Pomegranate juice

pomegranate-juice

Pomegranates – The jewel of autumn. We are in peak autumn and the plump pomegranates are in season!  They are in every grocery store and so are many videos on how to seed a pomegranate. I love pomegranates for their taste, nutrition and of course the gorgeous red color. They are make beautiful garnish on pretty much any dish. My favorite way to enjoy them is by making fresh pomegranate juice! Continue reading “Pomegranate juice”

Diwali Celebrations

After 5 days of a fun-filled Diwali this year I thought it would be nice to share my family’s experience with you. Diwali, which translates to a row of lights, is the main Hindu festival celebrated in autumn. In Maharashtra, where I grew up, it is celebrated with a lot of enthusiasm. My love for celebrating is a result of my mom’s passion for this holiday, which I mentioned in my last post: rose coconut karanji.

Diwali signifies the victory of light over darkness, good over evil, knowledge over ignorance, and hope over despair – ideologies that are at the core of my family’s values.

Diwali-photo

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Rose Coconut Karanji {pastry with rose flavoured coconut filling}

 

Rose coconut karanji – a crispy pastry filled with sweet and delicate rose flavored coconut filling that melts divinely in your mouth. Yes, it is Diwali this week and if I can share one traditional recipe with you, hands down it would be this rose coconut karanji. I am not a big fan of the traditional karanji but I am hooked on to this delectable recipe which has aromatic and sweet, rose flavored filling. Happy Diwali everyone!

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Salmon Tikka Masala Skewers with homemade garam masala

salmon tikka masala skewers

Home cooking at its best! A beautiful year around recipe that is nutritious and flavorful with very few ingredients. We try to eat Salmon once a week in my family. In addition to Tandoori Salmon and Methi garlic salmon, here is another quick recipe of Salmon Tikka Masala Skewers that we savor.  This recipe uses green marinade made with the goodness of cilantro, mint, ginger, garlic, yogurt and the warmth of homemade garam masala which is especially good for fall and winter meals.

Check out the new printer friendly recipe and the super helpful nutrition label for this recipe at the end of this post!  Continue reading “Salmon Tikka Masala Skewers with homemade garam masala”

Apple Cake

apple cake

My first blog anniversary on Oct 15th.. YAY!  I cannot believe it will be a year already since I started blogging. It has been a wonderful and exciting journey. Thank you to my friends Meredith Lawida and Patty Connelly for your support. I greatly appreciate your tips and advice on my posts and photography. Thank you to my cousin Shital Lakhani, who stood by my side countless days and nights while we worked through the initial challenges of blogging. She has been a great inspiration and a constant support. Thank you to all my readers for your love and support! Continue reading “Apple Cake”

Pumpkin parathas {flatbreads}

pumpkin parathas

I love fall season, the crisp air, cooler nights, the new harvest of pumpkins and apples, leaves changing color and the pretty mums! My mom has been with me many fall seasons and we always go pumpkin and apple picking. She thoroughly enjoys the hay rides, the apple cider, picking giant pumpkins and varieties of apples. She has an unbelievable amount of energy that she passes to people around her. Here is a picture from October 2013 when she last visited me. I am hoping she will visit us again soon and I can’t wait to share a lot of her fun recipes. Continue reading “Pumpkin parathas {flatbreads}”

Lentils with drumstick Leaves

After weeks of indulging into festive foods, its high time to share some healthy and everyday dishes that I cook for my family. Lentils aka Daal is a favorite dish in my home. My boys love all sorts of daals. I feel happy and satisfied to see them eating healthy and protein packed foods (at least for weekday dinners).

During my recent trips to Indian grocery store, I noticed some greens that I had never seen before. The label on them said ‘Drumstick leaves’. Not knowing how to use them I did not buy them. I was curious what they were used for. After researching a little bit I found out that these leaves are a nutritional power-house. Here is the nutrition information from wikipedia: The leaves are the most nutritious part of the plant, being a significant source of B vitaminsvitamin C, provitamin A as beta-carotenevitamin Kmanganese, and protein, among other essential nutrient  Continue reading “Lentils with drumstick Leaves”

Homemade Mango Jam

Homemade Mango Jam – A simple but flavor packed recipe made with few basic ingredients and has no preservatives, additives, artificial sweetners or colors.

Can you believe summer is almost over? I had an amazing summer with a memorable trip to India and Italy. For the first time in 18 years, I got to feast on Alphonso mangoes that were in season. For me, Alphonso mango is THE symbol of an Indian summer. Continue reading “Homemade Mango Jam”

Ukadiche Modak {Steamed rice dumplings with coconut and jaggery stuffing}

Ukadiche Modak – an exquisite Maharashtrian delicacy made with steamed rice flour dough, stuffed with aromatic and sweet coconut, jaggery, nutmeg, cardamom and saffron filling. These Modaks are offered to Lord Ganesh and made especially during the ten-day celebration of the Ganesha festival which started this week. There are literally dozens of ways to make a modak, but of course my mom had to spoil us with these luscious, heavenly ‘ukadiche modak’.  Continue reading “Ukadiche Modak {Steamed rice dumplings with coconut and jaggery stuffing}”