Diwali 2015 – Chaklis

There are varieties of chakli recipes, but the one I am posting today is close to my heart as it is my Dad’s recipe. Papa’s family had a farsan business for a while before he moved on completely to office life. This recipe was the one they used at the kitchen there. I have replaced…

Diwali 2015 – Chivda

Deep fry alert! Chivda is a common tea-time snack and a Diwali platter must-have. It is only when you prepare this yourself, you realise how much oil you dunk into your system with every bowl of this yumminess. Every ingredient is deep fried. But then again Diwali is one time of the year where all the…

Diwali 2015 – Besan Laddoo

Diwali prepping is one of those things that never seems to end. The biggest festival of the year for us Indians. After Dusshera, it has just been busy, busy, busy. Deep cleaning, organising and giving away old stuff to charity. Today I finally started preparing the sweets. Shailu put up all the twinkling lights last night…

Sajjige Rotti with a dash of my spiritual journey

After a super hot and humid October, Mumbai breathed a sigh of relief this morning with a gush of cool breeze into our homes. Early mornings are my favourite time. Hot cup of chai, newspaper and the rising sun. No where in the world does sunrise feel so pure and healing. Guess I am biased 🙂  The…

Homemade Vanilla Extract (in progress)

Who doesn’t love a little bit vanilla in everything sweet? For baking enthusiasts like myself, it is a must in the pantry. Before it got the fancy status on television, Shailu had got a few pods home and I almost disposed them off. I thought they were some sort of twigs. After laughing cheekily, he infused them into…

Pan-fried Salmon and Garlicky Stir- fried Beans

I am on a healthy eating spree (again) which happens after piling on vacation weight. One of the meals I really enjoy in this very brief phase is a good chunk of protein and some veggies on the side. This post qualifies for the ‘throwback’ posts as the recipe was tried first time in our Seattle…

Pineapple Fresh Cream Cake for New Year’s Eve

For some of you that aren’t aware, Shailu and I opened a small restaurant in November 2013. Its been a whirlwind of a journey. Highs, lows, we have seen it all. So much has evolved at Mint Leaf Kitchen + Cocktails in 2014. At the end though, we are proud of this venture. A humble beginning…