Honey Chilli Potatoes

honey chilli potatoes

Honey Chilli potatoes are a perfect appetizer to serve your guests or kids can enjoy them as evening snack. These are always a hit in kids parties.
It has all the flavors. its spicy, a little sour and a little sweet with just a hint of garlic. Thats how my family loves it.

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These hardly take any time to make and it takes french fries to another level. My kids gave me 9/10 and 9.5/10 today 😉
whole dish was gone in less than 5 minutes.

How to make Honey Chilli Potatoes

Preparation time : 2-3 minutes
Cooking time: 15-20 minutes frying time + 2-3 minutes
serves 4


5 medium size potatoes
3/4-1 tsp salt
1 tsp red chilli powder
3 tbsp cornflour
1 tbsp tomato ketchup

oil for deep frying

1 tsp oil
4 cloves finely chopped garlic
1 tbsp tomato ketchup
1 tbsp red chilli sauce
1 tbsp vinegar
2 tsp Honey
salt to taste
1/4 tsp red chilli powder

thin capsicum slices
1 tsp lightly roasted sesame seeds
chopped coriander leaves

Note: Generally chopped spring onions are also used. I did not have them with me today so I have not used it. They give a really nice crunchy flavor to this dish.

To make Honey Chilli Potatoes


Wash and peel the potatoes. Cut thin slices as we cut for french fries. Soak potato wedges in water for 30 minutes.


In a bowl mix corn flour, salt, red chilli powder and sauce.


Drain the potatoes and add to the mixture. If you do not drain potatoes properly mixture will become runny and will not stick to the potatoes

deep fry

Deep fry the wedges in small batches till golden brown.


Drain on kitchen towel to remove excess oil. Remove from the paper towel after some time otherwise fries will stick to the paper.


Heat oil in a pan. Sute finely chopped garlic for 30 seconds.
we can prepare the potato wedges in advance and just before serving make this sauce.

add sauces

Add sauce, chilli sauce, vinegar, salt and red chilli powder to it. cook for a minute.


Add potato wedges to it.

add potatoes

Coat uniformly.

add honey

Add Capsicum slices and honey to it. if you are using spring onions add them also now.


Mix it and add chopped coriander. Switch off the flame.

sesame seeds

Sprinkle roasted sesame seeds.

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Serve hot and Enjoy :-)

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Gond ke Ladoo

gond ke ladoo

Gond ke Ladoo
Happy Diwali !!!

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what better sweet than Gond ke Ladoo to wish you on this Auspicious festival.

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healthy, droolworthy, delicious, everyone’s favorite ….
I can run out of adjectives to define Gond ke Ladoo :-)
How to make Gond ke Ladoo

Cooking time: 25-30 minutes

Preparation time: 10 minutes
makes around 30 depending on size


2 cups atta (whole wheat flour)
1 cup ghee + 1 tbsp for makhane + 2 tbsp for frying gond

1 cup powdered sugar/ boora
½ tsp powdered cardamom powder (elaichi powder)
15-20 almonds cut into small pieces
1/8 cup gond
1 cup makhane ( cut into small pieces)

To make Gond ke Ladoo
heat ghee

Take ghee in a heavy bottomed pan.

add flour

Add atta to the hot ghee and stir on high flame for 2-3 minutes.


Turn the flame to slow and cook for around 15 minutes stirring continuously till the atta changes its color and turns brown in color.
break gondghee

fry gondfried gond

Let it cool a little.
In the meantime break gond into smaller pieces to ensure uniform frying. Heat ghee in a pan. When it is really hot fry gond in small batches. If left over ghee is clean you can add this also to Ladoos. Otherwise remove it from pan and wipe pan clean with a tissue.

Heat ghee in the pan and fry cut pieces of makhne till they are crisp.
add everything

Add nuts, fried gond, fried makhane and elaichi powder to the atta.
Add boora to the atta. Make sure that atta is not very hot when you add boora.
Mix thoroughly.
Shape the Ladoos with your hands.

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And your Gond ke Ladoo are ready. You can store these in an airtight cantainer for a long time.

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Note:  If ladoo does not hold its shape add some warm Ghee to the mixture and then make Ladoos.



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Mohan thaal

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Mohan Thaal
Mohan thaal is a traditional sweet of Rajasthan and Gujrat. It tastes simply divine. Wether its Diwali or holi festival is incomplete without this awesome divine sweet.

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Three main ingredients are Besan, ghee and sugar. If your sugar syrup is of 2 string consistency burfi will turn hard. If it’s of 1 string consistency it will be too soft and might spoil soon. So string consistency has to be a little more than 1 string but less than 2.

