Winters and Faux Fur Vests

On my last visit to Paris apart from enjoying the history, food and shopping, I was in awe of the Street style /fashion. Most women were dressed in tall boots, leather jackets and super stylish fur coats. I was regretting not taking a fur coat ( since my bags were filled with boots and hand bags he he ūüôā ) , as it was pretty cold and of course wanted to blend in. Anyways, the weather in Northern Cali some days gives me the opportunity to wear them without looking ridiculous .Last two weeks have been quite chilly ,so got a chance to wear¬†this super soft & cozy faux fur vest . Completed the look with a simple but warm tee & OTK boots which I love and are available in two colors. Click on the links below for the products.

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Tee – Cranberry Cocktail –Here¬† | Faux Fur Vest – Here . Similar – Here ,Here

LowCost vest РHere  | Jean Leggings РHere   | OTK Boots РHere  ,Similar РHere |

Bag – Kate Spade – Similar – Here |

 

Thank You .

Rajini

Cabbage Pakoda / Fritters

I was a super picky eater as a kid and remember, how much my parents struggled every single day trying to get me to eat my veggies. The only veggie i loved and didn’t mind eating everyday was and is Okra / Lady Finger, as its called in India. I definitely never bothered to eat Cabbage . Even the thought of looking at it made me want to skip a meal. But as i grew older and sometimes didn’t have an option, started to find creative ways to consume it.

Now i do enjoy eating sandwiches slathered with green chutney ,stuffed with cabbage curry and toast it in a sandwichmaker to golden brown and relish with a cup of Chai .Another variety i enjoy the most ,is of course the deep-fried version on a rainy day. My mom made these few years ago while i was visiting her. They are similar to Onion pakodas ,but more crispier and i make them very spicy. Added some cashews for that extra crunch and chopped  mint , cilantro for some freshness . I hope you try to make it too. Recipe is below.

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Cabbage Pakodas / Fritters

Ingredients

  • 2 Cups Cabbage ( Sliced thin into 1 inch strips )
  • 2 ¬†cups Chickpea flour ( Besan )
  • 1 tbsp rice flour
  • 1/4 cup Cashews¬†
  • 2 tbsp Green chili¬†paste ( Thai chilis made into a paste )
  • 1 tsp Red chili¬†powder ( add more or less depending on your spice level )
  • 1 tbsp¬†Ginger and Garlic paste
  • 1/4 Cup Chopped Mint and Cilantro
  • 1/4 cup Water ( add more if needed )
  • Salt as needed
  • Vegetable Oil for Deep frying

Directions

  • Take a Bowl and add¬†Cabbage,Chickpea flour,¬†rice flour, Cashews,Green chili¬†paste,¬†Red chili¬†powder,Ginger Garlic paste , Salt and Chopped Mint and Cilantro .
  • Mix everything¬†and add water slowly so it coats the cabbage but doesn’t¬†make it mushy. Make sure you add water only as needed and batter is a hard , thick batter.
  • Heat Oil in a deep-frying pan on High .Once it gets hot turn the flame to medium heat and drop small dollops of batter into the Oil.¬†
  • Fry them on medium heat and keep turning sides with a ladle until it gets golden brown and crispy. Remove from heat and strain them on absorbent paper to soak up the excess oil .
  • Enjoy them immedeatly with hot cup of chai.

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Rajini

Pumpkin Picking

To be honest i have never been to a pumpkin patch, in all these years that i have lived in the United states . Usually i just go to the local store since its easier due to time constraints .But ,Families here have long traditions of going to the local farms to choose a pumpkin grown right on the property ,ride around in the hay wagon to learn about farming and ¬†wander around in the corn maze. Sounds so much fun right . So last weekend ,we made a short visit to our local farm and picked out our perfect pumpkin. It was a fun experience selecting and strolling around in the farm filled with different types of pumpkins ,corn,squash and kids running around climbing the¬†hay bales that are built every year. I think this is going to be my Fall/October activity from now on . Not sure if i will be any good at carving Jack’O’Lanterns ¬†,but ¬†will definitely decorate my front porch .

