Shankarpali – Shakarpara – Sweet Diamond Cuts

Khurma in a serving plate on a table.

Shankarpali is a sweet crispy diamond-shaped snack that is quite popular in the Konkan belt of India. This bite-sized treat is made with just a handful of ingredients. Shankarpali is a popular sweet crispy snack from Western India. This sweet maida biscuit is also called shakkarpara or shakar pare. In the Northern states, it is … Read more

How To Make Green Chilly Paste – Meal Prep

Indian food always includes spices, be it dry spices or wet spices. You’ll often find our recipes calling for ginger garlic paste or chilly ginger pastes or some combination of these ingredients. And even if they’re not pastes, Indian recipes almost always have chilies or ginger and garlic in them in some form or the … Read more

Don’t Let The Garlic Turn Green! Make Pickled Young Garlic

Pickled young garlic in a bowl.

If you want to prevent your pickled garlic from turning green or blue, here’s how to do it! Here in India, sirke wala pyaaz is an easy-to-make pickled garlic recipe that uses only a few ingredients – rred onions, chillis, vinegar, sugar, salt, and water. It’s popular in dhabas and eateries all over the country. … Read more

What to Cook (Prepare) For Easter Lunch?

Pics of dishes we cook for Easter lunch.

What is a traditional Easter lunch? Here's what East Indians cook for Easter Lunch to celebrate Jesus’ resurrection.

Kachumber – Indian Onion-Tomato-Cucumber Salad

Add little masala to the cachumber and serve with lime slice, salt and chilli powder.

Kachumber or Cachumber is a fresh and healthy salad of onions, tomatoes, and cucumber that is part of Indian Cuisine. Serve alongside a delicious curry or dal with fryums, papad, and rotis or rice!

Paneer Stir Fry – Indian Cottage Cheese Side Dish

Stir fry veggies and indian cottage cheese in a wok.

This easy to make Indian Paneer Stir Fry (Indian Cottage Cheese Stir Fry) is a delicious side dish that is quite filling and satisfying too! Add in just a few veggies and you have a healthy side dish or snack ready!

Spicy Sweet Tomato Chutney: Tomato Chili Sauce

Spicy tomato Sauce is ready.

This homemade tomato chilli sauce is easy to make and tastes just delightful! Use it for spreads, dips, or even as a base for curries and you have a perfect dish.

Dark Choc Coconut Bites – Healthy Puffed Rice Snacks

Sugar free coconut dark choc bites are served.

Homemade Dark Choc Coconut Bites are a yummy and easy-to-make dessert or snack. Chocolatey and coconutty at the same time, these kurmura bites are just delicious!

50+ Savoury Mushroom Recipes

50+ Savoury Mushroom Recipes

Who would think that a fungus would be the life of so many dishes? From humble home-cooked meals to expensive delicacies, mushrooms are eaten all around the world in cuisines and cultures in different ways. We’ve put together 50+ savoury mushroom recipes for you to try at home!

Easy Valentine’s Day Dessert Recipes

6 different Valentines day desserts collage.

From cakes to cookies, from indulgent to healthy, here’s a list of valentine treats to surprise your sweet love! And it doesn’t just have to be for a special someone. Valentine’s Day is a great time to show your parents or siblings that you love them. What a better way to sweeten the day than baking some goodies for your loved one.

Indian Purple Yam Snack (Konfal or Kand)

Purple Yam served on a plate with salt and pepper.

So simple and easy to cook, the purple yam called kand or konfal is a tasty healthy snack or appetizer. Sprinkled with a bit of salt and pepper this tuber makes a perfect vegetarian starter to any meal! No wonder it’s called Indian cheese!

Indian Red Pumpkin Dessert (Kaddu Ka Halwa)

Red pumpkin dessert served in a blue bowl with sliced almonds.

Kaddu ha halwa is an Indian pumpkin dessert that is quick and easy to make. A seasonal dish that is widely made by North Indians during festivals, this yummy sweet dish can be served cold, hot or at room temperature. Pumpkin Halwa is a speciality from North India that is now popular all over the … Read more

Why add Turmeric to Rice while Cooking?

Rice served with coriander and tomatoes.

Rice is a staple food all over India. It is eaten as a main dish, with a variety of dals, curries, and is even used in a few sweet dishes. Who doesn’t like Pulao, Fried rice, paella, or Biryani? The options are innumerable. But here’s why we Indians add turmeric to rice! Rice is a … Read more

Batata Bhaji – Aloo Sabzi – Indian Potato Dish

Just a closer look at the batata bhaji that is served with pav and lime - Pic by Abby from AbbysPlate

Potato Bhaji, also known as Aloo Sabzi or Batata Bhaji is a simple Indian vegetarian dish made of potatoes that is easy to make. It doesn’t have as much grease as French Fries and can be eaten as the main course or even a side-dish. We love having it for meals with puris.

