Instant Dosas – Moong Dal Dosa || Chaitime

‘Almost Always’ is when I forget to soak rice and Urad dal (black gram) overnight, and I’m quite positive that there are many like me who realize this mistake ONLY the next day and end up vividly dreaming about a hot plate of crispy, buttery, golden brown dosas (crêpe) with delicious potato filling and spicy…

Avocado Ragi Roti || Chaitime

Ragi or Finger Millet is considered supremely healthy.  Born and brought up in India, specially in the State of Karnataka which is the largest producer of this wonder grain, I feel privileged to be one of those many people who’ve enjoyed hot Ragi balls or “Ragi Mudde”, as its popularly known as, with spicy green…

Salad Mania || Chaitime

The popular GOT phrase – ‘Winter is coming’ is soon going to be taking a long vacation. Although we are under a cold spell at the moment, it’s safe to say that the season of Cherry Blossoms is right around the corner. Spring is my favorite season of the year. This is mostly because my…

Spicy Masala Puri || Chaitime

I love Winter! ❤ The magic in the first cold winter breeze is almost tangible! Hot cocoa…Christmas lights…S’mores…the many holiday parties…the little golden Reindeer ornament…New Year’s resolutions that you know are a total waste of time…puppies in sweaters..cuddling with friends and family…what’s not to love! All I can dream about during this season are fleece…

Strawberry-Green Peas Salad || Chaitime

Time has come for yet another green pea recipe! This one’s bizarre; atleast that’s what I initially thought. I honestly didn’t think that I’d like this recipe but I was in for a pleasant surprise. Today’s recipe is another mind-blowing summer salad – very colorful and lively! It combines the tanginess of fresh strawberries and…

Watermelon-Feta Salad || Chaitime

Summer is here! Beaches, sunshine, blue skies, sunglasses, flip-flops, sun-dresses, weird straw hats, picnic baskets, cold coffees, ice creams, popsicles, frozen yogurt, slushies, melons, berries………….do you feel yourself nicely wrapped up in a happy summer vibe right now??? Good! Because today’s recipe is all colorful and summery! 😀 Out of all the different kinds of melons,…

Spicy Mushroom Rice || Chaitime

Hey Mushroom Lovers – this one’s for you! I’m a total sucker for mushrooms and so is my family. My grandmother makes a mean mushroom curry that is so rich and delicious that it makes me want to swim in a bowl of mushroom curry and never get out. Okay, yes, that would be very…

Apple-Ginger Smoothie || Chaitime

What’s your favorite fruit? My answer to that question is Apple! Ripe, red and crunchy apples are a delight to chomp into. And what makes this fruit more special are its myriad health benefits. We all know the ancient Welsh adage, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away”, right? 😉 Apples are extremely rich in…

Tofu Makhani || Chaitime

Paneer dishes are my all-time favorites! A paneer dish cooked with the right kind of ingredients, at the right spice level, served at the right temperature…..YUMMY! Nothing can replace the wonderful taste of butter-fried paneer cubes in the right kind of marinade. NOTHING I tell you. Oh wait, enter the Tofu! 🙂 We all know…

Strawberry-Kiwi Spritzer || Chaitime

Here’s a fun drink that is tasty and colorful! It combines the tanginess of fresh strawberries and the sweetness of ripe kiwis and the addition of vanilla ice-cream and soda, well, just takes you to a whole new world.  😉 Cool all your senses with a glass of this delicious Strawberry-Kiwi Spritzer, anyday, anytime! Strawberry-Kiwi Spritzer Ingredients…

Christmas Kashayam || Chaitime

‘Tis the season! It’s the season of lights and pine and candles and stockings…it’s also the season of cold and sinus and flu and migraines. Fear not! Here’s a recipe to keep yourself warm this winter and enjoy the season of cakes and cookies without ever having to stop. Kashayam is a home-brewed herbal drink…

Green Bean Fries || Chaitime

Now who doesn’t like French Fries?? I know they’re unhealthy and greasy …but who doesn’t like them!! The taste of a perfectly-sized crispy fry dipped in slightly spiced tomato ketchup is one of the simple pleasures of life. I recently discovered one more to add to these pleasures. Green Bean Fries! Simple to make and real tasty,…