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?

Vegetable spring rolls are savory Chinese rolls filled with spicy and crunchy vegetables in classic Chinese flavors; perfect as appetizers, starters or finger foods at any party. Ingredients: For the vegetable filling: ½ cup grated carrots ½ cup thinly sliced cabbage ¼ cup red capsicum/bell pepper (you can use any color) ¼ cup chopped green...
Holi is also known as the festival of colors in India. It is also referred to as the festival of love and compassion. Celebrations are typically marked by the splashing of colors on family and friends. It is a spring festival and perhaps the happiest and most colorful religious...

Sabudana Vada

Sabudana vada, traditionally an ingredient used during fasts, sabudana is a favourite amongst Maharashtrian.You can serve these vadas on fasting days like Janmashtami , Maha Shivratri or as Starters / Snacks. Ingredients: 1 1/2 cups soaked sago (sabudana) 1 1/4 cups boiled, peeled and mashed potatoes 2 tsp green chilli 1/4 cup finely chopped...
Fresh and healthy Vietnamese rice paper summer rolls filled with crunchy vegetables and served with a spicy peanut sauce; perfect for a light lunch/dinner or as any party starter or appetizer. Ingredients: 6 to 8 rice paper sheets 1 small bunch coriander leaves/cilantro 1 small bunch mint leaves 1 cucumber 1 to 2 carrots ½ red...
Raw mango, sprouted mung beans, sweet corn kernels and carrots salad tempered with mustard seeds and red chilli powder with a twist of lemon. Ingredients: ½ cup Mung Bean Sprouts ½ cup finely chopped raw mango ½ cup sweet corn kernels ½ cup finely chopped carrots 2 tablespoons finely chopped coriander leaves/cilantro 2 teaspoons lemon/lime juice Salt...

Tandoori Fish Tikka

Often times, my friends and co-workers here ask me, how come they don't see a lot of fish dishes in Indian Restaurants here and honestly, that beats me too. Here is a Fish recipe that is guaranteed to kick start your BBQ parties. Its tangy, spicy and very healthy made...

Potato Samosas

This is an easy to follow recipe on how to prepare tasty potato samosas. Ingredients: 500 grams potatoes 250 grams plain flour 4 tablespoons unsalted melted butter 2 tablespoons chopped fresh coriander half teaspoon dried mango powder 1 and a half teaspoons salt half teaspoon pomegranate powder 1 teaspoon roasted crushed cumin 1 teaspoon roasted crushed coriander 1 and a...
Elegant, dainty and colorful finger heart-shaped sandwiches filled with savory beet-mayo filling, fudgy chocolate hazelnut spread and your favorite jam or preserve!!! Ingredients: 12 slices white or wheat bread 2 tablespoons finely chopped peeled beetroots 2 tablespoons finely chopped bell pepper/capsicum 2 tablespoons finely chopped cabbage 1 tablespoon finely chopped green onions 2 to 3 tablespoons...
Salem Thattu Vadai Set is a spicy, tangy and tasty street food from Salem, Tamilnadu; fresh and tangy beet, carrot and onion filling is sandwiched between crispy thattu vadais, smeared with spicy chutneys, for a crunchy and spicy bite. Ingredients: 20 readymade Thattu Vadais/Rice Flour Spicy savory Crisps For the beet-carrot filling: ½...
They are a classic Bengali snack and can be done with any vegetable of your choice the popular favorites being eggplant, pumpkin and potatoes. This particular variation comes to me from my father’s neighbor. My grand mother (thakuma) lived away from the main city and visiting her was usually...

Chapli Kebabs

This is an easy to follow recipe or delicious chapli kebabsf Ingredients: 500 grams of lean lamb mince 1 medium sized onion chopped 2 tomatoes chopped 2 tablespoons corn flour 3 tablespoons chopped fresh coriander 1 egg 1 teaspoon garlic paste 1 teaspoon ginger paste 2 teaspoons crushed dry coriander 1 teaspoon of crushed cumin 1 teaspoon of pomegranate powder 1 heaped...
Chawal Palak Pakora is usually made using leftover rice and it is an excellent deep-fried evening snack item made with chickpea flour, spinach and rice. You can also use freshly cooked rice to make rice Pakora. Ingredients: 1 cup cooked rice (freshly cooked rice which has cooled or leftover cooked rice) Salt...