Chana Masala (Chickpea Curry)


Chana Masala, also known as Chhole Masala, is made from garbanzo beans, or Chickpeas, cooked in creamy spicy gravy flavored with authentic Indian spices. I think it is the easiest Indian curry to make - just add boiled chickpeas to a saucepan, add the gravy and let it simmer on slow heat as the lentils absorb the flavor of the spices. Slow-cooking induces a lot of flavor as the chickpeas become … [Read more...]

Chocolate Peanut Butter & Banana Smoothie


Smoothies are the best for a filling breakfast or a light meal during the day. And with a smoothie like this, which has chocolate, peanut butter & bananas, you just can't go wrong! Bananas have tremendous nutritious value, and peanut butter is a great source of protein. Chocolate wakes you up and kickstarts your metabolism, and these three combined together make a delicious yet healthy smoothie. … [Read more...]

Coconut Cake with Poppy Seeds


There's nothing like a slice of delicious Coconut Cake to begin your day! But this is no ordinary cake; its a coffee cake flavored with sour cream, shredded coconut, poppy seeds and vanilla baked into a soft and scrumptious cake that is great to be eaten by itself or served with something else. But beware of the poppy seeds, they are like opium - too much and it could get you to sleep instantly! … [Read more...]

A Quick 15-Minute Workout At Home That Works!


All of us aim to stay fit, but more often than not, its hard to find time to go to a gym for a workout. I face this problem myself, and this is when a quick yet effective full-body workout comes to my rescue. I learnt this during my weight-loss programme, and it has been one of the most effective workout routines I know of! Whether you are looking to lose a few pounds, burn fat around your tummy, … [Read more...]

Ideas for Celebrating Halloween – Martha Stewart Style!


Halloween is around the corner, and though I've never had quite a grasp about why its celebrated, I'm all for going with the flow! Its a time for kids to have fun, a time to get as spooky as they can, time to make cupcakes & pumpkin pies, and if you are looking for ideas and tips on Halloween entertaining, or for simple ways to make your home "halloween-friendly", here are some cool ideas to check … [Read more...]

Baked Sweet Potato Fries Recipe


Baked Sweet Potato Fries, the healthiest way to enjoy finger fries by far! According to World’s Healthiest Foods, sweet potatoes are rich in vitamin A and vitamin C - both powerful antioxidants. It is also considered an anti-diabetic food, which means that it can stabilize blood sugar and lower insulin resistance. Plus, they have a typical sweet taste that potatoes lack - but don't get carried … [Read more...]

Healthy Brown Rice & Barley Salad


This healthy, Brown Rice & Barley salad, mixed with Brown rice and chopped vegetables is a great way to fill yourself up with proteins, carbs and fiber. The rice lends a distinct flavor to the salad, while barley, sweet potato, chickpeas and coriander add a tonn of spice and taste to this salad recipe. It is particularly interesting how this salad is tasty, and yet low-fat, low GI and healthy. … [Read more...]

How to Make Pie Crust?


For those who love baking pies, here's an easy recipe to make the perfect Pie Crust at home. I love baking, but I hardly find time to bake a crust from scratch. And yet, a home-made pie crust is much better than a store-bought one. Ask Alton Brown if you don't believe me! For most pies, the ready-made crusts available out there are good enough; but if you have the time and the will, try this … [Read more...]

Pavlova Dessert Recipe with Mixed Berry Sauce


Pavlova", a famous Australian dessert, is basically a meringue cake with a light, delicate, crisp crust and a soft & sweet marshmallow center that is produced by folding a little vinegar and cornstarch into stiffly beaten egg whites and sugar. This dessert is then served with whipped cream and some fresh fruits. I used mixed berries for this recipe, and a bundle of eggs that needed to be used up … [Read more...]

Easy Chocolate Raspberry Mousse


Chocolate Raspberry Mousse - one of the easiest and most indulgent of desserts, this is also a great flavor combination! Made with two rich and delicious ingredients which have certain health benefits too. Chocolate is a good antioxidant and energy booster, when eaten in moderation, and raspberries are rich in antioxidants too, as well as vitamins, fiber, water content and flavor! Made with … [Read more...]