Dahakti Gobhi –  Tandoori Cauliflower

Dahakti Gobhi –  Tandoori Cauliflower florets The dish is a popular in the menus of Indian Bar Restaurants, as this is a great snack that can be served with drinks as an appetizer.   The name is an expression of how the florets of the cauliflower are looking.  The finished dish resembles burning coal because of its…

Cooking Ridged Gourd and its benefits

Ridged gourd or Torai as its called in India is very popular as a summer vegetable. It has lot of health benefits as again it’s a cooling vegetable and keeps the digestive system intact in unbearable heat of India. In Ayurveda it is one of the components that reduces Pitta dosha too.  So it is advised…

Bharwan Masala Tinda -and effects of Food for a healthy life.

Masala Stuffed Apple Gourd This is a regular dish in our cooking sessions especially in Summers.   This humble little things surprises everyone with flavors.  Again like Bottle Gourd (Lauki) , it is easy to make many variations with.  But apart from that culinary advantage, it has cooling effect on our body (with Ayurvedic point of…

Baadshahi Khichdi

Badshahi Khichdi A rice and lentil porridge spiced up to give you the best nutrition with loads of flavor.  I simply love khichdi and there are many many varieties of Khichdi made in India.  Every region has its own, every religion has its own, and every house has its own version of making different kinds…

Masala Cheese Toasties

This is a regular in the all day menu for guests at our B&B. Whenever a guest is hungry, any time of the day or late night check in, one thing they always order is Masala Cheese toasties. One of my guest Tricia fondly named it as ‘Payal’s cheese toasties’ and still remembers me whenever…

Jaipur Home Cooking Classes

Today I am going to introduce to you about my cooking classes in Jaipur Rajasthan.   Apart from running a bed & Breakfast, I am also running home cooking classes.   The main motive is to showcase the incredible home food of India.  It is so vast that even if I spend the whole lifetime, I won’t…

Aloo Dum-Potatoes seared in Yogurt

Aaloo Dum – Literally, potatoe masala cooked in sealed pan Whole potatoes marinated with Masala Yogurt & cooked on Dum.  The technique of dum is to seal a the pot with the help of dough, main reason to seal all steam and flavors in the pot.  Hence producing an intense flavor cloud.    It is…

Indian Summer Cooking Class

Today’s cooking class took a turn towards a new combination. My guest from Belgium wanted to do some of her favorites Moong Daal Chilla Palak Paneer Bhindi Masala Aam Pana We always do a complete Thali in our Cooking Classes which will have a Daal, a seasonal vegetable, a Masala curry dish, Rice and Chapati….

Potato -Cheese Nuggets

Summer Holidays in India has begun and of course all the mummies need to be ready with many many recipes in hand to feed the kids. As kids staying at home all the time means, lots of play and lot of munching. So lets try this simple yet delectable snack for the entire family. The…

Kaashifal ki Sabji-Pumpkin Bhaji

  Kashifal Ki Sabji Kashifal -the sweet golden pumpkins of India are of two types, first being raw and second fully riped,  both types of kashifal is prepared  exactly by same method. If you are preparing the raw one then be careful with salt as well as no water is required, as the raw one…

Onion-Mint Parantha

A quick way of making Parantha – the flat bread of India.   Consumed every day in every home and always cooked fresh from the scratch makes it the best meal.  The variation for making paranthas is un-countable.  As many people-as many varieties of paranthas can be made. This is my favorite and even a favorite…

Carrots Potato Green Peas Bhaaji – Aloo Gajar Matar

Carrot Pea Potato Masala  A favorite vegetable recipe of Winters in India which becomes popular in the months of November after the arrival of Red Indian carrots. It is quick- fresh- colorful and with loads of flavors. Ingredients 4 medium sized Red Indian Carrots (or regular orange carrots) round shaped pieces ½ cup of green…