• Vaishali A. Patel


Updated: Feb 25

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!



Vegan Panang Curry with Tofu & Vegetables

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. ⁠

Recipe: https://pipingpotcurry.com/vegetarian-panang-curry-tofu/

Mysore Pak

February 18th, 2022

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

Get the recipe here: https://www.vidhyashomecooking.com/microwave-mysore-pak-vegan-mysore-pak/

Methi Ghavan

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!

Get the recipe here: https://cookilicious.com/powerbreakfasts/kashmiri-methi-ghavan-recipe-fenugreek-rice-flour-crepes/

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.

Recipe: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5u8t8N2DVD7wQIYw3XVRuw

Surati Ratalu Pettis Vada and Bataka Vada with Champakali gathiya, Marcha and Chutney!

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 @desi.fusion.healthy.living is super easy to make and yet delicious when made at home!

Recipe: https://desifusionhealthyliving.blogspot.com/

Peshwari Naan

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.⁠

Recipe here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j2aTD4WpmwA

Dabeli Bruschetta

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: https://www.instagram.com/p/CJbMi7aldeB/

Eggless Vanilla Cranberry Cupcakes

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!

Recipe: https://theglobalvegetarian.com/recipes/Eggless-vanilla-cranberry-cupcakes

Vegan Taco Boats

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.

Recipe: https://cookilicious.com/international/instant-pot-black-beans-taco-boats/

Spring Rolls

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: https://www.dishbyrish.co.uk/2021/07/szechuan-paneer-spring-rolls/

Dahi Vada

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: https://pipingpotcurry.com/dahi-vada-chaat/

Corn Flake Tart

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: https://www.instagram.com/p/CSzVFGQsSgL/

Chili Paneer

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: https://www.dishbyrish.co.uk/2021/03/chilli-paneer/

Berry Laddoo

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: https://www.instagram.com/p/CVX7oCzIFV9/

Zarda Pulao / Meethe Chawal

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: https://binjalsvegkitchen.com/zarda-pulao-or-meethe-chawal/

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!

Recipe: https://feelgoodfoodie.net/recipe/sweet-potato-soup/

Quinoa Dosa

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!

Get the recipe here: https://pipingpotcurry.com/quinoa-dosa/

Chili Oil

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: https://www.playfulcooking.com/spice-and-condiment/garlic-chili-oil/

Vegetable Manchurian

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: https://www.sanjanafeasts.co.uk/2020/04/vegetable-manchurian/?utm_medium=social&utm_source=linktree&utm_campaign=%F0%9F%8E%A5+vegetable+manchurian


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.

Instant Pot Masala Quinoa Khichdi

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!

Gujarati Thali

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.

Amritsari Chole

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.

Recipe: http://binjalsvegkitchen.com/amritsari-chole/

Mango Mastani

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!

Recipe: https://www.playfulcooking.com/beverage/mango-mastani/