How To Clean Burned Food From Your Pots Or Pans in 5 Minutes ( Easiest & Quickest Way) With Step By Step Pictures

It happens with everyone , may be not as frequently as mine , but it does, one minute you are cooking something in a pot, then another minute you forget it or went to check your facebook and you ended up with a pot that's all black inside. I posted some tips before also on how To Get Rid Of Burned Food In A Pan, but this is the easiest, most effective and quickest way to get your blackened pot back to its shiny former self, because who has time to soak a pot overnight? This absolutely makes your life more easier specially in the kitchen :).

How To Clean Burned Food From Your Pots Or Pans in 5 Minutes


Burned Pot/Pan
Dish soap
Baking Soda
Steel wool/pot scrubber or any cleaning sponge / brush


1)Put 1-2 tbsp of dish soap in the burnt pan

2)Sprinkle baking soda over it so that it covers the burnt area.

3)Partially fill the pot with water(ensuring all blackened areas are covered)

4) Put the pot on the stove and bring to a boil and allow the water to boil for couple of minutes.

5) Switch off the gas and empty the pot. You will notice at this point the all the burnt food will start coming off. ( Be careful the pot will be very hot , to cool the pot fast run it under the cold water in the sink).

6)Rinse and wipe clean with a steel wool /pot scrubber and it should look like new.



Notes / Tips:-

1) Always set a timer when you are cooking, even if you think you will remember to turn it off.

2) This method is for stainless steel pots and pans only.

3) If you're having trouble finding a method how to clean a burnt stainless steel pot that works for you, keep in mind that you may need to repeat these processes a few times in order to remove all of the built-up residue from your stainless steel pan or pot.

4) Avoid using steel wool or abrasive cleansers on polished metal. They can create scratches that will allow food to stick and burn even more easily.

5) Spray your pot with non-stick cooking spray. This will not help you from burning your dish but it usually helps release anything from the sides and bottom of your crock should you burn it.

How do you clean stainless steel pots and pans?

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Black Bean & Spinach Vegan Rice Recipe

Black beans and rice is a common staple among Hispanic culture because it is hearty, nutritious and easy on your budget.This hearty dish not only is high in fiber but also has that magical mix of protein and carbohydrates to keep your energy levels stable.

Here is quick and easy recipe for black beans and rice with onion, bell pepper,spinach, garlic, Tabasco, and white rice. White rice is normally used in this common dish, but brown rice is even better.

Black Bean & Spinach Vegan Rice Recipe

Preparation Time:- 10 Minutes
Cooking Time:- 15 Minutes Approx
Serves:- 4-6


Oil:- 2 Tbsp
Cumin seeds:- 1 Tsp
Mustard Seeds:- 1 Tsp
Bell Pepper:- 1 , sliced lenghthwise
Garlic:- 2 cloves, chopped finely
Spinach:- 2 big handfuls, roughly chopped
Onion:- 1 , sliced lenghthwise
Tabasco Sauce or Any hot sauce
Soy Sauce:- 1 Tbsp
Black Beans:- 1 15oz can , drained and washed
Cooked White Rice:- 3 Cups, cooked and cooled completely
Garam Masala Powder:- 1 Tsp


1) Heat the oil in a pan, when hot add cumin and mustard seeds.

2) When the seeds starts to crackle add garlic, sauce for just 20-30 seconds. ( be careful not to burn the garlic).

3) Add bell pepper spinach and onion, cook for 2-3 minutes.

4) Add salt , hot sauce, soy sauce and mix everything well. Cook for 2 more minutes.

5) Add black beans, cooked rice & garam masala, mix well.

Serve Warm..Enjoy:)


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1)Sprinkle some cilantro, dried cranberries, roasted pumpkin seeds and add lemon juice on the top as per your taste just before serving.(OPTIONAL)

2)Store the leftover in the refrigerator in an air tight container.

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Ghost Pancakes ( Halloween Breakfast )

These pancakes are perfect for Halloween. Start off your Halloween morning with a spooky pancake breakfast.These ghost pancakes would be such a simple and easy Halloween breakfast treat! Serve with a side of fruit and enjoy!


