Sauces & Dips

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 →

A healthier version of chocolate brownies. Made in a microwave using almond flour, chocolate, butter, and coconut sugar and topped with vanilla ice cream. Served with homemade simple raspberry sauce..www.clovesandcaramel.com

Chocolate brownie with raspberry sauce and vanilla ice cream

It was a super busy weekend with some cleaning up around the house followed by a couple of parties, one for a friend’s anniversary and the other a birthday and graduation party. We had a great time catching up with friends and making new ones. There was good food, wonderful conversations and kids running around. At the birthday party, I… Read more →

Creamy oven roasted potatoes with thyme and a quick sweet, tangy cranberry chutney with hints of orange. The perfect Thanksgiving appetizer. www.clovesandcaramel.com

Smash roasted potatoes and cranberry chutney

One of the main reasons I like winter is food. There is something about the cold weather that makes you crave for comforting food. Being in the US for the past few years, I have had a chance to enjoy colder winters compared to India and also had a chance to experience a culture and traditions that are new. Thanksgiving… 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 →

Latin American, Yuca / cassava root baked fries with spicy Jalapeno cheese sauce. www.clovesandcaramel.com

Crispy baked yuca fries with Jalapeno cheese sauce

We bought a new car recently .. yay …!! and to celebrate the occasion, went to this awesome Latin american restaurant. The menu was very creative and I ordered a Cuban sandwich, that came with a side of yuca (cassava) fries. I was not expecting anything amazing other than fries but was blown away by how delicious they were. So I decided to give this… 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 →

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 →

Acorn Squash Fries

Acorn squash , it is named after its acorn or oak nut shape. It belongs to the species Cucurbita pepo. It is a winter squash and is typically eaten in the winter when the fruit is fully mature. Acorn squash is more nutrient dense when compared to other vegetables of the family like butternut squash and spaghetti squash. Today’s recipe is very simple. Use a squash which… Read more →

Low Fat Basil Pesto

Pesto is among the most popular flavoring ingredients for pasta in the Italian cuisine. I have been experimenting with a vegan alternative to traditional pesto sauce. Today I present to you, my take on basil pesto with a quirky twist,  that is as flavorful as it is healthy. Ingredients : ½ cup  Zucchini diced ¼ cup  Fresh Basil leaves ¼ cup  Pine… Read more →