PASTA ARRABIATA | PASTA RECIPE FOR BEGINNERS

Pasta Arrabiata, a classic pasta recipe that can be made in just under 15 minutes! Yep, my weeknights just got easier!
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Pasta arrabiata is a classic simple pasta dish that any Italian-food novice can make in a jiffy too. With some simple tricks to cook the pasta perfectly and to make the sauce thick enough to give a glossy, shiny coat to the pasta, you will soon be dishing out pasta like that in a restaurant! One of the pasta recipes that I recommend for beginners, pasta arrabiata is a fiery pasta recipe with a generous amount of chili flakes and a ton of makes-you-go-yum flavors in it. Continue reading

GREEK BRUSCHETTA RECIPE

Greek Bruschetta
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French bread & Greek toppings make up this Italian antipasti, Bruschetta (an open-faced mini-sandwich). This recipe for Greek Bruschetta calls for feta cheese, olives, sweet peppers and chili oil. The ingredients complement each other like little locks and keys. To make cooking simple, you need to understand the flavor and texture of ingredients. Once you begin to understand that, you can create gourmet meals in your own kitchen, because then, You don’t hesitate to substitute. If tamarind adds that acidic tartness, so does lemon or vinegar. The end product will not have the EXACT same flavors or colors but your… 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

CHAWLI MASALA | BEANS & RICE

Chawli Masala, Beans & Rice deliciously served
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Chawli Masala or Rongi ki subzi or even beans & rice, call it by any name but lick your fingers, you will! Chawli masala is a simple everyday Indian recipe that has been taken up to a restaurant-creamy level with a simple trick. No, not adding cream! That wouldn’t be a trick now, would it? The proverbial duck, that’s how I feel most of the days. Do you feel that too? Let me elaborate. A duck looks like it is sailing smooth on the surface of the water while it is paddling away with all it’s might underneath the surface. Honestly,… Continue reading

VEGETARIAN SPAGHETTI CARBONARA WITH CHICKPEAS

Vegetarian Spaghetti Carbonara
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This Vegetarian Spaghetti Carbonara recipe yields a silky creamy pasta dish just like the regular spaghetti carbonara. The bacon is replaced with chunky, flattened, crispy chickpeas and the egg sauce with heavy cream. Try this for a refreshing take on a classic Pasta recipe. Italian and Chinese, I must say are the two most popular cuisines in India. Apart from Indian of course! 😛 Except for the fact that both these cuisines work with noodl-y things that can steal your hearts, the flavor profiles are miles apart. One is heavy on spices and while the other relies on subtle yet… Continue reading

QUINOA CRUST PIZZA

Quinoa Crust Pizza
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Healthy Pizza is not an oxymoron anymore with this Quinoa Crust Pizza! Hurray! Imagine all the pizza you can eat! Seriously, this pizza was so good and you really couldn’t make out that it did not have a bread crust. It made my husband go for 1, 2 and 3 slices! That’s when I realized, it’s not my brain pretending to like the crust just to make sure I eat healthy, but the crust is actually good! 😀 My inspiration for the quinoa crust pizza? My need to innovate with quinoa like I mentioned in my other innovative quiona post… Continue reading

EVELYNS PASTA |COPYCAT CHEESECAKE FACTORY RECIPE

Evelyn's Pasta
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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

STUFFED TOMATO CHEESE BALLS – DECONSTRUCTING CAPRESE

Stuffed Tomato Cheese Balls
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Stuffed Tomato Cheese Balls is the deconstructed name and recipe for the Queen of Summer Salads- Caprese! Hang on! Before you think this is some fancy-pants-y recipe, just read on. This simple salad is called an Italian summer-time wedding by the New York Times and rightly so. I was watching an episode of Top Chef the other day and the task was to deconstruct a dish. I was wondering what that is and discovered it is the process of taking the ingredients of a dish apart and putting them back together in the same form or different, in the same… Continue reading

ITALIAN GNOCCHI RECIPE IN 15 MIN

Italian Gnocchi
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I admit I was a gnocchi-virgin until my tryst with this Italian Gnocchi yesterday(If you are one too, check this). It was so amazing it definitely will not be a one-time thing. I could not help myself from cracking this one. The virgin and fling thing was staring at me right in the face! And finally… FINALLY, I got to say “If you think you haven’t got time to cook; then think again!” words from Jamie Oliver, one of my favorite chefs because this recipe gets done well under 15 min with a salad too! Yesterday, I had to make… Continue reading

PIZZA POPS – PIZZA ON A STICK!

Pizza Pops
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Presenting “Pizza Pops” – the lovechild of Pizza and lollipops or Pizza on a stick! Pardon the “cheesy” magician way of introducing this recipe guys. It is just that I have always wanted to stand in front of a curtain and say “Ta-Da!”. Just a fantasy of mine if you will 😀 Speaking of magicians and wizards, I really wish I had a wand. Oh ya! I have a souvenir wand from the Wizarding world of Harry Potter but I am currently wishing for a wand that actually works… So, if you have one of those, I am not asking… Continue reading