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Dahi Aloo Chana Chaat | Chickpeas and Potato Yoghurt Salad

Dahi Aloo Chana Chaat is another delicious and extra quick starter/salad, that can enhance any meal and dinner menu. Think of it as the Indian version of the Western potato salad, with the added goodness of chickpeas and crunchiness is supplied by the red onion and the tasty, crispy Aloo Bhujia.

Aloo Bhujia is crispy, tangy and spicy Potato Noodles, often available at your local Indian Grocers. I will add the link to the recipe for Homemade Aloo Bhujia soon.

Dahi Aloo Chana Chaat can be served as a light snack on its own or as a salad/ side dish along with the main meal. I love all types of Chaats. So refreshing and fulfilling. This chaat item makes a good side dish during Ramadan as well, where light refreshing starters are often needed.


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Kozhi Ada | Mini Fried Chicken Dumplings

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Kozhi Ada – Mini Fried Chicken Dumplings

Kozhi Ada | Mini Fried Chicken Dumplings


Hi everyone! Let me take this opportunity to wish you all a very HAPPY NEW YEAR. Thank you to all my blog readers who sent in comments and wishes.. I have been away for over a month and sadly had no access  ( or time) to post regularly.

I am now back and life has returned to it’s daily routines, but I might be a little slow to pick up on the recipes and videos.. you know one gets lazy after a long vacation. Today, I dusted off my laptop and decided to do a quick post just in case you are wondering where I have gone!

I will try to reply to all the comments asap on here and on my youtube channel asap!

So I was back in India for a very long vacation. We had a road trip through Bangalore, Mysore and Ooty, after which we had a bunch of weddings and lots of ‘busy’ happenings in Kerala. My whole family was there after a very long time. It was great, but now it seems like a dream.

Todays recipe, is a very popular Malabar Snack – KOZHI ADA and it goes great with your afternoon tea! These little bite sized fried dumplings are made with a spiced chicken filling. Quite easy to make, if you fancy something different today ūüôā

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Asparagus Dip | Creamy Simple Asparagus Spread

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Asparagus Dip

Asparagus Dip | Creamy Simple Asparagus Spread


This Asparagus dip, is extremely quick and easy to make! Quite tasty and even kids will enjoy this vegetable in spreadable form!  I am always looking for ways to get the kids to eat certain veggies.. Sometimes, a dip is the easiest way to achieve this. Creamy and tasty, its super, served with toasted pita wedges.

Asparagus is a member of the lily family and has been found to be an aphrodisiac, since ancient times.  It is packed with nutrients. High in vitamin K, folate, vitamin C, beta -carotene, vitamin E, zinc, manganese and selenium.

It’s also especially rich in detoxifying compound, glutathione, which can help destroy carcinogens. For this reason, asparagus may help fight or protect against certain cancers.

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Keema Samosa | Mince Meat Sambousek

This a my absolute favorite Keema Samosa | Mince Meat Sambousek Recipe! Quite easy to make, just takes some time, peeling the samosa pastry and filling them. I like to toss the wok and get some ‘flaming’ action in there to get a deliciously smoky flavor! Trust me you will love these. I will post my home made samosa wrapper recipe soon, but samosa pastry is available in most good supermarkets. I make these regularly during Ramadan. They can be frozen to make as needed. Check out the video below.

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Shana’s Black Forest Cake | Homemade and Delicious!

I love recipes with some added mystery and intrigue to them, don’t you? Unravelling the secrets to how world famous dishes came into existence. Imagining how the original was and how it compares to the current standards.. I find it all so exciting!

The Black Forest Cake, one of the most celebrated cakes in the world, dates back to the 16th century. Known as Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte in Germany, its country of origin. Quite a tongue twister, eh? Schwarzwälder kirsch torte, translated means Black Forest Cherry Torte or Gateau in German.

The cake is presumed to be named after the¬†Black Forest¬†(Schwarzwald) mountain range in Southwestern Germany, perhaps because it evokes a mysterious dark fantasy, born¬†from the ‘fairy tale’ like¬†forest ranges. The¬†name might also be connected to the specialty liquor known as Schwarzw√§lder Kirsch(wasser)¬†which is indigenous to that mountainous region. Distilled from tart cherries, this unique ingredient, with its distinct¬†‘cherry pit’ flavor and alcoholic content gives the cake its rich flavour.

