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Chaitra Navratri

Dear Readers,

Basant/ Vasant or Chaitra Navratri is the nine days long sacred festival, that is considered auspicious by all the Hindus. The meaning of Navratri means nine nights in Sanskrit. Nav also means. Every night is a new night in Navratri. Basant Navratri falls in Chaitra month according to the Hindi Lunar calender. The Hindu New Year also starts from the first day of this Navratri. This year Basant Navratri is starting from April 9thand Ram Navmi (ninth day) is on April 17th. Read about a kanya bhoj/ Navmi(pooja ka khana).

Many people keep fast (or VRAT) for eight days (from Parva to Ashthami) and eat only falahari dishes ( fruits, vegetables, and dishes made with specific ingredients for fasting days). They break their fast on Navami after ceremony and prayers. Others who can not fast for eight days continuously, observe fast on the first day (beginning of the navratri) and the last day (ashthami or eighth day) of Navratri. Some people don't eat any cooked meals for 9 days some make a commitment of eating just one meal.

For this auspicious festival here are some vrat ki delicacies made with some specific grains.

Happy Navratri and Navvarsh!!

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    Cauliflower Almond Soup

    Cauliflower and almond soup is packed with nutrients. Cauliflower is rich in vitamin C, vitamin B6, dietary fibers, minerals, and antioxidants. Almonds contain healthy fat and protein. This soup is low in calories and high in fibers and vitamins and make a perfect choice. Read more...

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    Sorghum Laddu

    Sorghum, also known as jowar, is a well-known cereal. It is also called great millet, grows widely in tropical climates. Sorghum millet is gluten-free, so it can be a good grain to use in place of wheat for gluten allergies or sensitivities. Sorghum is a good source of antioxidants, protein, and dietary fiber. The laddus made from sorghum flour is very delicious. Read more...

Lauki/Ghiya Recipes

Lauki, Ghiya, Kaddu, Doodhi, Bottle Gourd and here in America it is also called Squash. One vegetable and so many different names.  Lauki contains about 96% water. It is rich in dietary fibers and is also a good source of vitamin B and contains iron as well. Lauki is one of the lightest vegetables and is easy to digest. Lauki is an integral part of Satvik food. The holy month Sawan is going on and we often eat light food in this auspicious month. Lauki is an integral part of Satvik meals. Read more about Lauki Recipes

lauki platter

Pantry Organization

Organizing anything is an art! Everyone likes organized stuff; it is pleasing on the eyes and makes things easier. Here I am going to talk about the art of organizing pantry or kitchen shelves. We can organize the kitchen within our budget. We don't need to invest a lot to be organized. Here I am sharing the pictures of my pantry, where I have organized the things as per my needs. You can get some ideas from these pictures and organize your pantry as per your requirements. Read more about Pantry Organization

pantry organization

Vrat ka Khana

The auspicious month of Saawan started on July 4th. Saawan is considered as a holy month as per Hindu lunar calender and falls mostly in July. It is monsoon time in India. During this month, devotees pray to Lord Shiva. Many people observe a fast on Saawan Mondays and eat a single simple satvik meal. Satvik meals are made without onion and garlic, and with minimal spices. Here is a simple meal idea for Monday fasting. This has green vegetables like sweet and sour Zucchini, lauki ki sabji, makhane ki kheer and roti.


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New Recipe- Mini Namakpare Recipe

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    Mini Namakpare

    Namak pare are traditional deep-fried savory preparations from Marwari /Rajasthani cuisine. Namak is the Hindi word for salt and pare are stripes, so namakpare are stripe shaped savory snacks. Here we are making small/ mini namakpare instead of long stripes. To make namakpare, dough is made with flour, salt and carom seeds (ajwain). Some kind of fat (ghee/oil) is also added in the dough to make the namakpare crisp as well as flaky. Read more...

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    Rainbow Salad

    Fruits and vegetables are natural sources of vitamins, minerals, fibers and antioxidants. The World Health Organization recommends having 4-5 portions of fruits and vegetables every day. Indian nutritionists also advice to have a half percent of fruits and one percent of vegetables of your body weight daily to get a healthy life. It means if your body weight is 60Kg then you should have 600 grams of vegetables and 300 grams of fruit every day. To get all sorts of nutrients and vitamins Read more...

New Recipe- Gulab Daliya

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    Gulab Daliya

    Daliya, known as cracked wheat in English, is a good source of fiber. Gulab Daliya is a delicious preparation for cracked wheat porridge. This can be served for breakfast, or as a dessert, or even as a complete light meal. Daliya is also a good choice if you are looking for something light. Read more...

