French Toast

French Toast

French ToastDiwali is gone and so are most of the festivals here in India. We had way too much of poori, kachori type of stuff. As yum as all of this stuff is, this Sunday called for a break. What else is more soothing on a long due lazy Sunday than good old ‘French Toast’. For the days when all you want to do is ‘NOTHING’, french toasts are perfect breakfast/brunch in my opinion.  Continue reading →

Daal Ki Kachori

Daal Kachori

Daal KachoriIt is almost Diwali as I write this post. I want to share this recipe of daal stuffed Kachori specially for Diwali. At home, kachoris all everybody’s favourite be it aloo it kachori or these super yummy daal ki kachori (I hope to share aloo kachori soon). These kachorsi were must for Diwali menu and we all loved these. My mom makes best of these. These are not the khasta kachoris as you will usually find at street vendors. These are made of wheat flour and fried. So, very well suited for lunch or dinner.  Continue reading →

Raw Banana Cakes

Raw Banana CAkes

Raw Banana CakesWe are never out of festivals, here in India. There is something going on in some part, region, religion or community. The good thing is that everybody gets to enjoy. We celebreated Bakrid, Durga Puja, Navratri, Dussehra, Onam, Karwachauth and many more in just last couple of months. Andd there is more to come; the big one, Diwali is almost there. Of all things, festivals means a lot of good food which is the best part. Everybody is gearing up for Diwali. So, here is one more to add in your menu; these awesome Raw Banana Cakes. Continue reading →

Chawal ke Phare (Stuffed Dumplings)

Phare dumplings

Phare dumplingHow baffling and somewhat mystic is the complexity and nuiances of web of emotions, us humans, have weaved through the evolution. I wonder so often when and how our ancestors who were hunting, learning to lit fire, domesticate the animals, form packs, started to do things which were beyond basics, beyond mere survival; sort of graduating towards top of the Maslow’s hierarchy of needs (This is how Maslow’s prism looks like). In those hundred and thousands of years of evolution somewhere our species learned to cook and satisfy our palates instead of just producing energy to survive. It overwhelms me to think how food is not just food for us; it is so many emotions, trails and errors, accidents and journey of our ancestors through thousands and thousands of years. Continue reading →

Chicken Soup for Weary

Chicken Soup

This was the long weekend I was waiting for months, needless to say flu took over all the plans and excitement.I am hating how frequently I am getting sick these days. It’s awful and even more awful is that I passed it on to husband as well. He had very high fever yesterday and was in bed the whole day with almost no appetite. So I had to make something appetizing which he can’t say no to and which is also good for us sick people. What better than a comforting warm bowl of chicken soup when you are down with flu and cold. The soup itself can make you feel better. Continue reading →

Wheat Berries and Bengal Gram Salad

Wheat salad

What would life be without the mysteries and our perpetual quest to understand everything around us, our thoughts and actions our faiths and beliefs. Sometimes rationally, sometimes without any rhyme or reason; we do what we do. If only we could understand what goes on in the 3 pounds of slimy mass in our heads. Continue reading →

Lucknowi/Qimami Sevyian: Sweet Vermicelli

Lucknowi Sevai

Lucknowi Sevai

Lucknow Sevai Qimami Sevyian is how I remember Eid. Growing up in Lucknow, Eid was pretty special and these special Lucknowi style sevyian or sweet vermicelli is synonymous to Eid. These are different than Sheer Khurma (I made recently) which is absolutely delicious and also quintessential Eid dessert. Continue reading →

Vegan Coconut Milk and Plum Ice Cream

Vegan Ice cream

 Vegan Ice cream
Can there be anything simpler than this three ingredients, gluten free, vegan, no churn Coconut Milk and Plum Ice Cream flavored with luscious, juicy, sweet and tangy plums. Well there can be; eating it (chuckles…). So we have been trying to eat healthy recently and you would know with the food blog eating healthy becomes little tricky. I itch to cook every thing in the world but you would agree not a lot of interesting recipes fall in very healthy category. It takes some thought, trials and errors to make regular recipes healthy.  Continue reading →

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Coconut Milk and Chicken Soup

Coconut Milk and chicken soup

Coconut Milk and chicken soupWhat do you wish for on days when you are under the weather, exhausted and drained mentally and physically? I generally go into hibernation :). Do nothing, a lot of sleep, some pampering, chocolate may be, but most important A warm Bowl of Soup.  I somehow relate soup to becoming better and healthy. Good soup is so fulfilling and makes me happy any day. This Coconut Milk Chicken Soup is exactly what you need in comfort food to heal your body and mind. Continue reading →

Sheer Khurma (Vermicelli Pudding)

Sheer Khurma

SevaiSheer Khurma or Seveyian or Vermicelli Pudding is yet another recipe I bring you from Home. Sheer Khurma is that special dessert which makes you ask ‘What’s the occasion’!. This sweet, rich Mughlai dessert is all about festivals, celebrations, families, joys and togetherness. A delicate and sumptuous medley of vermicelli, milk, fresh cream, dry fruits and dates. Everything blends together so well and creates a magic of taste. Continue reading →