Methi Thepla is popular Indian flat-bread that originated in the northwestern state of India -Gujarat & is a staple in many households now. Made with wheat flour , chickpea flour (besan), Methi (fenugreek) leaves, curd & spices, these flat-breads are known to be edible for days & hence favored by most for travels & picnics.
These thepla's can be enjoyed hot o
Raw Mango Chunda is a hot sweet & sour tasting mango pickle. Popular with combination of Methi Thepla (Fenugreek Flat-bread) this pickle is known for its long persevering properties, store in air-tight container & you can enjoy this pickle year long. Broadly Chunda can be either sweet or savory but for this post I'll be sharing the savory/spicy version.
Fusilli with Roasted Tomato & Basil Pesto is an Italian main-course dish (Entree) comprising of pasta mixed with a sauce called Pesto & garnished with cheese. My hubby & me totally love the classic pesto made using Basil, but a step ahead in combining the basil & roasted tomatoes resulted in even more awesome & yummy pesto. The combination of tangy tomatoes
Oven Roasted Tomatoes are a great way to preserve tomatoes & use them later as required. These roasted tomatoes are versatile, you could add them to salad, pasta's, sandwiches or even make a spread or pesto from them. In-fact I even like to snack on them, they are that delicious.
I've used grape/cherry tomatoes for this post but you could also use regular tomato & cut th
Valentine's day is a celebration of love & affection and symbolized by color red & hearts. Initially had planned to post a sweet/dessert recipe suitable for this mood but couldn't get my mind off the red color. After thinking which would be apt recipe to share for this love struck occasion I couldn't stop thinking of a tomato recipe. Stuffed tomato -
Are you a Big Fan of potato (french) fries but often curb your cravings to avoid this unhealthy fast food? Well here's a solution to that - Oven Roasted/Baked Potato Fries. I know frying always gives that additional flavor to any dish but the process definitely decreases its nutritional value too. So now a days these crispy baked fries which are equally appetizing & satiating are
Broccoli, Mushroom & Bell Peppers in Chilli Garlic Sauce is a Indo-Chinese gravy dish that can be served with Rice/noodles. My hubby & me both love Indo-Chinese food so much that we eat it almost every week. But my taste-buds are super-spoilt so I can easily get bored eating the same noodles/gravy dish every week. That drives me to try something new every
Bruschetta is a popular Italian appetizer/antipasto. Its made by grilling the bread drizzled with olive oil & topped with toppings which are available in wide variety. The most basic & famous is Tomato & Basil Bruschetta also known as Bruschetta al Pomodoro which is the recipe for today's post. Pomodoro in other words is a mixture of of olive oil, fresh tomatoes & bas
Arbi ki Sabji is a dry Indian vegetable dish relished with Chapati/Roti/Naan. Like any other sabji, there are many variations with which this dish can be made. But my preferred method of making this dish is boiling the arbi & then mixing it with masala prepared using onion, tomato & spices. In today's post I'll be sharing this totally yum recipe with all.
Instead of boilin
Wishing All A Very Happy & Prosperous New Year 2013!!
Starting the New year with a sweet, crispy & coconuty recipe - Eggless Chocolate Coconut Macaroon. These cute looking goodies are perfect as Grab-and-Go snacks Or when served as dessert Or gift/treats to your friends.
Macaroon is bite sized baked confection usually made with egg w
Lauki Kofta Curry is a delicious Indian gravy dish which mainly comprises of two parts - Gravy made from onion tomato base & dumplings made from mixture of Bottle gourd, gram flour & flavored with spices. These two mixed together & served make an excellent combination with Rice/Roti. The Lauki Kofta's (bottle gourd dumplings) on their own can be enjoyed as appet
Fruit Salad is a very simple,easy & quick to make Dessert. This is my Mom's recipe & she often made this when we were kids. Since this recipe is very easy I was contemplating whether I should post it or not. But then thought with the festive season kicking in, parties/celebrations/get-together happening there will be need to make some fancy yet quick dessert. Fruits mix
Phodnicha Bhaat is a simple & easy to make Indian Maharashtrian recipe usually made by tempering the leftover rice. With barely any ingredients used this dish gives your leftover rice a completely different flavor, taste & color. Although traditionally this recipe was made to use the leftover rice, you can still make it using freshly cooked rice. Just ensure the cooked ri
Boneless Chicken Masala is an Indian onion tomato based gravy dish which tastes excellent with both Rice or any Indian bread of your choice. With the adjustment of water consistency this dish can easily be transformed into a gravy dish but I prefer to prepare this dish slightly on the thicker side which not only helps coating the chicken but also to bring out the gravy flavor more with every b
Mutter Paneer is a popular Indian curry dish made of cottage cheese (paneer) & green peas (Mutter) in a creamy onion-tomato base gravy. By altering the gravy consistency this dish can be served with Rice as well as Roti/Chapati/Naan/Indian bread of your choice.
