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 →

Chocolate Basundi

A Rich, Creamy, Cardamom flavored dessert garnished with Crunchy Pistachios.

Chocolate Basundi

According to the Hindu Calendar the month of August marked the beginning of the auspicious month of “SHRAVAN”. That usually means a lot of festivals and good times  with friends and family. With that in mind I am going to keep my craziness in check for a while and make those recipes I grew up eating on such festival days.  In India no festival is going to be complete without a variety of sweets so I am going to start of by making the quick and easy “BASUNDI”. It is a rich and delectable dessert flavored with cardamom and garnished with pistachios for a bit of crunch.

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PavBhaji Pasta

Mumbai’s favorite spicy PavBhaji used as a sauce to make this delectable PavBhaji Pasta.

PavBhaji Pasta

It just felt as if chaat and other forms of Mumbai street food have been haunting me all week long (Mind you that is not exactly a bad thing!!!). Wifey loves pani-puri so we basically had a chaat party at home. I call up my parents in India who were enjoying their weekend with homemade dosas. I go for lunch with my co-workers and we end up eating all sorts of street food. So no prizes for guessing that this same street food turned out to be the inspiration for this recipe. All I did was to take the iconic PAV-BHAJI recipe and use it as a sauce to make this sumptuous PAVBHAJI PASTA!!!! Continue reading →

Cookies ‘N Cream Icecream

Easy to make, refreshing homemade Cookies ‘N Cream ice-cream to help you beat the heat.

Cookies 'N Cream Icecream

If someone had said to me that not only would I have my own food blog but I would be running it for a full year then I would have laughed for a full minute before saying that you are out of your freaking mind (LAUGHS!!!) Unbelievably that is exactly what has happened because its my blog’s FIRST BIRTHDAY today.. The best way to celebrate a birthday as everyone knows is CAKE… WAIT A MINUTE!!! I am a lousy baker so I am going to turn to the next best thing… ICE-CREAM.. Not just any ice-cream but Cookies ‘N Cream Icecream with my favorite chocolate chip cookies…

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Mexican Golgappa

One of a kind Indian-Mexican GOLGAPPA with a flavorful Avocado Salsa stuffed inside a crispy puri.

Mexican Golgappa

What is a poor husband going to do if his wife becomes obsessed with a particular recipe?? The answer is absolutely NOTHING, NO BUENO, NADA. He has only one option i.e. to keep eating the same dish over and over till the missus either gives up or perfects the recipe. This is what yours truly had to go through for the past few days (LAUGHS!!!). Luckily my mother-in-law ran in to my rescue and the end result is crispy, homemade puris. These were just perfect vessels for my Mexican Golgappa with Avocado Salsa.

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Mini Butter Chicken Pizza

These little freshly made mini pizza bites are loaded with rich, creamy, luscious butter chicken.

Mini Butter Chicken Pizza

Lets talk about our favorite foods, our guilty pleasures so to speak. It is the one dish whose mere mention gets our taste buds salivating in no time. The wonderful aroma of this dish will draw you in from almost a mile away. You are impatient to eat it the moment you lay your eyes on it. One bite of it will send you to food heaven. Aren’t you mouthwatering yet?? Well I sure am and the reason for that is simply one word beloved my millions around the world: PIZZA. I knew I wouldn’t be satisfied with just one so I broke it down into these adorable MINI BUTTER CHICKEN PIZZAS.

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Grilled Cheese Sandwich

A wonderfully simple Grilled Cheese Sandwich with a spicy, tangy Potato, Pea and Cottage Cheese filling.

Grilled Cheese Sandwich

The ideas for new recipes can come from a lot of places. But I believe the best ones are those influenced by our own memories and experiences. This recipe is inspired by the most wonderful period of my life; my COLLEGE days. It is simply a SANDWICH. Not just any sandwich mind you but a GRILLED CHEESE SANDWICH. It is a little tangy, a touch spicy and I promise you every bite is going to leave you wanting more.. Continue reading →