Your favorite pancake batter
Chocolate Chips

Check out my collection of pancake recipes here


1) Heat a non stick skillet/ griddle on a medium heat.

2)Spread the pancake batter in blobs on the pan, 1 1/2 tablespoons of batter at a time. Do not worry too much about the shapes, just make sure they aren’t circles.

3)Place two chocolate chips, pointy side down, on the pancakes for eyes and another chocolate chip for the mouth.

4) Cook until bubbly on top and set on edges. Turn; cook other side.


1) You can use berries or raisins or craisins instead of chocolate chips.

2) No two ghosts will be exactly the same and that makes it fun! For even more fun, if your kids are old enough they can make the pancakes themselves!

3)Frozen chocolate chips work best as they don't melt and make the griddle sticky.

4) Alternative Way to make ghost pancakes:- Pre-fill a squirt bottle with pancake batter. Squirt outline on hot griddle first, then fill in with more batter.Cook one side of ghost and then flip. let second side get to the point of being almost done and then insert chocolate chip eyes. Sprinkle some powdered sugar on pancakes right before serving to give them more of a ghostly glow!

5)Need a good pancake recipe..check out my collection of pancake recipes here


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9 Vegan Ways To Use Fresh Tomatoes

Tomatoes are a healthy, low-carb addition to any meal. With so many different varieties and ways to prepare tomatoes, there's something for everyone.Tomatoes can be more than just a blase garnish & If the tomatoes in your garden grow in abundance, or you just can't resist them at the farmers' market then incorporate ripe, juicy tomatoes into your everyday meals with these fresh ideas.

Best Tomato Chutney Ever

If you’ve tried tomato chutneys before or not, you’re gonna love this. This is so addictive that you might want to put it on everything you eat..:)

Basic Indian Style Tomato Gravy( How To Make In Bulk And Freeze ) Step By Step Pictures

This traditional Indian Style Tomato Gravy can be used as a base for all sorts of vegetables or tofu . This is often referred to as a "curry". It is usually eaten with plain white rice or with Indian Bread Roti/Naan/Paratha.

Pasta with Homemade Tomato Sauce

Nothing is better than homemade sauce..Its so easy to prepare and i bet taste much better than store bought ones and with no preservatives at all..So next time when you are preparing pasta for your loved ones try this homemade sauce and enjoy a healthy and good meal..

Mexican Rice Recipe ( Step By Step Pictures)

Mexican rice is commonly known as Spanish rice or sopa de arroz in Mexico ..No Mexican meal is complete without a big platter of fluffy seasoned rice. This is the most simple, delicious Mexican rice recipe you will ever make.You don’t need any special ingredients to make Mexican rice at home, so it’s worth to try it out for yourself

Simple Tomato Rice / Tamatar Pulao

Tomatoes sauteed with spices and then added to rice makes a delicious southern rice delicacy know as Tomato rice.This delicious yet simple to prepare dish is full of wonderful flavors. Tomatoes can be pureed or chopped while adding . It can be eaten as it is or with some yogurt, or on the side of any Indian style vegetable curry dish.

Chickpeas & Tomato Pulao

Pulao is my all time favorite dish, it is easy to make in many variations. This one is made with some leftover chickpeas and tomato.

Spicy Potatoes With Tomatoes (Batata Nu Shak)

These potatoes are hot and quite delicious . They are best served with Indian breads but may also be served with store bought pita bread. They can be a part of any Indian meal.

Gobhi Kurma / Cauliflower In Tomato Sauce

This simple and delicious kurma will definitely please all the cauliflower lovers. Serve it hot as a side dish with indian bread


How To Freeze Fresh Cut/Sliced/Diced Tomatoes

It is possible to quickly freeze raw tomatoes without blanching them first & it's the best way to preserve their fresh tomato flavor to use once tomato season is over.They can be frozen whole, chopped or sliced. It is best to use the tomatoes within one year. Be sure to label and date your freezer bag.


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Basic Indian Style Tomato Gravy #VEGAN ( How To Make In Bulk And Freeze ) Step By Step Pictures

This traditional Indian Style Tomato Gravy can be used as a base for all sorts of vegetables or tofu . This is often referred to as a "curry". It is usually eaten with plain white rice or with Indian Bread Roti/Naan/Paratha.

