Mirchi Vada | Pakora | Bhajji | Bhajiya Recipe | Chili Fritters

You can call it Mirchi Vada or Mirchi Bhajji or Mirchi ke Pakore, or Mirchi Bhajiya, or Bharwan Mirchi ka Pakora, or Chili Cutlet, or Chili Fritters, or Stuffed Chili Pakora, or there are probably 20 other names for this.

These are spicy chilies stuffed with a spicy potato mixture, dipped in chickpea flour batter and deep-fried...this snack is for those who can handle the spice on their tongue and the smoke out of their ears.

Beetroot and Peanut Salad | Easy Simple Salad Recipes

It is rare for me to spend time preparing a salad when I'm already spending time cooking 3-4 other items for a meal.  It is very easy for someone like my mom to serve a salad along with an already elaborate meal.  And looking at how she makes salad-making pretty easy (here is my mom's amazing Strawberry and Mango Salad recipe), here's another salad that she makes, that I like, that is so simple, that I want to share: Beetroot and Peanut Salad

Carom Seed Crackers | Ajwain Biscuit | Eggless Baking

What British call as scones and what Americans call those soft, fluffy breads that they can eat with soups and stews as biscuits are different from what people in India, for example, call the crunchy and sweet or salty crackers as biscuits.  The sweet biscuits can't be called cookies (for those who know Indian brands--think Parle G biscuits or Britannia biscuits!).  Crunchy biscuits and other 'namkeen' snacks make a great accompaniment to the Indian Chai.  These flavorful and savory carom seed biscuits (aka ajwain biscuits) do too.

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