Khara Pongal (Venn Pongal)

Pongal is also the name of a popular dish from Tamil Nadu and also a multi-day festival which starts from Sakranti in January (usually on the 14th or 15th). There are specific dishes reserved for different days of the festivities. There are multiple sweet (Sakkarai Pongal) and savory Pongal variations available but my favorite out…

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Winter Special Kadhi

Some recipes have a lot of variations and are super versatile. Like pasta from Italy and sandwiches from the UK can be made with endless variations; one such dish from India is our own Kadhi. People from Rajasthan make a different flavor than Punjabis which varies from Gujaratis which in turn differs from Sindhis. I…

Garhwali Kulthi ka Soup (Horse gram Lentil Soup)

Winters are all about healthy soups and eating tonnes of fresh veggies. All my recipes become veggie laden during winters be it my breakfast options like poha, vermicelli or upma or my lunch salad options or my dinner soup options. I like to add multiple veggies in my meals every day. I recently read in…

Bisi Bele Bath

I lived in Bangalore for four years and was amazed by the sheer variety and diversity of Kannada food. Before living in Bangalore, south Indian food for me meant only idlis, dosas and vadas. It was later I realized the variety of Kannadiga food in the form of Akki Rotis, Bisi Bele Bath, Medhu vada,…

Litti Chokha

Cuisines in India are as unique as they can get and I absolutely love that about it. Some of them have received their due and are fairly famous but some of them are underrated. I always feel that one such cuisine from the eastern state of Bihar. The cuisine is simple, healthy and so flavorful…

Pistachio & Lemon Kalakand

Diwali is just around the corner and I am spending the last few days cleaning and dusting the house, making some snacks and sweets for my family. Isn’t this the best time of the year, the air is so festive, the markets are full of sweets, decorative materials, flowers and more. I made a quintessential…

Jamun Granita

We are blessed with so many seasonal fruits and veggies. Every fruit has it’s own nutrients and benefits. Jamun is a childhood favorite and a very seasonal fruit available for less than 2 months.  the best memories have been of plucking the fruit and relishing it with black salt. Though I love to preserve the…

Kashmiri Pulao

India is a diverse country. It is rich in culture and cuisines. There is a famous Hindi saying – ‘Kos kos pe paddle baani, chaar kos pe paani’ which literally translates into ‘taste of water changes at every corner and people’s dialect changes at every 4 corners’. That is so true about India. Talking about…

Jamun Kala Khatta (Java Plum-Orange-Thyme Cooler)

I love all seasonal fruits and veggies? They are packed with nutrients, are healthy and perfect for the season. Stone fruits are one such kind of seasonal produce. I am fond of all stone fruits like peaches, plums, cherries. One variety of plum is our own Indian version of the plum called Java Plum or…

Onion-Tomato Chutney (Tamatar-Pyaz ki chutney)

Chutneys are such an important part of our food. They do wonders in enhancing the flavors of the food multifold. I swear by them and can’t have a few dishes without chutneys. Like idlis and dosas, appe, sandwiches and the list is long but you get the hang of it. Don’t you? Here are some…