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Unleash Your Culinary Wanderlust: Dive Into a Flavorful Journey with Russian Stuffed Bell Peppers!

Baking, Non-veg | June 15, 2023 | By

Prepare to satisfy your taste buds with an unforgettable culinary experience that will transport you to the heart of Russia. Thanks to @borchanka163, my sister-in-law, I had the pleasure of embarking on this delightful gastronomic journey. Join me as we delve into the enchanting world of Russian cuisine and discover a feast that will leave you craving for more. Get ready to tantalize your senses with the iconic Stuffed Slavic Peppers, indulge in the extraordinary Herring under Fur Coat, and relish the heavenly combination of perfectly baked bread and seasoned potatoes. Your taste buds are in for an adventure like no other!

Experience the Explosion of Flavors: Experience the explosion of flavors with the iconic Stuffed Slavic Peppers, where seasoned meat and rice blend harmoniously, creating a taste sensation that will leave you craving for more. Let each bite be a symphony of spices and textures, transporting you to the heart of Russian culinary traditions. The delicate balance of heat from the peppers and the savory filling will have your taste buds dancing with joy.

Indulge in a Legendary Delicacy: But the true star of the show is the legendary Herring under Fur Coat, a Russian delicacy that will take your taste buds on an extraordinary adventure. Delight in the layers of silky herring, luscious mayonnaise, and vibrant vegetables, carefully stacked to create a culinary masterpiece. With each bite, you’ll experience the perfect harmony of flavors, as the herring’s saltiness mingles with the creaminess of the dressing, leaving a lasting impression that will linger on your palate.

Enhance Your Dining Experience: To enhance this culinary masterpiece, relish the heavenly aroma and texture of perfectly baked bread, adding warmth and a delightful crunch to each bite. Let the aroma envelop you as you break into the crust, revealing a soft, pillowy interior that complements the rich flavors of the dishes. And don’t forget to savor the boiled and seasoned potatoes, meticulously prepared to complement and elevate the flavors of the entire meal. With each forkful, you’ll experience the satisfying balance of creamy interiors and crispy exteriors, a true delight for potato lovers.

Calling all adventurous foodies and culinary explorers! Get ready to embark on a mouthwatering journey that will ignite your taste buds and transport you straight to the vibrant world of Russian cuisine. Today, I am absolutely thrilled to share with you a recipe that will make your senses dance with delight: Russian Stuffed Bell Peppers! Brace yourself for an explosion of flavors as seasoned meat, fluffy rice, and colorful bell peppers unite in a gastronomic masterpiece. So, put on your chef’s hat and get ready to discover the secrets of this irresistible dish that will leave you craving more!

Slavic Stuffed Bell Peppers


  • 6 large bell peppers (any color)
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 cup cooked rice
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon dried dill
  • Authentic Russian flavors, Culinary masterpiece, Fusion of ingredients, Vibrant colors


  1. Let the excitement simmer as your oven preheats to 375°F (190°C), setting the stage for an unforgettable culinary experience.

  2. Get ready to unleash your creativity by slicing off the tops of the bell peppers, revealing their vibrant hues. With a gentle touch, remove the seeds and membranes, allowing their beautiful shapes to inspire your culinary masterpiece.

  3. In a sizzling skillet, watch as the ground beef transforms into a mouthwatering canvas for flavors to dance. Add the finely chopped onion and minced garlic, filling your kitchen with a symphony of delightful aromas.

  4. Brace yourself for a burst of taste as you introduce the cooked rice, paprika, dried dill, and a pinch of salt and pepper. This is where the magic happens—where ingredients harmonize to create an irresistible symphony of flavors.

  5. Embark on an adventure of taste by combining diced tomatoes, tomato paste, and your choice of beef or vegetable broth. As you stir, watch how these ingredients unite, painting your dish with a rich and tangy palette.

  6. Stand the bell peppers tall in a baking dish, like proud sentinels awaiting their flavorful destiny. With artistic precision, fill each pepper to the brim with the seasoned meat and rice mixture, ensuring every bite is a moment of pure bliss.

  7. It’s time to elevate your masterpiece even further! Pour the vibrant tomato mixture over the peppers, as if gifting them a bath in a pool of tantalizing flavors. Feeling daring? Sprinkle a handful of grated cheese on top, creating a golden crown of indulgence.

