Hosting a Yoga Retreat – Here’s how you can do one too!

Have you ever hosted a yoga retreat for your friends? If not, then I really recommend that you do because it is a brilliant idea and I can help you get started. Don't let a lack of space hinder you from hosting! With some creativity and effort, you can organize a yoga and meditation experience in your home. I recently organized one for my friends and it was fun. Yoga is something I've always loved from my teen years. It is a relaxing and rewarding practice that energizes the mind and body. I practice it at least once a week to slow down from all the hustle and bustle of everyday life so I thought it was perfect to invite my friends to get the same experience. Continue Reading

Phirni (Rose Scented Rice pudding)

Vaisakhi is this Thursday, a day that marks the start of the Sikh new year and commemorates 1699, the year Sikhism was born as a collective faith. It is also a day of thanksgiving to the mother earth for good harvest. To celebrate, Sikhs all over the world take part in a religious procession called “Nagar Kirtan. In Vancouver and Surrey, the procession is held during weekends, as there is no public holiday for this day and weekend is the only time to celebrate here. As they say, a celebration is never complete without a touch of sweetness. I bring you a rice pudding. In India we make two variations of rice puddings. One is called Kheer which is heavy and creamy, and the other one is called Phirni which is lighter and smoother in texture. Since I already posted the "kheer" recipe, I decided to share the traditional "Rose scented Phirni" recipe. Continue Reading

Tomato curry in a Hurry

If you're a tomato fan, you'll love this and if you're not, well...maybe this will inspire you to try because it serves as a base to get imaginative. The beauty of this recipe is that it is really quick, easy and delicious curry to serve with leftover rice and veggies on busy days. To bulk it up you can add in boiled eggs, chickpeas, seared paneer, tofu, soya chunks, potatoes, whatever you fancy. The additions are endless. You can even puree it and have it as a soup. Enjoy! Continue Reading

Persian Chickpea Flour Cookies (Nan-e Nokhodchi)

Sweets made with besan have always been my favorite. So when I encountered this cookie a few years ago, during spring at a specialty store featuring chickpea flour, I was thrilled. I was even more excited by seeing the ingredients, they were similar to what we use in making Besan ladoo and Besan burfi. The recipe was so much easier. Since then, I have been making these cookies every Baisakhi. These chickpea flour cookies with pistachios are melt in mouth Persian treat, traditionally known as Nan-e Nokhodchi. It would be a pity to deprive yourself of these petite cookies because they are very simple to prepare and delicious. Perfect for kids, (or an adult's) party or to celebrate a festive and joyful occasion . Continue Reading

Chicken Kofta Curry ( Chicken Meat Balls in a Yummy “No Cream” Sauce)

This is one of those recipes I have been meaning to make since Azlin Bloor announced the 'love my balls' event in the foodies community, but I just didn't get a chance to go to the meat shop. Finally I got some minced chicken this Sunday and made it before the event ended in march. This is a simple but tasty meatballs dish that's surprisingly easy to make for weeknights, and exotic enough for a dinner party. This is also a great substitution for anyone looking for a healthy alternative to fried meat balls. They are poached in a "No cream", and "No nut" sauce. Continue Reading