Orange Cardamom Cake

As I announced in my last blog post, it’s my day today to open the virtual door of advent calendar. I hope you have enjoyed all 15 recipes already, if not then do check here . I have chosen to make a wonderful dessert with the use of cardamom, one of the most expensive spices in the world. Being an Indian, we have a variety of dishes for three meal course that have cardamom in it. We even add it to our tea and coffee. It’s strong aroma will make you crave for more, and it also has many health benefits. While making this dessert, I have used two strong flavors, orange and cardamom. If balanced well, the output will make a wonderful aromatic delicacy. Considering the big fussy and heavy holiday meals, I have kept this dessert a bit light weight. That is instead of decorating it with heavy whipping cream or cheese cream frosting, I have simply soaked it in few spoonfuls of saffron milk. Read More


Chicken Liver Soup

The wonderful fall season comes with nature changes, mood changes and yeah health changes too. It brings beautiful colors to the nature but I guess those colors and flu season comes hand in hand. I am born and brought up in India, where winter season hits with the same sort of climate and health changes. Days are small in this season and all we want is to cover ourselves in blankets, have some warm food and enjoy the cozy time. But reality is not what we always keep dreaming! If a single person in family gets caught up with cough and cold, the virus is not going to spare anybody in the house. So as a measure of precaution, once this season started my mom used to make delicious soups almost everyday. It’s like one soup a day, keeps the doctor away 🙂

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Surmai Special

Seafood is the reason that I just can’t turn myself into vegetarian. This one post is dedicated to one of the expensive yet tasty fishes, surmai aka indo-pacific king mackerel.

At my home, while growing up, we ate selective kind of fishes and shellfishes, and god knows for what reason. Whenever I used to ask my Aai or baba in fish market pointing out other variety of seafood “Why don’t we eat that fish?”, the answer has always been vague like. “Yeah, we don’t eat that!” Huhhh, this situation is still the same. But being a staunch seafood lover, I never missed an opportunity to eat different types of seafood at my aunt’s place or neighbor’s place or any feast I attend. 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


Veggie Pulao

It’s a Monday, still a holiday, because it’s Columbus Day!! I feel such long weekends come with plenty of time. Because all things get done by the weekend and you get a free Monday, which is just yours. So I decided to make my whole day cookilicious. But before heading to the kitchen, I video called at my home in India, as I had more than regular time today to gossip with my mommy! Luckily baba was home and he told me that how he misses my recipes. Specially the pulao/ pilaf. He was teasing my mom that when his daughter was home, he never had the same dish twice in a month. So my mummy teased him, ask her to blog her recipes and I will make them for you. What a motivation to execute my holiday plan! So today I decided that I will blog most of my recipes. Because, although there are ample of recipes on Internet for a single dish, everybody has their own way of preparing it. Then why not write them down your own way? So, I am starting with a recipe, which my baba misses the most, and which is a regular at my home. 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


Choco Jaggery Cake

Avoiding something doesn’t always mean that you hate it; it could also mean that you want it but you know it just isn’t right. This absolutely suits my relationship with sugar. The more I eat it, the more acne my face gets. Trying to go sugar free with the help of honey since last few months. Somehow I have succeeded in it, but this sudden craving for chocolate cake was killing me. I was absolutely not ready to break my diet for this small craving. My husband decided to get a small piece of cake from the bakery, but how can the bakery know what and how I want! So, I decide to do an experiment. I simply replaced sugar with powdered jaggery (concentrated cane sugar). It is not as processed as sugar, hence it works perfect for my skin. I had my taste buds satisfied without failing my diet. Kinda win-win situation, isn’t it! Read More


Coconut Chicken Curry

On a lazy Sunday morning, when mind was asking for something “To-GO”, heart was waking me up to prepare something delicious. Weather was dull due to Hurricane Harvey. Mostly cloudy and was definitely not romantic. Although we were safe, we were continuously checking news for safety of evacuees. By God’s grace, everybody is safe and only property was damaged, which is kind of secondary issue. So relieved now, I got time to write about this curry recipe which I made it for our brunch. To be honest, I tried to make something different and ended up making something different. Maybe because my mind and heart were not on the same page that day, it happened. They say whatever happens, happens for good. Yeah, a different recipe I ended up with was super hit in family and I guess it will become a regular one. Read More