Masala Ribbons

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Masala Ribbons

Cute aren’t they. Masala ribbons or ribbon pakoda are really easy to make. Just prepare a dough pass throuch kitchen press, deep fry and done.
This recipe appeared in my paper and pic was so tempting that it was immediately added to my ‘to make on Diwali’ list.



masala ribbon


I have made some changes to the recipe as per our taste.

I could not take step by step photos as I am very busy with Diwali preparations. But I will try to update soon and post some step photos also after Diwali.

How to make Masala Ribbons
preparation time: 5 minutes
cooking time: 15- 20 minutes
makes : a lot ;-)

2 cups Besan/gram flour
½ cup maida/plain flour
1 tsp red chilli powder
1 tsp salt
1 tsp ajwain/carom seeds
½ tsp saunf/fennel powder
2 tbsp oil
¼ tsp heeng/asafetida
a pinch of garam masala

Oil for frying

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To make Masala Ribbons
Mix all the ingredients and make dough using little water. Dough should not be very soft or hard. Now pass it through jalie with the help of kitchen press in hot oil.

kitchen press jalie

Fry till golden brown in colour. Drain on a paper to remove excess oil.
Store in an air tight container after it cools down.

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Diwali special recipes

Diwali special Recipes
Hello friends. Diwali is only 8-9 days away and I am sure you all must have made some plans for diwali special recipes you are going to make this Diwali. Believe me my hubby made the list even before we made the house cleaning list;-)

We try to make some new sweets and snacks on Diwali but there are some sweets that are always there. Each family has their own set of favorite sweets and snacks. most of these recipes I am sharing today are in that list.

I have joined blog hop organised by shruti from where many bloggers are sharing there Diwali posts. There are some recipes blogs, some craft blogs and book review blogs too. So please take a look at links to other blogs in the end of the post and visit the ones you find interesting :-)

Here is a list of Most popular Diwali Recipes

Diwali Sweets

Kaju Katli

I have started making these at home from last Diwali only but these were a staple at home during festivals and we used to buy these from sweets shops. Not any more ;-)
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Need I say more? Gunjiya is a must at Diwali and Holi.
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Atte ke Ladoo

I am sure you all are already making these. Here is how we make it.
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Nariyal Ladoo
These are my family’s latest favorite. 3 ingredients. No fuss. No hassle. Soft juicy Ladoos

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Besan ki Barfi
Making sugar syrup/chashni could be tricky. This recipe uses plain sugar.
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Very easy to make and healthy too

If you want to stay away from fat laden sweets then rasgulla’s are the perfect sweet to  make.

Boondi ke Ladoo
this is one of those recipes which once you start making you can not understand why you have not tried them earlier.
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Choco Mawa Rolls
Kids love these. They can even help you in making these and cutting pinwheels. And they just love the way it looks or tastes for that matter.
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Sandesh with Nutella

Now who can say no to Sandesh that too filled with nutella.


Diwali snacks/savories

Besan ki Sev
crunchy, crisp, yummy. Your kids will love these

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Achaari Mathri
No need to serve achaar with these Mathris as they already have achaar ka masala in them. Hassle free.
mathri achaari

bite sized, spicy, tangy, sweet and sour. Bhakarwadi is a medley of flavors. Once you eat these you will fall in love with them surely
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Roasted sweet and spicy nuts
Healthy, elegant. Rather than frying lightly roast them in microwave and spices according to your taste.
sweet and spicy roasted nuts


Come join a set of fabulous bloggers sharing their Diwali moments , easy Crafts, DIY ideas, Recipes and book recommendations with you .

Starting from today till Diwali and beyond, each one of us will be writing a post related to Diwali.

