Pineapple Raita

Pineapple Raita is a good addition to any meal. It gives an exotic touch and is loved by one and all.


1 cup bite-sized pineapple pieces

2 cups plain curd

3-4 tbsp powdered sugar

1 tbsp pomegranate seeds

Pineapple Raita

Pineapple Raita

Mix all the ingredients together and served chilled.

Tamarind and Date Chutney

Tamarind chutney is a household Indian staple. It is used in a number of snack items and the best part is it keeps for a long time.


1 cup tamarind

1 1/2 cup jaggery

1 tsp salt

1 tsp red chilli powder

1 tsp cumin powder

1 tsp dry ginger powder

1/2 cup date

Tamarind and Date Chutney

Tamarind and Date Chutney

Soak tamarind in a little water overnight. Squeeze out the pulp with the help of a sieve.

Break jaggery into small pieces.

De-seed and cut dates into long strips.

Mix tamarind pulp, date and jaggery with 1 cup water and bring to a boil. Add the rest of the ingredients.

Lower the heat and let the chutney simmer till it becomes syrupy.

Cool completely and store in a glass bottle.

The chutney can be stored for upto 4 weeks.

Amchur Chutney

Imli or tamarind chutney is an Indian staple that adds the extra punch to many recipes. It goes well with almost all snack items and will be present in every Indian kitchen. However, if it is not possible to make imli chutney, one can go for amchur or mango powder chutney. It tastes the same and is ready in minutes.

Amchur Chutney


2 tbsp amchur

1/2 cup gur

5-6 dates, pitted

1 tbsp salt

1 tsp roasted cumin powder

1 tsp dry ginger powder

1 tsp black pepper powder

1 tsp chilli powder

Dissolve amchur in 1 cup water and bring to a boil. Add the rest of the ingredients and let the chutney simmer for 10-15 mins till a syrupy consistency is attained. Let cool and serve with all sorts of snacks.




Homemade Garlic Bread

Life is so simple that everything is available ready made these days. However, a home cooked meal is the best thing in the world. Simply because the smaller the quantity, the greater the attention to detail and hence, better the taste. Also, you can vary the ingredients as you choose. One such dish is garlic bread. Having never made it myself, till yesterday, I always thought it tastes best when ordered at Pizza Hut. Only, it gets cold and tasteless by the time it gets home. Try this recipe at home and you will never purchase garlic bread from the market.


Garlic bread served with pasta


1 ciabatta or small baguette

3-4 galic cloves

4 tbsp butter

1 cup mozzarella cheese, grated

Salt and pepper for seasoning


Garlic Bread

Peel and chop the garlic cloves and mix with the butter. Keep aside.

Slice the baguette along its width to get 1 inch thick circular slices.

Pre-heat the oven to grill.

Spread the garlic butter on the baguette slices. Sprinkle mozarella cheese and salt and pepper.

Pop the slices in the oven and grill for 5 minutes.

Serve hot.

Tip: You can add chopped veggies on top of the mozarella cheese  for some color and extra flavor.