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Nisha Vedi Pawar
Jersey City, NJ
Mom, Food Editor + Chai addict. I tell stories about the food I love.

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My Recipes
Rose And Cardamom Cake Pops Dipped In White Chocolate
Is it too early for dessert? Cardamom Rose Cake Pops | cake pops flavored with cardamom, sweet rose water and covered in white chocolate. An Indian twist on a modern dessert.
Bhutta Masala
Simple food is often the best food. Hot grilled bhutta (corn) rubbed with fresh limes, masalas and salt is a summer favorite in India. Bhuttawala’s (grilled corn vendors) stay busy roasting the corn on their little wooden carts as customers line up to slather their desired amount of masala and nimboo (Indian lemons) on the charred treat. If you're planning on grilling this weekend I'd suggest making a batch of this masala mix to enjoy with your corn & other grilled vegetables.
Strawberry And Rose Water Custard
Strawberry Rose Custard topped with cardamom whipped cream. It's the thing dreams are made of. A twist on the classic fruit custard. Puréed strawberries combined with rose water give this dessert a modern yet delicious update. Add this to your Mother's Day menu.
Bombay Pav Bhaji
Pav Bhaji | A mix of spiced vegetables served with a pat of butter, squeezes of lime juice, crunchy onions and extra cilantro! To be scooped up with toasted buttery bread. A quick and easy Holi dinner that will remind you of the Bombay's famous Pav Bhaji.
Masala Papad With Spiced Cucumber, Onion And Tomato Filling
Masala Papads | An easy appetizer of crunchy papads topped with a masala filling of cucumbers, onions, tomatoes and spices. Street food. Either you love it or you hate it. I mean is there really a middle ground when it comes to dining out in open, watching the street vendor flip their pans in action as you stand waiting your turn and eat with not a care in the world Obviously some people have concerns about the cleanliness, which is completely valid, but with their entire kitchen exposed to the public, street vendors have much more to lose if they don’t stay keep up their standards. One thing no one can deny is the flavors and innovation offered by Indian street food vendors. Every time I go to Bombay I see more and more vendors trying something different, whether it’s chicken makhani corn chaat (of course I tried it!), juicing gaana raas off a rickshaw or turning the humble papad into a crunchy, chatpata treat.
When do you use your oven the most? For me it’s in the colder months of the year, or when I want to whip up these Cardamom Whole Wheat Muffins!
If there’s one food synonymously connected with Diwali, it has to be mithai. Just like the multicolored rangoli that adorn our homes, there is nothing quite like a dessert table or gift box filled with colorful Diwali treats. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ On the blog, I’m sharing this simple yet whimsical four ingredient Funfetti Kalakand, think birthday cake fudge! Link in bio.
When it comes to making Indian sweets, I am always looking for timesaving recipes. Don’t get me wrong, I love being in the kitchen and find cooking very relaxing but long elaborate traditional mithaiya demand too much time, especially when it’s festive time and you want to enjoy with the family. So while using recipes that call for shortcuts I take heed and don’t skip on flavors, only using quality ingredients. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ This Diwali season, I’ve partnered up with @spicemonger to bring you this decadent, flavorful and fragrant, Beetroot Kalakand. Find the recipe on the blog, link in bio.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #13daysofdiwalifun | Daawat-e-Ishq
We're back from our summer in Florida and there's a million things to do at home, but first... chai.
"Sharing food with another human being is an intimate act that should not be indulged in lightly." -M.F.K. Fisher ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Our thoughts and prayers are with Houston as they battle the effects of Hurricane Harvey. If you're looking for ways to help I've shared a donation resource guide via the @nytimes in my bio.