Since it was windy and a little chilly weekend i wore a light sweater ,jeans ,tall boots and a blanket scarf . I have linked the outfit details below and some of my favorite similar fall items. Take a look and Happy Thursday Friends.

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Achari Paneer

Some days when I am in no mood to go shopping for vegetables, i just grab some panner from the fridge and get creative. Achari Paneer has become one of my favorite vegetarian recipes. I do love the Tikka Maslas and Butter Masalas which are quite rich, but when I am craving for more  flavorful but a lighter version Achari paneer it is. The Pickling Masalas which go in it are robust and gives it a unique flavor . Its great to scoop with rotis or naan & makes a hearty meal. Hope you enjoy it as much as i did. 

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Achari Paneer

  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

For Masala Powder

  • 1 Tsp Kalonji (Onion seeds)
  • 1 Tsp Fennel seeds /Saunf
  • 1 Tsp Mustard seeds / Rai
  • 1/2 Tsp Cumin seeds/Jeera

Ian a pan Dry Roast these spices for approx 2 mins  ,cool them and grind them to a fine powder & set aside.

Remaining Ingredients

  • 14 ounces Paneer ( cut into small cubes )
  • 1 medium sized onion ( finely chopped )
  • 1 medium size Tomato ( finely chopped )
  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 2 tsp Ginger and garlic paste
  • 3 to 4 Tbsp Cashew nut powder
  • 2 tbsp Vegetable oil
  • 3-4 Dry Red chillies
  • 1 tsp Corn flour
  • 2 tbsp Red chili powder
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • 1 tsp Mango pickle gravy
  • 1/4 cup cream
  • 1/4 tsp Kasuri Methi
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro & mint leaves.
  • Salt as needed

Procedure

  • Take a wide pan and add oil , Dry red chillies followed by chopped onions ,tomato and ginger & garlic paste.Saute them for few mins ¬†on medium heat and then add the roasted dry Masala powder, coriander powder ,red chili powder ,cashew nut powder and corn flour & saute continuously for 2-3 mins until the oil stars to leave the pan.
  • Now add the paneer cubes, yogurt, mango pickle and salt as needed ¬†and mix until everything is incorporated . Simmer it on low heat for 15 mins .
  • Now add cream and you could add little water if you want if the gravy appears too thick. Simmer for ¬†another 10 mins. ¬†
  • Lastly add kasuri methi & chopped Mint,Cilantro leaves ad switch off the stove. Serve with Naans or Rotis. Enjoy¬†

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Thankyou 

Rajini

Shades of Turquoise

The beaches of northern California are not ideal for swimming ,because the water is too cold even in summers, but still beautiful to enjoy the scenery and sit on the beach. One of my favorite things to do is pack some food ,drinks , sit on the beach and have a relaxing time watching the waves crash the shore. As we are getting close to Fall ,i wanted to go one last time ¬†before its starts to get Cold. So, that’s what i did last weekend .We went ¬†to Capitola beach in Santa cruz , one of the oldest beaches in ¬†pacific coast. The beach is beautiful with colorful beach side cottages,local galleries , shops and restaurants. Me and my friend packed up some food ,drinks and spent the day chit chatting , people watching and relaxed on the shore. I wore this beautiful maxi dress and wedges and my dear friend graciously captured all the pics . The dress is soft ,flowy ¬†with a beautiful beaded neck and has slits on the side to give a sexy look.¬†Outfit details below.

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Dress – Here | Shoes – Here¬†¬†Similar | Sun Glasses- Here | Bracelet & Bag – Old | Lip Color- Here | Nail Color –Here |

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Rajini

Roasted pepper and Avocado Hummus

Hi friends . Sorry it took me while to post a recipe due to a long summer vacation ,and getting back into routine is so much harder than i thought.Enjoyed my time thoroughly with family ,friends ,shopping and of course  lots of food .After 5 weeks of no cooking and eating delicious food mom made, all i wanted to do after getting back was laze around and sleep.

