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Shankarpali

Shankarpali

Shankarpali is a traditional Diwali recipe in Maharashtra and Goa. Also known as shakkar para, these crisp diamond-shaped cookies are a favorite among kids. I can’t think of a word other than the Marathi word “Khuskhushit” to aptly describe these. These are a paramount part […]

Pav Bhaji

Pav Bhaji

Pav bhaji is a popular street food in Mumbai. Almost every corner restaurant serves this dish. Is was originally prepared as a quick and easy meal for mill workers in Mumbai. It is very easy to prepare and has a variety of different vegetables. These […]

Whole Red Chili Pepper Pickle

Whole Red Chili Pepper Pickle

This whole red chili pepper pickle is a great accompaniment to parathas, rotis, and dal rice. The pickle preserves well unrefrigerated for over a year if made the right way. I store all my pickles in a cool dark cabinet. The key to making any […]

Lemon Pickle

Lemon Pickle

Lemon pickle is a very simple pickle yet it adds an instant zing to any meal. Pair it with parathas, rotis, dal rice or curd rice, and instantly even a boring meal suddenly becomes very interesting. The key to making any pickle and preserving it […]

Mango Sheera

Mango Sheera

I love the summer. It brings with it beautiful flowers, warmer weather, less rain and mangoes. Lots and lots of mangoes. Mango in any recipe is like summer in a bowl. Add some mango to your regular sheera or sooji ka halwa and it becomes […]

Watermelon dhondas

Watermelon dhondas

Watermelon cake or dhondas is another no-egg, no-sugar variation of the jackfruit dhondas. Typically eaten as breakfast, it is also a healthy snack. Jaggery adds some minerals and vitamins to the dish and the pink color makes it very tempting. Also, this recipe has semolina […]

Mango Shrikhand

Mango Shrikhand

Summer is the season of mango and everything mango. I make mango shrikhand very often in summers. Yogurt is a coolant and in combination with mango, it makes summers very welcome. Shrikhand is a traditional Indian dessert made with hung yogurt. Homemade yogurt is hung […]

Vatana usal

Vatana usal

Made of peas, this vatana usal recipe is packed with protein and essential fats. It goes great with some Indian laadi pav or rotis. It’s a vegetarian staple in many Goan households. When fresh vegetables are not available, or I’ve forgotten to go grocery shopping, […]

Jackfruit dhondas

Jackfruit dhondas

Jackfruit dhondas takes me back to my childhood. We spent every summer vacation at my aaji’s house in Goa. Summer also meant ripe Mancurad mangoes, jackfruit, wild berries, and traditional homemade fruit roll-ups, pickles, and papad. One such traditional recipe my grandma use to make […]

Sheera

Sheera

Sheera, also known as sooji ka halva, is officially the most popular breakfast recipe in our household. I make it about once a week, sometimes twice. It is loaded with ghee. Add fruits and nuts to make it more delicious. The most popular fruit options […]