A Quick and Easy Snack – An Absolute Cracker!

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A Snack using Britannia Cream Crackers

Cracker Snack

Cracker Snack

We had this amazing snack at our friend’s place- quick to prepare and loved by kids and adults, what more can one ask for! Thanks for this recipe Priya 😉 We tried it at home and they were yummy & so easy to make.

Here is how it goes-


Britannia Cream Crackers (1 packet- 10 – 12 biscuits)

Hung Curd- 2 tbsp

Mayo- 1 tbsp

Mustard sauce- ½ tbsp

Steamed Corn- ~ 2 tbsp

Finely chopped capsicum- half the amount of corn


Take hung curd, add mayo, mustard sauce. Whip it nicely so that if forms a smooth uniform mix. Now add corn and chopped capsicum. Mix it well and spread over the biscuits just before you’d want to serve them. Now- sit back munch on and enjoy everybody relish it!


Spicy Usal

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Usal with Gravy

Usal Served with Chapatti and Sev

Usal Served with Chapatti and Sev


Usal is a sprout based fiery dish. It can be dry or made with gravy. Amazingly flavorful, one can have it with Poha, Chapattis, Rice or Pooris.

One of the best things to eat in Indore is ‘Usal Pohe’ and it has been a long time since I had it ….so when my husband kept on mentioning how he enjoyed Usal Poha on one of his recent trips to Indore…I ended up craving for ‘usal’ No worries, there is always a work around- I tried making it at home- with gravy. We enjoyed it with Chapattis this time & next time it is going to be Usal Poha!

Easy and quick to make, here is what it takes-


Sprouts: 250 ms

Cottage Cheese- 150 gms- cut into cubes

2-3 medium sized onions finely chopped

2 tomatoes finely chopped.

Ginger Garlic paste- 2 tsp

Coriander Seeds- 3 tsp- Crushed

Chili powder- as per taste, though this dish can use more of it

Garam Masala- 1.5 tsp

Salt to taste

Oil- 2 Tbsp (This dish uses more oil- you can use lesser if you prefer that)

Cumin seeds (Zeera) 1 tsp

Chopped Coriander


Pressure cook the sprout beans until cooked (3 whistles approx.)

In a sauce pan, add oil, add the cumin seeds, once they splutter, add the onions, fry them until they turn transparent and now add the ginger garlic paste. Fry on slow for 5-10 minutes until the onions are golden brown. Now add the finely chopped tomatoes and the spices. Fry for another 7-8 minutes until the tomatoes are cooked not add the steamed sprouts with the broth/stock and additional water for gravy. Add the Paneer cubes.

Let this simmer for 10 minutes. Garnish with chopped coriander. Serve with hot Chapattis or Poori or Poha! If you have sev at home, Usal and sev go very well together.


Delightful Baked Macaroni


Baked Macaroni

Baked Macaroni


Baked Macaroni

This one definitely is not for the calorie conscious, but once in a while it is good to indulge! Like we did recently 🙂

Here is how the recipe for baked macaroni goes:


1  package macaroni (~250 gms)

Butter- 4 Tbsp

All Purpose Flour (Maida)- 4 Tbsp

1 – 1.5 cup milk

1 cup cream

1/2 teaspoon salt

Fresh ground black pepper, to taste

2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded


Preheat oven to 250°C – ~ 450°F.

Bring a pot of water to boil. Add macaroni in it drain & rinse according to package directions; set aside.

Now melt butter in a saucepan. Add flour mixed with salt and pepper, using a whisk to stir until well blended. Pour milk and cream in gradually; stirring constantly. Boil it for 3-5 minutes (stirring constantly). Reduce heat and cook 10 minutes as you stir it.

Add shredded cheese gradually and let it simmer an additional 5 minutes, or until cheese melts.

Take it off heat. Add macaroni to this. Now transfer macaroni to a buttered baking dish.

Bake for 20 minutes until the top is golden brown. Serve with Garlic Sticks or Buttered toast.

You can add olive oil with butter.

If you like garlic flavor or veggies, you can heat additional butter in a separate saucepan and add garlic paste, fry it and add veggies to this and cook them. You can add this to the cooked pasta and sauce in the baking dish.

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