Indian Pulses – A quick guide to lentils, beans and peas

Pulses. A fancy word to describe the ever-so-delicious and protein-packed chickpeas, lentils and dry peas. I am truly fascinated by the different types available and can’t resist picking up a new bag every time I go shopping. My pantry now contains over 20 different varieties! Continue reading “Indian Pulses – A quick guide to lentils, beans and peas”

Bisi Bele Bhath – Instant Pot

Bisi bele bhath is a spicy and flavor packed rice dish that is cooked with lentils, rice, lots of vegetables and aromatic spices! I love south indian food and the flavors of the fresh spices and ground lentils used in various dishes is simply divine. Bisi bele bhath to me is the ultimate comfort food  when it comes to simple home cooked south indian food. Continue reading “Bisi Bele Bhath – Instant Pot”

Stuffed Baby Eggplant – Instant Pot

I have been trying different recipes in the Instant Pot and I am truly loving the flavors and the ease of use. One of the best dishes I have made is the stuffed baby eggplants in Instant Pot. It is my newest discovery and I am loving the ease with which they can be cooked to perfection. I am so excited to share this authentic stove top recipe of the stuffed baby eggplants in my IP-DUO60 Instant Pot with a video! Continue reading “Stuffed Baby Eggplant – Instant Pot”

Roasted beets with cashew garlic sauce

Roasted beets with cashew garlic sauce – A healthy appetizer inspired by Oceanos, a Mediterranean restaurant in NJ. We visited Oceanos this past December to celebrate a special birthday, the food was delicious and the ambience delightful!

One of my favorite dishes was the roasted beets served with a smooth, velvety and delectable cashew garlic sauce. It took me few months to replicate this recipe but the one I have now is a sure keeper. The recipe is adapted from pinch of yum, one of my absolute favorite blogs. I’m a huge fan of Lindsey’s recipes! Continue reading “Roasted beets with cashew garlic sauce”

Tandoori chicken wings

Spicy tandoori chicken wings, grilled to perfection,  are made with yogurt, lemon juice, ginger, garlic, garam masala, red chili powder and turmeric! I know chicken wings are not “healthy” but this is a healthier version of the typical deep fried wings. In my family, these piquant tandoori wings are a must while watching football on Super bowl Sunday. Continue reading “Tandoori chicken wings”

Butter Chicken – Instant Pot

Punjabi murg makhani also know as butter chicken is one of the most popular Indian dish across the globe. Smoky flavorful chicken, grilled in the tandoor with heavenly aroma of the garam masala and fenugreek, dunked in a creamy sauce with orangish hue from the red chili powder and turmeric – is how I reminisce butter chicken! Continue reading “Butter Chicken – Instant Pot”

Handvo {Spicy Rice and lentils cake}

Handvo – A traditional gujarati savory cake made with rice, lentils and lots of vegetable like bottle gourd, fenugreek leaves and carrots. Spiced with fresh ginger and green chilies, tempered with mustard seeds, sesame seeds and dried red chillies. This wholesome dish can be enjoyed as a meal by itself or with a side of pickle or chutney.

Handvo with tea

 

 

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Sesame chikki {crisps}

Happy Makar Sankrant! Growing up, I remember celebrating festival of Makar Sankrant by visiting family and friends and wishing them “Tilgul ghya goad goad bola” which literally means “Take tilgul and talk sweetly”. On the Sankrant evening, we dressed in our pretty traditional outfits and went around the neighborhoods, collecting different varieties of sweet treats made with sesame seeds called tilgul. My favorite amongst the sweet treats, was the crispy and crunchy sesame chikki{crisps}. Made with sesame seeds, sugar and a hint of cardamom and salt, these sesame chikki make an irresistible and yummy winter snack.

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Bhogichi Bhaji (Traditional maharashtrian mix vegetable curry)

Bhogichi Bhaji – A traditional Mahrashtrian curry that celebrates the seasonal bounty of winter vegetables along with healthy and aromatic sauce made from coconut, peanuts and sesame seeds.

I love to celebrate holidays! I love to think and reflect back on memories of my childhood when my mom’s energy and enthusiasm filled our home with excitement and happiness! She would make some special dishes, desserts and we always had family and friends to share and enjoy with. Now, I love to take time for my family for every festival and make sure we do something special. We talk about the festival and why it is celebrated. And of course, it always includes the traditional dishes and sweets we savor together as a family.

Today, we celebrate the first of the three day celebration of Makar Sankrant. In India, Makar Sankrant symbolizes the end of the winter solstice and the monsoon, and the beginning of the harvest season. Some states celebrate this festival for up to four days. In Maharashtra, where I come from, this festival is celebrated for three days. On the first day which is ‘Bhogi’,  we make this special dish that celebrates the seasonal bounty of winter vegetables along with coconut, peanuts and sesame seeds. It provides the much needed warmth and nourishment to the body during winters.

Bhogichi bhaji

This super healthy dish consisting of five different winter vegetables is passed  from generation to generation and is an integral part of this festive celebration. Today I am sharing my grandma’s recipe that uses carrots, fresh green chickpeas, flat green beans, baby eggplant and tomatoes. You can always substitute with any seasonal winter vegetables. I like it with multi-grain or millet bread topped with sesame seeds.

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