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White Chocolate Cake

Yesterday was Arvind's birthday and we wanted to celebrate it at home, just us :) So, I decided to treat him with some of his favorites. Everyone needs to make the 'midnight wish' and he love white chocolate anytime.. So, I thought of making a white chocolate cake. I wanted to bake the cake in advance to surprise him at midnight and that kept my Friday evening very busy. Birthday cake should be decorated and fancy, with neat icing, but I had no idea on how to do that. I took a risk and it was a disaster :( I…

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Spice coated Kundru/Ivy Gourd

I can't believe it's already Friday! This week just flew by. Was I that busy? Why even worry, after all it's almost weekend. And it's not just any weekend, it's Arvind's Birthday tomorrow :) :) Initially I was planning to throw a party, but my Man wants a quiet time just with me (blush blush!!) ;) Ok, quiet time, which means we are eating at home, which mean I need to cook some of his favorites. I still can't figure out what to cook, I just know what I am baking. Have tons of dishes going through my mind, so…

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Tangy Minty Dip

Today Sunshine & Smile completed 1 month:) I know that its too early to celebrate, but I couldn't stop mentioning it! The last one month was super fun, my cooking craziness was at the heights, got addicted to blog hopping, met new bloggers, shared 30 recipes and started our Project 52. My blogger friend featured one of my dish in her blog. Thank you all my friends for motivating me! If you have read my last post, you will know that I am currently participating in  The 10 with 5 Challenge and hence, for the next 10 days, I will…

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Sauteed Okra and Onion

Okra is one of my least favorite green vegetable. I hate the slimy part the most.. bleh!!! I wonder why all the vegetables which are on my 'Don't Like Vegetable' list are good source of vitamins and iron. And because of all these goodies, Ma used to make us eat Okra almost every other day, sometime even boiled... yuck!! And guess what? One of my cousin loves to eat raw vegetables, including Okra. I have no clue as to what kind of taste bud she has? :D

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Mooli Paratha/Indian Flat Bread with Radish

It felt so nice when I came to know that two of my friends cooked meals from my blog for their guests over the weekend party, starting from appetizer to dessert! And my happiness doubled when they emailed me saying how much their guests enjoyed it, and how a 2 years old kid, who never liked cake, happened to ask for an extra serving of the Lemon Mint Cake . I would say, if a kid enjoys your food, it's got to be good :) Today I am sharing with you a very simple dish, Mooli Paratha (Indian Flat Bread…

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Spaghetti Tortilla Soup

Most of you will definitely fall off from your chair when I say this: I never had Tortilla Soup! And it gets even worse.. I only heard of this soup about a week back... In my defense, the only thing I can say is that, in India, it's not a common dish. Yeah.. yeah, there are many more such dishes which are not common in India, but I still tried them. How could I miss this ? I had Tortilla chips, Tortilla Wrap, Tortilla Pizza, but never thought you could dip it in soup too!

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Mac & Cheese Sandwich

Does it happen with you that you wake up hungry ?? It's like you were dreaming of food and then you wake up with a voice which comes straight from your tummy asking for something yummy! Guess what .. it happens with me a lot and most of the time I know what I want to eat , but today was different.. I was craving for something yummy but I didn't know what .. and I was really hungry which means I didn't want to spend too much time preparing the dish.

link to Lauki Kofta/Bottle Gourd Dumplings in Thick Gravy

Lauki Kofta/Bottle Gourd Dumplings in Thick Gravy

It's called Long melon.. or Chinese melon.. or Calabash.. or Opo squash .. etc etc but it's commonly known as Lauki in Hindi and Bottle Gourd in English. This vegetable is not very familiar to the western world (yet!), but it's a highly used ingredient in Indian Cuisines. They vary in size from 6 inches to over 3 feet in length, and 2 to 12 inches in diameter, and can survive in salt water for more than 6 months!! Ok that was enough 'gyan' for today ;)