About Shuchi

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    Meet your writer- Shuchi Agrawal

    My name is Shuchi. I was born and raised in India. Now I have been living outside India for almost two decades. While living on three different continents, I have noticed a growing interest in vegetarian and vegan cuisine, as well as healthy ways to cook food. However, I have also realized that there is a lot of unfamiliarity surrounding these topics. During my four years in France, people would often ask, "How do vegetarians get all the essential nutrients?" Some people thought that vegetarian food was boring and monotonous, while others wanted to include more vegetarian options in their routine meals but did not know many healthy and delicious recipes. All these questions and curiosity encouraged me to test and write about traditional vegetarian Indian recipes.
    I hold a master's degree in botanical sciences and have studied health, ethnobotany, plant-based nutrition, and digestion at Cornell University, USA. Since my cooking journey started in France, I have given a French name to my website. The words “Chez Shuchi” means "From Shuchi's place". Read more...

Dear Readers,

Eid is on April 21st/22nd, a festival of joy after the holy month of Ramadan’s fasting. Back home we used to have grand feast at our friends' place and they never forgot to set a vegetarian corner for us. Here are some special desserts for Eid from our part of the world.

Happy Eid !!!


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    Sevaiyon Ka Muzaffar

    Muzaffar is an Avadhi cuisine. Sevaiyon ka Muzaffar is made for the auspicious occasion of Eid. In this recipe very thin vermicelli is fried in pure ghee (along with nuts, and then cooked in milk and sugar syrup. The aroma of saffron, kewada (screw pine) water and cardamoms give this dessert a distinct flavor. Read more...

New Recipe- Curd Rice with Pomegranate

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    Curd Rice with Pomegranate

    Curd rice is a highly favored delicacy in South India, also referred to as dahi bhaat in North India. The preparation of curd rice is a breeze, making it a hassle-free dish to make. In North India, curd rice often fails to appeal to people due to the perception that it is a plain and uninspiring dish. However, I have come up with a desi tadka that elevates the simple curd rice and transforms Read more...

Dear Readers,
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Pineapple Curry

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    Pineapple Curry

    Pineapple a delicious and healthy tropical fruit loaded with nutrients. It is one of the richest sources of Vitamin C, along with some other vitamins and minerals. Pineapple is also known to have antioxidants which reduce the risk of chronic diseases. This delectable pineapple curry is sweet and sour in flavor and has been made with coconut milk and very few spices. Read more...

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    Cabbage carrot and peas

    Cabbage, carrot, and peas are good source of vitamins and minerals and dietary fibers. Cabbage belongs to the same family as cauliflower, broccoli, mustard etc. They are all winter vegetables. In winters, along with cabbage, one can also find carrots and peas in vegetable markets.This is an easy to cook, light vegetable preparation. This dish is vegan, Vaishnava, and healthy for diabetics as this does not have complex carbohydrates. read more...

Vegetarian Protein | Protein and Indian food

Protein is one of the most talked about topics these days. People are often concerned about their protein intake. Many people think that vegetarians don’t get enough protein. Specially, those who have recently quit meat and moved over to a vegetarian diet have concerns about their protein intake.

What is protein?

Protein is a macro-nutrient which plays a critical role in the body and is essential for our health. It is required for growth of muscles, tissues, bones etc. It is also required for the healthy growth of nails and hair. Protein is made of a chain of ~20 different amino acids. While our body synthesizes some of these amino acids, it cannot synthesize nine amino acids; these 9 are classified as essential amino acids - and these are what we need from our diet. Protein is present in meat, milk, eggs as well as plant-based diets.

Three categories of protein

1. Foods having complete protein - are foods which have all the essential (i.e., nine) amino acids. Most meats, poultry, eggs and milk (dairy products) have complete protein. Soybean also has complete protein.

2. Foods having incomplete proteins- are those which have one or more than one amino acid missing from the protein. Most lentils, beans, nuts etc. are sources of incomplete protein.

3. Foods having complementary proteins- when two or more than two foods having incomplete proteins are eaten together, they compensate for each other’s missing amino acids and together provide all the 9 essential amino acids. Such a combination is categorized as having complementary protein. Some examples are rice and beans, wheat bread with peanut butter, lentils with bread etc.

