Appetizers

Be it any cuisine, appetizers really set the tone of the whole meal. It’s the beginning of a whole experience and if the beginning is not right, what follows after loses its importance. Apart from a typical meal starter for Indians samosas, chaats and vada pavs are always a bit closer to their heart. Huddled around a local chaat stall, demolishing one pani poori after another while also chatting away about life et al is not a choice – it’s the way of life and part of the culture. Please find some recipes here that might bring back a few such memories for you or maybe create some?

Mango Salad

Summers are hot and so to beat the hot temperature, we need something refreshing and cool.I have made this Mango salad using three main ingredients – ripe mango, cucumber, and capsicum. All the three ingredients help to keep our body cool naturally. The salad is balanced with fresh herbs...
Nimki is a popular savory pre-make snack from the bylanes of Uttar Pradesh. Nimki comes in many flavors and forms. In many homes, it is shaped like a diamond and called namak para, while in many others it is neatly folded into a layered triangle. Whatever be the shape,...
There was this big mandir (temple) bang in the middle of a very busy market, in our town. A short walk from a bustling bus station, next to a row of pan walas and juice stalls, across the street from sabzi mandi (farmers market) and at the opening of a long...

Aloo Chops

These little mouthfuls, Aloo Chops, are balls made of seasoned mash potato, that are covered in bread crumbs then deep fried. On the streets of Sylhet, Aloo Chops are a very common street food. Massive karahis for deep frying the balls to a deep golden hue. Served with a...
A gluten free dish that is crispy, tangy, spicy, addictive, like any chat should be. The hero of this chaat is crispy fried okra which is then drizzled with spiced yogurt, tamarind chutney, green chutney and finished off with condiments. Ingredients: 300 grams approx. – Okra / Bhindi / Ladies Finger...
Waking up the sound of a screaming alarm is a norm. Sometimes when its still dark out and sometimes to a gleaming sun sifting through my sheer bedroom curtains. Sliding into my slippers hat are although quiet but never cease to squeak in those wee hours. I try to...
We are on a spring break here. That means the butterfly and I are getting to spend more time lately and getting to do things we love doing together. It's another thing that she wants to squeeze in play dates with her friends and screen time everyday, some way...
Calling all seafood lovers to this taste party where the star of the party, succulent shrimp, is cooked with a melody of spices that enhances the flavors of it in ways you cannot imagine, in this Kerala Style Shrimp Masala Roast / Nadan Prawns Masala Roast. Ingredients: Gulf Coast Shrimp (use...
Shish Taouk pronounced a Shish Tawook is a kebab of Turkish origin but has spread to most countries within the Middle east and eaten in some parts of Africa as well. It is basically bite sized pieces of chicken that are marinated with Turkish spices and then skewered and...
Kosli cuisine or Sambalpuri cuisine is integral to the Kosli cultural identity and it is quite different in every sense from that of the coastal Odisha. Rice is the main component of the diet. Some of the important Kosli foods are Kardi (bamboo shoot), Hendua Chutchuta, Paatalghantaa Dhuldhulaa, Lethaa,...
Amritsari fish is a spicy and tangy deep-fried snack native to the Punjab region. Every culture in the world has their version of fried fish, don't they? I have modified the original recipe slightly by pan frying the thin strips of fish steaks rather than deep frying them. Spicy and...
Stuffed Jalapenos are fill with creamy and delicious cream cheese -sour cream filling,topped with crispy corn flakes and baked in oven until they become melt in mouth heavenly treat. Ingredients: 7-8 Jalapeno peppers 1 cup cream cheese @ room temperature 1/2 cup sour cream 1/2 cup cheddar cheese,grated 1/2 teaspoon dried basil 1/2 teaspoon crushed peppercorn 1/2...