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New Year, New Beginning!

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Happy New Year! There’s so much to look forward to in 2017 and I hope that I can continue to bring, for myself and for you, joy and excitement in sharing new cooking experiences. In 2017 I would like to focus more on semi-homemade dishes.  I realize more and more, we are all so very […]

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Happy and Healthy 2017!

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Here’s to a happy and healthy 2017! I sincerely wish you all a very happy and a prosperous New Year! I must point out that it sure does not feel like it has been eleven years since I began posting on YouTube. It has also been ten years since I launched my website, www.manjulaskitchen.com. I […]

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Enjoying the Holidays with Family!

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This holiday season was so special as I got to spend quality time with family. On Christmas Day, my family and I enjoyed a great dinner. When my grandchildren get together, there is so much life and energy in the house. They run and shout and know that they can do anything they want! Of […]

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Masala Street: A Fresh Dining Concept

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I typically don’t do restaurant reviews but with this new Indian restaurant, Masala Street, here in San Diego, I simply had to! I recently had a great evening out with my family – both sons and their families, along with my daughter-in-law’s mother, who is visiting from Jaipur, India. We decided to try out the […]

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Gift Ideas for upcoming Diwali (2016)

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Diwali is fast-approaching and I have already begun my preparations! This time of year is full of parties, fun, and celebration. So why not bring a homemade gift to the next party? Homemade gifts are truly special in that they show you really put some thought and care into it. Some ideas for simple homemade […]

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5 Absolutely Delicious Appetizers

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I think we all look forward to appetizers! They are samples of exciting tastes and textures that allow us to anticipate a delightful social interaction. For me they are an important part of every family get-together or in hosting a party with friends and making new acquaintances. You can do a great deal of the […]

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Using Turmeric!

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Turmeric (haldi), the wonder spice, is finally gaining popularity in the west and many are recognizing its health benefits. You may have noticed many people discussing various recipes consisting of turmeric as a main ingredient. Recently someone asked me what a turmeric latte is and it got me thinking about the benefits of turmeric. I […]

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Easy Recipe from one Basic Gravy

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Most of the Indian dishes you prepare will involve some type of gravy. Learning how to make a gravy is useful because you can pair the gravy with many different vegetables and come up with unique dishes that are easy to prepare. You can then pair the gravy with vegetables you have in fridge or freezer and – voila – dinner is prepared!

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Why Frying Over Baking

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The most common question I get from my viewers is if they can bake instead of fry.  Traditionally Indian cooking is done over stove top or burner. Food is grilled, sautéed, steamed, boiled or fried. Likewise, most of the Indian breads are made over a skillet or they are fried.  An exception is naan or […]

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8 Delicious Vegetarian Recipes In Under 30 Minutes!

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We all live busy lives and have so many things to get done. Time is precious and your mealtime should not make you stressed. Here are some quick and easy suggestions for delicious Indian vegetarian recipes in under 30 minutes that can be used for any meal.

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Let’s Enjoy the Outdoors!

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It’s hard to believe but summer is around the corner. It’s the perfect time to host a fun outdoor get together. I like to serve fun street foods at these types of events. Delicious foods combined with some fun games – what can be better than that? My grandkids love when I plan these types of outings. Here are my suggestions for a different menu. I picked some items from different parts of India.

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High Tea Time Snacks

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There is nothing better than a relaxed afternoon with friends enjoying a cup of tea and tasty snacks. Show your friends you appreciate them and have them over for high tea. It’s a great way to beat an afternoon slump and it’s also an excuse to enjoy life’s little pleasures with friends! These snacks below are simple and can be prepared in advance. Try these snacks as they are sure to satisfy everyone’s palate.

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Lunch Box Suggestions

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I personally think that deciding what to have for lunch can be difficult. It’s important to have variety. Of course it also important that should be is nutritious, healthy and we look forward to eating! Something easy to prepare the night before is an added benefit. Here are some of my go-to suggestions for an easy and delicious lunch!

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Breakfast Suggestions

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Breakfast is unarguably the most important meal of the day. So why not start your day off right with a healthy and delicious meal? Many people skip breakfast because they’re rushing to get out the door – either to get to work, drop kids off the school, or both! Breakfast kick-starts your day. Below are some easy-to-prepare breakfast suggestions that will give you the energy you need to tackle the day. Much of the preparation for these meals can be done in advance.

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E-Book: Best of Indian Vegetarian Recipes (2nd Edition)

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This beautiful 2nd Edition is now available as a PDF ebook with updated and revised recipes, full color photos, and embedded links to the online videos.
You will learn how to make over ONE HUNDRED mouthwatering Indian vegetarian dishes including Samosas, Naan, Roti, Palak Paneer, Vegetable Korma, Gulab Jamun, and many more. Best of all, you can follow my time-tested recipes without any prior cooking knowledge and feel confident of surprising yourself and impressing your friends with your achievement.

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