BAINGAN BHARTA – THE INDIAN BABA GANOUSH

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Baingan Bharta (roast and mashed eggplant) is the Indian Baba Ganoush because they are the same, well, they are almost the same. Could I please take the liberty of saying baingan bharta is a tastier baba ganoush being blamed for favoritism? It is just my Indian palette doing the talking for me Why the comparison? Read on…  So, I am back from my vacation with my family. I had a fun, successful trip. Accomplished everything I had planned (apart from eating from roadside food carts and hole-in-the-wall restaurants) and came back all refreshed. Except for the 12-hr time zone difference,… Continue reading

TANDOORI MUMMIES – A HALLOWEEN PARTY RECIPE

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They were so yum and beautiful that I vow to recreate this recipe for Tandoor Mummies every Halloween! My silly jokes and pledges aside, I am sure your Halloween will get more spooky and spicy with these delightful mummies. As much as I have been trying to get back to regular blogging, vacation with family is not helping my cause! Everything in India is lived on a grand scale, be it your neighbour’s broken kitchen appliance or a nephew scoring a top grade at school. Amidst all the beautiful chaos, the great Indian festival of Diwali visits us. With this… Continue reading

SABAKKI UPMA | TAPIOCA WITH MUNG BEANS

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With much trepidation (like a chef who hasn’t used her knife in a while), I write about Sabakki Upma today. Hey there Everyone! If you are wondering where I have been, I was having a blast. At my brother’s wedding. Pictures and more details shall follow in another post. For now, let’s talk about Sabakki Upma or popularly known as Sabudana Khichdi. Indian weddings do not come solo. They are accompanied with noise, glitter, a lot of relatives, pre-wedding and post-wedding celebrations. With all of this winding down to an end finally, I get some time to reflect and write!… Continue reading

SIMPLE SRIRACHA NOODLES | REALLY SIMPLE

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These Simple Sriracha Noodles, I guarantee, will bowl you over. I hope the word ‘really’ is good enough an adjective to describe the ease of making these amazingly tasty Sriracha Noodles. There are 2 kinds of people on Earth. Those who finish their work at least a couple of days earlier and those who cannot do anything about their work until the V.E.R.Y last day. I’m pretty sure the two sets can very well defend their styles of working. But when these two come together, especially in a marriage, you have got yourself a recipe for “All hell broke loose!!”…. Continue reading

EVELYNS PASTA |COPYCAT CHEESECAKE FACTORY RECIPE

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Evelyns Pasta is featured on the menu of Cheesecake Factory as “Evelyn’s Favorite Pasta”. I tried to look up who Evelyn is but I did not get any answers. So, whether or not it is Evelyn’s favorite Pasta, It is definitely mine!! When we first started eating out at restaurants in the US, the portions overwhelmed us! It still does but not as much. The food available here is very alien to Indians. Now back in India, you can dine out and order Italian, Chinese or Mexican food but it is not very authentic. There is something Indian about it…. Continue reading

GUACAMOLE CHEESE SANDWICH ROLL UPS

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“I solemnly swear that this Guacamole Cheese Sandwich roll ups is the best sandwich I have ever had” – Nachiket. Funny, right? Who solemnly swears about a sandwich?!! But those were the words from my foodie husband after he ate about 4 of them in one breath! It’s been two long weeks since I posted a recipe. While two weeks does not seem all that long, staying away from blogging definitely stretched it. While I was away from blogging, there has been no dearth of cooking and food at home as such. The long weekend brought with it a much… Continue reading

UNDRALLU | EDIBLE FLOUR MARBLES

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Undrallu are soft, steamed flour marbles/dumplings that can be flavored with spices of your choice. I have gone two ways with the recipe, one savory version called sundal and another dessert called payasam. If breathing is a way of keeping yourself alive, Festivities are a way keeping your spirit alive. A common factor that unites everyone around the whole wide world, celebrations, festivities and the food that comes with it. There are a plethora of Indian festivals, so many that I think India should have been called the land of festivals and colors as opposed to the land of snake charmers… Continue reading

SOL KADHI | A CHILLED SOUP WITH GARCINIA

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The name Sol Kadhi tempts me into calling this recipe, soup for the soul! This chilled soup/drink which requires a minimum amount of effort is not only a perfect summer soup which aids your body’s cooling system; it also contains the extracts of the Miracle weight loss fruit, Garcinia! I am a Science student. During my grad school, as a part of our curriculum and grading, we were supposed to work in tandem with the industry experts and complete a “project”.  Nachiket and I formed a team to tackle this humungous task ahead of us. For the life us, we did… Continue reading

A TRICOLOUR RECIPE WITH FOOD FROM THE WORLD

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A Tricolour Recipe with global food is what I chose to make for the Indian Independence day. While I could have gone all Indian on this one, I decided not just to convey a sense of being global and to represent India’s progress is this tricolour recipe (Saffron, White & Green of the Indian National flag) made with International food. “Yet another day off from school!” was mostly what I thought of Independence Day as a kid. A day when I went to school to watch a play, collect some sweet treats to be eaten on the way home and scurry… Continue reading

WATERMELON SANDWICHES WITH GOAT CHEESE

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“Watermelon sandwiches are these amazing little treats. Soft creamy layer of cheese sandwiched between crunchy juicy watermelon, flavored to perfection with Basil and balsamic vinegar” – Nachiket I have mentioned that the above tantalizing (if you say so) description was given by Nachiket and not me. You know. Before my regular readers call my fib that I enjoyed a watermelon (For the inside scoop on this disclaimer, check my Tomato Slush recipe) Moving out of your house when you go to college is something that is not so common in India till date. Call this an overprotective, no-independence system or… Continue reading