Amaranth-Oat Granola

Granola is one of the easiest things to make, you can make countless variations by adding different ingredients to the basic granola. Today I am sharing with you Amaranth oat granola which is an easy, healthy granola variation that I really love. Puffed amaranth adds a nice nutty flavor to your basic granola, making it…

Homemade Almond Milk

Almond milk is a great dairy-free milk substitute. Making it at home is easier than you think and it tastes way… way… better than the expensive store bought ones which are filled with all sorts of preservatives. All you need to make this milk is almonds and water, that’s it! And it is ready within…

Coconut Chia Pudding

Coconut chia pudding is a delicious, healthy and easy to make breakfast. Coconut milk in this recipe takes the regular chia pudding to the next level, making it a richer and a creamier treat. You just need a handful of ingredients to make this chia pudding. Start by mixing chia seeds with coconut milk, maple…

Breakfast Fruit Toast

Fresh fruit toast is a simple and satisfying way to jazz up your everyday breakfast. It is super easy to make and you can use whatever fruits you have on hand. This is one of my favorite summer breakfasts along with avocado toast and chia pudding. Simply spread some ricotta over toasted bread, top it…

Honeydew Melon juice and Margarita

There is nothing better than cold juicy Melons on a hot summer day!! No wonder you find so many different varieties of melons during summer. This cold, refreshing, naturally sweet melon juice made with a touch of fennel is a perfect summer drink. Fennel gives this drink a nice refreshing twist, trust me on that!…

Fennel seed syrup -Variyali Sharbat

Fennel seeds Drink is a refreshing summer beverage popular especially in Gujarat, India. It is hard to find an Indian house that won’t have fennel seeds in their pantry. Fennel seeds are known for their digestive and cooling properties, that is why everywhere in India it is served post meal, as a mouth freshener.  No…

Banana Blueberry Nice-Cream

Nice Cream is a yummy healthy ice cream made using frozen bananas base and various add-ins. This soft serve ice cream is easy to make and is ready to serve in just a few minutes, all you need is just a few ingredients and a food processor or blender… Yes you can make this ice…

Baigan Bhartha- Roasted Eggplant Dish

Baingan Bharta is a popular North Indian dish, served at every roadside Dhabas in Punjab, especially during winter months. Baingan (meaning eggplant) bharta is basically fire-roasted eggplant cooked with onion, tomatoes, and spices.  During summer when we are grilling outside, I usually roast a few eggplants on the grill and use it later in the…

Watermelon Margarita

Nothing screams summer like freshly cut slices of watermelon. These Watermelon Margaritas are simple, refreshing, and delicious, with a kick. Naturally sweet from the watermelon, tangy from the lime, and spiked with tequila, is a perfect way to beat the summer heat…  You can make the mocktail version of this as well by opting out…

Jalapeno Margaritas

Jalapeno margarita is a spicy spin on a classic margarita. It is a simple, refreshing, and aromatic drink. Not exceedingly sweet like many Margaritas can be but has a nice kick to it.  It is a perfect cocktail recipe when entertaining and is a huge crowd-pleaser. This recipe can be scaled down as well for…

Avocado Toast

Avocado toast is a healthy, simple, and super easy breakfast that you can make in no time, it is almost effortless. This is one of the favorite summertime breakfasts at my house. If you love avocados then you will surely love this avocado toast.  The basic toast recipe is super simple, which you can further…

Surti Cold Cocoa

Cold Cocoa is a famous drink in Surat, Gujarat India. You will find vendors selling this at every street corner. No one makes it better than vendors in surat!! I remember drinking it a lot every time I would visit my extended family in Surat.  This dense, creamy, thick chocolate drink is served ice cold….

