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  • Writer's pictureVaishali A. Patel


Updated: Feb 25, 2022

Growing up in a Desi family, cooking is at the core of our being and of our family and every gathering we have...including every meal every day!

Many of our family gatherings center around the kitchen and food. Everyone distributes theirs tasks and helps out and the task frequently assigned to me is chopping and prep. 😂 (It's not ALL I do!)

We all just love food and I'm pretty sure you do too!

Every Friday on my Instagram I feature an amazing recipe in collaboration with a food blogger who cooks the way I like to eat. Here is where you can get the full recipe.

Please enjoy and definitely share with me here in the comments or on Instagram what you like and any variations you make that would be of interest to us.

Happy eating!



February 25th, 2022

Panang Curry is a rich, creamy curry, that has both sweet and spicy flavors, with the addition of peanuts and coconut milk. This recipe from @pipingpotcurry is vegetarian and has the perfect mixture of sweet and spicy flavors. ⁠

February 18th, 2022

With less than 5 minutes of active cooking time, you can easily make this yummy vegan mysore pak from @vidhyasvegetariankitchen

February 11th, 2022

Methi Ghavan is a delicious Indian gluten-free crepes recipe! This dish by by @cookilicious is vegan and gluten-free - as it's a rice crepe / pancake recipe are made with no egg.

I love it because it's an instant snack that can literally be made in 20 minutes!

Crispy Dosas

January 27th, 2022

What a perfect lunch should look like!! Crisp dosas, fluffy idlis with piping hot sambar and chutney🙌

@culinarychaser made the batter with brown rice and whole urad dal, and it turned out superb.


January 21st, 2022

This is famous Gujarati Street Farsan you will find in Surat and is a must to have on Sunday mornings as brunch! This recipe from is super easy to make and yet delicious when made at home!


January, 14th, 2022

Between the layers of this tender naan is a sweet coconut, almond and pistachio filling! The concept of rich bread filled with nuts and spices is heavily influenced by the Indo-Persian cuisine of the Mughal Empire and its’ famously elaborate dishes.⁠

This version made by @sanjana.feasts tastes so good you won't believe it was made at home and not in a restaurant.⁠

January, 7th, 2022

If you love dabeli, you will definitely love this recipe by @365daysofeating! Dabeli is a street food from Kutch. The best dabeli is made from kutchhi dabeli masala.

Recipe here:

December 24th, 2021

This is literally Christmas in a cupcake! It’s a soft eggless vanilla cupcake filled with a cranberry sauce and topped with vanilla buttercream. Decorating them with sugared cranberries and rosemary gives it the perfect holiday look! The cranberry filling can also be switched out for strawberry if needed.

Make sure to follow the creator of this recipe @theglobalvegetarian on Instagram!


December 17th, 2021

Are you a big fan of Mexican food and trying new recipes? This is a great recipe you can make with common super market ingredients. Plus, the shape of these makes them super easy to eat. Priya Lakshminarayan, the creator of this recipe, is a south asian recipe blogger and cookbook author. You can keep up with her recipes by following her Instagram here.

December 10th, 2021

These Szechuan paneer spring rolls are stuffed with vermicelli, paneer, and vegetables. All seasoned with chilli oil and ground Szechuan peppercorns, and fried to a yummy crisp!

Follow @dishbyrish for more food shared with a smile.

Recipe here:

December 3rd, 2021

This favorite Dahi Vada / Dahi Bhalla recipe by @pipingpotcurry has the softest lentil fritters drenched in creamy yogurt and topped with sweet and spicy chutney's. This popular Indian street food is loved by all and is a perfect inclusion to any festive menu!

Recipe here:

November 26th, 2021

This nostalgic school pudding is super easy to make with just 4 ingredients.

Follow @hey_renu for more yummy everday recipes!

Get the full recipe here:

November 19th, 2021

This recipe by @dish_by_rish is a hugely popular Indo Chinese dish found in many Indian restaurants! You'll love the crispy pieces of cheese tossed in an array of flavorful sauces. This recipe can be easily made in an air fryer, making it super convenient!

Get the recipe here:

November 12th, 2021

These no cook Strawberry Laddoos have the goodness of cashews and coconut in them! Therecipe is very versatile as well… you can make blueberry or pineapple or even orange flavoured laddoos!

Follow @365daysofeating for more tradition Indian foods and deserts!

Recipe Here:

October 29th, 2021

This week's recipe is very special in honor of Diwali! The sweet rice dish made with rice, saffron, milk, sugar, dry fruits & spices. It's the perfect to make as Indian festivals have already started, and what better way to celebration than with sweets!⁠ Follow @binjalsvegkitchen for more beautifully photographed traditional recipes.

Get the recipe here:

Vegan Sweet Potato Soup

October 22nd, 2021

This recipe is a wonderful choice because it is both hearty and vegan... while being perfectly warming and full of flavor!⁠ Follow @feelgoodfoodie for more yummy healthy recipes!


