Starters & Snacks

North Indian starters, appetizers & snacks

Chai with Pakoras

‘Tea Time’has always been a lavish affair in England. The Afternoon Tea is a light meal had between 4 pm late afternoon and may go on till 6 pm. Hot tea is served in delicate tea pots accompanied by light snacks. Sandwiches, cookies, scones, muffins or toast along with a cup of piping hot and freshly brewed tea complete the ‘Afternoon Tea’. 
pakora 1

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The transformation and some Rice Muthias

A tasty way to use leftover cooked rice!

How often do we hear the line “Failure is the stepping stone to success” when being given a pep talk by our well wishers! And these lines are supposed to rebuild one`s  confidence to tackle difficult situations head-on, with a brave face. They are not a mere soliloquy but a trumpet call to the ones who have experienced hardships that seem to pull down, when in reality it can be turned into a learning experience!Life, as we know, is bound to have a few roadblocks on the way. You may look for a pit stop, a moment to pause, catch your breath and to contemplate. But of course the road to reach the destination is still quite long.Every challenge we come across gives us an experience from which we can build on or improve. Every difficulty we encounter builds our strength. Every failure teaches us a lesson.  Its these eye-opening experiences, the new found strength and lessons learnt that can physically and emotionally make us a better person.With a  little bit of faith, a little bit of commitment, a little bit of thinking and creativity a Herculean task can be transformed into a blessing or a wonderful experience!
~By Anjali Rao

{Guest Post} – Baby Corn Fingers by Sharmi



With perfect & neat clicks of all her mouthwatering recipes, Sharmi`s posts never fail to amaze its readers. She has a way with the recipes that makes it easy for all to understand and try out successfully. Her blog features a wide variety of recipes – from starters to desserts to festive specials – with step wise pictures. The recipes usually call for readily available ingredients but the combination is such that the end result is nothing short of exquisite food! Another reason to admire her space – for the immense effort and patience she puts in for each of her posts.  
Thank you Sharmi for contributing this all-time favorite and popular starter for Prathi Ruchi. 

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Thanks Prathima for the opportunity to guest post in your space.I am glad to do it for you…. 🙂
Coming to the recipe : Ever since the little one started liking baby corn I am trying new dishes with it. This was one of the tries I made last week – It was a perfect starter and vanished in no time.

Baby Corn Fingers Recipe

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Piping Hot Pan Fried Paneer Tandoori – A Contemporary Version


“And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.” 
F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

 Summer brings with it picnics, fun at the beach, barbeques and so tikkas!

And so here is a quick & easy tandoori dish with an option for Vegan Version

The mention of the word ‘tandoori’ or ‘tikkas’ makes many sit up straight & crave for some spicy, flaming hot tandoori fresh from the tandoor (clay oven).  Like with any traditional & famed dish, this too has a story.
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During the 1920`s a Hindu Punjabi named Kundal Lal Gujral ran a restaurant ‘Moti Mahal’ in Peshwar. After the partition, he fled to India & moved his restaurant to Delhi. He tried out new dishes to keep his customers happy. He experimented dishes on the ‘tandoor’ which was otherwise used only to cook naans (indian bread made from all purpose flour). One of them was the famed ‘tandoori’. The first Prime Minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru was so impressed by this dish that he made it a regular at official banquets to entertain foreign dignitaries. Such was the taste of the authentic ‘Tandoori’ or ‘tikkas’.Tandoori is and originally was chicken marinated in curd & spices. But today variants are found to cater to vegetarians. We have the paneer, mushrooms, baby corn or even tofu marinated in hung curd & spices & then char-grilled/ cooked on tandoor.

Pav Bhaji

This famous Indian street food needs no introduction. A plate of piping hot bhaji served with pav (square Indian dinner rolls) greased generously with butter is a common sight in Mumbai roadsides. Each one has some special memories associated with a plate of hot pav bhaji topped with butter! For me it reminds me of my college days lunch break.
Tip of the Week
Eating Bananas can help fight depression.
Food Facts
Nachos, the Mexican dish, were invented in 1943 by a guy named ‘Ignacio Nacho Anaya’. The original nachos consisted of fried corn tortillas covered with melted cheddar cheese and sliced jalapeno peppers.