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Methi Papdi

Papdi is a crunchy salty Indian cracker which goes well as a tea time snack. It is also used to prepare mouthwatering papdi chaat. It is served to guests during festivals like Diwali or Holi and once prepared can be stored for 2 weeks in air tight containers. The main ingredients for this recipe are all purpose flour, wheat flour, and methi (fenugreek).You can either deep fry the papdi or bake it, I have tried both and both come out very crispy. You can either use roasted methi or fresh fine chopped one. Enjoy this snack with your family and friends. 


Batata Vada ( Aloo Bonda)

Batata Vada (Aloo Bonda) is a very famous fast food in Mumbai, Maharashtra. Batata means nothing but potato. This recipe is very easy to prepare. Boiled and mashed potato is first saute’d with coriander, mint leaves, chili and ginger paste then deep fried after coating it with gram flour batter. It can be served as a snack directly, and can also be used to make popular vada pav when served with pav, mint-coriander, dry garlic and tamarind chutney. There is a slightly different version of batata vada in Gujarat where the mashed potato is mixed with green chilies, coriander leaves, and garlic paste and deep fried with gram flour batter. Enjoy batata vada with a hot cup of tea. 

Gatte ki sabji( Sabzi)

Rajasthan, a state in India, has its own specialties when it comes to delicacies. Gatte ki sabji is one of that delicacy prepared using simple ingredients however has amazing taste. Though it is specialty of Rajasthan,its famous all over India. Other parts of India have their own variation of besan curry similar to to gatte ki sabji and I have shared couple of recipes of the same. It seem Rajasthani  marriage celebrations are incomplete without this dish. The main ingredient of the recipe is besan (gram flour) which is used to prepare Gatte. The curry is based out of tomato, curd and mix of spices. In this recipe, I have also added fresh fenugreek (methi) leaves which make Gatte’s more delicious. Making dough for Gatte is little tricky and it should be of wheat flour chapati’s consistency. The delicious curry goes very well with Roti, Rice, Naan and Paratha.

Ghevar With Raspberry Rabri

Ghevar is a very popular Rajasthani dessert which is prepared during festivals like Teej, Rakshabandhan or any other special occasion. Traditionally, this awesome dessert goes really well with milk rabri. In this recipe, I have used rabri with raspberry and mango yogurt which gives it a sweet and sour taste and neutralizes its sweetness.  At first it is a little complicated recipe to prepare however once you get a hang of it, it comes out really well and the effort is worth it. Ghevar is made using all purpose flour batter and deep fried in oil or ghee. Ghevar has a light, lacy and crispy texture. The two very important aspects of making Ghever are batter consistency and oil/ghee temperature. The right batter brings out the lacy texture and oil/ghee temperature helps it to rise and give the right shape and texture. Once ready, it is soaked in sugar syrup before serving. The ghevar can be stored in air tight containers for up to 2 weeks, and just before serving, soak in warm sugar syrup and garnish with raspberry rabdi and mango yogurt. I am so excited to share this recipe as it is my first time making it, and took me couple attempts to get it right.

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Rosemary Wheat Amaranth Crackers

Crackers are really great tea time snacks and also goes very well with either hummus or some kind of similar dip. There are plenty of crackers available in grocery stores with different flavors however making it fresh at home has it’s own charm. This recipe uses wheat and amaranth flour with fresh rosemary as ingredients. The rosemary aroma while baking is so soothing and relaxing. This aromatic crunchy crackers is easy to make and delicious to eat.rosemary-wheat-amaranth-crackers_11

Oats lentil Pancake

Oats Lentil Pancake is a dish which can be used for breakfast or brunch. Unlike regular pancakes which is generally sweet, this recipe is salty and spicy. It is also more are less similar to Indian set dosa. Oats and Lentils are really good for health and adding them to your food routine would give you good health benefits. As the name suggest the main ingredient for this recipe is oats and any kind of lentil based on your liking. I have used yellow moong lentil for this recipe. Oats Lentil Pancake can be served with naturally colorful corn & avocado salsa and tomato beetroot chutney. You can also serve it with coconut or peanut chutney.

Multi Adai Paniyaram

Paniyaram is one of very popular breakfast or appetizer dish in Southern part of India. It is prepared from batter which is pretty similar to Dosa/Idli batter. I have already shared the regular Paniyaram recipe earlier, this recipe a little variation to the original recipe. The major ingredient for this recipe is mix of various kind of daal (pulses), beans, brown rice and rava. I have also added grated beetroot to a refreshing color as well as nice taste. The batter needs at least 6 to 7 hours of fermentation. The paniyram tastes great with samber, coconut or tomtato chutney. You would need paniyarm pan to prepare this recipe which is generally available in Indian grocery stores. These cute little balls works great as appetizer for your guests as well as for kid’s lunch boxes.¬†Multi Daal & Beans_1

Tricolor Cupcakes

Wish you all a very happy Independence day!! Cupcakes are favorite of all the kids so sharing this tricolor cupcake recipe to celebrate the Indian Independence day. The three different types of cupcakes are made with carrot, vanilla and green tea to get the color. Baking and decorating cakes are in itself is an art. To bake a perfect moist cake you need to have right ingredient and perfect baking time. I am an amateur in baking and has been practicing to bake a good cake. Decoration is very challenging job however there are aids available to get it done though needs practice. I used Russing piping kit specifically to decorate these cupcakes with rose flowers shape. I have also used homemade buttercream frosting for decoration. Enjoy your Independence day celebration with tricolor cupcakes and share with your friends too.Tricolor Cupcakes_32