All posts by Manjula Jain

About Manjula Jain

Manjula Jain was born in North India into a vegetarian family. Her mother was an excellent cook who paid attention to every detail. One of the most important details for her was cooking with fresh ingredients. As a child and young adult, she helped her mother in the kitchen. Manjula learned to cook with just a few spices and herbs in order not to compromise the taste of the vegetables, grains and lentils. After Manjula Jain got married and moved to the United States from India in the late 1960s, her family remained vegetarian because of their adherence to the Jain religion. One of the main principles of the Jain religion is the belief in non-violence to all living beings and the belief to “live and let live”. Manjula Jain is passionate about this way of life today.

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Moong Dal Ladoo

Moong Dal Ladoos are traditional Indian festive sweets. Ladoos are made with different roasted flours or lentils, ghee and sugar. You will find ladooes for every celebration.


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Aloo Lacha Chivda (Spicy Potato Sticks)

Aloo ka Lacha is an all-time favorite snack in my house and I will show you how easy to make this exotic snack.


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Cabbage Pakora (Bhajia)

Cabbage Pakoras or Crispy Cabbage Fritters are a great any time snack. They especially taste delicious when they are served with Chutney and hot cup of tea. They are also easy and quick to make. Surprise your guests and treat them with these mouthwatering crispy cabbage pakoras.

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Masala Paratha (Besan Ka Masala Paratha)

Masala Paratha is a flavorful flat bread. This paratha is a combination of whole wheat flour and besan with a mix of delicious spices. Masala Paratha is a great breakfast treat and also a great lunch box option.

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Mango Shrikhand (Amrakhand)

Mango Shrikhand is a refreshing yogurt based sweet dish. Shrikand with mango makes it a very delicious dessert. This exotic dessert is easy to prepare and Shrikhand is often served with poori.

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Stuffed Bell Peppers (Stuffed Capsicum)

For these mouthwatering Stuffed bell peppers, I decided to make them into rings, which makes it easier and quicker to make. Bell peppers provide a very nice vibrant color to any dish. Stuffed bell peppers are delicious and can be served as appetizers or as a side dish. I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I enjoy!

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Vegetable Cheela Rolls, vegetable Wrap

Vegetable Cheela Rolls is a healthy and delicious any-time meal. Cheela Rolls is a treat for people who are vegan and gluten free. Cheela is like a besan dosa, and can be used as a wrap and this cheela wrap with vegetables makes a wholesome meal. Cheela Rolls can be used as a snack and also for good a lunch box meal.

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Falooda,Delicious Dessert Beverage

Falooda is best described as a dessert beverage which is really corn vermicelli. This is a delicious combination of layered Falooda with milk, sweet basil and vanilla ice-cream. I like to serve this with mango. This can be an any-time snack! Falooda is popular with Mumbai road side vendors. This chilled beverage-dessert is the perfect way to cool off in the summer heat.

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Gatte Ki Sabji (Rajasthani Cuisine)

Gatte Ki Sabji is a traditional dish from Rajasthan. These steamed gram-flour dumplings are cooked in a spicy gravy. This mouth-watering dish will complement any meal. Enjoy Gatte Ki sabji with roti or plain rice. The recipe is also vegan and gluten free.

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No Bake Cheesecake

This  Cheese cake recipe requires absolutely no cooking or baking. This is a delicious and perfect dessert for hot summer days. I like to use the fresh seasonal fruits over cheese cake. This is an amazing recipe and everyone will enjoy.

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Lemonade (Classic / Strawberry)

Summer is around the corner and I love this time of year! It means more time with my grandkids, a relaxed schedule and of course endless days of sun, pool and pure bliss! I like to serve refreshing Lemonade on these hot summer days. It’s definitely a must-have for fun summer outings like picnics or casual lunches if you are entertaining. Today I am making two different lemonades – traditional classic Lemonade and Strawberry Lemonade. It’s the perfect pick-me-up drink!

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Jalapeno Cheese Paratha

Jalapeno Cheese Paratha is a whole wheat flat bread filled with a combination of grated cheese. This is not only delicious, but also a great breakfast option. Jalapeno Cheese Paratha can be served like cheese bagels or bread.

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Chana Chaat (Spicy Snack)

Chana Chaat is a healthy and delicious snack. I am using kala chana for this recipe. Kala chana looks like chickpeas, but brown in color. This is a delightfully sweet and tangy snack. Channa Chaat will also make a very enjoyable lunch box meal.