Breakfast

Chanticleer Cafe & Bakery review: Breakfast and evening snack place. Offers sandwiches, coffee, fresh fruit smoothies and other freshly baked goods. Sneha-Kattinti-Cloves-and-Caramel.com

Chanticleer Cafe Review

The husband and I made a last minute decision to have a quick getaway to the outer banks in North carolina for the memorial day weekend. It was quite unlike us. We generally make meticulous plans and neither of us like to do things on the fly. But we wanted to get out and decided to make the 7 hour… Read more →

Papdi Chaat : Popular Indian street food made with chickpea crisps, yogurt, sweet and hot sauce. Topped with spices and cilantro leaves. www.clovesandcaramel.com

Papdi Chaat

No matter which corner of the world you travel to, you are bound to run into an Indian. We are everywhere. The truth is we are dreamers, who will go to any place and any lengths in pursuit of our dreams. We face challenges and uncertainty with hope and hard work. We miss our home ¬†and our country a lot,… Read more →

Mango Shrikhand is made with yogurt / curd and fresh mango pulp. Flavored with cardamom and topped with almonds and pistachios.- www.clovesandcaramel.com

Mango Shrikhand – Amrakhand – Mango Yogurt Pudding

If you were a kid growing up in India, chances are – you would have gorged on¬†some of the best mangoes in the world. After living in the US for a few years, I can definitely say that I miss mangoes. I know it sounds funny, but trust me I do, and I am sure a lot of Indians in… Read more →

Carrot Cardamom Granola: Healthy carrot oats granola, flavored with cardamom. No refined sugars or added sweeteners. Quick and easy. Perfect for breakfast or as a healthy snack that you can adapt and customize. www.clovesandcaramel.com

Carrot Cardamom Granola

Today is the Spring equinox. The first day of the year, when the day equals night. It marks the beginning of longer days and new beginnings. I love breakfast. Not just because it is the first meal of the day, but also the most important meal of the day. I have been looking into healthy breakfast alternatives to the cereal… Read more →

Bedmi Aloo Sabzi: Made with sautéed golden potatoes, cooked in fresh tomato puree, spices and garnished with coriander leaves. A famous Delhi street food served with poori, roti or rice. www.clovesandcaramel.com

Bedmi Aloo Sabzi

The culinary landscape of India is as diverse as its populations. The cuisine changes drastically from the north to the south and east to the west. Every region is famous for its specialties. While the south Indian cuisine is dominated by the abundant use of spices, the north Indian cuisine is relatively less spicy. I¬†watch a lot of food and… Read more →

100% Whole wheat bread: This hearty, soft and fluffy bread is protein rich and healthy. Great with butter and is perfect for sandwiches. The perfect jump start to a day. www.clovesandcaramel.com

100% Whole Wheat Bread

As a child, one of my fondest memories was when I got a fever or a cold. It always meant skipping school and extra special care from mom. For the two days or two weeks that I was sick, I could pretty much get away with anything ūüėõ . I can still remember the one taste that almost everyone can… Read more →

Kale Whey Protein Shake : An antioxidant and protein boost. Made with berries, whey protein powder, chia seeds, pineapple and curly kale. It is creamy and perfect as a pre or post workout drink.-www.clovesandcaramel.com

Kale Whey Protein Shake

It’s a brand new year and that means new year resolutions and goals. One of my favorite books is The power of habit by Charles Duhigg. This book has helped me a lot in creating and sustaining many of the life changing habits that have improved me as a person. One¬†of these habits is to incorporate exercise¬†into my daily routine.… Read more →

30 minute, 1-pot chana masala : North Indian Chickpea dish cooked with fragrant spiced tomato onion gravy, along with green chili, cilantro and garam masala. Tastes great with rice or naan or poori ! [Vegan + GF] - www.clovesandcaramel.com

Chana masala / North Indian chickpea curry

The first week of 2017 started off with the first snowfall of the year. Well, it was all gone by the afternoon but it was pretty for a few hours ūüôā We woke up early and had a good breakfast. I went out and clicked some pictures of the snow and enjoyed it while it lasted. It had been raining… Read more →

