Month: March 2018

Cracked Wheat Bowl with Cilantro Vinaigrette and Chickpeas Salad

Cracked Wheat Bowl with Cilantro Vinaigrette and Chickpea Salad

This Indian-inspired cracked wheat dish features local vegetables, incorporated into a nutty, toasted cracked wheat. Seasoned with turmeric, red chili powder, and chaat masala, the bold spice of the flavor works perfectly as breakfast or lunch on a cold morning. Served with chickpea salad in cilantro vinaigrette and a glass of buttermilk, this new twist to the Indian classic creates a perfect harmony between traditional and modern. Growing up in a kitchen where the clanking of copper pots and the earthy smell of clay vessels was a daily occurrence, I became accustomed to the sizzle of Indian spices as they combined with hearty cracked wheat. A dish like this was a staple in my mom’s kitchen, being passed down through the generations of her family, but each time arriving with a new alteration. Perfect for winter mornings or for lunch on a brisk day, I enjoyed the warmth of this delectable grain against the cool refreshment of yogurt or a glass of my grandma’s buttermilk. Being all too close to this meal and having a …

Savory Power Pancakes with Coconut-Mint Dip and Corn-Tomato Relish

Savory Power Pancakes with Coconut-Mint Dip and Corn-Tomato Relish

These deliciously healthy, protein-packed savory pancakes are full of ground lentils and fresh vegetables. It makes a great snack when you are low on energy or as a breakfast. Top it off with some coconut-mint dip and a fresh corn-tomato relish, and you have a perfect spring snack! With the combination of a variety of lentils and rice, this dish is a super wholesome meal to enjoy. Packed with amazing flavors and loads of protein, this nutritious breakfast is especially good for growing kids. STEP BY STEP: DID YOU MAKE THIS RECIPE? Don’t forget to tag @naturallynidhi on Instagram and hashtag it #naturallynidhi. You can also post your pictures to my facebook page. I’d love to hear how the recipe turned out and what you think  in the comment section below.  You can also find me on and share your creation with me!

Saffron-Rose Coconut Ladoo

Creamy coconut milk ladoos with a silky center rolled in toasted coconut and made two ways! The rose-coconut ladoo is made with rose syrup and has the most aromatic, heavenly presence. The saffron-coconut ladoo boasts a vibrant hue of yellow and mellow flavors. Perfect for festivals or just to sweeten your palette these little beauties take just about 15 minutes! These ladoos can be made in two different ways – 1) traditional recipe or  2) quick 15 minutes truffle style recipe.

Turmeric Ginger Lemon Morning Tea

Turmeric Ginger Lemon Morning Tea

Start your morning with this amazing detox tea! 🍋🍯 Freshly diced turmeric, lemon, ginger, and a drizzle of honey are all there to provide a healthy start to your day!! It can be stored for weeks and offers wonderful gastrointestinal benefits. STEP BY STEP: HEALTH BENEFITS: Turmeric is a powerful antioxidant that reduces inflammation, relieves symptoms of arthritis and protect against skin diseases. It contains lots of essential minerals, including: calcium, copper, fiber, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, sodium and zinc. It is also rich in vitamin C, D, K, and several B-vitamins. Turmeric has antibacterial, antiviral and anti-fungal properties, useful for strengthening the immune system. Ginger contains at least twelve types of antioxidants, making it useful for treatment of a wide range of disorders. It is used widely for its medicinal properties. A ginger infusion is an effective way to relieve fever and flu symptoms or fight off a cold. Lemon, rich in vitamin C, is known for its therapeutic property since generations. It helps strengthen your immune system, cleanse your stomach, and …

Spring Pasta Salad

Spring Pasta Salad

This creamy, springy whole grain pasta salad is made with avocados, tomatoes, onions, and a white balsamic vinaigrette. It’s such an aromatic dish from the lemon zest that packs a punch, but kind of melts in your mouth! The vinaigrette is so lemony and rich that salad is filling, and cuts through the dish. STEP BY STEP

InstaPot Rajma Masala Bowl with Aloo Gobhi and Jeera Rice

InstaPot Rajma Masala Bowl with Crispy Airfryer Aloo Gobhi & Jeera Rice

This Punjabi tadka lunch is fit for a king!! 🙌 The Rajma or kidney beans are a North Indian dish and were made in the instapot. The rich gravy encompasses all of the tomato and onion flavors that’s packed in the beans. It has Aloo Gobi, which is an air-fried dish made with spiced, tender potatoes and cauliflower. Couple it with some Jeera rice (cumin rice) or Makka Roti (cornflour flatbreads) for a perfect spring meal! Serving it in a bowl works great too!

Banana Walnut Cake

I made this fluffy, spongy banana cake with toasted nuts,  laced with a mellow, buttery aroma for a winter brunch party. The chocolate chips and caramelized sugar just do wonders to elevate this simply amazing cake! Serve it with some cream cheese frosting or a simple meringue for the perfect dessert to wrap up a cozy meal . It is sure to be a hit!

Sprouted Rose Dahi Chaat

Sprouted Rose Dahi Chaat

Indian street food at its best!! This papdi chaat has been made with a unique touch; Rose yogurt! It consists of even layers of papdi, baked puris, fresh sprouts, potatoes, rose infused yogurt, spices, and sev. The creamy notes of the delicate yogurt perfectly complement the Tangy freshness of the sprouts, while the flavor of the spices really cut through the whole dish. It’s a really cohesive, flowery dish and brings the impeccable flavors of street food to the comfort of home! STEP BY STEP:

Khaja with Sabudana Kheer

Khaja with Sabudana Kheer

This classic Indian dish, which is a staple all over India, consists of a Khaja (layered pastry) and Sabudana Kheer (tapioca pudding) with fresh fruit! The layered pastry is coated in a luscious sugar syrup and ghee (clarified butter). The tapioca pudding is a creamy, silky, milk-based dessert that is lightly flavored with saffron, cardamom, and freshly sliced fruits!! It’s air fried too! Steps for Khaja:

Savory Coconut Peas Gujiya

Traditional Indian gujiya, but with a festive twist. The flaky pastry is stuffed with a savory peas and coconut filling and delicately seasoned with chili and cumin. The mellowed sweetness of the coconuts works wonderfully with the hearty tones of the peas and creates this heavenly texture and taste. I’m also trying to stay healthy this Holi, so all of these are air fried!