Spice Kits

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  1. My pen pal of several years who lives in India sent your link to me. During the past weekend made Dum Aloo and Dahi Murghi. Old habits of meat and potatoes are difficult to break! I have been eating and preparing Indian food for years. I haven’t tried the chicken and the riata but I will. I wish you great luck with your endeavor. An aside, once made the garam masala holds well in a dark cool place. For grinding I tried the Cuisinart coffee grinder. The motor would turn off so I replaced it with another. When I had the same problem with the second one I decided to try the Mr. Coffee coffee grinder and it has held up with multiple uses grinding my spices. I love the aroma the mixture of spices gives my pantry. Although, I made Chat Masala but did not care for the taste or aroma of the black salt. It maybe it is an acquired taste. As I have had many different foods I have not come across this taste or aroma. Fortunately a family in town was gifted a lot of Chat masala in a large jar!


    1. Hello Susan,
      I am glad to hear from an accomplished cook like you!
      Thank you for your good wishes.I also use a coffee grinder for making masalas.Your comment about chat masala is so funny!
      I hope you enjoy the Tandoori chicken and Onion Raita !

  2. Hi Sandhya,

    Lovely blog! Thanks for sharing your recipes. I am so excited about trying out some of these. The Pav Bhaji platter is a very innovative idea.


  3. Really nice and mouth watering recepies.
    They are healthy and tasty!!!
    Sandhya I have relished food cooked by your mother and still cant forget the unbeatable taste of it!
    I observe the same passion and depth in your cooking!!
    keep cookingggg!!!!

    1. Sanju,
      I am so touched by your kind words. Being compared to Aai is my highest honor!
      Thank you so much!

  4. Sandhya,
    I tried chicken burger last week. It turned out to be very delicious .thank u so much and keep on sharing yummy receipes.

    1. Shilpa,
      Thank you so much for your feedback! I am so happy that you liked these delicious burgers as much as I did!

  5. OMG. That might make one serving for me. I love fish curry. Is harvesting the tamarind pulp as easy as soaking and squeezing it out? I’ve never done it. And can I buy tamarinds anywhere? I’ve never looked for them so I’m not sure.

    1. I love fish curry too! For the tamarind pulp, I just soak the dried pods in warm water for about 10 minutes or so and yes you can just squeeze out the pulp. I buy my tamarind at the Indian grocery store. It comes in a pressed little brick which I store in a container at room temperature for months. The outer dried skin of the pod is generally removed but may sometimes have some seeds in it. So when I squeeze out the pulp, I just throw those out. Tamarind is also available in many Asian stores.
      I hope you like the curry as much as I do and thank you for following my blog

  6. I’m usually not the biggest fan of French toast, but this sounds fantastic! Love the idea of making it a savory dish filled with veggies and cheese. I’ll have to try this sometime! πŸ™‚

  7. French toast and corn my all time favorites. Thank you for putting them together. awesome recipe. And thank you for stopping by my blog. Do keep visiting πŸ™‚

  8. Made this recipe this evening… it came out great!!! The squash cooks right in the pot, so no extra roasting was needed. Went well with some nice bread on the side, and was perfect for a chilly evening.

  9. What a nice presentation of the salad. I really love the colour combinations and the photo looks great too. Thanks so much for sharing!

    1. Thank you so much for your kind comment and also for following my blog!
      Do visit again soon:)

  10. Interesting blog you have there. The recipes are simple and yummy. I am also new ti blogging and would love if you could stop by my blog. Thanks.

    1. Thank you Mira. I strive to keep the recipes simple so they are not overwhelming for anyone, try to generally keep them healthy ,all without compromising the taste. I love food so would not compromise on taste:)
      Loved your blog! Great photos by your son too!
      Lets keep visiting each other!