Bombay Sandwich

Bombay Sandwich is popular street food in Mumbai. You will find vendors selling sandwiches almost at every street corner. This deliciously refreshing sandwich is made with green chutney and lots of veggies. These Bombay sandwiches used to be my favorite snack during my college days and also when I worked there. I still remember having…

Cilantro-mint Chutney

Simple, fresh, flavourful Cilantro-mint chutney is a delicious accompaniment to any Indian food. This irresistible mildly spicy chutney is very easy to make and takes no more than 10 minutes. This is also one of those recipes that every house has its own spin on it. Growing up my mom used to add sesame seeds and…

Red chili garlic chutney

Red chili garlic chutney, a delicious spicy chutney prepared from dry red chilies and garlic. It is a must-have condiment that enhances the taste and flavor of many Indian street food and chaats. Use this chutney to transform any dull food into delicious spicy food.  Serves: 1 cup  Ingredients: 20 whole dry Kashmiri chilies 8…

Negroni Gone Wrong

Negroni gone wrong is my SIP version of regular Negroni. This drink uses whiskey, sake, and Campari as that is what I had on hand. Adding smoke to the drink gave a nice herbal smokey flavor to it. I wanted to try adding smoke to the drinks at home but didn’t want to buy expensive…

Creamy Oat – Amaranth porridge

Oat-amaranth porridge is the healthiest way to start your day. This is my twist on regular everyday oat porridge. Amaranth is high in protein, fiber, and iron along with various other nutrients. Amaranth has an earthy, nutty flavor with a bit of chew texture which goes really well with steel-cut oats. This hearty and creamy…

Chunky Pineapple Preserve

Pineapple preserve is a chunky caramelized style preserve. This sweet and tart preserve is absolutely easy to make and you do not need any special equipment to make it.  Spread it over bread, add it to porridge, cake, ice cream, or eat it with cheese, the limits are endless. Once you eat this preserve you…

Gujju Dal with vegetables

Dal is a staple comfort food for every house in India. It forms a major part of an everyday balanced diet and every house has its own version. The version I am sharing here today is from Gujrat but it has a nice twist to it thanks to my brother-in-law for it!!  My son loves…

Berry crumble

Berry crumble is a healthy, comforting, and versatile dessert made by using any berry or a combination of berries. Sweet and tart berries topped with crispy crumble is easy to make dessert. It is also the best way to use any leftover berries before they go bad. This is a perfect dessert for parties, BBQs, or…

Chana Masala

Chana masala is popular Indian comfort food made with chickpeas simmered in spicy tomato onion gravy.  Chana masala comes together with basic pantry ingredients but the results are super delicious. This hearty, saucy and spicy chickpea tomato-onion dish is vegan and gluten-free as well. It tastes even better the next day, so I make sure…

No-Fuss Pizza

This homemade pizza is a quick, no-fuss meal for everyone to enjoy. It is an easy fix meal, especially for a weeknight dinner. Everyone can choose their own sauce and toppings and build their own pizzas. It is the best way to have kids eat their veggies as well… I have seen my kid going…

Tres leches

Tres leches is an authentic Latin American cake. Tres leches literally mean “three milks”. This is a deliciously rich and moist cake soaked in sweet milk goodness, it just melts in your mouth!!! This is a perfect make-ahead cake for parties especially in summer since it is served cold. It is a great crowd-pleaser for its…

Paneer Masala

Paneer Masala is a North Indian recipe made using paneer, onions, tomatoes, and a variety of aromatic spices. This rich creamy Paneer gravy is easy to make and does not need a lot of preparation. I found this recipe in one of the cookbooks back in the day and gave it a try. Over time…

Caprese salad skewers

Caprese salad on skewers with a drizzle of balsamic reduction is a quick and healthy appetizer any given day! This salad makes a perfect finger food great for entertaining and can be made ahead of time. These are so easy to make, just layer mozzarella, basil, and tomato over a skewer and drizzle some balsamic when…

Falooda

Falooda is a popular dessert enjoyed in India especially in summer months. It forms an integral part of the menu for any street vendors that sell ice creams and commonly sold in any restaurants and ice cream parlors.   Falooda originally a Persian dessert, made its way to India along with many Persian traders and…

