Thursday 28 December 2017

Eggless Red Velvet Cupcakes Recipe

Hello foodies,

Wishing a very happy holiday season to y'all. I am majorly into eggless baking these days with a new found passion and trying out various cupcake recipes. Today, I am sharing my most favorite Red Velvet Cupcake recipe with you (of course Eggless). Though the cupcakes look maroonish, they were quiet red in reality.

Thursday 21 December 2017

Jhatpat Sookhi Aloo Matar Sabji - Quick and Easy Spicy Peas Potato without Gravy Recipe

Hello foodies,

Today's the day for cooking another popular, quick and easy veggie in my kitchen, the quintessential aloo matar/ potato peas. One of the super popular and easily cooked sabji during this time of the year in north India. The cooking process just takes around 10 minutes and you have a delicious preparation for the wintery lunches, either at home, school or office. So, let's get cooking...

Thursday 14 December 2017

Eggless Chocolate Vanilla Cake - Zebra Cake Without Egg - Eggless Designer Cake

Hello foodies,

Winters bring in the chill and craving for eating something warm and sweet. And what is more appetizing and heart warming than a freshly baked cake, which encompasses two most basic flavors of vanilla as well as chocolate. So, read on if you want to learn how to make this delicious designer cake...

Thursday 7 December 2017

Moong Badi Chawli - Moong Dal Mangodi with Yard Long Beans - Mangodi Seengare Recipe

Hello foodies,

Winters have set in and today I will share a recipe which I have learnt and seen only I got married, i.e. in my Sasural. The recipe is made with Moong Dal Mangodi/Badi/Wadi as they are called in North India. Yard Long Beans which are also known as Chawli/Lobia beans are used in this recipe to obtain a gravy like recipe, which can be relished with both rice as well as flatbreads/roti/paranthas. Another option is to serve these with matar pulao, which is how it is eaten at my sasural. The recipe has very mild pungent flavor due to the beans and tastes delicious during these months. So let's get cooking...

Thursday 30 November 2017

Karare Aloo Bread Pakode - Homemade Bread Pakode - Crispy Potato Stuffed Bread Fritters Recipe

Hello foodies,

Winters have set in and the typical breakfast at my home is something fried and crispy. Today for breakfast I made some crispy aloo stuffed bread pakode. People of all age groups, be it oldies/young ones, love these pakodas and it's a very common street food as well as a breakfast food throughout India. There are a few variants of bread pakodas which include an additional layer of cheese/paneer slice along with the aloo filling. Today, I am making simple homemade style bread pakodas. So let's get cooking!

Thursday 23 November 2017

Gajar Matar Gobhi Aloo - Seasonal Mixed Vegetable Recipe

Hello foodies,

Winter is here in full swing and nature has filled her and our bounty with fresh and colorful veggies. Today, I am preparing a very simple winter seasonal veggie which is full of vitamins because of all the colourful veggies in it yet doesn't compromise at all on the taste factor. So let's get cooking...

Thursday 16 November 2017

Bharwan Methi Parantha - Stuffed Fenugreek Leaves Flatbread Recipe

Hello foodies,

With the onset of winters in most of India now, we get a lot of fresh green leafy vegetables in the market. These vegetables are packed full of all the essential vitamins and also taste super amazing during winters. Methi/Fenugreek leaves is one of the popular green leafy vegetable that you get in abundance during the season. There are many ways to incorporate this wonderful green in your cooking.
Today, I am sharing a new way of making stuffed Methi paranthas. Please note that you cannot prepare this stuffing in advance and keep as it has to be filled in the paranthas and cooked as soon as it is prepared otherwise the methi leaves will start leaving a lot of moisture and will make rolling of the dough very very difficult.
These hot paranthas taste amazing with various accompaniments, such as, pickle/raita/curd (as shown in the picture below). Let's get started...

Thursday 9 November 2017

Eggless Vanilla Chocochip Cupcakes - Eggless Vanilla Chocochip Muffins

Hello foodies,

Another cupcake recipe, this time with chocochips. I still remeber the days when I used to be fascinated by the local bakerywala, who got these vanilla chocochip cookies once in a while and I used to ransack the entire cupcake to dig out these half melted chocochips, ah memories...

So, while I now know better how not to ransack the cupcake/muffin, I make these goodies with dollops of chocochips, so that my son is not left digging the muffin in search of the elusive one. Let's get on with making the Vanilla Chocochip Cupcakes, super simple and easy to bake just like the earlier cupcakes.