Anyways .Who is ready for fall ?  Well, I am not. Not ready to let go off summer yet .Will miss the fruit , barbecues ,fresh dips and the refreshing drinks. One of my favorite dip is guacamole especially home-made with fresh flavors of jalapeno and tangy limes. So, thought of adding the same flavors to my Hummus. This is the most creamiest & delicious hummus you will ever eat. It has the smokiness of the roasted peppers , spice from jalapenos and is super creamy with avocado. Enjoy. 

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Roasted Pepper and Avocado Hummus

  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

For Hummus

  • 1 & 1/2 Cup Garbanzo beans ( Soaked and Boiled or Canned)
  • 1 Green Bell Pepper
  • 1 Avocado ( Chopped )
  • 2 Jalapenos (Chopped )
  • 1 Tbsp Tahini Paste
  • 2-3 Garlic cloves
  • 1/3 Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1/4 Cup lemon juice
  • Salt as needed

For Baked Pita Chips

  • 6-8 No Pita Bread ( Store Bought )
  • 1/4 Cup vegetable oil or Oliveoil .
  • 1 tsp Dry Italian Herb seasoning mix
  • 1/2 tsp Salt

Method

Hummus

  • Place the green Bell pepper on the burner of a gas stove turned to High heat for approximately 3-4 ¬†mins turning often . The pepper will start to pop and blister. Roast it until completely Charred .
  • Remove the charred pepper from the fire and set aside in a bowl. Cover the bowl with a lid so the steam does not escape. After 10 mins when the pepper is cool enough scrape the skin off from the flesh.
  • Ina¬†food processor or a blender ¬†combine Garbanzo beans , Roasted pepper , Chopped avocado,chopped¬†Jalapenos , garlic cloves ,olive oil and blend it for 2 minutes.
  • Now add ¬†lemon juice ,tahini paste and salt as needed and blend it until smooth for 2 more minutes.
  • Scoop everything in to a bowl & drizzle it with some olive oil ,sprinkle with¬†some cayenne pepper & serve with home-baked pita chips.

Pita Chips

Pre heat the oven to 400*F. In a small bowl mix Oil , salt and Italian seasoning mix . Cut up Pita bread into 8 wedges and brush oil mixture on both sides . Place them on a baking sheet and bake them until crisp and golden for approx 6 to 8 mins.

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Rajini

Caged Heels

A shoe addict that I am ,I have been eyeing these gorgeous Zigi Soho Duran heels for a long time and finally gave in. They are comfortable and very sexy with a  little black dress or paired with jeans for a night out in the city . Its embellished with Rhinestones & the cut outs give it an edgy look. I wore it for a friends birthday party ,with a floral lace dress, simple gold earrings and bracelet. Low cost options are available in this brand ,which are similar and carry different colors. Happy Thursday /Almost weekend my friends . 

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Outfit Details-|Dress – Jcpenny. Similar dress | Heels – Dsw |Similar little ¬†low cost heels – Zigi Soho Darlah | Ear rings & Bracelet – Forever 21 | Nail color –Essie | Lip color – L’Oreal |

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Rajini

Watermelon Margaritas

If you know me personally ,you would know that i have never been a morning person. I can stay up as late as i can, but waking up early in the morning is a task. But living in sunny California ,occasionally i feel the need to getup early and hit the farmers market. Weekends seem more productive and i get motivated to start the week healthy with all the fresh fruit and veggies. Made these margaritas with watermelon & some strawberries i picked at the local market.

