Roasted Makhana (Foxnut) ~ healthy snack

Popularly known as “Phool Makhana”  in India, Euryale ferox or fox nut is native to eastern Asia and Russia. It is nutritionally dense, loaded with proteins, calcium, phosphorous, kerotine, iron, zinc, and vitamin B! And better yet, it tastes amazing! It is an excellent substitute to the nutrition-less Popcorn! (more…)

Bhel Puri ~ Mumbai Street Food

Every street, every beach and every hotel will have Bhel Puri (pronounced as Bhél Pooree) on their menu. It is impossible to come to Mumbai and leave without noticing this very popular snack. 🙂 Bhel Puri is a mixture of Puffed Rice and other veggies & spices in a tangy tamarind sauce. It is also called Jhaal Muri in Kolkatta (meaning – Hot puffed rice) and Churumuri in Bangalore. (more…)

Healthy Puran Poli

Indians celebrate Ganesha Chaturthi on 19th September this year. Keeping that in mind, Team Avant Garde Cookies decided to make Lord Ganesha’s favorites for the 1st week of AGC.  Ganesha Chaturthi  is the Hindu festival celebrated on the occasion of birthday of Lord Ganesha, the son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati, who is believed to bestow his presence on earth for all his devotees in the duration of this festival. (more…)

Jalapeño Fritters | Molagai Bajji

It is perhaps unfair to post jalapeño two days in a row. 😀 But you need to know just how sinfully delectable both these dishes are. I wouldn’t categorize either of these as “Healthy Foods”. The baked cheese jalapeño, although ‘baked’ involves a ton of cheese; while these fritters avoid cheese but make up for the fat by frying in hot oil! Ideally, you could eat one. (or if you’ve been good & working out, then two! :P) Since these fritters are stuffed with mashed potatoes, you’re left feeling full after just one or two. This is a very basic version. I wouldn’t recommend spicing up the stuffing as the jalapeños are spicy. (more…)