Food has always attracted me and been away from home for years for my studies and work taught me the importance of good home made food. Food makes me happy. I have named by blog "KonkanFood", I come from the konkan region of India and my food is majorly influenced by this region. I love eating and like to incorporate the delicious dishes I come across in my day to day life.

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Nuts energy bites/Dry fruit Ladoo

Most of us crave for something sweet after meals, these ladoos are just perfect for that sweet tooth. Loaded with roasted dry fruits and sweet flavor at its best for that quick energy.

I have used jaggery in these tiny shaped balls. Jaggery is made from cane sugar too as sugar and has its sweet taste. Its the most raw form of sugar and there are no chemicals added in its making. Its widely used in India for sweet preparations and has its own health benefits. It has a golden yellow, brownish color. You will get it on amazon or in any Indian grocery store in US.


Ingredients :

1 cup almonds

1 cup walnuts

7 to 8 pitted dates

1 cup jaggery

3 to 4 tbsp clarified butter or unsalted butter



1. Preheat the oven at 400 degree Fahrenheit. On a baking sheet spread almonds and walnuts. Roast them for around 10 to 12 minutes. Once at room temperature roughly pound them to little pieces, not too fine.

2. Take a heavy bottom pan, put in 2 tbsp of clarified butter. Keep the heat on low to medium. Toss in the jaggery, once it comes in touch with heat, it will start melting. Stir for 5 minutes.

3. Add almonds, walnuts and dates, stir in for another 2 to 3 minutes.


4. On a large flat plate smear the a tbsp of butter, get the pan mixture on to this plate and rest for 1 or 2 minutes. When the mixture is still little warm, apply butter on your palms. Take a portion of mixture and roll them into desired size balls. You can keep them in room temperature for 1 week and refrigerate for months together.

These are great after workouts too.







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Apple salad

Salads are complementary with any dish you name. I try and experiment with quiet a few. Had friends over lunch to all konkan delicacies, and realized later that I forgot to capture the dishes I prepared except this salad.

This salad is crunchy, sweet and tangy. It is quick recipe and filling too.



1 medium sized carrot

2 baby cucumbers

1 medium sized apple(I used fuji apple which is sweet and crunchy)

1 small sized zucchini

3 tbsp Olive oil

2 tbsp lemon juice

1/2 tsp pepper powder

salt to taste



1.Cut cucumbers, apple, carrot and zucchini in desired shape, preferably in thin strips. As this will help the seasoning to mix well.

2.In a large bowl, mix oil, lemon juice, pepper powder and salt. Add in the cut ingredients and give a stir.Check for pepper and salt and add to adjust to your taste.

Enjoy as a side dish or have it alone.




Pav Bhaji

Pav Bhaji is one of the must have snacks in India. Its enjoyed by all ages. I and my friend Madhu have set a new tradition from last few weeks. We get together every friday and try and cook different snacks. This week we nailed pav bhaji from scratch. It was fun and and I was specially exited about the Pavs/Bread.





Recipe makes 24 pavs


Ingredients for the Pav:

10 cups all purpose flour/Maida + 1 cup for kneading and dusting

1/2 cup non salted butter+ 3 tbsp for applying once baked.

4 cups warm water

3 tbsp dry yeast

1 tbsp sugar

salt to taste


1. In a large bowl add the water, dissolve the sugar and add the yeast and give a good stir. Add the salt and a cup of flour. Start adding a cup at a time and get the mixture together. Dust some flour on a counter top, get the dough and knead well, add the melted butter. Once butter is added dough will become less sticky, knead it for 5 more minutes  and rest the dough in a warm place for 2 hours.


2. After 2 hours of proofing, dough should double in size, dust some more flour on a counter top and knead the dough for 5 minutes. Line a baking sheet with butter and divide the dough in required side balls and place them next to each other. Allow them to rest for a hour in a warm place. Cover the baking sheet while kept for resting.

3. After a hour time, the flour balls must have doubled the size and are ready to bake.

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4. Preheat the oven to 380 degree Fahrenheit and bake them for 25 to 30 minutes, the crust will change to a light brown color. Apply butter to pavs and rest it for 10 minutes and enjoy the pavs with bhaji. They are very close to pavs we get in Goa.

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For the Bhaji/Mix Vegetable gravy


2 medium sized potatoes

2 big sized onions

2 tomatoes

1 capsicum

1 cup cauliflower florets

1/2 cup peas

1/2 cup carrots

1 tbsp ginger garlic paste

1 tbsp cumin powder

2 tbsp coriander powder

1 tbsp chilli powder

1/2 tbsp mango powder

1 tsp fennel powder

1/2 cup butter

2 green chilies

1 cup coriander leaves

salt to taste



1. Steam cook cauliflower, carrots, peas, potatoes, capsicum, green chilies and keep it aside.

2. In a pan heat the butter add finely chopped onions, saute them until golden brown, add the ginger garlic paste, cook well. Add tomatoes and cook them for 5 more minutes. Add cumin, coriander, chilli, fennel and mango powder and get the whole paste to a good consistency.

3. Add the steamed vegetables to pan with cooked mixture, mash the vegetable with a potato masher. Add water to get the whole mixture to a good consistency. Add salt to taste and chopped coriander leaves. Cook the bhaji for 10 to 15 minutes on a low flame.


Serve the bhaji garnished with coriander leaves, fresh baked pavs, a peice of lime,  and enjoy!!



Chicken Burger

I like American chicken burgers, a variety to taste and endless toppings. You can never go wrong with burgers here. We use to go to this local restaurant, burgers were their specialty and we always loved the food there. Sadly it closed down. I have tried my best to make these burgers today and they tasted pretty good.

