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I am always delighted to hear about your cooking adventures, tips and ideas. I love to learn about new ingredients, where you have been and what you have eaten. The food and recipes I blog about is the food I love and cook at home for my family and friends. I am not a chef, I am just a girl who loves to cook, eat and learn about food. If I am inspired by something I have eaten at a restaurant, if I have seen a recipe on TV or read about something in a magazine I will use these ideas to try and create something of my own.


If you feel as if I am overlooking a particular favourite of yours or if you are unsure of what to do with a particular ingredient please do not hesitate to contact me and let me know. I am sure the KO kitchen can conduct some creative experiments with your ingredients. If you require a recipe for a special occasion or just an everyday meal to suit your particular veggie or dietary needs either leave a comment or email me. I will try to get back to you with your recipe as soon as I can. I am a dreamer so please be patient with me.

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Food photographer, digital producer and dreamer of all things delicious. This blog on Indian and East African vegetarian food is my place of reflection and retreat.

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  1. Arti Patel says

    very nice recipes yaar ;) hehhe…il try them soon! but i wants you to make the mogo that you made once! :D pretty pleeease! love you xxxx

  2. nutan modha says

    Hi Sanju!! absolutely fab site here- great recipes, especially the chilli tofu- YUMMY, it's making me hungry again!!!i love the restaurant review, it made me laugh- very well written! i haven't got a google email…but im definitely gonna keep checking ur blog as it grows and grows!! good job! lots of love, nutan!! xxx

  3. Anonymous says

    Hi Sanjana,

    You have a very cool food blog. Some really nice recipes here that I hope to try some time soon. I was wondering if you could help me?? I am after an authentic Gujarati Mohanthal recipe. You mentioned in your blog that your mum makes really yummy Mohanthal. I was wondering if you would like to share this recipe with us? Thank you. Kind regards, Annu

  4. Sanjana says

    Hi there Annu, thanks for your lovely compliments. I would love to share with you a mohanthal recipe! Infact I've been after my mums recipe for a while now so she will just have to share it with me! I will get back to you as soon as I can :)
    x

  5. Hi Sanjana, How are you?? I hope good. Can you please explains the differences between Magaj Sweet and Mohanthal?? I am bit confused about the difference between these two sweets. Thanks.Annu

  6. Sanjana says

    Hey there Annu, I'm very well thank you! I believe magaj is made from a combination of chickpea flour (besan) and black gram flour (urad) whereas mohanthal is only made from besan. I also think that magaj contains almond powder and granulated sugar as opposed to sugar syrup although I am not certain on this. But yes, magaj is made from besan and urad flour :) Hope this helps!

  7. Hey Sanju, loving the blog and going to give the coconut cake a go at the weekend. Back to 'Dinner with the Family', you summed it up very well, however I did notice that you were not dancing….. The food gets a thumbs up from all of us except that the Gulab Jamuns were not to our usual taste and did not go down too well…too sweet and the syrup was a bit too runny. Otherwise it was all good. 8/10

  8. Sanjana says

    Hi Kaki, thanks for the feedback! I will be sure to let the caterers know :) Please let me know how you like the cake!

  9. Sanjana says

    Saint Bapu- I have a recipe for Thai green mogo here…
    http://korasoi.blogspot.com/search/label/Cassava%20%28Mogo%29

    Or a more Indian style thai curry (also eaten in Thailand) here…

    http://korasoi.blogspot.com/2009/11/thai-vegetable-massaman-curry-and-my.html

    If you like it hot then add as many chillies to these recipes as you like- I have added less but you can increase the amount so it is to your liking (as is the case will all my recipes). They should still taste great! :D Hope this helps!

  10. Sanjana says

    Hey there, I hope to get around to making and posting my recipe for puran puri by Saturday :)

  11. Anonymous says

    Hi Sanjana! My husband is Gujarati and a big fan of daar bhat… Whenever I try my sasu's recipe, it never works out… I think its because she isn't really using "proper" measurements and leaves a lot to judgement… Would you happen to have a recipe?
    thanks! Katrina

  12. sadaf says

    hello,
    sanjana do you prepare paneer at home or which kind of paneer use for bar b q paneer kabab. i will chek this page again.

  13. Hi Sanjana, I have been regularly following your food blog. You have some really good recipes here. Can I please request the recipe for Gujarati Samosas. These samosas are so tasty and very different from the Punjabi samosas. Also Tamarind chutney to go with the samosas. Thank you so much. Have a good day.