Paneer is by far one of my most loved ingredient. Its just the way Paneer dishes turn out... its like they can never
Pinwheels are my latest go-to appetizers be it potluck or a self hosted party. They are easy & quick to make & most of all loved by all age groups. There is a variety of pinwheels you can make by altering the stuffing but for this year's Thanksgiving potluck party I made these cheesy peppery Pinwheels which I'll be sharing with you in today's post. I used the crescent dinner rolls &
Aloo Paratha a.k.a flat-bread stuffed with spicy potato filling is common breakfast dish in most Indian homes especially north India. Served with curd, chutney and/or pickle this dish is a wholesome meal in itself. Basically Aloo(Potato) paratha is made by stuffing spicy potato filling in dough & then sealing & rolling it into a circular shaped flat-bread. Its cook
For my Diwali Faral, along with Besan Ladoo I made these Fresh Coconut Karanji/Gujiya as they are my hubby's absolute favorite. They look fancy but are really easy to make.
Karanji is basically a half moon shaped sweet which is stuffed with a mixture of coconut & sugar/jaggery & then deep fried to get Cripsy karanji's. Although made from Fresh coconut, these stay good i
Wishing Everyone a Happy Diwali & Prosperous New Year!
May this festival of light bring Happiness, love, luck & prosperity!!
Have a Safe Deepavali!
Diwali also known as festival of lights is an important festival in India. If you happen to visit India during Diwali time, you will see entire country lit with variety of lanterns & light patterns. Al
Hello!! It was my Hubby's birthday on 5th Nov & ever since I started blogging I was waiting for this special occasion to bake this delicious cake all from scratch. Both of us are chocolate lovers so thought why not make a super rich chocolaty cake thus Chocolate cake with Chocolate & Sour cream filling & Chocolate Ganache frosting. Total Yum!! Coincidentally t
For this post, I'll be sharing my Mom's Onion Capsicum Cheese Pizza recipe which I've slightly twisted & given some of my own punches. For keeping it simple I've used the ready made pizza base. Honestly, when I planned to make this pizza recipe I was so hungry that I didn't have the patience to wait & bake the pizza base. Although I love baking breads
Vegetable Fried Rice is a popular Indo Chinese dish that is usually served with a gravy dish. Its a simple dish where left over rice is stir fried with veggies on high heat (wok style). This rice tastes best with left over & cooled rice as the moisture in freshly cooked rice make this dish lumpy by steaming the rice further instead of stir-frying. There are many var
Vegetable Manchurian is an Indo-Chinese recipe which is popular both as appetizer & as Main-course. This dish comprises of fritters made of mix vegetables deep fried & then mixed with the sauce. The dry or appetizer version usually calls for thicker sauce just to coat the Manchurian balls while the gravy version is more liquidy yet thick & goes well with n
Rajma is a popular North Indian curry relished with plain or zeera (cumin) rice. Its a thick red kidney beans gravy flavored with spices. Not only its a staple diet for most north Indians, this curry is immensely popular & loved across the globe. You will find this curry cooked as a regular meal to special occasion menu's & not to forget mentioning its per
Kanda Bhaji - Onion Pakora, a cup of hot tea & rain showers ...what a classic combination. Don't you think?? When rain starts pouring, all we want to do is cozy up at home with a cup of tea & some hot hot crispy & tasty Bhaji's to go with it. Slurp!! I know in most parts of the world the showers may have called it a day but hey that shouldn't stop you from trying these fritter
Nutella Cookies have been on my list of to-do recipes for so long....finally this weekend I had the opportunity to bake these goodies. These cookies came out chewy & soft with the cookie crust a bit crisp. These cookies go fabulously with a glass of milk for breakfast or a snack in between meals & perfect to curb the dessert cravings post meal. All Nutella lovers these c
Butter Chicken - one of the most popular non-vegetarian dishes of the Indian Cuisine. You haven't tasted this delicacy yet?? bet you are missing something really delicious. Taste it once & you are hooked on to it for life.
