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 […]

Simple, Sweet, Super moist..Spiced Carrot & Apple Muffins!

  So for the past couple of months, I was suffering from what you can call as a “Cupcake baking phobia“! It involved a full batch of ruined cupcakes that I had to throw awayyyy because too many fresh strawberries had turned the batter liquidyyyy…..ughhhh! I don’t want to talk about it. Anyway, since that day, I had…

Crunchy & Aromatic Basil Pesto Pasta!

Who doesn’t love Pasta? I will be forever thankful to Italy, for bringing these pretty shapes of awesomeness in our lives. I love all types of pasta- spaghetti, penne, tagliatelle, ravioli, carbonara, bolognese, pesto….all of it! My husband, on the other hand, who is the staunch lover of ‘ghar ka khana’ (home-cooked Indian food), is…

Oh-so-divine… Creamy Potato Gratin!

This was the side-dish no. 2 for my fancy Italian dinner the other night and my favorite one of the lot. I am a huge fan of white sauce. Be it pastas, steaks, burgers or most international dishes in this entire world, I love smothering them in that sinful, cheesy rich sauce. Ummm..umm..umm! Potato gratin recipe is an…

The perfect Restaurant style Cheesy Garlic-Bread!

I made garlic-bread as a side-dish to my anniversary dinner and I couldn’t believe how identical the taste was to what we get in those fancy, Italian restaurants. This is not my recipe. I took it from the wonderful Laura-Vitale cooking channel on Youtube and except for a couple of tiny twerks here and there, it’s really her…

The Ultimate Comfort food- Chicken Pot Pie!

Lately I have been brave enough to venture into the scary territory of cooking non-Indian cuisine. After my Christmas dinner (roast chicken, stuffing and baked potatoes) went well without a  disaster, I straight away knew the next dish on my agenda to try….The Classic Chicken pot pie! It’s the ultimate winter food. That creamy brothy filling…

Tasty, spicy samosas: Diwali delights

Diwali is that time of the year when we miss being in India terribly! In India, as Diwali approaches, air seems heavy with festive anticipation. One of the major festivals of Hinduism, Diwali spiritually signifies the victory of light over darkness, good over evil, knowledge over ignorance, and hope over despair. It is called as…

Succulent Paneer tikka kebabs (cottage-cheese kebabs)

Paneer tikka kebabs are one of the most famed vegetarian starters in India, as well as in the Indian restaurants abroad. They are basically marinated cottage cheese cubes, arranged on skewers and grilled on a traditional tandoor (clay ovens). As we do not usually have tandoors in our homes, they can be easily prepared in regular ovens or grills. I…

The royal Dal Makhani- a creamy mixed lentil curry

Dal Makhani is one of the most popular Indian, vegetarian dishes. It originates from the state of Punjab. You will almost always see it being served in the weddings and other social gathering, irrelevant of what state or city you are in! Dal means ‘lentil’ and makhani means ‘buttery’. Let me warn you beforehand- this…

Healthy Chicken Fried Rice

Fried rice is my no. 1 comfort food! It’s equal parts healthy, tasty and amazinggg! Whenever I am not in a mood to cook something too extensive, I just peek into my fridge for leftover veggies and do a quick stir-fry of them with rice and sauces. I also love the fact that one can make a mind-boggling variety…

Irresistible Zebra cake with Creme fraiche frosting

I was browsing through the internet one day to pass time, when I came across this random picture of a “Zebra Cake” It looked gorgeous! When I looked up the recipe, I couldn’t believe how easy it was to make. I promptly made it the very next day and it came out absolutely perfect. When I showed it to…