Cranberry Ginger Apple Samosa – A Mouthwatering Winter Dessert (Plus Handy Tips on Making ‘Samosas’)

Warm Cranberry Ginger Apple Samosa Bites: A Seasonal Diversion on the Savory Samosa

‘Samosa’ the versatile Indian snack is essentially crisp deep-fried dough, with a filling of ‘just about anything’ from potatoes and peas in its best known version, to other vegetables of choice and delicious ground meat fillings. But today, I’ve taken a seasonal diversion on the regular savory Samosas, creating warm sweet Samosa bites, filled with… 

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Spicy Roasted Chickpeas and Cucumber Chaat – An Elegant Appetizer

Spicy Roasted Chickpeas and Cucumber Chaat, served in Bowls makes a Simple Holiday Appetizer

Chaat, a generic term for snacks and munchies sold by street food vendors in India (and often made at home,) are a popular party favorite and alludes to a mélange of savory ingredients brought together with a signature tangy Chaat taste. It’s worth knowing that the quintessential tang of an Indian Chaat comes from two… 

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17 Must-do Sights and Eats in New York City this Holiday Season

A New Addition to the New York City Skyline and America's Tallest Building, One World Trade Center, Freedom Tower

With the turkey, fixings and leftovers all taken care of in advance; this year we spent Thanksgiving week enjoying NYC’s holiday season festivities. Since it was the first time visiting New York for our kids, rediscovering tourist spots like the Statue of Liberty and Empire State Building became a must, while my husband and I… 

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Garlic-flavored Yogurt and Shredded Turkey Quesadilla

Garlic-flavored Yogurt and Shredded Turkey Quesadilla: A Simple and Easy-to-adapt Thanksgiving Day Leftovers Recipe

A Thanksgiving Day leftovers recipe needs to be simple and come together in 15 minutes or less; a meal that easily adapts (check out last year’s pulao) to the flavorful leftovers from the day before… And today’s recipe for quesadilla or grilled sandwich with a filling of shredded turkey in garlic-flavored yogurt does exactly that…. 

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India’s Unique Flavors for Thanksgiving Day…The Turkey & Sauces

Lemon Ginger and Black Pepper Turkey is Accompanied by a Delightful Gravy made with Turkey Pan Drippings, and an Extremely Flavorful Ginger-touched Mango Cranberry Chutney

The recipes from this post ‘India’s Unique Flavors for Thanksgiving Day…The Turkey and Sauces’ have won 1st Place in the Thanksgiving Your Way! Recipe Contest on Very Good Recipes. Thanksgiving Holiday Menu Lemon Ginger and Black Pepper Turkey with Pan Drippings Gravy Mango Cranberry Chutney Baked ‘Aloo Gobi’ Casserole, Indian-style Potatoes and Cauliflower (recipe) Coconut and… 

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India’s Unique Flavors for Thanksgiving Day…Part One: The Sides

Turn it Up a Notch with Unique Flavors from India's Regional Cuisines: Baked 'Aloo Gobi' Casserole, a North Indian-style Potatoes and Cauliflower and Fragrant Coconut and Pine Nut Basmati Rice from Southern India

The Sides: Baked ‘Aloo Gobi’ Casserole, Indian-style Potatoes and Cauliflower Coconut and Pine Nut Basmati Rice Next week: Lemon Ginger and Black Pepper Turkey Mango Cranberry Chutney For the longest time, my young kids thought the ‘Indians’ from the popular American Thanksgiving Day story of the pilgrims and the Indians were actually from India. Like… 

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Bounty of Fall Favorites

Bounty of Fall Favorites: Autumn Colored Corn & Red Pepper Fiesta 'Chaat' in Mini-Fillo Cups

Next week, we get into a two-part post for Thanksgiving, filled with Indian-inspired and globally accessible Thanksgiving Day recipes for turkey, sides and the whole nine yards… Following on the heels of the hearty Thanksgiving Day meal, I’ll bring in a month of entertainment worthy recipes and ideas for the holiday season through December. So today,… 

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Simply Delightful Diwali Pleasures: Jaggery Puffed-Rice Crispy Treats and Dark Chocolate-Pistachio Indian Fudge Burfi

Diwali Doesn't get any more Delicious or Simpler than this Can't-Eat-Just-One Indian Barfi or Fudge made with Evaporated Milk, Dark Chocolate, with a Layer of Powdered Pistachio NutsDiwali Doesn't get any more Delicious or Simpler than this Can't-Eat-Just-One Indian Barfi or Fudge made with Evaporated Milk, Dark Chocolate, with a Layer of Powdered Pistachio Nuts

Diwali celebrated by a country of 1.2 billion people rolls around this Sunday and brings with it all the joys of this amazing Indian Festival of Lights. At this time of the year, I miss being in Mumbai (Bombay) with its brightly lit Diwali festivities, decadent sweet treats and glitzy soirées. To bring the spirit… 

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Slow-Cooked Indian Lentils and Spinach served over Basmati Rice: Palak Chana Daal

Slow-cooked Indian Lentil Preparation, Palak Chana Daal made with Gram Lentils and Fresh Spinach with Indian Aromatics and Spices…Best Served over Steaming Hot Basmati Rice

Although a year-round favorite in our home, I can’t think of a better time than the changing seasons to bring you this slow-cooker recipe for yet another amazing Indian lentil preparation, Palak Chana Daal (check out other lentil preparations- Daals under my category ‘Lentils and Other Grains‘.) Adding wholesomeness to any meal as an entree… 

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Spiced Tarragon Chicken Liver Dip: a Unique Appetizer Inspired by the Parsi Cuisine

A Unique Parsi Cuisine Inspired Appetizer: Spiced Tarragon Chicken Liver Dip, Best Served as a Party Dip or Spread with Pita Chips, Sliced Baguette, Crudites or Tortilla Chips

For a while now, I’ve been hoping to bring this recipe to my readers. And what better time than the start of the season of celebrations, when all of us party hosts are looking for new easily adaptable recipes to bookmark for our upcoming Halloween, Diwali, Thanksgiving or holiday get-togethers. This versatile dip or spread… 

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