How To Make Basic Indian Style Tomato Gravy In Bulk & Freeze For Quick Meals

Preparation Time:- 15 Minutes
Cooking Time:- 30-40 Minutes
Makes:- Gravy for 3-4 Curries approx
Recipe Source:- Preety's Kitchen


Oil:- 1/4 Cup
Cumin seeds:- 1 Tbsp
Bay Leaves:- 2
Garlic:- 1/8 Cup, chopped
Ginger:- 1/8 Cup,chopped
Onion:- 5-6 medium/small size, chopped
Tomato Puree:- 4 Cups ( Grind the fresh tomatoes until smooth to make tomato puree)
Turmeric Powder:- 1 Tbsp
Red Chilli Powder:- 1 Tbsp
Garam Masala Powder:- 1 Tbsp
Coriander Powder:- 1/2 Tbsp
Dried Mango Powder/ Aamchoor Powder:- 1/2 Tbsp
Cardamom Powder:- 1 Tsp
Nutmeg:- A Pinch
Cinnamon:- 1/2 Tsp
Brown Sugar:- 1 Tbsp


1) Grind the onion ,ginger and garlic together in a food processor till you get a smooth paste.

2) Heat the oil in a medium-sized, heavy-bottomed pan on a medium flame. When hot add cumin seeds & bay leaf.

4)Add the onion , ginger & garlic paste you prepared. Fry until light brown in color and all the moisture from onion paste is gone.

4)Add the tomato puree, sugar and all the spices. Cook for 15-20 minutes stirring in between until the raw smell of tomatoes are gone and gravy is well cooked. Do the taste test and make any adjustments if needed.

5)Switch of the gas, let the gravy cool down .

How To Store / Freeze The Basic Indian Style Tomato Gravy

1) Label the bags and fill the gravy ( as much you need for one recipe individually) in the freezer safe zip lock bags or airtight containers.

2) Put all the bags in one big gallon size freezer safe bag to avoid any leakage and pop them into the freezer.

How To Use The Gravy From Freezer

When ready to use just take out one ziplock and put the frozen gravy directly in a pan and heat it on medium-low heat. As soon as it melted you can add anything of your choice like mix of precut frozen veggeis, or cut tofu or potatoes ,chickpeas and peas, etc.Let it come to a boil and do the taste test , adjust the seasonings if you want ( you can add any other seasonings if to like depending on what recipe you are making) and then switch off the gas. Sprinkle some cilantro leaves over the top and serve hot.


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7 Super Simple Indian Style Vegan Stir Fry Recipes

Stir-frying is a fast and fresh way to cook. Simply toss and turn bite-sized pieces of food in a little hot oil in a wok over high heat, and in five minutes or less, the work is done.Stir-frying fits hectic lifestyles and health-conscious tastes and because foods cook in a flash, vegetables retain their color and texture. It's a versatile technique you can use every day.

Stir-frying is a cooking technique that is easy enough for new chefs, quick enough to make anytime, and can be used to create dozens of different vegetarian/vegan dishes.

Fennel Flavored Carrot & Potato Stir Fry / Saunf Wale Aloo gajar KI sabzi 

A quick and simple side dish which can be served with any meal made with carrots and potatoes cooked with Indian spices until crisp and tender.Fennel seeds gives great flavor and fragrance to this stir fry

Chickpeas Cashew & Potato Vegan Stir Fry / Chole Kaju Aur Aloo Ki Sabzi 

Chickpeas are full of protein and nutrients, including the B vitamins, and therefore make an excellent meat substitute.A tasty, quick, and easy stir-fry recipe featuring pan-fried chickpeas,potato, cashews alongwith Indian spices.This dish makes a great side dish or main course for any meal or just eat it on its own for lunch/snack .

Bell Pepper, Potato & Sesame Stir Fry / Til Wale Aloo Shimla Mirch Ki Sabzi 

This Bell Pepper, Potato & Sesame Stir Fry is not only super simple but super delicious too. Serve this hot as a side dish to your next meal for a real treat of eyes and tummy..

Beans Peanuts & Coconut Stir Fry / Beans Moongphali Or Nariyal Ki Sabzi 

Simple Beans stir fry cooked with Indian spices , peanuts and coconut.

