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Indian Food Mon May 21 2018 16:58:00 GMT+0000 (UTC)
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Millet offers a variation from the regular rice, wheat back to rice routine. I read that 90% of our time is spent indoors under artificial lights and mostly sitting doing sedentary jobs which means... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi
If you are looking for the best Eggless Vanilla Cake, then you are at the right place! This eggless vanilla cake is moist with a firm texture but with a sinfully soft crumb. It tastes absolutely delicious on without any frosting and can be easily mad
This recipe is a homage to it's namesake dish we enjoy in a Taiwanese upscale dumpling place called Din Tai Fung (highly recommended, if you are in bay area or Seattle).  I must say, this kale preparation was a turn-over point for me in my k
Maharashtrian Amti is comforting dal spiced with the cuisines special Goda masala. You can serve this dal with rice or roti as well. When I picked up Maharashtrian Thali to make, I completely forgot that I havent made their popular Amti yet. I always
Thalipeeth Bhajani is a multigrain flour mix – a pantry staple in most Maharashtrian households. You can whip up many nutritious snacks in no time, if you have a pre-made stock of this healthy flour mix. The Maharashtrian
We've all heard of the Ayurvedic rule prohibiting the cooking of dairy with meats. Are there any others that we contradict in our daily lives? Here are a few.
Moist Eggless Chocolate Cake Recipe is the basic Chocolate Cake made with a mix of Oil and curds without using butter. This entire recipe comes together very quickly and makes any occasion a grand event. This cake happened when Konda was bored and wa
Every Marathi household has a copy of this, either borrowed from mom or one that was gifted to a new bride. I'm talking about Kamala bai Ogale's famous cookbook, 'Ruchira'.  This is one of the oldest cookbooks and is still
My daughter can not imagine how Mommy's home did not have an oven growing up! But it is true, a home oven was very rare in those days in small Indian towns where I grew up. Baking at home was a rarity and a very elaborate procedure using pressure coo
Rajasthani Moong Ki Dal is one of the simplest dal that is very light and so very easy to cook. This makes a wonderful side dish when you plan a feast featuring Rajasthani Khanna. While simple Moong Ki Dal / Pesarapappu Kura is very commonly made at
It’s been a slow start to spring and the garden isn’t even begun, but the yard is full of excitement nonetheless with a red-headed woodpecker visiting! red-headed woodpecker at the bottom of a little spruce tree in the front yard&
Traditional pickle made with unripe jackfruit ,mangoes and Indian spices. The mouthwatering pickle is the perfect accompaniment to rice, roti, paratha, bread and adds zing to your everyday meals          
Absolutely, pasture raised, cage free and no different from the brown eggs. I was talking to my neighbor a farmer of course who was joking that it was hard for her to sell white eggs in her farm... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website
Dry Fruits Shrikhand is a delicious sinful dessert from Maharastra and is a different take of Shrikhand from the regular one. This is full of nuts and fruits and makes a wonderful dessert. When I decided on making a Maharashtrian Thali, I wanted the
I am on my last post of this 'street food' journey and thought of ending it on a sweet note. Hence here is zafrani kulfi aka saffron kulfi for the alphabet 'Z'. Kulfi, a frozen dessert based on dairy is believed to have been originated in India durin
We love eating sushi. We have sampled sushi from about a dozen places in bay area and finally arrived at one place we really like.  It always amazes me to see so much subtle art is there in sushi making. Even though the ingredients are few a
Dal Tadka Restaurant Style is a simple and easy dal made in a restaurant that we can make in minutes in our kitchen and one of the most popular versions of dals. When I picked up North Indian Thali to make at home, I needed a Dal that I had to add. S
The first ever Conference on the Archaeology, Sociology, History and Ethnography of Food in India is slated for the 5th and 6th of May 2018 at the University of Mumbai (Kalina) thanks to the Instucen Trust and the Centre for Extra Mural Studies, Univ
A family get together at my Ajji's (Grandmother) home was always the happiest of times. We all sat together talking, laughing, with the 'kid gang' doing idiotic stuff and hooting with hysterical laughter at ourselves. There was music, my Mam
Lemon rice is so easy to make but it has never been a go to meal for me for some reason. Not because I do not have limes or lemons on hand. I usually do. Anyway on this particular day the lemons that... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my web
Most of us don't read nutrition labels, blindly following the advice of friends or advertising. Nutrition labels reveal plenty if we choose to look.
