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


Mango Modak

I have this one habit since childhood, rather since the time I learned to read. Whenever my dad (baba) used to bring the new year’s calendar in advance, the very first thing I used to check were the dates for Ganesh Chaturthi & Diwali. Now, since the world is changing so fast, we really don’t have to wait for a printed calendar, we just have to update our Kaalnirnay app. But my habit has remained the same. Once I update my app, I still rush to check for the months from August to November. Growing up in the region of Maharashtra, I have worshipped bappa like no other god. Yeah… I have always been a little partial and biased towards Bappa. Hahaha… jokes apart, this case does not limit to just me, Bappa is the most favorite god of Maharashtra. His arrival is the biggest celebration in Maharashtra. Almost every home welcomes Bappa and offers him his most favorite food. Yeah, we are talking about his most favorite food here, ukadiche modak.

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Dulce De Leche Brownie (Eggless)

I never had a “thing” for brownie. Before this recipe happened, if anybody would have given me options for dessert, I would have kept brownie as my last option. I never liked it because of its chewy texture, and even if I had it, I always combined it with vanilla ice cream to sooth that chewy pain. The same thing goes for Dulce de Leche. I never liked its sticky texture so I left eating Cadbury’s Five star chocolate bar in my childhood.

I still don’t know what made me experiment brownies so many times. I even don’t know what I was experimenting exactly, whether to find what makes it chewy or to make it less chewy. But a sweet accident happened and I ended up making cake-like brownie with soft texture and slightly fluffy interior instead of dense chewy brownie.

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Rice Semolina Pancake (रवळी)

I never liked this healthy dessert during my childhood when my grandma used to prepare it for us. But now far from home, when nobody is forcing me to eat those dishes I disliked, I am really not sure if I am reminded of my people forcing me to eat those dishes or those dishes that were forced on me by my people. I guess, I am missing them both, those dishes and my people.

This is a very simple dessert that can also be had as a snack. Read More



Savory Rice Balls

This name definitely won’t ring any bell in your mind, because this recipe is definitely unique and belongs to my Vadaval community. In our region some call it Mudaki, some call it Mutake, Some call it Muthe. In a nutshell, all these words mean one single thing and that is “a fist”. And the reason is its shape. Yes, no special cutter or any other equipment is required to prepare this. You just have to squeeze batter in your fist and it forms the required shape. Read More


Cabbage Quiche (कोबीची पोतेंडी)

This recipe again belongs to my native place. But I was not sure about it’s preparation because cabbage is not something that everybody is fond of. I can’t say that this recipe is authentic, because at our local place we add Bombil (Bombay duck – fish) in it to make it more flavorful. Me and my husband who absolutely don’t like cabbage, don’t mind eating this delicacy as a snack at teatime. So I am sure all cabbage haters out there should give at least one try to this recipe. Read More


Mashed banana fritters (उंबर)

I have seen my grandpa doing banana farming since my childhood. In the state of Maharashtra (India), Vasai is famous for producing bananas. So it is no wonder they have their own unique recipes for bananas. At my home, we always had uneven ratio of family members to bananas. The latter has always exceeded in number. So when these bananas used to over ripen, my mother used to prepare Umber for snacks. Read More


Fenugreek Leaves Fritters (मेथीच्या वड्या)

Not everybody is fond of fenugreek leaves because of their bitter taste, no matter how much healthy they are! But I feel it also depends on how you cook it; the bitter taste might turn delicious for you. Among all green leaf vegetables, fenugreek leaves are our (me and my husband) most favorites. We prefer it in fritters form than any other. In our native place, that ranges from Vasai to Palghar district in India, we prepare this dish most of the time in winter season because we get fresh green leafy vegetables in that season. Read More