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

Cholar Dal Recipe | how to make bengali cholar dal | bengali style chana dal | bengal gram lentil recipe

With Durga Pujo round the corner, I am taking a different route with recipes. Instead of sharing a Bengali sweet recipe, I wanted to share the recipe of something savory and traditionally Bengali that can be enjoyed on all five days of Durga Pujo – Cholar Dal (or Bengali-style bengal gram lentil). It’s also completely vegetarian and gluten-free! And if you pair it with rice, you have a gluten-free meal. 
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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

Thai Red Curry Recipe ~ Vegetarian

Thai Red Curry Vegetarian Recipe

Delicious and wholesome!

If you know Thai cuisine, you will know the Thai curries. And on the first day of Spring, here’s presenting you a colorful and nutritious dish with veggies galore and tofu.  Continue reading

Coconut Milk Crêpes with Greek Yogurt, Fresh Fruits and Honey

Coconut Crepes with Mango, Strawberry and Honey Recipe

A healthy and yummy Crêpe recipe with fruits thats perfect for breakfast or brunch

After trying my hand at cooking and making different kinds of food, I’ve come to realize that to cook food that looks great on the plate and is also delicious does not necessarily have to take up a whole lot of time. This is one of them. An inspired recipe that can be a meal or a dessert, Coconut milk Crêpes is healthy and a treat for your palate with Greek yogurt and almost any kind of fruit. 

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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 Paneer with Bell Peppers

Indian Paneer with Peppers Recipe

An easy, tangy and spicy dish with Indian Cottage Cheese and Bell Peppers

I would like to call this dish ‘Paneer As You Like It’. Amused and confused? Has Shakespeare got anything to do with this? I wish!!
Well, I named this dish so because it is a super versatile and easy dish with ample scope for you to play around with some of the main ingredients. Read how 🙂  Continue reading

Herb Couscous with Stir Fried Vegetables

Herb-ed Couscous and Stir Fried Vegetables Recipe

Perfect as a quick and healthy lunch option or in a weekday menu

I am back after a rather long recipe-posting hiatus and also after a rather refreshing long weekend vacation at North Tahoe and Reno. Therefore, after the 4th of July vacationing, partying and gorging, it is time to dedicate a post to a rather healthy dish, full of colorful vegetables that will brighten up your day and get you out of, what I call, ‘Post Vacation Syndrome’ or ‘PVS’. And, to top it all, it’s So healthy that you might feel you’ve lost weight right after eating it.   Continue reading

Baked Fish and Vegetable Medley ~ an easy dinner plate

Grilled Fish with Easy Vegetable Medley Recipe

A super easy and quick dinner that’s nutritious and healthy

How many of you like fish? If you do, you will love this simple dinner recipe. If not, then just trust me and give it a try. You will not be disappointed. Continue reading

Mangoes and cute little things!

Mangoes and Watermelon toothpick holderSummer months automatically mean mangoes. Mangoes flood the Indian grocery stores here. You would also find them at Trader Joe’s, Whole Food etc. AB and I try the varieties that you get here and this year we have been especially lucky to have found these excellent ones in one particular Indian store here. The taste of those mangoes takes me straight back to Kolkata when I would relish the ‘Langra’ variety while my entire family would go for ‘Himsagar’ without batting an eyelid.

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