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  • Beetroot and me – we don’t gel quiet well. But recently DH took fascination for them. Much to my dismay, beetroot are his new-found love. When he cuts it into julienne for regular table salad, no doubt the long thin strips of beetroot looks devilishly appetizing. With a generous squeeze of fresh lemon all over it, which beautifully offset the sweetness of beetroot, and generous scattering of handful of crumbled feta, the salad was almost instant hit. But unfortunately for […]

    Vegetarian Borscht – Russian style beet root soup

    Beetroot and me – we don’t gel quiet well. But recently DH took fascination for them. Much to my dismay, beetroot are his new-found love. When he cuts it into julienne for regular table salad, no doubt the long thin strips of beetroot looks devilishly appetizing. With a generous squeeze of fresh lemon all over it, which beautifully offset the sweetness of beetroot, and generous scattering of handful of crumbled feta, the salad was almost instant hit. But unfortunately for […]

  • Let’s accept it. I never liked the green soups. Soups are not part of Indian diet but in my growing up years, my mom used to blend most of the vegetables in the blender, specially those on my hate list like spinach, spiced it up with Indian flavors and served us steaming hot on cold and rainy days . I was happy gulping down quickly as long as I don’t have to chew on the veggies. That was her way […]

    Creamy green pea and mint soup

    Let’s accept it. I never liked the green soups. Soups are not part of Indian diet but in my growing up years, my mom used to blend most of the vegetables in the blender, specially those on my hate list like spinach, spiced it up with Indian flavors and served us steaming hot on cold and rainy days . I was happy gulping down quickly as long as I don’t have to chew on the veggies. That was her way […]

  • Two years back when we moved to North Bangalore, I was charmed by the beauty of this man-made lake, so peaceful, calm and serene. The view from the flyover is really beautiful, specially during sunsets. As a budding photographer I was so enthusiasts to capture the landscape of Hebbal lake at sunset, but could not find a place to shoot, as it was surrounded by the filth, garbage and acts as a dumping ground for the construction works. The view […]

    A quiet morning @ Hebbal Lake, Bangalore

    Two years back when we moved to North Bangalore, I was charmed by the beauty of this man-made lake, so peaceful, calm and serene. The view from the flyover is really beautiful, specially during sunsets. As a budding photographer I was so enthusiasts to capture the landscape of Hebbal lake at sunset, but could not find a place to shoot, as it was surrounded by the filth, garbage and acts as a dumping ground for the construction works. The view […]

  • In one word, this red lentil soup is hearty, healthy, vegan and deliciously warm and comforting. Bangalore is getting some rains at last, not that it should be the news, given that rest of India is still under the spell of Monsoon, but clouds in Bangalore simply loomed over it, downcast the city for days and not a single drop to shed. This red lentil soup is perfect for such cold rainy days, enjoy it with crusted bread or crackers, […]

    Red lentil soup with carrot and red bell peppers

    In one word, this red lentil soup is hearty, healthy, vegan and deliciously warm and comforting. Bangalore is getting some rains at last, not that it should be the news, given that rest of India is still under the spell of Monsoon, but clouds in Bangalore simply loomed over it, downcast the city for days and not a single drop to shed. This red lentil soup is perfect for such cold rainy days, enjoy it with crusted bread or crackers, […]

  • The weather is cool, the air is crisp, leafs are turning gold, days are getting shorter .  An unmistakable scent of autumn is in air and you know it is that time of the year again. Time for celebration, harvest, autumn festivals and also a hot-pot of steaming soup simmering on the hearth for long hours, time to spend the chilly evenings with something hot,comfortable and warm. So starting from today we are going to blog about simple and easy, […]

    Creamy potato and corn soup

    The weather is cool, the air is crisp, leafs are turning gold, days are getting shorter .  An unmistakable scent of autumn is in air and you know it is that time of the year again. Time for celebration, harvest, autumn festivals and also a hot-pot of steaming soup simmering on the hearth for long hours, time to spend the chilly evenings with something hot,comfortable and warm. So starting from today we are going to blog about simple and easy, […]

