KHARA BHAAT | SPICED CREAM OF WHEAT

Khara Bhaat
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Did I know (until 2 months ago) that the rawa used for Khara Bhaat is called cream of wheat and is a breakfast common to India and the rest of the world? No way! I was pleasantly surprised to discover this. Khara Bhaat is of course not the version eaten in the rest of the world( For a mild version palatable to the not-so-used-to-spice tongue, check my notes at the very end). For that matter, it’s not even the version eaten in most of India. This version is unique to Bangalore, my home town (Can you sense the pride I… 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

PHULKA TACOS – WHOLE WHEAT, HARD SHELL TACOS

Whole wheat Phulka Tacos
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Phulka Tacos! The next under the “Makeovers for Leftovers” series, soft, foldable phulkas to these crunchy hard shell tacos have stolen my heart, mind, tongue and whatever else too! The fact they are whole wheat tacos and took just about 5 minutes to transition into their new avatars makes their case for them; Aint’t it?  The concept of frozen food has been introduced to Indians in the recent past (the last decade may be?). A leftover for family meal is an alien concept. I should correct that. Intentional leftovers for family meals were an alien concept. The reasons you hear… Continue reading

BIRYANI IN A MUG | DUM BIRYANI

Biryani in a mug
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Biryani in a mug was a natural progression of the matka (pot) biryani. With earthenware being scanty and what with all the pot pies and mug cake ideas floating around the World Wide Web, it was about time I acted on this Biryani in a mug idea. A little time consuming considering that the mug has a much narrower mouth as compared to a casserole dish but definitely fancier! For all you party hosts and caterers out there, all you need to do is make ahead and refrigerate it; shove it in the oven just before service and… Voila! Your… Continue reading

HAKKA NOODLES | VEGETABLE CHOW MEIN

Hakka Noodles
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What did I have for dinner last night? Vegetarian Hakka Noodles! Yum… Yum.. Yum…    A plateful of fresh veggies with noodles, oooooo… Everyone’s favorite, toddlers, teenagers and even grandparents! Tom & Jerry and noodles. I do not know anybody who would say no to these. Ever wondered what is in them that hooks a kid barely 2 yrs old and has hardly seen life; and is still able to extend its clasp on adults who have “been there done that” regarding most things in life! One of those unresolved mysteries of life I guess. What are the vegetables that… 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

MAHARASHTRIAN MASALE BHAAT MADE EASY

Maharshtrian Masale Bhaat
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I used a shortcut method to make Maharashtrian Masale Bhaat or Garam Masala rice (as long as I am in the zone of making things easy for you, why don’t I simplify the name also right?). So, there. The literal translation of the authentic wedding food of Maharashtra just simple means Garam Masala rice! I am one of those lucky few who have the influence of multiple cultures and cuisines play a major role in their childhood (some call these lucky few “Confused” 😛 ). Not only am I from India which is a mixed bag of cuisines (every state… Continue reading

VEGETABLE JALFREZI | INDIAN STYLE STIR FRY

Vegetable Jalfrezi
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There are days when your refrigerator is brimming away with fresh vegetables that you procured from your favorite store and then there are days when the refrigerator puts on a brave face even though it is all empty and has nothing to offer. Now, Vegetable Jalfrezi is a recipe you want to make in the former scenario. Contradictory to the common perception, Indian food is not all curry. As matter of fact, most dishes do not even include what you call the “curry powder” in it. Nevertheless, I understand how one could classify any Indian recipe as curry. A tiger… Continue reading

ZUCCHINI HASHBROWN MUFFINS

Zucchini Hashbrown Muffins
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Zucchini Hashbrown Muffins are perfect for your weekend brunch or a quick weekday breakfast. Wholesome, nutritious, healthy and the best of all (a quality that does not usually go with aforementioned words), TASTY! There is always a right way and a wrong way of doing things. Take hash browns for example. You can have a greasy, deep fried, carb-loaded potato (I looove carbs, but I guess it wouldn’t hurt to have them in moderation) hashbrown from a drive through on your way to work OR have these super-light, baked, no carb zucchini hashbrowns made at home using the best of ingredients. The… Continue reading

THAI RED CURRY WITH VEGETABLES

Thai Red Curry with Vegetables
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Thai food is one of those few dishes where Nachiket does not mind the coconut & I am coconuts about coconut! I truly enjoy it in all forms. Thai food rich with coconut milk is one of my favorites.  But, you know the saying, too much of a good thing. Do not ignore that. Last year, we ate so much Thai food from this great little restaurant close by home that we were completely put off by it. After a year long hiatus, I began to crave for it yet again! This time, I know that moderation is the key. … Continue reading