Kidney Bean Soup

    Kidney beans are very popular in India. They are relished as curry with rice, or in salads.  Even the most fussy eaters rarely say no to Kidney beans curry. As a child, I was not very fond of Kidney beans.  I was the only one in the family…

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Lentil & Spinach Soup

  Dal Paalak There is something warm & tasty about this dal.  Spinach along with spices, both fresh and dried, give lentils a complex flavor. You can use any lentil but I prefer one of these : French green lentils / Chana dal / Green Moong dal. Here I’ve used…

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Finnish Christmas Cookies

      Every now and then I get to visit the local bookstore.  It is my  favorite place to go if I have some time to myself. I enjoy browsing through new books and magazines and occasionally buy them too.  Nothing is more satisfying than to be able to…

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DIY : Hot Chocolate / Hot Cocoa

  It’s National Hot Chocolate Day today. And  this recipe has been lying in the ‘draft  folder’  for several months. Guess it’s the right time to share. The homemade cocoa powder is made up of only 3 ingredients as compared to the store bought hot cocoa which has preservatives and…

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Besan Chilla / Gram flour Pancakes

This is one of my favorite breakfast all winter long. Not only because its scrumptious but also because you can fix it in minutes.That sounds like a blessing  when you are pressed for time. Besan/ gram flour/ Chickpea flour is an indispensable food ingredient in Indian cooking.You can dish out…

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Pumpkin Spiced Cake

  If you are looking for dessert options other than the pumpkin pie for your Thanksgiving Feast, then look no further and try this moist and flavorful cake. It’s just  a pure  pumpkin cake with the right amount of  flavor, soft crumb, not too sweet and a pleasant blend of…

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Nariyal Ladoo – Coconut Balls

Indian festivities are incomplete without mithai , a more popular name for sweets in India. These are prepared during the festival season , weddings or just like that. During festivities and weddings these are typically  boxed in colorful cartons to be given to friends and family. Of course the modern day…

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Masala Chai/ Chai Latte

  Love in a tea cup ! Masala Chai This comforting Chai is an absolute delight on cold winter days. The western names for ‘Masala Chai’ are Chai latte or Chai Tea ( funny ? ) . Every single Indian household makes Chai at least once a day especially in…

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