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Kankana Saxena
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Kankana Saxena shares culinary journey, travel stories and passion for photography in her blog 'Playful Cooking'. Her cooking style is mostly nutritional with little bit of indulgence here and there. She believes in the mantra 'homemade is happiness'! She is a native of India but currently resides in Santa Clara, California with her husband.

Thandai: Spiced Almond Milk

Thandai: Spiced Almond Milk

Thandai is a refreshing beverage made with milk that is infused with almond and other spices popular in northern India.…

Garlic Curry Chicken

Garlic Curry Chicken

This quick and fuss free chicken curry is for garlic-lovers only, filled with robust garlic flavor.…

Fall Favorite: Pumpkin Spiced Latte

Fall Favorite: Pumpkin Spiced Latte

Learn about the make the most iconic drink of the season at home and save yourself a trip to coffee shop.…

Ricotta and Sage Loaves

Ricotta and Sage Loaves

This bread comes together very easily, boasting the perfect crumbly crust and chewy center that is kept moist by the ricotta cheese. …

Citrus and Spiced Butter Cookies

Citrus and Spiced Butter Cookies

These cookies are soft but not too sweet and bursting with unusual flavors.…

Murg Dhansak: Chicken Cooked with Lentils

Murg Dhansak: Chicken Cooked with Lentils

Patience is key with this popular Parsi dish, even after slow cooking the curry, it tastes better on the second day. …

Grilled Salmon with Corn and Heirloom Tomato Salad

Grilled Salmon with Corn and Heirloom Tomato Salad

Yogurt and spice marinated grilled salmon is always delicious but the star of the meal was the grilled corn salad with roasted tomatoes.…

Spicy Shrimp Corn Chowder

Spicy Shrimp Corn Chowder

You might get lazy and think of using frozen corn but don’t! Corn chowder tastes best only and only with fresh summer corn.…

Peas and Asparagus Risotto

Peas and Asparagus Risotto

Let’s remember that a good risotto doesn’t demand a lot! It just needs your constant presence, your time and fresh ingredients.…

Coconut Egg Curry

Coconut Egg Curry

This is a great weekday meal as it doesn’t take a lot of prep or cook time and yet, it turns out as one of those special meals.…

Tiramisu Ice Cream

Tiramisu Ice Cream

Pour hot espresso, drizzle cocoa powder or shaved chocolate, either way tiramisu ice cream is an incredible treat, whether it brutal summer or cold winter.…

Raspberry Ricotta Chocolate Cake

Raspberry Ricotta Chocolate Cake

With a striking balance of sweetness from raspberries, richness from ricotta and bitterness from cocoa powder, this cake will totally make you smile.…

Savory Quinoa Breakfast Muffins

Savory Quinoa Breakfast Muffins

Preparing the muffin batter takes no time but cooking quinoa will take about 15 minutes or so.…

Quinoa Tabouleh

Quinoa Tabouleh

Spring or not, this salad is a treat worth investing time on!…

Achari Gobi – Cauliflower In Pickled Sauce

Achari Gobi – Cauliflower In Pickled Sauce

On a dull weekday, when Friday seems far from reach, try this famous North Indian curry.…

Sweet Lemon Pudding

Sweet Lemon Pudding

With a beautiful balance of creaminess and tartness, this lemon pudding is easy to bake and very comforting.…

Dukkah-Crusted Lamb Chop with Yogurt Mint Sauce and Pea Couscous

Dukkah-Crusted Lamb Chop with Yogurt Mint Sauce and Pea Couscous

This lamb meal is satisfying, hearty and perfect for the winter season.…

Breakfast in Bed – Baked Eggs with Spinach

Breakfast in Bed – Baked Eggs with Spinach

This baked eggs with toast recipe is one of Kankana Saxena's favorite weekend breakfasts; it’s easy, always effortless and so quick to make.…

Perfect Finger Food – Spaghetti Fritters

Perfect Finger Food – Spaghetti Fritters

These pan fried spaghetti fritters are very simple to make, and taste absolutely delicious.…

Pumpkin Spiced Latte

Pumpkin Spiced Latte

A flavorful homemade pumpkin spiced latte from Kankana Saxena. …

Spicy Corn Fritters

Spicy Corn Fritters

These corn fritters are crispy, with the warmth of garam masala, tangy zest from mango powder and refreshing herbs like mint and cilantro.…

