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Ok hand on my heart. I have a sweet tooth! But the problem of my life is not that ; ) It is that if I have a single sweet tooth, my husband has at least 5..… and the problem gets bigger when we make a baby together who probably has a whole denture full of sweet tooth. Well by now we have acknowledged that we have this sweet problem in the family. So instead of blaming dental genetics let’s do something about it. How about having sweets but in a healthy version? No compromise made on the taste and easy to make for mommy! Sounds fair & workable. So let’s make some Smart Sweets! Thinking what’s that? Smart Sweets = (Healthy ingredients + alternate sugars) * Measured portions Here is my smart sweet recipe called the “Hi-5 Ladoo” This is made of 5 super nutritious ingredients, shaped into round balls or…

At breakfast time, Protein is bae for my family. Essentially, we eat 3 things for breakfast in rotation – Eggs, Protein Pancakes & Oats : ) Naturally it’s very important for me to invent new recipes around these 3 to keep it interesting and healthy! So, here I am sharing the latest and brightest oatmeal from my breakfast-innovation brain. Not just that in this recipe I am taking the healthy-ness to next level, venturing into the power of healing turmeric. This oats recipe is referenced from the Indian recipe turmeric milk, traditionally used for healing fresh wounds or ailing body aches. This bright yellow breakfast bowl looks like sunshine early morning and lights you up for the day literally. My dear, breakfast loving brigade, this recipe is totally “healthy checked” and “quick-cooking certified”! Still thinking what’s unique? Let me speedy spell again? This oatmeal is…. Cooked with the good Indian…

Being from India, I always took notice of Srilanka, the tear drop shaped island just at the South base of my country. Having said that I missed (sometimes even skipped) chances of visiting this emerald island several times in life. Not sure why? May be I thought it’s going to be similar to India in many ways or it’s so close and I can go there anytime. Whatever the reason was it wasn’t justified. This was my wise realization in my recent trip to Srilanka to celebrate 33 years of my life and bring in 2019! So, what took me 33 years of life to finally decide to explore Srilanka? Well, few reasons but all very important: With a 2-year-old (who thinks he can do all), you want a short flight (from Dubai it’s just a 4 hrs flight for us)There are very few countries (within 4-5 hrs flight time)…

Looking for Indian cottage cheese snack ideas for our next cocktail party? Well I am going to be a bit candid here – most likely your search (looking through restaurant menus or online recipes) will end with Paneer Tikka or variations of it. Don’t get me wrong, I love Paneer Tikka but I don’t quite love the fact that Indian cuisine gets food credits mostly in the space of spicy and savory food. As I travel around the globe, it’s endearing to witness far-reaching presence and acceptance for Indian cuisine. I do feel proud when people from different origins often tell me how much they relish Indian food (with a side not of “Oh boy it’s so rich”). Sadly, this may also be true to some extent, for example if I think of an Indian appetizer to pair with a fine wine, I may be able to think of very…

The eating world is divided in two parts – sushi lovers and non-lovers! This is a conclusion I have derived (may be based on limited and unwitting observations) through my eating experience thus far. I may be stating nothing close to a fact but that’s what I come across, people either like sushi or they

Rice kheer is true Indian tradition India is all about festivities and food! Let me tell you, no Indian feast is reckoned celebratory without a desert delicacy. The one that is most popular on festivals is a rice kheer. Kheer is a milk based dessert recipe, where milk, rice and nuts are cooked together for prolonged hours. Essentially, the longer you cook the tastier it gets. You may also find many versions of rice kheer in different cultures like “Sheer” in Persian cultures, “Payesh” in Bengal region of India or “Firni” in Middle east, Pakistan and North India. My memories of Diwali festival & Rice Kheer….. In my home it’s customary to prepare rice kheer on Diwali. For me it’s a childhood memory when every Diwali morning my mom would set me and my brother up for decorating the house. In the kitchen, she would start preparing for the grand…

The idea of Falapav is an authentic food synthesis. True Honey Buzzard style! Honey Buzzard recipes are all about combining ethos of 2 different cuisines and creating a new recipe that is a discrete taste. My new falafel sandwich recipe “Falapav” layers within, taste of 2 favorite recipes from the Mediterranean and the streets of Mumbai. The falafel with a history of over 1000 years, is a popular snack not just in Egypt but all over Mediterranean countries, and an ascending fame all over the world. On the other hand Vadapav, the very own Indian burger is prevalent on the streets of Mumbai, served as the “go-to” food for the Indian common man every day. Falapav is an interesting taste idea to sandwich the crispy Mediterranean falafels into a soft pav bread from the western region of India, savored with Indian chutneys. If I had to write a formula for this recipe,…

Well what can I say about Morocco that hasn’t been said in the last half a decade. Morocco and its medinas have been the darling of Instagram & bloggers for quite a while. In early 2019 I got myself road tripping in Morocco to check out what makes it one of the most posted phenomena. As I said before it’s always difficult to say something new about a country that is spoken about so much. So, I will simply divulge into what my heart felt in this assorted piece of land called Morocco. We landed in Casablanca, drove South to the most popular Marrakech then to Ouarzazate passing a storm in Sahara, then to Fes and Chechaouene in the north and finally drove back full circle to Rabat. My voyage in this country was full of diverse experiences and heightened feelings. This is a part of the world that is…

Are you thinking “here comes another overnight oatmeal in a jar”? Yeah, just like you, I too feel swarmed by the storm of oatmeal recipes on Instagram, Pinterest and health blogs out there. Dairy free, quick to cook, organic, yogurt based and a zillion others. These days every 5th occurrence of internet information seems to revolve around some kind of health food. If you are a health junky I suppose by now you must have tried and got bored of all those overnight oatmeal in a jar. So really, I don’t blame you. Well let me promise that you surely haven’t explored this oatmeal recipe. Its diverse, a swirl of Arab flavors in an Indian jar! A blend of spices & nuts from Arabic and Indian culture socializing overnight in a jar and creating a great friendship of flavors for your breakfast. You think I am faffing? Ok let’s check…