Kothimbir vadi{Cilantro croquettes}

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A family recipe for fresh cilantro croquettes: finely chop cilantro, mix with flour and spices, steam, then pan fry to crispy perfection! These super delicious kothimbir vadi or cilantro croquettes are quentissential to typical Mumbai food experience.

My mother-in-law, who visits us frequently, is from Mumbai. For years, during each visit she makes these delicious kothimbir vadi for us to enjoy. This year I thought it would be great for me to learn her secret recipe. She was super excited to make them with me. Continue reading “Kothimbir vadi{Cilantro croquettes}”

Curry Puffs

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During spring break 2015 we visited my sister, Arti, in Singapore. We had so much fun exploring and eating Singapore’s delicious cuisine, especially the seafood. We were also spoiled by Arti’s stellar cooking. She had won the Singapore Master Chef challenge with her famous biryani just a couple of months before and my boys were very proud of her. During our eight day stay not only did we get to try her savory biryani but she also prepared so many more eclectic  dishes. In addition to all that fancy food we also snacked on many varieties of curry puffs while we were on the go. Curry puffs are a common snack in south east Asia, made with pastry shell and yummy fillings of curried chicken, potatoes or eggs.  It is similar to the empanadas except that the outer cover is flakier and pastry like. Continue reading “Curry Puffs”

Rose Falooda {Rose flavored ice cream sundae float}

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An ice cream float with aromatic rose syrup, cool sweet basil seeds, thin noodles, and cold milk topped with creamy vanilla ice-cream and nuts of your choice!!

Summer to us means lots of watermelon, mangoes, lemonade and of course ‘rose falooda’ enjoyed with the company of family and friends. Rose falooda is one my favorite dishes to take along for summer barbecue parties. With so much focus on there grill people seem to forget about unique drinks! This super easy recipe is a sure crowd pleaser with it’s refreshing flavors.  It does not require any cooking once you have few ingredients on hand – Rose syrup, sweet basil seeds, low fat milk, cooked thin noodles (ok one quick thing to cook) and some vanilla ice cream. Continue reading “Rose Falooda {Rose flavored ice cream sundae float}”

Tandoori Chicken

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Spicy chicken marinated in yogurt, kashmiri red chili powder, fresh ginger-garlic, garam masala and then grilled to perfection! Tandoori chicken, is a classic indian dish that is healthy, easy to cook and a definite crowd pleaser. Whenever I have to take a dish to a summer party, this is the dish that comes to mind. So here is something you might want to try for 4th of July this year. Continue reading “Tandoori Chicken”