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Matar Paneer – Peas & Paneer Curry

Matar Paneer – Peas & Paneer Curry

I am big fan of meals that are fuss free, requires minimal prep and can be prepared under 30 minutes. One such easy and delicious meal is this Matar Paneer. I can whip up this curry easily, even on a weeknight. Matar Paneer is super […]

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Veggie Quesadillas

Veggie Quesadillas

I am a true blue Indian at heart. My heart always longs for a delicious home cooked Indian meal. I crave for chole bhature, pav bhaji, sev puri, bhel puri, vada pav and the list goes on and on. After coming to US, and experimenting with […]

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Kale Dal

Kale Dal

  Since last 15-20 days, the husband and I have been consciously trying to eat clean and healthy. Of course, we have our cheat days, but overall our meals consists of salads, fruit bowls, smoothies or vegetable juices. Today was one of those days that just […]

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Paneer Bhurji – Scrambled Cottage Cheese

Paneer Bhurji – Scrambled Cottage Cheese

  Who doesn’t love Paneer? If you are from India, especially from the Northern and Western part of India, you know how ubiquitous Paneer is to our meals. Curries made from Paneer were a treat for us. Paneer Butter Masala or Paneer Tikka Masala was my favorite […]

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Roasted Veggies

Roasted Veggies

Last month Mom and Dadi (grandmother) visited us. We had a great time with them, and long story short, they fed us so much!! We ate till our hearts were full and also gained a few pounds. Now that they are gone, we need to get back […]

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Veg Frankie – Vegetable Wraps

Veg Frankie – Vegetable Wraps

Veg Frankie, as it is famous in India, is a vegetable wrap and is also similar to one more Indian specialty called Kathi Roll. “Frankies” are wraps with different fillings available on the streets of Mumbai. They are the perfect on-the-go meals for the busy […]

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Momos Chutney – Spicy Red Chutney

Momos Chutney – Spicy Red Chutney

Momos are a steamed dumpling made out of a white flour dough filled with a vegetables or meat stuffing. These momos are served with a chutney that is spicy and tangy. The momos taste best when served with this chutney. Ingredients: 15 – 20 dried […]

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Vegetable Momos

Vegetable Momos

Momos, a steamed bun with various kinds of fillings, originally from Tibet, is now widely enjoyed all over the world. It is a dumpling where the outer covering is made out of white flour and filled with vegetables and meat. It is one of the […]

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Vaati Dal na Khaman

Vaati Dal na Khaman

If  you belong to Gujarat, you know that “khaman-dhokla” is not a thing, its only either “khaman” or “dhokla”. We love our khamans and our dhoklas very much, but vaati dal na khaman is the most that I devour every single time with little sev (chickpea […]

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Chocolate Truffles

Chocolate Truffles

Last year we went on a road trip t New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada and Utah. It was the trip of a lifetime! We enjoyed so much and drove about 4000 miles. During this trip, we went to Santa Fe, in New Mexico. One day for breakfast, […]

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My Diary

Hello Y’all!

Hello Y’all!

Hello Y’all,

“There is no love sincerer than the love of food”
-G. B. Shaw
             There is a famous quote in India ” Surat nu jaman ne Kashi nu maran” . It means that the food is so famous in Surat that a person should first eat in Surat and then go to Kashi (Varanasi, India) for his eternal rest. I come from the very same land of “Surat” where people live for food. My name is Zarna and I have changed my base from the land of Food to the land of Dreams, USA. Living with my Husband Mr. H , I am now more inclined to cooking than eating but mind you my taste buds are as active as before. During my teen and adult years I remember going to the different cafes, the restaurants and the famous laaris and food joints in my hometown and enjoying all the delectable food with my friends and cousins. That was my very first interaction with food. I fell in love with it and became more and more inquisitive about the four alphabet word FOOD.
             Once I graduated I had enough time to put my interests in the art of cooking. Even though I did not cook as much when I was single, my initial (and rare) attempts at Mexican and Italian dishes were highly appreciated by the family and friends(though I still doubt whether the appreciation was genuine or just out of sheer love for me). I experimented with different delicacies and fed my cousins and friends. Now being in USA , whenever I find an opportunity, I make sure that Mr. H and I thoroughly satisfy our taste buds. My style of cooking now is not very elegant or systematic, its more of a home style cooking where in I just throw in the ingredients and go with the flow with no sense of measurements. Although, I always try to venture around and try to make something I never have before and try all kinds of cuisine, but my heart still longs for some spicy sweet gujju home cooked food, be it khaman dkhoklas, sev khamani, patras or handvo.
            The food that I made were praised by my guinea pig and our friends and family, so the idea of this blog came from there. Jotting down whatever I cook in the kitchen is a good start to gather my thoughts and do something that I really love. On this blog, I hope to have a mix of all dishes from all different cuisines, some easy peasy recipes that you can just throw in a jiffy after a long day at work. My cooking style is not perfect, I tend to do a lot of home style cooking, which is what I prefer to eat for every meal. My food photos are also not professional, I am just a beginner and am still learning. I do hope to improve in my cooking skills, my photography skills and food styling skills through this blog.
Hope you guys enjoy reading this space and keeping coming back for more recipes !!

 

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