Participating blogs

Artsy Craftsy mom . Reading Rabbits Library . Food and fads . Cherish Dream Live . My little Moppet . On-board the Mommyship . Roohi’s Collection . Colours Dekor . Bumps n Baby  . Hello Mommyhood . A spoonfull of ideas . CraftIsland . The Keybunch . ParentingMantras . Whats Cooking Mom . Orange kitchens . Quilts & Quills . Fun Activities for Children . Something’s cooking . Obsessivemom . The Design Enthusiast . Fantastic Feathers . Little aadi ali

So sit back, relax and check out all the fabulous Diwali Dhamaka posts from our participating blogs in the linky.

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Today I am sharing with you recipe of Bhakarwadi. Bhakarwadi is simply amazing in taste bursting with flavours. It is a spicy Tea time snack with a hint of sweet and slightly tangy. Layers after layers of spices and flavors. Hmmm… Yummy
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I have always liked Bhakarwadi but never tried making these at home because I thought they would be quite difficult to make. Then I saw step by step photos of making Bhakarwadi at this amazing beautiful blog She has explained the process so nicely and her bhakarwadi look so tempting that I also decided to try my hands at these.
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I have tried these 2-3 times now and made some changes to the recipe according to my family’s taste. You can also reduce or increase spies as per your taste.


The process is quite simple and does not take a long time. But list of ingredients is quite long so I would suggest you to measure out everything and keep aside first and then carry on with the preparations.

Another point to keep in mind is that these should be fried at low temperature to ensure uniform frying.
How to make Bhakarwadi
Adapted from

Preparation Time: 15 Minutes
Cooking time: 30 minutes
Makes around 30 bhakarwadi (it depends on the size you cut)



For dough
1 ¼ cup plain flour/maida
½ cup Gram flour/besan
2 tbsp oil
¼ tsp turmeric powder/haldi
¼ tsp red chilli powder
salt to taste

1 tsp maida ( for making paste for sealing edges)


For filling
4 tbsp dessicated coconut powder
4 tsp lightly roasted poppy seeds/khuskhus
4 tsp lightly roasted sesame seeds/til
¼ tsp asafoetida/heeng
1 tsp red chilli powder
3 tbsp powdered sugar
salt to taste
2 tsp roasted cumin powder/bhuna jeera
2 tsp Coriander powder/dhania
3 tsp fennel/saunf powder
2-3 tbsp thick tamarind/imli paste

2 green chilli finely chopped
1 tsp grated ginger
2 tbsp chopped fresh coriander leaves
To make Bhakarwadi
Take plain flour, gram flour, salt turmeric powder and red chilli powder in a wide bowl. Add oil to it and mix thoroughly with your hands. use as little water as needed to make a stiff dough. Keep it aside for 15 minutes while you make the stuffing.

For stuffing
Grind roughly green chillies, ginger, poppy seeds and sesame seeds for a few seconds to make a paste.
dry fillingfilling

Add all the ingredients for stuffing except for tamarind paste. Mixture will be dry. Now add tamarind paste 1 tbsp at a time to check how much is needed to make it easily spreadable.
I have used around 2 tbsp of tamarind paste. You just do not want to make mixture liquidy so use thick tamarind paste.

ball of dough
spread filling

Divide the dough into 4 equal balls. Roll out the dough as thin as you can. Spread mixture in the center.

fold the sides

start rolling

Fold the sides. Start rolling the dough from bottom side.
apply pasteroll

Make a thick paste from 1 tsp maida and water. Apply this paste on corner to seal the edges. Wrap into butter sheet and keep in fridge for 15 minutes while you roll out rest of the dough. This helps in cutting the pieces also as roll is firmly set and edges are sealed properly.
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Cut into desired size. I got around 30 pieces but it depends a lot on the size we cut.

fryfry pieces
Heat oil in a kadai and fry Bhakarwadi till golden brown. After you put bhakarwadi in hot oil reduce the flame to low so that inner layers also get cooked.
Store bhakarwadi in an air tight container after it cools down completely.
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Taj Mahal

Taj Mahal

Taj Mahal.

Today I am sharing with you some of the photos  of Taj mahal we (Axat and Me) took on our recent Agra Visit. I will not talk much in this post because If I start describing Taj Mahal I will definitely run short of adjectives and I would still not have done justice to its beauty.

