TAWA VEG PAKODA RECIPE | SKILLET FRITTERS

Veg Pakoda or Indian fritters made on a skillet, a perfect tea time snack

Pakodas or Pakoras is a popular Indian snack that is usually made with onions and deep fried. I decided to make healthier pakodas and used some vegetables and crisped them up on a tawa/skillet which made these very easy and delicious Tawa Veg Pakodas. Read along for interesting ideas about how you can serve these veg pakodas/fritters. Continue reading

HOMEMADE PEANUT BUTTER IN 5 MINUTES

Quick and easy method to make creamy peanut butter at home in just 5 minutes!

“Homemade peanut butter” with a texture so soft and creamy, no added preservatives, and the best of all, you just need five minutes to make it; FIVE minutes only to make it from scratch! Sold on the best peanut butter yet? Read on! Continue reading

RAJMA CHAWAL PIZZA | RICE CRUST PIZZA

Rajma Chawal Pizza, leftover kidney beans curry and rice turned into a gluten-free rice crust pizza with the curry for topping, Indian-Italian love child

With this Rajma Chawal Pizza, I can say that fusion food is clearly my calling! I am stepping into the realms of food crossovers and it is resulting in some amazing recipes like this gluten-free, rice crust, curry Pizza with kidney bean toppings, in short, Rajma chawal Pizza. Continue reading

TOMATO SLICE CHAAT | SKINNY TOMATO CANAPES

Tomato Slice Chaat

Tomato Slice Chaat, described in its simplest way is the love child of skinny canapés and Indian street food, Chaat. As healthy as but tastier than, your diet-salad-dinner, it can also be refreshing for a hot summer afternoon. Easy to assemble, serve this healthy Indian appetizer and watch your guests be surprised as they enjoy this delicious tomato slice chaat. Continue reading

INSTANT MANGO PICKLE | MAVINKAYI UPPINAKAYI

Instant Mango Pickle

“Instant Mango pickle” is one of the very few Indian pickles that don’t require resting under the sun or storing till it matures (which usually takes forever… and a day!). It gets done in about 10 minutes, and you can eat a bowlful of it (unlike other pickles, a bowlful of which would probably send you into a food coma)! The only downside to this slurp-a-licious instant mango pickle, it does not have a shelf life as long as the rest of the pickles from India. It will last for about 10 days when refrigerated. Well, with me around, it… Continue reading

MUSHROOM NOODLES WITH CHIMICHURRI

Mushroom Noodles

This Mushroom Noodles recipe is not your usual noodle recipe. It has no soy-sauce, uses caramelized mushrooms and is mixed in with this awesome chimichurri sauce. Oh! I almost forgot. It tastes like a ton better than any mushroom noodles that you have ever tasted! With the number of recipes I use, mushroom in, you would think I would love mushrooms of any kind. But I have not explored the world of mushrooms at all. Apart from the easily available, white button mushrooms, I have tried three other varieties and all I can say is Uh oh! I was unable… Continue reading

PUNJABI RAJMA | KIDNEY BEAN CURRY

Punjabi Rajma

“Punjabi Rajma” or Kidney beans curry is a typical recipe from Northern India; typical with some ginger-garlic flavors, succulent tomatoes, a masala-mélange and soft boiled beans. Punjabi Rajma is nutritious, delicious and makes an ideal Meatless Monday dinner too. Have you guys heard of sleeping temperature? You might not have heard the word before (or may be it is just me?), but you surely know what it is, especially if you are a couple. It is how hot or how cold you like your surroundings when you sleep. I heard this on The Ellen Show. Ellen says one of the… Continue reading

AVOCADO-CHEESE CRACKER BRUSCHETTA

Cracker Bruschetta

Cracker bruschetta is just what the name says. A no-cook easy to make appetizer/snack with toppings that are refreshing on a summer afternoon and whose flavors blend together in a classic, timeless fashion. Today, let’s discuss people. People who are “know-it-all”. A know-it-all or know-all is a person who obnoxiously purports an expansive comprehension of a topic and/or situation when in reality, his/her comprehension is inaccurate or limited. Were you just reminded of that friend of your’s? Well, I have been lucky (read not lucky!!) enough to meet quite a few such specimens in my life. People who have to… Continue reading

SPICY CHIMICHURRI SAUCE

Spicy Chimichurri Sauce

Spicy Chimichurri sauce made me believe in love at first sight (or should I say first taste?). Full of green goodness and the earthy smell of herbs, you can use spicy chimichurri sauce as a marinade for your grilling recipes or to jazz up any weekday meal as dip or side. You know how most women walk into clothing stores and never realize how they ended up with 3 new dresses even though they had no intention of shopping? You know how most men enter an electronic giant store and walk out with 3…. whatever it is they buy? Me?… Continue reading

METHI CHOLE | EASY CHICKPEAS CURRY

Methi Chole

Methi chole, the addition of methi or fenugreek leaves to good old chickpeas curry adds a fragrance and flavor that elevates it from a lay man’s food to a dish from a gourmet kitchen! Methi Chole stands true t what I believe in, “It is simple recipes that make grand feasts”. The weather is a great ice-breaker for any conversation. Would you agree with me? You are trying to socialize at a party and you are meeting this person for the first time, and poof! Suddenly, just like that, everyone else disappears and you find yourself alone with this new… Continue reading