IDLI UPMA | MAKEOVERS FOR LEFTOVERS

Idli Upma, Spruce up leftovers and give them all new look and taste!
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Idli upma makes an ideal breakfast considering that it is made from leftovers which cuts down prep time for busy mornings and it is a light yet wholesome breakfast giving your day just the boost it requires. Idli upma also makes a great evening snack with coffee. Watching the rain with a bowl of this delicious snack was just what I needed this week. Continue reading

PUNUGULU | VEGAN RICE FRITTERS

Punugulu, Vegan Rice Fritters, Deep fried batter, batter made with rice, bet you can't eat just one!
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Just like most other deep fried snacks from around the world, Punugulu ae just too damn delicious and yes, you cannot eat just one! However unlike most of them, punugulu has no added sugars, is vegan and almost borders the realm of the loved-by-all healthy snacks. Fondly renamed as dosa vadas by my husband, punugulu is a much loved recipe that was passed on by my grandmother and grandmas are never wrong, are they? 🙂 Continue reading

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

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

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

KHICHADI | RICE & LENTIL PORRIDGE

Khichadi, healing rice & lentil porridge
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Khichadi is the epitome of Indian comfort food. Khichadi is what I call a spa for my tummy, a detox food-spa! Not only does this rice and lentil porridge spell comfort with every bite, the ingredients used actually have properties that can soothe your sick body from illness to health. Back home from a long trip? Khichadi. Fever? Khichadi. Upset stomach? Khichadi. No time to cook? Khichadi. Yes. Khichadi is the answer to most food questions in an Indian household (Except for rasam rice… hmmm.. recipe another day?). I have had my fair share of this humble looking dish, but I… Continue reading

HUMMUS SOUP WITH RICE – 20 MINUTE DINNER

Hummus soup with rice
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Hummus soup that has rice in it and served with some bread to mop up the leftover soup, what a sumptuous dinner! And, if that dinner can be put on the table in a matter of 20 minutes? Yes, please! Life is full of surprises. I came to US for the very first time in April (not April of this year! Duh! Another year, another April from the past). That particular year I came in, there was no extended winter or extremely wet springs. An era before all the effects of global warming (ok, ok, I tend to exaggerate. Not an… Continue reading

PEAS PULAO | AN EASY & FRAGRANT PILAF

Peas Pulao
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Peas Pulao is the recipe you should try if you have never tried making Indian food. If there has ever been a recipe that is ridiculously easy to make but has ravishing results, then this is definitely the one! Peas Pulao is one of the first few recipes that I ever tried my hands on. Pulao being synonymous with Sunday lunch at home, my family has experimented with a huge number of pulav recipes over the years. Peas Pulao was a go to when we spent the whole Sunday outdoors and came back home all exhausted, just wanting some food… Continue reading

VANGI BHAT| SPICED EGGPLANT RICE

Vangi Bhaat
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If my family is interviewed about my favorite dishes; Vangi Bhat would definitely feature in the top 5. There is nothing exotic and no airs about this dish but it has appealed to my palette for as long as I remember. Eggplant is not the prettiest looking vegetable, I agree. But, just enjoy the flavor closing your eyes and you will be hooked to it for life! Just the other day I was telling my I-hate-eggplant husband, “Eggplant is like the ugly duckling of the vegetable kingdom. It is born ugly, but the final dish on your plate is like… 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