Author: Vidhya

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When we say paneer, the recipes that immediately come to mind are paneer butter masala, paneer tikka and matar paneer. But how about a simple stirfry? Yes, you can make simple matar paneer stir fry too. Today I am going to share this quick and easy kid-friendly matar paneer stir fry that I made in…

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Kichadi is one of the famous and staple food of India. There are different types of kichadi, and every state of India has their signature kichadi recipe. Today, I am going to share the Vrindavan style Saatvik kichadi without any onion and garlic. Kichadi is also known as kitchari, khichuri, kichuri bhaat. This favorite Ayurvedic…

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The Garden of My Imaan by Farhana Zia is a beautiful book that centers around Aliya, a Muslim middle-grader living in post 9-11 America.  The 9-11 incident changed the lives of all Americans, especially the lives of Muslims living in America. What is it like to be an American Muslim, especially a teenager girl? Dealing with…

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Summer is here, and with summer break we always look for some coolants and ice-creams to beat the heat. Today I am going to share a special summer recipe that I am sure will make you all nostalgic. It is the paal ice as we say in Tamil, or the Milk Popsicle as we say…

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We moms always look for a well-balanced meal, especially for breakfast. This month, Toka Chef features a recipe for a food item that is filling, yummy, protein-rich and easy to make as well. Wondering what it is? It is the Avocado toast or the Avocado sandwich recipe! Avocados are one of the wonderful fruits of…

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Everyone loves and wants healthy and nourished skin. There are tons and tons of products with and without chemicals are out there on the market. But today I am going to get back to our roots and share a traditional homemade mix that we prepare in our household every year during the summer. Turmeric India is known…

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It’s time for the toka chef recipe, and today I am going to share a pasta dish but with a twist! Instead of regular tomato and pesto sauce, how about using carrots for the sauce? And that’s precisely what I am going to share today – a recipe for kid friendly carrot sauce pasta! In…

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There’s something magical about an Indian beach. Our Chennai trip is incomplete without a beach visit. We all know that Marina beach is one of the prominent places in Chennai. Marina beach the longest natural urban beach in the country and one of the world’s longest beach ranking with 1.[1] But there is one more…

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Why does it have to always be heart-shaped cookies, cakes or chocolates for Valentine’s Day?  How about presenting a traditional recipe with a simple tweak instead?  Here comes the kid-friendly heart shaped dal dhokli – the Feb month Toka chef recipe! I always call Dal Dhokli Indian wheat pasta simmered in yellow lentil sauce! Last…

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Try giving celery an Indian twist. Instead of raw celery with ranch, how about cooking it along with carrot and turning it into a yummy South Indian style dry curry aka as Poriyal? And that’s what I am going to share today – Celery Carrot Poriyal Celery and its benefits Celery is one vegetable that…

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These days we hear these complaints often from parents. The child is having a hard time getting their ideas on paper. The child’s handwriting is not clear, and it needs improvement. All these issues drill down to the Penmanship. It is the art and skill of writing by hand. It involves both cognitive and fine-motor…

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There is nothing called “Impossible”. And that’s what the book “Against All Odds” is about. It is the latest book by Ramendra Kumar published by Duckbill books. It is a tale of fun, football and of course friendship! The Plot Kartik is a simple fun loving boy who lives in a world of football. When…

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Here comes our first toka chef recipe of the year – Black Eyed Peas Vada / Fritters. These crispy fritters are prepared with cooked black-eyed peas, onion, cilantro, mild spices and with the hint of fennel seeds.  Do you know in the Southern United States, eating black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day is thought to…

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I can’t believe we already in the middle of the December and will be bidding farewell to 2017 soon. At the same time, it is the time of the year where we do the bests of 2017. Last week we shared the best board books of 2017, and now here we are with the top chapter…

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We all know pinecones and holiday season are inseparable. I bet pinecones are part of Christmas decoration in each and everyone’s house. But can you eat pinecones? Oh yeah, why not, if its edible? 🙂 That’s what I am going to share for this December month Toka Chef Recipe –  Edible Snowy Pinecones made with Nutella,…