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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Spicy Corn (Tasty Snack)

Spicy Corn is a very enjoyable snack and not only that, but this is a quick and easy recipe to make. Make it as spicy or as mild as your heart desires. Best of all, you can also serve this as a side dish. Enjoy the spicy corn for a beautiful picnic or outdoor get together. You can also serve this over crisp slices of bread.


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Lauki Vadi Ki Sabji

Laucki is also known as Bottle gourd. This is a healthy and wholesome lentil and vegetable main dish. I like making Lauki as it is mild in taste and easy to digest. I usually will serve this with plain rice or rotis.


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Aam Ki Dal (Toor dal With Raw Mango)

Kacche Aam Ki Dal is a very simple dal recipe but delicious. This is Toor dal with raw mango. The tanginess of raw mangoes gives a delicious flavor to dal. Today I am using Instant Pot, that’s what I have been using instead pressure cooker.

Makhana Matar Curry

Makhana Matar Curry is a delicious gravy-based dish. This can be a tasty side dish for formal dinner or even a quiet dinner with a few friends. Makhana and matar is made with a spicy tomato and cashew gravy. I like to serve with fresh hot puris or white rice.

Achari Mathri (Masala Mathri)

Achari Mathries, is a traditional staple snack in North India. They are usually served with spicy pickles, but in this recipe I have added mango pickle spices in the dough instead to add a tangy flavor to the mathri itself. With my family, mathries are a must have while travelling, and now with Achari Mathri, we no longer need the pickle, so it becomes one less thing to carry.

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Sabudana (Tapicoa) Bhel, Chaat

Sabudana (Tapioca) Bhel this is a delicious appetizer or also can be served with afternoon tea. Sabudana Bhel or I like to call this chaat is an elegant looking dish, that will sure to impress all your family and friends.

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Spring Quinoa Fruit Salad

Spring Quinoa Fruit Salad just perfect for the start of Spring! This is a vibrant, fresh fruit salad with quinoa and homemade ginger and lemon dressing. It is the perfect go-to recipe if you are looking for something simple, light and refreshing in this warmer weather. The quinoa and fruit make it a healthy choice for those who want to eat clean. It also makes for a beautiful presentation, with the watermelon, mangoes, and avocado!

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Mojito Moctail (Non-Alcoholic Drink)

5 from 1 vote Print Mojito Mocktail, Non-Alcoholic Cucumber Mojito is a very refreshing drink that is perfect for the spring and summer. It just started warming up this weekend in San Diego, so I was inspired to prepare this for my friends. This recipe is super simple and is a delicious combination of flavors.   […]

Gur Para (Punjabi Sweet Snack)

Gur Para is a traditional Punjabi treat. This is made in preparation for festivals such as Holi, Makarshakrantri, and Diwali. Gur Para makes for a great homemade gift because of its long shelf life. It can be stored for up to 2 months in an airtight container. This is a super simple recipe that only requires a few ingredients.

Make Perfect Chapati, Roti

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 […]

Grilled Caprese Sandwich (Veggie Sandwich With Pesto)

For this delicious Caprese Sandwich, I have been experimenting with pesto lately and tried out this sandwich after my granddaughter requested me to make it for her. This recipe is super easy to put together on the go and it makes for the perfect lunchbox or tiffin meal.

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Mango Salsa (Fresh Mango Salad)

Who doesn’t enjoy chips & salsa? This simple and colorful mango salsa is super easy to make! It’s sweet, spicy and absolutely delicious. Serve this fresh mango salsa with chips or with a plate of tacos. You can even serve this as a fresh salad which will compliment a variety of meals!

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Hyderabadi Bagara Baingan

Bagara Baingan is a popular Hyderabadi dish. It is made with small eggplants that are cooked in a rich masala curry. Hyderabadi baingan is the perfect dish to serve to guests with a sophisticated palette because of the mixture of nutty spices.