Easy Cabbage and Corn Vegetable Recipe

Corn and cabbage sabzi (veggies) in a black pot.

Remember the easy fried purple cabbage vegetable we made last week? Well, this week was pretty busy too. So mom made her easy cabbage and corn stir fry; another one of those quick and easy vegetarian dishes to cook when you’re in a hurry. Just chop, fry and eat! The traditional cabbage vegetable dish is … Read more

Quick and Easy Fried Purple Cabbage Recipe

Purple cabbage Sabzi - Pic by Abby from AbbysPlate

Some days you’re so busy that all you want is a quick and easy vegetarian meal that you can eat with bread or puris. That’s when this purple cabbage recipe my mom makes comes in quite handy. If you like a tongue twister, we call it baigani patta gobhi cha sabzi in Hindi. Or for … Read more

Quick Easy Gulab Jamun Mix Cookies Recipe

Add tooti frooti on top - Pic by Sarah from AbbysPlate

Now that Mom is kind of a pro at using Youtube, she keeps running through different videos about gospel music, prophecy and of course food.  One day she came across a recipe using the pre-made Gulab Jamun mix to make cookies. So since we had a packet at home already, I figured why not give … Read more

Mom’s Green Pista Chutney recipe

Lather on toast or bread - Pic by Abby from AbbysPlate

We love chutney. Of course, we have to! We’re Indians. It’s one of the must-have vegetarian food items that we grew up with. And there are so many forms of chutney, red, green, yellow, white, brown! And chutneys made of tomato, coriander, garlic, coconut, dates, and so much more. One of the staple vegetarian chutneys … Read more

Vegetarian Christmas Cookies With Honey

Shortbread cookies are ready to serve - Pic by Abby from AbbysPlate

So this Christmas we were looking at the list of Christmas dishes made across the world, but we just wanted to make some simple cookies that tasted like shortbread and were yummy too! Are they better than Shakar para? Maybe! Keeping our vegetarian friends in mind, we decided to make eggless Christmas cookies. And of … Read more

Traditional East Indian Vanilla Cream Dessert

Traditional East Indian Vanilla Cream Recipe

Recipe for how to make Gluten-Free Milk Cream? Little drops of heaven that melt in your mouth, that’s what we think they are. But some people just call this the East Indian milk cream or traditional vanilla cream, one of the many delicious East Indian sweets. Little melt in your mouth pieces made of milk … Read more

Easy Indian Custard Powder Halwa Recipe

Chop into 1.5 inch squares

You know it’s nearing Diwali, when your family starts making many many sweets; and among them the traditional wheat halwas or Karachi Halwa or Cornflour Halwa or Custard Powder Halwas, or whatever your family calls them. This custard powder halwa uses a base or gluten-free custard powder or cornflour, and so is considered gluten free. … Read more

DF GF Khajur Dry Fruit Barfi – Dates Dessert

Anjeer barfi ready to serve.

So last week we made the sugar free gluten free anjeer barfi or fig barfi for dad that’s really yummy to taste. But this week we figured we’d show you how we do it when we want just dry fruit energy bars. No dairy, no gluten, no sugar! No added sugar is good for diabetics … Read more

Sugarfree GF Anjeer Barfi – Indian Fig Dessert

Cover with almonds and draw rough cutting lines - Pic by Abby from AbbysPlate

I love sweets, just like my dad. But dad is diabetic, so we try to keep his sugar intake under control. That doesn’t stop him from finding something or the other in the fridge to eat though. Even on the days we skip sweets, we’ll find dad right there in the kitchen rummaging through the … Read more

East Indian GF Coconut Cordial Dessert

Traditional East Indian Cordial - Pic by Abby from AbbysPlate

Coconut Cordial is one of the easiest East Indian sweets for Christmas to make. And it tastes yummy too! Granny has always made the coconut version of cordial. Some people use almonds or cashewnuts instead of coconut. We’ve never tried that recipe for “Cordial No 1” as it’s called in the East Indian Recipe book. … Read more

East Indian Mango Chutney – Aam Ka Murabba – Chunda

Indian pickles murabba and chunda in two white dishes on a black background.

Here in Mumbai, we make this lush sweet mango chutney every summer. Sweet and slightly spicy, it’s similar to the aam ka murabba or chunda; and tastes as good as a dessert. This mango pickle perfect as an accompaniment to meals or as a spread on bread or roti for snacks or breakfast!

Homemade Tomato Carrot Soup Recipe

Tomato and carrot soup in a blue bowl on a black table topped with cream and fresh coriander

This homemade creamy tomato soup recipe is the perfect variation of the simple tomato soup recipe. Why? It has carrots adding natural sweetness and turmeric powder for a dose of health. Here’s how to make this carrot and tomato soup recipe Indian style, or rather my mom’s style!