South Indian sambar or lentil vegetable soup with freshly ground spices. Quick, flavorful, healthy and delicious. Tastes divine with vada or idly or rice. www.clovesandcaramel.com

Udupi Sambar – Lentil Vegetable Stew

It is the festive season. Christmas is just around the corner and it will be a brand new year very soon. This year has been a mixed bag. A lot of good things and a few not so good things. But hey, that is what life’s all about. Isn’t it ? You have to keep your optimism in tact and… Read more →

Chipotle pork tacos: Seared pork tenderloins topped with avocado, red onions, lime juice, queso fresco, cilantro and green sauce. A classic taco with a tangy and savory flavor . www.clovesandcaramel.com

Chipotle pork tacos recipe

What a week this has been so far. The last year of funny satire, outrageous and surreal statements all boiled down to the last 24 hours of election 2016.¬†I wanted to do a post yesterday but I was glued¬†to the TV all evening – alternating between yelling at the TV and imagining that the people of this country know better.… Read more →

Super quick moist, fluffy, gluten-free, dairy-free almond baked donuts / doughnuts with a beet juice, yogurt and coconut sugar frosting. Perfect for breakfast or as a healthy treat. www.clovesandcaramel.com

Almond baked donuts with beet frosting

Last weekend we happened to wind up at TJ Maxx after our ¬†trip to home depot to get yet another tool – a leaf mulcher this time that the husband wanted to get because we have so many fallen leaves in the yard because of all the trees. We were joking that the neighbors might be thinking that we are… Read more →

Stuffed bell peppers with ground turkey, onions, corn and fresh basil. Topped with shredded cheese. Simple to make comforting fall recipe and a great family dinner idea. www.clovesandcaramel.com

Turkey stuffed bell peppers recipe

The biggest hurricane of this season is almost here and we can surely feel its arrival. Hurricane Matthew has been in the headlines for almost a week now and we have been checking the news regularly to get updates. Looks like it is very serious along the coast.¬†It has been raining most of the day today but the husband has… Read more →

Mooli / Radish Paratha - A Popular Indian whole wheat flatbread with raw grated radish stuffing flavored with Indian spices. Served with curd or raita. www.clovesandcaramel.com

Mooli Paratha / Radish Flatbread

I¬†love my pearl stud earrings and wear them everyday. They look so elegant simple and go with everything I wear. After I read the book ¬†” Julie and Julia : My year of cooking dangerously” I loved them even more. So, as it happens in life,¬†I lost the pearl in my right earring. I got these specially made¬†in Hyderabad, India.… Read more →

Pumpkin Masala chai ‚Äď A delightful fall drink made with milk, pumpkin, tea powder and spices. Perfect to curl up with on chilly fall days! www.clovesandcaramel.com

Pumpkin Masala Chai – Kaddoo Masala Tea

Fall is officially here.. It is that time of the year when there is a nip in the air, the colors start changing and everyone starts preparing for the holiday season to start. It is a wonderful time of anticipation, celebration and quiet reflection. It was raining last week,¬†me and the husband on a¬†lazy Sunday afternoon. We were looking outside… Read more →

Spiced turkey plantain lettuce wraps ‚Äď Loaded with warm spices, topped with avocado and fresh cilantro. High in protein and super healthy and delicious. www.clovesandcaramel.com

Turkey Plantain Lettuce wraps

After a long (ahem !) debate about whether to get a roomba or not, dear husband convinced me with some pretty good calculations of time and cost that getting it is a good idea. Well we got the roomba and I was curious to open the package as we were watching the new Louis CK stand up show on Netflix.… Read more →

The classic breakfast made healthier - Whole wheat pancakes stuffed with blueberries and drenched in buttermilk and maple syrup ~ not just for a pancake day ! www.clovesandcaramel.com

