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Blueberry Yogurt Ice Lolly -

Make these delicious frozen yogurt ice lollies loaded with berry goodness this summer. It's low fat, has no added sugar, healthy and super creamy delight! It just needs 5 ingredients, a blender and after 6 hours in freezer, you have this delicious and healthy treat to enjoy!

P.S: There is a video tutorial as well :)

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Lauki Aloo Matar Curry (A simple and easy vegan bottle gourd curry with potato and peas cooked in a sweet and tangy tomato gravy) -

The recipe for this Lauki Aloo Matar is pretty simple and straight-forward. I love to cook it with just handful of spices easily found in most Indian pantry, like the coriander powder, cumin powder, turmeric powder, chilli powder and the quintessential garam masala (not curry powder) which add bags of flavours. I am also not too fond of over complicated recipes, and hence stick to simple tomato based gravies which gives natural sweetness to the finished dish with a hint of tangy flavour. The addition of fresh ginger and garlic paste and good handful of coriander leaves elevates this curry to new heights. While the potatoes lend the creaminess to the gravy, the green peas add vibrancy to what otherwise a plain looking curry. And the main ingredient humble bottle gourd simply absorbs all the flavours, like a litmus paper, and transforms into a star of the dish. Do give this dish a try when you buy bottle gourd next time and see if you too fall in love with this humble dish. 

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Falafel-Pita Sandwich and Middle Eastern inspired Buddha/Hippie Bowl -

I am excited to share this old post updated with new photos and recipes. Falafel, a vegan chickpea fritters flavoured with fresh herbs and spices from Middle Eastern countries, are one of the most popular and loved street foods. Believed to have originated in Egypt, they are now the national dish of Israel. Food has the power to evoke memory, bring people together and to transport us to other places without travelling! Food has that magical power to bridge gaps, blur the borders that divides the countries and its people and above all, food often unites what geo-politics seeks to divide. Head to the blog (photo heavy post) for the recipe, photographs and of course, little peek into the history of falafels.

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Veg Hara Bhara Kabab (Mildly spiced Indian vegan spinach and potato kebabs flavoured with fresh herbs and aromatic spices) ~

Crispy from outside and delicately spiced kababs are loved by kids and adults alike. Loaded with green leafy veggies and pan fried with very little oil, these Hara Bhara Kababs are not only healthy but lip smacking delicious bites that even the picky eaters will enjoy.

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Bhara Baingan (Pan roasted stuffed baby eggplants) ~

I am a huge fan of eggplants and keeping my modesty aside, I make some mean eggplant curries which knocks off the feet of my guests whenever I serve them. Unfortunately, husband is allergic to eggplants and LD is not too fond of the texture of them. Which means the only person who must finish the entire pan of eggplant curries is me! How unfortunate (not) for me!!! As much as I love these little beauties, I find it difficult to spend an hour prepping and cooking them, only not to have a company to share the pleasure of devouring them. So, I end up buying some purple beauties only when I lose couple of night’s sleep! ;)

And then I made one of the simplest Bhara Baingan where baby eggplant is stuffed with ground mixture of roasted sesame seeds and desiccated coconut and flavoured with just a handful of spices before pan roasted for couple of minutes. That’s it really! Head to the blog for recipe and more photographs. 

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Tawa Paneer (Griddle roasted Indian cottage cheese and veggies marinated in aromatic spices) ~

To make my life little easy, I have been resorting to simple, quick recipes that’s easy to put together under 30 mins! One such recipe is Tawa Paneer where paneer and veggies are marinated with aromatic spice mix and cooked in a griddle until its seared nice and brown. Its sound quite simple and easy, right? That’s because it is simple. But don’t be fooled by its simplicity, as there is some complex flavours going on in this Tawa Paneer that makes it one of the best paneer recipes ever! The crunch from bell peppers, sweetness from onions, and the creaminess of paneer is elevated with carefully selected spices giving it that sublime flavour that delights and enslaves our taste buds. This Tawa Paneer is a dry curry, but the cherry tomatoes that is added towards the end of cooking gives it a burst of juicy sweet and tart flavour.

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3 ingredients, no-churn mango ice cream -

The mango season is here and I have got this perfect recipe to celebrate it! Try this sweet, smooth, creamy, rich and ridiculously simple 3 ingredients, no-churn Mango Ice Cream that tastes like a burst of summer!

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Panakam (Jaggery Limeade flavoured with crushed cardamoms, peppercorns and dry ginger, a refreshing and healthy summer drink) -

Today is the ninth and last day of Chaitra Navaratri as per Hindu calendar. Today is also Ram Navami, a festival that celebrates the arrival of Vishnu’s 7th avatar, Lord Rama. Growing up in South India, it meant eating kosambari (cucumber and moong bean salad) while guzzling down tall glass of Panakam (sweet and summery health drink of jaggery and lime flavoured with crushed green cardamom, peppercorns and dry ginger), listening to the tales of Ramayana.

I am not a religious person, but that doesn’t stop me from cooking and eating festive foods. As with any other Hindu festival, Ram Navami is also celebrated with special food offered to the deity called neivedyam. Once the food is offered to the god, it is distributed among people as prasad or prasadam, a blessed food. Panakam is one such food that is made during Ram Navami along with other neivedyams such as kosambari, and majjige neeru (spiced butter milk). They are simple and quite refreshing summer recipes, showcasing the wisdom and scientific reasonz with great health benefits behind every festival food designed by our ancestors.

As my lil one is at home, enjoying two weeks of spring break, I decided to make tall jug of this refreshing drink. As a mother, I go to great length to make sure that he eats and drinks fresh, mostly home cooked, food every day that is not only fills his stomach, but boosts his immune systems and keeps him healthy. And Panakam beats any other sugar high drinks sold in supermarkets which are high on calories and zero nutrition!

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Roasted Hassleback Potatoes with Spicy Garlic-Yogurt Dip -

The idea is to mix and match the seasoning of your choice to build your own recipe. There is no strict rule that you got to use this particular seasoning or that particular herbs. Just go wild and use the ones which tickle your taste buds. :) The overall result is crispy skinned and buttery soft fleshed Roasted Hassleback Potatoes with divine Spicy Garlic Yogurt Dip that will leave you completely satisfied!

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Sprouted HuruLi Saaru and Usli (Spicy horse gram sprouts soup and stir fry) -

HuruLi Saaru is a very rustic curry made using sprouted horse gram cooked in a spicy coconut gravy and tempered with spices and generous amount of garlic! Usli is a simple stir fry of cooked horse gram sprouts with handful of spices and garnished with freshly grated coconut. It is one of the most flavourful and satisfying dish which tastes amazing when served with rice, dollop of ghee and few papads may be! It is one of those dishes that makes you smile and brings tears to eyes! Recipes that nourished and nurtured my body and soul…

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