    1. Thanks Jayeeta. It is so nice to meet you too! I look forward to knowing more about your Bengali specialties too.

  11. Samosas are my favorite too and this one looks easy! Tonight’s menu is samosas and rice bowl with potato curry! Thanks Sandhya..:)

    1. Ooh Ashwini! Fiesta at your house tonight for sure! Let me know how you like both the recipes!
      Happy Friday!

  12. Just tried this recipe. It came out really well. Quick and tasty! I used panch phodan as I didn’t have methi seeds. I had two bowls. πŸ™‚

  13. This is such an awesome post! Iove that you make the samosas from tortillas – so much easier than making the dough. I also love your photo directions! Wonderful for us newbies! Thanks for enlightening us today at FF! πŸ˜€

    1. Julianna,
      Thank you so much for your kind words! I am so thrilled to hear from you! I am new to FF – I posted for the first time and could not see my post on FF, so was worried that I had not done something right.
      So happy to meet and mingle with wonderful and talented people like you! Thanks again!

  14. Thanks for the follow. This is a great fusion of flavours – S.A. meets the subcontinent. I look forward to reading more of your recipes.

  15. Hilda, Thank you so much for your kind words and for following my blog too. I am learning so much from your blog. I love the taste of coconut oil and cannot wait to make the coconut lime Jerusalem artichoke chips- all my favorite flavors together. I am drooling looking at them. Thanks for posting the recipe.

  16. Thank you so much for your kind words, Linda! My mom came up with the excellent idea of using tortillas to create samosas and I am so thankful to her for this and so much more!
    Have a great week!

  17. We are so pleased you came to join us at Fiesta Friday and brought these all-time favourites with an interesting twist. I never thought of using tortillas instead of pastry, but love this idea, and your photos. I hope you enjoy the party.

    1. Thank you so much Hilda for your encouraging words and for including me in this Fun Fiesta Friday! I am really enjoying the party-mingling and learning so much from the incredibly talented group including you!
      Have a great week!

  18. I have dreamed about food on occasion… even created a new recipe that was really quite good when I made it the next day. I am hungry just looking at the picture and reading your description. sue

    1. Thank you Sue! I am happy to know that there are other dreamers like me who dream about food! You are so talented to take it further and create a new recipe.
      Thank you so much for your kind words about my pictures and description of the Kheema Calzone.

  19. Happy Diwali! We are receiving so many delicious Diwali recipes this week at Fiesta Friday, I think I am going to have to have a Diwali party myself. I remember celebrating this festival when I lived in Delhi, and all these recipes bring back some very fond memories. I am very happy at the thought of recreating these delicacies here in another remote corner of the world. Many thanks for bringing these along to the party.

    1. Thank you Anjana! Yes Besan ladus are a favorite! I love how their scent fills the air.Ate too many already:)

  20. Hi Hilda!
    Happy Diwali to you too! You also lived in Pune? That is where I am from. You have a fantastic blog. I love Goan recipes and your fish recipes have me drooling.
    Thank you for hosting the Fiesta Friday again. I really enjoy the party!

    1. Hi Mira,
      Somehow I have missed seeing that movie. Now after reading your comment, I am doubly excited to see it!
      So nice to hear from you. Lets keep in touch and visit each other!

      1. You have to watch that movie. That was the instant thought that came to my mind after going through your post.
        Great going!

      2. Mira,
        Now I am really curious! I have to watch the movie. Will let you know after I see it:)

  21. They look absolutely lovely! We are making similar looking biscuits around Christmas, but with completely different ingredients – funny world πŸ˜‰
    Happy Diwali!

  22. Thanks Ginger. Thank you for following my blog too. I love seeing how similarly we all celebrate the different holidays too!
    Lets keep on visiting each other!

    1. Dear Mira,
      Thank you so much! It is so nice to be appreciated. I feel so inspired and encouraged by this nomination!
      Thank you for thinking of me and nominating me.

  23. Sandhya, this a great recipe – very easy to make. I made the ghee in the microwave too, so I used a single bowl… less cleanup!

    1. Thanks Pradnya. I am glad you liked the recipe. I saw the picture of your ladus and they look fantastic!
      Making the ghee in the microwave is a good idea too but my experience with microwaves is that it works great in some and in others it splatters so much that the microwave clean up becomes a pain. Also to strain the ghee we need to transfer it to another bowl.
      But I am so glad it worked for you!
      Happy Diwali!

