Author: Nidhi Bothra

Mughlai Gobhi in Walnut Pomegranate Gravy

Mughlai Gobhi in Walnut Pomegranate Gravy

Mughlai Gobhi in Walnut Pomegranate Gravy — a truly show-stopping holiday entree that earns all of its praise from a velvety gravy made with saffron, fresh pomegranate juice, and thyme. The cauliflower has a golden-brown sear and is stuffed with a bright paneer, cranberry, and herb filling. With sweetness, richness, and tartness in every bite, savor the joy of the holiday season with this heartwarming dish! Mughlai food is known for being decadent — it is fit for royalty after all. I wanted this dish to capture that satisfaction but complement it with more vibrant elements like cranberries, mint, pomegranate, and rosemary. In the end, all the effort is totally worth it to see the smiles on everyone’s faces when they take a bite! WATCH HOW TO MAKE MUGHLAI GOBHI IN WALNUT POMEGRANATE GRAVY: Mughlai Gobhi in Walnut Pomegranate Gravy — a truly show-stopping holiday entree that earns all of its praise from a velvety gravy made with saffron, fresh pomegranate juice, and thyme. The cauliflower has a golden-brown sear and is stuffed with a bright …

Hariyali Paneer Makhani - Cottage Cheese in Creamy Tomatillo Gravy

Hariyali Paneer Makhani – Cottage Cheese in Creamy Tomatillo Gravy

Hariyali Paneer Makhani (Cottage Cheese in Creamy Tomatillo Gravy) — a vibrant shade of green, this paneer features green tomatillos in a luscious, floral gravy. With tender, pan-fried paneer simmered in a delicate gravy, this aromatic curry doubles as an easy weeknight dinner or an elegant meal to impress! WATCH HOW TO MAKE HARIYALI PANEER MAKHANI: Hariyali Paneer Makhani — a vibrant shade of green, this paneer features green tomatillos in a luscious, floral gravy. With tender, pan-fried paneer simmered in a delicate gravy, this aromatic curry doubles as an easy weeknight dinner or an elegant meal to impress! Subscribe to my YouTube Channel for step-by-step videos. 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. Find me on and share your creation with me!

Makhana Chocolate Bark

Makhana Chocolate Bark

Makhana Chocolate Bark — with dark chocolate, goji berries, edible flowers, cardamom, and roasted makhana, this is a fusion Diwali sweet you can enjoy without indulging! Makhana or popped lotus seeds are a super healthy Indian snack and make for the crunchiest, guilt-free addition to a rich dark chocolate bark! WATCH HOW TO MAKE MAKHANA CHOCOLATE BARK: Makhana Chocolate Bark — with dark chocolate, goji berries, edible flowers, cardamom, and roasted makhana, this is a fusion Diwali sweet you can enjoy without indulging! Makhana or popped lotus seeds are a super healthy Indian snack and make for the crunchiest, guilt-free addition to a rich dark chocolate bark! Subscribe to my YouTube Channel for step-by-step videos. 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. Find me on and share your creation with me!

Thai Lollipops with Mango Chili Coulis

Thai Lollipops with Mango Chili Coulis

Thai Lollipops with Mango Chili Coulis — bright, floral, and spicy, these veggie lollipops are ready to bring all the flavor! With a sweet and peppery mango coulis to enhance those vibrant  gingery, lemony flavors, this appetizer is as much a treat to look at as it is to eat! I love the subtle, yet bright flavors of Thai cuisine, and this lollipop is one of my favorite (nontraditional) ways to enjoy it! With ginger, lemongrass, cilantro, and mango paired with that piquant Thai bird’s eye chili, I just can’t get enough of this perfect Diwali appetizer! If you like this, please try my other appetizer recipes: Kolkata Masala Crostini Mediterranean Chaat Tarts 7 Layer Dahi Chaat WATCH HOW TO MAKE THAI LOLLIPOPS: Thai Lollipops with Mango Chili Coulis — bright, floral, and spicy, these veggie lollipops are ready to bring all the flavor! With a sweet and peppery mango coulis to enhance those vibrant  gingery, lemony flavors, this appetizer is as much a treat to look at as it is to eat! Subscribe to …

Rose Rasmalai Falooda

Rose Rasmalai Falooda

Rose Rasmalai Falooda — an epic fusion of two all-time classic Indian desserts that will be all the talk at your next Diwali party! With crisp fruits to break the sweetness and fun texture from jelly and nuts, prepare to be blown away by this simple, yet show-stopping dish! WATCH HOW TO MAKE ROSE RASMALAI FALOODA: Rose Rasmalai Falooda — an epic fusion of two all-time classic Indian desserts that will be all the talk at your next party! With crisp fruits to break the sweetness and fun texture from jelly and nuts, prepare to be blown away by this simple, yet show-stopping dish! Subscribe to my YouTube Channel for step-by-step videos. 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. Find me on and share your creation with me!

