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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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.

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Dahi Bhindi (Okra with Yogurt Gravy)

Dahi Bhindi is a great way to enjoy okra in tangy creamy sauce. Dahi Bhindi is simply delicious, and easy to make. This goes well with Jeera Rice, or roti-paratha.

Rice Krispies Treats

Rice Krispies Treats are crispy and delicious. They are quick and easy to make and always a hit with kids. Because they are so easy, I can always make them on demand. These Rice Krispies Treats remind me my friend Halen, who was like a grandmother to my kids. This was one of her go-to recipe.

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Mango Mousse with Raspberry Pearls

My new recipe is called Mango Mousse with raspberry pearls. This is a delicious, delicate dessert that is sure to be enjoyed by all. Mangoes are my favorite fruit so I like to incorporate them in my various recipes. This was my first time making Raspberry pearls for the garnish. I did this with a special guest, Avani, who is currently a participant on Master Chef Junior! These delicate looking pearls are simply gorgeous on desserts!

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Aloo Tamatar Ki Sabji (Potato with Spicy Tomato Gravy)

Aloo Tamatar ki Sabji or Potatoes with spicy tomato gravy is a classic combination and a popular North Indian dish. Aloo Tamatar, is flavorful and delicious and the best part is that it goes well with all different kinds of bread and rice.

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Apple Coconut Barfi

Apple Coconut Barfi is a delicious treat. This fudge-like barfi super easy to make. It’s also vegan and gluten-free. The fruity taste makes for a great sweet snack without the guilt!

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Veggie Cheese Toast

Veggie Cheese Toast is a simple but delicious comfort food, simply called “Cheese Toast” in my family. This is a quick and easy recipe and you can make them with your choice of bread and toppings. The variations are endless! This is a kid-friendly recipe. Cheese toast also makes a great lunch or snack.

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Litti Chokha (Bihari Sattu Litti)

Litti Chokha is a delicacy from the state of Bihar made with stuffed whole wheat dough balls with roasted chana dal and spices inside. These stuffed balls are known as Litties are usually roasted over charcoal but can also be baked. Litties are served with Chokha. Chokha is a dip prepared with mashing potato, tomato or eggplant with spices, but at my home it was always served with Dal Tadka.

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Kachori with Kadhi

Kachori topped with Kadhi this is a Rajasthani specialty that is simply delicious. There are times that we like to indulge ourselves or want to make a special treat for guests, but there is not enough time in the day to prepare such dishes. For times like this, I like to make semi-homemade recipes. This dish is perfect for this and can be presented beautifully.