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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!

Shorba - Indian spicy Soup : Playful Cookinglink to Tomato Shorba – Spiced Tomato Soup

Tomato Shorba – Spiced Tomato Soup

Flavor packed with warm spices, Tomato Shorba is an Indian tomato soup that was introduced by the Mughals. It is typically prepared with only tomatoes, but I like to add one red pepper and then roast it for maximum flavor burst.

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…

Aloo tamatar Sabzi (Potato Tomato Stew) | Playful Cooking #potato #tomato #stew #indian #curry #foodphotographylink to Aloo Tamatar Sabzi

Aloo Tamatar Sabzi

Rustic bite size potatoes swimming in spiced vibrant tomato gravy, served with flaky poori, provides the perfect morning pleasure. I have a few weekend breakfast favorites and Aloo Tamatar Sabzi with poori tops the list. It’s a simple comfort stew that is loved by every Indian that I know. Every family has their own version of this sabzi and I am sure they all taste equally good.

Paneer Bhurji Curry | Playful Cooking #foodphotography #indianfood #curry #weeknight #easymeallink to Paneer Bhurji Curry

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…

Green Chutney Chicken Enchilada | Playful Cookinglink to Chicken Enchiladas with Green Chutney

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.