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Summer Salads

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During the summer, a lot of us feel like eating simple, light and refreshing food. Salads are perfect and make for great lunches! Why not try a bowl of salad to satisfy those fresh and healthy cravings? Salads are super simple to assemble. You can use whatever you have on hand paired with your favorite dressing. I prefer a salad with a light homemade dressing. Try some of my favorite salads listed here.

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Mangoes are in Season

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Mangoes are my all-time favorite fruit. In fact, whenever we go grocery shopping, mangoes are almost always purchased! I always have a variety of mangoes on hand. There are many different types of mangoes and everyone has their favorite type. My childhood was filled with fond memories eating fresh mangoes. I think I have so many memories attached to eating mangoes that I enjoy them even more.

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Some of my Favorite Healthy Snacks

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Due to the current state of the world, we have all been trapped at home and not by choice. In order to stay sane, everyone has been trying to find their own way to remain productive and enjoy their time while staying at home. Most people I know have been spending a lot of their free time in the kitchen with family, cooking together. I have gotten many requests for healthy and simple snacks that can be prepared with kids.

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Healthy After School Snacks

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When the boys were young, I made sure to have tasty and healthy snacks readily available. They would often bring their friends, who loved coming to our house after school. Our house was the place to be fed well with homecooked fresh food! I would keep their snacks quick and easy to prepare. They also love helping me prepare snacks.

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Happy Mother’s Day

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My mother and I… Like many of you, during this time at home, I have been trying to get through some organization and general Spring cleaning. It’s really amazing just how much we accumulate through the years. It got me thinking…do we really “need” all these items, or is it just more “stuff”? I wondered […]

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My Journey with Alex

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Many of you have asked me about the man behind-the-scenes of Manjula’s Kitchen…Well as many of you know, that person is my husband Sikander aka Alex. Alex is responsible for me being in the spotlight of Manjula’s Kitchen, while he prefers to stay in the background. The simple truth is my YouTube channel exists only because of his hard work and dedication. He introduced me to this new concept for me at the time, YouTube. Alex takes the lead on all of the hard work these videos take, from the editing to ensuring the recipes meet his quality control (i.e. taste testing!) Every recipe has to meet Alex’s high standards for being posted. Alex feels so proud when reading the comments on my posts and always tells me that he is my biggest fan. With a huge smile on his face, he will tell me your fans don’t know that the biggest fan of yours is standing right next to you!

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How it all began – The story behind Manjula’s Kitchen

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My journey to start my YouTube channel began in December 2006. I still find it hard to believe I am still running a successful channel that I enjoy with all my heart. We will continue to bring you great content as long as we can. When I say “we” I mean my husband Alex, who has been instrumental in this journey as my videographer, and I. This foray into the world of YouTube and social media was something I never imagined I would be involved in, let alone plan. This was especially true since I had no idea what YouTube even was at that time. Not knowing just how big YouTube was or what kind of platform it was probably an advantage for me because I did not feel scared or threatened by it.

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Holi, Holi, Holi!

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The flowers are blooming, and spring is upon us! That means that one of my favorite holidays is fast approaching…yes Holi!  I love the spirit of Holi with its fun, festive and colorful spirit. I especially enjoy playing with my grandchildren during this time.  It keeps me young even though time is passing by quickly. […]

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Summer Lunch – Meal Plan Suggestions

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Summer lunches with good friends are the best! Today, I hosted a lunch and card party.

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How to Save The Chutney

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Chutney are a big part of the condiments that I serve and I always like to keep them handy since they have long shelf life. These chutneys are used as an extra source of flavor with many appetizers, snacks, and chaat (whether it be sweet, sour,spicy, etc.). They are great to have readily available, because […]

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Make Perfect Chapati, Roti

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Make Perfect Chapati I have been making cooking videos for 12 years, and I feel that it is finally time to answer some of the most commonly asked questions about the most staple item to almost every Indian meal – Chapati, (Chapati is also known Roti or phulka). There are so many questions including why […]

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Navratri (2018)

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Navratri has officially begun! Many of you know, I enjoy this time of year very much.  It’s the perfect time to enjoy with family and friends, not to mention indulge in delicious food and treats! Navratri, or “Nine nights” is a festival which marks the onset of autumn. The 9 days of Navratri are dedicated […]

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Happy Mother’s Day!!

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Happy Mother’s Day to all the great mothers out there! As you know, this Sunday is the big day! I’m sure you are in the midst of planning something special for Mother’s Day. Now that Spring is officially here and the weather has been great here in San Diego, I think a fun idea is […]

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Start of 2018

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Happy 2018! 2017 ended with a gala celebration. We enjoyed our unforgettable 50th anniversary party with our friends and family. This beautiful event was planned by our sons and their wives. After the holidays and this lovely celebration, I knew it was time for me come back to work! I must say 2017 was a […]

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Holi Hai!

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Holi is a very special holiday.  It is the one holiday that everyone I know gets together.  In India, all social restrictions and gaps are forgotten as people of different backgrounds celebrate together.  A bonfire is typically prepared the night before Holi. The next day family, friends, and neighbors play together with specially prepared colored […]

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