I have seen Taj Mahal a number of times but every time you visit it you are in awe of it.
It looks Majestic from any angle you look at it.

So as A picture is worth a thousand words………..

Taj from pool

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Taj Mahal 2


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Karonde ka achaar

Karonde are still in season. Try this instant Karonde ka achaar. Karonde are not only a rich source of iron but also vitamin C.
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We make these two ways. One is this instant karonde ka achaar and second is sweet chutney/lonji.

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These go really well with most of Indian food and recipes. Add these to your meals to increase nutritional value and taste of your food.
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How to make Karonde Ka Achaar

Preparation time: Less than 5 minutes
cooking time: 2-3 minutes + 3-4 minutes
250 grams Karonde
4-5 green chillies
2 tbsp mustard oil(or any other oil of your choice)

¼ tsp heeng/ asafetida
½ tsp Saunf/fennel seeds
¼ tsp haldi/ turmeric powder
salt to taste
¼ tsp red chillli powder
½ tsp Coriander powder

To make Karonde Ka Achaar
cut karonde
Wash Karonde properly. Cut them in half vertically and remove the seeds and stems.

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Boil karonde in 1 cup of water for 2-3 minutes. This step is optional. My kids do not like too sour Karonde so I boil these in very less water to reduce tartness. This also makes them soft.
Pass the mixture through a sieve to remove Karonde from water.
Note: Do not throw away this water add sugar to it and dilute it with water and you have a delicious healthy drink ready
add salt turmericadd chillies
Heat oil in a pan. Add heeng and saunf to it. When saunf starts to crackle add salt, turmeric powder and roughly chopped green chillies to it.

add karondeadd spices

After cooking for 1 minute add karonde. As Karonde are already boiled we do not have to cook them for long. Add spices and mix properly. Switch off the flame.
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You can enjoy these with roti, parantha, Poori etc. Add health to your daily food :-)
these can be stored in fridge for upto a week easily. Always keep these in glass jars/bowls.
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Rakhi Sweets Recipes

Here is a list of 7 Rakhi sweets recipes you can make this Rakhi. Most of these are really easy to make and you can enjoy homemade sweets on this auspicious festival rather than buying them from market.

Boondi Ladoo
what I can say about these yummy Ladoos. Just make them and Fill your rakhi day with extra sweetness.
boondi ladoo

Choco Mawa rolls
Really Really easy to make and loved by all. Ready in a jiffy if you do not want to spend lot of time in kitchen.

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Oreo Truffles

Another easy to make delicious to eat recipe. Your brother will love it for sure:-)
tasty Oreo Truffle

Nariyal Ladoo
Three ingredients. just put everything in a pan and let them cook to these yummy juicy ladoos.

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Mocha Biscuit Cake
So easy even your little girls can make these for their loving brothers with a little help from you of course.
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Besan Burfi
My all time Favorite. Love the taste and aroma of this traditional Barfi. your house will smell so good.
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Made with milk and sugar this is a healthy tasty sweet. Perfect for serving on Rakhi.


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Potato Stir Fry

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Potato stir fry is my kids new favorite dish. They love having this with roti, in wraps or even with rice. Whenever I am in a hurry to make something for kids then Potato stir fry and paneer stir fry are my top most choices.

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These make delicious wraps. You can add some homemade Mayonnaise to the wraps. Nothing can beat homemade wraps health wise or taste wise. My kids love wraps be it these Potato stir fry wrap, paneer wrap or Burritos.
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These are perfect for packing in lunch box too. Watch your kids finish roti after roti with this Potato stir fry.
I used to fry potatoes earlier. Now I either shallow fry them in little olive oil or roast them in tandoor/oven. You can use either method as per your choice.


