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Home made Lemonade

Who doesn't like Lemonade and that too, home made one! I made a simple one which you can keep for about a week in the fridge. Its better to make it for a weekend, or for a summer party. Its a super simple recipe. You can get creative with it and add either fresh mint leaves, little blueberries or even make it a bit salty by adding some normal salt and rock salt to it. In my MIL`s house I remember they also used to add ground fennel seeds, was also quite nice, but the base is always the same. Back home its called as Shinkanjee, that's the drink we used to get a lot in the summer days and if you had a instant visitor this could be something which could be whisked very quickly. I made them into

Moong Sprout Salad/One pot meal

I was super hungry after doing tonnes of things for the morning and still had loads to do but was not in the mood for a big cooking, as I was alone for lunch too. But I sure wanted to eat something filling, fresh and easy. So I started hunting in the fridge and I found freshly made Sprouts and of course some veggies and BINGO! I thought lets do a sprout salad. It was a one pot meal of good protein (sprouts) carbs(potato) and fresh veggies. Here is what I needed for one serving: - a small bowl of sprouts (I took Moong ones) - one boiled potato, cubed - 4-6 cherry tomatoes, halved - half of English cucumber, cubed - 1 very small red onion, finely chopped - handful of fresh coriander (i didn't

Mango Lassi

Who doesn't know Lassi or Mango Lassi. I never thought this will be one drink which gets so famous around the world. Its a cold beverage made with natural yogurt, sugar and water/ice cubes. The plain good old normal Lassi seems to be taken a back space here in Europe but Mango Lassi seems be to a favourite. Lassi is a very nutritious and healthy drink and its such a filler too. While I was growing up we used to have normal Dahi दही लस्सी natural yogurt lassi all the time. To be honest I first tasted Mango lassi many many years ago at at Restaurant in Singapore in about 1995! Wow! that sounds like ancient history and I sound old, better deal with it and move on. So moving on.... there was thi

Laird green lentil soup

I am a huge fan of lentils, daals, legumes, its a great source of protein for the vegetarians. Lentils are tasty, easily available, cheap, easy to stock and easy to cook. I am totally obsessed with them. Be it Indian, Italian or any sort of cooking there will be a lentil dish on my table. My gals also know that, Mama is super obsessed with this SUPER food! You can get so creative with them and produce great dishes. Now that its fall weather, a bit windy and a bit cold and snow approaching us, we need some nice and solid soups for our meals. This extremely super easy recipe was derived after I ate lentil soup at hiltl and not guilty a few months back. Now I love cooking but there are some d

Corn Salad for Summer

To organise a party in the summer is lot more easier and lot more fun then in winter. We get so many colourful vegetables and fruits. You can get so creative and whisk simple dishes in no time. The dishes are healthy, fresh and fun to make. Here is one such dish which I make often with fresh corn in the summer. You could also used frozen or canned corn but I just use fresh. While using fresh ingredients you don't have to worry too much about the taste because dishes cooked with fresh veggies always taste good. I also give this salad to my girls for school, its great for summer parties and picnics too. Here is what you will need for a medium serving for 4 people. Ingredients: - 2 fres

Childra/Vegetarian Omelette

Childra चिलडा / Chilla चिला /Puda पूडा, it has so many names but one thing is for sure, it is delicious. I was always a fan of Childras (that`s how we call it at home) for as long as I remember. Its like a savoury pancake made with Chicpea flour. There are about three kinds of Chicpeas which I know: Indian Kala Chana (black small chic pea) which I have seen mostly in India, the Childras are made from the flour made out of these Chicpeas. Kabuli Chana/Garbanzo beans, these are two very similar varieties but one variety is a big bigger then the other one and a bit more whiter or fairer. Anyways much explaining about the chicpeas, but I felt like clarifying it, because until now my experience i

Namak Paare/Carmon seed flutes

Namak Pare नमक पारे is a savoury snack made at the time of festivals in India. Its very popular at the time of Deepawali and Holi too. Out of other little snacks I made this Diwali, I made these too and they are gone by now. I bought a bowl full for my Italian friends and they were gone like hot cakes. Its a very minimal ingredient recipe and it tastes great with a hot chai or even a glass of Wine like my friends did. Here is what you will need: 2 cups of white flour 3/4 tsp salt 1 tsp Carom seeds (Ajwain अजवायन) if available a pinch of baking powder 2 tbsp Ghee (butter/oil) a little less then 1 cup of water Method: 1. Take all the dry ingredients in a bowl and mix them all wel

