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Moong Urad Dal Vada (savory Lentil fritters)

Moong Urad Dal Vada is a blend of moong dal and urad dal with a combination of handful of spices. Moong dal and rava makes the vadas crispy on the outside and with use of urad dal it become soft on the inside. It is a great breakfast and evening snack, just serve it with chutney and… Continue reading Moong Urad Dal Vada (savory Lentil fritters)

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Vegetable Cutlet, a spicy tasty snack!

Vegetable Cutlet is a simple, nutritious yet easy to make recipe. Combination of mixed vegetables and handful of spices with crispy coating is a great and tasty snack. I like having it just like that with ketchup and my husband usually eats it like a sandwich by placing a cutlet in-between slices of bread, as it… Continue reading Vegetable Cutlet, a spicy tasty snack!

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Spicy, Non-sticky Ghee sautéed Sabudana Khichdi (Tapioca Pearls)

Sabudana Khichdi is a classic recipe that is largely in demand when Maharashtrian's fast. My husband tells stories of his mom looking for innovative ways to cook Tapioca pearls, since there are only a few items that may be consumed during these fasts. Even though I don't believe in fasting, I find this recipe very… Continue reading Spicy, Non-sticky Ghee sautéed Sabudana Khichdi (Tapioca Pearls)

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Padwa Special – Authentic Puran Poli

Today we celebrated Gudi Padwa, our Maharashtrian New Year. For my husband and I, it was another reason to miss home, miss family. It has been a few years since I had homemade Puran poli. Every year I had my mom courier store bought Puran Poli, and I remember opening the box and unlocking a… Continue reading Padwa Special – Authentic Puran Poli

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Palak Pakoda (Crispy Spinach Fritters)

It was raining in Columbus yesterday. A perfect time for some pakodas with a cup of hot ginger tea. Usually I make onion or potato pakoda, but this time I wanted to indulge in satisfying my craving for something fried along with something healthy as well. What could be more healthier than spinach? I tried… Continue reading Palak Pakoda (Crispy Spinach Fritters)

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Pavacha Sanja (Bread pieces sauteed in Spices)

Today's recipe brings back childhood memories. Just feels like yesterday, coming back from school and my grandma serving a hot bowl of Pavacha Sanja in front of me. Every time we had stale or leftover bread in our house, my grandma would make sanja but I loved this dish so much that I would ask… Continue reading Pavacha Sanja (Bread pieces sauteed in Spices)

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Mumbai style Batata Vada

Every city has its own icons, like philly for its cheesesteak, New York for Cheesecake, Mumbai is known for its Batata Vada. You can call it Mumbai's staple street food and one of my favorites. Basically it is deep fried mashed potatoes sauteed with spices with a beautiful golden crispy coating on the outside and… Continue reading Mumbai style Batata Vada

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Kanda Batata Poha (spicy Flattened Rice snack)

Serves: 2 Cooking time: 20 - 25 mins Ingredients 3 cups flattened rice (thick poha) 2 tsp salt, or adjust as per taste ¾ tsp turmeric ½ tsp red chili powder, or adjust as per spice tolerance 1 tsp sugar 3 tbsp oil 5-6 curry leaves (kadipatta) 3 green chilies, vertically slit 1½ tbsp peanuts, roasted and crushed (optional)… Continue reading Kanda Batata Poha (spicy Flattened Rice snack)

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Kothambir Vadi (scrumptious Cilantro Fritters)

Makes: 28 pieces Cooking time:  1 ½ hr Ingredients 2 cups gram flour (besan) 1 tbsp rice flour 1 tsp turmeric 1 tbsp sugar ¼ tsp asafoetida (hing) 1½ tsp salt, or adjust as per taste Oil, for sautéing and deep-frying 1 tsp jeera (cumin seeds) 1½ tsp garlic paste 1½ tsp ginger paste 1½… Continue reading Kothambir Vadi (scrumptious Cilantro Fritters)

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Rava Upma (savory Semolina pudding)

In my growing up days, Rava Upma was very regularly made as breakfast in my house with a cup of hot tea. At least once a week it was in our menu. It is a nutritious, healthy and stomach filing meal which is quick to prepare. Roasted semolina tossed with sauteed onions, steamed with water… Continue reading Rava Upma (savory Semolina pudding)