Starters & Snacks

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 ‚Äď 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 ūüôā We celebrated by taking a short trip to Charleston. We love watching this show called chef‚Äôs table on Netflix. Chef Sean brook‚Äôs restaurant Husk was featured in one of… 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 →

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 →

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 →

Melon Mint Salad

Summer is in full swing and what better way to enjoy hot summer afternoons than a fresh healthy salad. Extreme heat is very harmful to the body. It is always a good idea to keep yourself hydrated. Fresh fruits are a good way of getting essential nutrients and keeping hydrated. Melons are one of the most popular summer fruits. They… 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 →

Sweet and Spicy Pickled Cherries

¬† ¬† Pickling is one of the¬†oldest known processes for preservation of food. While the advances in refrigeration techniques have pretty much eliminated the need for preservation techniques like pickling, the process still continues to thrive because of many other reasons. Many people enjoy the texture and flavor of pickled things. It is amazing that we can pickle almost anything.… 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 →

Veggies & Hummus

¬† ¬† Healthy snacks play a very important role in meeting the daily caloric requirements. Today’s recipe for a tasty savory hummus dip and veggies is very tasty and also provides you with that burst of energy ¬†that will keep you going until your next big meal. Hummus is a mediterranean dip made primarily from boiled and mashed chickpea with… Read more →

Jicama Mini Pizza bites

Its spring time and that means more time spent outdoors soaking up the pleasant weather. It is the time for picnics in the park, lazy brunches and getting back in shape. Today’s refreshing recipe is a quirky non traditional fusion dish. It is based on¬†the¬†native¬†mexican tuber¬†Jicama (HEE-kah-ma) is an edible root that resembles a turnip and is commonly known as… 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 →