Snack

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 😛 . I can still remember the one taste that almost everyone can… Read more →

Crispy Baked Potato patties / Aloo tikki with fresh and healthy yogurt chive dipping sauce. The flavor and texture is fantastic! Plus, it takes only 20 minutes to make. www.clovesandcaramel.com

Baked Aloo Tikki with Yogurt Chive Dipping Sauce

It’s still a little cold but spring is just around the corner. Last summer, we planted a vegetable garden and grew peppers, basil, oregano and tomatoes. We couldn’t save our lawn last year but we will try to fix it this year. We have a lot of garlic chives growing in our backyard. I guess they’re just wild and grow… 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 →

Traditional holiday soft and chewy oatmeal cranberry cookies made with breakfast cereal base, oats flour, coconut sugar and butter. Yum!-www.clovesandcaramel.com

Breakfast cereal oatmeal cranberry cookies

Breakfast cereal is one of those things that the husband cannot have enough of. Whenever we go grocery shopping, he’s going through the cereal aisle trying to decide on a new cereal. A few weeks ago, there was a sale and he bought like 5 boxes. He did not like 3 out of the 5 and they have been sitting… Read more →

Pumpkin tarts : Made with baked whole wheat flour shells, stuffed with pumpkin puree and maple syrup topped with chopped caramelized pecans. A healthier spin on the Thanksgiving and fall classic. www.clovesandcaramel.com

Whole wheat Pumpkin Tarts topped with caramelized pecans

Fall reminds us how beautiful it is, to let things go. This time of the year is full of happiness and cheer and everyone is looking forward to the christmas holidays and a brand new year. A fresh start with hopes and dreams, resolutions and promises to make the next year a much better one. We got some really pretty string lights… 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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 🙂 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 →

Healthy decadent dark chocolate avocado mousse made with no added sugar. Perfect for the fourth of July long weekend or as a party food. www.clovesandcaramel.com

Dark Chocolate Avocado Mousse

It’s the fourth of July long weekend. Time to relax and enjoy the awesome firework displays. I believe decadent dessert always makes any fun occasion much more enjoyable. Though generally associated with calories and unhealthy amounts of sugar and fat, desserts – if prepared with some healthy ingredients and substitutes can be every bit as decadent and delicious and still… 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 →

Raw Coconut Cookies

Today is the halfway mark for our 21 day detox journey. This calls for a mini celebration !! And what better way to celebrate than to treat ourselves to a healthy treat, that is easy to make and tastes like heaven. I present to you, one of my favorite recipes for cookies. These raw vegan cookies are made primarily of… 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 →