Paneer in Cashew Almond Sauce

Soft cubes of Paneer cooked in a rich, velvety and a sinfully indulgent Cashew Almond and Walnut Sauce.

Paneer in Cashew Almond Sauce

I just can’t wait for this week to end. Now I am saying that in the best possible way since I am taking a much needed vacation next week. Before I do so I have a whole lot of work to finish up which is why it feels that this week has basically slowed down to a crawl. Not only that my lab welcomed a new member who just happens to be from India. In such a situation yours truly had to invite her for lunch.. RIGHT!!!! (LAUGHS). And the main course was Paneer in Cashew Almond sauce which was inspired by a popular dish in the northern part of India “SHAHI PANEER”. Continue reading →

Sev Bhaji

 Crispy, deep-fried gram flour noodles cooked in a spicy coconut-onion sauce. A delectable regional delicacy.

Sev Bhaji

The Diwali festival has come and gone. But it seems to me as if the festivities are still not over. That is because I am still munching on the treats that my mom sent me. One such snack is called the SEV which are spicy, deep-fried noodles made from gram flour. Usually it is the perfect snack especially with a cup of JOE. The problem is I have a food blog now so I am always itching to do things a little differently. Which meant using the SEV as the star of a sumptuous, mouthwatering curry called as “SEV BHAJI”.

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Pumpkin Chickpea Curry

Tender Chickpeas gently simmered in a beautifully fragrant pumpkin broth. The perfect recipe to warm the cockles of your heart in the cold weather.

Pumpkin Chickpea Curry

Happy Halloween to all of you albeit a day in advance. And of course Happy Diwali!!! Multiple festivals occurring at the same time call for a big celebration and by extension a ton of food.. RIGHT!!! (LAUGHS!!). I must say this unique occurrence called for a unique meal.. Which meant a main course of a Pumpkin Chickpea Curry followed by traditional Diwali sweets for dessert. If that doesn’t get your mouth watering then I don’t know what will??? Continue reading →

Turnip Pakoras

These deep fried fritters not only are the perfect tea-time snack but also warm your heart on a cold, blustery day.

Turnip Pakoras

This week we had the first inkling of fall here in Dallas. The temperatures dropped considerably and it seemed that relief from the oppressive heat was finally on the way. Ahh the joy of fall was very much short-lived since the balmy weather lasted for just 2 days. The bright spot was that the weather gave me a chance to enjoy a time-honored tradition of my home city of Mumbai; i.e. having piping hot tea and fritters or CHAI-PAKORAS as it is locally called to combat the cold. What made it even better was that the same old onion pakoras were replaced with; wait for it, wait for it TURNIP PAKORAS!!!!!

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Savory Lentil Mini-Pancakes

Super easy protein packed breakfast will help you turbo-charge your day.

Savory Lentil Mini-Pancakes

Y’all may have noticed from my last few posts that I have been on a bit of a health kick lately. This week I had promised myself that I was going to thoroughly indulge myself. The problem is that it takes me more than two weeks to get rid of my obsessions (CHUCKLES!!!). Don’t get mad but I am back with another healthy recipe with “LENTILS” as the star of the show.  I had originally planned on making a regional delicacy from my home state. That flopped badly but luckily for me the alternative turned out to be these scrumptious and power-packed Savory Lentil Mini-Pancakes. Continue reading →

Broccoli Kofta Curry

Cheesy Broccoli Koftas gently simmered in a mildly spiced onion and tomato sauce. This will make sure you finish your broccoli.

Broccoli Kofta Curry

I am absolutely amazed it took me this long to cook with WAIT FOR IT! BROCCOLI… Yea yea I know its not everybody’s favorite food; especially not the kids. But when you can hide it in a luscious, rich and creamy ‘BROCCOLI KOFTA CURRY’ why tell the kiddies what they are eating (LAUGHS!!!).  All they are going to see is deep-fried cheesy bites drenched in a tangy tomato and yogurt curry. I bet y’all are going to have your little ones eating out of your hands in no time. Continue reading →

Collard & Cottage Cheese Curry

Soft Cottage Cheese simmered in a lusciously rich Collard Puree. Easy to prepare and tastes delicious.

collard & cottage cheese curry

The past two weeks have been an absolute roller-coaster for me. I wont bore y’all with the craziness at work but I do want to talk about the wonderful weekend that I had with a very dear friend of mine in Houston. This very trip also turned out to be the inspiration for this week’s recipe; a delectable Collard and Cottage Cheese Curry. This is my take on the popular “Palak Paneer” but done with an american staple “Collard Greens”. Continue reading →

Cabbage Rolls

Hearty, Healthy and Ohh So satisfying Cabbage Rolls stuffed with spinach, corn and cheese.

Cabbage Rolls

Being able to cook does raise your worth quiet a bit in the eyes of your friends (LAUGHS!!). If you just so happen to have your own food blog (Yours truly!!) then it does feel like you are the first person to get invited to every party (CHUCKLES!!). On the flipside there are times when someone pops in to your apartment uninvited and puts you in a bind. These are the occasions when CABBAGE ROLLS stuffed with classic spinach and cheese filling comes to your rescue.

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Carrot Burfi

Carrot Burfi is a delicious desert made by slowly cooking carrots in condensed milk, ricotta cheese and garnished with nuts. Mmm…Each bite will literally melt in your mouth.

Carrot Burfi

Its that time of the year again when the sounds of “Ganpati Bappa Morya” are ringing in your ears no matter where you go in my home state of Maharashtra. This is because one of the biggest festivals in India “GANESH CHATURTHI” is almost upon us. There are a variety of sweets or BURFIS as they are locally called made for this festival but the problem with me is that I cannot make most of them no matter how hard I try (LAUGHS). Which is why I always go for quick and easy to make recipes like this lusciously rich “CARROT BURFI”. Continue reading →

Masala Rice

 Aromatic, Spicy Rice with crunchy veggies and garnished with coconut and cashews. A true regional delicacy.

Masala Rice

When you are really under the gun at your day job (research) but cannot take any time off then it does feel as if you are in between a rock and a hard place.. What do y’all do in such a situation??? As for me I cook a big, one-pot meal and then spend the rest of the day roaming around, doing nothing (LAUGHS!!!). If that meal turns out to be a dish like “MASALA RICE” or “MASALE BHAT” as its locally called then that part about roaming around goes out of the window (LAUGHS!!!). All I want to do is sit at home and munch on this delicacy. Continue reading →