Cold Brew

Making cold brew at home is way easier than you think. With just a little prep work you can enjoy a delicious cup of the cold brew all week long. I usually brew a big batch over the weekend and store it in the fridge for easy weekday fix. Cold brew is much different than…

No Knead Bread

Making bread from scratch can be a really intimidating process!! But not anymore with this simple quick and easy recipe. And the best part is there is no kneading involved!! This recipe is very versatile as you can use any flour or combinations of flour to make the bread of your liking, perfect for breakfast,…

Instant Upma mix

Upma is a popular breakfast in southern India, however, these days it has become popular all over India. Making upma from scratch is usually an easy process, however, sometimes you need things that you can whip up instantly in a matter of minutes without breaking a sweat. That is when the instant upma mix comes…

Salsa Verde

Salsa Verde is a staple in every Mexican kitchen. You will be amazed how easy it is to make this salsa which delivers such authentic flavor.  During the last Thanksgiving dinner at one of my good friend’s house, who is from Mexico, I tried this authentic homemade version of Salsa, along with other awesome Mexican…

Gajar (Carrot) Halwa

Gajar (carrot) halwa is the most popular and authentic Indian deserts, which marks its presence on any special occasions or festivals in India. Once winter sets in you will start seeing nice red carrots in the markets in India. These carrots are sweet and juicy, unlike the carrots that we get around here in the…

Molten Lava Cake

Cakey on the outside, warm, oozy and chocolaty on the inside, Chocolate indulgence at its best!! These molten lava cakes are super easy to make and are ready in just 30 minutes. They are also a great make-ahead dessert, just make the batter, pour them into the prepared ramekins and refrigerate them. When ready to…

Corn Sev Puri Chaat

Corn Sev puri is a non-traditional way of making sev puri chaat. While most Indian chaats demands for a generous drizzle of tamarind and green chutneys, this corn sev puri does not require either. The combination of lime, sugar, and chilies adds tanginess, sweetness, and spiciness that you crave for in regular chaat. This chaat…

Shrikhand

Shrikhand is a yogurt based traditional sweet from the western states of India. It is made from hung curd/yogurt, sweetened with sugar and flavored with saffron and cardamom. It has a thick creamy and smooth consistency. Unlike common belief, it is very easy to make shrikhand at home. It is a great make-ahead dish. I…

Pav bhaji

A hot, spicy, flavourful blend of veggies, served with lemon wedges and onions, along with generously buttered Pav just off the griddle… Yummm – Who can resist this most popular Street food from Mumbai!! Pav bhaji is believed to have originated on the streets of Mumbai as a fast lunchtime dish for the textile workers…

Chocolate Brownie

Brownie…. A pure chocolate heaven! Whenever I crave for a chocolate dessert, I have to bake some brownies. This rich decadent brownie will satisfy all your chocolate cravings. These are so easy to make even kids can make it. My son likes to help me make it all the time, but what he really LOVES…

Halwasan

Halwasan is a traditional Indian sweet from Gujarat region of India. It has fudge-like texture and consistency and is made from milk, edible gum, semolina, and caramelized sugar. It is a relatively healthy sweet as we are using edible gum which is sourced naturally from tree gum and is considered to be very nutritious. It…

Panettone French Toast.

Panettone is a sweet Italian bread filled with raisins and candied dehydrated fruits like papaya, guava, pineapple. It is usually found during Christmas time. You can simply enjoy a slice of panettone just by itself with a cup of coffee, but making panettone french toast just takes it to next level.. I am usually not…

Nutella

Nutella anyone… I have not met anyone who doesn’t like Nutella. It is one of those things that you can never go wrong with however you use! Over time I have seen many recipes of Nutella online, but I have was always been skeptical if the homemade version would taste any good as the store…

Egg Curry

Egg curry is a well known Indian street food that many must have enjoyed while growing up. The recipe that I am sharing with you today is an onion-tomato based curry infused with aromatic spices and fresh green chilies. I believe it tastes best with high spice level especially if you are making it on…