  • Lal Bagh Flower Show 2014 Flower show return to Lal Bagh this year with astounding display of floral replica of Mysore Palace and the famed Dasara procession. We happened to visit there on 15th of August. Not an ideal to visit as the crowd was huge.  The footfalls at the show was beyond the expectations of the organiser and they had to close the main gate number of times. Maneuvering through the suffocating crowd and handling the camera at the […]

    Lal Bagh flower show August 2014 & Dastkar handicraft fair

    Lal Bagh Flower Show 2014 Flower show return to Lal Bagh this year with astounding display of floral replica of Mysore Palace and the famed Dasara procession. We happened to visit there on 15th of August. Not an ideal to visit as the crowd was huge.  The footfalls at the show was beyond the expectations of the organiser and they had to close the main gate number of times. Maneuvering through the suffocating crowd and handling the camera at the […]

  • Plantains and green bananas are deceptively similar, with special emphasize on the word “deceptively”. I tell you why? Eons ago on a bright summer day, me and my roommate decided to venture into our local vegetable market, both of us in our late teens, and it was very first time we actually went to the market all by ourselves to buy anything, without the guidance of our parents. Well, they said “do it right the first time” and so when […]

    Kancha kala’r khosha bata / plantain skin mash

    Plantains and green bananas are deceptively similar, with special emphasize on the word “deceptively”. I tell you why? Eons ago on a bright summer day, me and my roommate decided to venture into our local vegetable market, both of us in our late teens, and it was very first time we actually went to the market all by ourselves to buy anything, without the guidance of our parents. Well, they said “do it right the first time” and so when […]

  • “Life is like a roller-caster ride. It has its ups and downs. But its your choice to scream or enjoy the ride.” By some sane unknown person. And honestly speaking I did scream out all the time. I did not enjoy the ride. Last few months were terrible for me, reasons were too personal to share. But with all honesty I mean it was really terrible, terrible, terrible, terrible, terrible. Thats five times and I guess it was enough. So, this time I am […]

    Spicy Sin Hoi baby corn for Monsoon

    “Life is like a roller-caster ride. It has its ups and downs. But its your choice to scream or enjoy the ride.” By some sane unknown person. And honestly speaking I did scream out all the time. I did not enjoy the ride. Last few months were terrible for me, reasons were too personal to share. But with all honesty I mean it was really terrible, terrible, terrible, terrible, terrible. Thats five times and I guess it was enough. So, this time I am […]

  • Long before the world declares its undying love for Sriracha, the rooster sauce from California, the quiet dingy lanes in the tanneries of erstwhile Calcutta was silently cooking up pot of hot garlic sauce which in due course of time has transformed the regular chicken, prawns and pork dishes to taste extraordinaire. Though the heat was too much for the sweet loving babus of Kolkata but none the less it was able to make a lasting impression on the culinary […]

    Homemade hot chilli garlic sauce and forget your sriracha

    Long before the world declares its undying love for Sriracha, the rooster sauce from California, the quiet dingy lanes in the tanneries of erstwhile Calcutta was silently cooking up pot of hot garlic sauce which in due course of time has transformed the regular chicken, prawns and pork dishes to taste extraordinaire. Though the heat was too much for the sweet loving babus of Kolkata but none the less it was able to make a lasting impression on the culinary […]

  • A jungle odyssey can be an incredible experience. When you travel in the forest you must be sensitive and careful. You must respect the forest rules and take steps so as not to disturb the animals. Good jungle etiquette can help you to enjoy the rich fauna without a negative impact on the eco-tourism. Important travel tips are discussed in this primer. You must not get out of the vehicle to take photographs of the animals. You must take photographs […]

    Important Travel Tips For An Exhilarating And Memorable Jungle Experience

    A jungle odyssey can be an incredible experience. When you travel in the forest you must be sensitive and careful. You must respect the forest rules and take steps so as not to disturb the animals. Good jungle etiquette can help you to enjoy the rich fauna without a negative impact on the eco-tourism. Important travel tips are discussed in this primer. You must not get out of the vehicle to take photographs of the animals. You must take photographs […]

