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Masoor Palak Dal (Red Lentil Spinach Stew)

Masoor Palak Dal (Red Lentil Spinach Stew) is a hearty, nutritional lentil stew. Squeeze some fresh lemon juice on the top, pair it with cooked rice, thinly slice a cucumber on the side for the extra crunch, and you will have a very satisfactory meal.

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Chicken Tikka Masala

Chicken Tikka Masala is one of the most popular Indian curries for takeout. This classic aromatic curry is one of those first dishes that one would try while exploring Indian cuisine.  While some people might think that it’s one of those dishes that need a lot of effort and time, I am here to tell you that it’s not. Making Chicken Tikka Masala is actually easy and fuss free cooking.

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Sarso Ka Saag (Mustard Greens Curry)

Sarso Ka Saag with Makhi Roti and fresh makhan is a winter delicacy in North of India. Creamy sarso ka saag with the rustic makhi roti is such an amazing hearty combination. The entire meal is considered healthy and immune boosting. Much needed when winter cold strikes!

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Mattha (Indian Spiced Yogurt Drink)

Call it Mattha, Chaas or Spiced Buttermilk, this yogurt baked spiced beverage is a classic Indian summer drink. Couple spices and fresh herbs blended with yogurt and water makes this thirst quencher. It is a great way to stay hydrated.  

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Doi Begun (Eggplant In Spiced Yogurt)

Sliced eggplant pan fried in very little oil and then layered with spiced yogurt followed by a drizzle of tempered hot oil! Doi Begun is a popular Bengali eggplant curry, except I make it little untraditional way. Typically yogurt will be cooked along with the spices and eggplant. This recipe doesn't call for that which makes it a very quick meal. It's light on the tummy and great on warm days too.

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Chia Pudding in Badam Doodh

This Chia Pudding is made with homemade Badam Doodh (Almond flavored dairy milk). It has the flavor of almond, cardamoms and saffron. It’s amazing just on it own but then we like to top it with some fruits and granola to make it a filling breakfast. A rich and a luscious way to start the day!

Palak Pesarattu | Spinach Mung Bean Crepe | Playful Cooking #crepe #mungbean #glutenfree #vegan #vegetarian #spinach #foodphotography #pesarattulink to Palak Pesarattu | Spinach Mung Bean Crepe

Palak Pesarattu | Spinach Mung Bean Crepe

I have lived in South India for so many years and yet, I never heard of the dish called Pesarattu. When a friend suggested me the dish a few months back, I was surprised at how quick and simple it is to prepare this crepe like dish. I didn’t have to worry about fermenting and yet, I could enjoy something similar to dosa in a fuss free manner. Ever since then, I make it very often and my preferred version is the Palak Pesarattu | Spinach Mung Bean Crepe. It’s nourishing, filling and the color is strikingly gorgeous green. With…

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Paneer Bhurji Curry

There are so many dishes that I have learnt from my husband. Since both of us are from two different regions and cultures, it makes our diet a beautiful blend. I feel quite lucky that we don't restrict from trying new flavors, which is probably why cooking is still playful for me. The only paneer dish that I grew up eating is in the form a light curry, prepared by Ma in Bengali style. I will share that recipe someday. Today it's Paneer Bhurji Curry that Arvind inspired me to learn. I probably made it sound like a big project when…

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Chicken Enchiladas with Green Chutney

Ever since we bought a gas grill, almost every weekend is turning into a grilled chicken and corn kind-a dinner. The warm days and light wind makes it quite perfect too. Next day, there is always left over grilled chicken to finish. It is not a bad thing because the options to make something amazing with that are limitless. Last week, I made Chicken Enchiladas with Green Chutney. I don’t know if the star of the dish was the filling or the sauce but it sure was a tasty combination that made for a delectable meal.

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Indian Spiced Spinach Shakshuka

Shakshuka is a one-pot Middle Eastern flavor packed baked egg dish that is usually served for breakfast with pita on the side. It’s a very comforting meal and a favorite to all egg lovers. As much as I relish the original authentic version of the dish, I occasionally like to add a fun little twist. A few days’ back, I made it with Indian spices and threw in some baby spinach too. This Indian Spiced Spinach Shakshuka has an intense depth of flavor and spinach adds an interesting texture to the whole dish.