Lunch Box, Quick N Easy, Recipes

Toka Chef Recipe – One Recipe, Four Ways

pav bhaji

Cooking is a versatile art. If nurtured from childhood, every child can be an excellent chef. Our Toka Chef recipe every month targets this nurturing life skill.  The recipe pick this month is all about how to prep vegetables, plan your meal and creatively serve one dish in multiple ways. You can check out April’s Toka Box book pick and craft



Quick & Easy Aloo Bhaji


The weekend always calls for delicious breakfast with the family. We usually prefer scrumptious brunch and over the weekend and puri being our family favorite will be there for sure. If you ask me, I would say Puri and Aloo Bhaji is a combo made in heaven. 🙂 I usually prepare the potato bhaji in


Diabetic Friendly Recipes, Recipes

Yellow Moong Dal Dosa | Diabetic Friendly Recipes

Moong Dal Dosa

Diabetic Friendly Recipes I am back with the diabetic friendly recipes. I know it’s been more than three months since the last recipe, but from now you will find the recipes regularly. So today’s recipe is a simple day-to-day quintessential recipe from South India – Dosa, but not the regular rice and urad dal dosa, but moong


Festival Recipes, Recipes

Holi Special Recipe to Cook with your Kids – Baked Mawa Gujiya


Cooking with kids is always fun. We discussed this in our science says post. It’s a great family activity, and in fact, science encourages us to let our children cook along with us. As per the researchers at the University of Alberta, the easiest way to get kids to eat healthy food is to give


Festival Recipes, Quick N Easy, Recipes

Microwave Poha Badam Kheer | Flattened Rice and Almonds Kheer


How about a traditional sweet for this Valentine’s day instead of cakes and cookies? When the celebrations fall on a weekday, it’s quite difficult to prepare elaborate meals and desserts. So I always look out for easy ways to make our family favorite. Today I am going share Poha Kheer made in the microwave with


Diabetic Friendly Recipes, Quick N Easy, Recipes, Snack, Sneaking Vegetables

Waffles Dosa | Millet Recipes


Waffles dosa is a no secret recipe. It’s same old millet dosa batter with few veggies. Instead of preparing the dosa in the regular tawa, I prepared the dosa using the waffle maker and tada, waffle dosa is ready. All we want is the kids to sit and eat a healthy and a proper meal.



“Shan”dar Nihari


It has been cold, wet and rainy here in San Francisco. Sun makes an appearance to cheer us up but more or less it has not been the weather that California is known for. It means lots of tea, khichadi, and rich stews to keep warm and drive the brr’s away. But after dal-chawal and


After school snack, Festival Recipes, Food, Quick N Easy, Recipes

Festive Special Foxtail Millets Laddu | Thinai Laddu


Don’t we all love laddus? Earlier in October, I posted Rava Laddu and now it’s time for Millet laddu. I prepared this laddu using the foxtail millet popularly known as Thinai in Tamil and Kangni in Hindi. It is the second-most widely planted species of millet. (The first one is pearl millet or Kambu/Bajra). It


Festival Recipes, Recipes

Party & Potluck Special – Bombay Biryani | Vegetarian Version


The holiday season is in the air. Holiday seasons always calls for potlucks and parties which of course means yummy food. Today I am going to share the vegetarian version of one of the signature recipes from India – Biryani specifically Bombay Biryani which is a perfect party pleaser. The history of biryani root backs


Festival Recipes, Recipes

Eggless Carrot Oatmeal Cookies


Holiday season always calls for baking. Last month, I posted simple 1 minute microwave eggless cookie. This time I am going to post a traditional conventional oven baked cookies. Gingerbread cookies and christmas are inseparable. Like many other Christmas traditions, the origin of this classic christmas cookie lies ages ago. These  Christmas cookies are heavily


Cooking, Recipes

Start Baking – Recipes for Fall


“Real Food doesn’t “have” Ingredients. Real Food is Ingredients” —  Jamie Oliver. Baking is incredible.  It  is a great activity for bonding and it is easy to get kids to help you in the kitchen when yummy treats are involved. Try these autumn- inspired recipes and bake cakes,cookies and muffins. These are the perfect ways to celebrate


Quick N Easy, Recipes

Quick and Easy Fried Fish with Shan Spice Blend | Taste Happiness


This past weekend, my husband was coming home from a work trip. He was gone for 2 weeks. The kids had driven me crazy and if you ask them they would probably say the same about me. With my husband’s return, there was light at the end of the tunnel. I made plans next day


After school snack, Quick N Easy, Recipes, Snack

Eggless 1 Minute Microwave Cookies


It’s the holiday season and holiday season calls for baking. Before getting into some traditional baking for this season, how about some simple microwave ones? Here comes the Eggless 1 minute Microwave cookies. This is a simple eggless soft chewy cookie that can be whipped up within 5 minutes.  You can prepare fresh cookies everyday with different


Festival Recipes, Quick N Easy, Recipes

Qubani ka Meetha | Khubani Ka Meetha


Diwali the festival of lights is right around the corner and this time it’s just before the Halloween. We have been posting Diwali books and our craft this time was around Diwali too. I already posted Rava ladoo but wanted to post one more sweet delicacy that goes with both Diwali and Halloween. I love


After school snack, Festival Recipes, Food, Recipes

Festive Season Special | Choco Rava Laddu


The month of october is full of festivals this time. Navratri is already here and then Diwali and then of course Halloween. The holiday season mood is in the air. To celebrate this holiday season, we are presenting a simple yet yummylicious sweet recipe – the choco rava laddu.  Rava laddu is one among the traditional