  • Cobbled streets, solitary neighborhood, beautiful patios adorned with flowers of multiple hues, colorful facades, cozy little sidewalk cafe with tables idly waiting all day long, streets humming with music of distant accordionist and you wish days just faded away while you lounge at the corner cafe, sipping the Parisienne coffee , life could not be more blissful. A glimpse of life from a quaint European town which could transform itself into a cozy Home Cafe nestled right on the shadowy […]

    Coffee date with Mr.Beans – Home Cafe- a restaurant review

    Cobbled streets, solitary neighborhood, beautiful patios adorned with flowers of multiple hues, colorful facades, cozy little sidewalk cafe with tables idly waiting all day long, streets humming with music of distant accordionist and you wish days just faded away while you lounge at the corner cafe, sipping the Parisienne coffee , life could not be more blissful. A glimpse of life from a quaint European town which could transform itself into a cozy Home Cafe nestled right on the shadowy […]

  • Garam masala – the most iconic spice blend from the land of culinary melting pot, India. It is amazing how the spices stirred up the forgotten memories that were seeped deep in astounding flavors, of a time when modernity was not able to cast its shadows on the culinary instincts, when each of the spices were carefully hand-picked from the spice merchants and hand pounded on the stone grinder with utmost precision. Making the perfect spice blend was the forte […]

    Bengali garam masala spice blend – for whom the flavors comes first

    Garam masala – the most iconic spice blend from the land of culinary melting pot, India. It is amazing how the spices stirred up the forgotten memories that were seeped deep in astounding flavors, of a time when modernity was not able to cast its shadows on the culinary instincts, when each of the spices were carefully hand-picked from the spice merchants and hand pounded on the stone grinder with utmost precision. Making the perfect spice blend was the forte […]

  • Much has been changed in last five years or so and Delhi has evolved as a global metropolis from a set of urban villages. The rajdhani enjoys a unique stature being on the focus of  political theatricals, social uprising, economic and commerce hub providing regional and international connections, artists hub, cultural mixed bag, a food lovers paradise, shopper’s dream destination and so on. But what sets apart Delhi from rest of the cities in India are the eclectic blend of high-end […]

    Make Delhi your home – The best places to stay in the capital

    Much has been changed in last five years or so and Delhi has evolved as a global metropolis from a set of urban villages. The rajdhani enjoys a unique stature being on the focus of  political theatricals, social uprising, economic and commerce hub providing regional and international connections, artists hub, cultural mixed bag, a food lovers paradise, shopper’s dream destination and so on. But what sets apart Delhi from rest of the cities in India are the eclectic blend of high-end […]

  • A Simple Life is its own Reward. Just like this simple baby portabella mushroom slider sandwich. The meaty portobellos are often regarded as alternative to steak burger, much to the delight of vegetarians. Both in taste and texture these baby bellas can make any carnivore hungry for more. I have tried so far just four or five variety of mushrooms like porcini, crimini, shitake and enoki, portobello remains my favourite for its sheer versatility. You can stuff them with anything […]

    Portabella mushroom and caramelized onion slider sandwich

    A Simple Life is its own Reward. Just like this simple baby portabella mushroom slider sandwich. The meaty portobellos are often regarded as alternative to steak burger, much to the delight of vegetarians. Both in taste and texture these baby bellas can make any carnivore hungry for more. I have tried so far just four or five variety of mushrooms like porcini, crimini, shitake and enoki, portobello remains my favourite for its sheer versatility. You can stuff them with anything […]

  • Guest blogger Reece Higgins documents some of the factors that contributes to obesity among children and teenagers. Food holds a central stage where every other product available in the market are laced by trans fat, hydrogenated oils, added sugar and high fructose corn syrup and other kind of preservatives and additives. Besides food other factors also play together to make it a complex situation. At the individual level, childhood obesity is the result of an imbalance between the calories a […]

    X Factors That Contribute To Obesity among School and College Students

    Guest blogger Reece Higgins documents some of the factors that contributes to obesity among children and teenagers. Food holds a central stage where every other product available in the market are laced by trans fat, hydrogenated oils, added sugar and high fructose corn syrup and other kind of preservatives and additives. Besides food other factors also play together to make it a complex situation. At the individual level, childhood obesity is the result of an imbalance between the calories a […]