October 15th, 2021

Quinoa Dosa is a healthy twist to the delicious South Indian dosa. With no rice and no fermentation, this crispy quinoa dosa is a great go-to recipe for a quick south Indian meal. Follow @pipingpotcurry for more daily delights and easy, healthy recipes!

October 8th, 2021

This chili oil is so tasty and easy to make that you'll wonder why you have not made your own before! Plus, preparing it at home means it is fresh, high quality, and free of excess preservatives and sugars that processed foods usually have. ⁠Follow @playfulcooking for more fun flavorful recipes.

You can see the chili oil recipe here:

October 1st, 2021

Flavor bomb incoming! This is the ultimate Vegetable Manchurian with crispy vegetable dumplings by @sanjana.feasts.

Manchurian is a dish made up of vegetables or protein. The core ingredient is coated in a batter of cornflour (cornstarch) which is then deep fried. Once crispy, it is coared it in a spicy sauce!

Make the recipe here:

September 24th, 2021

Bhakarwadi is namkeen in layers of yummy spices and rolls of pastry. Manjari Kansal (@madebymanjari) has a delicious recipe for this treat that you can see here on her Instagram stories.

September 16th, 2021

This Masala Quinoa Khichdi is a wholesome Indian dish full of nutritional value, ayurvedic benefits, and also is a great detox dish!⁠ Get the full recipe here.

Follow @theglobalvegetarian for more hearty vegetarian food inspo!

September 10th, 2021

What things do you like to put on your "Thali" (plate)?⁠

Thalis are many foods put together to create a well-balanced meal. Different regions of India and even different households within Gujarat and abroad have their own variations of thali!⁠

This Gujarati Thali by Sheil Shukla is a celebration of fresh produce. See his blog to find out what's in it.

Follow @plantbasedartist for more recipes that are rooted in the healthful food traditions of India. His fresh, vibrant meals are both delicious and nutritionally plentiful.

September 3rd, 2021

Amritsari Chole Masala is one of the ace delicacies of Punjabi cuisine. Amritsari Chole also popular as Chole Bhature, as Amritsari Chole is often eaten with a type of fried bread. It is commonly sold by street vendors but also can be found in restaurants. Using this recipe from @binjalsvegkitchen.


August 27th, 2021

Creamy and luscious Mango Milkshake 🥭 (Mango Mastani) is a popular summer drink from the city of Pune in India. Using just a few ingridients and following the recipe of @playfulcooking you can make this delicious treat!


August 20th, 2021

Vegan Cauliflower Tikka Masala by @veganricha is an easy delicious recipe that is incredibly versatile. You can use most veggies, tofu, tempeh, seitan, vegan chikin, chickpeas, lentils or soycurls.

August 13th, 2021

This recipe is a summer essential! These Indian style spicy tofu lettuce wraps by @ministry_of_curry are made with warm spices and served with cooling cucumber raita and tangy pickle. They can be made either vegetarian or vegan style.


Sabudana Vada

August 6th, 2021

Sabudana Vada (Crispy Sago fritters) is a popular Indian snack dish from Maharashtra. It's very popular all across India especially during the fasting days like the Navratri festival or Shravan Mahino. This recipe requires a little preparation but the step by step direction by @shwetainthekitchen are easy to follow and I am sure your whole family will enjoy this recipe.

July 30th, 2021

Ahhh chaat, need i say more?! 😆 What I like about chaat is that they're light, delicious and can be eaten at any time. This chole chaat recipe by @vspiceroute is no different. This recipe is so easy to put together and if you happen to have some chutneys on hand, this recipe comes together in under 10 minutes! 🙌🏽⁠

July 23rd. 2021

Aam Daal is a quintessential Bengali daal (lentil stew) prepared throughout the mango season. It’s mildly sour from using the green mango and utterly comforting when paired with steamed white rice. It is most commonly prepared using red lentil (masoor daal) but you can use your choice of daal too. This recipe by @playfulcooking is quick, easy and very satisfying.

July 16th, 2021

Poriyal is the Tamil word for dry curry or the stir-fry. Usually, vegetables are steamed and sautéed with simple spices. You can add onion or coconut for additional flavor. Adding coconut to this poriyal elevates the dish like no other. A South-Indian Thali is incomplete without this poriyal and you can prepare poriyal with veggies like beets, carrots, potatoes, plantains and even spinach. What vegetable would you like to make this poriyal with?