Broccoli & Carrot Nutty Vegan Stir Fry 

Stir-frying is one of the easiest and best ways to eat vegetables. This is a great recipe for making your own Indian spiced stir fry at home.

Zucchini, Red Bell Pepper & Okra Stir Fry 

You can make this simple zucchini stir fry under 15 minutes and is super healthy too.

Okra & Onions Stir Fry / Bhindi Aur Pyaz Ki Sabzi

Quick & Simple stir fry of okra & onions with blend of Indian spices. Use fresh okra for best flavor but can also opt for frozen chopped okra to save on the prep time.


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How to Freeze Pancakes For Quick Breakfast / Cooking Tip

Make and freeze pancakes in advance and enjoy them anytime. This is a great way to help you save money and TIME.It really makes mornings a lot easier!Once they're frozen, reheating pancakes is simple enough that even older children can warm them up for breakfast on their own.

How to Freeze Pancakes

1)Make your favorite pancakes (Double the recipe if you want) Check out some great pancake recipes here

2) Allow to cool completely.

3) Once they are cool. Place the pancakes on a baking sheet in a single layer and pop it in the freezer for 30 minutes. (This step is important to prevent the pancakes from sticking together. SEE NOTES BELOW FOR ALTERNATIVE WAY)

4)Place them in a freezer bag or container and freeze. Before freezing, label with the name/type of pancakes and date that they were made.

How to Reheat Frozen Pancakes:

Microwave: Place frozen pancakes on a microwave-safe plate. Microwave uncovered on high for about 1 to 1-1/2 minutes, or until heated through, but don’t overcook them or they’ll get tough.Then finish in the toaster for another minute or so to crisp up the edges.

Toaster Oven:-Slide the lever to the lightest setting . Pop the pancakes in the slots and toast on one or two cycles until warm.

Conventional Oven: Place frozen pancakes in a single layer on a cookie sheet and cover with foil. Bake in a 375°F oven for about 8 to 10 minutes, or until hot,cover tightly with foil, which will keep them from drying out.



Notes / Tips:-

1) Use the frozen pancakes within 1 to 2 months for best quality.

2) Use the same method to freeze the WAFFLES &/OR FRENCH TOAST

3) You Can also freeze the pancake batter:- Mix up your favorite batter and pour it into a gallon size ziplop bag .Ensure all the excess air is out of the bag. Seal and freeze.Whenever you're ready ,just thaw in warm water or overnight in the refrigerator. Cut off a corner of the bag and pipe the pancakes directly onto the hot griddle.

4)Alternately, if a baking sheet won’t fit in your freezer or you are simply feeling lazy (like i always do) then freeze pancakes by placing a square of wax or parchment paper between each one in a stack.

5) Unless a freezer bag shows signs of wear rinse and reuse! Not only will this save your wallet, it helps reduce the amount of waste in our landfills.

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Simple Vegan Tofu Curry

This amazing tofu curry is filled with flavors of indian spices, yet is simple and quick to put together.This curry brings a healthier twist to Paneer curries by replacing the soft Indian cheese with firm tofu. Serve this for your dinner with Indian naan or roti to make a complete healthy meal.


Tofu,Firm (Cut into small cubes):- 2 1/2 cups (approx)
Oil:- 4-5 tbsp
Cumin seeds:- 1 tsp
Mustard seeds:- 1tsp
Garlic:- 4 cloves( chopped)
Ginger:- 1 1/2 tbsp (chopped)
Onion:- 1 big (chopped)
Tomato:- 3 small (chopped)
Turmeric:- 1tsp
Salt as per taste
Red chilli powder:- 1tsp
Garam Masala powder:- 1tsp
Sugar:- 1/2 Tbsp
Water as per requirement
Kasoori Methi powder:- 1 tsp
Cashews, soaked in water:- 1/4 Cup
Raisins:- 1/4 Cup


1) Heat oil in a pan, add cumin & mustard seeds.

2) As soon as they start to crackle add ginger & garlic, fry for sometime until it is light brown.

3) Add onion and fry till golden brown.

4) Mix in tomato, salt, turmeric, red chilli powder, garam masala and cook until tomatoes are tender.

