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Enjoy Namak Paare

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We just did the video for Namak Paare. This is a very traditional staple snack. Usually Namak Paare is made with all-purpose flour (plain flour, maida) but I make it using half all-purpose and half whole-wheat so I can keep my husband and daughter-in-law both happy. My daughter-in-law likes to replace all-purpose flour with whole […]

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Enjoying Seattle, Washington

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Our journey has now taken us to Seattle, Washington where we are staying with my aunt. They live about 2 hours north of Seattle and have a beautiful countryside home. Many of you have noticed my new surroundings in my last video posted about Zucchini Pasta. This video was taped at my aunt’s house. She […]

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Everyday Menu Suggestions

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Many of you have expressed interest in my suggestions for daily meals.  Below are some suggestions for dinner for the week. These suggestions are efficient and time-saving, as I know how hectic it can get with busy schedules! Saturday is a good day to begin planning meals for the upcoming week so you can plan […]

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Friendship of a Lifetime

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Some very close friends of mine visited me this Thanksgiving holiday from Ann Arbor, Michigan. I really should say they are more like family. We make the effort at seeing each other, but I wish we could see each other more often. Ideally, they would live right here in San Diego! It would be great […]

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Fun with Family

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The end of March brings the celebration of two of my favorite holidays. Holi is on March 27th and Easter is on March 30th. I look forward to these holidays as I traditionally spend them with my grandkids. Holi, also known as the festival of colors, is celebrated with great enthusiasm by farmers. Holi is […]

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Getting Ready for Holi

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I am starting my preparations for Holi, which is the festival of colors and is celebrated with great enthusiasm by farmers. Holi is known as a harvest time. It is truly a beautiful site, with green farms and colorful flowers! Holi is celebrated as a day when everyone comes together to celebrate. Social restrictions and […]

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Getting Ready For the Wedding

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My nephew is getting married and the whole family is really excited. The bride-to-be is a daughter of my very close friend, which only doubles the excitement. We will all be going to North Carolina for the wedding, arriving two days prior to the big day. Traditionally Indian weddings have many ceremonies involving different family […]

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Getting the royal treatment!

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As you know, we have continued with our vacation to India. We have been here for almost two weeks and are having the time of our lives! With so much family, it is getting hard to decide just who to spend time with! That is a good problem to have. We have spent the days […]

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Going on a Trip

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I am so incredibly excited…. Alex and I are taking a much-needed trip. We are planning to visit family and friends across the United States and even India. This trip will begin in September until the end of the year. My husband, Alex, came up with this idea and has taken the task to plan […]

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Granddaughter’s First Birthday!

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This past weekend was a busy one for me as it was my granddaughter’s FIRST birthday!! The party was very fun and every one had a great time. I planned the menu and prepared a variety of dishes for this special occasion. We also decided to cater some dishes. The menu included the following dishes: […]

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Great News!

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I am now officially a grandma for the third time and I’m absolutely in love with my precious granddaughter! I have been with her since her birth and am loving taking care of her. These past few weeks have been really busy for me. I have to say my granddaughter is cute as a button […]

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Gulab Jamun Variations by Manjula

Gulab Jamun Variations for Festivals

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Many festivals are coming soon, starting with Navratri, Durga Ashtami, Ram Navami, Dussehra, Diwali, Bhai Dooj, and the list goes on. I am always planning to what make something new. Something different and festive but not needing too much work, at the same time the family should enjoy it. I thought why not make the sweets and snacks that my family likes and I will also like to share this with my extended family by the series of blogs.

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Happy Diwali

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This year Diwali falls on October 17th – which is conveniently on a Saturday! Diwali is often referred to as the “Festival of Lights” and is a celebration of joy and happiness. Diwali signifies the victory of good versus evil. Hindus celebrate Diwali throughout the world with great enthusiasm. There are many traditions that are […]

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Happy Diwali (Festival of Lights)

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Diwali is often referred to as the “Festival of Lights” and this year it will be celebrated on Friday November 5th, 2010. It is a Hindu holiday that is celebrated with great enthusiasm, throughout the world. Diwali signifies the victory of good over evil. Most people believe Diwali to be a celebration of the return […]

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Happy Dusshera!

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Dusshera is a major Indian festival celebrated after the nine days of Navratri. This Hindu festival celebrates the victory of good over evil. Here is my menu for tomorrow to celebrate this occasion:

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Happy Halloween!

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Halloween is here and I enjoy spending time with my grandchildren on this holiday! Today I carved pumpkins with my grandchildren, Mansi and Raghav. We do this every year and it’s become our tradition! Mansi, my 8 year old granddaughter, wanted to carve the pumpkin herself using a knife, but I, of course, did not […]

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Happy Holi

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Holi, a favorite holiday of mine, is coming up on March 11, 2009. Holi the festival of colors, traditionally a harvest festival, celeberated all over india. Holi celebration begins with lighting up of bonfire on the Holi eve to cleanse the air of evil spirits and bad vibes, the victory of good over evil. Holi […]

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Happy Holi!!

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My grand daughter is visiting me and we decided to prepare this holi plate today.

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Happy Holidays

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I always look forward to this time of year. I don’t celebrate Christmas as I am not a Christian, but I do enjoy the Christmas spirit that my community shows. I enjoy seeing the festive spirit in my students and neighbors. This time of year also means that I get to spend more time with […]

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Happy Holidays!

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The holidays are here and you can smell it in the air! It’s getting dark earlier and the days are cold. This can only mean one thing…the holidays are fast-approaching! My grandchildren enjoy this time of year, especially putting up the Christmas tree and decorating the house. My granddaughter Mansi is in charge of ensuring […]

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