Goan brinjal (eggplant/aubergine) pickle


Brinjal pickle, a sweet-sour-spicy pickle is a much loved one amongst Goan folks. Usually non vegetarian dishes dominate Goan cuisine but delicacies such as this pickle are as popular as the molho’s, balchao’s, para and the likes. And it’s not hard to figure out why! You get some sweetness with the first bite, which transcends into that sourness and finally the subtle heat that hits the back of your tongue along with the eggplant, the star of course adding that  texture and flavor to this well rounded pickle. So, a lot of complex and tantalizing  flavor notes in a single bite which is why the quote, ” a little goes a long way” is applicable here as is for most pickles. Continue reading →

Dahi (yogurt) chicken

Dahi ( yogurt ) chicken, a delicious dish that requires minimal effort and delivers scrumptious results ! Don’t you just love it when it’s easy to cook up a tasty meal without having to slog it out in the kitchen. Indian food can be daunting, given its long list of ingredients and a lot of sautéing. But that’s the trade off with authentic Indian dishes. Most North Indian dishes need these lengthy procedures but the resultant dish is well worth the effort !

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Paneer tikka

Paneer tikka is a delicious appetizer, popular in the menu of most restaurants all over India. It is a great vegetarian alternative to its non vegetarian counterpart – chicken tikka! I love paneer and happily enjoy having it when ever we dine out! Besides I often cook with paneer on days when we just have veg. I love how paneer draws in flavors of anything you add to it, so one can add so many different and exciting flavors!

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Cheese Corn Toast

Cheese corn toast is quick and easy, scrumptious snack, a favorite with most kids and adults too! There is something so good about the combination of cheese and corn, that it works well in the form of a spread or even croquettes aka cheese corn balls! And anything that has cheese, has to be good, right?

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Gujarati Rasawala chana (Black chickpeas simmered in a gram flour curry)

Indian food is so diverse. Although the core ingredients are more or less same,  each state has their own method of preparation, unique spices and flavors. Today I’m sharing a very quick and wholesome recipe – Rasawala Chana, from Gujarat, India. Rasa refers to something that is saucy/ gravy kind of preparation. Black chickpeas are cooked in besan ( chickpea flour) gravy seasoned with spices, jaggery and tamarind to give this dish it’s heat, sweetness and tanginess. There is no sautéing of any masala here, which makes this dish a breeze to prepare. All you need is about 10-15 minutes and of course soaked and drained black chickpeas. That’s it, and this dish is ready just like that! How easy ! This is also vegan and gluten-free!

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