Aamrakhand – Mango Sweetened Yogurt

Aamrakhand – Mango Sweetened Yogurt

During summer Indian stores are loaded with Aamrakhand, strained yogurt mixed with mango pulp, sweetened with honey or sugar, flavored with cardamom and saffron.…

Chicken and Orzo Light Soup

Chicken and Orzo Light Soup

Chicken meatballs, orzo, and fresh vegetables flavored with spices and herbs, create a light, yet creamy soup.…

Flavorful Citrusy Compound Butter

Flavorful Citrusy Compound Butter

Serve this lovely compound butter with soup, grilled meat and fish or just spread it on plain toast. …

Garlic Achaar – Indian Pickle

Garlic Achaar – Indian Pickle

Achaar is the Hindi word for Pickle and an Indian meal is almost incomplete without some achaar on the side.…

Khandvi – A Healthy Finger Food from India

Khandvi – A Healthy Finger Food from India

Khandvi is a snack bite that comes from the state of Gujarat in India and it’s made with plain sour yogurt and chickpea flour.…

Photo Tour – Street Food in Kolkata, India

Photo Tour – Street Food in Kolkata, India

Kankana Saxena checks out the colorful street food choices in Kolkata, the capital of the Indian state of West Bengal. …

Wine Poached Pear with Chocolate and Mint sauce

Wine Poached Pear with Chocolate and Mint sauce

These lovely poached pears can easily be prepared in advance, and then reheated or served cold. …

Spinach Pesto with Roasted Garlic

Spinach Pesto with Roasted Garlic

Kankana Saxena serves a flavorful and easy to make Pesto with a twist and a kick. …

Mixed Berry Jam – Enjoy it Fresh or Preserve it

Mixed Berry Jam – Enjoy it Fresh or Preserve it

Making jam is very easy but preserving jam requires a litte attention to detail.…

Celebratory Espresso Cupcakes

Celebratory Espresso Cupcakes

Kankana Saxena celebrates one year as a food blogger with some delicious espresso cupcakes.…

Aalu Methi Naan – Stuffed Indian Bread

Aalu Methi Naan – Stuffed Indian Bread

Homemade buttery Naan stuffed with fresh fenugreek leaves and potatoes. …

Mawa Gujiya – A Traditional Indian Festive Sweet

Mawa Gujiya – A Traditional Indian Festive Sweet

A delicious deep fried treat made with solid milk and coconut stuffing.…

Beetroot Chop Patty – A Twist on a Street Food from Kolkata

Beetroot Chop Patty – A Twist on a Street Food from Kolkata

A delicious healthy patty made with beet root. Perfect with tea or even in a vegetable sandwich.…

Achari Murg – Tangy Pickled Chicken

Achari Murg – Tangy Pickled Chicken

A tangy spicy chicken curry made with a lovely pickling sauce to lift anyones mood instantly.…

Italian Classic – Tiramisu

Italian Classic – Tiramisu

The delightful classic Italian treat filled with creamy mascarpone cheese, cocoa powder and espresso.…

Raskadam – Creamy Fudge Treat

Raskadam – Creamy Fudge Treat

A delicious creamy fudge made with milk and sugar.…

Cream Puffs filled with Mascarpone and Strawberry

Cream Puffs filled with Mascarpone and Strawberry

Buttery and deliciously light cream puffs filled with mascarpone and strawberries.…

Daal Poori: Deep Fried Indian Bread Stuffed with Lentils

Daal Poori: Deep Fried Indian Bread Stuffed with Lentils

Indian flat bread stuffed with dried lentil and deep fried to perfect golden in color. Warm, crispy and delicious.…

Chocolate Chip Macadamia Nut Cookies

Chocolate Chip Macadamia Nut Cookies

What better treat than a cookie that is buttery, chocolaty and nutty - all in one bite.…

Hotter Than July: Pork Vindaloo

Hotter Than July: Pork Vindaloo

Vindaloo is not for the faint hearted, but any spice lover will fall head over heels with this dish.…

Rosemary Pound Cake

Rosemary Pound Cake

Kankana Saxena decides to fight the heat and bake a lovely rosemary pound cake. …

Aam Daal: Raw Mango Lentil Soup

Aam Daal: Raw Mango Lentil Soup

Aam Daal is a raw mango lentil soup that can be served cold as well as warm. Perfect summer food.…

Rosemary And Parmesan Savory Cookies

Rosemary And Parmesan Savory Cookies

These are not the kind of cookies you dip in a huge glass of cold milk, but rather in some hot tea or a good soup.…