  8. As anticipation builds, cover the baking dish with foil, allowing the flavors to mingle and dance in the warmth of the oven for 40-45 minutes. It’s a tantalizing transformation happening right before your eyes.

  9. Get ready for the grand finale! Remove the foil and let the peppers bake for an additional 5-10 minutes, as the cheese melts and forms a golden crust that beckons your taste buds.

  10. The moment has arrived to unveil your culinary masterpiece! Take a moment to revel in its beauty before serving the Russian Stuffed Bell Peppers on a platter garnished with fresh herbs, an invitation to a feast that will captivate both eyes and palate.

Congratulations, culinary explorer! You’ve unlocked the secrets to a truly unforgettable Russian culinary experience with the exquisite Russian Stuffed Bell Peppers. Let the vibrant flavors, tantalizing aromas, and rich textures take you on a journey to the heart of Russia. Share your gastronomic triumphs with the world using the hashtag #CulinaryWanderlust, and invite your friends and family to join you on this epicurean adventure. Prepare to delight in every bite as you savor the essence of Russian cuisine. Bon appétit!

Navratri Appam for VijayaDashami !

Happy Vijayadashami to all of you!
Dusshera is also known as Vijayadashami and is a major festival that is celebrated at the end of Navratri every year. It is a celebration of the victory of good over evil.

The Vijayadashami day is the tenth and final day of the Navratri celebrations and is considered auspicious for beginning learning in any field.

In Kerala, Tamil Nadu, and coastal Karnataka, Vidyarambham is a tradition observed on Vijayadashami day, where children are formally introduced to the learning of music, dance, languages, and other folk arts. It involves a ceremony of initiation into the characters of the syllabary. People across the country worship nine forms of the Goddess during Navratri. Mostly in Gujarat people play Dandiya and Garba during the nine days of Navratri while praying to the Goddess. However, in the eastern and north-eastern parts of India people celebrate Durga puja with much pomp and fervor.

Navratri Appam is a recipe that was shared with me my mother .She learnt the recipe from a friend of hers. It looks quite similar to the unniyappam the traditional snack in Kerala. This Vijayadashami this was what we kept as an offering to the Goddess.

Navratri Appam

1 and 1/2 cup of Raw Rice( soaked in water for about 1-2 hrs)

Jaggery syrup(for sweetness according to taste-I added about 1cup )

2 ripe plantains peeled and sliced

2 tbsp of butter 

1 and 1/2 tsp of sesame seeds(black)

3 tbsp of coconut chips

2 tsp of ghee


Wash the soaked rice and add it to the blender. Add in the sliced plantains, butter and grind into a coarse paste. Transfer the mix into a bowl, pour in the jaggery syrup with regard to the amount of sweetness required. In a skillet fry coconut chips and black sesame seeds and pour into the batter. Mix and leave it to rest for about 4-5 hrs. If you really want to cut down the time mix in 1 tsp of baking powder.

Normally, I would prefer to let it ferment a bit on its own. Once the batter is ready, heat a pan with oil.I have used the Unniyappam pan here to have them all of the same shape and size. Once the oil is hot, pour in the batter and cook it on both sides . Once they turn golden in color, drain them of the oil into a colander or on paper towels.

Serve them warm!

This was my offering for Vijayadashami today for the Puja!



Jamming up Papaya and Pomegranate !

preserves, veg | August 16, 2020 | By

Making jams at home is such a satisfying feeling and I get to use the ripe leftover fruit in the fridge. A few weeks back, my mother-in-law had sent over huge papaya from our farm. I used it along with some pomegranates to make this papaya and pomegranate jam. My younger one is quite inclined on to mango jams that I make when fruits are in season. Jams are fairly easy to make at home and the best part is that they are preservative-free.

I recently made papaya and pomegranate jam and wanted to share details about my process for all of you who want to try making any kind of delicious fruit jam at home. Here in the recipe, I haven’t strained of the pomegranate seed bits as I wanted to have a bite in the jam that I was making.

