Kutchi Dabeli: Spicy Indian Street-food item, a gift from Gujarat!

Dabeli is a very popular Indian street-food item which originated in the state of Gujarat, in a place called Kutch. Hence the name, Kutchi Dabeli. Even though it was first introduced in Gujarat, Dabeli is wildly enjoyed across India, especially in Maharashtrian cities of Mumbai and Pune. Funnily, I had never tasted Dabeli in my […]

The Fragrant Mint & Sweetcorn Pilao Rice!

Back when we were children, those weren’t the days of dining at sprawling, high-end hotels or brunches at a four-star resort. Nowdays, when I see everyone checking into the Marriott or Leela or Westin on facebook, I smile on remembering the time when we would look at the Taj Palace Hotel of Mumbai from across the street during the…

Traditional Indian dessert- Gulab Jamuns (Soft, spongy dumplings soaked in sugary syrup!)

  Gulab jamun is easily the most beloved dessert of India! Be it Diwali or Holi, birthdays, anniversaries or any celebration, this sweet-dish is made for almost every festive occasion, in most of the Indian households. With Holi just round the corner, this is the perfect, easy recipe to try this week! Gulab jamuns are spongy, ‘melt in the mouth’ round dumplings, smothered in…

Flavoursome Panchamel Dal! (A rich fusion dish of five different types of lentils)

Panchmel dal is a traditional Rajasthani lentil delicacy, i.e it originates from India’s north-west state of Rajasthan. It is basically a delicious and nutritious fusion of five different types of protein-rich lentils. ‘Panch‘ in hindi means ‘five‘ and ‘mel‘ means ‘a combination of‘. ‘Dal’ simply translates to ‘lentils’. In Rajasthan, it is most often served as…

Scrumptious Vegetable Seekh kebabs

Kebabs are usually associated with seasoned minced meat but it is not necessary that they be limited only to non-vegetarian menus. Made with the goodness of ample of vegetables, this version of seekh kebabs is a favourite at my home! Now, a tip- most of the recipes call for roasting gram flour (besan) along with…

South-Indian breakfast: Sooji Upma (Healthy, savory semolina porridge)

Upma has been a regular breakfast item in my home, throughout my childhood. It is quick to make, delicious and nutritious, all at the same time. Sooji upma is everyone’s comfort breakfast food. It is best served with hot tea or a cup of filter coffee. Give this recipe a go and enjoy! Ingredients: -1/2 cup…

Punjabi Kadhi (Indian yogurt based curry, with submerged onion fritters)

Who doesn’t love a steaming, hot plate of Kadhi-chawal? Kadhi is a beloved punjabi dish and I am yet to come across an Indian who doesn’t absolutely love eating Kadhi-chawal for lunch on a lazy Sunday afternoon. Kadhi may be defined as an Indian yogurt based curry, which has submerged fried fritters in it and is best served with…

Aromatic Gujiyas: Diwali delights

It’s not Diwali without the sweet aroma of gujiyas wafting through the house. It is easily the prime traditional food of Diwali and one of my husband’s absolute favourite desserts! Gujiyas are sweet dumplings, filled with sweet stuffing of khoya, roasted coconut and dry fruits.They are dipped in sugary syrup at the end and truly…