TOMATO PULAV | TOMATO FENNEL RICE PILAF

Tomato Pulav
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Pulavs have been a favorite of mine for as long as I remember and this Tomato Pulav is no exception. Quite simple and quick to make, it would be an ideal dish to carry for lunch. A side of salad and you are all set. Sundays at home was synonymous with the fragrance of pulav. Dad out with his friends for a morning walk, Mom, bro and me chatting our hearts out while sprawling on the bed. We used to discuss the current events of our lives. Gossip about everything. School, college, relatives and any other topic under the sun! After… Continue reading

KODBELE |CRUNCHY BUTTERMILK RINGS

Crunchy buttermilk rings
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Kodbele (code-bay-lay) is a simple gluten-free, crunchy, buttermilk and flour snack. And no, they are not onion rings although their appearance screams otherwise! For those of you who have not read my About section, my mom has influenced my cooking significantly. I have a few recipes on the blog which are exactly how she makes them. This eggplant rice here and this radish dip here are a couple of examples; and now Kodbele. The reason I am bringing my mom up in this blog post is because she used to pack these kodbele for my lunch sometimes. You can understand… Continue reading

Baked Samosa Pies – “Samosa in a Pie’s Clothing”

Baked Samosa
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Baked Samosa Pies (actually more of mini pies) are wolves in a sheep’s clothing. Street food gone fancy! Or may be street food with a make-over. I made the dough at home but if you are short on time, check the “My Take” section for a shortcut that will save you at least 30 minutes. You can probably make them as appetizers for a party or as an evening snack with a cup of hot tea. I was quite skeptical about how this would turn out because I have never had a baked samosa before but to my pleasant surprise,… Continue reading

KOLHAPURI THECHA | SPICIEST INDIAN CHILI SAUCE

Kolhapuri Thecha, the spiciest Indian sauce with peanuts and garlic
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If you think Indian cuisine is spicy, wait till you taste this Kolhapuri Thecha, it is sure to set your pants on fire! If you’re a brave-heart who loves some adventure with food, this Kolhapuri thecha, the spiciest Indian chili sauce is definitely for you. Abundance of flavor from the garlic, crunch from the peanuts, the sauce compliments rice and dal (lentils) like nobody’s business and also goes very well with roti (Indian flatbread) and dosa (Indian pancake) too. Continue reading

IDLI SAMBAR PART 1–SAMBAR | CURRIED LENTIL STEW

Sambar
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Let me introduce you to Idli-Samar, the “Burger & Fries” of Indian food. I know it doesn’t look or taste anything close to burger and fries but trust me; I have my reasons for comparing the two. Nachiket says I have an obsessive need to find similarities and compare things which are not even remotely related. But, I call it a coping strategy. If I can find similarities between the new concept/place/idea and the existing one in my head (with which I am as familiar as with the back of my hand), does it not make understanding & accepting the new one… 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
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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
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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
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“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

PUNJABI RAJMA | KIDNEY BEAN CURRY

Punjabi Rajma
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“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

BISI BELE BHAAT | LENTIL & RICE STEW

Bisi Bele Bhaat
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Bisi Bele Bhaat literally translates into hot rice-lentil stew and that’s exactly what this recipe is all about. The added bonus of vegetables makes this a complete meal in itself. Stews have always been synonymous to comfort food. Hot rice, lentils, vegetables and hot spices makes it the perfect brunch for a Sunday morning or a weeknight dinner (walk in home to a slow-cooker cooked stew? Foodie heaven!). What’s more? You even get to eat Bisi Bele Bhaat with a side of potato chips!  Lol. Not really. I mean to say hat this popular South Indian dish is generally served with… Continue reading