STUFFED MUSHROOMS IN TOMATO CURRY

Bored of the same old food? try something stikingly new,Stuffed Mushrooms in a Tomato Curry
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Stuffed mushrooms in tomato curry, fresh mushrooms stuffed with farmer’s cheese (Indian paneer) and chopped greens that was seasoned with garlic and spices, were then roasted slowly in a dab of butter and then simmered away in a flavorful tomato curry. Did you just have foodgasm? If not, make this curry and I guarantee, you will have one when it hits your tongue! Continue reading

AVAREKAI PULAO | LEAN BEAN RICE

Avarekai Pulao, rice, veggies and spices cooked in one pot, making nutritious meals, a breeze!
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Avarekai Pulao, avarekai rotti, avarekai saaru, avarekai sweet are just a few of the dishes made from the humble broad bean or avarekai during winter. Rich in protein and fibre, broad beans are highly nutritious and apparently, are popular on weight loss menus. Well, if you ask me, who really cares about how good they are for your health when they are just so darn delicious! Continue reading

BEANS TALIMPU|BEANS & LENTILS WITH DILL

Beans Talimpu
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Beans Talimpu is my mom’s recipe. It tastes great with hot rice. She also makes a rasam/soup with the water used to boil the veggies and lentils. I used to walk in home and my mom used to serve these with hot rice and ghee (clarified butter)….. Foodie heaven. The lentils I have used for this recipe is split pigeon peas (toor dal) but you could easily substitute it with mixed lentil bag that is easily available at every supermarket or just any lentil you have on hand. The process for cooking remains the same. Dill is a herb with… Continue reading

SPICY CHIMICHURRI SAUCE

Spicy Chimichurri Sauce
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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
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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

CORN KOFTAS IN A SPINACH CURRY

Corn Kofta Curry
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These corn koftas that I made from fresh corn and then dunked into a creamy spinach curry is probably one of the best curries that I have created even though I had never heard of it before! Ummm… Let me go back, this is one of the best curries ever. Period. 😀 Did my introduction sound like I was trying hard to sell the corn kofta curry? Because, let me tell you, this curry, once in your mouth needs no selling mister! You just have to stop yourself from licking your fingers at the dinner table 😛   Sitting in… 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

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

A TRICOLOUR RECIPE WITH FOOD FROM THE WORLD

Tricolour recipe
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A Tricolour Recipe with global food is what I chose to make for the Indian Independence day. While I could have gone all Indian on this one, I decided not just to convey a sense of being global and to represent India’s progress is this tricolour recipe (Saffron, White & Green of the Indian National flag) made with International food. “Yet another day off from school!” was mostly what I thought of Independence Day as a kid. A day when I went to school to watch a play, collect some sweet treats to be eaten on the way home and scurry… Continue reading