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Generally Mota besan is used for this sweet. Some people make a muthi of besan flour with a little water /milk and then fry it in ghee. Then it’s grounded in blender and then again cooked in ghee. I have not tried that method. I find this method quite easy to follow.

How to make Mohan Thaal

Preparation time: 10-15 minutes
Cooking time: 20 minutes
2 cups Besan/ gram flour
1 cup ghee
¼ cup milk
1 cup water
1 ½ cup sugar
¼ tsp elaichi powder
Slivered pistachio and almonds
To make Mohan Thaal

heat milkadd milk

Heat the milk and add 1 tsp ghee to it. Make a well in the centre of besan and add this milk mixture to it.

besan 1besan 2

Mix besan and milk and rub between your hands to coat uniformly. Run in your blender for 15 seconds and pass through a sieve to remove lumps.

heat gheeadd besan

Add Ghee in a heavy bottomed pan. Add besan and stir continuosly for 15-20 minutes on low flame. Besan will become dark in color and its raw smell will go.

cooked besan

Look at that beautiful golden color :-)

for syrupmake syrup

While besan is cooking after 10 minutes start making your sugar syrup. Heat water and sugar till you get one string consistency. Cook for another 2-3 minutes then switch off the gas. This will take around 10 minutes. Switch off the flame and add elaichi powder to it.

add syrupmix

When besan is ready add sugar syrup to it. Mix thoroughly.


Keep a greased thaali ready. Pour besan mixture in it.

add dry fruits

Sprinkle slivered pistachio and almonds on it. Leave it to cool for some time before cutting pieces in desired shape.


mohan thaal

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Roti Noodles

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Roti Noodles
If your kids are fond of Noodles then this is one dish you muts try. Your kids will love it trust me :-)

Roti Noodles

this is as healthy as noodles can get as we have replaced store bought plain flour maida noodles with healthy Roti/chapatti/parantha. I have used left over parantha but this recipe is so good that I will not mind making fresh roti for this inatead of boiling noodles.

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You can add whatever vegetables you want to add. Brocolli, cabbage, peppers, Corn whatever your kids love. This way kids get to eat their noodles and we do not have to worry about their eating junk.

How to make Roti Noodles
preparation time: 5 minutes
cooking time: 5 minutes
serves 3-4

5 roti/chapatti/parantha
2 onions sliced
1 carrot thinly sliced
1 capsicum sliced
1 tsp chilly sauce
3-4 garlics finely chopped

½ tsp vinegar
½ tsp soya sauce
1 tbsp tomato ketchup
salt to taste
¼ tsp red chilli powder
¼ tsp chaat masala

To make Roti Noodles

roti  cut vegetables

Slice all the vegetables.

cut roti


cut thin strips of roti to give it noodle shape.

Heat oil in a pan. Cook onions and Garlic for 2-3 miunres in oil.

saute vegetables


Add capsicum and carrots and cook for another 2-3 minutes on high heat stirring continuously.

mix sauces

Add all the sauces, salt, and chilli powder and chaat masala.
add roti  Add thin roti strips and give it a good mix so that the sauces coat the roti noodles properly.mix


Serve hot as evening snack, breakfast or even dinner 😉
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Masala Papad

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 Masala Papad – Crispy, crunchy, tangy, spicy, full of flavors……

This is as simple a recipe as it can get. my son loves masala papad. Whenever we go to our favorite food joint that serves really amazing crisp and thin papads he will definitely order these first.


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Papads are essesntial part of our indian food. They can be served with pulao, khichdi, dal roti or basic daal chawal. They not only add taste and flavor to the food but also aid in digestions because of all the spices that are added in them.
In Rajasthan Papad is served in the end of heavy meal to help in digestion. Some people spread a teaspoon of ghee also on them.

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There are times when kids need a very light snack. they are not really hungry just something to munch on or to give them a 5 minute break from studies.
These masala Papad are perfect for times like that. Easy to prepare, yummy to munch on and light on stomach :-)
These can also be served as appetizer to guests with soup or cold drinks.

How to make Masala Papad
Cooking time: 5 minutes
preparation time: 5 minutes
makes 8 small masala papad

8 papad

For masala:

2 onions finely chopped
2 tomato finely chopped( remove the seeds)
1 green chilly finely chopped
1/2 tsp chaat masala
1/4 tsp red chilly powder
salt to taste
1 tbsp finely chopped fresh coriander leaves

To make Masala Papad

Roast Papad on gas stove or in microwave as you wish. If you are not eating them right away you can store them in an air tight container for later use. Preferably these should be roasted right before you plan to eat them to ensure their crunchiness.