How to make Potato Stir Fry

Preparation time: 5 minutes
cooking time: 10-15 minutes
Serves 4

5 medium sized boiled potatoes
2 onions cut into slices
1 capsicum cut into thin slices
1 tomato cut into 8 pieces
1 tsp chopped coriander leaves
olive oil

Salt to taste
¼ tsp red chilli powder
¼ tsp chaat masala
¼ tsp chhole masala(optional)

To make Potato Stir Fry

shallow fry potatoes
Peel potatoes and cut 8 pieces of a potato. You can also cut them into wedges if you like. Heat olive oil in a pan and shallow fry potatoes for 5 minutes. Keep on tossing and turning to ensure even browning on all sides.

fry onions
Remove potatoes when done and add onions to the oil. Stir fry for 2 minutes.

add capsicum
Add capsicum and stir fry for another minute.

add tomatoes

Add potatoes and tomato to the pan. Sprinkle salt and spices and give it a nice stir. Cover and let it cook for 2-3 minutes. Switch off the flame. Sprinkle coriander leaves and serve hot with roti.
Potato stir fry

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Eggless Chocolate Muffins

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Eggless chocolate Muffins. My kids new love:-)

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There is something about Muffins that kids absolutely love. I have used the same recipe that I use for eggless chocolate cake. I baked a cake and some muffins. Verdict is out both my kids loved the muffins more than cake. Could be because they like having their own separate muffin rather than sharing a cake.
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When I asked my younger son how he liked it he said I give you 200 out of 10. Well what more could a mother ask for :-)
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The beautiful server is a gift from my sister. Isn’t it pretty? I just love it.
How to make Eggless Chocolate Muffins
preparation time: 5 minutes
Baking time: 20 minutes at 180 C
Makes around 6 muffins
¾ cup plain flour/maida
2 tbsp milk powder
2 tbsp cocoa
1 tsp baking powder

¼ cup fresh cream/malai from milk
½ cup powdered sugar
6-7 drops vanilla essence
½ cup mlk


To make Eggless Chocolate Muffins

Preheat the oven for 10-15 minutes at 180C.

Sieve flour and baking powder. Add milk powder and cocoa to it.
In a separate bowl, mix sugar and cream till fluffy. Add vanilla essence to it.

Now add flour mixture to sugar and cream mixture gradually till all of it is used. Keep on mixing and folding in between. Add a little milk at a time to get the desired consistency.
Taste the batter and adjust sugar according to your taste. Beat well for some time. Mixture will be fluffy now.
pour batter

Immediately pour into the greased muffin tin and bake for 15-20 minutes at 180 C. You can use muffin liners/paper cups also. Easy to handle and kids love them.
fill muffin tray

Fill only 2/3rd cup so that there is room to rise.
level muffin tray

Tap the muffin try gently on the slab to level the batter.
I have baked for 20 minutes.
Check by inserting knife/toothpick whether the muffin is uniformly baked or not especially at center of the muffin. If it is not done then bake for another 5 minutes.

Leave the muffins in oven for some time
Take it out of oven and let the muffins cool for some time and then ENJOY :-)
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Potato Cheese Balls

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Potato cheese balls

Potato cheese balls made with potato, cottage cheese, cheese with capsicum and corn. Yummy, soft, cheesy with soft centre and hard cover. These are simply irresistible.

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Perfect for kids parties, snacks, appetizers, to serve your guests, breakfast and if it’s raining than any time is good enough time.

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When it rains like this then Potato Cheese Balls to banati hai. Right ;-)

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I have used boiled sweet corn and capsicum also in this recipe. I really love capsicums and try to add these to most of the dishes I cook. It adds a really nice flavor to recipes.


You can add or subtract the spices as per your wish. I have kept them towards lower side as I am making this for my kids.
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Generally coriander leaves are added to balls but I have added basil/tulsi leaves as my tulsi plant is blooming with tulsi and I really wanted to use them. I have really liked their flavor in balls. Tulsi is really good in rains and helps body in fighting against cold and cough common problems of rainy season.
This is also a great make ahead snack especially if you are entertaining guests. You can make the balls beforehand and fry them when you plan to eat them. If you are planning to eat them same day then you can keep them in fridge but if you do not plan to eat them same day keep them in deep freeze and just thaw them and fry them.

