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Updated: 2018-03-05T12:51:46.279-08:00


Eggless Peanut Butter Cookies


Hi Everyone! It's Savithri back with another baking recipe. My mom is a teacher and can't eat peanut butter often because her school is a nut-free zone. Over the holidays I baked these tasty cookies to let my mom get her fill of the peanut-y goodness! These thin, crisp cookies are sweet and savoury at the same time and are a little chewy in the centre. I put a Smartie (candy-coated

Eggless Almond Puff Cookies


Happy New Year everyone! Hope you all had a relaxing holiday. I'm excited to be guest-blogging the first post of 2011. I made these amazing cookies while visiting my sister Kanchana in Chicago over the break. I had one week off from work and made the most of it by spending time with the people I love and baking lots of yummy treats for them! The most popular item was definitely the eggless

Oven Baked Paneer and Vegetables


One of our favorite party time appetizers is to make grilled paneer and vegetables we reserve some of the marindate and serve it with the paneer as a chutney as well. Its surefire hit with your friends! Marinade1 bunch cilantro, 2 tbsp dhania jeera powder OR 1 tbsp dhania seeds and 1 tbsp jeera seeds, 1 onion, 1 large green chili, juice of 1 lemon, 2 tsp garam masala, 1 tsp anardhana, 1 tsp

Greek Salad


My sister Savithri is another fabulous cook in our family in addition to being a baker extraordinaire. She loves salads and made this fresh and juicy greek summer salad for our 'sisters spa day'.  We spent a wonderful evening doing yoga, drinking refreshing hydrating teas, watched a couple of chick flicks, and eating this healthy salad.  The main ingredients for this salad are juicy tomatoes,

Potato Dauphinoise (aka potatoes with cheese sauce)


A couple of years ago Shankar made a delicious potato dish knowing that his wife loves potatoes in any shape or form.  He used a French method of baking potatoes in milk (often including cream) and cheese called 'dauphinoise'. The result was individual stacks of potatoes, sliced thinly, layered with a delicious mornay sauce, baked to perfect crispiness on top and oozing fromage inside.  Back

Curry Pasta Salad


To continue Shankar's theme of fusion food, this is another delicious recipe from my friend Lavanya Krishnan. The pasta salad is kicked up a notch with the addition of garam masala, but it doesn't overpower the dish. I wasn't sure how this was going to taste, but it was lovely. The yogurt -- mildy flavored by the onions, masala, and cilantro -- mixed with the beans, peas, and red peppers, was

Acorn Squash Soup


Greetings, readers! Kanchana is out of town, so I thought I'd do a bit of guest blogging. If memory serves, my last guest post detailed a particularly horrendous failure in the kitchen - so I'm glad to be back with a story of success. Ethnic cooks who attempt foods outside of their background are frequently accused of putting some of their ethnicity into their creations - even if they weren't

Penne a la Vodka


My brother in law makes a fantastic pasta, with a peppery tomato sauce. This is definitely a dish that is a great item for entertaining a few people. The garlicy sauce really packs a punch that will keep you coming back for more and more. Gopi's website is the culinary go to for the family, and he started blogging recipes much earlier than I did. In fact as I started learning to cook Indian

Vegetable, Fruit, and Paneer Salad


The healthy salads continue with this colorful vegetable, fruit, and paneer salad. You have read correctly that there are vegetebles and fruits and paneer in this salad! The picture was taken on a bright summer day, when the vegetables and fruits were at their best in season. The key to this salad is finely chopping up all the vegetables, and fruits in a uniform size. You can take out the paneer,



Tawa Vegetables Corn Chaat Eggplant Soup

Tawa Grilled Vegetables


2010 has begun and maintaining a healthy lifestyle has bounced to the top of my priorities after having been badly sidelined for the larger part of 2009. I have found several recipes for delicious salads, but what I have trouble with is making time to prepare them. They are not overly time consuming, but they do take longer than nuking a frozen parata or burger. Eating healthy for me is about

Corn & Mango Salad


The champagne toasts to ring in the New Year have not started but I've already started my New Year's Resolutions. This year I am determined to master slowing down, stopping to smell the roses, and most importantly getting off that express train of life to do the things I really WANT to do. The express train represents the obligations, the expectations, the commitments that I don't really want to

Three Bean Salad


My aunt and uncle came to visit me the summer, and I took them one of Chicago's Mexican neighborhoods that boasts a 'SuperMall -- over 100 stores inside". This amounted to several stalls inside the warehouse, that resembled a Mexican Pondy Bazaar -- the real excitement for us began in the huge supermarket next door. They regularly sell pineapples at 2 dollars each, and red peppers for 79 cents a

