Curried Kabocha Squash Recipe Maharashtrian Bakar Bhaji

Do try this distinctive vegetarian, vegan and gluten free dish with the flavors of Maharashtra, India. A new Thai place opened in our town recently, so of course we had to go check it out, right? I ordered a curry dish which had kabocha squash in it. This was my introduction to this unique, nutty... Continue Reading →

Kerala Egg Roast

Kerala Egg Roast is an iconic dish with boiled eggs in a delectable onion and tomato based curry. #glutenfree .Easy step by step instructions. Serves 2

Air Fryer Green Chickpeas

Green Chickpeas-The new superfood snack with turmeric, crisp curry leaves and coconut oil and coconut chips! Crisp on the outside, soft and delicious on the inside!

Easy Spring Dinner

Delicious Indian dinner menu for spring, with streamlined recipes,  that are also healthier than take out! Spring really puts a spring in our step, doesn’t it? I especially enjoy the longer days but it is still cold here. So, a warm dinner with the flavors of spring, is perfect for this time of the year.... Continue Reading →

Maharashtrian Pithale

Pithale Bhaat is a 15-minute, gluten free, vegan meal! It is comfort food that is rich in protein and iron Pithale is the ultimate comfort food in the state of Maharashtra, India. The humble Pithale is liked equally across the farmlands and in the big cities of Maharashtra. Ask about Pithale bhakri (fresh flat bread... Continue Reading →

Mango Mastani

Nectarous, trendy dessert from Pune, India. Check out the easy recipe! The invigoration of spring never ceases to amaze me. The freshness of the crisp spring morning, the chirping of birds and the spring bulbs bravely pushing their way through  the still snow patched ground ...it all lift our spirits and puts a 'spring' in... Continue Reading →

Green Pepper Panchamrut- an heirloom recipe

As festival season approaches, sharing a popular side dish from Maharashtrian cuisine. A lip smacking , vegan, vegetarian, gluten free side dish that is popular in festival, wedding and puja thalis.

Indian and Indian Fusion Cooking in America

Panchamrut, with it’s perfect balance of five tastes, is a party for your taste buds! here is an easy recipe!

Green Pepper Panchamrut-A popular item in wedding, puja and festival thalis Green Pepper Panchamrut-A popular item in wedding, puja and festival thalis

The word Panchamrut is made up of panch meaning five and amrut meaning nectar. During holy ceremonies, there is a sweet Panchamrut offered to the Gods which is made up of milk, yogurt,honey, sugar and ghee. It is supposed to be very good for health, according to Ayurveda. As is the custom, the Panchamrut is then distributed among the devotees. However, I have never been a big fan of the sweet Panchamrut.

But come time for lunch after the religious ceremonies, I looked forward to the spicy Green Pepper Panchamrut in the traditional thali menu. It has the five tastes- sweet, sour, bitter, astringent and pungent and with the distinct taste and aroma of roasted sesame seeds and peanuts, it makes for one…

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