Rajma Masala| Kidney Beans Curry

Love Rajma Masala?

Here’s presenting my simple pressure cooker version of Rajma Masala, tried and tested to yield a super flavourful dish every time you make it. Once you have the rajma soaked and ready, executing this recipe is a breeze.

I use minimal spices in my Rajma Masala and absolutely no cream, but the pressure cooking ensures that it still turns out creamy and delicious. Pair it with steamed rice, jeera rice, pooris, rotis or parathas – this is a pleasure to eat any which way!

Check out the recipe, just in on my other blog.

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Quick Pickled Onions| Pickled Red Onions

Pickled onions are an important constituent of a meal in a few parts of India, especially so in the north. These onions, however, are pickled in vinegar to impart a delicious tang to them and to increase their shelf life.

Today, I bring to you our simple family recipe for Quick Pickled Onions, red onions soaked in lemon juice instead of vinegar, and every bit as delicious. And, guess what? These onions taste just amazing with curd rice!

Check out the recipe, just in on my other blog!

Instant Ragi Kuzhi Paniyaram| Healthy Finger Millet Snack

I’m sure all of us are aware of the many health benefits possessed by ragi aka finger millet. Rich in iron, calcium and dietary fibre, low in calories, ragi is an excellent food for weight-watchers, diabetics and healthy eaters, as well as for babies, toddlers and growing children. Today, I present to you the recipe for a delicious snack made using ragi – Instant Ragi Kuzhi Paniyaram!

These Kuzhi Paniyaram are super easy to make, and supremely delish with sour buttermilk, green chillies and curry leaves going in. You must absolutely try these out!

Check out the recipe, just in on my other blog!

Mawa Gulab Jamun Recipe| How To Make Gulab Jamun With Khoya

Eid is just around the corner!
 
How about making some gulab jamun from scratch for the occasion? My latest blog post talks about just that – how you can make the perfect gulab jamuns using khoya or mawa. I have included precise, detailed notes to help you along the journey.
 
I’m sure most of us love gulab jamuns, so let’s get cooking away! Check out the recipe on my other blog, here!

Pasi Parippu Kosumalli|Simple South Indian Lentil Salad

Best wishes for Sri Rama Navami!

Today, I present to you the recipe for Pasi Parippu Kosumalli, a simple South Indian-style lentil salad. This mildly spiced salad is extremely delicious and healthy, and is a breeze to put together. A dish that is traditionally prepared in Tamilian households on the occasion of Sri Rama Navami, this cooling salad is just perfect to beat the summer heat that is soaring by the day.

Check out the recipe, just in on my other blog!

Pressure Cooker Baingan Bharta| Indian Spiced Eggplant Mash

For many, I am sure the name ‘Baingan Bharta‘ conjures up images of slow-cooked, delicious, hearty meals, often prepared by a loving mother or a doting grandmother. Baingan Bharta or eggplant mash made the Indian way is comfort food for a whole lot of locals. It is, for me too, but the smell I associate with Baingan Bharta is different from the usual.
 
Let me explain. Baingan Bharta is typically cooked by char-grilling a large eggplant on the stove. A smoky flavour permeates the dish, thanks to the char-grilling. This ‘smokiness’ is what most people look forward to, in a dish of Baingan Bharta. My version, which I learnt from my mom, does away with the char-grilling – here, the eggplant is cooked in a pressure cooker, then mashed and again cooked on the stovetop. There is no smoky flavour in our Pressure Cooker Baingan Bharta, but let me assure you that it is equally delicious.
 
Check out our family recipe for Pressure Cooker Baingan Bharta, just in on my photo blog!
 
 

Eggless Steamed Christmas Pudding

It’s almost Christmas! I absolutely have to share this Christmas-sy recipe with you – one for a Eggless Steamed Christmas Pudding!
 
As the name suggests, this is a delicious eggless dessert, a steamed one made in a pressure cooker, just perfect for the holiday season. It contains loads of fruit and nuts, cinnamon and cloves, like a Christmas fruit cake. Texture-wise, this is less dense than a fruit cake, a bit softer. Taste-wise, this is an almost-fruit cake.
 
If you are looking for something different, yet awesome to make for the Christmas season, do try this recipe out. The process is a bit time-consuming, but I wouldn’t call it laborious. The end result is totally, totally worth it, I can assure you of that.
 
Check out the recipe, just in on my blog!
 
 

Grand Palace & Temple Of The Emerald Buddha, Bangkok

The latest post on my blog is all about our visit to the Grand Palace, the former residence of the royal family, in Bangkok, Thailand. It also talks about our visit to the Wat Phra Kraew or the temple of the Emerald Buddha that the palace premises house.
 
The Emerald Buddha temple was actually one of the reasons the husband and I finally undertook a long-pending trip to Thailand, this October. Check out my blog post to read all about our ‘secret’ connection with the Buddha, and to see some gorgeous pictures from this beautiful, beautiful place!

Cocktail Idli Flowers| Beetroot, Carrot & Spinach Mini Idlis

Toddlerhood – the time when a child is between 1 and 3 years of age – is a precious phase. This is the time when kids are at their most notorious, driving their parents up the wall every so often – yet, this is when they are at their most vulnerable and adorable best. This is also when the time when they are exploring the world around them, food included. They are slowly learning to navigate the world, understand what they like and what they don’t and, as parents, it is our duty to help them do just that. In terms of food, toddlers should be exposed to a variety of finger foods – stuff they can easily hold in their little hands and eat on their own. This has a number of benefits, from improvement in gross and fine motor co-ordination and sensory integration to improved bonding with the parents and a deeper sense of ‘home’.

This week, the theme at Foodie Monday Blog Hop is just that – #ToddlerFingerFoods. For this theme, which is super close to my heart, I decided to prepare one of the bub’s favourite toddler snacks – pretty Cocktail Idli Flowers or naturally coloured mini idlis arranged into flowers.

Check out the recipe, just in on my photo blog!

Bread Rolls| Bread & Mixed Vegetable Cutlets

Eid is just around the corner! Here’s wishing good times to all those who are celebrating! 🙂

Today, I present to you a recipe for Bread Rolls or Bread & Mixed Vegetable Cutlets that you can make for Iftaar, the routine breaking of the fast during Ramzaan. You can also make these on the occasion of Eid, a hearty and nutritious vegetarian snack, a snack that I have happy memories of.

Check out the recipe, just in on my photo blog! 🙂