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Indian, My Signature Dishes, Recipes, Snack, Vegan

Mung Bean Bhaji / Mung Bean Pakora/ Mugachi Bhaji / Hare Mung Ki Bhajiya / हिरव्या मुगाची  भजी 

A pakoda or pakora is a deep-fried Indian snack typically made with besan or gram flour batter and usually some sort of vegetable. Onion is a popular choice. In Britain, it’s called onion bhaji. But pakoras can be made with pretty much any vegetable – spinach, cauliflower, green peppers, potatoes to name but a few. […]

Curry, Gluten-free, Indian, Maharashtrian, My Signature Dishes, Recipes, Regional, Vegan

Green Mung Bean Curry ‘Usal’ / Hirvya Mugachi Hirvi Usal / हिरव्या मुगाची उसळ

A green curry for a green pulse – the mung bean (pronounced ‘moo-ng’ bean). Boasting an impressive nutritional profile, mung beans (or moong beans) are abundant in protein, fibre, vitamins, and minerals. Leaving the nutrients aside, most people in India consume them regularly for their unique nutty flavour. Whether you’re looking to make dosas or […]

Gluten-free, Indian, Maharashtrian, Pickles & chutney, Recipes, Regional, Vegan

Fresh Fenugreek Thecha / Methicha Thecha / Methi Thecha / मेथीचा ठेचा

Thecha is the quintessential condiment of my home state, Maharashtra. It takes its name from the verb ‘thechne’ meaning ‘to pound’ and the basic recipe simply entails pounding green chilli and garlic. In Maharashtrian cuisine, this term is applied to a wide range of savoury semi-dry ‘chutneys’ that are prepared by pounding ingredients together, either […]

Gluten-free, Indian, Recipes, Vegetarian

Vegetable Bombay Biryani

In Mumbai’s bustling streets, where vibrant chaos and diverse cultures come together, there lies a culinary masterpiece that has captured the hearts of millions – the Bombay Biryani. This iconic dish is a symphony of flavours, a testament to the rich culinary heritage of the city and a must-try for anyone seeking a gastronomic adventure. […]

Coconut Cashew Modak
Gluten-free, Indian, Indian desserts, Maharashtrian, My Signature Dishes, Recipes, Regional, Vegetarian

Cashew Coconut Modak / Kaju Khirapat Modak / काजू खिरापत मोदक

Happy Ganesh Chaturthi and a happy welcome to the ‘Vighnaharta’ – the harbinger of troubles; the ‘Vinayaka’ – the god of wisdom. This pot-bellied-single-tusked God of new beginnings is perhaps the most recognisable of Hindu deities as well as one of the most loved. Today marks the start of a 10-day festival when people install […]

Gajar Halwa Icecream
Indian, Restaurant reviews

Trèsind Dubai

Our visit to one of Dubai’s gastronomic hotspots for Indian cuisine was nothing short of excellence. We were completely bowled over by Trèsind’s modern take on Indian classics making their theatrical appearances at our table as we indulged. The name Trèsind is a play on the French ‘trés’ meaning ‘very’, so was it ‘very Indian’? […]

Gluten-free, Indian, Maharashtrian, Recipes, Regional, Vegan

Sorghum ‘Bhakri’ Flatbread / Jowar Bhakri / Jwarichi Bhakri / ज्वारीची भाकरी 

When it comes to flatbreads India has so much more to offer than the ubiquitous chapati or naan. Different regions all have their own specialities, often making good use of locally available grains. You don’t have to limit yourself to wheat and rice. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with a properly made whole wheat chapati, […]

Gluten-free, Indian, Maharashtrian, My Signature Dishes, Recipes, Snack, Vegan

Hurda Bhajani Thalipeeth / Tender Sorghum Flatbreads

India has an endless variety of flatbreads. Some are simple, like the humble chapati or roti, merely accompaniments to a ‘main dish’. Others are more elaborate and serve as a meal in themselves. Thalipeeth, packed with a mixture of healthy grains, spices and veggies, is definitely in the latter category. Thalipeeth is a perfect example […]

Ridge gourd curry aka dodkyachi bhaji
Gluten-free, Indian, Maharashtrian, My Signature Dishes, Recipes, Vegan

Ridge Gourd Curry / Dodkyachi Bhaji / दोडक्याची भाजी

Ridge gourd or Dodka in Marathi, was never my favourite. But since I moved away from my homeland and saw less of it, the more I missed its mild flavour and subtle sweetness. So recently I decided to make it slightly more interesting by adapting my Mum’s recipe a bit.  It’s not the most visually […]