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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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Turkish Eggs with Mustard and Curry Leaves

This Turkish Eggs with Mustard and Curry Leaves is a fun Indian twist to the ever so delicious Turkish Eggs. I make this quite often on busy days and pretty much lick the bowl clean. It’s that good.  Make sure to have some crusty bread of your choice.

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Rose Cardamom Syrup And Three Easy Ways To Use It

This mildly sweet, perfumy rose and cardamom syrup is the perfect way to add a splash of floral sweetness to your drinks and desserts. The syrup is easy to make. It has countless uses and I am sharing three easy effortless ways to use it.

Kale and Brussel Sprouts Salad with Turmeric Honey Yogurt Dressing (Indian Simmer) | Playful Cookinglink to Kale and Brussel Sprouts Salad with Turmeric Honey Yogurt Dressing

Kale and Brussel Sprouts Salad with Turmeric Honey Yogurt Dressing

This vacation has come to an end and tonight, we leave for home. Three weeks of absolute fun, relaxation and so much family time. This trip was completely dedicated to the family and all we did was relax, watch the kids play around and enjoy all the delicious homemade food. Oh boy, we hogged so much food this time! After reaching home, I need to make a different kind of meal plan and include mostly salads and light meals. Our tummy definitely needs a break. Today, I have Prerna from India Simmer sharing this gorgeous Kale and Brussel Sprouts Salad with Turmeric…

Fennel Roasted Strawberries Labneh Crostini | Playful Cookinglink to Fennel Roasted Strawberries Labneh Crostini

Fennel Roasted Strawberries Labneh Crostini

Can we ever have enough of appetizers in our party menu? I always lean towards making more appetizers than the main course. You nibble, sip, chat around and then come back for more snacks. It’s a good rhythm. This Fennel Roasted Strawberries with Labneh Crostini is one of those easy appetizers that you could serve at your holiday parties. The Labneh is creamy, mildly sweet from the strawberries. You spread it on tiny crusty bread slices and it’s turns into crostini.

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Yogurt Granola Fruit Popsicles

What could be more exciting on hot summer days than some popsicles! Especially when it’s healthy and you could enjoy it through out the day. It could be your kid’s afterschool snack or your busy morning breakfast. It is as simple as yogurt with granola and fruits, just not in a bowl but frozen on a stick.

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Yogurt Banana Chocolate Cake

Going for shopping with Avyan is not that cool anymore. He chooses walking around than sitting on his stroller. He grabs a basket and walks around like a grownup, pointing and asking me every now and then, if I need something. One of those ‘aww’ moments. It’s stays really cute until it reaches to the point where he takes something and won’t let it go. Or when he rips one banana from the stack, asks me to peel it, takes a bite and runs to tear another banana. Yep, no longer cute!

Doi Mach (Fish in Yogurt Gravy) | Playful Cookinglink to Doi Mach (Fish in Yogurt Gravy)

Doi Mach (Fish in Yogurt Gravy)

Doi meaning yogurt and Mach meaning fish is an authentic yogurt based Bengali fish stew. It is a gently spiced fish curry that is hearty and soul satisfying. Traditionally, doi mach is prepared with long silver river fish from the region but that shouldn’t stop you from trying it with your choice of sea fish. Just make sure you select a meaty fish for the best taste. Bengali meals are almost incomplete without some fish curry/stew and when Mom and Dad visit, I over indulge on these dishes. It’s like reliving those childhood days.

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Paneer Corn Cabbage Cup

With Valentine’s Day around the corner, I should be sharing a chocolate pleasure. Instead, I am going to ask you to try this salad. We never really go grand on celebrating Valentine’s Day. We fancy a casual dinner at home in our pajamas instead of waiting for a table in crowded restaurants. And this salad could be a great start. Snuggling in the couch, eating with bare hands.  

Roasted Strawberries Frozen Yogurt | Playful Cookinglink to Roasted Strawberries Frozen Yogurt

Roasted Strawberries Frozen Yogurt

After a heavy lunch and several super tight hugs to all the lovely folks, I left from Carmel Valley Ranch with a bag full of goodies from the CA Strawberries Tour. My chauffeur (yes, I got a fancy ride for the tour) was a very interesting tall lady with grey hair and a very loving personality. What I assumed to be a boring drive, which is why I even carried a book with me, turned out to be quite the opposite. We chatted the whole time! We discussed recipes, seasonal ingredients, cherry picking, strawberry picking and how it gave her…