LEFTOVER STUFFING RECIPE | HOW TO TURN ANY STUFFING INTO KABABS?

Give a makeover to drab leftover stuffing to these delightful kababs
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Lackluster leftover stuffing from an exotic meal is no alien occurrence in your house, right? It is the same with me. This recipe will help you give a makeover to any kind of stuffing you have on hand, and I mean ANY LEFTOVER STUFFING. Read on.. Continue reading

FRENCH FRIES WITHOUT POTATO | HEALTHY CHIPS

Chickpea Fries
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If you are thinking how it is ever possible to make French fries without potatoes, let alone making them healthy, then, think again! Made with Chickpea flour (Besan) , these chickpea fries can pass off as the best French fries in a heartbeat and have almost no carbs (theory of relativity, compare with potato fries), have a high protein content and are so darn yummilicious! 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

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

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

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

TOFU STICKS AND CHIPS

Crunchy Tofu Sticks, A crisp crust and a soft centre just like the best person I know :)
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Crunchy “tofu sticks” is a sure-shot way to win anybody over! If they are a tofu lover, you are soon going to become their favorite chef, if they are a tofu hater, they will soon believe you have supernatural powers of transforming yucky into yummy! 😀 A crust that is so crisp that you can hear a crackle when you bite envelops a center so soft, you would think it is a marshmallow! Add a well-balanced seasoning to these complementing textures and you will be making tofu sticks every other day! Continue reading

BEER BATTERED ASPARAGUS WITH CILANTRO DIP

Beer Battered Asparagus
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St Patrick’s day is coming up and I wanted to make something green, something with booze and something different that I haven’t tried before. My solution, beer battered asparagus! With a cilantro dip. Perfect! Few festivities that I enjoy in the US include St. Patrick’s day, Halloween & Black Friday. A True Indian, ain’t I? 😀 Christmas, Thanksgiving, Easter is good but everyone celebrates these with their families. Cozy dinners at home. While that is quite nice, I miss the colors, crowd and festive celebratory environments of Indian festivals. I love watching people with their families, mothers, fathers, kids, their… Continue reading

AVOCADO-CHEESE CRACKER BRUSCHETTA

Cracker Bruschetta
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Cracker bruschetta is just what the name says. A no-cook easy to make appetizer/snack with toppings that are refreshing on a summer afternoon and whose flavors blend together in a classic, timeless fashion. Today, let’s discuss people. People who are “know-it-all”. A know-it-all or know-all is a person who obnoxiously purports an expansive comprehension of a topic and/or situation when in reality, his/her comprehension is inaccurate or limited. Were you just reminded of that friend of your’s? Well, I have been lucky (read not lucky!!) enough to meet quite a few such specimens in my life. People who have to… 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