Couscous with Maria

Last week me and Maria we did a cooking afternoon. It was sort of a Barter system thingy we did. I showed Maria some simple dishes and she took some amazing pictures. It was real fun. Here is how we made our Couscous: Here is what you will need for 4 people Ingredients: - 2 Cups Couscous - 3 and half cups boiling water - 1/2 tsp of salt - about 1 tsp of curry powder (any one by choice) - good glog of olive oil Method: 1. First of all put the water to boil, take almost 4 cups because some of the water will evaporate while boiling. 2. Take the couscous in a salad bowl, add the salt and curry powder to it and mix it well. 3. Now add the boiling water and olive oil on the couscou

Apple Crumble

Apple Crumble is a very humble and simple Dessert. Its quite healthy and is super simple to make. The simplicity about this Dessert is, you don't have to shop anything special for this. Everyone has all the ingredients needed for this at home all the time. So, if you are having a sweet tooth or your guests overstayed after lunch :) you can also whip it in no time. Actually, technically there will be no whipping needed in this recipe but you know what I mean here. When the girls were small, I had cheated on them many times (now dont think in the other direction for cheating! you pepole) and have used wholemeal flour instead of normal white flour. Today I used half white flour but to be hon

Samosas with a twist

Samosa is a deep fried Indian snack. It is mostly in a triangular form and it can be filled with either potatoes and peas or there are also non vegetarian versions available. I make it of course the vegetarian version and not the deep fried one but the backed one. This one is super simple to make. Ingredients 1 rectuangler puff pastry 500 gms boiled potatoes handfull of frozen peas 1 red onion, finely chopped 1 green chili, finely chopped handful of fresh Coriander leaves 1 tsp, grated ginger 2 tsp oil Spices 1 tsp salt or to taste 1/2 tsp red chili powder 1/2 tsp mango powder (amchoor powder) few shakes of black pepper powder 1 tsp of pomegranate powder Method: Boil the potatoes in their

Indian Coffee

Today we have so many different kinds and types of Coffee. In India Coffee was more a drink in the South of India and North was more dominated by the good old Indian Chai. But this habit has also been affected by the Globalisation. Now-a-days you can find Coffee Baristas everywhere, especially in the Metro Cities. Although if I am right, Chai is the drink which an Indian mostly relishes but Coffee is the in thing to be. Anyways, while I was growing up we used to have Coffee once in a while, cold Coffees for Summer and hot, Indian style hand made "Ghoti hoi Coffee" for winter days and mostly at the times of one day Cricket matches. Those used to be fun days. We used to all watch Cricket match

Rice Cakes 4 a Breakfast/Snack

This is a no cook breakfast, it can be either made with Rice Cakes or very much with a toast bread. We all love it at home. When we are having a lazy weekend for go for this breakfast and the little ones can help them make too. Here`s what you need : - rice cakes (4 pieces) - 1 kiwi, peeled and cut into circles - 1 banana, peeled and cut into circles - 3 strawberries, cut into half or half an apple cut into thin slices - chopped walnuts or almonds Method: 1. Spread two rice cakes with nutella and two with peanut butter. 2. Put them on a big plate. 3. Garnish the nutella ones with kiwis (awesome!!!) it goes very well. 4. The peanut butter ones can be garnished with apples and banana

Misal/ Moong or Mooth Sprout Curry

Misal is a delicacy from the Central part of India, and is very famous in Mumbai. It is a hot, spicy and pungent curry made with Moong or Mooth Sprouts cooked with onions, garlic, chillies and tomatoes in a gravy. It is served with Coriander/mint chutney, natural yogurt, Bombay mix/Varsaan and with a local bread called as Pav on the side. It is one of the most commonly eaten breakfasts in the central parts of India but it also makes a great anytime snack. This humble dish Misal Pav was awarded the worlds tastiest vegetarian dish from the Foodie hub Global Award of 2015 in London. Its a favourite at our place too. I made it today but instead of white Pav (which tastes awesome) I served it w