  • Hello ! after a while… Today I am not in a mood to share anything sweet but yet I am sharing this  bowl of pineapple pudding, in remembrance of good times and to keep alive my faith and hopes.  When your life is in total mess nothing entertains you. I am currently passing through a very bad phase in my life, in my relationship. However the situation is worse, I always believe there exist a scope to rebuild it. A flicker of […]

    Saffron Pineapple halwa -remembrance of good times together

    Hello ! after a while… Today I am not in a mood to share anything sweet but yet I am sharing this  bowl of pineapple pudding, in remembrance of good times and to keep alive my faith and hopes.  When your life is in total mess nothing entertains you. I am currently passing through a very bad phase in my life, in my relationship. However the situation is worse, I always believe there exist a scope to rebuild it. A flicker of […]

  • Happy Sankranti to all my readers. Gur er naru / coconut and jaggery confection balls for Sankranti : In last few days we were busy transferring our site to a different server. Hence could not post any new recipes. Gur’er naru or coconut jaggery sweet balls is one amazingly simple Indian confection that you can make at home in no time. Paper boats. Colorful toffee wrappers. Orange shaped lozenges. Narkel’er naru. Childhood memories. Precious moments resplendent with innocence, joy and […]

    Gur’er naru / Coconut and jaggery sweet confection balls

    Happy Sankranti to all my readers. Gur er naru / coconut and jaggery confection balls for Sankranti : In last few days we were busy transferring our site to a different server. Hence could not post any new recipes. Gur’er naru or coconut jaggery sweet balls is one amazingly simple Indian confection that you can make at home in no time. Paper boats. Colorful toffee wrappers. Orange shaped lozenges. Narkel’er naru. Childhood memories. Precious moments resplendent with innocence, joy and […]

  • Creamy scrambled eggs with chives and topped with some toasted grasshopper ! How does it sound ? Appetizing ?  Eww…insect diet ? Dont panic. I don’t eat insects nor do I have any inclination to become an entomophagist (one who eat insects as food) in the future. Even if that means saving the last crumbs of my bread. However, it may arrive as an alternate diet for humans in near future, as per UN reports. Few days back I was […]

    Creamy scrambled eggs with chives and an insect diet ?

    Creamy scrambled eggs with chives and topped with some toasted grasshopper ! How does it sound ? Appetizing ?  Eww…insect diet ? Dont panic. I don’t eat insects nor do I have any inclination to become an entomophagist (one who eat insects as food) in the future. Even if that means saving the last crumbs of my bread. However, it may arrive as an alternate diet for humans in near future, as per UN reports. Few days back I was […]

  • Mishti aloo r pantua / Sweet potato gulab jamun for Sankranti : I cook lots of sweets now a days (read post-marriage addiction). So when Sankranti festival is near how can I celebrate it without any sweets to adorn my table. To celebrate the occasion here we present – sweet potato jamuns or mishti aloo’r pantua as it is lovingly known in Bengal. This sweet potato jamuns were on my long list of “things to do”. I was always daunted […]

    Mishti aloo’r pantua / sweet potato gulab jamun – Sankranti recipes

    Mishti aloo r pantua / Sweet potato gulab jamun for Sankranti : I cook lots of sweets now a days (read post-marriage addiction). So when Sankranti festival is near how can I celebrate it without any sweets to adorn my table. To celebrate the occasion here we present – sweet potato jamuns or mishti aloo’r pantua as it is lovingly known in Bengal. This sweet potato jamuns were on my long list of “things to do”. I was always daunted […]

  • Happy New Year 2014 ! This recipe has appeared in Huffpost India Ringing in the new year with this simple yet flavorful and tasteful Indian breakfast – Pohe or poha as it is popularly known in India. Poha or pohe  is flattened rice or beaten rice,  de-husked rice and flattened into dry flakes. A convenient food, a travel snacks that will keep fresh for days and poor man’s staple when eaten just with plain water, curd or jaggery. It has […]

