Monica Deshpande

Monica is a mother, a weekend baker and a collector of cookbooks and articles on cooking and baking. Cooking is her way of taking a break from her day job. She is a curious cook who enjoys creating dishes that add a twist to everyday recipes. She especially loves baking, experimenting with new flavours and ingredients, and adapting recipes to make them her own. Funnily enough, her habit of not following recipes to the letter is a mixed blessing. Visit her blog for more recipes Oven Goodies and Varan BhaatVaran Bhaat

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Recipes and Articles by Monica Deshpande

Pathare Prabhu Roath Recipe (Semolina Cake)

Friday, 04 August 2017 00:16

Pathare Prabhu Roath Recipe is a semolina cake recipe that you must try during an evening for tea time snack. It is the perfect counterfoil to spicy tea time snacks as it gently balances the tastes in your mouth so you can enjoy every bite. Roath is made from semolina soaked in milk, sweetened, ...

Maharashtrian Kolambi Che Lonche Recipe (Prawns In Pickle Masala)

Thursday, 20 July 2017 00:14

Maharashtrian Kolambi Che Lonche Recipe is a very spicy side dish recipe that is made with pickle masala. Mum used to send us a hot lunch every day of the school week. Saturday mornings were spent looking forward to the fish that would invariably arrive in our tiffin due to fish market on every Saturday. ...

Chicken Xacuti Recipe - Goan Chicken Curry

Thursday, 20 July 2017 00:14

Xacuti is a rich coconut curry, served with classic Goan red rice. The very first bite will transport you to Goan meals by the beach, with the wind in your hair and the sounds of the waves crashing onto the shore. Needless to say, every family has their favourite version and this is ours. So, ...

Jeera Miri Kolambi Recipe - Cumin & Black Pepper Prawns

Tuesday, 18 July 2017 11:14

Jeera-Miri Kolambi Recipe which is also called as Cumin & Black Pepper Prawns is a similar recipe to the Jeera Miri Chicken. It has the kick of the pepper along with the heat of the red chillies. There are also some curry leaves in this recipe which adds more flavour to this recipe.  The ...

Courgette Cheese & Red Pepper Muffin Recipe

Tuesday, 14 October 2014 05:30

Courgette Cheese & Red Pepper Muffin Recipe are great bites that make great appetisers for parties. You can also serve them along with a salad to turn these muffins into a light supper. These cheesy savoury bites are best eaten when fresh out of the often. Keep the dough for the muffins handy and ...

Green Moong Dal Khichdi Recipe

Monday, 13 October 2014 13:31

The Moong dal khichdi is a very traditional Indian comfort food that can be had at any time of the year. The combination of carbohydrates and protein along with spices makes this Khichdi light on the stomach. All you need to do is to serve it with a vegetable like Batata Nu Shaak (Potatoes ...

Amrakhand Recipe - Mango Shrikhand Recipe

Tuesday, 14 May 2013 12:38

Amrakhand recipe is a delicious Mango Shrikhand recipe that is made from the best of the mangoes available in the summer season. Alphonso mango is the favorite of the Indian mangoes that is used in making this Shrikhand. The Amrakhand is simple and quick to make if you have ready ...

Maharashtrian Aloo Bhujne Recipe - Potato Stir Fry

Monday, 29 April 2013 11:16

Maharashtrian Aloo Bhujne Recipe is a simple Maharashtrian Style Potato Stir Fry. Bhujne is a 'curry' that is unique to the seafood-loving Pathare Prabhu community. This is the vegetarian version that gets made on the days when no meat or fish can be consumed. Serve the Maharashtrian Aloo Bhujne ...

Hirve Kaalvan Recipe (Fresh Coriander and Coconut Curry)

Friday, 22 March 2013 11:14

Hirve Kaalvan or Fresh Coriander and Coconut Curry is a perfect dish that can be prepared especially when you are tired of the usual dal accompanying your meals. This is a versatile curry that goes with any meal, that is mild and creamy. The Hirve Kaalvan pairs beautifully hot steamed rice ...

Maharashtrian Batatyacha Kees Recipe (Spicy Roasted Potatoes With Peanuts)

Friday, 22 March 2013 10:05

Batatyacha Kees is a spicy aloo/potato recipe that is made with a delicious combination of cooking potatoes along with peanuts, cumin and green chillies. By keeping the ingredient list to a minimum, the flavors of the peanuts, along with green chillies makes this dish quick and simple to prepare and ...

