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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 ūüėõ . I can still remember the one taste that almost everyone can… 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 ¬†ūüôā but I am making few changes around the house and to our lifestyle in general… 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 →

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 ūüôā 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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

Pepper cumin rasam ‚Äď 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 →

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 →

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 ūüôā . 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 →

Perfect iced instant vegan cold coffee for the summers, made with almond milk, coconut cream, coconut water and no added sugar. @clovesandcaramel.com

Vegan instant cold coffee

Coffee is the fuel that runs the work engines in offices across¬†the¬†¬†modern world. While I am not a regular coffee drinker, I always enjoyed my coffee “hot”. I had always preferred that version over colder one. My first cold coffee experience was Starbucks mocha frappucino and I must say, I liked it. Back in 2014, I tried going vegan and… 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 →

Vanilla porridge with cherries and nuts

Sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast. –Lewis Carroll In order to believe in impossible things and getting ready to turn them into a reality we need breakfast that is not only healthy but also tasty. Numerous scientific studies have noted the significance of breakfast as the most important meal of the day. Oats are nature’s… 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 →

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 →

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 →

Peanut Tomato Chutney – Palli Pachadi

One of the reasons why this chutney is my favorite especially with idlis is because I love peanuts very much ūüôā We generally have typical Indian breakfasts like idli, dosa, lemon rice, poha and parathas for the weekends. Peanut chutney can be made very quickly, it tastes heavenly and reminds us of our days in India. I prefer my chutneys… Read more →

Potato masala curry and poori | punjabi aloo poori recipe

Aloo masala curry and poori was one of my favorite breakfast recipes for the sunday mornings. Growing up my mom always used to make this for me to brighten up my mood whenever I was down. Today I wish to share my version of it on the blog ūüôā Ingredients : Aloo masala curry 3 Large golden potatoes 1 Small… 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 →

Pomegranate Spritzer

It feels so wonderful to be back in the kitchen after being so busy for the¬†past month, attending my elder sister’s wedding¬†and taking a vacation with my parents to florida. I did click a lot of¬†pictures to share with you. Keep checking the blog !! This is my first recipe for the fall and¬†today’s post is pomegranate spritzer. It is… 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 →

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 →

Mulberry Cereal

The best way to begin a wonderful day is with a healthy breakfast.¬†Our body would be running low on fuel early in the morning and a nutritious breakfast is absolutely necessary for providing your body with the essential nutrients and starting the day correctly. According to a study conducted by the¬†National Weight Loss Registry¬†, 78% of the people who had… Read more →

Mustard Micro Greens Salad

Spring is probably my favorite of the seasons. Everything looks fresh, vibrant and colorful. The weather is gorgeous most of the days, and everything looks pretty. I have always been very enthusiastic about colorful pretty things. So, for today’s recipe, I have a fresh healthy salad that is almost too pretty to eat ūüôā I love micro greens. I always… 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 →

Blueberry Acai bowl

Acai is an indigenous berry commonly found in the rain forests of the Amazon. It is rich in anti-oxidants and is known to have many health benefits associated with anti-oxidant rich foods. Our today’s version of acai bowl is with blueberries. This recipe is very filling and can be a perfect breakfast and the best part is that it¬†takes less… 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 : ¬Ĺ cup ¬†Zucchini diced ¬ľ cup ¬†Fresh Basil leaves ¬ľ cup ¬†Pine… Read more →

Detox Infused Water – 3 ways

Water. It is a vital component for healthy living. Human body is almost 50-75 % of water. It is necessary for almost all the cellular functions. It helps the body digest the food we eat, carry oxygen to the cells, help maintain the brain functions at optimum. It is a known fact that humans can survive weeks without food but… Read more →

Spring Salad with Mustard Dressing

Spring time is here and we have a nice healthy salad full of greens and nuts with a spicy tangy mustard dressing that brings out the fresh flavors of the greens against the cool crunchy texture of fresh lettuce. It is very simple to make, and filling. It has all the nutrition that you need to keep your body going… Read more →

Bananas and berries have always been a classic combination for regular ice creams and smoothies.This is a vegan dairy free twist and a healthy version of it

Banana berry vegan ice cream

In the spirit of Friday, I present to you a guilt free delicious dessert that is so good, I have it instead of a breakfast or a dinner sometimes. It is full of fruity goodness and can be made in a jiffy. bananas and berries have always been a classic combination from regular ice creams to famous smoothies. This banana… 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 →

Mango Mint Breakfast Smoothie

Mangoes¬†always bring back the childhood memories of summers in India . Lassi made with mango with a hint of cardamom is the best. This is another variation of the same drink but the refreshing flavor of mint leaves adds another dimension to the smoothie. This is perfect for spring/summer mornings as a healthy breakfast. Mangoes are a great source of… Read more →

Sweet kale smoothie with grapes , kale, celery, ginger and is perfect for the day 1 of the 21 day detox challenge.

Sweet Kale Detox Smoothie

Smoothies are the¬†wonderful and easiest way to get your daily dose of greens. While it may be difficult to eat an entire bowl of kale in one go, you can get all the goodness without the strong taste. Sweet kale detox smoothie is loaded with nutrients, a cup of fresh kale has only about 40 calories but is packed with… Read more →