    1. Happy Diwali to you too! Thank you for your sweet words. I wish I could stay away from those ladus saying they are cute:)
      I am so happy to see you at Fiesta Friday too! I loved the Tawa Bhendi fry. Will definitely make it soon and want to check out Su’s Manglorean curry too,

    1. Thank you so much, Indah! I love your blog. Your photos are breath takingly beautiful and I love the stories they tell.
      Love, Sandhya

  24. i was just scrolling down the new updated posts on my reader and i stumble upon this! wow, what a pleasant surprise sandhya! thank you so much for nominating me! you’re so sweet πŸ˜€

    1. Thank you so much Kristin! I am so impressed by your weight training routine! You have an awesome blog! Thanks for sharing

  25. Dear Sandhya, This is such a wonderful nomination to receive!! I am so excited for you!!!! Let’s try and get together for coffee or a walk so you can tell me all about this fantastic award!! I loved your comments about yourself as well as your list of questions you wrote. You must be on cloud 11!!! Congratulations my dear friend. I know cooking is a labor of love for you! ttys, ~Lisa

    Sent from my iPad


  26. Dear Lisa,
    Thank you so much for all your kind words .You,my dear friend have always supported and encouraged me and I truly appreciate that. I am looking forward to our coffee and chat.

  27. Wow, love these laddos, I remember eating them as a kid. Your microwave short-cuts are a great idea, I’ll have to try making these at home, but I’m afraid I might not share them with anyone :). Happy Diwali!

      1. Happy Diwali, Loretta! You will love these easy to make microwave laddoos that also use less ghee.
        Laddoo besan is just a coarser ground besan. Mixing the two textures of besan gives it a nice grainy texture rather than the laddoos that stick to the roof of the mouth:)
        Do let me know when you make them!

    1. Thank you so much Hilda! It is fun to try something new, right? Your quince paste with cheddar cheese sounds absolutely yummy. what a perfect combination!
      Hope that you are having a great week!

    1. Thank you Mira! We liked them a lot because my husband and I like rose essence and gulkand very much.

  28. Thank you so much Sandhya – and congratulations to your own nomination!
    I’ll get my thinking hat on and my apron, just give me a couple of days …

    1. Thank you so much for your kind words, Liz. Your gorgeous baked breads have me drooling every time!

    1. Thank you so much Mara! I could relate to your post about books collecting dust on the night stand….and I don’t even have a baby now. My children are grown up but I am still so busy….which is all good…and like you said the books will get read. I read mine when I travel too.

    1. Thank you Loretta. I love lassi and we enjoyed this one too. I don’t have a fancy camera, I use my Olympus SP 600UZ
      Have a great weekend!

      1. Loretta, yes it is an old digital camera but I like it and am used to it.Thank you so much for the compliments.

  29. I am just about to ask the same thing about the camera. πŸ˜€ Loretta is right, the photo is amazing. This lassi sounds refreshing as well and full of amazing flavors. Thanks for sharing and have a lovely weekend. πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you so much Jhuls! That is such a huge compliment coming from you and Loretta. You both have amazing food, recipes and pictures. I am a newbie at taking pictures but have always loved photography.
      We loved the Pumpkin Ginger lassi and is going to be a regular drink ar our house for sure. I love the black and white twisted cookies you posted and also the deeper meaning in life you wrote about. Bravo to you for overcoming hardships and becoming the amazing person you are. You are so right, life does not always give us what we want. We all have to keep faith and keep moving forward.

    1. Thank you so much Mira! Hmm…pumpkin halwa sounds luscious….but am trying to retrain myself after feasting during Diwlai:)
      Have a great weekend!

  30. Wow, I think that is the most beautiful salad I have ever seen, love all the vibrant colours, I can only imagine how delicious it must be -yum!

    1. Thank you Liz ! I enjoyed reading your post too. I use a lot of cumin, coriander and turmeric in my Indian cooking. Your soup looks delicious!

    1. Liz,
      That is what I had in mind too until I saw the non fat pumpkin Greek yogurt at Trader Joes. It will definitely be nice with pumpkin puree and plain yogurt as you will be able to put in as much of the pumpkin flavor as you like. Hope you like the flavor as much as we did.
      Thank you!

    1. Thank you so much Margherita! I love butternut squash soup with coconut milk and your recipe with caramelized onions looks super delicious!
      Thank you for posting it.

