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Green Tea Mint Lemonade | Playful Cookinglink to Green Tea Mint Lemonade

Green Tea Mint Lemonade

One of my best friends recently bought a beautiful big house. The first thing that caught my attention was her kitchen. Gorgeous natural light! The second thing which caught my eye was the Meyer Lemon Tree in her backyard. I am one of those lemon fanatics who like to add a little citrus flavor in everything. From smoothies to curries to desserts! So, you can imagine my excitement when she showered me with a bag full of Meyer Lemons. These lemons are huge, some of them even bigger than my 50mm lens. If you follow my Instagram stories, you must…

Instant Berry Kulfi (Instant Berry Creamsicles) | Playful Cookinglink to Instant Berry Kulfi (Eggless Berry Creamsicles)

Instant Berry Kulfi (Eggless Berry Creamsicles)

With summer in full swing, berries have overcrowded the market and with the temperatures shooting high, Instant Berry Kulfi sounds like a perfect happiness to the belly. Kulfi is every Indian’s guilty pleasure. Restaurants tend to get a frown face from the customer if the menu doesn’t end with kulfi. Be it wedding, birthday party or a causal family gathering, ending the meal with this milk based, eggless creamsicle is everybody’s favorite ritual.

Grilled Watermelon and Shishito Peppers | Playful Cookinglink to Grilled Watermelon Shishito Peppers Salad

Grilled Watermelon Shishito Peppers Salad

I hope that you guys had a great weekend! Our weekend was pretty packed up, not in terms of work but in terms of fun. If you follow my Instagram stories, you must have had some glimpses. We are trying to get our little man comfortable in water before we enroll him for swimming classes. So, we spent long hours by the pool. Of course, it was followed by a quick grilled meal at the pool side. There was a birthday party to attend and Avyan went inside one of those bouncy castles for the first time. It needed a…

Summer Brunch Spread With Big Banyan Wine | Playful Cookinglink to Summer Brunch Spread With Big Banyan Wine

Summer Brunch Spread With Big Banyan Wine

Living with a toddler doesn’t give me the liberty to party and catch up with friends! It comes with a never ending to-do list and a busier weekend. But for a very long time, I’ve been planning to throw a feast, laugh over a glass of wine, share stories and feed our souls. So, one fine Sunday, we decided to keep aside our daily chores and gather together to cook up a storm and enjoy our favorite wine.

Aam Daal (Green Mango Lentil Stew) | Playful Cookinglink to Aam Daal (Green Mango Lentil Stew)

Aam Daal (Green Mango Lentil Stew)

I come from a food enthusiast family and whenever we meet, there is always a lot to eat. Mom being Mom would forever be busy in the kitchen cooking up a marathon and taking extra effort to prepare everyone’s favorite dish. I never saw her getting tired of cooking or entertaining. Some energy she always has!

Green Summer Pasta | Playful Cookinglink to Green Summer Pasta

Green Summer Pasta

This time of the year is meant for vibrant seasonal produces being tossed and tumbled in a plate. It’s always appealing! Broccoli, peas, pasta chucked together in a luscious garlic caper sauce. And some juicy cherry tomatoes for that extra pop of color plus a hint of sweetness. I like to call it Green Summer Pasta!

Masala Nimbu Soda (Spiced Lemonade Fizz) | Playful Cookinglink to Masala Nimbu Soda (Spiced Lemonade Fizz)

Masala Nimbu Soda (Spiced Lemonade Fizz)

Growing up in Shillong meant no summer vacation and no brutal hot days. Hence, the classic Nimbu Pani (Indian Lemonade) was never that common. However, Mom used to make us a glass after school, more for a medicinal purpose than thirst quencher. It was only during our yearly visits to Kolkata that got me to hooked to this ever so refreshing summer drink. Gulping a couple of glasses from the roadside stall was a mandate every time we stepped out. No ice cream or fresh fruit juice could give that cool feeling.

Spicy Shrimp Corn Chowder | Playful Cookinglink to Spicy Shrimp Corn Chowder

Spicy Shrimp Corn Chowder

There are brown boxes everywhere, some packed, some partially packed and several others resting next to it, soon to be used. It's not a pretty scene out here. It is a mess. For someone who likes things kept in place, neatly arranged and clean (I don’t have OCD, I promise), it’s painful to watch the chaos. In less than a week, we shift to another apartment. It is something I am looking forward to for several reasons. It’s not too far from where we currently live but we still need to haul a moving truck, which means there is a…

Grilled Salmon with Grilled Corn, Heirloom Tomatoes Salad | Playful Cookinglink to Grilled Salmon With Corn And Heirloom Tomato Salad

Grilled Salmon With Corn And Heirloom Tomato Salad

Few weeks back, I joined the madness and shared my first instavideo after a long photo shoot. Once done, we sat for lunch and gobbled up what we prepared together (yes, it was one of those weekends). After a while, I checked my instafeed and turns out the video reached close to 700+ likes in like an hour (woot!) and a comment that said I reached the popular page. Wow, that’s something! Of course, I was excited and thrilled but what followed after that was horrible. There were a series of nasty, rude and mean comments. I just don’t understand…

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Raspberry Lemon Iced Tea

This summer, probably for the first time, I am missing the Indian Monsoon. The rain, the smell of sand after first rain, getting drenched and especially, eating crispy pakodas with hot masala tea by the window while watching raindrops wash away the heat. It hasn’t rained here for so many months now that I have even forgotten when it rained last. Some days, it gets cloudy in the morning but by the afternoon, it’s a clear cheerful sky.  I hate to complain because nothing makes me happier than waking up to a sunny summer morning however, a little shower now and then would…