Category Archives: Kiddelicious

Recipes approved by my kids!

Gobhi Paratha (गोभी पराठा)

Stuffed Paratha (or Indian griddle bread – read here for more details) is something I keep in my arsenal (like my mother did and so many other mothers all over India do) for all sorts of occasions. It can be had for breakfast, or as a snack, be part of a meal or be the meal itself on a busy night. Last week, on one of those busy evenings, as I was driving home I knew i wanted to eat at home but had no idea what…

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Anytime veg/tofu noodles

It has been a long time since I posted anything and what a better time to get back than this mother’s day weekend. Lately I have been starting my day early and reaching home just before dinner time. On days like that, I usually fall back to some of my most reliable recipes that are quick yet satisfying. I usually have everything I need to make these simply stir fried veg noodles. And the big time saver is that i am not following a recipe from a cookbook so I can be…

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Spring cleaning: discovering new recipes

It has been good to put the focus on trying to use up the ingredients in my pantry and freezer. Since we are moving soon, it helps to have less groceries to carry even if it means just 2-3 less boxes to carry. The real joy has been to find and try new recipes using ingredients bought on impulse or for a specific recipe. Here are some of my favorite discoveries: Vegan pumpkin- chocolate bars Last fall, I bought one too many pumpkins when we visited Yakima valley…

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Veg tikki burgers inspired by ‘tikki chaat’

Tikkis (टिक्की ), the griddle fried spicy potato patties, served with spicy chickpeas and topped with a combination of yet spicier cilantro and tamarind chutneys,  are a popular street snack in North India.  You can read here for more details. Tikki wallahs (hawkers) carrying a variety of  savory/spicy snacks commonly referred to as ‘chaat’ can be easily spotted at every block on any shopping street in my hometown. Premade tikkis are stacked around the edges of the of a big round ‘tava’ (griddle) and fried to order (watch this small video to get…

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Wonton Samosa

I think of samosa as the king of all snacks (described here). In India, good samosas are available everywhere and trying to make it at home is not worth the effort. There are halwai shops (read here for a definition) everywhere that make good samosas and sell at a reasonable price. Usually each shops has a set time in the afternoon to make fresh samosas. Since most of the neighborhood knows this time, you can see people queuing up around that time to get the…

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The reaction from people of all ages who taste the appams for the first time is always the same – they find it delicious and they always assume that making it must be really complicated. I cant describe how surprised and pleased I was when Mummy introduced Appams to me several years ago in 2001 or 2002. I had eaten something similar in Bangalore but had no idea of how to make it. I was even more pleased to find out that Mummy had got…

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