    1. Thank you Nancy! I truly appreciate the kind words. I am glad that you said it looks delicious because I was thinking how hard it is to make chili look good in pictures even when it tastes so good πŸ™‚

  31. Thank you so much for your kind words Naina! I went overboard with the rim as I like the taste of molasses a lot:) But it went really well with the fall flavors.

    1. Yes, me too! I love shopping at Trader Joes! When I went in, they were just getting the carnival and delicata squash and when they said microwavable, I was in! Plus I love the colors on the carnival squash.
      Thank you for writing to me!

  32. That is a beautiful squash, Sandhya…I’ve seen this variety in the store, yet never knew it’s name. Thanks for introducing us. πŸ˜‰ The soup you created looks wonderful and I love the sounds of the flavor infused yogurt you dolloped on top as well! It must have been a delicious and warm bowl of goodness. Thanks for bringing your recipe to Fiesta Friday to share with all of the revelers!

    1. Thank you so much for your kind words, Nancy. This is the first time I tried carnival squash and I am hooked now- both for how easy it is to cook it and its mellow ,sweet taste.

  33. Welcome to Fiesta Friday Sandhya, I’m hope I’m not too late in welcoming you. Thanks for that brilliant soup recipe. I must confess like you, I too enjoy all types of squash this time of year, and you’ve certainly introduced us all to this variety. I like the dahl and pear ingredients that you added, I’m sure it gave it a unique flavor :).

    1. Thanks Loretta for your kind words and for welcoming me! I really appreciate it.
      I loved your post on the Goan bread pudding.I was drooling looking at the perfect caramel pictures. It is my husband’s favorite so am planning to make it this week!

  34. Thank you Michelle for your kind words! Your pictures of the meringues are just awesome! I love the taste and texture of meringues too and combining lemon and cardamom is such a clever idea!
    I had a hectic but good weekend. Hope you had a great weekend too.

    1. Thank you so much! I make a vegetarian one with the same spice mix too. I loved your beautiful and profound thought on Nirvana. So true! I completely believe in it.

  35. I see..that’s what you use turmeric powder for:) As a matter of fact, I bought a sachet 6 month ago. It’s still in my cupboard as I had no idea what to do with it:)

    1. Thanks Mitzee. You will see turmeric powder used in so many of my recipes. Let me know how you use yours in the sachet:)

    1. Hi Liz, Thank you! I love the colors and tastes of the fall season. The rub will taste good on squash. Let me know how you like it.

    1. πŸ˜‰ Thank you Mira ! I love this pulav and can eat it at midnight too:) Thought of you as I was shopping for a cross body bag yesterday.

    1. Thank you so much Annie! I loved your post today and am drooling thinking of the young coconut water served in the cafΓ©!

    1. Sadia,
      Thank you so much for visiting, liking and following my blog! I really appreciate your kind words and am so encouraged to hear them from a talented blogger like yourself. You have an amazing blog too!

  36. Great job, keep it up! Like you, I’m relatively new to the blogging world too, and was so motivated with all the encouragement and views I kept getting. Here’s to a great 2015 experience in blogging! πŸ™‚

    1. Cheers Loretta!
      I am so happy to have made new friends like you through blogging! It is indeed encouraging to hear kind words from talented bloggers, you included!
      Here’s to blogging in 2015!

    1. Pam, I am so glad to make new friends like you who are so talented, kind and encouraging.
      Happy New Year to you too.

  37. Happy New Year Sandhya! πŸ™‚ Auspiciousness is big in my family too and we start with Rice and Coconut milk with treacle!!
    This sounds delicious! I love kheer and it would taste amazing with Almonds!

  38. Hi sandhya,

    Happy New year! This seems like a delicious kheer. Will try it out soon. I love your one dish meal recipes like different wraps and salads. Healthy, flavorful and quick to make. May I request more of these recipes…

    1. Hi Jui,
      I am so glad to hear from you and your request. I will surely write more of those. With your two little ones, those will be easy for you.
      I am in India but will write them when I get back

  39. I always enjoy learning about different traditions and holidays through your blog! I love the positive nature behind Auspiciousness, and of course the almond kheer looks delicious. Thank you so much for bringing it to the fiesta; I’m sure it will be gone quite quickly. Happy 2015!

