Chuda, Kadali, Nadiya Chakata – Flattened Rice, Banana and Coconut Mash


One of my earliest memories is of my Ai saying- Peto kana hauchi? Chuda Kadali khai de, saboo bhalo heye jiba…As I said in one of my instagram posts, this recipe is every odia mom’s peto kharab remedy and on the go breakfast as it keeps one full for a long long time. This recipe will definitely not make into cookbooks but this is a part of every odia child’s genetic constitution. I grew up with this and now when I see my little one enjoying it the same way. I give myself a pat on my back all the while wondering why I didn’t post about this before. Continue reading


Not just Lasagna, but Prawn Lasagna Roll Ups

Cover Image_Lasagna Roll Ups

Savoury, Creamy and Succulent, what is it about Lasagna that always leaves us craving for more? Here is an easy dinner date idea with endless possibilities for variation. In this recipe tender lasagna rolls are filled with a ricotta-spinach-prawn mixture, and baked in a special sauce. Combine these roll ups with a classic salad and some garlic bread on the side and you have got an amazing meal that has date night written all over it. Ok Ok… if you don’t have a date… do make it for the family dinner and if you are single, just pack them in individual portions and pop them in the freezer.

Let me tell you making Lasagna is fairly easy, but making Lasagna Roll-Ups is FUN! Add your favorite meat or sea food and explore an all new dimension altogether. Let your imagination wander….

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Macha Tarkari – Odia Style Rohu Fish Curry

Rohu Macha JholoIf you have been following my blog, you would know by now how much my family loves fish, that includes my 3 year old little one. This recipe is a nostalgic one, one that was an integral part of my life as I grew up. Though we moved around and changed cities a lot, all thanks to being an army brat, my mother made sure that odia cuisine was a staple at home, she always said that never forget your roots and odia food was her way of making us keep in touch with ours. And even though I don’t live in Odisha anymore, my parents do, and being married to a punjabi, this is my way of making sure that my little one is exposed to the food culture of both the worlds. I beam with pride when my little one now demands for fish curry. All thanks to my mother who with her efforts made me and my brother always tuck in food with utmost gusto, exposed us to multiple cuisines and now she does the same with my little one.

Macha Tarkari / Macha Aloo Jhola is the one that my mother used to prepare for lunch. Macha in Odia means Fish;  and Jhola means to a light gravy.  So, if you are looking for a light, simple and flavor packed   fish curry, then this odia fish curry recipe is definitely a keeper and worth a bookmark. Continue reading

Katla Machha Jholo – Fresh water carp with nigella infused tomato gravy

Katla Machha JholoGoing to the fish market is never a chore for me, thanks to my father who made me a part of all those Sundays when he went on a fish buying spree. Being in the army made us change towns often but with every new city we moved to, we looked forward to go around hunting for the best fish available. A lot of hits and misses happened till Papa settled for his favorite fish guy. We just moved cities and one of my first posts in a forum on Facebook was “Where can I get good fish?” and with each new suggestion I went around Pune looking for the best fish that I could get. A visit to a fish market, although a smelly and a noisy experience can be worthwhile especially for fish lovers. Being an Odia, I love the hustle bustle, aroma and the chaos of a fish market but for my Punjabi husband, the opposite holds true. But he eats fish with as much gusto as me… Continue reading

Tangy Bengal Gram Salad

Tangy Bengal Gram Salad...

Tangy Bengal Gram Salad…

So the husband had a field day eating what he wants…when the wifey was on the vacation… And now that the wifey is back, we are back to salad jars for lunch…You can play around with the ingredients in this salad as you choose, just use your imagination and try to keep the ingredients complementary in flavour. I like to balance my salad ingredients to add colour and a diversity of textures, but I often change the ingredients as my mood changes, or depending on what I have on hand in my refrigerator.

This salad is my kind of meal! Hearty black bengal gram, mixed with cilantro, veggies, and a flavourful cumin-lime dressing.

This is my eleventh salad in the#husbandkadabba series

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Couscous Salad – Colours in my jar

Cous Cous Salad

This perfect Couscous salad is full of fresh flavours of mint, lime, pomegranate and cherry tomatoes . This is the perfect kind of salad to carry for lunch, bring in to a potluck or a picnic.

This is my seventh salad in the #husbandkadabba series

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