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

IVY GOURD CHUTNEY | DONDAKAYA PACHADI

Ivy Gourd Chutney,this recipe uses a member of quash family. Can be tried with any other vegetable.
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Ivy gourd chutney is not only delicious but also a very healthy side that can be served with bread or rice of your choice. Mostly serve with dosa (Indian crepes), chutney tends to be rich in calories but this ivy gourd chutney recipe eliminates that and provides a base to be substituted with any other vegetable making this a SUPER RECIPE (one recipe, many forms)! Continue reading

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

SINGAPORE STREET NOODLES

Singapore Street Noodles
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I love Singapore Street Noodles. How many of you have stayed away from home, loved ones or your favorite food? I am sure everyone can vouch for me when I say, “Absence definitely makes the heart grow fonder”. Living continents away from home is no cake walk! You begin to crave for that familiar language, smells, taste and anything that your brain associates with HOME.  So the saga of search for food with Indian flavors begins for most Indians outside of India. It is something that never ends! When I walked into one of the popular chain of restaurants and… 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

MANGO MOUSSE CAKE – EGG FREE & GELATIN FREE

Mango Mousse Cake
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Mango Mousse Cake is the best layered fruit cake. EVER! Actually, those are not my words. That’s Nachiket speaking. He LOOOOVVVEES mangoes and my Mango Mousse cake. Mango, often called the “King of Fruits” in India, is served in a variety of ways and as a part of many dishes. Entrées, sides, smoothies, desserts; you name it and you can make it! Its almost like the mango adjusts itself to perfection; like it does not want you to go wrong with it. Mousse cakes not only taste amazing but they also look gorgeous! The first time I made this for a… Continue reading

CHEESY PULL APART BREAD

Cheesy Pull Apart Bread
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The cheesy pull apart bread is made of Bread, cheese, butter…. What’s not to like in it? Something that looks and smells as great as this is a treat to all your senses. I decided to make this with coffee on a rainy Sunday evening when we had to remain cooped up in our home. My husband woke up from his nap to the smell of the golden bread in my oven and finished half of it right out of the oven, even before I could make the coffee! This picture is from the second time I made it when… Continue reading

CORN LOLLIPOPS WITH A PANEER CENTRE

Corn Lollipops
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Corn is mostly served on the cob or as fried kernels. Try Corn Lollipops, a variation which uses kernels but feels like you are taking a bite off the cob! They are so light and taste so great that you can never stop at one. It is raining out here. But I cannot smell the fragrance of earth filling the air. There is the gloomy sky but without the aroma that makes me feel one with the Universe, it feels lonely. And I miss home. Back in India, when it rains, roads get clogged, people get stuck (just like when… Continue reading

CHETTINAD EGG CURRY | A FLAVORFUL EGG RECIPE

Chettinad Egg curry, the most flavorful egg curry I have ever had!
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Egg Curry is one of those recipes like Maggi/Ramen. They don’t really come with a recipe, yet you have a thousand ways to make them! Just one of those numerous ways of making an egg curry is the Chettinad way; Chettinad being a region and cuisine from the southern part of India. The Chettinad egg curry, is dry-ish (meaning no puree/gravy/curry), spicy and full of flavor from the widely used herbs of Southern India, Cilantro and Curry leaves. Continue reading

GHUGNI CHAAT | INDIAN STREET FOOD

Ghugni Chaat, Popular Indian street food made with dried peas
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Ghugni Chaat is a popularly available street food from the Northern and Eastern parts of India. Made of dried peas, this is an ultimate “healthy snack idea” (if you are wondering how to cook dried peas, look no further!)) as well as a perfect curry to go with most breads. Me? I just devour those mini bowls, many at a time just because they are super delicious and I just can’t seem to have enough! Continue reading