Thursday 2 November 2017

Aloo Beans Sabzi -Aloo Beans Sookhi Sabzi - Potato French Beans Recipe

Hello foodies,

Today let's make a very simple, delicious, nutritious and easy to make vegetable recipe, the aloo french beans/potato french beans sabzi. French beans are available throughout the year and this vegetable is very easy to prepare as a side dish if you are having guests over for lunch/for dinner. This veggie is liked by young ones as well as senior citizens alike. Read on to know the ingredients and cooking procedure...

Thursday 26 October 2017

Ghiya Chane ki Dal - Lauki Chana Dal - Bottle Gourd Split Chickpeas Recipe

Hello foodies,

Hope you had a good Diwali and are well recuperated from the hangover of sweets, just joking... Today, I bring another lentil recipe from my kitchen, the ghiya chane ki dal. Not many people like it and not many people cook it but actually, it is a very good source of protein and minerals. Being an amalgamation of both protein and veggie component it is good for kids as well. So, let's go ahead and make this sumptuous dal.

Thursday 19 October 2017

Diwali 2017: Masala Aloo Sabzi - Methi Wale Aloo - Halwai Wale Aloo - Bedmi Wale Aloo - Spicy Potato Curry Recipe

Hello foodies,


Here's me wishing you and your loved one a very very happy and prosperous Diwali! Thank you for being a part of my food blogging journey! It means a lot :)

Okay, so for today I generally prepare a heavy breakfast as the entire family gets super busy with the Diwali pooja and rangoli preparations that Lunch is usually missed. So, let's prepare a hearty and heavy Diwali breakfast which takes very less time to prepare but is tasty nonetheless! 

The highlight of this Breakfast is the Methi Wale Aloo/Halwai wale aloo/bedmi wale aloo which is generally prepared as breakfast in baniya households during festivities as well as weddings. This potato curry is served with fluffy pooris/bedmis and halwa and raita but today I am preparing it as is with fluffy ajwain/carrom seed puris.

Monday 16 October 2017

Diwali 2017: Palak Paneer - Spinach Cottage Cheese Recipe

Hello foodies,

With the onset of winter season, a plethora of green leafy vegetables enter our vegetable marts. One of the popular green leafy veggie is Palak/Spinach. Today's recipe is a popular combination made without onion and garlic in the confines of my Jain kitchen, but just as flavorful. Hope you like the recipe!

Thursday 12 October 2017

Diwali 2017: Chana Masala - Chole Masala - Spicy ChickPeas Recipe

Hello foodies,

Today I am sharing a recipe, which is the favorite of children and adults alike in most north Indian households (especially mine), spicy chole or chole masala to be eaten with fluffy bhature. Now who doesn't like this one? Even though the recipe I am sharing is without onion and garlic it would taste just as awesome. Do try it and enjoy with your family and friends.

Thursday 5 October 2017

Masala Moongfali Baigan - Spicy Peanutty Aubergine Recipe

Hello foodies,

Today I am sharing my take on masala baigan/aubergine recipe. Adding simple roasted peanut powder elevates the taste and the richness of this recipe manifold for me. So let's start with the recipe...

Tuesday 26 September 2017

Navratra Special Laddoo - Navratri Falhari Ladoo - Vegan Energy Bites

Hello foodies,

Happy Navratras!! Fasting doesn't always have to be boring and loaded with high fat and high sugar content food. You can eat healthy too, just follow this recipe to get loads of nutrition and energy at the same time. Super easy to make all that it needs is a blender and few simple dry fruits, found commonly and easily in most Indian households. Read on to know more...

Friday 22 September 2017

Sabudana Pulao - Sabudana Khichadi - Navratra Falhari Pulao Recipe

Hello foodies,

The season of fasting, feasting, and festivals is here finally! Happy Navratri to all who are celebrating. So in keeping with the fasting theme, I am sharing a recipe which is healthy and filling and fast appropriate at the same time. You can substitute sendha namak (rock salt) with normal salt for other days and have it as snack/breakfast. So let's get on with the recipe!

Monday 11 September 2017

Ridged Gourd Recipe - Turai ki Sabzi - Tori ki Sabzi

Hello foodies,

It's been a long, long time since I posted on my blog. Being a foodie it is tough but we had an ongoing jain festival of "Das Lakshan" for 10 days whereby people pray and keep fasts as per their devotion. I was also fasting and generally we give up onion, garlic and root vegetables for atleast these 10 days.