Mix everything mentioned under masala. Taste and adjust salt and spices according to your taste.
Spread a thin layer over roasted Papad and enjoy.

masala papad

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Acaraje is popular Brazilian street food made from Lobia/black eyed peas. Acaraje is very yummy, healthy, nutritious and full of fibre. Although it is deep fried it is very light in texture.


I have served them with tomato salsa which added more spice and flavor to this amazing dish. My family loved these fritters. We had them in the evening and then again at dinner wrapped in roti with lots of salsa and salad just like falafel wrap. Blissfull!!!

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These are perfect snack or appetizer when you are entertaining also. As these fry quite fast and are very filling.

And we do not feel that guilty about eating fried food if its main ingredient is very healthy; Lobia in this case. If your kids do not like Lobia try these fritters. They will never realize they are eating Lobia and they would be asking for more. Mine do 😉


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I saw  this recipe 2-3 years back on food food channel and I have made these many times since then and they have always been loved by my family.

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How to make Acaraje

soaking time: 5-6 hours
Preparation time: 5 minutes
Coolking time: 20-25 minutes
serves 2-4

1 cup Lobia/ Black eyed Peas (soaked for 5-6 hours)
2 medium sized Onions
4-5 cloves Gralic
1 tsp green chilli chopped
¼ tsp red chilli powder
¼ tsp black pepper powder
salt to taste

For tomato salsa
2 medium sized Onions
2 red tomatoes
1 tbsp coriander leaves
1 green chilli

1 small capsicum
juice of 1 lemon
salt to taste
¼ tsp red chilli powder
¼ tsp chaat masala

To make Acaraje

First prepare Salsa
Finely chop Onions, tomatoes, green chillies, coriander leaves and capsicum. Mix in a bowl. Add Salt, chilli powder, chaat masala and lemon juice. Salsa is ready to be served with Acaraje.
You can make Salsa 2-3 hours before you serve Acaraje and keep it in fridge to cool. It is more flavorful if it is prepared 2-3 hours before serving.

For Acaraje

lobia soaklobia

Drain the presoaked Lobia. it will be almost double in size then it was at the time of soaking.

rub lobia lobia ready

Note: Traditionally Lobia is rubbed in hand to remove its peel and then it’s grinded. I have made these with both peeled and unpeeled Lobia and the only difference is in texture. There is not much difference in taste. So this time I have made Acaraje with unpeeled lobia. but if you want to make it with peeled Lobia then this is how it will look.

onions grind

Grind lobia with onions, garlic and green chillies to a smooth fluffy paste.

spoongive shapeshapeready to fry

You can make balls and fry them or you can try this method to give shape to Acarajewith the help of two spoons.

fryfry acaraje

Fry them on low heat as they cook fast till they are golden.

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Serve hot with Salsa. You can also prepare them in advance and later on have like a fafafel wrap.

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10 rakhi festival sweets recipes

Rakhi Sweets recipes – Here is a collection of sweets you can make at home on rakhi. Most of these are really easy to make and do not take much time in kitchen. Afterall festivals are for enjoying with your family :-)

1. Kaju Katli

Everyone’s favorite.
kaju ki barfi


2. Eggless Chocolate Muffins

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3. Boondi Ladoo

boondi ladoo

4. Nariyal burfi with apple pie filling  very unique and flavorful

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5. Oreo Truffles A special treat for your young brothers

tasty Oreo Truffle

6. Homemade Chocolates

Homemade Chocolates


7. Mocha Biscuit Cake

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8. Coconut Burfi with Gulkand

Coconut burfi with gulkand 1


9. Atte ke Ladoo

Atta ladoo

10. Rice Kheer

kheer 2

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Corn Canapes

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Corn canapés – Everyone loves Corn. Kids love corn, their parents love corn even their grandparents love corn :-)

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I always make masla corn for kid’s parties as it is all kids favorite. Whether you want to have light Sunday dinner, some unexpected guests arrive or kids want some filling healthy snack these corn always come handy.

corn capape

Canapés is another of my family’s favorite snack or appetizer. I generally use brittania crackers for making canapés but this time I used some store bought canapés base also. My kids loved both but Canapes made with crackers earned more points. So next time onwards I am going to use crackers only.

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This is the best appetizer recipe to serve a large group as you can have everything ready in advance and you can assemble them just before serving which hardly takes any time. Infact preparing filling in advance allows all the flavors to blend in nicely.
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There are so many varieties that you can make. My Pineapple salsa canapés is loved by both my kids a lot. Then you can prepare mango salsa canapés, potato chaat canapés or with cucumber salsa.

