Indian

Indian Butter Chicken: Butter chicken (Murgh Makhani) is a deliciously sinful, rich and luscious chicken curry paired with the Basmati rice is a match made in heaven. www.clovesandcaramel.com

Butter Chicken

Anyone who has ever set foot in a roadside establishment called “Dhaba” knows this dish. For those who don’t know what I am talking about, dhabas are very common across India. Generally found on highways and outskirts of the city, they give people an opportunity to have a good time with family and friends in a very casual atmosphere unlike… 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 →

Spicy and tangy lamb/ mutton curry made with tender meat and green curry sauce. If you love lamb and you love Indian food, then this dish is your destiny. www.clovesandcaramel.com

Gongura Mutton – Sorrel Lamb Curry

The amazing diversity of Indian cuisine is an apt representation of the diversity of the country. Over the centuries, every region of India has developed its signature dishes. Whether it is the famous Hyderabadi biryani or the mumbai pav bhaji or bisibele bath from Karnataka, they have become the specialty of the place. Sorrel or roselle as it is known in english… 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 →

Hariyali Chicken Biryani: Made with chicken cooked in mint, coriander, green onion masala and layered with whole spice flavorful basmati rice.-www.clovesandcaramel.com

Hariyali Chicken Biryani – Fresh Herb Marinated Chicken with rice

The new year always begins with the south Indian harvest festival of Sankrathi. It happened to fall last week and though we did not celebrate the festival, we decided to invite some friends over for dinner.I spent the whole day cleaning up and preparing for the dinner with help from the husband. We decided on a cheese platter for appetizer,… 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 🙂 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 →

This rich, royal Cottage cheese curry from Mughlai cuisine is pure indulgence. The best ever restaurant style Shahi matar paneer can now easily be made at home with with cashews, tomatoes, green peas and Indian spices. Pair it up with Naan or cumin rice.-www.clovesandcaramel.com

Shahi Matar Paneer / Cashew cottage cheese curry

Winter is the time of the year for happiness and celebrations and holiday cheer – and also terrible colds and sore throats apparently.  Looks like the husband caught some cold from some colleague in office and was sure to “spread” the happiness around. Both of us woke up with a sore throat and  a mean cold on Thursday. He was… 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 →

Indian tandoori naan : Easiest, soft and delicious butter naan bread on a frying pan or a skillet made with all-purpose flour and wheat flour. www.clovesandcaramel.com

Tandoori naan on a frying pan

I was thinking about a new book to read and asked the husband for a suggestion. He was watching a trailer for the movie Inferno that was released a couple of weeks ago. Then we got to talking about Dan Brown novels and he was surprised to know that I have not read any of his novels. That is how I… Read more →

Bagara rice: Mild flavorful Basmati rice with whole spices, red onion, mint and garlic. It pairs beautifully with spicy curries. It's vegan, gluten free and ready under 30 minutes with just 10 ingredients. Perfect for parties, pot luck, diwali or festival lunch/dinners. www.clovesandcaramel.com

Bagara rice / Whole spice flavored basmati rice

My sister’s birthday was last week. Me and the husband decided to go pay a visit. The actual plan was to surprise her with her favorite red velvet cupcakes and write a blog post about the over all experience and her feedback. But things did not work out as planned. I don’t know where I made a mistake, but the cupcake… Read more →

Gujarati Kadhi / Kadi : Yogurt based gravy dish with chickpea or gram flour (besan) , simmered with spices and tempered with cinnamon, cumin, mustard seeds and curry leaves. www.clovesandcaramel.com

Gujarati Kadhi – Sweet and Spicy Yogurt Chickpea Soup

It has been an interesting week so far. I fell in love with a beautiful blue couch I saw at a friend’s studio. I found out where she got it and it turns out the store was very close to our home. We already have a couch, a recliner that I also love and we don’t need another one. So, I… Read more →

Mutton Dalcha – Hyderabadi style lamb & protein rich lentil curry. A simple, healthy and nutritious dish served with bagara rice / biryani /plain rice. www.clovesandcaramel.com

Hyderabadi mutton dalcha / Meat lentil vegetable stew

The end of summer came with the arrival of the strongest hurricane of the year. Though hurricane Matthew caused no major problems for us, it is suddenly much colder now. We have switched from cold to heat literally overnight. Speaking of the chill in the air, cold lazy days are the perfect time to enjoy hot spicy delicious soups and… Read more →

Palak Paneer or Saag Paneer : Popular Indian vegetarian dish made with spinach puree, cottage cheese and spices. Delicious and healthy. www.clovesandcaramel.com

Spinach / Saag / Palak Paneer Recipe

A couple of weeks ago, we were invited to dinner by our friends to their new house. They recently bought this house and we loved the deck because of the spectacular view of sunset. We had a very good time as we got together after quite some time. There was samosa, papdi chaat and mint chutney. We started chatting about… 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 – 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 →