I made this turai ki sabzi during the fast as it is nutritious, healthy and easily digestible by the body. So let's get started with the recipe...

Thursday 24 August 2017

Eggless Banana Chocochip Cupcakes - Eggless Banana Chocochip Muffins Recipe

Hello foodies,

Another sweet treat from me to you! Cupcakes/muffins have been a childhood fantasy of mine and I had been wanting to create something more healthy with fruits and whole wheat for children. Finally, after a few trials and errors I managed to nail down the perfect Eggless Banana Chocochip Cupcakes recipe. So let's get started...

Friday 18 August 2017

Mixed Vegetable Rice - Mix Veg Pulao - Mix Vegetable Tahiri - Peas Carrot Rice Recipe

Hello foodies,

Another super easy rice recipe to pull off during the lazy weekends, when you do want to eat healthy but not slog in the kitchen for hours. This mixed vegeatble rice is a complete meal in itself and your can add chutney, raita, and papad to oomph up the lunch presentation!!

Wednesday 2 August 2017

Masala Rajmah - Spicy Kidney Beans Recipe

Hello foodies,

Rajma Chawal is the epitome of North Indian or Punjabi food. It denotes many things for many people. A complete meal in itself, the quintessential Rajma Chawal holds infinite fond memories from everyone's childhood (atleast in North India). So, let's get going and make this memorable recipe without onion and garlic.

Tuesday 25 July 2017

Eggless Chocolate Cupcakes - Eggless Chocolate Muffins - Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes Recipe

Hello foodies,

Today I am sharing another cupcake recipe, chocolate cupcakes which are soft, moist and airy at the same time. The recipe I am sharing is good to make 6 soft and moist chocolate cupcakes, so you can increase or decrease the amount depending upon the number of muffins you want to bake in one go. So let's get cooking...

Monday 17 July 2017

Aaloo Gobhi Masala Sabzi - Spicy Potato Cauliflower Recipe

Hello foodies,

Today I am sharing a very simple vegetable recipe with you. This one is called Aloo Gobhi and is also a favorite of mine from childhood. I associate this with my birthday party as it was cooked primarily during the same. So, aloo gobhi triggers all kinds of happy memories in my mind. It is what they say, comfort food for me! 

Monday 10 July 2017

Sooji/Rava/Semolina Appe - Appam - Paniyaram Recipe

Hello foodies,

Here's giving a healthy start to your new year with a delicious and healthy breakfast recipe known by various names, such as Appe / Appam / Paniyaram. My son loves to carry it in his school lunch and it makes a very sumptuous and nutritious breakfast for the young and old alike. So, let's get started...

Monday 3 July 2017

Eggless Vanilla Cupcakes - Eggless Vanilla Muffins Recipe

Hello foodies,

Today I am sharing a kid friendly recipe, which all kids loved and am sure you loved too as a kid, the good old vanilla cupcakes/muffins. There are a gzillion recipes out there to bake the perfect cupcakes, but I have modified this recipe as per the ingredients available at hand. Also, I don't prefer to use vinegar in my cooking and therefore am always looking for substitutes for the same. 

The recipe I am sharing is good to make 6 soft and moist vanilla cupcakes, so you can increase or decrease the amount depending upon the number of muffins you want to bake in one go. So let's get cooking...

Monday 26 June 2017

Cooling Popsicles From Cold Drinks for Summers

Hello foodies,

Since my childhood I have associated popsicles with summers, and so is the case with my child. These days there are gazillion types of popsicles out there in the market, but we got a new popsicle maker from Tupperware and were hooked ontoit. We have made both healthy types of popsicles as well as fun-flavored posicles from cold drinks.

Today I am going to show you three popsicles dervied from Thumbsup, Mountain Dew and Fanta to enjoy your summers.

Monday 19 June 2017

Lunch Simplified: Masala Aloo Sabzi - Spicy Potato Recipe

Hello foodies,

Hot temperatures may sometimes tempt us not to cross over the kitchen threshold and order food from outside. Even though it is very easy to do so with all means within our reach, nothing can beat the goodness, freshness, and hygiene of home cooked food. So, let me inspire you with a picture of my weekend lunch, which took me barely 30 minutes to prepare, yet the end result was sumptuous and good-looking at the same time. 

Lunch includes, Jeera rice, Arhar Dal and Spicy Potato/Masala Aloo sabzi. I have already posted the recipes for the first two on my blog earlier.