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How to make Potato Cheese Balls
Preparation time: 10-15 minutes
cooking time: 20 minutes
makes around 20 balls

200 grams boiled potatoes
150 grams cottage cheese/paneer
50 grams(2 cubes) cheese
1/8 cup boiled corn
½ capsicum chopped finely
1 tbsp green chillies chopped
1 tbsp ginger finely grated
15-20 basil/tulsi leaves chopped(you can use coriander leaves also)
salt to taste
¼ tsp red chilli powder


For batter
¼ cup of plain flour/maida

½ cup bread crumbs

Oil for deep frying
To make Potato Cheese Balls

Grate potatoes, cottage cheese and cheese. Add green chillies, tulsi leaves, ginger, corn and capsicum to the mixture.


Add salt and red chilli powder as per your taste.
make balls

Mix the mixture thoroughly and make balls of medium size.
dip in batter
make a thin batter with maida and water. Keep bread crumbs in a separate plate.
Now dip each ball in maida batter
roll in crumbs
and then roll in bread crumbs so that it is coated uniformly.
all balls
Repeat the same process with all the balls. Deep fry them in hot oil. Do not put lots of balls in hot oil at the same time. I generally fry two balls at a time.
fry balls
We just have to brown its surface on all the sides so do not fry these for long time.
fried balls
Drain on a paper and serve hot with green chutney or ketchup.
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Hara Bhara Kabab

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Hara Bhara Kabab is quite a popular snack nowadays among adults as well as kids. Made with lots of green vegetables these are generally a healthier option to other snacks which are served in parties and ceremonies. My kids also love to eat Hara Bhara Kabab though they know all the vegetables that have been added to these. I think that tells how delicious they are especially to mothers of fussy eaters ;-)

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we all know the benefits of spinach which is the star ingredient of these kababs. You can add a variety of green vegetables in these. I have added whatever I had in my fridge namely beans capsicum coriander leaves. In winters peas can be added to these as peas add a very nice taste to kebabs or cutlets.

hara bhara Kebab

These can be shallow fried or grilled in oven. I have shallow fried the kababs. A perfect evening snack for kids or a perfect starter to serve guests or a more than perfect breakfast item. It is your choice how and when you want to have these.

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How to make Hara Bhara Kabab

Preparation time: 10 minutes
cooking time: 10 minutes
makes around 8-10 depending on size


1 cup spinach leaves washed properly
¼ French beans chopped finely
¼ cup capsicum chopped finely
¼ cup coriander leaves chopped finely
2 green chillies
1 tsp chopped ginger
2 medium sized boiled potatoes
1 onion chopped finely
1 white bread corners removed

¼ tsp roasted cumin powder
¼ tsp chaat masala

Salt and pepper to taste

¼ cup maida
water to make a thick paste

Bread crumbs
oil to shallow fry
To make Hara Bhara Kabab

Boil water in a pan. Add a little salt. Switch off the flame and add spinach leaves to the water. Leave for 5 minutes. Drain the leaves to remove excess water.
Heat ½ tsp oil in a pan and sauté beans and capsicum for 2-3 minutes. Blend capsicum, beans, spinach leaves, coriander leaves and ginger in a blender to a coarse paste after cooling down.make mixture

In a wide bowl add mashed potatoes, onion, all the spices and the coarse spinach mixture and mix thoroughly. Soak bread slice in water for 1 minute, press and remove the excess water and mash it in the mixture. It helps in holding mixture together.


shape kababs

Make kababs of desired shape.

dip in maida solution

Make a thick paste of cornflour with water. Take bread crumbs in a separate plate.


roll in crumbs


Dip the kababs in the maida batter and roll in the bread crumbs so that they are coated uniformly.





shallow fry kababs


Heat oil in a pan and shallow fry the kababs till light brown on both sides. Serve hot with ketchup.


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