Category: Vegetarian

The perfect dip for snacking on with chips. This protein packed salsa has tons of flavors and textures ! Made with fresh tomatoes, jalapeno, onion, cilantro and more. Perfect for healthy snacking, making tacos, burritos, sandwiches, salads and can be a fresh and colorful party appetizer. www.clovesandcramel.com

Tomato Salad / Mild Tomato Salsa

I’m starting 2018 with a simple recipe that I make all the time but have never shared with you. It is a simple tomato salad / mild tomato salsa. Whenever we think of salsa, we automatically think of tortilla chips. Well, I think we can have salsa with any type of chips. Don’t mistake me, I like tortilla chips like… Read more →

Pachi pulusu is a raw cold soup or rasam made with tamarind pulp, red onion, coriander, chili powder etc., and tempered with cumin and curry leaves. It is served with rice and flavored dal. www.clovesandcaramel.com

Pachi Pulusu / Spicy Tangy Raw Tamarind Soup

We have always tried to take at least one yearly vacation that lasts more than a couple of days or a long weekend. This year, we decided to visit one of my dearest childhood friend in the UK. She lives with her husband in London. We came back this morning after a 6 hour delay on our last hop from… Read more →

Decadently creamy rolling hot chocolate with coffee, vanilla and marshmallows. It ill become your favorite beverage for the holiday season and cozy winters. www.clovesandcaramel.com

Coffee Vanilla Hot Chocolate

The last three months have been absolutely demanding and I have definitely been swept away by the strong winds. To do lists of things and still counting had me exhausted in more ways than I can describe in one blog post. I have realized that, things are never going to slow down until I remember to take a deep breathe… Read more →

Fresh, healthy and full of green goodness. The flavors and health benefits of wonderful ingredients: mint leaves, lime juice and coriander leaves. It is a versatile spread. www.clovesandcaramel.com

Coriander / Cilantro Mint Chutney

Have you ever wondered why coriander mint chutney is served along with Indian snacks like samosa,  pakoras, and kachori?  Because it is delicious, and it helps in overall digestion. It offsets the not so healthy effects of fried food and keeps the stomach cool because of the digestive abilities of the ingredients. Both coriander and mint are natural stimulants that… Read more →

Healthy rum cranberry cake made with almond flour and wheat flour. It is a Christmas classic cake for your loved ones. Serve it warm for this holidays. www.clovesandcaramel.com

Rum Cranberry Cake

It is the holiday season and time for the classics. The rum cake is one such recipe. This is generally found across the Caribbean islands famous for rum. I have been trying to perfect my recipe for the past few weeks and end up making it three times. This time, it turned out very good. Last week I made this recipe to… Read more →

Light and refreshing cinnamon and berry Kombucha. Great for gut health and a much better alternative to sugary sodas. Learn how to brew your own at home. Probiotic-rich kombucha is easier than you think. This step-by-step beginner's guide will show you how. www.clovesandcaramel.com

Kombucha

Our mutual love for anything tasty is one of the passions that the husband and I share. We were talking a couple of weeks ago while watching a food related show on netflix and got to talking about fermentation. I realized that we rarely notice how much fermented food is there in our day to day life. It is literally in… Read more →

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 →

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 →

Buckwheat arepas topped with shiitake mushrooms, green peppers and onions. Seasoned with oregano and garnished cilantro. Healthy and gluten free. - www.clovesandcaramel.com

Buckwheat Mushroom Arepas

Every once in awhile, when we get bored of the regular burger place or the Japanese restaurant or our to-go Indian restaurant, we go to this Mexican restaurant near by. We like the portion size here as it is not too big like most Mexican restaurants. We were there a few weeks ago and got some tacos. I have been… Read more →

Garam masala is a mix of aromatic, exotic and versatile blend of whole spices. It is a breeze to make and is great in curries, soups, dals, kebabs, pulao, biryani etc. www.clovesandcaramel.com

