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Upma

Upma is made from Suji/Rava. This snack and lunch is prepared differently in various parts of India. In North India it is made spicy with a hint of lemon, whereas in the western part (Gujrat) it is prepared with sugar, salt and a hint of lemon. Not only does the taste differs, but also the...

Vegetable Puffs

A lot of bakeries in India sell delicious bread and an assortment of pastries, with an Indian twist! Ever since I was a kid, my favorite has been the vegetable puff pastries that are now sold not only at bakeries but also at many fast food joint. These puffs are filled with potatoes and peas,...

Redraks Instant Food

Redraks is the creator of instant food products, launched by our friends’ Vedant Rajput and his wife Rakhee years of research. Most Indian folks have seen cooked food available in packets in the grocery store. You microwave it and eat it. But, how about food that is pre-dried and cacuum sealed that you cook at...

Fruit & Nut Smoothie

Last weekend we went to our Uncle’s place where we did a long hike in the Saratoga hills, as well as some yoga. Since he starts the hike at 6 AM, we spent the previous night at his place. When we got to his place, he made us a delicious smoothie (with 13 ingredients, that...

Nan-Khatai

Nan-Khatai is an Indian version of cookies, which originated from a very popular city in India, Surat. Surat has a sizable Parsi population. The concept of bakeries came into existence when the Dutch came to Surat in 1800′s. However, when the Dutch left India, they left the bakeries behind, which were of no use since...

Baked Vegetables

There are some days where I just feel lazy to cook (and they are few and far in between), but am craving something spicy that cheers up my mood. At these times, I resort to baked dishes that do not require a lot of time or work on my part, yet do the trick of...

Holi Dessert: Shahi Toast

  Total Preparation time: 15 minutes Serves: 2 Part 1: Making the syrup Ingredients: 1 cup sugar 1/2 cup water Directions: Mix the above ingredients and let it cook on a slow-medium flame for atleast 8-10 minutes. (The sugar syrup should neither become too watery nor remain too thick). Let it cook and in the...

Holi Drink: Thandai

Thandai is one of the main drinks made during Holi. It is a combination of almond, poppy seeds with a hint of black pepper. The poppy seeds and almonds dominate the flavor. Rose water is added to add a slight hint of it’s flavor. Thandai is a cooling drink and can be quite refreshing. The...

Holi- The festival of colors!

Holi is a festival signifying the start of spring in India. It is celebrated on the day after the full moon day of Phalgun month (which falls roughly between march and april). It is a festival of colors, bringing joy, happiness and imbues the spirit of friendship in people of all faiths. Holi symbolizes different...

Dalia Chutney

Dalia is also known as roasted chickpeas or “bhuna chana”. It is a roasted lentil used to make condiments like chutney or can it be added to snacks like mamra (a puffed rice preparation) . If it is ground to a flour, it can be used to make tomato omelets or can be added to...

Saturday Morning Breakfast: Rava Dhokla

Dhokla is very common for breakfast in India, especially in Gujarat and Rajasthan. Rahul and I both recount the numerous times we ate dhokla at our homes in India, and so today it’s definitely comfort food for us. I used to love to eat the rava dhokla that my aunt (she is the best at...

Restaurant Review: Assab Eritrean

Ever since we moved to our current neighborhood in San Francisco, we’ve seen this Eritrean restaurant near our house and always thought we’ll go here “soon” but never really got about to it. Well, last weekend, I was in no mood to cook, and we were not even sure what we really wanted to eat....