When you’re making jam with traditional amounts of sugar, you should aim to cook it to 220°F. Here is a tip to check if your jam is ready or not: At the beginning of cooking, put two or three small plates or bowls in the freezer. As you begin to approach the end of cooking, pull one out, and put a small dollop of jam into the middle of the dish. Put it back into the freezer for two or three minutes (take your jam off the heat during this time)

When the time is up, pull the dish out of the freezer and gently nudge the dollop of jam with the tip of your finger. If it has formed a skin on top that wrinkles a bit when pushed, it is done. If it is still quite liquid and your finger runs right through it, it’s not done yet.

Papaya and Pomegranate Jam 

2 and 3/4 cup of Papaya puree

3/4 cup of pomegranate puree ( don’t strain out the seeds)

3 cups of sugar (you can reduce the sugar to 2 and 3/4 cups too )

2 tbsp of lemon juice 


Heat a pan with papaya puree and the pomegranate puree stirring continuously. Mix in sugar and keep mixing it by stirring . Add in the lemon juice . Continue stirring until you gain the right consistency.

Here is a tip to check if your jam is ready or not. Before you start cooking, put two or three small plates or bowls in the freezer. As you begin to approach the end of cooking, pull one out, and put a small dollop of jam into the middle of the dish. Put it back into the freezer for two or three minutes (take your jam off the heat during this time)

When the time is up, pull the dish out of the freezer and gently nudge the dollop of jam with the tip of your finger. If a skin forms on top that wrinkles a bit when pushed, it is done. If it is still quite liquid and your finger runs right through it, it’s not done yet. You can also try tilting the plate to check if it’s too runny.

Once it slightly cools down bottle it and enjoy  🙂

Making jams at home is such a satisfying feeling and I get to use the ripe leftover fruit in the fridge. Jams are fairly easy to make at home and the best part is that they are preservative-free. Check out this quick Papaya and pomegranate jam. You can find the detailed recipe on the below link ..

Posted by Nimi Sunilkumar on Sunday, August 16, 2020




Instant dosa for Dosa lovers!


Some mornings can be lazy driven when you just want to schedule out the breakfast with a quick fix. Dosa being a popular South Indian crepe is mostly made with fermented rice and lentils. Today I am sharing a variation of our traditional dosa recipe. The Instant Carrot Dosa is an ideal way to start your day.

Looking for a fuss-free breakfast idea? The Instant Carrot Dosa is an ideal way to start your day. This dosa is colorful, healthy, and needs no overnight preparation. Made with carrots and rice, this dosa is delicious and will be a delight for your tastebuds.

Carrot Dosa 


1 cup of cooked rice
1 cup of raw rice
1 cup of grated carrots
3 tbsp of sugar
Half a cup of thick coconut milk
Half a cup of water

Salt to taste


Wash the rice and soak for 10 mins.
Add cooked rice and grind with water.
Let the mixture grind into a smooth paste.
Add grated carrots, sugar, coconut milk, and salt.
Mix all the ingredients well into a batter of pouring consistency.
Heat a Tawa and pour batter on it.
Cook dosas with ghee.
Serve hot with any chutney.

I relish this dosa with chutney podi mixed with sesame oil. You can also serve them with Sambar and coconut chutney. If you wish to learn to make the gunpowder chutney or chutney podi click below on the link .

Chutney podi for Dosa & Idli lovers!


Do try this at home and please leave your comments and suggestions in the comments section below.

Pomegranate milkshake for #worldmilkday!

Drinks, Smoothies | June 1, 2020 | By

Have a yummy pomegranate milkshake on #worldmilkday today.
20 years ago, World Milk Day was established by the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations to recognize the importance of milk as a global food, and to celebrate the dairy sector. This fresh pomegranate milkshake is a must-have delight on a hot summer afternoon.

For the past couple of days, it had been pretty sunny and I was planning on using up the pomegranates. Having picky eaters for pomegranate at home this is what they would love having. Do try freezing the milkshakes into popsicles. They are super yum!

Pomegranate Milkshake 


2 medium-sized Pomegranates (deseeded)
2 cups of chilled milk
1/4 cup of sugar (can use honey as well )
2 mint leaves (optional)


Deseed the pomegranate and put it in the mixer.
Add sugar and some chilled milk.
Blend for a few minutes. Add in mint leaves (Make sure you don’t overdo the mint flavor.)
Pour the remaining milk and mix well.
Strain the milkshake and discard the seeds and pour it into serving glasses.

Badam Kheer to celebrate Eid!

