Patala Poha Chiwda/ Nagpuri Chiwda Namkeen This is one Namkeen I’ve always loved. 2 cups Patal Poha 2-3 tbsp oil 1/4 cup peanuts/ cashews/dried coconut flakes/ chana ( use all or as many dried ingredients as you want adjust the quatities A few curry leaves 1/2 tsp rai 4-5 green chillies chopped 1/2 tsp turmeric…

Khamang Kakdi RC Chef Niru Gupta Found this recipe on the net. MDe it and really enjoyed it. Though it was a bit too spicy for my palate. Adjust the chillies according to taste. She had chopped the cucumbers but since I found very tender tiny cucumbers about 2” long I just sliced them. Few…

Healthy Veggie Toast 1/2 cup grated carrots ( 1/2 cup grated cabbage 1/2 cup Paneer mashed 1/4 cup cheese grated 1/2 cup finely chopped capsicums 2-3 green chillies finely chopped Cracked black pepper Salt to taste A few black olives 2 tbsp mayonnaise Squeeze out the juice from the carrots Mix in all the above…

Sardi ke Laddoo( winter Laddoo) Once again made by my friend and lovely neighbour Rani. These were fabulous. 1/2 kg atta 200 gms Gond 1/2 kg dried dates(chuhaara/ kharek) 1/2 kg almonds 1/2 kg cashews 250 gms grated fresh coconut 15/20 cardamoms crushed 800 gms Powdered sugar Ghee about 750 gms Fry the Gond in…

Chashni ke Chawal (Rice Cooked in Sugar Syrup ) Traditionally made in our house on the day of Basant Panchami On this day we even wear yellow besides making yellow chashni ke Chawal 1 cup cooked long grain Basmati Rice 1/3 cup sugar 2 tbsp water 10-12 almonds finely chopped 10-12 pistachios finely chopped Hand…

Rajgira Chikki ( Amaranth Chikki) Soft delicious ideal for fasts healthy . Thanks again to my ever helpful neighbour Rani. Dry fruit can be added broken or crushed even peanuts I didn’t. If using unplugged Amaranth you have to first puff it up like popcorn on a hot pan 1 tbsp at a time. But…

TIL Papad ( Gajak) This is for the Lohri festival which is just in a few days. We’ve always called for these delicious delicate TIL Papads from Beavor ( Rajasthan) and I thought it was impossible to make it at home. But when I saw my neighbour making it and patiently explaining each bit. But…

Gobi Danthal Chorchori. RC Vrinda Jain ( my sister) Here we don’t use the flower but only the thick stalks. and leaves. 2 cups gobi danthal hard skin peeled to reveal the tender inner flesh and chopped into bite size pieces Handfull chopped gobi leaves 2 smal baingans chopped lengthwise 1 large potato chopped lengthwise…

Banarasi Matar Ka Nimona RC Atul Sikand # sikadalouscuisine I made it semi dry and made of 1/2 kg Peas and used half the Garam masala. M Banarasi Matar Ka Nimona ​A simple dish , yet so flavorsome . Typically this dish comes with a gravy , I decided to make it as a dry…

Sautéed Pea Pods We always throw away the Pea Pods right ? But let me tell you it can be made into a delicious veggie/ salad or just as a side dish. I remember my Dadi used to take all the tender Pea Pods and give it to her companion (Pataasi Bai in Marwadi Bai…

Kidney Bean Salad using Microgreens Whenever I make a salad it is mostly the ingredients at hand that I use. I very rarely go out of my way to source stuff unless I’m following a recipe. So here I’ve used what I had. I always have julienned ginger in my fridge which is preserved in…

Dried Fenugreek Leaves ( Methi Leaves) Kasoori Methi Fragrant and just a bit of sprinkling of these crushed Methi leaves makes a big difference to our Indian dishes. My Dad sprinkles it on all his veggies. We get it in stores by the name of Kasoori Methi. But believe me the home made ones are…