Nandita Nataraj

Nandita was born, bred and spread in India, but right now lives in Tanzania where her quest for simple and exotic pleasures of food led to the creation of the blog Paaka-Shaale. She believes that food is not just a means to feed a body. But it is also meant to appeal the mind and satiate the soul.

Bhel Puri: Savory Puffed Rice

Bhel Puri is a chaat and savory snack that is traditionally made with puffed rice, vegetables, sev, chutneys and peanuts. In this case however, I have replaced the puffed rice with the rice krispie cereal for fun and easy crunch.

Puliyogare – Tamarind Rice

South Indian tamarind rice, or puliyogare, brings mouth-watering sweet, spicy, and tangy bites to a meal. It is perfect to be made ahead for a picnic and served with cool yogurt and a crispy cracker-like bread.


Hummus and Pepper Pita Pizza

Combining hummus with the sweet bell peppers, olives, sun dried tomatoes and tangy feta cheese creates a wholesome mix of colors and flavors that are perfect for a light summer meal.

Smooth Spiced Carrot Soup

A coriander spiced soup that is easy to make with simple ingredients. Be sure to do it up with fun toppings like cheesy croutons and fresh herbs.

Rich Caramel and Coconut Ice Cream

Use up leftover caramel and make this beautiful ice cream of caramelized sugars and smooth coconut cream, perfect to top any dessert or eat on its own.

Spiced Cream of Rice Dumplings

A delicious, mildly sweet and spicy dish with an aroma of clarified butter will send your senses spinning. Steamed balls are a fun side filled with veggies.

Vegetarian Gyros

A meatless gyro with tzatziki can be just as satisfying when made with paneer cheese. Toss in a beautiful blend of spices for a flavorful, vegetarian wrap.

Apple and Strawberry Crumble

This crumble is absolutely divine. The combination of sweet apples with tart strawberries is heavenly. Topped with an almond crumble, you can’t go wrong.

Homemade Tzatziki

Tzatziki is one of the easiest condiments. All you need is Greek yogurt, cucumber, herbs of your choice, and garlic. Ta-dah, the delicious dip is ready.

Corn on the Cob with Coconut Sauce

A representation of the Tanzanian landscape, this dish, uses sweet corn that is enveloped in a coconut velvety coconut sauce. To complement the curry, serve with rice.

Cabbage and Pea Curry

Cabbage and Pea Curry

This mildly spiced mixture of cabbage and peas gets a rich texture and taste from the addition of fresh coconut and poppy seeds.

Purple Cabbage Slaw

Purple Cabbage Slaw

Try this versatile salad that makes a great side dish with Indian breads or it can be used as a stuffing in wraps and sandwiches.

Beetroot Pachadi

Beetroot Pachadi

This yogurt based curry is great alongside rice and adds a pop of vibrant color to any plate.



Gojjavalakki is beaten rice which is soaked in tamarind pulp and spiced with rasam powder. It is sweet, tangy, spicy and crunchy at the same time.

Orange Raisin Wheat Germ Muffins

Orange Raisin Wheat Germ Muffins

These muffins are filled with wholesome goodness of wheat germ, whole wheat, oranges and apples so they make a perfect treat for breakfast, or as that in between meal snack or for a tiny tot’s lunch box.

Ambode or Masala Vada

Ambode or Masala Vada

Ambode or masala vada is one of the staple dishes on festive occasions. It is also one dish that can be made and served in a number ways.

Eggplant Chutney

Eggplant Chutney

This chutney is extremely easy to put together. Roasting the eggplant is the only time consuming part. But otherwise, it hardly takes any time.