In this phase 4 of the lockdown that we are undergoing, hoping that all are safe at home. Be it any festivity ..there’s always a special craving for a dessert. Add a nutty sweetness to your Eid festivities tomorrow with this delicious badam kheer. A rich delicacy like this is a perfect way to celebrate the end of Ramzan. It is very healthy and extremely easy to make.

Follow this step-by-step recipe to enjoy badam kheer this Eid-ul-Fitr.

Badam Kheer 


6 tbsp of semolina
100 gm of sugar
700 ml of milk
20 gm of badam
6 pistas (chopped)
4 cherries (chopped)

Boil and peel the almonds.
Grind them into a paste.
Boil milk and sugar in a pan on low flame.
Add semolina and stir well.
Pour the badam paste into the mixture and stir.
Once the mixture thickens, remove it from the stove.
Pour the kheer halfway into a glass.
Add a layer of chopped pistas.
Now, fill up the rest of the glass with kheer.
Garnish with chopped badam, pistas, and cherries.

Serve warm 🙂



Chutney podi for Dosa & Idli lovers!

Chutney Podi is known by many names-gun powder, idli podi and pappula podi. This dry powder is a staple in South Indian homes and is not only easy to make but also filled with protein, fiber, essential vitamins, and minerals. This is something that you can always store in cupboards in batches in airtight containers.
This versatile chutney podi can be enjoyed with idlis, dosas, hot rice, chapati or even parathas. In this simple video, I teach you to step by step, how to make this delicious powder at home. Do try this recipe at home and share your videos and pictures with me on Instagram(@nimisrecipes). In case of any queries or doubts, DM me, I would love to help you.

Chutney Podi 

1 TSP of oil
2 cups of chickpea lentils
1 cup of black gram lentils (without skin)
1/2 cup of curry leaves
10 Kashmiri dry chillies
2 TSP of asafoetida powder
1 & 1/2 TSP of salt

Heat oil in a pan .Toast chickpea lentils and black gram lentils.
Put in the curry leaves and mix well.
As the lentils start changing color, add the Kashmiri dry chilies.
Once the lentils start turning golden, add the asafoetida powder and stir well.
Blend all the ingredients until you have a coarse mixture.
Lastly, add salt to taste. Store in airtight containers. When serving , mix the chutney podi with oil(sesame or coconut oil) to make it into a paste and serve with dosas or idlis.

Baking Challah bread..

Baking, Breads | April 12, 2020 | By

Hoping all of you are at home and safe with your loved ones. At times like these, we must unite in our fight against Covid_19 and maintain social distancing….take up these moments to spend more time with your family. I am back to my blogging after a pretty long gap. Things have moved on in the past few months. We might be locked up in our homes but there’s no harm in utilizing these days to strengthen up bonds. Here’s a bread that I had baked today for my family. I am so thankful to Orly Ziv for her wonderful recipe from her award-winning cookbook. We met each other at the Gourmand Cookbook Awards in 2014 and have been friends since then. 

The braided challah originated in Israel, which is made with eggs, is the Jewish Sabbath‑and‑holiday bread. Braided ones, which may have three, four, or six strands, are the most common, and because they look like arms intertwined, they symbolize love. Three braids symbolize truth, peace, and justice.
Challah Bread 

320g water

80g sugar
1 1/2 tbsp of dry yeast
800g flour
2 eggs
1tbsp salt
60g oil
For coating
1 egg lightly beaten
2-3 tbsp of sesame seeds /poppy seeds
Pour water, sugar and yeast into a bowl . Add flour ,  eggs , salt and oil. Mix everything together to form a dough. Knead the dough on a floured surface and roll it into a ball. the dough will be a little sticky. Transfer it into a lightly floured bowl , cover it with a kitchen towel and let it rise for 40 minutes. Once doubled in size, divide dough in half. Divide each half into three portions. Roll them into three long logs. Pinch together the tops of three pieces and start braiding them, pinching at the end. Allow the dough to rise on the tray. Preheat oven at 170 degree celsius. Brush the braided dough with the beaten egg and sprinkle sesame seeds on it. Bake for 10-15 minutes till golden brown. Remove from oven, let it cool before serving.
Happy baking !

Pineapple Sheera for Diwali !