Crunchy Parupu Vadai


Celebrating Festivals for our family is all about food. Each holiday has a specific food associated with it. But there is one universal food that you can never go wrong with, Parupu Vadai. Deep fried, crunchy lentil fritters. Now for festivals you would generally make the 'madi' version of this without onion. But for a party, you can add chopped onion to the batter and this recipe will transform

Corn Chaat


The first time I had corn chaat was at my friend Vidya's house. She is definitely a friend whom I would call a superwoman (she has three daughters including a set of twins.) Vidya is a dear childhood friend of mine who moved away when we were in junior high from Toronto to India. Now she lives in Baltimore, and I was lucky enough to go visit her there a little while ago. Keeping in touch with

Kanchana's Recipe Index


Appetizers & SnacksApple Fritter with Fruit ToppingBruschetta toasts with Goat cheeseGarden Vegetable Cream CheeseGrilled CheeseHummusJalapeno Cheddar Broccoli Corn BreadLettuce Cous Cous BoatsMexican SaladNacho hors d'eouvreOven Roasted FriesPeanut Butter N Banana SandwichesSemi-homemade SamosasSpring RollsVegetable CutletsAsianAsian Hot & Sour SoupRoasted Eggplant SoupSpring RollsThai Green

Back with a Mac!


Happy New Year Everyone!I hope to re-enter the blogosphere in 2008, and my inspiration is the new iMAC that Shankar bought me for our 2nd anniversary. Photoshop is on the way, and hopefully I'll be able to do some cool stuff this year. Have missed you all tremendously. See you soon!Kanchana

Lasagna, Bruschetta, and Basil Oil


A little over a year ago our friends Karthik and Lavanya came to visit us in Ann Arbor with high expectations for us to fill their stomachs with some of the delicious food they kept seeing on Married to a Desi. After much thought, Shankar suggested making a rich lasagna, one thing led to another and a full Italian Meal was planned.Lavanya decided if the food was made then the pictures must be

Weekend Breakfast Blogging Event: OMELETTE


The month of October brings me the pleasure of hosting Weekend Breakfast Blogging. This event has been created by the lovely Dr.Nandita Iyer of Saffrron Trail. Weekend Breakfast Blogging #16 will feature Omelette's. I figured since all you bloggers will be CLICKing away at Eggs this month, there will certainly be some left for making omelette's.My entry for this event will be Bread Omelette! I

Cookbook: Samaithu Par by Meenakshi Ammal


Nags is hosting her very first event called "Show me your Cookbook". As soon as I saw her post I knew I wanted to participate, but a good cookbook did not jump out at me right away. I rarely follow cookbook recipes, relying heavily on recipes from my Mom, Mother-in-law, and all the great Indian blogs I follow. Whenever I have a craving to cook something and need a recipe, I head straight to the

Penne with Fennel and Spinach


The other day I put together this healthy working lunch. A few nights before I had made a baby spinach salad with fennel, and orange with a citrus dressing. I served it with a roasted vegetable pasta with feta cheese. With the left over cup of pasta, and salad I threw together this quick working lunch.Pasta with Fennel and Spinach1 cup of cooked penne pasta, 1 cup of baby spinach leaves, 1/2 cup

Sorrakai: Bottlegourd Subzi


This is a subzi that was taught to me by my mother-in-law. Delicious bottlegourd that is cooked in a simple sauce of jeera, onions and tomato. The gravy that is used in this subzi can be used with any vegetable, but the soft bottlegourd creates a comforting subzi that is healthy and tasty. My husband is not a huge fan of sorrakkai but I love it.Shankar and I are pretty similar and we enjoy doing

Badham Kheer


I learned to make Badham Kheer from my mother. Its an easy sweet drink to make that works for many occasions. Life has been so busy lately, my father in law is visiting me and Shankar and Gopi are in the thick of school already. Appa has taken a major demotion from senior executive to taxi driver, ferrying his sons back and forth from school!I always have the most interesting conversations with

Karamani Sundal: Black Eyed Peas Salad


I'm trying to eat healthy these days, which is hard given my favorite food group is potato chip. Maintaining a steady weight has been a lifelong battle for me. Despite all the swimming, skating, and dance lessons, as a child I was always a little chubby. At the age of 14 I became very involved with performing Bharatha Natyam, and in a phase of intense dancing, exercise, and strict eating I

Kothu Parotta


I tasted my first Kothu Parotta this week. Before I go on about whether I liked it or not, let me give you a little background. Growing up in Canada, I never really had much of a chance to taste Indian street food. Though Toronto is one of the most multicultural places in the world today, the social climate 30 years ago was drastically different. It was in the small suburban, town of Oakville