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Creamy Butter Garlic Shrimp Pasta (My Food Story) | Playful Cookinglink to Creamy Butter Garlic Shrimp Pasta

Creamy Butter Garlic Shrimp Pasta

As some of you might know from my Insta-stories, I am on a vacation right now! We are on a much-needed fun and relaxing break. We don’t have any major plans except for eating a ton of food, relaxing and strolling around the streets! So, during this time, I will have some of my amazing friends sharing their recipes with you. I am starting it with this delicious Creamy Butter Garlic Shrimp Pasta by Richa from My Food Story. We can never have enough pasta and I am always looking for easy pasta recipes that can be whipped up quickly…

30 Holi Dishes | Playful Cookinglink to 30 Holi Dishes

30 Holi Dishes

Holi is the festival of color, welcoming spring in the most vivid and joyful way. In India, this festival is considered as one of the biggest festivals. Every other street is lit up like a rainbow with people soaked in mass of colors and water. Everyone looks happy! The festival gets its name from the old mythological story of Holika. In India, every other state celebrates the festival in their own way. There are deep customs and rituals being followed, a lot of which will never make much sense to me. However, if there is one common thing that can…

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Santra Badam Barfi (Orange Almond Fudge)

The delicate sweet tangy orange with the richness of ghee and almond make Santra Badam Barfi a delicacy for your palate. It’s moreish and almost melts in your mouth at every bite. We Indians love barfi (dense milk-based fudge) and make it quite often, be it a special occasion or not. There are different types of barfi one can make with addition of nuts and fruits. 

Palak Paneer Party Slider | Playful Cookinglink to Palak Paneer (Spinach Cheese) Party Sliders

Palak Paneer (Spinach Cheese) Party Sliders

Crusty golden top with creamy paneer, goodness of baby spinach, the sharpness from marinara sauce and those crunchy red onions! With cheese loaded in the center, these palak paneer (spinach cheese) party sliders are a hit. The left over sliders stays good in an airtight container, and after a quick warming in the microwave it gets cheesy and saucy once again.

Pav Bhaji | Playful Cookinglink to Pav Bhaji

Pav Bhaji

When there are tidbits of veggies lying in the veggie basket, I often go for one of my favorite street foods, Pav Bhaji. It is one of those easy to put together meals. Pav, the butter rolls, and Bhaji, the mishmash of vegetables and potato that gets cooked in spices and finished with a dollop of butter. I read in several articles that this dish was once the staple meal for mill workers. I can understand the reason behind it because when it is served with soft buns on the side, it turns into a carb loaded meal. It is…

Savory Quinoa Breakfast Muffins | Playful Cooking #muffins #quinoa #breakfastlink to Savory Quinoa Breakfast Muffins – Guest Post for Vijitha @ Spices and Aroma

Savory Quinoa Breakfast Muffins – Guest Post for Vijitha @ Spices and Aroma

When I moved from Bangalore to California, the one thing I knew I would miss were my friends. I have a bunch of those. Bubbly, cheerful and happy, always there for me, always make me smile and even scolds me when I am wrong. They rocked my life. I feel lucky, really lucky that even though we stay miles apart and we don’t get to talk often, things didn’t change even a bit. We easily start off from where we left, effortlessly.

Curried Sweet Potato Saucelink to Curried Sweet Potato Sauce – Guest Post by Leanne Vogel @ Healthful Pursuit

Curried Sweet Potato Sauce – Guest Post by Leanne Vogel @ Healthful Pursuit

I cannot imagine a day without milk. My morning starts with a masala milk tea and on some days, it ends with a cup of hot chocolate. But there are people who suffer from bloated stomach, headaches and pain after consuming any dairy product. Honestly speaking, I didn't know about all these different kind of diets like gluten free, vegan or dairy free until I started blogging and until I started reading about it. Their blogs are inspirational. They teach you to enjoy food without feeling restricted. One such blogger, who is also a very good friend of mine, is Leanne Vogel,…

Lamb Chops with Yogurt Mint Sauce and Pea Couscous by Playful Cookinglink to Dukkah-Crusted Lamb Chop with Yogurt Mint Sauce and Pea Couscous

Dukkah-Crusted Lamb Chop with Yogurt Mint Sauce and Pea Couscous

Growing up, mutton was my preferred choice of meat. Most Sundays, Dad would rush to the market early morning so he didn’t miss the chance to buy the best quality of meat and later, mom would prepare a rich mutton curry for lunch. We would always be extra hungry on that day. It was only after moving to US that I learnt the difference between lamb and mutton. It surprised me when I realized how rare and hard it is to find mutton in any store over here. After missing my special Sunday lunch for a while, I finally decided to…

Fennel and Rosemary Butter Biscuits : Playful Cookinglink to Rosemary and Fennel Butter Biscuits

Rosemary and Fennel Butter Biscuits

On certain lousy days, there are two very specific things I like to do. Make a huge mug of coffee and laugh with FRIENDS back to back or put on an apron and surrender myself to flour. As I sift, mix and blend flavors, I build up this expectation that when the hot oven starts spreading the fresh baking aroma, it would change the crappy-me to happy-me. The kitchen is definitely a mess by then, but the effort works most of the time, unless of course what comes out of the oven looks worse than my state of mind. In that case,…

Spaghetti Fritters : Playful Cookinglink to Frittelle di Spaghetti (Spaghetti Fritters)

Frittelle di Spaghetti (Spaghetti Fritters)

It was a beautiful bright day with tiny fluffy clouds floating around in the blue sky. I sat by the window with a book, covered the feet with my purple throw and enjoyed the sunlight as it warmed my cheeks. I was reading Jamie’s Italy and was lost in his words. He spoke about his experiences in Italy and how he adored the Italian’s love for food. I scribbled notes as I flipped the pages and regretted a little for not trying out certain dishes during our short stay in Rome. But thanks to all these amazing books, which always help home cooks…

Visit to Rome : Playful Cookinglink to Four Days in Rome

Four Days in Rome

When we landed in Rome after spending 4 days in Paris, it felt like home! We are not Italians and never been to Italy before but there was this warmth, an unexplainable weird feeling going on inside us. We both said (almost at the same time) ‘we will so love it here’ and then he nodded when I said, ‘it feels like home’.

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Asian Chicken Fried Rice with Brown Rice

There was a period when I couldn’t consider rice in any different shade other than white. Small grain white rice would be prepared on a daily basis, long grain basmati white rice for biryani on special occasions and aromatic short grain white rice for (payesh) Bengali rice pudding. Of course, later I learned about Kerala rice, par boiled rice but no matter how many different kinds were available back then, they were all white. Or at least that's all I knew. These days, markets are brimming with such a special range that one can hardly get bored of eating rice.…