Butter Chicken is also known Murg Makhani which literally means Chicken cooked in gravy made of butter. This dish calls for cooking the marinated chic
Caesar Salad is one of my favorite salads. The combination of crunchy lettuce & even crunchier croutons tossed with the smooth creamy dressing is just the way I like my salads. There are many varieties of this salad available the most common being Chicken Caesar salad where grilled & succulent chicken strips are topped over the regular Caesa
Pav Bhaji is a famous Indian fast food dish that originated in the central & western states of India & now well spread due to its immense popularity. Pav Bhaji as the name says comprises of a Pav (bread) that is served with a Bhaji, a thick & smooth mix vegetable curry dish. Bhaji is basically made of onion, tomato & potato gravy with the addition of other veggies like caps
Am a big-time bread fan, can eat it for all my three meals. Baking Pav (White bread dinner rolls) is my first bread baking experience & wow what an experience it was!! Thoroughly enjoyed it. Addicted to bread baking now so you will be seeing more bread recipes on this space. Recommend bread baking to all, must try at least once !!
Ever since childho
After my Banana Chocolate chip Muffins recipe, here is a my first cupcake recipe - Vanilla Cupcake with Cream Cheese Frosting , a simple & delicious treat. Keeping majority ingredients same as used for my Basic Vanilla Sponge Cake with slight alterations I was able to make these yummy cupcakes. Simple butter, cream cheese & sugar frosting topped on the cupcakes makes it the m
Shahi Paneer is one of the very first recipes I learnt from my MIL thus making this recipe very close to my heart & truly special. She is an awesome cook. Even today when I make this dish, I recollect her words & her explanation. Anyone & everyone who has had this dish, keeps asking for more.
Shahi Paneer is a Royal North Indian dish where you cook paneer (c
Wishing Everyone a Happy Ganesh Chathurti!!
May Lord Ganesha shower his blessings on All.
Ganesh Chathurti & Modak (sweet dumplings) are synonyms for me. Modak is Lord Ganesha's favorite food & hence these are patent offerings to the Lord during this festival season.
Modak are basically of two types, steamed & fried. Steamed are usually made using Rice
Peach Raspberry & Cucumber Salad is refreshing fruit salad which goes perfect as evening snack. Its a great alternative to fried/junk snack items especially if you are watching your weight or even otherwise. Just like other salads, this recipe calls for mixing the main ingredients (fruits here) with the dressing which is made of mint, lemon juice, honey & roasted cumin powder. Th
Spaghetti with Marinara sauce is basic Italian preparation where the Spaghetti (long thin round strands or noodle like pasta) is served with a tangy tomato, onion, garlic & herbs sauce famously known as Marinara sauce. Its a simple & versatile sauce which can be used for pasta or for even as your pizza sauce. Traditionally this sauce is used to add flavor to pasta,
Today when I opened my fridge I saw a variety of left over food items & it became a puzzle for me, with only one aim, have a delicious final product at my lunch table. Sounded like Déjà vu ? This is a common situation for most of us, and I enjoy it because this breeds creativity & innovation, which eventually helps one grow in the art of cooking.
One of my such creati
Ever since childhood my favorite soup has been Tomato Soup. In restaurants, I would order it even without looking at the menu (in India, almost every restaurant menu had it). Even now, given an option be it my office cafeteria or for a lunch/brunch buffet at any restaurant I always tend to pick Tomato soup. There are so many varieties - plain tomato soup, cream of tomato,&
Chilli Chicken is one of the most popular Indo-chinese appetizers. This dish also has a gravy version but for this post I'll be sharing the dry version.