Whole wheat Buttermilk Blueberry pancakes

It was my birthday this past weekend (September 4th) and I got my surprise birthday gift today from the husband. The latest model of the fitness tracker Fitbit Charge 2. Well it was a surprise in the sense that he actually did buy one¬†for himself also. He has been talking about getting one for himself for a while now. He… Read more →

Ven pongal recipe - Rice and yellow lentils cooked and seasoned with peppercorns and ghee. Tempered with curry leaves and cashew nuts for a delicious meal. www.clovesandcaramel.com

Ven pongal – Khara pongal – Ghee pongal

I remember the time during my early graduation days, when I was invited by a friend to her house and her mom made this delicious spicy mushy rice dish with a tangy sauce. I did not know back then what I was eating. It was pongal with a tangy tamarind sauce. I was a very shy and an introvert back… Read more →

Moist, no sugar and delicious banana walnut breakfast muffins that are free of gluten, dairy, and refined sugar. Ready in 20 min. You will LOVE them! www.clovesandcaramel.com

Banana Walnut Oats Muffins

Uday (my husband) loves banana muffins for breakfast. We used to get store bought ones until now. I felt the need to make them at home and make them healthier. I replaced the all purpose flour with oats and coconut flour and substituted refined sugar with fully ripe bananas. I tried multiple¬†combinations and finally decided that¬†this recipe for banana walnut… Read more →

Perfect iced instant vegan cold coffee for the summers, made with almond milk, coconut cream, coconut water and no added sugar. @clovesandcaramel.com

Vegan instant cold coffee

Coffee is the fuel that runs the work engines in offices across¬†the¬†¬†modern world. While I am not a regular coffee drinker, I always enjoyed my coffee “hot”. I had always preferred that version over colder one. My first cold coffee experience was Starbucks mocha frappucino and I must say, I liked it. Back in 2014, I tried going vegan and… Read more →

Vanilla porridge with cherries and nuts

Sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast. –Lewis Carroll In order to believe in impossible things and getting ready to turn them into a reality we need breakfast that is not only healthy but also tasty. Numerous scientific studies have noted the significance of breakfast as the most important meal of the day. Oats are nature’s… Read more →

cloves and caramel southwest quinoa salad with corn , beans , carrot , avocado , chicken stock , lemon and coriander , cloves and cardamom

Southwest quinoa salad

Quinoa was first domesticated by Andean people around 3,000 to 4,000 years ago. It is often called the super grain because it contains more protein than any other grain. Analysis shows that it is relatively high in all the 8 essential amino acids. Quinoa is also high on saturated fats and low on carbohydrates. There are mainly four varieties of… Read more →

Tomato Mint Chutney|Thakkali Pudina Chutney

Tomato mint chutney is very easy and simple to make and it tastes amazing with dosa or idli for the breakfasts, I sometimes use it as a spread for the sandwiches and wraps, it has a slight tangy and sweet flavor to it because of the tomatoes. You can add tamarind pulp to the chutney for the extra tanginess¬†if you… Read more →

Crispy and crumbly easy to make almond cookies. Made with almond flour and without eggs. They taste yummy with the evening tea or coffee or milk.

Almond cookies

This would be my very first baking recipe on cloves and caramel ūüôā I made these cookies just the day before I left to India for a vacation. I felt like packing some of them along with the store bought chocolates and a zillion gifts that I packed in my bag for friends and family back in Hyderabad, India. I… Read more →

Lemon Rice – Nimmakaya Pulihora – Chitranna – Nimbu chawal

This is a basic lemon infused rice and one of the most popular and traditional south Indian rice dishes usually made during the festival days and almost on all good occasions. It is distributed as prasad, which is a religious offering to the worshipers in the temple after the prayers. Lemon rice tastes sour, spicy and salty , the peanuts… Read more →

Peanut Tomato Chutney – Palli Pachadi

One of the reasons why this chutney is my favorite especially with idlis is because I love peanuts very much ūüôā We generally have typical Indian breakfasts like idli, dosa, lemon rice, poha and parathas for the weekends. Peanut chutney can be made very quickly, it tastes heavenly and reminds us of our days in India. I prefer my chutneys… Read more →

Potato masala curry and poori | punjabi aloo poori recipe

Aloo masala curry and poori was one of my favorite breakfast recipes for the sunday mornings. Growing up my mom always used to make this for me to brighten up my mood whenever I was down. Today I wish to share my version of it on the blog ūüôā Ingredients : Aloo masala curry 3 Large golden potatoes 1 Small… Read more →

Dhokla is a savory cake made primarily from fermented chickpea or rice flour spiced with ginger and garlic and seasoned with mustard seeds and curry leaves.