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Watermelon Margaritas

  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 1 cup watermelon cubes (frozen)
  • 1 cup watermelon cubes fresh
  • 1/2 cup strawberries (frozen)
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 4 tbsp¬†simple syrup (more if u like it sweeter )
  • 2 shots Tequila (more if you like stronger drinks)
  • 1 cup ice
  • Some sugar to rim the glasses
  • lime wedges for garnish

Steps:

  • Cut up watermelon into small cubes and freeze 1 cup to be used later
  • To make simple syrup add one cup water to one cup granulated sugar in a sauce pan & heat it until its completely dissolved. Cool to room temperature and set aside.
  • Take a flat plate with granulated sugar . Run a lime wedge around the rim of the glass & invert it onto the plate so that the sugar coats the rim. Put them in the fridge for few mins so the glasses are chilled.
  • In a blender or a vita mix add water melon cubes frozen and fresh , strawberries ,ice , lime juice , simple syrup ,tequila and blend until smooth. Pour this into the sugar rimmed glasses and garnish with lime wedges. Serve them immedeatly.

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Rajini

Bread Aloo Bonda /Fritters

On  rainy monsoon evenings as kids while my sister , brother and myself would be playing out in the streets jumping in puddles of water , mom would be busy in the kitchen making these yummy Bread Aloo bondas. After calling us multiple times to get home  and warning us not to spoil our clothes with mud and rainy water , the only thing which would make us come home was these crispy yummy fritters. I still enjoy these with a cup of hot Masala Chai. This is moms recipe and she made this while I am in India .  

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Bread Bonda /Fritters

  • Difficulty: Moderate
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Ingredients

12 to 14 Sandwich Bread Slices

Oil for Deep frying

For Filling

  • 1 lb Potatoes ( Boiled and ¬†mashed slightly )
  • 1¬†bunch¬†Fenugreek leaves washed & chopped¬†
  • 1/2 cup Cilantro leaves
  • 1/2 cup Green Peas
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 3 green chilies finely chopped ( use more or less depending on how spicy u want )
  • 1 ¬†tsp Ginger and Garlic paste
  • 2 tsp Coriander powder
  • Pinch of Turmeric Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Mustard & Cumin seeds for Tempering
  • 2 Dry Red¬†Chilies
  • Salt as Needed
  • 15¬†Cashew nuts
  • 3 Tbsp Oil

Steps

  • Take a pan and heat it on a medium flame and add 3 tbsp oil .Once the oil is ¬†heated add mustard seeds , cumin seeds ,red chilies ,green chilies ¬†and fenugreek leaves and saute for few mins until leaves are completely wilted ¬†and cooked.
  • Now add the chopped onion and ¬†saute for few more mins until translucent. Add Ginger and garlic paste,green peas ,all the dry powders,¬†and cashews ¬†and saute for few mins.
  • Finally add Boiled /mashed Potatoes,Cilantro leaves ¬†and salt & mix everything until completely incorporated. Potato filling is ready.
  • Wait for few mins for the¬†potato¬†mixture¬†to cool down to room temperature. Take a bread slice and¬†sprinkle some water so the bread becomes lightly soft.
  • Take the slice into the palm of your hand and squeeze out any excess water ¬†and place a small ball of the potato mixture in the middle.
  • Now ¬†close the potato mixture with the bread ¬†until the edges are completely sealed . Make sure the potato mixture does not come out ,otherwise while frying the whole thing will come apart.¬†
  • Take some oil in a frying pan & heat it on a medium flame. Slowly drop these bread bondas¬†¬†2 at a time and deep fry them until golden brown.¬†
  • Serve them piping hot with some tomato ketchup.

Thankyou

Rajini

 

Pop Of Blue

This white dress is so comfortable ,soft and elegant that you don’t want to take it off. Picked this beautiful dress from Eva Mendes Collection and wanted to grab few more but stopped myself. Its perfect for summer and has the right amount of flare.Added some bright blue accessories and pumps ¬†to complete the Look.¬†

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Dress- Eva Mendes Collection/Newyork and Company| Pumps-Old /Fergalicious| Necklace –JcPenny/Similar | Bag – Art Meets Fashion | Lip Color – Ulta¬†| Nail Color – Essie/Tart Deco

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Rajini