As the name goes this is a spicy appetizer where marinated chicken is deep fried to get a crispy texture. These crispy chicken bites on their own are so delicious that I tend to munch on them as I am frying. The dish i
Black Eyed Beans are known differently in different parts of India. In North India they are referred to as Lobhia whereas in the West as Chawli. Which ever name they go by the basic way to make this curry dish remains more or less the same.
Lobia/Chawli chi Usal is a simple Indian main-course dish cooked in a onion tomato gravy & can be served
There are very few fasts that I observe & Angarika Sankashti (chathurti that falls on a Tuesday) in one of them. This fast ends at night where you prepare your meal without using any onion garlic & seal it with a sweet dish. Mom usually makes Sevai Kheer (her patent) for such occasions & I would fondly eat this in comparison to the other members of the
Kadhai Paneer is one of the exotic Indian main course recipes that can be churned very quickly & yet looks like you have invested your whole day making it. The high points of this dish is its very colorful due to the addition of capsicum (bell peppers) & at the same time very flavorful too.
Why the name Kadhai Paneer?? In Indian cuisine, the utensil called Kad
Dal (Lentils) is an undisputed staple ingredients of Indian cuisine. Its rich protein content makes it immensely popular option for vegetarians. There are many varieties to prepare Dal but for this post I would like to share my Dal Fry recipe.
For this recipe I have used a combination of Toor dal (Yellow Pigeon Pea) & Chana dal (Split Chickpea), but yo
A troop of friends coming over in short notice ? And you don't have anything jazzy at home to serve as appetizers ? Don't panic and don't worry, here is an ace up your sleeve for such situations - Cracker Topper. They are perfect for any party, regardless of the number of guests, or even as snacks to go with your cup of tea. Crispy base with a creamy cheese & tomato topping
Chicken Tikka in India is like Kangaroo in Australia, they live in each other. But this 'Kangaroo' is now spreading fast across the globe like a wild-fire, courtesy our love for this dish. And with a fan following of that magnitude this dish perfectly deserves to be my first non-veg recipe on "ShwetaintheKitchen". Yaaaaaaaaay to all my chicken lover friends out there !!
Yay!! Immensely happy posting my 50th recipe. I started my food blogging voyage few months ago & never expected to reach golden jublee milestone so soon. Everyone loves to celebrate such occasions with something special. In this situation that 'special' would be a recipe very close to my heart, something I love to cook for everyone around me, & hence decided to go with it at
Sometimes I have only small potions of different variety of veggies left over, which on their own are too less to make a dish. That's when I like to mix the veggies together to give me my versatile Mix Vegetable Curry. Versatile because it gives me an option of serving it with Roti/Paratha (Indian bread) or Rice or even as a gravy layer for Vegetable Biryani.
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Tomato, Cucumber & Lettuce Sandwich is a simple recipe (I'm not even sure this can be called a recipe) but nevertheless I wanted to share it because I love it. Need anymore reason !!?? Nah...
The sandwich requires assembling all the ingredients together & you are ready with a delicious & filling breakfast in no time. Adding lettuce helps me add greens into my meal. I
Vegetable Spring rolls are ageless appetizers in my Chinese cuisine closet, my granny loves it, the kids in my family love it - it works in any kind of party. It is primarily made by rolling a mixture of shredded vegetables like cabbage, carrot, bell peppers & sometimes even noodles & sprouts in to thin spring roll pastry sheets. There are many versions of the stuffing&
Gobi (Cauliflower) Paratha is a popular North Indian breakfast recipe which is now loved in every part of India. It is quite filling & satiating breakfast & a punjabi-household favorite. Eat it with butter, yogurt, chutney , pickle or even ketchup it always tastes super yummy.
My MIL is an expert in making paratha & this is one of her recipes. The very fir
With Summer at its peak, keeping yourself hydrated is vital. But if you got bored with monotony of cold water and are looking for other natural options, try Watermelon Juice. Thinking about it, watermelon is available in abundance during summers. Its nature's way of balancing the heat with this coolant fruit which contains 92% water & is naturally sweet so you need no sugar to be added to