Dhokla (Savory chickpea flour cake)

What would you make for a quick snack when you are hungry ? I would say something that¬†can be prepared quickly and is healthy. “Dhokla” is one such dish. It is a¬†savory cake made primarily from fermented chickpea or rice flour spiced with ginger and garlic and seasoned with mustard seeds and curry leaves. It is popular across India but… Read more →

A fusion recipe inspired by the classic Indian samosa. Samosa sandwich is completely vegan with super healthy veggies and is very simple to make.

Samosa Sandwich

One of my favorite memories from childhood was going out with my friends¬†to have samosas (A fried or baked pastry with savory filling, such as spiced potatoes, onions, peas and lentils). Samosas are among the most popular of Indian snacks and you can find a wide range of fillings popular in different regions of India. My favorite is the classic… Read more →

Mulberry Cereal

The best way to begin a wonderful day is with a healthy breakfast.¬†Our body would be running low on fuel early in the morning and a nutritious breakfast is absolutely necessary for providing your body with the essential nutrients and starting the day correctly. According to a study conducted by the¬†National Weight Loss Registry¬†, 78% of the people who had… Read more →

Blueberry Acai bowl

Acai is an indigenous berry commonly found in the rain forests of the Amazon. It is rich in anti-oxidants and is known to have many health benefits associated with anti-oxidant rich foods. Our today’s version of acai bowl is with blueberries. This recipe is very filling and can be a perfect breakfast and the best part is that it¬†takes less… Read more →

Bananas and berries have always been a classic combination for regular ice creams and smoothies.This is a vegan dairy free twist and a healthy version of it

Banana berry vegan ice cream

In the spirit of Friday, I present to you a guilt free delicious dessert that is so good, I have it instead of a breakfast or a dinner sometimes. It is full of fruity goodness and can be made in a jiffy. bananas and berries have always been a classic combination from regular ice creams to famous smoothies. This banana… Read more →

Rainbow tacos

What can be better for a weekend brunch than healthy, raw, fresh and colorful veggies made into crunchy tacos with flavors that are crisp and distinct. Its taco time and for this new recipe, I have rainbow tacos. These are raw, vegan and are so simple to make and so filling with just enough calories to keep you going and… Read more →

Papaya Fruit Bowl with Homemade Coconut cream

Happy Easter everyone !! I hope you will enjoy my recipe for today, a delicious fruit salad with ripe golden papaya as the base and topped with colorful pineapple, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries and strawberries. This recipe¬†is inspired by a version that I first tasted on our anniversary trip to the Big Island in Hawaii.¬†I love papaya. It is a rich… Read more →

Mango Mint Breakfast Smoothie

Mangoes¬†always bring back the childhood memories of summers in India . Lassi made with mango with a hint of cardamom is the best. This is another variation of the same drink but the refreshing flavor of mint leaves adds another dimension to the smoothie. This is perfect for spring/summer mornings as a healthy breakfast. Mangoes are a great source of… Read more →

Sweet kale smoothie with grapes , kale, celery, ginger and is perfect for the day 1 of the 21 day detox challenge.

Sweet Kale Detox Smoothie

Smoothies are the¬†wonderful and easiest way to get your daily dose of greens. While it may be difficult to eat an entire bowl of kale in one go, you can get all the goodness without the strong taste. Sweet kale detox smoothie is loaded with nutrients, a cup of fresh kale has only about 40 calories but is packed with… Read more →