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Cilantro (Dhania) Chutney

March 23, 2021

If you liked my easy tomato chutney recipe then this one is even better! If you know me, you know that I love saucy foods, dipping sauces, condiments and the like. You also know by know I love spicy food. The best thing about having a chutney with your meal is that you can control how much heat you add to your food. Cilantro chutney has to be my favorite chutneys.

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Main Dishes

Fijian Chicken Palau

December 1, 2020
Fijian Chicken Palau

As the weather gets colder in New England, it’s the perfect season to make this rich, warm dish. The aromas that fill our home while making palau are nostalgic. No matter where I’ve lived or traveled, there is a certain scent that will always make me feel like I’m home. For me it is the homemade Fiji masala that is sautéed with onions and garlic. There really is no describing it. You have to LIVE it to understand.  My husband on the other hand is always looking for the incense and a lighter after I’m done cooking, along with opening windows.  He doesn’t embrace the aromas as well as I do. Ha ha!

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Appetizers

Spicy Spinach Fritters (Fiji Bhajia)

November 24, 2020

Every family member in our extended family has a specialty. They may not know it but they do. I know who to go to when I am craving something whether it’s achar, curries, chai, sweets or in this case Spicy Spinach Fritters known as Bhajia. My Mausi is the go-to person for Bhajia. She makes this recipe so fast I feel like she always has a batch ready to-go. One minute we are doing a quick visit to her house, the next we are eating Bhajia. It just happens like that. She recently took the time to show me how she makes it. If you are looking for a simple and unique Bhajia recipe this is it.

I’ve been given the gift in life to be not only a SWEETS person but also a SALTY person as well, and I’m not sure if it is a blessing or a curse .  With the salty cravings comes spicy cravings. If you are a spice girl like me, you know what I mean. There are days that I just want something super spicy. This savory snack fulfills my cravings not just for spice but there is a nostalgia about it that makes you feel at home. You can make it as spicy as desired, or no spice at all.

The one thing you will find in this Bhajia recipe that you will not find in any other is the red bell pepper. My Mausi believes the red bell pepper makes a difference. The subtle sweetness of the red bell pepper shines bright along with the powerful flavors of the onions in this recipe.  I am a fan of this special ingredient!