A closeup of today's recipe (aloo sabzi):

Monday 12 June 2017

Basic Cooking: Arhar Dal - Toor Dal Recipe

Hello foodies,

I bring another simple but healthy lentil/dal recipe for you. Arhar dal is eaten throughout India in different forms, one of the most versatile lentils. It is eaten as such in north India and primarily as Sambhar in southern parts of India. Today, I am making the north Indian version of the lentil, which is very simple yet tasty and will sure bring to mind the childhood memories for most of you. So let's begin...

Monday 5 June 2017

Tinda Masala Gravy - Spicy Indian Squash Gravy Recipe

Hello foodies,

With the onset of summers in India, we get a variety of lovely fresh water containing vegetables and fruits for all of us to relish and to beat the sweltering heat. One of such popular salad vegetable is kakdi or snake cucumber. It is available throughout the northern parts of India in summer and is primarily eaten raw as salad. But today, I am sharing a savory recipe where we eat this lovely salad vegetable as a vegetable.

Monday 29 May 2017

Jeera Rice - Cumin Rice Recipe

Hello foodies,

Summer heat means wanting to spend less and less time in the kitchen, but wanting to eat something special as well. So, why not spruce up one dish (at a time) on the table and make the whole meal look more special and delicious at the same time. So today, I am sharing a very simple jeera rice/cumin rice recipe with you all, which takes the meal experience to the next level.

Thursday 18 May 2017

Stuffed Potato Parantha - Aloo Parantha Recipe

Hello foodies,

Today, I have decided to take a trip down my childhood memory lane and recreate a favorite recipe of mine. The Aloo Paranthas. There is something special about the warmth of the aloo stuffed paranthas, which I cannot exactly pinpoint, but which I relish. They are the epitome of comfort food for me. Give me a bowl of curd, some mango pickle and these paranthas and I already start to feel much, much better. So, let's make these delicious paranthas.

Thursday 4 May 2017

Kakdi Sabzi - Snake Cucumber Vegetable Recipe

Hello foodies,

With the onset of summers in India, we get a variety of lovely fresh water containing vegetables and fruits for all of us to relish and to beat the sweltering heat. One of such popular salad vegetable is kakdi or snake cucumber. It is available throughout the northern parts of India in summer and is primarily eaten raw as salad. But today, I am sharing a savory recipe where we eat this lovely salad vegetable as a vegetable.

Thursday 20 April 2017

Basic Cooking - Plain Parantha Recipe

Hello foodies,

Today I am sharing the most basic, simple and plain parantha recipe for all of you. Generally eaten with all types of gravy subzis in most Indian households, preferably for dinner. We also have the good old curd as an accompaniment. So, read on to know the steps to prepare soft, hot and fluffy paranthas. But first read up the basic dough preparation post, which I have shared earlier.

Thursday 6 April 2017

Dal Makhni - Kali Dal - Restaurant Dal (No Onion No Garlic) Recipe

Hello foodies,

Happy Navaratras!

Today I am sharing a not so navratra food with you all, it's the popular Dal Makhni or Kali dal or Maah ki Dal as it has been known throughout the north of India. Popularly eaten with Naan, it is one dal that is omnipresent in all the restaurant menus up North. However, as I am a jain, I am making an Onion and Garlic free version of the same. So, let's take a look at the ingredients first!

Saturday 4 March 2017

Basic Cooking - Moong Dal Recipe

Hello foodies,

With the onset of spring, comes an onset of viral fever along with cold and cough. So, today I thought of sharing the recipe for the most easily digestible lentil/dal, which gets cooked within 5 minutes and provides you with a great source of proteins and energy to combat the flu and illness.

Saturday 11 February 2017

Lady Finger with GramFlour - Besani Bhindi Recipe

Hello foodies,

Today I am sharing a lip smacking recipe of bhindi/okra/ladyfinger with you all. As a kid I used to love eating bhindi and I find that my child is no less in his love for the same. Apart from being rich source of vitamin B, bhindi has very good quantities of calcium for a vegetable. So, today I am going to prepare this recipe with a twist and make it more flavorful so that not only kids but adults of the family can also enjoy.

Saturday 28 January 2017

Idly Sambhar - Jain Sambhar - Sambar Recipe

Hello foodies,

Wishing all of you and your families a very happy, healthy and hearty new year. Eat well, sleep well, and live well!

The cold winter days and nights make me crave all the more for warming foods. One of these warming food combinations is the good old, idly-sambhar. A healthy and tasty combination with the goodness of veggies, which is super nutritious as well. Provides a complete and wholesome meal for everyone in the family.