[20 Mar 2015 | No Comment | ]
Recipe | Desi Health Bites – Tofu Pasanda aka Tofu in White Gravy

Creamy, mildly spicy and an exotic recipe, Paneer Pasanda is a very elaborate Indian dish served in many hi end restaurants in India. Cottage cheese are sliced into thin triangles which are stuffed with a paste of nuts, coated with chickpea flour marinate, deep fried and then dunked into rich creamy gravy to make a delicious Paneer Pasanda.

The preferred gravy for Paneer Pasanda is deep red in colour, which comes from ground tomatoes, deep fried onions and turmeric powder.

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appetizers/snacks, Breakfast bites, breakfast medley, product/book review »

[16 Mar 2015 | No Comment | ]
Recipe | Desi Health Bites – Soya Nugget Pops

Ehh..not this oil…wait a minutemom said and moved away hurriedly only to be back with another bottle of oil in her hand.

She lovingly tilted the bottle and poured a thin stream of that dark coloured oil on my steaming hot savory Baafla baatis (steamed savory buns).

Baafla Baatis must be eaten only with ‘Kachchi Ghani til ka Tel’ (cold pressed sesame oil)” she told as a matter-of-fact and sat down on the chair next to me.

Back then, I never questioned her food choices….not that I knew much about it either :)

appetizers/snacks, Breakfast bites, breakfast medley, pancakes »

[12 Mar 2015 | 4 Comments | ]
Recipes | Quick and easy breakfast cakes – Life isn’t a matter of milestones, but of moments

“Life isn’t a matter of milestones, but of moments”~ Rose Kennedy.
Well, well…it took almost 25 years and an article in New paper for my mom to get convinced that I am doing well in life.
I left Udaipur in 1990 for higher studies and worked for a few years before getting married & settling in Chennai for good. But then, my mom was always concerned about me leaving my job, until I got myself involved in activities related to my blog Lite Bite.
Later, whenever I called her to tell about my …

chutney/relish, Lunchbox bites, stuffy delights/Indian flat breads »

[2 Mar 2015 | No Comment | ]
Recipe | Amaranth Flat breads with Onion-Tomato Relish – Food, a language we all speak

Food is an invaluable asset to connect with people across the globe and is also a perfect medium to get access to the cultural habits and cooking traditions of any region.
“Are you free for an hour or so in the day to meet, do let me know”, the mail from chef Saransh read.
What do you do when you get a mail from a celebrity chef asking you to take time out for a food walk in your city.
You count your blessings and leave every important work aside to make it …

Lunchbox bites, lunchbox medley, Veggies/curries »

[17 Feb 2015 | 4 Comments | ]
Recipe | Foxnuts in Spinach Gravy aka Palak Makhane ki Subji – Moms will always be moms

Behind all your stories is always your mother’s story. Because hers is where yours begin.”~M. Albom

I preparedPanjiritoday with fresh gond & MakhaneM’ got it for me from Jaisalmer” told mom during our telephonic conversation the other day.

Awee…I already miss your gond ke ladoo and Palak Makhane ki subji , big timeOkay, mom, I have got to go now” I said and disconnected the line, stuffing my washing machine with soiled clothes.

Lunchbox bites, Veggies/curries »

[7 Feb 2015 | 4 Comments | ]
Recipes | Arachuvitta Sambhar and Vatha Kulambu – Indian spices and aromatic cooking

But your looks, accent, mannerism…I can’t believe you are not a South Indian….you don’t look like a Rajasthani  to me from any angle” her gaze narrowed on my face.

When in Rome, do as the Romans do” I replied with a cheery grin pulling out my glasses from the box and getting ready for the interview to follow.

She nodded with a naughty smile and started the audio recorder.

food styling, Lunchbox bites, Veggies/curries »

[29 Jan 2015 | 7 Comments | ]
Recipe | Baby Potatoes in Spices & Yogurt aka Dum Aloo – Dreams don’t work unless you do

Dreams don’t work unless you do.”~ Maxwell

A crazy week of food photo-shoot at Isha yoga center, and I am back home…finally.

With no running around carrying heavy loads of props and no more shots to plan for the days, it feels good to relax & enjoy a bowl of home-cooked ‘Poha’ and ginger tea on my swing.

Hmm… it has been 4 years since I started my first food styling shoot for Brown Tree.

I now have successfully completed more than 15 projects for well know companies and brands of India.

Lunchbox bites, rice recipes, Veggies/curries »

[14 Jan 2015 | 4 Comments | ]
Recipes | Mixed vegetable curry in freshly ground spices aka ‘Gobbi Kootu’ with coconut rice –  Tradition is to feed the fire

Tradition is not the worship of ashes, but the preservation of fire.” ~ G. Mahler

Not so long ago, Sankranti to me was all about flying kites and gorging on some delectable winter specialties.

Yes, I could not think beyond my crunchy revadis, gajak, til ladoos, Gajar halwa and sinful Panjiri when the festival of Lohri or Makar sankranti approached in mid January.

It was only after my marriage and settling down in South India I came to know that Sankranti is more than our kite flying frenzy and throwing puffed rice in bonfire.

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