Mixed Fruit Shrikhand

Here’s something different from all the different baking and kid friendly dishes I have been posting all week. A deliciously creamy Indian dessert made with yogurt and flavored with saffron and served with some fruit. I was never a big fan of Shrikhand growing up and don’t remember eating it many times. Even after started liking it, I’ve never made it at home because straining the yogurt seemed to be a big step and also I didn’t want my yogurt-hating husband to find some strange contraption in the fridge and chuck it without telling me (I have done something similar…

Vegetarian Potpies for Thanksgiving

Blogging Marthon# 46: Week 1/ Day 3 Theme: Festival Special — Thanksgiving Dish: Vegetarian Potpies For the third day of Blogging Marathon, I made some Individual Vegetarian Potpies. Pot pies are hearty and filling and can be easily customized to ones dietary requirements and/ or ingredient availability. They can be made into one big casserole or as individual potpies.

Kashmiri Paneer Tikka Masala (Vegetarian recipe)

Blogging Marathon# 45: Week 2/ Day 3 Theme: North Indian Side dishes Dish: Kashmiri Tikka Masala After making Lucknowi dal and Punjabi Kadhi Pakora for the first 2 days of North Indian side dishes, for the final day this week’s BM, I made a spicy Kashmiri Paneer Tikka masala. I actually made all of the dishes on the same day and they can all be served together as part of a North Indian meal/ thali along with simple jeera rice or roti.

Vegetable Rice for Festivals (Saakannam/ Shakannam)

Saakannam is one of the dishes that is made on the 7th of Navratri/ Dasara. Saakam (shaak) means vegetables and Annam means rice, so it is nothing but mixed vegetable rice. When making any dish on a festival day, we usually refrain from using onion, garlic, garam masala etc. Also using premade or store bought masalas is not preferred. I tried looking for an authentic rice recipe that is made for festivals, but I couldn’t find anything. I asked one of my cousins and she said she makes a simple mixed vegetable rice with ginger. I went with my instincts…

No-Knead Light Whole Wheat Bread

Blogging Marathon# 43: Week 1/ Day 2 Theme: Tame the Yeast Dish: Varada’s No-Knead Whole-wheat Bread For the second day, another one of our resident expert bread baker, Varada, shared her No Knead Light Whole wheat bread with the group. Back in US, I use my stand mixer to mix the dough for all my breads. Here in India, I didn’t have my special equipment, so I was elated when Varada sent her no-knead bread recipe over. I knew this will be perfect to make in India and already made it twice and got rave reviews from family and friends.

Bitter gourd-Tomato Curry

Kakarakaya Tomato Kura (Bitter gourd-Tomato Curry)

My MIL made this kakarakaya/ bitter gourd curry when she visited us last month. There are quite a few ways to take the bitterness away from bitter gourd, like boiling them with a souring agent like yogurt or tamarind and then squeezing out the bitter water. But this time my MIL salted thinly chopped bitter gourd pieces and refrigerated them overnight. In the morning, she squeezed out the water and made the curry in the pressure cooker. Both refrigerating the salted bitter gourd and making the curry in the pressure cooker was new to me, so I promptly wrote down…

Ice Cream Cake

Today’s dessert is so simple to make that I feel silly posting a recipe for it. But it tasted amazing, so I felt I should share it here just so I remember to make it in the future. So if you are curious to know what it is, then let me tell you that it’s nothing but softened ice cream with candy, cookies and nuts mixed in. I made this ice cream cake to serve the kids at our BBQ party last weekend. As I was looking for recipes, I found Nigella Lawson’s ice cream cake and I loved the…

Summer Pasta Puttanesca (Vegan recipe)

Weather in our neck of woods is very Spring like — hot one day, sprinkles and chilly the next day. Spring is one of my favorite seasons — I love the budding trees, blooming flowers and the crisp mornings. Not many might agree with me, which includes my husband and my son, who suffer from Spring allergies. But I still like spring. Coming back to today’s pasta dish, I watched this being made on America’s Test Kitchen cook show and I really liked how the chef made a fresh tomato sauce using grape tomatoes. Grape tomatoes are consistently good all…