Pepper cumin rasam – A spicy, tangy and hot clear soup made with tamarind, black peppercorns and cumin. Excellent remedy for cold and cough. It tastes delicious with steamed rice and papad. www.clovesandcaramel.com

Miriyala charu – Pepper cumin soup – Menasu saru – Milagu rasam

I woke up early in the morning, packed breakfast and lunch for the husband like every weekday. It was around 8:15 am when he tied his shoe laces, took his laptop, lunch bag and was in the driveway about to get into the car when it happened. I was standing on the porch, had my hand on the railing. I thought I… 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 →

The sweetness of dates and crunchiness of the nuts . Great for Ganesh Chaturthi or as any festival sweet . An easy healthy dessert and on the go wholesome energy bite / snack. www.clovesandcaramel.com

Dates and nuts laddoo / laddu / energy bites

Vinayaka chavithi or pillayar chaturthi or ganesh chaturthi is the festival of lord ganesha (The elephant headed god). His pot belly is interpreted to have grown with his favorite sweets as well as the sins of his devotees, thus redeeming them. He is considered to be an enhancer of happiness and the remover of sorrow / obstacles. The word chatur in Sanskrit… Read more →

Homemade fruit leather – Grapes and Lemon juice . A healthy snack made with 100 % fruit and no added sugar! Blend, bake and EAT. Perfect for back to school lunches too. www.clovesandcaramel.com

Fruit leather / roll ups – Grapes

August 28th 2016 marks the 1095 most beautiful days in my life. Last weekend was our wedding anniversary. I cannot believe that it’s been three years since we got married 🙂 We celebrated by taking a short trip to Charleston. We love watching this show called chef’s table on Netflix. Chef Sean brook’s restaurant Husk was featured in one of… Read more →

Spicy Indian pepper chicken curry, flavored with black pepper,coriander, garam masala and curry leaves. Perfect combination for aapam / rice / roti / chapathi.

Pepper Chicken

I made pepper cumin rasam the other day with rice and arbi stir fry , so thought I should try making pepper chicken. I have always been using either red chili powder or  green chili or the combination of both. It is interesting to know that chilies are not endemic to India. They were introduced to us by the Portuguese… Read more →

Soft, slightly chewy and utterly delicious coconut burfis, they are made with the goodness of juicy coconut and fresh cardamom. Perfect for Raksha bandhan ( Rakhi ) or any festivities. www.clovesandcaramel.com

Coconut burfi / Nariyal vadi / Naralachi wadi / Thengai burfi

One of the best things I love about my country (India) are the festivals. The best thing about India is the colors and the rituals. Traditions that go back hundreds of years and are intertwined with the values associated with a rich culture that celebrates family and community. Raksha bandhan or rakhi is one such festival celebrated across India. Every… Read more →

Nourishing and comforting Buddha bowl with Indian spiced chickpea and a creamy tahini dressing is perfect for a hearty and filling meal. www.clovesandcaramel.com

Buddha bowl – Indian style

The urban dictionary defines Buddha bowl  as a bowl filled to a rounded heap like Buddha’s belly with nourishing, filling ingredients that you can eat to fill up while also being very healthy 🙂 . I was going through the pictures I clicked while on a trip to Disney world with my parents last year and came across this picture of… Read more →

Homemade curry powder is the all-purpose powder which is an integral spice blend for the Indian cuisine. It is quick, easy and natural. It tastes so much better than the store bought brands. www.clovesandcaramel.com

Spice Mix – Madras Curry Powder

Curry is a mixture of spice blends generally used in Asian cuisine. It is considered to be world’s one of the oldest seasonings. All though curry is associated with India, many other countries in the Asian continent have an array of curry dishes in their cuisines and the British introduced curry to the western world.The word curry is the name adopted… Read more →

Pan roasted crispy tender Chamagadda / taro / arbi root with red chili, turmeric, coriander powder and tempered with mustard seeds, Bengal gram and curry leaves.

Taro – Chamagadda – Arbi stir fry

The art of frying things in oil or fat is as old as cooking itself. Frying things to crispy goodness and eating them with other good things is the same across the world. It is no surprise that every culture has its own popular recipes for fries and everyone has their favorite dish. One of my fondest memories is from… Read more →

Palak / Spinach tomato daal / Palakura pappu

Food is one of few things in life that trigger powerful feelings. Nostalgia of times spent with people you love, memories of places, tastes and smells that transport you back in time. Daal is one such food for me. I have this memory of my childhood at my grandma’s place where she used to feed me daal and rice for lunch… 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 →

This classic punjabi dish is made with paneer cubes in savory tomato based gravy. Paneer butter masala is widely popular across India and the world.

Paneer Butter Masala

 Last weekend, I had a craving for paneer. It was probably easier to grab some takeout from the Indian restaurant, but I decided to prepare one of the most famous Indian classic recipes called ” Paneer butter masala “. I can bet that most of my Indian readers are already nostalgic. It so happens that this classic Punjabi dish is one… 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 →