Daal Ki 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 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 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

Wheat Berries and Bengal Gram 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

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

Sheer Khurma (Vermicelli Pudding)

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

Roasted Peaches & Plums with Coconut Ice Cream

Roasted Peaches and PlumsYou will close your eyes, take a deep breath, focus all your senses around taste buds, and very slowly relish the bite so you don’t skip a single flavour; yes, vanilla and mint flavored roasted peaches and plums with coconut ice cream and some nuts on top is that good. Try it to believe it. Continue reading

ShakarPara: Sugary Sweet Bites

ShakarParaOur brain is a strange starnge machines and curious are the ways it works in.It’s difficult to understand the innumerable nodes and connections inside this little apricot part and even so mind boggling are the connections it makes with everything outside. I wonder how the smell of brewing tea makes me smile all the time or setting sun arises a perplexing sinking feeling or Gajar ka Halwa reminds of cold snug evenings back home..yes it’s overwhelming to understand the connection our brain and body makes.   Continue reading

Besan Barfi

Besan BarfiIt was Holi, yes that time of the year when winter meekingly backs off and days become pleasantly hotter. This is the time when local markets prepare to sell colours of thousand shades.  New bride can hardly contain excitement as they she is going home to celebrate her first holi post wedding and back home, her sister eagerly waits to welcome brother in law armed with buckets full of colours. Adults on the other hand are excited as this is the only festival, so i guess,  when they drink freely and feast like kids. Basically this festival brings out young and vibrant spirits and colours everyone happy. Continue reading