Chocolate Kesar Khaja

Chocolate Kesar Khaja

Chocolate and Kesar Khaja —  this flaky, layered pastry is a Diwali classic all across India! Coated in a luscious sugar syrup, it’s an addicting mithai to celebrate the sweetness of the festive season that can even be made in the air fryer! If you like this, please try my other desserts: Baked Motichoor Rabri Parfait Coconut Kalakand Cake Pineapple Sandesh STEPS FOR MAKING KHAJA: Chocolate and Kesar Khaja —  this flaky, layered pastry is a Diwali classic all across India! Coated in a luscious sugar syrup, it’s an addicting mithai to celebrate the sweetness of the festive season that can even be made in the air fryer! Subscribe to my YouTube Channel for step-by-step videos. 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. Find me on and share your creation with me!

Kolkata Masala Crostini

Kolkata Masala Crostini

Kolkata Masala Crostini — a chatpata twist to an easy appetizer with sweet chili jam, spicy potato and kala chana filling, and colorful garnishes like coconut and peanuts! It’s a bright and bold dish to share that’ll transport you back to the rainy streets of Kolkata!  This crostini is all about the composition. The potato filling features tamarind chutney, lemon juice, chaat masala, and dried mint along with your usual masalas. Paired with the sweet jam-chutney layer and the crunchy garnish, this is finger food at its best! If you like this, please try my other chaat recipes: Kolkata Ghugni Chaat Mediterranean Chaat Tarts 7 Layer Dahi Chaat WATCH HOW TO MAKE KOLKATA MASALA CROSTINI: Kolkata Masala Crostini — a chatpata twist to an easy appetizer with sweet chili jam, spicy potato and kala chana filling, and colorful garnishes like coconut and peanuts! It’s a bright and bold dish to share that’ll transport you back to the rainy streets of Kolkata!  Subscribe to my YouTube Channel for step-by-step videos. DID YOU MAKE THIS RECIPE? Don’t …

Kesariya Gulab Makhan Board

Kesariya Gulab Makhan Board – Saffron Rose Butter Board

Kesariya Gulab Makhan Board — with fresh fruits, rose petals, almonds, and a saffron-rose-kewra infused honey, this butter board is an ode to the classic Indian makhan mithai that I loved as a kid. Sweet peaches and blueberries paired with the creamy butter and floral honey are a combo that I could only dream of! If you’re anything like me, one of the first things that came to our mind with this new butter board trend was Makhan Mithai. A popular Indian mithai with nuts and fruits in a butter base, it’s the perfect inspo! I like to serve this with pav for the most authentic flavor but even crackers or other bread would be great in a pinch! If you like this, please try my other recipes: Rasmalai Falooda Pineapple Sandesh Baked Motichoor Rabri Parfait WATCH HOW TO MAKE KESARIYA GULAB MAKHAN BOARD: Kesariya Gulab Makhan Board — with fresh fruits, rose petals, almonds, and a saffron-rose-kewra infused honey, this butter board is an ode to the classic Indian makhan mithai that I loved …

Lasooni Chili Peanuts

Lasooni Chili Peanuts

These Lasooni Chili Peanuts are the most addicting, Chinese-inspired snack! With boiled peanuts stir-fried in a tangy, spicy schezwan sauce with aromatics like garlic and ginger, this is going to be a fan-favorite appetizer at any Diwali party! They run out fast because of how addicting they are — so be sure to make extra! Peanuts are a somewhat common snack typically served dry or coated in some kind of spice blend. I decided to give that indulging feeling of eating peanuts a new spin by making it Indo-Chinese style! It’ll pair perfectly with drinks or as an appetizer by itself! If you like this, please try my other party recipes: Vegetable Au Gratin Bread Tart Mediterranean Chaat Tarts Stuffed Peppers in Creamy Cashew Gravy WATCH HOW TO MAKE LASOONI CHILI PEANUTS: These Lasooni Chili Peanuts are the most addicting, Chinese-inspired snack! With boiled peanuts stir-fried in a tangy, spicy schezwan sauce with aromatics like garlic and ginger, this is going to be a fan-favorite appetizer at any Diwali party! They run out fast because …