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

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

GRILLED FENNEL SALAD WITH HONEY-LIME DRESSING

Probably, one of the easiest and tastiest things you can do with a fennel bulb, Grilled Fennel Salad
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A fennel salad can make a healthy yet delicious addition to your summer meals. Well, any season for that matter but I find the addition of cherry tomatoes and lime in the dressing, a boon for summer! While fennel bulbs are not a part of your everyday grocery store, you should be able to find them in farmers markets and specialty grocery stores. When you do find it, do not pass up the chance to explore a new vegetable and its great flavor. Continue reading

Baked Samosa Pies – “Samosa in a Pie’s Clothing”

Baked Samosa
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Baked Samosa Pies (actually more of mini pies) are wolves in a sheep’s clothing. Street food gone fancy! Or may be street food with a make-over. I made the dough at home but if you are short on time, check the “My Take” section for a shortcut that will save you at least 30 minutes. You can probably make them as appetizers for a party or as an evening snack with a cup of hot tea. I was quite skeptical about how this would turn out because I have never had a baked samosa before but to my pleasant surprise,… Continue reading

TOMATO SLICE CHAAT | SKINNY TOMATO CANAPES

Tomato Slice Chaat
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Tomato Slice Chaat, described in its simplest way is the love child of skinny canapés and Indian street food, Chaat. As healthy as but tastier than, your diet-salad-dinner, it can also be refreshing for a hot summer afternoon. Easy to assemble, serve this healthy Indian appetizer and watch your guests be surprised as they enjoy this delicious tomato slice chaat. Continue reading

MUSHROOM NOODLES WITH CHIMICHURRI

Mushroom Noodles
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This Mushroom Noodles recipe is not your usual noodle recipe. It has no soy-sauce, uses caramelized mushrooms and is mixed in with this awesome chimichurri sauce. Oh! I almost forgot. It tastes like a ton better than any mushroom noodles that you have ever tasted! With the number of recipes I use, mushroom in, you would think I would love mushrooms of any kind. But I have not explored the world of mushrooms at all. Apart from the easily available, white button mushrooms, I have tried three other varieties and all I can say is Uh oh! I was unable… Continue reading

PUNJABI RAJMA | KIDNEY BEAN CURRY

Punjabi Rajma
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“Punjabi Rajma” or Kidney beans curry is a typical recipe from Northern India; typical with some ginger-garlic flavors, succulent tomatoes, a masala-mélange and soft boiled beans. Punjabi Rajma is nutritious, delicious and makes an ideal Meatless Monday dinner too. Have you guys heard of sleeping temperature? You might not have heard the word before (or may be it is just me?), but you surely know what it is, especially if you are a couple. It is how hot or how cold you like your surroundings when you sleep. I heard this on The Ellen Show. Ellen says one of the… 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

CAULIFLOWER WINGS |VEGAN BUFFALO CHICKEN TENDERS

Buffalo cauliflower wings
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Cauliflower wings, a dish that looks and tastes exactly like the Buffalo wild wings or hot Chicken wings. These cauliflower wings even have crispy skin like with chicken and can make an amazing appetizer for your parties or just something to munch on, while you catch up on some television with your family. I always knew that the world is made up of two kinds of people. Those who like books and those who like the movies that were made based on the books. Those, who play board games over the weekend and those, who go clubbing. And so on… Continue reading

BHINDI RAITA | PAN SEARED OKRA IN YOGURT

Bhindi Raita
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You MUST make Bhindi Raita if: You or your spouse/kids love bhindi a.k.a okra You or your spouse/kids hate bhindi Have you ever hated (hate is too strong a word, let’s pick dislike), disliked a person/thing that you are almost blind-sided by this emotion and you overlook any good quality the person/thing has to offer? Most of us might answer yes to this? Boy! Do I feel guilty later when I realize that the person was not bad after all. I would have done no harm or expressed dislike directly but I am consumed by guilt just for thinking dislike… Continue reading