Ayurveda A Way of Life Part-1

Is there an Ayurvedic way of life ! Is it complicated !  Is it good for me ! Can I actually follow it.! Before answering and introducing my Ayurvedic Classes, I wanted to share some interesting stories behind where it all started.  I wanted to share the stories that we have been hearing since childhood,…

Bhindi Masala-Okra

Lady Finger – Okra – Bhindi One of the most simplest vegetable, yet the least understood vegetarian ingredients of the world.   A vegetable rich in Vitamins, minerals and a good source of Calcium, it is used widely in Indian Cuisine.   There are at least 20 different documented recipes I could find in India.  It is…

Vegetarian Biryani – with Jackfruit

Yesterday’s cooking session went on a different route than our usual Thali .  Our guests from the USA wanted to have a biryani, and since I am  only doing Vegetarian Meals, I had just the perfect Veggie Version of our National Favorite ‘Biryani’ I have been longing to do it in our cooking sessions and wondered…

Lauki Ke Kofte

A long delayed recipe is Lauki Ke Kofte.  This a regular preparation in our Classes, it won’t be wrong to say that this is one of the most cooked dishes of our Jaipur Home Cooking Sessions.  So lets gather the ingredients.   This dish is a great Vegetarian  / Vegan substitute for any meat kofta. …

Stir Fry Veggies with Desiccated Coconut

Past few years I have had the chance of visiting South of India quite a many times, and with every visit I am becoming a bigger fan of the neat flavors of my country’s southern region.  Easy to do, rich in nutrients, light on your stomach and always Yum! What more to ask from food…

Bread Pakora and Aloo Bonda

This is so so simple and you can prepare it no time.   When you have un-announced guests and you wish to serve a high tea this is very quick and foolproof. Ingredients for the Batter: 2 cups of Chickpea flour 1/4 tsp of asafetida (heeng) 1/2 tsp of Chilli powder 1/2 tsp of Salt 1 cup…

Cauliflower-Potato Koftas

This is a main dish for any Indian Meal as we serve Sauce based dishes with either Chapati or Naan or Rice preparations Alternatively, it can be served as a side dish to your home dinners.   It is completely Vegan as well as Gluten Free (if you replace Ghee with Oil).  It is quick, fool-proof…

Sprouted Chickpeas- Chana Chaat Delight

Sprouted Chana Chaat is a great way to start your day.  Sprouts are considered to be best for us as they are super foods, highly nutritive, and are one of the most balanced diets. But be cautious all beans and legumes cannot / should not be sprouted.  Some of the night shade family like Rajma (kidney…

Sago Pearls and Peanut Croquettes -Sabudana Vadai

Sabudana Vadai is a very popular dish all over Mumbai region and all of central India but it is now a household favorite all over.  It is mostly cooked when people are fasting on auspicious days and do not eat any GRAIN particularly.   But  nowadays, it has become an all day snack and it is…

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…