Although Kirsch is the traditional liquor used in this cake and is mandatory in Germany, in many countries like North America, India and the Middle East, it is made with rum or without alcohol. The main components are chocolate sponge cake, with layers of whipped cream and cherry ( canned, glaced, fresh OR maraschino).  The cake is also lavishly decorated with piped cream, cherries and chocolate shavings.

This is my version of the delectable Black Forest! I use a combination of vanilla and chocolate whipped cream, fresh and glaced¬†cherries, dark chocolate shavings and the best, softest delicious chocolate sponge cake ever! It remains moist and you will not miss the missing alcohol or heavy fruity syrup. What I love about this cake, is that you don’t even have to be a pro at decorating, the cake looks beautiful nonetheless. Follow my video tutorial to make this perfect, delicious Black Forest Cake! SCROLL DOWN to watch¬†the VIDEO.

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Bombay Ragda Pattice | Potato Patties with Peas Chaat Recipe

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Bombay Ragda Pattice – Served with green Chutney and Garnish

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Bombay Ragda Pattice  РIndian Chaat Recipe


Bombay Ragda Pattice is a delicious ‘Chaat’ dish that is a meal in itself. The ‘Ragda’ is a peas based gravy that is poured over potato tikkis and garnished with Chutneys, Onion and Coriander Leaves. Usually, white peas (Vatana) is used, but they can be made with the dried green peas too. ‘Pattice’ is the strangely accepted Anglo Indian Spelling of ‘Patties’. You will find all the Chat Stalls using this spelling for some reason. I feel this is one of those Chaat recipes that you can even make as weekend brunch. “Move over Hashbrowns and Eggs – It’s time to chat over some Chaat!” For an evening snack, you can add ‘Boondi’ or ‘Sev’ ( which are chick pea flour based fried toppings), although I don’t use them in the Ragda Pattice. Here is how I make this dish… with a little planning ahead and overnight soaking of the peas, it can be prepared very easily and quickly.

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Kadai Chana Masala

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Kadai Chana Masala – Wok Cooked Chickpeas and Potato Appetizer

Kadai Chana Masala

This version of Kadai Chana Masala is variation on the tradional recipe. Very tasty and very simple to make. It has a rustic flavor that is so popular in the Indian  fixed menu items. It may be served as an appetizer with Aloo Tikki or Samosas. It can also be served along with Puri.

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Karikku Pudding | Tender Coconut Pudding Recipe

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Karikku Pudding

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 Karikku Pudding | Tender Coconut Pudding Recipe

When the going gets Hot! The hot get Pudding! This ‘ Karikku Pudding ‘ ¬†or Tender Coconut Pudding is the perfect dessert for the hot weather we are experiencing in my part of the world right now! Chilled, Smooth Deliciously Coco-nutty and Creamy Pudding!

Personally, I am not too¬†happy when the weather is extremely¬†hot and humid. I get moody and irritable..and if it’s a day when the girls are not co-operative, I tend to go crazy and then some!

So today, I decided I would have this pudding with the girls when they came home from school. It was chilled the previous night. After lunch, we had the pudding together and the two enjoyed the smooth chilled dessert happily. Just what I needed too, to cool down!

This is my mom’s recipe, which is always a hit when she makes it. I think, I called her a dozen times with various doubts while making it. Thank you Umma!

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Oven Barbecued Chicken Wings

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Oven Barbecued Chicken Wings


If you like, Sticky BBQ WINGS, these¬†Oven Barbecued Chicken Wings¬†, are just perfect. The fall off the bone quality of these wings aims to please. I use my Homemade BBQ Sauce to make these yummy wings. All that you have to do once, you’ve made the simple bbq sauce – is to marinate the wings with this and a dash of salt, pepper, paprika and olive oil. Bake in a conventional oven and enjoy. This is a great way to use up you BBQ sauce as well.

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Homemade Burger Buns

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Homemade Burger Buns


Home Made Burger Buns. You know they really aren’t that hard to make. Even if you are new to bread making. Most of the hassle lies in the waiting for the dough to rise. I have made these buns over a dozen times, and they have never failed. I made them in different sizes. With and without sesame seeds, because Nunu is allergic to sesame seeds. The girls like these buns freshly baked with butter too! The buns are soft and chewy with the perfect crumb.

And here’s how my Burger looks, homemade bun and all.

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