Garam Masala

We were almost ready for the spring weather, making plans to start our herb garden for the year. Me and the husband were discussing about or action plan to get rid of the pesky weeds that seem to have overrun our yard. But what we did not expect was one last punch from the winter in the form of a… 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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

An antioxidant and protein boost. Made with berries, whey protein powder, chia seeds, pineapple and curly kale. A perfect 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 Moroccan Mint Tea: Black tea infused with cumin flowers, mint, star anise, rose flowers, cinnamon and sweetened with licorice. www.clovesandcaramel.com

Moroccan Mint Tea

Our trip to morocco has left us with memories of places with breathtaking views and sense of beauty that comes with simplicity. One of the places that we spent a night was an ecolodge about 2 hours from Marrakech in the Agafay desert. It was a beautiful location surrounded by absolute emptiness with the snow capped Atlas mountains as a backdrop.… Read more →

30 minutes, 1-pot chana masala : North Indian chickpea dish, cooked with fragrant spices, tomato onion gravy. Tastes great with rice or naan [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 →

Tiramisu: An Italian decedent dessert gets a makeover. Kahlua tiramisu made with espresso dipped ladyfingers, eggs and mascarpone. www.clovesandcaramel.com

Kahlua Tiramisu

Happy new year everyone !!.. 2016 was a roller coaster ride of an year. A lot of wonderful things happened, one of which was sharing my stories and recipes to you all and being able to connect to people all around the world. We are just back from a vacation. It was an awesome way to end the year. We were… Read more →

Indo-Chinese Vegetable Manchurian: Made with cabbage, cauliflower and capsicum dumplings, sautéed in a spicy sweet soy based sauce. Served with spaghetti noodles.- www.clovesandcaramel.com

Vegetable Manchurian Spaghetti Bowl

Yippee ! The holiday fun begins. Already my Facebook feed is packed with people checking into airports and vacation spots or just getting into the year end wind down mode. The husband was early from work today and looks like he is planning to work from home for the rest of the week. Another long weekend would be awesome. It… 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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

Cream of Broccoli soup: This bright, green goddess, hearty, creamy broccoli spinach soup is healthy and gluten-free. Made in less than 30 minutes. So comforting for those cold weathers. www.clovesandcaramel.com

Cream of Broccoli soup

There was a super moon last night and we spent quite some time trying to capture a good picture. It was a little cold and my fingers were getting numb and made it was hard to adjust the settings. But finally, I was able to capture one good picture. The moon looked beautiful. I visited India this summer and it was around… 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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

Garden Pizza – Made with homemade marinara sauce, fennel, mushrooms, oregano, bell peppers, onions and topped with fresh mozzarella cheese. www.clovesandcaramel.com

Garden Pizza – Veggie Pizza

I have been a pizza fan for quite some time now and tried making pizza at home in the past. I used ready made pizza dough and somehow did not like the fact that – you never know what is inside your dough. The husband is not a big pizza person, we don’t go out for pizza very often. The… 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 →

Dragon fruit Martini : This fruity cocktail is made with dragon fruit, vodka, lemon juice, mint and caramel syrup. www.clovesandcaramel.com

Dragon fruit Martini

The first time I heard about Game of Thrones was when the husband told me he was thinking of starting a binge watch. After listening to him tell a little about the story, I must say I was not very keen. I like fantasy and stories like harry potter or lord of the rings, but the extreme violence was not my cup… 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 →

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 →

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 →

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 – 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 →

Moist, no sugar and delicious banana walnut breakfast muffins that are free of gluten, dairy, and refined sugar. Ready in 20 min. You will LOVE them! www.clovesandcaramel.com

Banana Walnut Oats Muffins

Uday (my husband) loves banana muffins for breakfast. We used to get store bought ones until now. I felt the need to make them at home and make them healthier. I replaced the all purpose flour with oats and coconut flour and substituted refined sugar with fully ripe bananas. I tried multiple combinations and finally decided that this recipe for banana walnut… 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 🙂 . 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 →