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Rice Noodles Salad

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It has been about 3-4 years I have been learning painting from one my friend and teacher. She is one awesome teacher. When I joined I told her that I wanted to learn all the mediums beginning with pencil shading and gradually working towards water color. I am still learning to use all the mediums but watercolor has become my favorite. Let me tell you one thing, watercolor is hard! It takes lot of practice and patience. My teacher had told me that when I started so I am prepared! I recently finished recreating a fascinating painting by Georgia O'Keeffe's : 'Leaves of a Plant' with watercolors. I enjoyed painting it even though it took me longer than expected. There are lots of mistakes which I should have avoided but its a learning process one painting at a time! I hope to do better next time. Here it is for you to see -


Now let's jump to our recipe for the day. Simple salads that feature fresh produce are my favorites in summer. I love salads but I feel hungry muc…

Vegan Thumbprint Cookies

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Do you love to cook? Also love to share what you make best? There is a perfect event for all of us in this category - Food Swap! A dear friend of mine, TC, invited me to the first ever food swap she organized. Her idea was simple if you like to cook and cook big batches, then bring it over and share! She also wanted to keep it within circle of friends. Everyone was very enthusiastic and brought variety of things to share. It was very fun event to be part of. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. She then decided to do that as a quarterly event! And it is gaining popularity! Do not forget to checkout what people brought for the events on the Sunnyvale Food Swap FB page.

Now you must be wondering what is the connection between the food swap and the thumbprint cookies! TC herself made citrus marmalade for second swap. It was so awesome that I did not waste even a single minute to enter my name on the swap sheet. Luckily she also liked chutney I had taken for the swap. I had the marmalad…

Phunake/Vafole

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A leafy vegetable called Chiu or Chival or Chivai is used in these dumplings when available. Khandeshi people really love this weed kind of vegetable. It grows on its own in the farms. Farmers just pull it out by bag fulls and sell. This vegetable is bit slimy and sour to taste.


Phunake or Vafole are Khandeshi style toor daal dumplings. These are usually eaten with Khandeshi style buttermilk kadhi. It is one protein packed lunch menu I always enjoy when I visit my in-laws place. Very simple to make but tasty.
Combination of these two, Phunake made with chivai is a delicacy in Khandesh. Everyone in my family start drooling even with the thought of it.


Recipe I am sharing today is made up with chopped onions and cilantro as it is not possible to get Chivai vegetable here. These dumplings are served with specially prepared Khandeshi Kadhi.
1 cup Toor Daal
1 Small Onion
3-4 Green Chilies (or per taste)
5-6 Cloves of Garlic
1 tsp Cumin Seeds
Salt per taste
Fistful of Chopped Cilantro
Wate…