Nolen Gur (a Winter Delicacy from Bengal) ~ All About the Golden Jaggery and Nolen Gur Recipes

Nolen Gur-er Eggless Cake Recipe,, Nolen Gur Cake Original Recipe, jhola gur, liquid nolen gur
I have very carefully compiled a little series of Nolen Gur dessert recipes. It so happens that the post on Nolen Gur is my most viewed post consecutively for two years now. So I decided to compile all my Nolen Gur recipes here in one single blog post. And I will add to it as I keep making more desserts with this seasonal wonder, over the years!  
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Orange-Cinnamon flavored Applesauce Recipe | How to make healthy applesauce at home

Last year’s apple picking day trip inspired me to make Apple Crisp at home for the first time which turned out to be delicious. Happy with my success and going by how easy the recipe is, I made it quite a few times last year along with applesauce.  Continue reading

Instant Pot Punjabi Chole Recipe | Savory Indian Chickpeas | How to make Chana Masala

Chole Masala or Chana Masala ~ a popular north-Indian savory dish of spiced garbanzo beans or chickpeas is the answer to everything. Be it weekday dinner, be it a vegetarian dish on the table for a dinner party or a delicious Indian dish if you are vegan and eat only gluten free, it’s great for all occasions. Continue reading

Tomato-Date Chutney Recipe | Bengali Tomato Khejur Chutney | How to make easy Indian Chutney

Tomato Khejur-er Chutney Recipe, Bengali Tomato Dates Raisin Chutney, Indian Chutney Recipe
Tomato Date Raisins Chutney, Tomato Khejur-er Chutney or Indian Chutney – this recipe is a popular relish served in Bengali weddings or for a meal at home, at the very end just before dessert. It is easy to make and is an aromatic, flavorful sweet ending to any meal. Also it’s completely vegan and gluten free!
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Orange-infused Garlic Shrimp Pasta Recipe

Easy orange-infused garlic lemon shrimp pasta recipe, simple pasta dinner recipe, no-cheese lemon garlic shrimp pasta recipe

An easy, luscious gluten-free pasta recipe with shrimps. Easy weeknight meal or can be a fancy dinner for guests.

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Organic ‘Chhena’ or Fresh Indian Cheese Recipe (Homemade Paneer Recipe)

indian food recipe organic This is freshly made paneer or ‘chhena’  ( a.k.a. ‘chhana’) or fresh Indian cheese. The texture of this cheese is slightly firmer than ricotta cheese, the latter being very creamy.  However, if you knead it well, this ‘chhena’ becomes very smooth and creamy, too. Also, the process of making ricotta cheese and ‘chhena’ are the same. Even though an internet-search shows paneer is ‘cottage cheese’, the texture of the two are very different. Cottage cheese is loose with curds while paneer or ‘chhena’ is not loose.  

‘Chhena’  can be easily made at home and stored in an airtight container, mixed with sugar and other flavors to prepare sweets or desserts during the Indian festive season!   Continue reading

Homemade Ghee or Clarified Butter Recipe (from butter) + Health Benefits of Ghee

How to Make Ghee, How to make homemade ghee, healthy recipe, weight loss remedy gheeOne cannot say enough about the greatness and health benefits of ghee, especially if it’s organic and homemade. This is an easy 3-step recipe to make ghee or clarified butter easily at home. I promise, you’ll never go back to the store for it again.  Continue reading

Rava Idli Recipe ~ savory semolina cake

Rava Idli, savory semolina cakes

These tricolor-ed idlis represent the Indian National Flag that has the colors saffron (kesari), white and green on it (with a blue ‘charkha’ or spinning wheel in the center)

This Indian Independence Day, I am presenting a very easy-to-cook, healthy and nutritious Indian favorite ~ Idli, made with ‘rava’ or ‘suji’ or semolina. The orange and green color is all natural and made with grated carrots and fresh coriander paste.
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Sambhar Recipe | How to make the best South Indian Sambar | Healthy Indian Lentil Soup

Sambar Recipe ~ South Indian Lentil Soup

Sambar with Rice ~ a comfort food which is a simple, nutritious meal of proteins and carbohydrates

South Indian food like Dosa, Idli and Uttapam was a big hit with my family. I grew up in the eastern state of Bengal where there were (and still are) some excellent south indian food restaurants which we would frequent. My staple order was paper plain dosa, a long, crispy thin Indian crepe with an assortment of condiments like coconut chutney, tomato chutney and, of course, Sambar!   Continue reading

Indian Goat (mutton) Curry with Spicy Yogurt Sauce + Sweet Rice Pulao Recipe

Goat Curry Recipe and Sweet Pilaf Recipe

Happy Father’s Day and it’s Sunday!

It is Sunday! And It’s Father’s’ Day. How perfect. What better recipe to share on Father’s Day than of Goat Curry (for the non-vegetarian dads, of course) Want to treat Dad with a meal worth remembering? Try this rich, spicy and finger-licking-good goat curry and pulao dish which complements the meat perfectly.  Continue reading