BHUTTA | SPICY STOVETOP GRILLED CORN

Bhutta, The Indian grilled corn slathered in a spicy mint-cilantro chutney is must-have this summer!
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Bhutta is the Indian word for corn. Available in abundance during the monsoon, Bhutta is eaten either grilled or boiled but like most delicious Indian foods it is slathered in a bunch of spices (which is very different for the two versions) to help lift up the flavor profile to the quintessential Indian best! Continue reading

NATURALS ICE CREAM WITH REAL ANJEER (FIGS)

Naturals Ice cream recipe with anjeer bits (figs)
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Creamy, soft texture, the flavor of your choice and no annoying ice crystals in it. Did I just describe the perfect ice cream for you? Then you are in the right place because this 3-ingredient, 10-minute ice cream recipe is just what you need! IF you are wondering what Naturals ice cream is, it is a brand of ice cream available in India. Popular throughout the country, Naturals ice cream is known for the unique flavors it offers. Served on freshly made hot waffle cones, Naturals ice cream is in a teenager’s words, “something to die for!” 🙂 Continue reading

IDLI UPMA | MAKEOVERS FOR LEFTOVERS

Idli Upma, Spruce up leftovers and give them all new look and taste!
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Idli upma makes an ideal breakfast considering that it is made from leftovers which cuts down prep time for busy mornings and it is a light yet wholesome breakfast giving your day just the boost it requires. Idli upma also makes a great evening snack with coffee. Watching the rain with a bowl of this delicious snack was just what I needed this week. Continue reading

METHI MALAI MATAR | PEAS IN A CASHEW CURRY

Methi malai Matar, a creamy cashew curry with peas and onions
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Methi malai matar is a creamy delicacy made with peas, onions, cashew nuts and some fresh herbs. As with most curries, methi malai matar can be a perfect side with any type of bread including the evergreen (eh… should I say white?) Indian naan bread (find the recipe for naan here). You don’t need to have a chef’s pantry loaded with international spices to create this delicacy at home. Methi malai matar calls for a few day-to-day items from your pantry but delivers the richest fine-dining restaurant food in the comfort of your own home. Continue reading

FRENCH FRIES WITHOUT POTATO | HEALTHY CHIPS

Chickpea Fries
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If you are thinking how it is ever possible to make French fries without potatoes, let alone making them healthy, then, think again! Made with Chickpea flour (Besan) , these chickpea fries can pass off as the best French fries in a heartbeat and have almost no carbs (theory of relativity, compare with potato fries), have a high protein content and are so darn yummilicious! Continue reading

VEG MANCHURIAN GRAVY | VEGGIE BALLS IN CANTONESE SAUCE

Veg Manchurian Gravy, veggie meatballs dunked in a Cantonese sauce, A very popular Indo-Chinese recipe
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Veg Manchurian is a popular Indo-Chinese recipe that has a healthy mix of vegetables, deep fried (healthier alternatives in the my Take section) and dunked into a Cantonese sauce. These vegetarian “meatballs” make a perfect accompaniment to white/brown rice making you regret all the times you had take-out when you could have created a great dish like this in your very own kitchen! Continue reading

TURMERIC MILK | HEALING GOLDEN MILK

Keep this recipe for TURMERIC MILK ( aka miracle Golden Milk) handy before the allergy season hits you!
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It’s time! Time for spring and the beautiful blossoming colors around us… Accchooooo! That’s spring allergies sneezing away our admiration for beauty 😀 Spring brings with it inflamed throats, allergies and red eyes; not to mention the spring showers and the flu virus with it. The only way you should fight the effects of nature is with nature itself (you know, like how a diamond can be cut by a diamond and all). Bringing to your rescue, the age old Turmeric milk popular by its modern name of the miracle golden milk!

I know I am sounding like a tacky infomercial but this is not up-selling, this happens to be me, expressing my renewed love (actually, I used to hate it, so is it renewed no-disgust?) for turmeric milk aka haldi doodh. Continue reading

FRENCH ONION GRILLED CHEESE

French Onion Grilled cheese Sandwiches, When you can't decide for soup or sandwiches for lunch!
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Sweet caramelized onions have a way of sweet talking most people into falling in love with them. Add some warm, melt-y, gooey Swiss cheese and some golden toasty bread into the mix and it shall surely make you go weak in your knees! A deconstructed French onion soup, this French onion grilled cheese recipe is not something you want to miss. Continue reading

THAI FRIED RICE WITH BASIL & TOFU

Thai Fried Rice, Vegan with crispy tofu
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Fluffy rice flavored with fresh, fragrant basil tossed in with veggies and crispy tofu bites, this Thai fried rice recipe is truly, a vegetarian’s (or a vegan too!) delight. No hidden fish sauce, or oyster sauce that is synonymous with flavorful Thai food here. A bold flavor created with simple ingredients is what you have in store for you. Say bye-bye to take-out Tuesdays because this Thai fried rice recipe is all you need to cook yourself a happy meal! 🙂 Continue reading

PUNUGULU | VEGAN RICE FRITTERS

Punugulu, Vegan Rice Fritters, Deep fried batter, batter made with rice, bet you can't eat just one!
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Just like most other deep fried snacks from around the world, Punugulu ae just too damn delicious and yes, you cannot eat just one! However unlike most of them, punugulu has no added sugars, is vegan and almost borders the realm of the loved-by-all healthy snacks. Fondly renamed as dosa vadas by my husband, punugulu is a much loved recipe that was passed on by my grandmother and grandmas are never wrong, are they? 🙂 Continue reading