Hope you will too like them.


Following are the ingredients you will require for the burger.(This recipe will make 2 medium sized burgers)

250 grams minced chicken

2 medium sized onions

3 cloves garlic

1/2 inch ginger

2 tbsp coriander leaves

1 egg

1 tbsp soy sauce

4 to 5 lettuce leaves

3 to 4 tbsp unsalted butter

1 tbsp olive oil

1 tsp cajun powder

1 tsp paprika/chilli powder

1 tsp coriander powder

1 tsp cumin powder

3 to 4 tbsp Sriracha sauce

3 to 4 tbsp tomato sauce

1/2 avocado sliced

2 buns of your choice

2 tbsp mozzarella cheese

2 to 3 tbsp bread crumbs if required or 2 to 3tbsp of boiled potato

salt to taste



1.We will start with making the burger , take the minced chicken in a large mixing bowl, add 1 grated onion with its juices, finely chopped garlic, ginger, coriander leaves, soy sauce, olive oil, egg, bread crumbs or boiled potato, cajun, cumin, coriander, chilli powder and salt to taste. Incorporate all the ingredients well and keep it aside.

2. In a flat pan add 1 tbsp of butter and add sliced pieces of 1 onion, saute them until golden brown, add salt and set them aside.

3. Apply a little oil on your palms and make 2 portions of the burger mixture and make patties with help of your palms and pat it on the same skillet you have used earlier for sautéing onions. Put in the remaining butter and cook the patties on both the sides, each side should take around 3 to 4 minutes at least.

4.Once the patties are ready put cheese of your choice on patties when they are still on the pan, this will allow the cheese to melt, you could cover the pan with plate or foil to accelerate the process of cheese melting.


4. Once the patties are ready its time for assembling your burger, take buns of choice, I have used whole wheat buns here. Cut them into half, place some lettuce leaves at the base, put the patty on it. Then goes the caramelized onions, sliced avocado, sriracha sauce and tomato sauce. Cover it with the top bun. Enjoy the Burger!!


Tips: You could also add caramelized bell peppers and  mayonnaise on the burger.

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Baked Kale chips

This is new addition to to my evening snacks. I have never had kale before, this was my first try and was a hit. Loved the crispy and crunchy texture.



Here is how I got it done.


1 lb kale (you could pick any type of kale)

2 tbsp olive oil

1/2 tsp pepper powder

1/4 tsp turmeric powder

1/4 tsp red chilli powder or paprika

salt to taste.



1. Preheat the oven to 350 degree F.

2. Wash the kale and pat them dry to remove the water content.

3. Sprinkle the oil on the kale and rub them well with the oil, you should make sure that you have spread oil on every leaf. Once done put in the pepper, turmeric, chilli powder and the salt.

4. Mix them well and lay them on a baking tray in a way that the kale is not over lapping, this will make sure that the kale turns out to be crispy and is cooked well.

5. Bake the kale for 10 to 12 minutes, but do check after 8 minutes have passed as every oven is different. There will be change in color.

Enjoy the snack with your favorite drink.





Banana Cookies

I always think of baking a cake when I see ripe bananas laying on my counter, but the amount of sugar and butter goes into baking a cake made me think I should try something different this time.

I came across these recipes of banana cookies and everyone had their own version like adding oats, flour and so on.

Here is my version of a Banana Cookie. You will be surprised with the sweetness and deliciousness of these cookies without sugar or butter.





2 ripe bananas

1 1/2 cup ground almond powder (Grind a cup of almonds, should give you around 1 1/2 cup of powder)

1/2 cup raisins

1/2 cup dry coconut flakes

2 tbsp honey

2 tbsp dark chocolate flakes (Optional)

1 tsp vanilla essence



1. In a large bowl mash the bananas, add in the almond powder, coconut flakes, raisins,honey and vanilla essence. Mix it well.

2. Preheat the oven to 350 degree Fahrenheit.

3. Place parchment paper on a baking sheet, spray cooking oil and scoop out the cookies on the baking sheet.

4. Bake them for around 14 to 18 minutes, do check now and then after 12 minutes in oven. It may vary in given conditions. Once you take them out, cool it for 10 minutes and enjoy!!


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Vali leaves Bhaji/ Malabar Spinach Fritters

It was a meatless Monday and bhaji/fritters are a great combination to any vegetarian food. As kids I always remember my father grew vali (malabar spinach) in our backyard and it was treat to have vali bhaji for evening tea or as a side with food. Vali leaves give a great taste and crunchiness to bhaji. Vali leaves are loaded with nutrients and it is one of the staple veges grown at every house hold in konkan region.


Here is the recipe.


20  Vali leaves (Washed and cleaned)

1/2 cup besan/Chickpea flour

1/4 tsp turmeric

1 tsp chilli powder

1 tsp coriander powder

Salt to taste

Oil to fry

1/2 cup water



1. In a large bowl mix all the ingredients expect oil and water. Next add water little by little, make sure all the ingredients are mixed well. Mixture should be thick and the leaves well coated with the batter.

2. Heat oil in a pan, I never use a thermometer to check the oil temperature instead do a test to make sure the temp is right. Once the temperature is right make small portions of the mixture and drop them in oil pan and fry the bhaji. Make sure you turn them upside down and fry them on both sides.

3. Get them carefully on a tissue lined platter to get the out the excess oil and enjoy with a hot cup of tea.


Tip: To check oil temperature, once you feel the oil is right put a pinch of batter in the oil and if the oil is hot enough the batter ball will rise instantly. If the batter ball stays at the bottom of pan, the oil is not hot for sure and the other point is if the batter turns dark instantly while rising then the oil is too hot.