The best Restaurant-style Chicken Manchurian with Gravy that you can make at home in under 30 minutes! There’s Chinese food, and then there’s Indian Chinese, agreed? Spicy, no added MSG, just loads of flavour that relies on ingredients that you probably already have at home – this Chicken Manchurian comes together in one pot and is my slightly healthier version.
￼This Apple Cake made with powdered jaggery is moist, not very sweet, and makes for the perfect snacking cake!
Creamy, without any cream or roux! This recipe for Cream of Mushroom Soup makes use ingredients that you already have in your pantry and secret ingredient that makes it super healthy. Made extra simple in a pressure cooker!
Rich, buttery brioche that can pass-off as a bread-cake! Baked it for Papa Bear’s birthday with whatever I could find at home – used Amul butter, raisins soaked in Frooti and gondhoraj zest. It’s the perfect cake for a bread lover and great for the holidays when you can leave this at the counter to snack on all day long!
￼Ukdiche Modak are steamed, gluten free, sweet dumplings that are made on the occasion of Ganesh Utsav or the Ganpati festival in India. Here, you’ll find a step by step guide and tips for making these modaks that are made of rice flour and sweetened with jaggery. Of course, I had the luxury of using the stand mixer to knead this hot dough!
￼ Nankhatai are Indian shortbread cookies that are made with clarified butter or ghee instead of butter and get a rich flavour with the addition of chickpea flour or beasn. I make mine a tad bit more special with the addition of chocolate chunks and cardamom powder. These are eggless and are perfect festive cookies or desserts. They store well in an air tight container ￼
￼ A one pot rice dish that is hearty, fragrant with spices full of vegetables – that’s Tehri or Taheri for you! My version is cooked in mustard oil which adds so much flavour; and a bunch of spices. This one pot rice dish hails from the Northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh and what I love about it is how you can make it your own by using your favourite vegetables, or leftover veggies from your refrigerator!
￼ My spin on this classic Middle Eastern salad, is with Cauliflower grains instead of Bulgar or couscous. Cauliflower ‘rice’ has been a trending recipe on the internet for the last few years, with many even making cauliflower fried ‘rice’. This is an innovative cauliflower recipe, perfect if you’re on a paleo diet, vegetarian or vegan. My version uses cauliflower ‘florets’ or ‘grains’ in a manner that even veggie haters and picky eaters will be surprised with and love!
￼ Tzatziki is traditionally used as a sauce in Greek Cuisine, but I find that it makes for an awesome ‘dip’ too, especially for summer because it’s got cucumber that’s so cooling. It’s perhaps one of the easiest homemade / DIY recipes that’s super healthy too! Of course, the humble dill is the hero of this Tzatziki. Here, it’s paired with an awesome cocktail made with Johnnie Walker Red Label – The Red Fizz! These are the sort of recipes you want on hand to feed a crowd, but are really easy and effortless for entertaining at home.
￼ An easy Tomato & basil Bruschetta makes for a quick appetizer to feed a crowd. Perfect for the summer when you don’t want to spend too much time in the kitchen! It’s paired here with a cocktail called Red Label Snapper – fresh take on a classic Bloody Mary- made with Johnnie Walker Red Label instead of vodka! ￼