  14. Anonymous says

    Hi there,love your website,you make cooking easy and fun.Could you please give me a receipe for eggless fruit cake and also my recent trip to South Africa,I went to Durban and ate a cake called snowball at the Hare Krishna temple and was amazingly good,do u have the receipe.Also when using yogurt for baking,should take the water out or use it as is.

  15. Sanjana says

    Sadaf- I use store bought paneer for paneer kebabs as they keep their shape better than homemeade. If you plan to use homemade then I suggest that it is pressed under a very heavy weight for at least 24 hours.

    Annu- I will see what I can do for you. I have something similar in mind.

    Anonymous- Sorry, I have never heard of that cake. What did it taste like? I am planning to do an eggless fruit cake in time for Christmas due to a number of requests. When you use yogurt for baking you do not need to remove any liquid. Whisk it up and use it as it is.

  16. Anonymous says

    Hi Sanjana
    I hope you can help me.
    I am having the whole family around for Diwali dinner on Sat 6th Nov 2010!!!!
    and i have deceided to make Mohanthal – i saw your recipe above – but really would like to make dhilo mohanthal – so that it canbe eaten hot with a spoon as opposed to cut in to squares.
    Please plaese can you devise me a recipe for this request to cater for 30 people.
    Thanking you so much

    Shobhana
    syadav15@hotmail.com

  17. Girish Noshikunte says

    Hi Sanjana… I was forwarded your blog by my friend who appears to be sympathetic to my new found love of cooking (unlike my wife who is horrified by the devastation I am causing in the kitchen !!!)and I cant thank him enough for it…more than the recipes itself which are amazingly refreshing and appetizing, I love the way you describe each one of them. It sorts of gives each recipe a life and character of its own and speaks to me to cook them !!!. I am truly a fan now. Power to you and it is no surprise that you have been selected for the "Food Blogs Cookbook". – GIRISH

  18. Anonymous says

    sanju… how long do the eggless cupcakes keep for? and what's the best way to store them? bhav

  19. Sanjana says

    Hi Shobhana- Hope my email helped you!

    Girish- That is so lovely of you to say. Thank you so much for your kinds words- they are what makes blogging so worthwile! All the best.

    Bhav- Keep them in an airtight container(like a biscuit tin) otherwise they will go stale and hard. I did make the cupcakes I told you about and they were an epic fail. I wouldn't have given the recipe to the soul of Satan lol- they were just awful. I'll send you some other cupcake recipes through once I've recovered a little from my lurgies.

  20. Anonymous says

    Help Sanju,

    Need recipes for a teenager and a wannabe teenager. Any ideas for school lunches, breakfast and dinner would be much appreciated. Also any ideas wher I can get a tiffin. ;-)

    Hitu

  21. Sanjana says

    How about things they could easily make themselves? For lunch I love paneer wraps made with tandoori paneer and lots of salad. Although I have no shame and would take idli sambhar, masala dosa and urad to work for lunch.

    Most teens won't take Indian food to school for lunch because it will get too much attention and raise lots of questions from friends. I know this because I felt the same way when I was at school. I'd go for something less 'odourous'. Pasta salad is always good. Plain boiled pasta mixed with grated carrots, lettuce, peppers, some eggless salad cream, grated cheese, black pepper and a couple of spoons of plain yogurt. Skip the onions but add some fresh herbs if you have them. I sometimes mix in a tin of mixed beans (cannelini, butter beans and kidney beans) for a slight variation. This is great because you can change the whole dish by adding different veggies.

    Similarly, potato salad is also a good choice. I make it with sour cream, dried oregano and a mixture of white potatoes and sweet potatoes. It's good with wraps and cheese.

    For breakfast you can do pancakes. Flour, sugar, sour cream, a pinch of baking powder and any fruit you like. Berries are great. Or for savoury pancakes omit the sugar and add a tin of sweetcorn and some chopped spring onions and cheese.

    For dinner, you could stick to one pot dinners like mixed beans (from a tin) with soya chunks, lots of tinned tomatoes, onions, garlic and fajita seasoning (I used discovery). Serve with warm tortillas, guacamole, yogurt and nachos.

    Pasta with peas for dinner is good. Make a white sauce by heating olive oil in a pan, adding a tbsp or two of flour and cooking until slightly pink and aromatic. Slowly add milk and whisk until you reach a sauce consistency. Put in a handful of frozen peas, fresh basil leaves, salt, a pinch of nutmeg and a couple of cloves of garlic. Heath through and then puree with a hand blender. You'll get a green sauce which you can add boiled pasta too. Serve with some warm bread.

