Dinner

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 →

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 →

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 →

Beetroot salad with orange juice dressing : A savory healthy beetroot, carrot, coconut, apple, peanut salad with orange juice and curry powder dressing. www.clovesandcaramel.com

Beetroot Salad with Orange Juice Dressing

I was never fond of beets as a child. I used every excuse in the book to avoid the beetroot and lentil dal that mom made. I did not like the taste or the red colored lentils mixed with rice. Looking back, I find it very funny. Especially because I realize now, how healthy beets are for you. They are… Read more →

Chettinad Chicken: Chicken cooked in a spicy, aromatic gravy of freshly ground black pepper, roasted curry leaves and whole spices. An authentic and flavorful Tamil Nadu chicken curry.-www.clovesandcaramel.com

Chettinad Chicken

Spices are one of the most important ingredients of Indian cuisine. This is especially true in case of south India. The various spices used in south Indian cuisine are generally specific to the region. Chettinad is a district of southern Tamil Nadu region of India and home to a social caste of wealthy businessmen and merchants called the chettiars. This… Read more →

Hearty delicious vegan stew made with lentil, sweet potatoes and collard greens. Topped with avocado, fresh lime juice and chili flakes. Perfect one pot vegetarian meal for a cold winter night. www.clovesandcaramel.com

Lentil sweet potato collard green stew

I have been reading about sustainable lifestyle and a zero waste home for the past few weeks. The amount of information available online is amazing. I am not sure if I can ever get to the point of zero waste especially having a food blog  🙂 but I am making few changes around the house and to our lifestyle in general… 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 →

Chepala pulusu - Fish cooked in tamarind sauce and Indian spices. Topped with chopped green onions and cilantro. Easy to make and a spicy mouth watering dish. Made in less than 30 minutes. www.clovesandcaramel.com

Chepala Pulusu – Fish cooked in Tamarind Sauce

I have a new obsession now. It is fish – cooked in different forms. I have been trying different types of fish cooked multiple ways. I have always loved fish prepared by my grandma. She makes an amazing fish fry. When we were young, she often made dal (lentils), rice and pan fried marinated spicy fish steaks. That flavor and the… Read more →

Whole roasted chicken with thyme, fennel and pepper. Stuffed with bread, chicken stock, fresh basil and pepper. www.clovesandcaramel.com

Whole roasted chicken with thyme and basil bread stuffing

Holidays are the best. They give us a chance to relax and spend time with the people we love. This weekend has been an awesome long weekend. Four days of having the husband at home means lots of food related discussions. Lots of requests for cooking this or that and it means lots of dishes. I wanted to cook a… Read more →

Lamb Keema (Lamb Mince Curry) - A traditional Indian curry dish made with Indian spices and topped fresh cilantro leaves. So delicious and comforting with plain rice or flatbread and great for the chilly weather ! - www.clovesandcaramel.com

Lamb keema – Minced lamb curry

Growing up, I never liked mutton or lamb. Chicken was my first choice followed by fish or shrimp occasionally. I didn’t like the texture of the meat and so did not enjoy it. After getting married, the husband who is a fan of all things meat related and edible, reintroduced it to me. On his insistence, I tried it a… Read more →

Schezwan egg fried rice: Spicy, full of flavor. Made with eggs, vegetables and rice in schezwan sauce. Ready in 15 minutes. Great way to use the leftover rice. www.clovesandcaramel.com

Schezwan egg fried rice

It has been 2 days, but I am still upset about the election results. It is like I am going through the five stages of grief. It is hard to concentrate on stuff and get things done when there is something bothering you. The husband keeps insisting that he is in the last stage of acceptance but I don’t believe him.… 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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

Spiced turkey plantain lettuce wraps – 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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →