Shami Kababs (Preparation Time: 2 hours and 30 minutes, Make 12-15 kababs)

Guest Blogger: Ammara F. Khan The other afternoon, at the play date, Ishita and I ended up discussing similarities in Indian and Pakistani cuisines. We figured that there are numerous dishes which are equally popular in both the countries.  Shami kababs turned out to be a common favorite!  Here is an easy recipe for tremendously…

Sabudana Vada (Serves: 3-4, Preparation Time: 30 minutes)

The 2012 fall-winter festivities have begun, both in the east and in the west…..Navratras, Durga Puja….Dusshera…Diwali…Christmas and, New Year’s Eve! All these festivals and celebrations are all about family, good food, music and of course NO DIETING!!!Sabudana Vada, whether as food while fasting, or as a snack, is superbly delicious. Since it is deep fried, it may…

Makhane Ki Kheer (Serves: Two, Preparation Time: 30 minutes)

In my growing up days, the variety of ‘fast’ special food used to get me super excited…lots of unusual sweets and savories…..munching continued all day long and  eventually culminated into some puja, for Janmashtami or Navratri. Otherwise fasting had no religious significance for me.  Funny enough, fasts and food are oxymoron but most North Indian actually celebrate…

Jeera Aaloo (Serves: 3-4, Preparation Time: 20 minutes)

Jeere Wale Aaloo are an integral part of  the ‘Vrat Ka Khana’ (‘fast’ special spread). These Aloo are simple and quick to make, and taste great! I have another fond memory of these Aaloo – the one with the train journeys……they taste oh! so delicious with poori and pickles. Though mom use to ensure that I…

Sabudana Khichdi (Serves: 2, Preparation Time : 15 minutes)

The arrival of Navratri sets off a happy-happy feeling inside me. Navratri means Diwali is approaching and the winters are around the corner too. It is all so festive – the shopping, the celebrations and the great food! Even fasting is a celebration. The special Navratri food has a charm that is unmatched. I am…