Vatanyacha Phadna Recipe (Sugar Snap Peas Stir Fry)

Friday, 08 March 2013 08:07

The Vatanyacha Phadna Recipe is a simple stir fry of the Sugar Snap Peas. Spring brings fresh sugar snap peas into the season and Vatanyacha Phadna is a simple and delicate dish that makes the most of these jade beauties. Black pepper adds a punch to this recipe,  while the caramelised pods ...

Vegetarian Chickpea Burger Recipe

Tuesday, 26 February 2013 17:37

The Vegetarian Chickpea Burger Recipe make perfect one dish dinner for those Friday Movie Nights at home. The chickpea is simple to put together and makes a dinner under an hour when you have all the ingredients handy. To make your dinner preparation simpler you can prepare the chickpea pattie ahead ...

Published in Burger Recipes

Fluffy Buttermilk Pancake Recipe

Monday, 18 February 2013 15:00

The Fluffy Buttermilk Pancake Recipe are perfect for a lazy Saturday brunch and are ready in under 30 minutes, unless of course, you are preparing to feed an army! Options for toppings range from the usual maple syrup to fruits and caramel sauce, which we tried this weekend. Give the simple and ...

Maharashtrian Kanda Poha Recipe

Tuesday, 05 February 2013 14:54

Maharashtrian Kanda Poha/Pohe is a very popular Maharashtrian breakfast or teatime snack. It is made from flattened/ beaten rice and tossed in caramelized onions, green chillies and peanuts. If you prefer to eat a light meal first thing in the morning, this super quick dish is just right for you. You ...

Muesli Ballyvaughan | Overnight Muesli Recipe

Tuesday, 05 February 2013 14:41

Muesli Ballyvaughan or Overnight Muesli is a great overnight muesli that we first tasted at Drumcreehy House in Ballyvaughan (Ireland). I have named it in remembrance of the fond memories of our holiday there. This is the perfect recipe for breakfast without too much fuss. Serve Muesli Ballyvaughan or ...

Pistachio Cranberry Cookie Recipe

Wednesday, 16 January 2013 21:12

If there ever was a Desert Island Cookie List, these Pistachio-Cranberry jewels would certainly feature in it. The crunch of the pistachios along with the tart cranberries make this cookie utterly delicious. Serve Pistachio Cranberry Cookie along with hot Masala Chai for your tea time break.  If ...

Tikhat Rava Recipe (Spicy Semolina Crumble)

Wednesday, 16 January 2013 21:08

Tikhat Rava is not quite Upma but very similar to it since the base is semolina. This has been a favourite teatime snack ever since we were kids. It makes for a great brunch too. Serve Tikhat Rava Recipe (Spicy Semolina Crumble) with evening Adrak Chai Recipe and Baked Multigrain Mathri. If ...

Thumbprint Cookie Recipe With Orange Curd Recipe

Thursday, 10 January 2013 11:37

Thumbprint cookies with Orange Curd are crumbly and delicious, melt in the mouth cookies are a cookie lover’s delight. The original recipe uses lemon curd but I decided to try a variation instead. I kept the lemon juice and zest in the recipe. Serve Thumbprint Cookie Recipe With Orange ...

Mulled Apple Juice Recipe

Monday, 07 January 2013 13:29

Mulled Apple Juice is a lovely winter warmer drink and the perfect alternative to mulled wine.  This warm apple drink, is ideal for entertaining kids and adults who do not drink wine. The addition if cinnamon and spices along with orange makes the Mulled Apple Juice very energizing. Serve mulled ...

Published in Smoothies and Juices

Quick Creamy Pea Soup Recipe

Friday, 04 January 2013 13:41

The Quick Pea Soup Recipe is absolutely simple and quick to make and delicious soup to make. Made from freshly steamed peas, some olive oil, black pepper and cream makes this nutritious and wholesome too. The soup can be savoured any time of the year and I find it particularly handy especially on ...

Published in Soup Recipes

Maharastrian Style Kurkure Batate Recipe (Spicy & Crispy Roasted Potatoes)

Friday, 14 December 2012 21:29

Kurkure Batate is a simple and delectably tasty dish that makes a delicious weekday lunch with Phulkas. It is simple to make for the quick lunches or dinner. The spices can always be adapted to make it spicier or tone it down, depending on your taste.  Did you know: Potatoes are known ...

Maharashtrian Bharleli Vaangi Recipe (Stuffed Roasted Aubergines)

Monday, 03 December 2012 10:26

Stuffed aubergines, bharwan baingan or as we call this dish in Marathi ‘bharleli vaangi’ are delicious whichever name you choose. My aubergine averse better half is now a convert, thanks to this recipe.  This recipe can be baked in an oven as well. Try use small, firm and gleaming aubergines ...

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