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horse gram sprouting
Gluten-free, My Signature Dishes, Recipes, Vegan

How to sprout horse gram and other legumes?

Other than increasing the nutrient value of legumes, sprouting also enhances their flavour and makes them easily digestible.  Horse gram, a much underrated and inexpensive legume from India, is actually one of the most protein-rich lentils on the planet. It’s a powerhouse of protein, essential amino acids, carbohydrates, calcium, iron and fibre so no wonder […]

Gluten-free, Indian, Indian desserts, Maharashtrian, Recipes, Regional, Vegetarian

Tilgulachi Vadi / Sesame Peanut Flapjacks

We Indians, never pass up the opportunity to make jaggery-based sweet treats in the cooler months. And the festival of Makar Sankranti gives all the more reason to make these ‘til-gulachi vadi’, as we call them in Marathi or ‘sesame-peanut flapjack’ as my English husband once described them as he popped one in his mouth […]

bhogichi bhaji
Gluten-free, Maharashtrian, Recipes, Regional, Vegan

Bhogichi Bhaji / Maharashtrian Mixed vegetable Curry

If there was ever a festival that celebrates the seasonality of produce, it’s Makar Sankranti – the first Hindu festival of the year that’s celebrated across India under various names. And this ‘bhogichi bhaji’ is just a beautiful way to commemorate this festival through food. The day before Makar Sankranti is Bhogi and it’s the […]

Christmas Tree
Home Decor, Sustainability

DIY Eco-friendly Christmas Tree

We’re looking forward to a green Christmas and we are aiming to reuse and repurpose what we already have to decorate our house this year. Aarya, my daughter, and I made this Christmas tree from sustainably sourced silver birch logs and jute rope. Here are my notes about how we made it: I used 7 […]

Home Decor, Sustainability

Paper bag snowflake decorations

They say every snowflake is different, well my hand-made ones certainly are.⁣⁣If you are looking to add a bit of festive cheer to your home and, like me, you want to avoid all the plastic baubles and tinsel this year these are just the thing. All you need is some paper bags, glue and scissors.⁣⁣I […]

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

Black-Eyed Bean Curry / Chawli Chi Usal

Black-eyed beans (also called black-eyed peas or ‘chawli’, ‘chavli’ or ‘lobia’ in India) are a much-underrated legume. Known as ‘usal’ (pronounced ‘oo-sal’) in the region of India I come from, this dish gives me some mean cravings in autumn when the weather starts to get a bit chilly and damp in the UK. These pale […]

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

Pudina Poha Chiwda / Pudinyacha Chivda / Mint Flavoured Flattened Rice Snack / पातळ पोह्यांचा चिवडा

I don’t need a festival like Diwali to enjoy my delicious stash of ‘chivda’ or ‘chiwda’. I make it throughout the year whenever my stocks are low, mainly to satisfy my untimely but guilt-free snack hunger pangs. Also, I enjoy savoury breakfasts a tad more than sweet ones and this Maharashtrian chiwda ticks all my […]

Gluten-free, Indian, Indian desserts, Maharashtrian, Recipes, Regional, Vegetarian

Besan Ladoo / Besancha ladu / Besan laddoo / Sweet Gram Flour Balls

If there’s ever been a dessert that springs to mind when I hear someone say ‘melt-in-mouth’, then it’s besan ladoo. For me it’s rather evocative. The thought of it stirs emotions of holding the besan (gram flour) dough and moulding it, using the heat of your palms, until a neat round ball of ‘ladoo’ or […]