Fresh Spring Rolls

Fresh spring rolls are great for an evening snack during summer. They are very refreshing and great with sweet chill sauce.

Ingredients – L2R

  • 2 ounces rice vermicelli
  • 2 leaves lettuce
  • 2 jalapeno
  • 5 sprigs cilantro
  • 1/4 cup pineapple
  • 1 persian cucumber
  • 2 string cheese

8 rice wrappers (8.5 inch diameter)

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Chocolate chip muffins

Tried making some chocolate chip cookies with a twist. Unlike the traditional chocolate chip cookies, I added milk and dark chocolate (1/4th the desired quantity), and topped of the muffin with caramel and fruits.


  • 2 1/2 cups APF
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/3 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup milk and dark chocolate chips

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Saffron pistachio muffins

Muffins are my favorites for a quick breakfast. Nothing is better then a warm muffin for breakfast during a hectic weekend.

Before sharing my recipe for the saffron pistachio muffin, I would like to share my recipe for a basic muffin. This can be had as in or can be topped with variety of flavors and nuts to add another dimension.

  • 2 cups white flour
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 egg, slightly beaten
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup melted butter


Mix all the ingredients and filling the cups to 2/3rd. Bake at 375°F for 20-25 mins. (use 15 mins for June).

For the Saffron Pistachio muffin add the following as well:

  • 1/4 cup sugar.
  • 1/2 cup chopped pistachios
  • 1tsp cardamom powder
  • 1tsp soaked saffron in warm milk.

After filling the cups, sprinkle with some chopped pistachios. you can prepare a glaze by mixing some powder sugar and water and pouring over the muffin.



Saffron cardamom Shrikhand (Sweetened Yogurt)

I wanted to try making Shrikhand at home from scratch for Piyush during summer. Shrikhand is a thick, delicious dessert made from strained yogurt. It can be had with Indian flat breads like roti, poori, paratha. I made Shrikhand with saffron, nuts & cardamom. It can be made with Mango pulp, only cardamom etc.


6 cups – yogurt

1 tsp. saffron

1 tbsp. warm milk

12 tbsp. superfine sugar

1⁄2 tsp. green cardamom seeds, crushed

1 tbsp. pistachios, almonds, chopped

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Detox with Moringa

As mentioned in my previous posts I did a 7 day detox program, of course it included many cheat meals as we had an office outing, date night and special craving for Aapam. I tried to sticking to my diet plan but has a Cajun feat one day at Creole.

I lost 3.5 lbs in 7 days and absolutely had a great time doing it. I was able to completely cut off coffee / chai out and switched to healthier green tea (Numi toasted rice/ Tenren green tea) as green tea contains vitamin C, many amino acids and the highest concentration of catechins among teas.

I also experimented with Moringa powder which is the usual Indian drumstick leaves. Here are some quick  Murungai keerai recipes:

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