5) Switch off the gas and let the tomato mixture cool down.

6) After it is cooled completely, grind the tomato mixture along with cashews into a fine paste.

7) Transfer this paste into the same pan and cooker over medium heat for other 15 minutes (stirring it in between so that it will not stick to the bottom).

8) Add enough water to make a thick gravy.

9)Let the gravy boil for about 10 minutes ( It will get more thick as it boils, you can adjust the thickness by adding water)

10)Add tofu pieces ,sugar, raisins and Dried Fenugreek/ kasoori methi powder, mix everything well..

11) Turn off the gas , garnish it with cilantro

Serve hot with rice or any indian bread or tortilla .



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Healthy Whole Wheat Spinach Pizza Crust Recipe / Vegan

I never met anyone who doesn't love pizza, its everyones fav regardless of their age. I bake pizza once a week for my daughters lunch box and i try to make it as healthy as possible and sneak in as many vegetables as i can..:),my daughter doesn't mind eating anything over pizza as long as it looks and tastes like pizza and is covered with cheese( vegan offcourse). So yesterday i tried adding spinach puree to my pizza dough and it came out great, on top of that i covered the whole crust with more spinach along with other toppings to increase the dose of spinach in every bite.


Whole Wheat Flour:- 2 Cups
All Purpose flour:- 2 Cup
Warm water:- 1 cup
Yeast:-1 Tbsp
Sugar:- 2 Tbsp
Oil:-1/4 Cup
Salt:- 1/2 Tsp
Spinach Puree:- 1 Cup ( I steamed the spinach before making the puree)

For toppings:-

Onion, Chopped spinach , Marinated Artichoke, vegan cheese


1. Warm the water in the microwave. Make sure it is not hot otherwise it will kill the yeast.

2. Mix yeast, sugar, salt, oil and warm water together in a bowl. Leave it for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes you should see a froth appearing on this mixture. This indicates that yeast is active.

3. Add wholewheat flour , all purpose flour & spinach puree in the above mixture (from step 2), mix everything well , make this into dough. Dough will be little sticky so flour your surface or apply little oil in your hands to handle the dough.

4. After making dough brush the dough with some oil so that it doesn't dry while we let it to rise or you can cover it with food wrap also.

5. For best rising, select temp as 350F and bake time one minute, turn the oven off after one minute even if it says preheat. The idea is to create a warm environment for the yeast to do its work. Cover the dough with food wrap and let dough rest inside this warm place for 2 hour. The dough will double in size.( punch down the dough after the first hour and let it rise again for 1 hour

6. Prepare your toppings in the meantime.

7. Grease the pizza pan with some oil and then put dough in the center of pizza pan and form it into a disk. I do this by hands and not by rolling pin( you can use the rolling pin if you wish). Make it at least 12" large in diameter so make sure pizza pan is large enough. I use 15"X14" rectangle pan.

8. Let dough stand for 20 more minutes.Put toppings & cheese as you wish.

9. Bake the pizza for 15 minutes at bottom most rack in oven at 450. Make sure the oven is preheated before you put the pizza in.

Enjoy your healthy Pizza..:)


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Broccoli & Carrot Nutty Vegan Stir Fry

Stir-frying is one of the easiest and best ways to eat vegetables. This is a great recipe for making your own Indian spiced stir fry at home.

Broccoli & Carrot Nutty Vegan Stir Fry

Preparation Time:- 10 minutes
Cooking Time:- 15 minutes
Serves:- 2


Broccoli florets:- 1 1/2 Cups
Carrot, peeled & cut into small cubes:- 1/2 Cup
Onion, peeled and thinly sliced:- 1/4 Cup
Ginger & Garlic Paste:- 1/2 Tsp
Toasted unsalted Cashews:- 2 Tbsp, roughly chopped
Oil:- 1 Tbsp
Cumin seeds:- 1 Tsp
Turmeric powder:- 1/4 Tsp
Red Chilli Powder:- 1/4 Tsp
Garam Masala Powder:- 1/4 Tsp


1)Heat the oil in a pan, when hot add cumin seeds , as soon as they start to crackle, add ginger & garlic paste saute for 1-2 minutes.

