Indian · North Indian · Vegetarian

Lauki Kofta Curry (Deep fried Bottle Gourd balls in tangy tasty Tomato-Onion gravy)

Bottle Gourd means 'Lauki' in Hindi. Lauki Kofta curry is a very delicious North Indian dish. I never liked the taste of lauki (bottle gourd) but the first time I had this dish was at my aunt's place. The koftas were just melt-in-mouth. I instantly loved the dish but had no idea that it was… Continue reading Lauki Kofta Curry (Deep fried Bottle Gourd balls in tangy tasty Tomato-Onion gravy)

Indian · Maharashtrian · Vegetarian

Bharli Vangi (Stuffed Eggplant)

Bharli Vangi is a traditional Maharastrian dish. Purple hued baby eggplants stuffed with a mixture of fragrant spiced filling and cooked in flavorful gravy. The aromatic spices along with the coarse texture of coconut, sweetness of jaggery and tangyness of tamarind makes the dish more luscious and appetizing. Serves: 3 Cooking time: 40 mins Ingredients Stuffing… Continue reading Bharli Vangi (Stuffed Eggplant)

Goan · Healthy · Indian · Konkani · Maharashtrian · Vegetarian

Vaalachi Bhaji (spicy-sweet Field Beans)

A quick and tasty recipe, best served alongside roti or chapati. Field beans or Kadve Vaal as they are called in Konkani, are very rich in protein once sprouted. They have a crunchy bite to them and leave behind a slight bitter after taste. Vaalachi Bhaji is a very popular dish in Maharashtrian and Goan cuisines.… Continue reading Vaalachi Bhaji (spicy-sweet Field Beans)

Indian · South Indian · Vegetarian

South Indian Sambar (Spicy Lentil Soup)

Sambar is a very popular South Indian recipe. Any South Indian meal is incomplete without Sambar. It is a spicy, flavorful lentil soup made with yellow lentils (toor dal) mixed with variety of assorted vegetables and an aromatic coconut oil tempering. The coconut oil and dry red chilies tempering fills the house with its aroma… Continue reading South Indian Sambar (Spicy Lentil Soup)

Indian · North Indian · Vegetarian

Bhindi Masala in onion-tomato Gravy

Bhindi masala is a tasty dish in North Indian cuisine. Everybody in my family loves this recipe. Fried okra tossed in creamy onion-tomato spiced gravy. Frying the okra gives the dish a good crunch along with its little sweetness and the tanginess of tomatoes makes the dish very very delicious. Serves: 4 Cooking time: 45 mins… Continue reading Bhindi Masala in onion-tomato Gravy

Goan · Healthy · Indian · Vegetarian

Sol Kadhi, a refreshing Kokum drink

In konkani "sol" means Kokum (essentially dried peels of the Kokum fruit), that along with coconut milk is combined to make this appetizing drink. Sol Kadi reminds me of my school summer holidays, I spent at my Nani's (maternal grandmother's) place. She made sol kadhi everyday from fresh grated creamy coconuts; it was like a… Continue reading Sol Kadhi, a refreshing Kokum drink

Healthy · Indian · Konkani · Maharashtrian · Vegetarian

Mom’s recipe – Mayalu Bhaji (Malabar Spinach spicy sabzi)

Malabar Spinach also called  "Mayalu in marathi" and "Vali bhaji" in konkani. Malabar spinach is found in  backyard of every Goan house. This is lush green and grows mainly in summer season. My parents are here and it's fun when they visit us especially during the summer months. Well, when Mom is here, then it's… Continue reading Mom’s recipe – Mayalu Bhaji (Malabar Spinach spicy sabzi)

Breakfast Items · Indian · Snacks · South Indian · Vegetarian

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)

Indian · Maharashtrian · Snacks · Vegetarian

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!

Indian · Indo-Chinese · Vegetarian

Chinese Bhel

Chinese Bhel is a scrumptious and super addictive Mumbai street food. It is an exciting twist to the Indian bhel which is made with puffed rice whereas chinese bhel is made with a blend of crispy noodles tossed with semi-cooked colorful veggies and sauces. The first time I had Chinese Bhel was at a food stall just across… Continue reading Chinese Bhel