Diwali or Deepavali the festive spirit always symbolizes the spiritual “victory of light over darkness, good over evil and knowledge over ignorance”. This was not a festival that caught a lot of attention in Kerala. But after marriage and relocating myself to Munnar the festive spirits have caught up. For the past many years have been making out a set of Indian sweets. This festive season I thought of sharing with you this quick sheera recipe.

Pineapple Sheera
1917 calories
355 g
118 g
45 g
30 g
27 g
1288 g
140 g
228 g
0 g
15 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1917
Calories from Fat 396
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 45g
Saturated Fat 27g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 13g
Cholesterol 118mg
Sodium 140mg
Total Carbohydrates 355g
Dietary Fiber 9g
Sugars 228g
Protein 30g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. 1 Cup of Pineapple Puree
  2. 1 Cup of Semolina
  3. 1 Cup of Milk
  4. 3 TBSP of Ghee
  5. 1 Cup of Sugar
  6. A pinch of Saffron
  7. 2 Cups of Water
  8. A few Cardamoms
  1. Pour the Pineapple puree into a pan.
  2. Add 1 TBSP of sugar.
  3. Mix well and let it simmer for 4-5 mins.
  4. Keep this aside and heat some ghee into a pan.
  5. Add the semolina and saute for 5-7 mins.
  6. Now, keep this pan aside as well.
  7. Heat some water into a separate pan.
  8. Add one cup of milk and the sugar.
  9. Add the saffron and the crushed cardamoms.
  10. Add the sauted semolina next and mix well.
  11. Infact, keep mixing, till the mixture becomes thick.
  12. Next, add the pineapple puree and mix well.
  13. Transfer into a bowl greased with ghee and mould it on to a plate and garnish with
  14. pineapple pieces.
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Its Waffle time !

blog, Desserts, Sweets | September 24, 2019 | By

Waffles have always been on my to-do list when I started getting involved in cooking. But it took a few years till I got hold of a waffle iron. Here’s a waffle recipe that I normally whip up when I have leftover oats at home. And as my whole family has a  craving for peanut butter …I normally don’t miss adding it to my waffle recipe.

Oats Banana Waffles
2128 calories
283 g
422 g
72 g
87 g
21 g
952 g
508 g
47 g
1 g
43 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 2128
Calories from Fat 619
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 72g
Saturated Fat 21g
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 17g
Monounsaturated Fat 26g
Cholesterol 422mg
Sodium 508mg
Total Carbohydrates 283g
Dietary Fiber 42g
Sugars 47g
Protein 87g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. 2 cups of oats
  2. 1 cup of milk
  3. 11/2 tsp of vanilla extract
  4. 2 small bananas
  5. 1tsp baking powder
  6. 3tbsp of peanut butter
  7. 2 eggs
  8. 2tsps of sugar (optional)
  9. Butter for greasing
  1. Preheat waffle iron , puree bananas and keep aside .
  2. In a bowl add in oats. milk eggs, banana puree , baking powder , peanut butter and sugar .
  3. Blend all ingredients till it becomes a smooth batter .If the batter seems to be too thick add in around 2-3 tbsps of milk.
  4. Grease the preheated waffle iron with butter .
  5. Ladle out the mix on to the hot waffle iron .
  6. Cook until golden brown .
  7. Serve hot with dusted powdered sugar and maple syrup .
  1. Sugar mentioned is optional .I prefer to skip the sugar bit ..but if you would like to have an extra bit of can add the ingredient .
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Have you ever had that instance where you have run out of the store-bought batch of maple syrup and you are in a fix of how to recreate the syrup? Heres a quick and simple method of making maple syrup at home.

Homemade Maple Syrup

A quick fix syrup that goes well with pancakes, toasts, and waffles.

¼ cup sugar

½ cup brown sugar

½ cup of boiling water

½ tbsp of butter

1/2tsp of vanilla extract or maple extract


Spread out sugar in a flat pan or skillet evenly and start heating on medium heat till all the sugar starts caramelizing.

On caramelizing keep aside.

In a saucepan add brown sugar, pour boiling water and vanilla or maple extract and cook till the sugar dissolves.

Add in the caramelized syrup and continue simmering till it is of thicker consistency.

Take it off the heat and whisk in butter.

Store in airtight containers once cool.

Best served with pancakes, waffles, and toasts.




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