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}”

No-Fry Sabudana Vada {Crispy-Spicy Tapioca Fritters}

Sabudana Vada is a Maharashtrian delicacy that is made with tapioca pearls, mashed potatoes, ground peanuts, chillies and cumin seeds. All the ingredients are mixed together, rolled into small balls and then deep-fried into crispy and delish fritters. Served with a sweet, and spicy yogurt sauce these fritters are sure to tickle your taste buds!


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Gulkand Semiya Kheer {Rose flavored sweet vermicelli pudding}

A classic indian dessert with a twist! Gulkand semiya kheer: A pudding made with thin vermicelli, milk and sugar that is topped with saffron, golden fried cashews, raisins with an added hint of rose flavor from rose petal preserves.  A refreshing new take on the oh so divine vermicelli pudding!   Continue reading “Gulkand Semiya Kheer {Rose flavored sweet vermicelli pudding}”

Narali Bhath{Sweet coconut rice}

“You don’t have to cook fancy or complicated masterpieces – just good food from fresh ingredients.” – Julia Child.  Celebrating Julia Child’s would-be 104th birthday on August 15th!

Today we celebrate ‘Raksha bandhan’ – A festival to celebrate the love and the lifetime bond of sisters and brothers. Sister ties a decorative thread on her brother’s wrist for his well being and in turn the brother promises to protect her for lifetime! Sweet isn’t it?

How about the special dessert we enjoy on this day? My all-time favorite ‘Narali bhath ‘- Sweet coconut rice cooked with aromatic cardamom, cloves, raisins and then garnished with saffron and lightly fried cashews! Absolutely delicious and simple recipe that I make throughout the year. Continue reading “Narali Bhath{Sweet coconut rice}”

Paakatali puri {fried flatbread glazed in lemon-saffron flavored syrup}

If there is one Indian dessert recipe you want to learn, ‘paakatali puri’ is the one i would recommend. It is the yummiest recipe which uses few basic ingredients and is also nut free. It is easy to make and tastes heavenly with its crispy and luscious texture!

Last Sunday, we celebrated a traditional hindu festival called Naagpanchami. The festival is to worship snakes and there are many legends in hindu mythology narrated to the importance of this day. For me, this festival brings back the memories of my mom making the scrumptious ‘paakatali puri’ – Fried dough flatbreads drenched in sugar syrup infused with saffron and a hint of lemon! Continue reading “Paakatali puri {fried flatbread glazed in lemon-saffron flavored syrup}”

No Fry Dahivada{lentil dumplings dunked in lush yogurt}


Here we are, just 5 days back from an incredibly adventurous summer in India and Italy. I have SO much to share with you all so stay tuned for all of the vacation inspired recipes to come. In midst of the jet lag, the loads of laundry and other things I’ve been craving something cool and comforting. Something that will extend my memories of our Indian summer. Only one thing comes to mind…

Dahivada: soft, melt-in-your-mouth, lentil dumplings dunked in lush yogurt, and garnished with sweet and tangy tamarind-date chutney, red chili powder, cumin-coriander powder and crunchy sev! Continue reading “No Fry Dahivada{lentil dumplings dunked in lush yogurt}”