  40. Great ingredients in this dish Sandhya, although I must confess, I’ve never heard of zunaka. By the way, weren’t you the one asking about the Blogging 101 course? I’m so fully absorbed in it, there’s just a wealth of information out there, and best of all you get to meet some great folks from around the world. I’d highly encourage it, time permitting of course πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you so much Loretta for your kind words and for the information. I did start the Blogging 101 course after you sent me the information but have not been able to keep up. Will try to catch up!

  41. This looks lovely! I love to read about family recipes and how they are handed down, with each generation adding a little change to make it work for them. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thank you Ginger! Yes I love heirloom recipes too! there is something so warm about the next generation enjoying the recipes that were handed down for so many generations before us.

  42. Oh…. There is some thing so wonderful about hot Zunka on a cold winter day or rainy day. I have gone on many a trek around Maharashtra just for the Zunka, Bhakar and Thecha that is available at the end of the trek. πŸ™‚

  43. Nicely put Sandhya,

    Wish you all the best. Keep cooking so our husbands get great food. I am in Mumbai please send me your number again. How is pappa doing??


    Sent from my iPhone

  44. Great job Sandhya, I was stumped with this one, my creative juices were at a standstill. I tried to embed a video and was having the hardest time, so let’s see if anyone helps me out. πŸ™‚

      1. I’m glad you are Sandhya, there’s just so much to learn out there isn’t there? I have lived on WP all week I think. I was asked to do a guest post for tomorrow, plus I posted today on a delicious curry, and trying to keep up with the blogging assignments. Let me know what you think of the ingredients, it’s really quite lovely!

      2. Yes there is a lot to learn for sure! I know what you mean by living on WordPress πŸ™‚
        I wrote a recipe yesterday and have to do one tomorrow.
        Liked your coriander tomato chicken a lot!

  45. Hi Sandhya,

    Thanks for nominating my blog for Liebster award.

    As I am new to blogging, I have no idea how this award is useful for new bloggers like me. Any idea what happens to those who win this award?

    Please do share some information about this award.

    Sanjay Dhadwal

    1. Sanjay,
      I am not sure how the award works either. My blog isj ust 5 months old too. But I saw that the other bloggers display their awards on the front page, so figured it must be important to win some:)
      You have a great blog so I nominated you.

  46. So beautiful, I’ve seen a couple of egg curried dishes just this past week, and your egg pulao looks like something I would love to try. Great job! πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you so much, Nina! I am so glad that you stopped by. You have an awesome blog which is helping so many young children. Great work!

    1. Thank you Stephanie! You have an awesome blog and I especially loved the snicker doodles. My son loves them, so will make them soon.

  47. I’m not sure I’ve heard of this festival, mind you my knowledge of Indian festivals is very poor, I think I just know about Diwali :). Love ladoos and love jaggery, I’m sure this was a great combination with the sesame seeds too.

    1. Yes Loretta, the sesame seeds and jaggery make an absolutely addictive combination…..writing this as I stuff some more of the tilgul in my mouth:)

  48. I love Diwali – admittedly for the fairy lights and the yummy treats my colleagues bring! These look delicious; does the ghee keep well in the fridge if you make it yourself?

    1. Yes I pour it off in a covered container and store it in the refrigerator for a month or so. Since it takes only a few minutes to make it, I make it one or two sticks at a time. I love the aroma and taste of fresh ghee:)

    1. Hi Jen,
      Thank you so much for nominating my blog! I am so honored that an amazing blogger like you likes my blog.

    1. Thank you so much for your kind words and your wishes for my Dad. yes the best recipes are from mom, of course!

  49. The chicken looks delicious. Beautiful mix of flavors. I am sure your dad must be very proud of you while reading this. You definitely inherited his writing talent and your mom’s cooking.πŸ‘πŸ˜ƒ

  50. Now this is impressive, Sandhya! You are quite the artist. πŸ™‚ I couldn’t draw a fish to save my life, and here you are creating one out of dough…I’m in awe! It is beautiful and the flavors sounds spectacular. Thanks for sharing it with all of us at Fiesta Friday!

    1. Nancy,
      You are so sweet to say that! It is a huge compliment coming from a creative and talented person like you!
      Thank you so much!