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

AVOCADO-CHEESE CRACKER BRUSCHETTA

Cracker Bruschetta
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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

SAAG PANEER |PALAK PANEER

Saag Paneer
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Saag Paneer / Palak Paneer, Chicken Tikka, Mahatma Gandhi, elephants, Mumbai and Bollywood are probably the first few words any non-Indian learns about India albeit in no particular order. A little offensive you know, typecasting and all) but I am not the type who takes offense with these things; so it’s OK. After all, you need to start somewhere if you want learn about a new culture. If you stopped at these few words and create a stereotype opinion, then, it would be something you might get frowned upon for 😛 With spinach and paneer lying around at home, I… Continue reading

KADAI PANEER, GRAVY-STYLE

Kadai Paneer gravy
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Kadai Paneer? Yes, I get it but what is gravy style, you ask. While most of my Indian friends would understand this term, it could be a bit misleading to my non-Indian friends. No, this kadai paneer recipe is not made from the juices of meat from cooking (it couldn’t be farther from reality :P), but the word gravy here means a thick stew-like consistency. So, gravy style karahi/kadai paneer gravy does not mean non vegetarian stocks and flavors but just that it is non-dry kadai paneer; gravy being just another “proudly” Indian-ized English word 😛 For a person who… Continue reading

HARE CHANE KE SAMOSE & MAKING FROZEN SAMOSAS

Hare chane ke
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Hare Chane ke Samose, an easy samosa recipe with a filling made of green garbanzo beans and the wrapper made of store bought spring roll wrappers. That makes this Hare chane ke samose recipe not only delicious but super easy. The thing about making your own samosas at home is that it comes with an alarmingly large amount of effort. Make the dough, knead it, let it rest, then roll out appropriately sized discs, make perfect little cones out of them, make the filling, stuff them and fry them. Phew! This huge list of tasks is what makes most of… Continue reading

GRILLED BROCCOLI-CAULIFLOWER KEBABS

Grilled Broccoli Kebabs
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Grilled Broccoli? Yum! Grilled Cauliflower? Delicaso! Tandoori masala? Oh yes! My dinner yesterday was a triple treat with the three coming together with a spicy cabbage  salad & homemade whole wheat tortillas (Phulkas). And, it was all super healthy, just about 200 calories per serving. Oh, did I mention that it was Deee-lectable? Because, it was indeed. So…. I am trying to eat healthy. Not for any particular reason, just for general well-being. Being the foodie that I am and with food blogging added, it is almost impossible for me to go on a crash diet or skip any meal in… Continue reading

VEGETABLE SHAMI KEBABS

Vegetable Shami Kebabs
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A dish steeped in History, Shami kebabs just went vegetarian, check out these vegetable shami kebabs. As the legend goes, these kebabs were first introduced by Arabian chefs for Mughal rulers, actually a toothless Mughal ruler! 🙂 I have always been a fan of kebabs. Grilled, minced, sheikh, they all look so appealing. As always, I found a vegetarian work-around and came up with these kebabs for a potluck party I was attending. Made for 20 guests but finished by 12 since the 8 arrived late! Now, that is considered a hit dish, ain’t it? Potato and cheese/paneer blend together… Continue reading

SHAAM SAVERA | SPINACH-CHEESE DUMPLINGS IN A CREAMY TOMATO CURRY

Shaam Savera
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Shaam Savera, a color contrasted creamy dumpling curry is a vegetarian’s  butter chicken! This has been the longest gap between two posts of mine. I had an old friend visiting me last week. Time flies by when you are gossiping and giggling with your friends, does it not? Anyways, this was the first time she was visiting me since I started this blog. Cooking something special and a dish for India’s Republic day was my agenda for the weekend. Even though late by a day, here is my recipe for Republic day – the three colors representing the tri-colored Indian National Flag. This… Continue reading

RASMALAI – A ROYAL DESSERT

Rasmalai
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Rasmalai, a dessert originating from the land of the Royal Bengal Tiger is worthy of being served to Royalty! If you have ever had one, you would agree with me that this decadent melt-in-your-mouth dessert instills awe in you and gives you a feeling of “it must be complicated to make this”! Honestly, making this at home is a cake walk and will cost you a tiny fraction of the store-bought version. This simple procedure results in cottage cheese (1st picture) but has excess water for a dessert. Once the excess is squeezed out, you get a firm but moldable… Continue reading

STUFFED BELL PEPPERS (CAPSICUM) IN A CASHEW-ONION SAUCE

Stuffed Bell Peppers
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HAPPY NEW YEAR! This less-than-a-tbsp-oil Stuffed Bell Peppers/Capsicum in a health nut (cashew)-onion sauce is the perfect beginning to the first weekend of 2014. Super healthy, low cal yet a perfect weekend brunch/dinner. Quite an elaborate dish but I promise you, it is going to be totally worth the effort! I have come to realize that recipe writing is no piece of cake. Allow me to show you. Check out this picture below, the main ingredient of this dish. It took me a while to decide the title for this recipe because I did not know what to call it!… Continue reading