July 9th, 2021

I can't tell you how many times i've tried to make cheesecake at home and it's been an epic fail 🙈 Enter @thetableofspice and her foolproof salted caramel cheesecake recipe! And here's the kicker, she uses the instant pot to make this to avoid the dreaded word "water bath" that all cheesecake recipes call for. Comment below if you've tried making a cheesecake before and how was your experience? ⁠

July 2nd, 2021

If this doesn't scream summer, i don't know what will! Mango Berry Popsicles are refreshing simple summer treat and very easy to make. This recipe by @binjalsvegkitchen is healthy and delicious frozen dessert - perfect for hot day to keep you hydrated. Popsicles are one of the easiest treats to make at home and perfect for the upcoming Independence day celebrations 🎆

Kale Patra Roll Ups

June 25th, 2021

If you enjoy traditional Gujarati patras from colocasia leaves but have trouble finding it in grocery stores in the US, you're going to love this recipe from @thechillichick - Kale Patra Roll Ups! She recommends using Tuscan/dinosaur kale as it is less curly and easier to roll. Because baby kale leaves are more tender, these patras cook fast. These can be pan fried or steamed and then pan fried with a quick tempering. See below for the recipe: ⁠

Recipe: ⁠

12-15 baby kale leaves⁠

1 tsp mustard seeds⁠

1tsp sesame seeds⁠

1/2 tsp asafetida⁠

1 tbsp oil ⁠

Chickpea paste: ⁠

3 tbsp besan (chickpea flour) ⁠

1tbsp rice flour⁠

1/2 tsp turmeric⁠

1 tbsp green chilli paste⁠

1 tbsp ginger paste ⁠

1 tsp salt⁠

1 tsp ajmo⁠

1 tsp oil⁠

pinch of baking soda⁠

2 tbsp tamarind chutney⁠

enough water to make a thick paste⁠

Mix all the ingredients together for the paste and set aside. Wash and pat dry the kale leaves, and remove the fibrous stalk using a knife. Spread a thin layer of the paste on the inside of the leaf then roll. Heat up a pan with oil and add asafetida, mustard seeds and sesame seeds. Once you hear some crackling, turn the heat down to the lowest setting and add the leaves one by one. Cook uncovered to retain green color. Continur to turn so the entire roll is covered in the tempering. Cook until cooked through and enjoy! ⁠

June 18th, 2021

Popular Indian street-food, Paneer Kathi rolls are warm, layered parathas filled with spicy paneer, mixed peppers and sweet caramelized onions. Whether you make it for a quick weeknight meal or your next gathering, these kathi rolls are sure to be a hit.

The best part about this recipe is that it can be prepared ahead of time, making it easy to put it together at the time of your meal. Be sure to try this easy recipe by @ministry_of_curry.

June 11th, 2021

Who doesn't love garam garam pakoras! @veganricha's chickpea flour waffles aka pakora waffles recipe has all the flavors of pakoras minus the deep frying, if you ask me, that's a win-win! ⁠

These waffles are light, crispy, veggie filled, vegan and gluten free. They make a great breakfast treat or a snack! ⁠

June 4th, 2021

Whoever says tofu is bland has clearly not had good tofu before. Today's recipe by @sanjanafeasts is to die for! Her Tofu Dopiaza is kadai-fried tofu with double onions, crunchy green peppers & aromatic masalas. Dopiaza is named for its’ use of double onions ("Do" means two and "piaza" means onions). Make it mild or spicy and serve with roti, paratha, naan or rice and you have a restaurant quality vegan curry at home. ⁠

Don't have tofu on hand? You can easily substitute this curry with paneer, mushroom, bhindi or aloo. Tell us below how you're going to make your Dopiaza! ⁠

May 28th, 2021

Matar Nimona is a curry with fresh green peas and potatoes. Matar means green peas and nimona means spicy curry. It is quite popular in Uttar Pradesh, the northern state of India. ⁠

This is the time of they year that fresh peas are in season so be sure to pick some up at your local grocery store to try this recipe by @vidhyasvegetariankitchen. This is one of the lesser known recipes from North India, comment below if you've heard of Matar Nimona or if your family makes this at home.


May 21st, 2021

Looking for an easy and delicious appetizer recipe for entertaining this summer season? These yummy Paneer & Peas Triangles (puffs) recipe by @shwetainthekitchen is for you! Savory, flaky and deliciousness trifecta in every bite 🤤⁠

The best part about these is everything can be made ahead of time like the filling and refrigerate/freeze the triangles till ready to bake.

May 14th, 2021

Vada Usal is a popular Maharastrian street food. It is made with sprouts in thin watery spicy gravy and usually serve it vada along with bread or pav. There are many different types of usal - misal like Khandesi, Puneri, Kolhapuri and Mumbai special but what they all have in common is that all curries are spicy and delicious 🤤⁠

Usal served with namkeen/Bombay mix is called Misal and Usal served with batata vada is called Vada Usal. Try this recipe from @binjalsvegkitchen at your next brunch for a spicy start to your weekend! ⁠

May 7th, 2021

Taco Friday's is a thing right?! Cinco De Mayo might have been a few days ago but Sweta (@thetableofspice) is coming in clutch with this delicious Buffalo Cauliflower Tacos!

Pro tip from Sweta: The trick to making these tacos so good is to add the buffalo sauce into the batter and every bite of cauliflower is just bursting of flavor. Oh and DEFINITELY make the avocado sauce to drizzle (or drench) on these tacos.

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