Vegan Banana Muffins

It’s a fact that I love baking but at the same time I can’t eat every single bit of it. We are taught sharing is caring since we were in kindergarten. So obviously I share all my preparations with friends and family. Another universal fact is, we all have that one friend in our group who keeps counting calories and fats in everything. So, this recipe is dedicated to that friend of mine who always asks the quantity of butter and sugar first before tasting the delicious food offered, because this recipe does not have any sugar and butter. Yes, you read that right! These delicious banana muffins which are topped with dark chocolate chips are a treat for your diet freak friend. Read More


Idiyappam

This is quiet a regular dish at many South Indian families but being born and brought up in Maharashtrian family I had never even heard of it. Yeah, when we think of South Indian food, all we know is idli, dosa , sambhar , medu vada as we get these as street food in Mumbai. So, I saw this dish on one of the cooking shows two- three years ago and it got stamped on my mind. I didn’t know when I would make it but I used to drool over the image I saw on TV many times. So finally, on one good morning I decided to make this, quiet an impulsive decision. Since, it does not require any fermentation or grinding, there was nothing to stop me today. Hahaha, jokes apart, I was happy that it really came out well in first attempt. (And I did hurt my fingers with that sharp edged ricing machine unknowingly, but that pain was nothing compared to the happiness I found in that first successful attempt.) Technically, this dish is super easy and after making it, I didn’t realize what was holding me back since so many years. I guess I never pushed myself enough to attempt it maybe because of the fear of failure. I guess I need to improve on that! Read More


Kande Pohe

The ultra-famous breakfast of the state of Maharashtra! High on carbohydrates, low in fat and super quick to prepare, makes this a real breakfast-worthy dish! 7 out of 10 homes in Maharashtra prepare this dish for breakfast. Pohe is basically flattened rice, tempered with oil, cumin seeds, mustard seeds, chilies, turmeric and curry leaves.

There are many versions of it but this one’s my favorite. Add some potato slices to it and it becomes Kande-batate pohe. If kiddos at home don’t like any specific veggie, just add it to pohe and don’t worry about them not eating it.

I remember those weekend mornings at home back in India, when Aai used to ask us in the morning if we are okay with Kande Pohe for breakfast. I don’t remember a single time we had been reluctant to say yes to it. That sound of tempered chilies and curry leaves in hot oil will make you crave for this savory breakfast. A garnish of finely chopped cilantro and freshly shredded coconut will make it even more beautiful and then you just can’t wait anymore! Read More


Cilantro Fritters/ Kothimbir Vadi

A perfect dish to munch at snack time. Even being a Maharashtrian, we never really had these made at home during our childhood. During my college days, one of my friends got these for me in the lunch box and I it was love at first bite.

Traditionally, these fritters are made up of gram flour/ besan. But, this flour does not suit everybody’s stomach. So I added thalipeeth flour (mix of sorghum flour, millet flour, wheat flour, rice flour, black gram flour) along with gram flour. It not only adds an additional nutritive value to these fritters but also a different and delicious taste. Read More


Banana Choco Chips Bread

It’s been a long time that I have blogged. My busy schedule kept me so busy that I neither got an opportunity to experiment nor to blog any recipe. Yesterday, when I got some free time, I realized that I still have not blogged one of my and my family’s favorite bakery items, Banana choco chips bread. And I guess, it’s been months that I have not baked it. So when I came from my New York trip a couple days ago, I found all the three bananas that I left for my husband for breakfast untouched. He didn’t eat them, hoping they will ripen by the time I come home and my concern of not wasting food will make me bake a bread for him. Smart move man!

And yeah, his plan worked, I baked it yesterday and I am blogging it today. We eat this bread most of the time for breakfast as well as during tea time. Since, it does not have butter & loads of sugar, factors like saturated fats or blood sugar level absolutely don’t bother me. Yeah, you read that right, its butter free and sugar free. Read More


Blueberry Lime Bread

Lately, I have observed one thing about me that from just liking blueberries, I have become obsessed about them. Any time I open my fridge, I want them right in front of my eyes on the very top shelf. If I can’t see them there, I start worrying about what to put in pancakes, in smoothies, in breads, in muffins. Ohh myy… I have so fallen in love with that natural deep purplish color that I want it in all my recipes.

So I decided to dedicate one delicacy to this beauty and here is the recipe for it.

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Mango Bread

It’s mid-summer and mango season is at its peak and so are the mango recipes and my experiments! While turning the pages of the book ‘Baking: From my home to yours’ by Dorie Greenspan, I found another easy and simple but excellent recipe.

Although it’s named Mango bread, its texture is more like a cake. But I guess, it does not matter as far as it satisfies our taste buds. Read More