In Indian food there is a whole range of food items eaten in combinations which provide complementary proteins. For example- daal chawal, rajma chawal, chole chawal, idli sambhar, badam ka doodh (milk with almonds) , raita, roti with lentils, roti with mangaudi ki sbaji etc. The list is long!


Read more about Vegetarian and Vegan Protein


Sesame seeds are extremely nutritious. Sesame seeds come in white, black or light brown varieties. Black sesame seeds are considered as more nutritious, but the white variety is more popular. Unhulled (with outer skin) seeds are more nutritious than the hulled seeds since they can have upto two times calcium than that in the hulled seeds. Sesame seeds are rich in calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, potassium, and a variety of vitamins. The picture shows unhulled white sesame.


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    Patra, also known as pataude (पतौड़े) in some regions of India, is a very popular steam cooked snack. This dish is made with Colocasia leaves (in Hindi the leaves are known as arbi ke patte). Patra is a low-calorie delicacy - it is steam cooked and then sautéed. Patras are usually served as appetizers. I am really thankful to my mother in law who shared this recipe and taught me how to make it and made it for us when we were visiting India....read more...

New Book in Hindi - “स्वाद सेहत और शाकाहार“

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    New Book in Hindi - “स्वाद सेहत और शाकाहार“

    Dear Readers, my first book about healthy living and healthy eating, having many articles about Ayurved, scientific research based nutrition and 84 traditional healthy vegetarian Indian recipes has now been published. The book is in Hindi. We are hoping to have the English version in the near future. Here is Amazon India link to buy the book. .

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Sweets | Dessert | Mithai | Mishti

The most traditional and delicious Indian Mithai made with mainly wheat flour, ghee (clarified butter) and sugar without using any artificial ingredients. Try making Atte ke Laddu, Shakarpare, Aate ka halwa, and Choorma!


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    ChezShuchi Profiled in different sites!

    ChezShuchi website and Shuchi have been profiled in a variety of online magazines, newspapers, websites, forums, and social media platforms. You can read a variety of articles on Ayurveda, healthy living, healthy eating habits, gardening, spices and many more topics.read more...

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    Bajre ka Cheela

    Bajra, also known as pearl millet, is rich in carbohydrates and protein. It also has minerals such as calcium and phosphorus. Cheela is a Hindi word for fine pan cakes made with lentil paste or flours. This dish can be served for the breakfast or even as a brunch. I have added some vegetables in this preparation to make it healthier and tastier. This is a vaishnav and vegan dish. Try out this easy to make recipe... read more...

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Vaishnav Food

Dear Readers,

Vaishnav refers to one who is related with Lord Vishnu. As per mythology, Vaishnav food is that which is loved by gods. There are three main categories of food-

  1. Satvik
  2. Rajsik
  3. Tamsik

Vaishnav food is considered as Satvik food. A satvik diet is based on fruits, dairy products if the cow is fed and milked in the right conditions, nuts, seeds, vegetables, legumes, whole grains etc.

Vaishnav food is vegetarian but does not include onion and garlic. In India, in most of the states, food which is prepared for offering to gods does not have onion and garlic.

There are several stories behind this exclusion. One version is that at one time fruits and vegetables were being served to gods. However, onion and garlic were left underground and were not the part of offering. From that time on they are not considered as auspicious.

Happy cooking,

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    Samosa Chaat

    Samosas are one of the most popular Indian snacks known all over the world. These are triangular shaped patties stuffed with spicy potatoes. For samosa chaat, crushed samosa is placed on top of a bed of cooked chickpeas and garnished with smooth yogurt, sweet-n-sour tamarind chutney, and green chutney. Now this yummy chaat is garnished with crispies and chopped coriander leaves.read more...

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    Balanced and healthy daily North Indian food platter

    Dal chawal, roti, and sabji is a perfect, healthy, balanced, delicious, 600 calories meal. This vegetarian food platter is a staple in North India. It has a combination of protein, carbohydrate, vitamin, minerals etc. In North India most families have a similar food platter in one of their meals. This lunch platter which usually consists of - a variety of dal(lentil/beans)... read more...

Dear readers, growing vegetables at home is becoming popular these days. There are plenty of reasons as to why people like to grow things in their own garden....Some people worry about the use of chemicals/ pesticides in vegetables and fruits, while others like to be close to nature, and find it relaxing to work in the garden. Some enthusiasts also grow rare and hard to find vegetables.... Whatever may be your reasons for thinking about growing your own vegetables; it should be fun for you, and not a chore...

Enjoy Gardening,

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