STUFFED MUSHROOMS IN TOMATO CURRY

Bored of the same old food? try something stikingly new,Stuffed Mushrooms in a Tomato Curry
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Stuffed mushrooms in tomato curry, fresh mushrooms stuffed with farmer’s cheese (Indian paneer) and chopped greens that was seasoned with garlic and spices, were then roasted slowly in a dab of butter and then simmered away in a flavorful tomato curry. Did you just have foodgasm? If not, make this curry and I guarantee, you will have one when it hits your tongue! Continue reading

METHI MALAI MATAR | PEAS IN A CASHEW CURRY

Methi malai Matar, a creamy cashew curry with peas and onions
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Methi malai matar is a creamy delicacy made with peas, onions, cashew nuts and some fresh herbs. As with most curries, methi malai matar can be a perfect side with any type of bread including the evergreen (eh… should I say white?) Indian naan bread (find the recipe for naan here). You don’t need to have a chef’s pantry loaded with international spices to create this delicacy at home. Methi malai matar calls for a few day-to-day items from your pantry but delivers the richest fine-dining restaurant food in the comfort of your own home. Continue reading

VEG MANCHURIAN GRAVY | VEGGIE BALLS IN CANTONESE SAUCE

Veg Manchurian Gravy, veggie meatballs dunked in a Cantonese sauce, A very popular Indo-Chinese recipe
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Veg Manchurian is a popular Indo-Chinese recipe that has a healthy mix of vegetables, deep fried (healthier alternatives in the my Take section) and dunked into a Cantonese sauce. These vegetarian “meatballs” make a perfect accompaniment to white/brown rice making you regret all the times you had take-out when you could have created a great dish like this in your very own kitchen! Continue reading

THAI FRIED RICE WITH BASIL & TOFU

Thai Fried Rice, Vegan with crispy tofu
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Fluffy rice flavored with fresh, fragrant basil tossed in with veggies and crispy tofu bites, this Thai fried rice recipe is truly, a vegetarian’s (or a vegan too!) delight. No hidden fish sauce, or oyster sauce that is synonymous with flavorful Thai food here. A bold flavor created with simple ingredients is what you have in store for you. Say bye-bye to take-out Tuesdays because this Thai fried rice recipe is all you need to cook yourself a happy meal! 🙂 Continue reading

KADALA CURRY | CHICKPEA COCONUT CURRY

Kerala Kadala Curry, chickpeas in coconut milk curry
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Kadala curry or kala channa curry is a curry made with black chickpeas (which can be substituted with white), fresh roasted masalas, and a generous splash of coconut milk. Reminiscent of Kerala, a popular coastal destination of India, kadala curry and puttu (a steamed flour dish) is a breakfast staple of the region. A dinner favorite at my place, this curry shines through when eaten with flaky bread like the Kerala Parotta. Continue reading

BURNT GARLIC NOODLES

Burnt Garlic Noodles, simple to make,light and so flavorful, you will forget about take-out for a long long time!
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Guess what we had for dinner thrice in the last two weeks? That’s right! Burnt Garlic noodles, burnt garlic noodles and more burnt garlic noodles! I want to say I am really done eating this and I can have no more! But every time my-obsessed with this-noodle-dish-husband suggests (read, begs) it for dinner, I cave. Then, I think, well, it’s not bad and then serve it onto my plate and my tummy, brain, heart (I swear, most of the times, these three are never in agreement!) just want more! Continue reading

AVAREKAI PULAO | LEAN BEAN RICE

Avarekai Pulao, rice, veggies and spices cooked in one pot, making nutritious meals, a breeze!
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Avarekai Pulao, avarekai rotti, avarekai saaru, avarekai sweet are just a few of the dishes made from the humble broad bean or avarekai during winter. Rich in protein and fibre, broad beans are highly nutritious and apparently, are popular on weight loss menus. Well, if you ask me, who really cares about how good they are for your health when they are just so darn delicious! Continue reading

MATAR PANEER | CURRY IN A HURRY

Matar Paneer, A cottage cheese curry that can be made in a hurry!
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Matar paneer; While it is one of the most basic Indian curries, it can get complicated and elude some of you but with this matar paneer recipe, not only will you be able to whip up some soft flavorful paneer (not chewy, not rubbery but soft and spongy), you can make curry in such a hurry, you will soon be nicknamed the curry-king (or queen)!
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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

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