Carrot, Cauliflower and Turnip Pickle

People from Punjab love their Achaar. Aloo parantha (flatbread stuffed with potatoes), ghar ka makhan (homemade white butter) and achaar is comfort food at its best for us.

What we call achaar is basically pickled vegetables. Our pickling is done with various spices and not just vinegar. Today I am sharing a punjabi recipe of a popular achaar in our parts of the world – gobhi, gajar and shalgam ka achaar (carrot, cauliflower and turnip pickle).

My grandmother was known for the pickles she made and every winter she would make this cauliflower, carrot and turnip pickle in bulk and send us back with jars of her famous pickle that we would enjoy for months.

When I started blogging (around the same time I started cooking), one of the recipes I wanted to share (and document for my own purpose) was my grandmother’s achaar recipe. One ambitious day I thought I will try it out and called my grandmom up to get the recipe. She explained it in as much details possible how she makes her famous pickle. She tried her best to explain it to me but somewhere I screwed up. I had decided the next time I am at my grandparents for a few days I will learn from her. Unfortunately, I didn’t get a chance to and she passed away three years back.

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Easy recipe for homemade besan ke ladoo with just five ingredients.

besan ke ladoo

Its festive season in India, with Diwali just around the corner. The markets are crowded with people, who are busy buying stuff for their house, gifts for others and themselves, shopping for clothes, buying sweets to be distributed or just enjoying all the festivities.

I am very selective when it comes to Indian sweets. For desserts I generally prefer baked goods, but there are exceptions where I would go for an Indian sweet over something baked.

Thin crisp Jalebis are my weakness, warm and soft gulab jamuns are the perfect treat and my mom’s atte ke halwa or kada parshad from the Gurudwara will be my choice any day over any sweet, baked or otherwise. Besan ke ladoo, are another favorite and for this Diwali I thought of making them at home.

Made from gram flour and very few other ingredients, besan ke ladoos are bites of heaven, according me. Goldenish in color and rich with the taste of ghee; the trick to making good besan ke ladoos is to make sure that your gram flour is properly roasted. Your house should smell like roasted besan- that’s when you know its done. But be careful not to let it go too dark, else you wont get the nice goldenish color that besan ke ladoos generally have.

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Batter fried crispy white fish with indian spices. Gluten free.


When I was in India and working on The Pink CakeBox, the cook at my parents’ house would make amazing crispy Amritsari fish. Growing up I was never into seafood but somewhere along the line, that has changed. I am still not too experimental but I am better at trying out stuff.

Even when I was not into seafood, Amritsari Fish is one thing I would still eat without creating a fuss, probably because it is fried. Summer vacations at my grandparents always meant Amritsari fish and tandoori chicken for snacks. Dal makhani, butter chicken and butter naan for dinner, and ice cream for dessert. No wonder I was a fat kid.

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