Palak Patta Chaat – Diwali Special

Diwali season is on and so is the excitement. I have always associated Diwali with smells. When the breeze begins to have a bit of chill and you can smell frost in the early autumn mornings, you know Diwali is around the corner. Smell of fresh paint, burnt leaves, crackers and, of course, aroma of homemade sweets and snacks evokes nostalgic memories of Diwali. I miss all that fun in Sydney.

Diwali is the biggest Indian festival and also, the biggest excuse to eat and indulge. In fact, people eat so many sweets during the days leading up to Diwali that by the time it is Diwali day, no one even wants to look at the sweets!!! How about giving your guests a break from sugar this Diwali and offering them something chatpata? Surprise your guests with this easy but packed with flavour, Palak Patta Chaat, and I bet they will not stop raving about it.

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One year on and not out of excuses to eat!

This month ‘Khane Ke Bahane’ celebrates its first anniversary. One year on and we have been finding more and more excuses to eat! With the huge variety of cuisines and recipes that vegetarian food offers, I am confident that we will not run out of excuses anytime soon. A big thank you to all my readers, followers, friends and family for the love you have showered upon me and my blog. And what better gift I could have than 200+ likes to mark the anniversary. I will be giving away many more delicious recipes as return gifts!

Punjabi Baingan ka Bharta

Baingan ka Bharta divides the world into two classes – eaters and non-eaters. While some people relish its smoky flavour, others find nothing appetizing about the pulpy eggplant. If you further analyse the two groups, you will find an interesting pattern. While women are big fans of this mashed eggplant dish resembling the middle-eastern Baba Ganoush, the ‘non-eaters’ are generally men and my family ‘was’ no different.  Hence, after marriage, I would not cook Bharta very often but whenever I did, Mr. Hubby would find an excuse to not eat. However, when I made Bharta last week, I successfully convinced him(not giving any other options for dinner) to at least try. And to my surprise, Mr. Hubby finished dinner describing it as delectable.

A good recipe can produce great results that can convert a non-eater into a fan. Are you up for the challenge? Are you an eater or a non-eater? Read more

Happy Ganesh Chaturthi – Besan Ke Laddu

Happy Ganesh Chaturthi to all my readers! While it’s not yet time to pack the winter clothes here in Sydney, I can smell Spring in the air. The days are getting warmer and the flowers are in full bloom everywhere. The most awaited season of the year is here!IMG_9791I particularly look forward to Spring in Sydney, as it not only brings lovely long sunny days but it also marks the beginning of festivities and celebrations that continue until year-end. Starting with Krishna Janmashtami and Ganesh Chaurthi, there is a festival every couple of weeks until Diwali followed by my little one’s b’day,  Christmas and then New Year. With so many occasions to celebrate, it is also a very busy time for me but I love the festivities and, of course, the awesome food.IMG_9842

Besan ke laddu is a rich traditional sweet that is not only very easy to make but also tastes delicious. My Mum makes a batch every few weeks as my Dad loves eating these laddus every night after dinner. He warms them slightly in the microwave before eating that makes them taste even better.IMG_9840

I make these laddus only once a year on the occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi, when I bring my Ganpati home, to welcome the Lord with His favourite food. Are Laddus your favorite too? Read more

Peanut Butter and Basil Sandwich

Peanut butter and Basil sandwich – never heard of it? Sure, you did not as this recipe is my creation! I am always on the lookout for quick, easy and ‘not so unhealthy’ breakfast recipes and one website suggested Peanut butter and banana sandwich. I decided to give it a go. Being honest here, I had never tasted peanut butter before, seriously, never! So, I got a jar of peanut butter and made the peanut butter and banana sandwich the next morning. Unfortunately, it didn’t turn out quiet to my taste. Now, I had the whole jar of peanut butter lying in my kitchen and I wondered how I could use it. And then suddenly an idea struck me. I remembered how my Thai Stir fry with Satay sauce (recipe coming soon) tasted so good with some fresh basil leaves. This meant that the combination of peanut butter and basil was worth trying, after all, Satay sauce is made of peanut butter. I went ahead with this little experiment of mine and the results were simply deee-licious. I just couldn’t stop eating after the first bite. Thus, the Peanut Butter and Basil sandwich was born. If the Thai restaurants ever thought of having a vegan sandwich on the menu, then it will surely be this one!!! Wanna try a simple recipe with complex flavours? Read more

Makki di Roti – Winter Special

In celebration of Autumn, Mother nature is painting Sydney with beautiful shades of orange, red, yellow, brown and green. Leaves have fallen off the trees revealing the bare, vulnerable branches underneath. Wherever you turn your eyes, there is a picture perfect scenery to be taken in. I and my daughter enjoy jumping up and down in the dry leaves just like Peppa Pig. Crunching through the carpet of leaves, I sometimes wonder if Autumn is more beautiful than Spring.

Winter is just around the corner and its time to change the diet to include winter foods. ‘Makki di roti’ is a must-have during winters.  It is a traditional handmade bread using maize flour. While the combo, Makki di roti and Sarson da saag, is the most popular delicacy of Punjab, you can also enjoy this roti without going through the long process of making the saag. This recipe uses the winter vegetables, radish and fenugreek to make these scrumptious rotis. I like to enjoy them with dollops of desi ghee, spiced yoghurt and homemade achar. After all, Winter is the time for a little indulgence, isn’t it? Love to indulge this Winter? Read more

Coriander Chutney – the Versatile Condiment

Coriander Chutney is a popular condiment in the northern and western parts of India. You can use it in a variety of ways – put it as sauce in a sandwich, use it as a dip with pakoras or enjoy it as a relish with Dal Rice. Most households will always have a jar of chutney in the fridge. With readymade chutney available in the supermarkets, nowadays many people prefer to buy it instead of making their own.  With this simple and easy recipe you can make your own chutney in 5 minutes using only 3 ingredients – coriander, green chilli and lemon. Would you like to add some kick to your meals? Read more

Kadai Paneer – Bring Home the Restaurant

Last weekend was an exciting time for my blog. A number of friends, colleagues and family members told me that they regularly try out my recipes and wait for new posts on the blog. Well, that was a pleasant surprise as I always thought no one really tries out a recipe (liking and commenting is a lot easier). This feedback has certainly got me motivated and all charged up to bring some discipline into my blogging routine and I will try my best to be more regular with my posts.

One of the popular requests was for paneer recipes. When talking of paneer recipes, Kadai Paneer is my favourite, it being such an awesome medley of contrasting flavours.  Cubed paneer and capsicum are tossed in a hot tomato gravy seasoned with crushed coriander seeds and finished with a generous sprinkle of dried fenugreek leaves, the aroma of the spices is sure to tantalize your senses!  Are you a Paneer fan? Read more

Alu Sandwich with a Cheesy Twist

Even though sandwiches originated in the West, the Alu (potato) sandwich is a truly Indian variation. Potatoes are cooked with Indian spices and stuffed in bread layered with chutneys – a perfect example of fusion food. An all-time favorite with both kids and grown-ups, Alu sandwich is easy to prepare, delicious and ready in no time. The best thing about this sandwich is that you can prepare the potato stuffing ahead of time. Relish it as a weekday breakfast or a weekend tea-time snack with different chutneys and ketchup! Love Potatoes? Read more

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