Bharvan is a Hindi word which means stuffed. Karela is one of the most bitter vegetables, yet it is very popular in India because of its medicinal values. In English karela is known as bitter gourd/bitter melon/ bitter squash. If you live outside India, Karela can be easily found in Indian store, Asian stores and sometimes in regular supermarkets too. You can even grow karela in your kitchen garden. Throughout India different delicacies are made out of this vegetable...... Read More..
Diwali or Deepawali is populaly known as Festival of Lights. It is a five day long festival that starts with Dhanteras, and is followed by Choti Diwali (Narak Chaudas), Diwali, Govardhan Pooja (Padeva) and Bhai dooj. As per Lunar calender Diwali falls on the dark night (Amavasya) of Kartik month.
Detailss of Diwali festival-
Dhanteras is on Oct 17th
Narak Chaudas is on Oct 18th
Diwali is on Oct 19th
Annakoot/ Padwa will be on Oct 20th
And Bhai Dooj is on Oct 21st
For this festive season here are some food ideas-
For Diwali we will be making some delicious traditional Indian delicacies.
Deep/Diya is a hindi word meaning a small clay lamp. Here we are making mind blowing edible diyas with almonds. These diyas are very beautiful to look at and delicious to savour. And ... these diyas are a healthy option for the festive season!
Shahi tukda/ toast or Royal Toast is a rich dessert delicacy, made with deep fried bread, soaked in sugar syrup, and then topped with rabri (thickened milk) and dry fruits. This delicacy has Nawabi influence and since I am also from the city of Nawabs, I just love it.
Banarsi Dum Aloo is a Vaishnav (without onion and garlic) delicacy from Banaras city. This is a rich preparation made with whole and ground spices, tomatoes, cashews and fresh cream. Traditionally the potatoes are deep fried and then cooked with curry on very low heat (dum). If you don’t want to deep fry potatoes, you can ....
The Hindi word Navratan means Nine Gems. This word came from the royal courts, where emperors used to appoint nine courtiers. This delicious mildly spiced, slightly sweet, creamy delicacy has nine things in the curry. I have used paneer, makhane, pineapple, cashews, raisins, along with the....
Marinara is an Italian sauce made of fresh Roma tomatoes, herbs, onions, and garlic, flavored and seasoned with freshly ground black pepper and salt. In India Marinara sauce is often called as Italian tomato sauce. In the USA Marinara sauce is extensively used. One can easily find bottled marinara sauce in the supermarkets, but nothing can beat homemade food..... Read More..
Mother’s day is celebrated on the second Sunday of May month all over the world.
I am not a philosopher to describe this relationship, I am not a painter to express the feelings through the paints on canvas, neither am I a poet to write on this beautiful relationship…. I am a daughter and also a mother and I can only say that for me every day is mother’s day. My mother lives in India and I can’t do much for her but I am always thinking about her well being. This is one of the purest relationship on the planet and a mother’s love is always unconditional …
Happy Mother's Day,
Kulfi is a traditional Indian Ice-cream. It is made by boiling full cream milk and reducing it to one-third of its original volume. Kulfi can be of different flavors, like kesar pista, mango, litch, badam, malai, etc. Traditionally kulfi is frozen in a clay pot (matka) filled with ice. Here we are going to use a quick recipe to make kulfi. This is my mother’s recipe and the outcome is as good as the traditional recipe. Read More..
Methi can be easily grown in home garden. To grow methi in a container, fill the container with organic soil. Sprinkle methi seeds all over, about ¼ inch apart from each other. Cover the seeds with a very thin layer of soil. Sprinkle some water to moisten the soil. The seeds will sprout in a couple of days. Water them and keep them under the sun. They grow very fast. Read More..
These Idlies are steam cooked savory cakes of fermented batter of Semolina (sooji/ rava ). Usually in South India Idlies are served with chutneys for the breakfast. This is an ideal meal for kid's lunch boxes. You can also put some coconut chutney. Add your kids favorite fruits and sweet!
Italian cuisine is one of the most popular cuisines around the world. The words bring to mind the world of pizza, pastas, ravioli, spaghetti, delicious breads, salads, mouth watering cakes, pastries, coffee .