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Fantastic Falafels

Fantastic Falafels

Flavorful, easy and healthy.

Get fantastic results with minimum effort, in this easy-to-make Falafel recipe.   

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Ultimate Khaman Dhokla

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Ultimate Khaman Dhokla

Tea time treat…
These sunshine yellow, savory cakes made with chickpeas flour make for a popular tea time treat in India. Soft, moist and fluffy, dhoklas are served with spicy green chutney and best choice with a cup of hot ginger infused tea!

Simple, satisfying and smart snacking with dhoklas!

Simple, satisfying and smart snacking with dhoklas!

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Khandvi Simplified

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Khandvi Simplified

Khandvi is India’s answer to the savory version of Swiss rolls!

 Made with chick pea flour, Khandvi is a popular tea time snack

Made with chickpea flour, Khandvi is a popular tea time snack

This recipe tells you how to cook perfect Khandvi.


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Chips called Lavash

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Thin, crispy and flavorful chips that pair well with Hummus.



Thin crackers that  taste great with Hummus

Thin crackers that taste great with Hummus


Shape it as you like! The awesome crunchy taste lingers on

Shape it as you like! The awesome crunchy taste lingers on


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Easy Cheesy Bites

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These flavorful, crunchy cheese bites are a great make-ahead appetizer, and also the perfect snack that your family will enjoy.

Do bite into these!

Do bite into these!

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Crispy Aubergine Fritters

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Crispy Aubergine Fritters

Crispy Solanum melongena… ah, sounds so gourmet, scientifically speaking!

Sliced aubergines, dipped in spicy batter and rolled in corn flakes, make for a great appetizer. Never mind that they are deep-fried! Sometimes the taste speaks louder than the calories!


4 aubergines, sliced diagonally

Plain flour, mixed with little water to make batter, season with salt and pepper.

Spices (salt, turmeric, cumin powder, chilly powder, garam masala and amchoor powder)

Handful corn flakes crushed

Oil for frying


Slice the aubergines.

Add spices. Mix well.

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Dip in prepared batter.

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Roll in corn flakes.

Fry in oil.

Remove from the pan with a slotted spoon and set aside to drain on kitchen paper to remove any excess oil.

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Serve hot with coriander chutney or ketchup.

Variation: You can dip the aubergine slices in seasoned gram flour/chickpea batter and fry until crisp.

I think I would like to try this with fish fillet too. Should work. Any ideas?

By the way, I just eyeballed the ingredients…! Sorry for not providing exact measurements!

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Oven Baked Samosas

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Oven Baked Samosas

Who said samosas should be only triangular in shape?

I love samosas, but try to avoid eating them, because of the fat content! These are mostly deep-fried!

 Then I got this brilliant idea of baking them  after watching a program on an Indian food channel. The recipe is quite easy and yields 8 wonderful , crispy  samosas in a new look!



For the covering/shell

Flour 3/4 cup
Salt 1/4 tsp
Oil 1 tbsp
Ajwain /carom seeds 1/2 tsp
Water to knead

For the filling

Boiled and mashed potatoes, about 3 medium size
Boiled peas, 1/2 cup
Chopped green chilly 1
Chopped green coriander 2 tbsp
Ginger grated , 1 tsp
Salt, red chilly powder, amchoor powder, garam masala and turmeric


Knead the dough and let it rest for 15 minutes.
In the meantime, take a pan , heat about 1 tbsp oil, add ginger, spices, and boiled potatoes and peas.
Adjust the seasoning. Sprinkle chopped chilly and coriander.
Let it cool.

Divide the dough into 8 balls.

Roll into oval shape, like a poori.
Place the filling in the centre.
Seal the opposite edges.

Arrange on a greased tray and bake in a pre heated oven at 200 degrees C.
Turn tray, after 10 minutes, lower the temp to 180 degree C and bake further 10 minutes.

Serve hot with ketchup or chutney of your choice.

Enjoy with a steaming cup of cardamom tea!


You can use spinach and feta cheese instead of peas and potatoes or cottage cheese and mint.