How to make Corn canapés
preparation time: 5-7 minutes
cooking time: 10 minutes
makes 15-20 canapes


20 crackers
or 15 store bought canapés base

Cheese spread

1 cup frozen sweet corn

1 onion chopped
1 tomato chopped(seeds removed)
½  capsicum diced
1 tbsp lemon juice
salt and pepper to taste
1 tsp chopped green chillies
chopped coriander leaves or cilantro
¼ tsp chaat masala (optional)

To make Corn canapés 

boil corn

Wash and boil the corn for 10 minutes in enough water. Or you can give them a whistle in pressure cooker.

drain corn

Drain corn.


Add all the chopped vegetables and spices in a bowl.

add corn

Add boiled corn to it. Taste the corn chaat and adjust the spices according to your taste.

canapesfried canapes

If you are using store bought canapés fry/bake them according to directions on their box.

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Just before serving apply a layer of cheese spread and a spoon of prepared corn chaat on canapes.

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I generally use these brittania crackers to make canapés. Just spread some cheese spread followed by corn chaat and your appetizer is ready to serve.

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Really delicious, healthy and quick appetizer to serve.

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Baked potatoes

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Baked Potatoes can be served as an appetizer or a side dish with some main dish or even as an evening snacks when kids are hungry.

My kids love these potatoes and demand that these be served as snack rather than with main meal so that they can enjoy these more.

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These are really easy to make and can be made healthier by adding more vegetables to it. Or you can make these more kid friendly by adding more cheese to the recipe 😉


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If you are planning to serve these as appetizer it is better to choose small potatoes so that guests can pick one piece easily though it will be a little difficult to scoop out from small potatoes.

How to make Baked Potatoes
prepration time: 5 minutes
Baking time: around 10 minutes
makes 5 pieces

5 large boiled potatoes
1 onion finely chopped
½ capsicum finely chopped
1 tsp green chilli chopped
1 tbsp fresh coriander leaves chopped
1 cheese cube grated
salt to taste
pepper to taste
1/4 tsp chaat masala

2 tbsp butter

To make Baked Potatoes

boiled potatoes

Take 5 large boiled potatoes.


Cut a thick slice from top of potato.

scoop out

Scoop out the potato from middle leaving a thick border on all sides. Remove the skin from potatoes.


Rub butter on the insides and outside of potato.


Mash the scooped out potato and mix with onion, green chilli, cheese, capsicum, coriander leaves and chaat masala. Add salt and pepper to taste.


Fill the potatoes with this mxture and brush with butter on top.

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Bake at 220-240 C in a pre heated oven for 10-15 minutes till it browns on sides and top.
Serve hot :-)


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aloo pyaz ke pakode

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Aloo pyaz ke pakode
crispy spicy yummy- perfect snack for a rainy day. You can have them in breakfast, with evening tea, when you have guests or even when you want to indulge ;-).

In monsoon these are the most sought after Sunday breakfast in our house. Hardly takes any time and loved by everyone. Perfect qualification required of a Sunday breakfast.

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Aloo pyaz ke pakode or bhajiyya as they are called in some houses are made in most of the houses and I am sure most of you already know how to make these. Still thought I will share my method with you.

We try our best to avoid fried foods but Sunday breakfast is exempt from this rule;-)

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Two things we try are: we do not have fried food in night because if we have fried heavy breakfast it will be digeted by night but heavy dinner does not have time to digest.
Secong always drain fried food on paper towel or news paper to remove excess oil.

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How to make Aloo Pyaz ke Pakode
preparation time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 20-30 minutes
serves around 4 people

½ cup besan/gram flour
5-6 potatoes
3 onions
2 green chillies chopped
1 tsp grated ginger
2 tbsp chopped coriander
¼ tsp saunf/fennel seeds
¼ tsp ajwain/carrom seeds
¼ tsp heeng/ asafetida
¼ tsp red chilli powder
1/8 tsp garam masala
salt to taste

1 tsp oil
chaat masala for sprinkling (optional)

Oil for deep frying


To make Aloo Pyaz ke Pakode

cut potato

Peel, clean and chop potatoes into small pieces.

cut onion


Chop onions.




add vegetables

Mix all the spices and chopped vegetables.

add besan


Now add gram flour/besan.



Mix everything using as little water as possible to make thick batter. We just want to coat the vegetables with besan so that there is a thin layer of besan on them.

Add 1 tsp of oil to the batter and mix. This helps in making pakodas crisp so do not skip on this step. 


drop batter


Heat oil in a kadhai and drop small portions of batter in kadhai.



Deep fry till golden.




Drain on a paper towel or news paper. Sprinkle Chaat masala on pakode.


aloo pyaz ke pakode

Enjoy with a hot cup of Tea. Blissfull………..:-)


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