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.

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)

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.   Course Drinks Cuisine Indian […]

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.

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Potato And Cauliflower Gnocchi

Gnocchi (No-chee), is a classic Italian dish. This vegan and gluten free Gnocchi is made with potato and Cauliflower. I have topped it off with a pear sauce to add my own twist to the recipe. This is Crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside, this recipe is absolutely mouth-watering. This dish was a request from my granddaughter and I’m so glad I gave it a try.

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Crispy Potato Balls (Potato Nuggets)

These bite-sized appetizers are the perfect snack to serve as a tea time snack or starter at a dinner party. Crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, these potato balls are just what you need to satisfy your taste buds. This recipe is my younger sister Kumkum’s recipe, and I am so glad to be sharing it today.

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Roasted Caramelized Makhana

Caramelized Makhana is the perfect snack for all ages, especially kids. My grandchildren absolutely love this recipe and my youngest even calls it kettle corn. This is not just quick and easy to make, but it is a healthy snack because it is high in protein and has many nutritional values. This recipe is the perfect tea time munchie and will be a hit with everyone who enjoys a sweet and crunchy snack.

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Palak (Spinach) Puri

Palak Puri is a whole wheat fried bread made with many different flavors. Adding the spinach with a few spices makes the Puri very yummy and healthy. These puris can be served with any meal and add a nice green color to any menu. You can also serve them with afternoon tea or even pack them up for a lunch box meal.