sound of the footsteps, of her getting out of her room and hastily approaching the living room, where I usually sit in the morning sipping my chai, is just the perfect start to a day. She knows that she would find me there because even while rubbing her...
Out of all the festivals, Holi and Diwali are two which have always been special growing up. Holi probably more so because it was one day the days when you could officially go mad and it was not only ok but there were chances that you will find someone...
This year we celebrated our 12th Valentines Day together. 12 years together... filled with laughter and some tears. Some kisses and some fights. Some planning and some surprises. Some smooth sails and some set backs. Yes, all of that but always together. That's what love, commitment and marriage is...
My kids love finger food specially for school lunch and I love packing it for them too. They love them because it isn't messy and they do not need to run for napkins or washroom after a meal. Not that they would even if they had to! I like...
Mini Turkey Meatballs will be their lunch today. Sent them along with sautéed broccoli, raisins, salted pistachios, and orange. Ingredients:  1 1/2 cup ground turkey 1 teaspoon roasted cumin seeds 1 teaspoon ginger garlic paste (freshly grated) 2 tablespoon parmesan cheese (grated) Salt to taste 1 slice bread 2 tablespoon milk 1/2 cup cilantro (chopped) Oil to pan fry Method: Cut...
Last night I had one of those moments when as a mom you are just about to burst and you just try your best to keep it all inside. Well, I might have had a little outburst still but lets just act like that never happened! So it was a...