Raja Kebab is a stuffed paneer potato filling in a papad that is deep fried and served in bite sized pieces. These make a fantastic party starter and delicious evening snack. When I wanted to make Awadhi Thali or the Mixed North Indian Thali, Vaishal
I didn't think much about this letter as I was somehow fixated between choosing a recipe starting with either yellow or yam. And finally it was yuca that gave me the idea of tikkis. Yuca when cooked to a mushy stage tends to become kinda sticky and s
  ‘Align with nature…. magic happens’ John Friend We had a gokarna (butterfly pea/blue pea/Clitoria ternatea) creeper at my parents place when I was a kid. I used to love the gorgeous blue flowers, but that was
Fresh rolls is a new beloved addition to our dinner repertoire. I am not sure if fresh rolls are Vietnamese or Thai or both - but they do taste amazing and are very quick to put together if you have all the right ingredients at hand
Chettinad Sauteed Sweet Potato is a dry stir fry made with boiled sweet potatoes in a mix of spices that make it get to just snack on or as a side dish. Sweet Potatoes are delicious just boiled. We mostly enjoy it as such, though during growing up I
We were in Belgaum in December and we visited pachi (aayi’s sister). As usual, she had a feast planned for us. I have so many memories associated with her food that I can clearly feel the taste just by looking at the dishes. When I saw her
Every Marathi household, it seems is obsessed with 'ghadichi poli'.My mother always made 'ghadichi poli', until one day she came home, full of enthusiasm. Her Gujarati friend ( could be a friend from the office canteen or the train or, bus stop, I ha
Seedlings are popping up left and right… peas towering over the tomatoes and okra DG’s onion babies teeeny tiny Aunt Molly’s ground cherry seedlings And while the plants are snug under the grow-lights, the birds are frol
It's important for weight loss to know how much we're eating - very important. Use this method for one week and be free from weighing after that.
Breakfast is the most complicated meal in my opinion. You need something that is filling but not too heavy. You need something that is easy and quick to make but not filled with sugar or fat. The... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website
Pretty excited. My blog 'Shanthisthaligai' is Ten!! Special thanks to everyone from the bottom of my heart, for your continuous support and taking time to show your love by visiting my blog, reading, trying out recipes, mailing me and leavin
Khasta Moong Dal Kachori is a sinful deep fried ball from the North Indian Cuisine, filled with ground moong dal with spices and deep fried in a flaky outer layer. When I planned for Rajasthani Thali, I had asked Vaishali for a starter or snack and s
Exquisite handmade apple roses, arranged on a bed of a rich almond sponge cake, topped with cointreau flavored Mascarpone CheeseI had first made this cake for our anniversary couple of years ago (as you can see never got around to blog about it ) The
Vendors selling fruits in the neighborhoods or street corners is a common feature in Indian cities and towns. Fruits sold with a sprinkle of salt or salt and red chili powder / black pepper powder is a common sight in southern regions. One can see cu
Finally the day arrived to check out what the hype was all about? Veena told me to pick a place to meet somewhere on her route to the western highway from the eastern highway, Powai suits best in such a case and Mirchi & Mime is right next to JVL
Both my daughter and I eagerly look forward to our reading together time. It's a time we spend together and cherish doing the one thing we both dearly love: reading! I read to her in the morning and at bedtime and we set aside half an hour on weekend
Brinjal Curry makes a lovely side dish for a mild biryani or a pulao. This easy Brinjal curry is made with just handful of ingredients that works out very easy to make this Brinjal Curry in no time. While packing lunch boxes, during the weekdays, the
One of the queries I got over and over from my readers is a recipe/method for baking a cake in pressure cooker. I rarely have any free time to experiment these days, so although this request was always there in the back of my mind, I never tried it.
Gulbeda~ Tiny biscuits with royal icing!   Yes!! SindhiRasoi is now 10 years old! A decade ago, around this time, I compiled few recipes from Sindhi cuisine, using notepad as a medium to write each recipe and waited for a weekend to arrive s
You either love it or loathe it.  Most people agree that the bitter gourd has properties to lower your blood sugar levels among other benefits. The trouble is eating this *extremely* bitter vegetable. My association with th
popsicle sticks growing! Last year we planted seeds indoors at the end of March, and I was a bit disappointed with the size of some seedlings. This year we decided to plant at the beginning of March instead. Dear G was in charge of the onion seeds: U
Thanks to my friends who always chanced upon this space for a new recipe, a news or some form of update for the past few months. After the 10th year of active blogging, it was a sense of contentment that I decided to take a break and blog occasionall
Quite a few of us consume Protinex to obtain our daily dose of protein and other micro nutrients. Does Protinex deliver? How does it compare with other sources of protein?
I am sick of this winter weather. It is April and I as I sit looking out the window I am seeing flurries! When will this cold go away really? April is colder than February ever was. The thing is in... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi
Just this morning, I discovered that #sweetpotatotoast (that's Sweet Potato Toast) is a thing. I'm trying to scroll down the Instagram feed of some 13,000 posts to see when the fad began but I still haven't gotten past posts on it from the last week
Easy Dum Aloo Masala is a simple potato gravy that gets done under 30 mins and you can easily make this for your kids lunch box. This simple gravy is made with baby potato and makes a delicious side dish with rotis. Sometime back when I was in need t
Seasonal fresh vegetables are marinated in salt and then tempered with a couple of spices to make this delicious, crunchy-tangy-sweet mixed vegetable instant pickle that goes very well with roti, rice, bhakri bread etc. What would Indian meals be wit