    Tiffin? Popats, Alperton. :p

  22. Anonymous says

    Sanju these ideas are fantastic, to each and everyone of these recipes i have had vigorous head noddings "a la the churchill dog – oh yes" from both chiru n dhruti. Thanks will try them next week. Oh btw by tiffin i meant the packed lunch service not the tins but thanks will try popats.

    Hitu

  23. Anonymous says

    Hi Sanjana,you made a cheese cake with tofu and paneer. I just can't seem to find it again. Can you help please?
    Thanks.

  24. Taryn Aleece says

    Hi there,
    As I mentioned after your butter paneer recipe, I've always failed at making curries from scratch – they either don't have enough flavour or they taste bitter. I'm wondering if you can recommend a chef/cookbook/website that is good for the basics of indian cooking and who reliably produces tasty/heavily spiced (I'm a bit of a foodie who likes a big bang of flavour) recipes? Thanks for your advice. Love your blog.

  25. Anonymous says

    Hi Sanana,
    Yours is a beautiful blog. There are lots of traditional and authentic recipes with tempting pictures!!
    I was just wondering if you can post Gujarati Khatta Dhokala recipe. It would be really great if you can post the one which uses flours instead of soaking and grinding the rice etc.

    Thanks…

  26. Amisha says

    Hi Sanjana!

    I love your blog and visit it often for recipes. Could you post your recipe for eggless red velvet cupcakes? I've been wanting to make these, but can never get it right!

  27. Anonymous says

    hi sanjana, i havent done much cooking but i want to start now and ive read your site alot lately and i am slowing getting the courage (and hunger) to cook just by reading your site! do you have any eggplant recipes — baigan ka bharta or bharva baigan or any other eggplant recipes that would be yummy but kinda quick!
    thanks.
    anjali

  28. Anonymous says

    Allo Sanjana!!!! Thanks for the great recipes. I live in a flat and need alternative to bbq. Would an over work? How about cooking straight on a gas flame?????? Can't wait for your wonderful insight.

    Behinaz

  29. Sanjana says

    Hey all, I'm currently working on some super recipes for dhilo mohanthal, khatta dhokra and Jain dishes.

    Anjali, here are some aubergine dishes:

    Dhai Varo Oroh
    Mashed Aubergine with Green Peas
    Peanut-Stuffed Whole Vegetables

    You can use a grill for any of my BBQ recipes – it will work just as well!

    Madhur Jaffrey, author of Curry Easy and lots of other Indian cookbooks is a great chefand cookbook author. Try checking out some of her books. Hope this helps!

  30. Anonymous says

    Hi Hi Sanjana. I need a really outstanding recipe for kadhai paneer — the paneer with bell peppers. I know you have one….please share it! Thanks much.

    Anna

  31. Shivangi says

    Hi Sanjana,

    I discovered your blog a couple of weeks back and since then I have been hooked on to it. I am a vegetarian and it is simply wonderful to find a blog with such delightful Indian vegetarian recipes. I have tried a couple of your recipes and I am happy to report that they have been a success.

    I plan to make your butter Paneer Butter Masala this weekend. Did I mention that I am a huge Paneer fan:-). And I must say that your Mughlai spread is simply awesome!!!

    Last weekend I wanted to try my hand at making thepla, so I turned to your blog for help. But there was no recipe for that. Could you possibly post one?

    Thank you. Please keep up the good work. Your recipes are truly inspiring. I feel encouraged to experiment with diverse flavours.

    Best,
    Shivangi

  32. Anonymous says

    Hare Krsna!

    I noticed you mentioned few times naan bread, could you give the recipe? it looks like quite easy, but better to learn from someone who knows the matter rather than speculate.
    thanks for that, and keep cooking! I like to get some nice inspiring recipes for me to cook for Krsna! ;-)

    Mallika

  33. SHAMA says

    HI SANJANA I LIKE THE INFORMATION YOU GIVE WITH YOUR RECIPES I AM LOOKING FOR PORBANDAR KHAJALI RECIPE .WE USED TO GET THIS IN JINJA ( UGANDA) I HOPE YOU CAN HELP THANKS

    • Sanjana says

      Hi Shama, I will look into this for you. Lovely to hear from you.

  34. Hi Sanjana,
    Have you finally found the Porbandar Khajali recipe ? Not the sweet varity.

  35. Sunita says

    Hi Sanjana. I love following your recipes. They are very creative and professionally presented. There is one request, I would love to know how khajalis are made. You know the ones we get from an indian sweet mart. Would you help me get the authentic recipe? Look forward seeing it  as your next recipe. 

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