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Appetizer, Banana, Breakfast, Dessert, Eggless, Entertaining, Indian, INDIAN SWEETS, Sweets

Red Rice Sweet Paniyaarm/fritters stuffed with Coconut and Palm Sugar

Red Rice Sweet Fritter/Paniyaaram stuffed with Coconut and Palm Sugar |foodfashionparty| #foodphotography #holirecipes

It’s that time again for Indians to slap colors on each other.  A festival which brings people together, a festival of camaraderie and jollity. Holi – the festival of COLORS.

India does have a lot of festivals, and the whole country turns into a colorful atmosphere.  Among these festivals, some are religious, some are based on seasons, and some are of national importance.  I consider this festival in particular to be a more free spirited, joyous occasion for the young and old and everyone in between.  It’s a festival where people forget anger, sadness and join in for a day of fun, food and become kids at heart.

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Almonds, Breakfast, Christmas, Christmas Cookies, Dessert, Entertaining, Party Ideas, Sweets

Almond-Cardamom Cream stuffed Apple Tarts

Almond Cream- Apple Tart |foodfashionparty|

I wonder how the days were when there was no puff pastry in the freezer.

Making a puff pastry is an art, an art of being patient.  The dough is breathtakingly soft and pliable.  There is an aura of romantacism while you handle the dough and roll carefully, quarter turns  and striping/dotting   The ingredients are just a few, but so many small details go into making the dough.  I had little clue until then about the process, and  how amazingly flaky, pure buttery it would be. The first bite I took after we baked one batch just blew my socks off. I instinctively remember closing my eyes and tasting the butter, the flakiness and the gazillion layers so thin and crispy.  The effort paid off. Continue Reading

Almonds, Baking, Bread, Chinese, Dessert, Fusion, Sweets

Red Bean-Cardamom Buns

Red Bean-Cardamom Buns. Sweet bread stuffed with Red bean paste. |foodfashionparty| #chinesedessert

What’s your favorite dessert?

I couldn’t pick just one.  It’s coffee cake one day, falooda another, or a simple gulab jamun, which I always love.

While San Francisco is famous for it’s Golden Gate Bridge, cable cars and earthquakes, it’s also very famous for its restaurants. There are no words to describe the popular sourdough of San Francisco, it’s amazing. The food truck festival is a very popular one.  The Ghirardelli ice cream is just to die for. My mouth just waters with the memory of the English muffins from Model bakery. Ahhh, so good. Little Italy has some beautifully created dishes as well. While burritos are considered sacred here,  Chinese food is like an institution. We have some very very popular chefs who have great restaurants, and I’ve been to a lot of them.  It is a food heaven filled with culture and beauty.

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Bake with Kids, Christmas Cookies, Coconut, Dessert, Eggless, Gluten Free, Indian, INDIAN SWEETS, Nuts, Sweets

Coconut-Cashew-Chocolate Fudge/Ladoo – Quick 30 minute recipe


Coconut-Cashew-Chocolate Ladoo/Fudge

Happy Ganesha Chaturthi to all who celebrate!!

It is one of the biggest festivals of India this week.  It is the birth of Ganesha, the Elephant God.  To me, I love the vibes that this festival brings.  I’m enamored with the colors and the mood it creates.

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Dessert, Indian, INDIAN SWEETS, Pumpkin, Sweets


Pumpkin Barfi


It has been a while since I’ve posted and visited your page my friends.  Well, now glad to be back in this space to wish you all a beautiful and colorful year ahead.

This truly is the Festival of lights in many ways to our family.  We feel very blessed, especially this year.
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Almonds, Dessert, Eggless, Entertaining, Indian, INDIAN SWEETS, Pumpkin, Sweets, Thanksgiving


Pumpkinpie Trifle 1

One of my favorite festivals after I came here is Thanksgiving. There’s something about everyone getting together, cooking, sitting down for a big spread and saying Thanks.  
Reminds me a lot of our festivals back in India. 

I’ve been reading a lot of blogs about how they are going to celebrate Thanksgiving.  What is the one thing you really look forward to on Thanksgiving day?  I would love to know. Do you celebrate it the traditional way? DO YOU LIKE TURKEY?

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Dessert, Gluten Free, Indian, INDIAN SWEETS, Sweets

RAVA LADDU/Rawa Ladoo with nuts – HAPPY DIWALI

DIWALI-Rava Laddu 1

DIWALI- Festival of Lights.
It is one of the most popular festivals in India, if not the most.
There are many stories linked to the reasons behind the celebration.
Growing up, Diwali for me was all about new clothes, fun with family, food and FIRE CRACKERS(it was like the July 4th in India).

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