Naturally Sweetened Coconut Burfi & Homemade Chai Spice Mix (Diwali Gift Idea)

Sweets are a part of Diwali but we do not really need refined sugar to enjoy these sweets. I developed a coconut burfi recipe that is naturally sweetened and I am proud to share that today. Diwali is also the occasion when you show love and affection to your dear ones by gifting things that they'll treasure. I also take pleasure in sharing recipe for "chai spice mix" that I make and give every year to my friends. Continue Reading

Kashmiri Rogan Josh

Rogan josh is the recipe that I can say is an absolute hit every single time with family and friends. It is a braised lamb or goat dish believed to have originated in Persia before making its way to Kashmir and then other parts of India and beyond. Deriving its name from Persian word "Rogan” which means clarified butter or oil, while “josh” refers to hot or passionate. Rogan josh thus means meat cooked in oil with an intense heat. This classic favorite is commonly served in the Kashmiri feast called "Wazwan". Comprising of almost 36 courses, more than half of the Wazwan dishes are meat-based, such as tabak maaz, rogan josh, rista, and gushtaba, along with an assortment of kebabs and vegetable preparations. Continue Reading

Caramelized Apples with Pistachio Yogurt Cream

Although I hate to see summer's gone away, I enjoy the crisp mornings followed by the warm afternoon and cooler nights. It is the season, when apples and other late harvest fruits are ready to be mixed with warming spices then transformed into pretty desserts. Since my daughter have really started to prefer healthier desserts to those laden with sugar and calories, so I am kinda trying to give healthy twist to traditional recipes. I caramelized apples for our Friday night dessert and served with pistachio yogurt cream. Not only did it taste delicious but baking the apples made the house smell lovely. Continue Reading

Tandoori Gobhi

Tandoori, the name evokes the exotic image of bright red color chicken pieces but gobhi (cauliflower) is the alternative to tandoori chicken for Veggie lovers. I can't believe I never shared a tandoori gobhi recipe on my blog. I eat it more often than chicken. When I read a friend's post of how he enjoyed tandoori food on his vacation to India, I had an intense craving to make some. So I went ahead and whipped together the most simplest and easiest recipe: tandoori gobhi. Continue Reading

SabudanaThalipeeth /Sago Flatbread

Thalipeeth is a kind of flatbread native to the Indian state of Maharashtra. It is typically made with a mix of wheat, rice, millet, sorghum, lentils and spices that are first dry-roasted and then made into flour either at home or can be bought from the store as a readymade mix called 'bhajani. There are many varieties of Thalipeeth, and the most popular one is the Sago/Sabudana Thalipeeth. This variety of thalipeeth is popular throughout India and is made specially during fasting days but since I don't follow 'fast' (abstaining certain foods during Navratri), I make these whenever I fancy eating them. Continue Reading