    Indori poha / Flattened rice – Indian breakfast

    Happy New Year 2014 ! This recipe has appeared in Huffpost India Ringing in the new year with this simple yet flavorful and tasteful Indian breakfast – Pohe or poha as it is popularly known in India. Poha or pohe  is flattened rice or beaten rice,  de-husked rice and flattened into dry flakes. A convenient food, a travel snacks that will keep fresh for days and poor man’s staple when eaten just with plain water, curd or jaggery. It has […]

  • We are concluding the year on a sweet note. Next year will return with more delicious recipes. No self – introspection and retrospection for the year that is going to be history soon. Sometimes it is better to look forward only.  Do not forget to check our Christmas roundup on our Facebook page. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2014 !  Seasonal cleaning always unearthed some hidden forgotten secret things from my closet, like this decades old recipe diary written […]

    Apple cinnamon tea cake with brown sugar crumb topping

    We are concluding the year on a sweet note. Next year will return with more delicious recipes. No self – introspection and retrospection for the year that is going to be history soon. Sometimes it is better to look forward only.  Do not forget to check our Christmas roundup on our Facebook page. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2014 !  Seasonal cleaning always unearthed some hidden forgotten secret things from my closet, like this decades old recipe diary written […]

  • I need something sweet today that can be made easily without fretting too much, like this rawa kesari, to expel the unpleasant thoughts from my mind. After wasting my time for full 40 minutes glued before the idiot box and watching an awful food show, I seriously need something sweet to eat today. In anticipation that it will save my day and will make me feel better.  Anyway, it is a bad idea to start a blog post in terrible […]

    Rava kesari / Semolina / sooji ka halwa and tale of confused Indian gastronome

    I need something sweet today that can be made easily without fretting too much, like this rawa kesari, to expel the unpleasant thoughts from my mind. After wasting my time for full 40 minutes glued before the idiot box and watching an awful food show, I seriously need something sweet to eat today. In anticipation that it will save my day and will make me feel better.  Anyway, it is a bad idea to start a blog post in terrible […]

  • ” Soup is cuisine’s kindest course, it breathes reassurance,  dispels the distressing effect of cold winter days, it warms up your soul and fills your heart with hope. It comforts you, uplifts your mood and recharge you to face the life once again.”  These past two weeks have been really difficult for me,  filled with lots of pain and agony that life has suddenly decided to bless me with. Every problems and difficulties does not have solutions, you have to […]

    16 bean soup with smoked chorizo – a warm and hearty winter meal

    ” Soup is cuisine’s kindest course, it breathes reassurance,  dispels the distressing effect of cold winter days, it warms up your soul and fills your heart with hope. It comforts you, uplifts your mood and recharge you to face the life once again.”  These past two weeks have been really difficult for me,  filled with lots of pain and agony that life has suddenly decided to bless me with. Every problems and difficulties does not have solutions, you have to […]

  • To all my lovely readers, thanks for being patient and I acknowledge that I have been missing in action for two weeks. So this week we brought you our family special chicken curry, the regular one, without any frills attached, very simple, basic and yet heart warming chicken curry. Of late I was busy with the interior of my new home. It is more of renovating and redesigning and accompanying the new things in our house. Most of the home […]

    Sunday chicken curry Bengali style

    To all my lovely readers, thanks for being patient and I acknowledge that I have been missing in action for two weeks. So this week we brought you our family special chicken curry, the regular one, without any frills attached, very simple, basic and yet heart warming chicken curry. Of late I was busy with the interior of my new home. It is more of renovating and redesigning and accompanying the new things in our house. Most of the home […]

  • “Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.” ― George Eliot Between summer and winter, there is  fall, a transitional phase when each leaves of the tree turns into golden, yellow and red before shedding themselves, paints the landscape in riots of color, before embracing harsh and cold winter nights in their bare branches . We are expected to be sad because soon the […]

    Fall in the dreamy Smoky mountains

    “Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.” ― George Eliot Between summer and winter, there is  fall, a transitional phase when each leaves of the tree turns into golden, yellow and red before shedding themselves, paints the landscape in riots of color, before embracing harsh and cold winter nights in their bare branches . We are expected to be sad because soon the […]

