Tetor Daal (Bitter Gourd Yellow Mung Stew)

Tetor Daal (Bitter Gourd Yellow Mung Stew) | Playful Cooking

Tetor Daal – daal, as we all know, is Indian lentil stew and teto refers to bitter gourd. This light lentil stew with a hint of bitter taste is a quintessential Bengali dish, most commonly prepared during summer months. Bitter gourd is known to cleanse your palate and soothe your tummy, which makes this stew ideal for a detox diet. Typically, bottle gourd is also cooked along with the lentil to make the stew more filling. Also, the sweet taste of bottle gourd balances the bitterness of the stew. But, I wanted to keep tetor daal light and so, I used just yellow mung and kept it very mildly spiced.

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Roasted Broccoli and Fennel Soup

Roasted Broccoli and Fennel Soup | Playful Cooking

Smooth, wholesome and cozy bowls of soup is what we need this month! This Roasted Broccoli and Fennel Soup is super easy to make and roasting the veggies just makes the soup tastier. Top it with some croutons, shaved parmesan cheese, a little drizzle of olive oil and dig in.

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Chai Spiced Hot Chocolate

Chai Spiced Hot Chocolate | Playful Cooking

Happy New Year! Wishing you all a fantastic and fun filled 2018. I read somewhere that a cup of hot chocolate is like a hug from the inside. So, I couldn’t think of anything better to start my blog chapter of 2018. This Chai Spiced Hot Chocolate is a luscious winter indulgence. A warm hug!

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Soft Gingerbread Cookies

Soft Gingerbread Cookies | Playful Cooking

The is the time of the year when you can’t help but indulge, go sugar high and drink a few extra glasses of wine. Festive season always brings such a happy feeling. No matter how tired you are, it somehow just melts away when you walk past the street and see all the colorful lights and shimmer. This is the first year that we got a Christmas tree and now I can’t wait to collect ornaments from all the places we hope to travel. This is also the first year that we baked Soft Gingerbread Cookies. We even tried to decorate it with colorful icing. These cookies definitely didn’t turn out half the pretty that I expected but then we had so much fun that I just had to share it with you all.

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Nuts and Seeds Crackers

Nuts and Seeds Crackers | Playful Cooking

At first, I want to thank you all so much for showering your wishes and showing your love in my last post. It means a lot! Now, if you are looking for a last-minute Christmas gift, this savory nuts and seeds crackers could be a good choice. It’s so easy to bake. Even if you are not much of a baker, you can easily pull it through. It’s crispy and so dunk-able in a cup of tea, coffee or hot chocolate. You can go creative with the ingredients. Add your choice of nuts, may be some dried fruits or perhaps, some fresh herbs. It’s wholesome and really tasty!

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