2) Add onions and cashews, cook until onion become translucent.

3) Add all the spices, carrot and broccoli, mix everything well.

4) Cook for 4-5 minutes.

Serve hot..Enjoy:)


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1) You can use any other nuts or mix of nuts too.

2) Frozen broccoli & carrot can be used also.

3) If using fresh veggies , steam or microwave them before adding to the stir fry for faster cooking.

4) Serve them as a side dish or fill the pita bread or make a wrap with this stir fry.

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Two Minute Vegan Microwave Chocolate Mug Cake

When you're in the mood for cake, but don't have a lot of time, these quick and easy mug cake recipes are the perfect, sweet solution. Try one today!

Two Minute Vegan Microwave Chocolate Mug Cake

Preperation Time:- 1 Minute
Cooking Time: 2 Minutes
Serves: 1 mug (you should share it with another person)
Recipe Source:- Life N Spice


All-purpose flour/Maida:- 3 Tbsp
Unsweetened cocoa:- 1 1/2 Tbsp
Sugar:- 3 Tbsp
Baking soda:- 1/8 Tsp
Salt:- 1/8 Tsp
Vegetable oil:- 3 Tbsp
Non Dairy Milk:- 3 Tbsp
Vanilla:- 1/4 Tsp

Vegan Chocolate Chips:- 1 Tbsp ( Optional)

Coffee mug and a microwave


1) In the mug, mix together all purpose flour, cocoa, sugar, baking soda and salt.

2) Add oil, milk and vanilla and mix well with a spoon. Make sure there are no lumps underneath. Add chocolate chips if using.

3) Microwave at 600W for 1 minute. Then turn the microwave to highest power and microwave 1 more minute. The cake started rising over the top but went down when the microwave turned off.

4) Take out and allow to cool. Drizzle some powdered sugar on top before serving.


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1) All microwaves are different so you might have to find your perfect time to cook in case 2 minute doesn't work for you. Check the cake by carefully touching the top. It should be firm and springy, not at all doughy. If it’s not done, keep cooking it in 15-second increments.

2) You can substitute All purpose flour with whole wheat flour or use the combination of both.

3) If you like to bake the cake instead ,then bake it at 350 for 10-12 minutes.

4) Use microwave safe big mug as this cake rises well so don’t fill mug more than half full.

5) Any Mug Cake(your favorite) recipe makes a great holiday gift when the dry ingredients are packaged with a mug along with the recipe instructions

Enjoy..:) Do share your mug recipes with us...
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6 Easy & Healthy Vegan Salads

A healthy, homemade, quick and easy vegan salad recipes, that can be served as a lighter option of dinner or healthy snack at any time of the day.

Healthy Black Chickpeas Salad/ Kale Chane Ka Salad Recipe

This is a super healthy bowl of vegan chickpea salad. My dad shared this easy recipe with me & it can be easily made under 5 minutes if you have boiled chickpeas on hand.You can also make this recipe with white chickpeas.You can also chill the salad before serving.

Cucumber Grape Salad With Black Olive & Mint Dressing

This healthy salad have a refreshing combination of ingredients , cucumber & mint which not only satisfy your taste buds but also gives you the nutrition you need.

Red Kidney Beans & Corn Salad With Rice

This is a great salad recipe , have the salad as it is if you don't want to mix it with rice or you can put big scoop of salad over the rice..enjoy anyway you want

Watermelon & Cucumber Salad

Try this delicious and healthy & low calorie fruit salad with a twist.The quantity of each depends on individual but make sure to measure out nuts so that you don't go overboard

Crunchy Cucumber Salad With Crushed Peanuts / Kheere Aur Moongfali Ka Salad

This is really interesting recipe, with great combination of ingredients, fresh and complex tasting at the same time. Anyone who will eat this salad will ask for a recipe for sure.Do give it a try , it's quick , simple & healthy .

Masala Corn Salad / Spiced Corn Salad

You can serve this dish as a salad or as a side dish to any meal. Spiced toasted corn tossed with bell pepper and tomato not only makes a flavorful salad but looks absolutely beautiful sitting in your plate. If you are using fresh corn then i would recommend to grill it directly on the gas or grill then remove the corn, add spices and veggies and serve immediately.


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