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 →

Fettuccine Pasta in Roasted Tomato and Onion Sauce.

Homemade Fettuccine Pasta in Roasted Tomato and Onion Sauce. A simple, flavorsome, hearty meal.

Fettuccine pasta in roasted tomato and onion sauce.

I believe food is the magic cure for a lot of ills in this world. It can treat not only the common cold but it also has the extraordinary ability to get the entire family together at the dinner table.  As far as I am concerned a single dish instantly got rid of a week’s worth of absolute exhaustion. The recipe that did it was a home made “FETTUCINE” pasta in Roasted Tomato and Onion Sauce. This dish proves that food made fresh and from scratch cooked simply can taste absolutely divine.

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Chilled Carrot Soup

Simple yet delicious Carrot Soup, a perfect way to beat the heat.

Chilled Carrot Soup

I hope everyone had a wonderful 4th of July just like I did. The only bad thing about such a terrific weekend was the 100 degree heat. It literally felt like your shirt would be soaked in 10 minutes the moment you stepped outside. But it wasn’t going to deter us from making the most of this weekend. There was something else which also helped us combat the heat; a bowl of deliciously Chilled Carrot Soup. It was sweet, a little tangy with just a touch of spice. Overall the perfect antidote for the oppressive heat..

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Chicken Tikki Chaat

A delightful combination of Grilled Chicken Tikkis smothered in a Spicy Chickpea Curry.

Chicken Tikki Chaat

It seems to me as if I start cooking a certain type of food I get obsessed with it for a few weeks. My latest obsession: the Street Food of the city I was born in; MUMBAI.   There are a variety of dishes to look for inspiration and you cannot go wrong with any of them. My inspiration for this recipe was the popular “RAGDA PATTIES” which I turned into this sumptuous, flavorful “CHICKEN TIKKI CHAAT”. Every bite of this spicy, tangy chaat is going to create an explosion of flavors on your palate.

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Sloppy Joes

Delicious ground chicken cooked in a rich tomato sauce served on a toasted bun.

Sloppy Joes

Happy Father’s Day to not only the person who was responsible for my love of cooking but to all the great dad’s throughout the world. While growing up my dad took me on a bunch of foodie adventures and exposed me to a lot of different cuisines. But for some odd reason my favorite remains to this day the Mumbai street food. Not only is it tasty but it also brings back a lot of fond memories. These days it is also my inspiration to make new dishes like the classic american “SLOPPY JOES”.

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