Vegan Spiced Hot Chocolate

The evenings have started to get a little chilly here in Bangalore, India and all we can think of is to sink in the sunshine with a cup of hot beverage in hand. Although, tea or coffee gets the first preference but with the holiday season on Hot chocolate is something more apt to enjoy…

Paneer Bhurji / Cottage Cheese Scramble

Paneer or Cottage Cheese is one of the by-products of dairy and widely used in our Indian Cuisine. It’s a vegetarian’s delight. Paneer can be easily made at home, by curdling the milk using lemon or vinegar. Since, it contains high amounts of proteins, iron and calcium, it is good to include in our daily…

Skillet Roasted Amaranth Granola

I am someone who is frantic about working with temperatures of the oven, partially to blame it on the burnt baking attempts in the past, but more so about having patience with baking. πŸ˜› So, I usually avoid baking, but that doesn’t stop me from baking Β the occasional plain marble cakes if in a good…

Thecha Paniyaram

Thecha is one of the popular relish from the state of Maharashtra in India. It is a spice mix, prepared using chilies, groundnut’s and garlic as the main ingredients. An Indian version of pesto you may call it sans the parmesan cheese. πŸ™‚ There are various versions of it, some like to roast the ingredients…

Figs Smoothie with Popped Amaranth & Almond Milk

Summers are all about including a whole lot of liquids. To escape the cooking in the sweltering heat, we have been looking for ways to include healthy yet simple recipes that needs little or no cooking. Breakfast being the first and the most important meal of the day, we switched over to the smoothies, with…

Teabox – Tea Appreciation Masterclass

So, a while ago we received an interesting invite to attend the ‘Tea Appreciation Masterclass’ hosted by Teabox. It was on one of the warm weekend afternoons, N literally jumped in joy and was looking forward to the event for an ardent chai lover that he is. We love our teas / chai at home, as much as we love the strongly brewed filter coffee. Although, there is always a little chai war at home as to which one is better – my dilli style ( the half an half water to the milk ratio, Kadak and served in a…

Beer Battered Mango Pancakes

It’s Wednesday and it’s time for our Pancake Wednesday’s!! Mango season is almost done for this year and I wanted to make use of the last batch into my pancakes. As you know, pancakes regularly features for breakfast at home, I make sure at least I make use of the healthy ingredients. Oatmeal is the preferred flour, if not that then it’s whole wheat flour is what I use. Since, oatmeal tends to make the pancakes much denser in texture as compared to the refined flour ones, you either need eggs or buttermilk incase you opt for an eggless…

Siru Keerai Poriyal (Tropical Amaranth Stir Fry)

So, while contemplating on what to post next, I thought I should include a few traditional recipes from the family. These will be the ones from my granny’s kitchen, the ones we have grown up eating and the ones that rekindle the old memories. Probably, once a week such a post should work or may be once in ten days, taking into account my laziness !! I will try and post the much easy to cook ones. If you see the life in small cities/towns in T.N, you will notice these paati (grandma) kinds regular veggie vendors coming and…

Zucchini Coriander Savoury Oatmeal Pancakes

We love Pancakes at home, and Wednesday’s are meant for a healthy dose of oatmeal Pancakes! πŸ™‚ Read: have to incorporate it in a smart and delicious way for the oats hater at home. Since, we both are not much of a sweet lover, I end up making the savoury version of it. This is the simplest of the recipe I am going to share with you all today. It has eggs in it, however you can completely omit it as well and the results are equally brilliant. Zucchini is one of the favourite veggies at home. I usually stock…

Rajma Kodel (Konkani Style Red Kidney Beans in a Coconut Curry)

Konkan is the South Western coast line of India, consisting of districts from the states of Kerala, Goa and Maharashtra, and Konkani is one of the community from this region and also the widely spoken languages. This community is known to own huge houses with courtyards and growing their own produce. Since, coconut trees are best grown in this particular region, coconut forms an integral part of their cuisine. It’s amazing to see how beautifully they incorporate coconut into their cuisine. Their recipes are the simplest to cook bursting with flavours, ofcourse also carries the labour of love – read:…

Spaghetti with Vegan Roasted Red Bell Pepper Sauce

Thankfully, the weather in Bangalore has got to its real self. It is very pleasant during the day with Sun playing peak a boo, and the rains blessing us in the evening. Perfect to enjoy that cup of chai sitting by the window sil. Also, our salad and soup supper days are back. We prefer having light dinner, mostly keep it simple and mildly spiced. If you ask my fussy husband for any other cuisine he prefers to have other than Indian, he would instantly jump with joy saying ‘Italian’. On the days, I get to hear such golden words,…

Mango, Coriander Walnut Pesto Bruschetta

Coriander, popularly known as Dhania in the Indian Subcontinent and Cilantro in the West, is such a versatile herb that it can be paired with anything from salad dressings to barbecue rubs. I get my weekly supply from my Mum’s kitchen garden. They are organically grown without any pesticides and are a desi variety, so so fragrant to be used in any recipe. Did you know that coriander is a great healing herb? It heals internal body inflammatory in no time. Just chopp and include it into your curries or in salads or best chew a few sprigs to get…