  • Hope you all had lovely Diwali holidays. As I was re organizing my book shelves,  I have come acrossed few old cookery books purchased by my mother, yellowed pages, dog-eared and notes written on them with pencil. These envelop size cookbooks are written by none other than Tarla Dalal, the recipe queen of India who has created some 17000 odd recipes that never failed in the kitchen. She might not reinvented the Indian cuisine or brought some new ideas to […]

    Shahi dum aloo – a winter delight

    Hope you all had lovely Diwali holidays. As I was re organizing my book shelves,  I have come acrossed few old cookery books purchased by my mother, yellowed pages, dog-eared and notes written on them with pencil. These envelop size cookbooks are written by none other than Tarla Dalal, the recipe queen of India who has created some 17000 odd recipes that never failed in the kitchen. She might not reinvented the Indian cuisine or brought some new ideas to […]

  • Saffronstreaks wishes Happy & Prosperous Diwali to all, may you have safe, glowing and beautiful year ahead ! All I have this Diwali is a box full of Agre ka Angoori petha / crystallized white pumpkins or candy and a delightful book on history of sweet inventions or dessert by Michael Krondl  as you would love to frame it. This post is not about the book review or a new recipe to cherish this Diwali, it’s all about tracing our roots back […]

    Sacred fudge, an ode to Indian mithais and Diwali celebration

    Saffronstreaks wishes Happy & Prosperous Diwali to all, may you have safe, glowing and beautiful year ahead ! All I have this Diwali is a box full of Agre ka Angoori petha / crystallized white pumpkins or candy and a delightful book on history of sweet inventions or dessert by Michael Krondl  as you would love to frame it. This post is not about the book review or a new recipe to cherish this Diwali, it’s all about tracing our roots back […]

  • This season is perhaps the most colorful of all, specially if you stays in US and Europe.  Even in India, it is the festive time. Colorful vistas, hues of rich and vibrant color presents an enchanted visuals and to make it more sweeter and warmer, there is orange, red and green pumpkin and squash to make the holiday season more beautiful and enjoyable. My first brush with pumpkin as sweet dessert happened few years back when I was watching a […]

    Thinking pumpkin – bread, pies and spice recipe, Halloween roundup

    This season is perhaps the most colorful of all, specially if you stays in US and Europe.  Even in India, it is the festive time. Colorful vistas, hues of rich and vibrant color presents an enchanted visuals and to make it more sweeter and warmer, there is orange, red and green pumpkin and squash to make the holiday season more beautiful and enjoyable. My first brush with pumpkin as sweet dessert happened few years back when I was watching a […]

  • What does a foodie want ? EAT and then RepEAT. Dont you think it should be hassle free. Just as smooth as silk …en tofu ! Well, some love to cook too, like me, hence this blog. For a foodie, eating out is not a necessity but a  passion to try out different cuisines, to explore different flavours, seeks new food experiences. But traffic jam, booking a table, honoring the reservation, and in between many things spoil the day. If […]

    Foodpanda review – online food ordering services in India

    What does a foodie want ? EAT and then RepEAT. Dont you think it should be hassle free. Just as smooth as silk …en tofu ! Well, some love to cook too, like me, hence this blog. For a foodie, eating out is not a necessity but a  passion to try out different cuisines, to explore different flavours, seeks new food experiences. But traffic jam, booking a table, honoring the reservation, and in between many things spoil the day. If […]

  • Subho bijoya and Happy Vijaydashmi to all my readers !  Like other Indian festivals, many stories surrounds this festival too. Dusshera is special one , as it celebrates triumph of good over evil …truth alone prevails…and it profess the importance of defeating evil in our lives.  I am not a religious person, but I love the essence of this festival. Tradition or no tradition, sweets are essential part of this festival. A sweet laden send off to Ma Durga who […]

    Celebrating dusshera with kaju barfi malai

    Subho bijoya and Happy Vijaydashmi to all my readers !  Like other Indian festivals, many stories surrounds this festival too. Dusshera is special one , as it celebrates triumph of good over evil …truth alone prevails…and it profess the importance of defeating evil in our lives.  I am not a religious person, but I love the essence of this festival. Tradition or no tradition, sweets are essential part of this festival. A sweet laden send off to Ma Durga who […]