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

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

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

BOILED PEANUTS MASALA CHAAT

Boiled peanuts in a tangy street food avatar usually served as munchies with beer and drinks but makes a great after school snack too
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I know the name seems long…. “Boiled peanuts masala chaat”; but, unlike the name, the recipe is super short, I promise! An after schools snack or a side to go with tea or munchies with your beer, this ultimate street food aka boiled peanuts masala chaat is a combo of 3 delicacies – boiled peanuts (need I say more?), peanuts masala (peanuts with a sprinkling of Indian spices) and a chaat (tangy, spicy street food of India).
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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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HONEY CAKE | FLUFFY SPONGE CAKE

Made with honey, condensed milk and eggs, honey cake is a soft sponge-like cake that can be served at any occasion.
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This honey cake recipe will result in the softest and fluffiest sponge cake you have ever eaten! Honey cake or plain cake can be served with coffee or…You can just lay it out on your table and watch the honey cake go from 10 slices to zero as your family grabs a slice every time they pass by the delicious-looking, nostalgia-inducing light-as-air….. Honey Cake! Continue reading

MASALA IDLI | STEAMED RICE CAKES

Masala idli, steamed rice cakes with veggies, an ideal make-ahead breakfast
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Masala idli is a variation of the South Indian staple, idli, with veggies, spices and seasoning, all, in it. Soft, spongy, steamed food that is light on your stomach, idli makes the most ideal breakfast. Not only because of it’s nutritional value (with lentils and fermented rice and makes it low carb), idli can also be made ahead of time and re-heated to the perfect spongy texture in about 30 seconds! This masala idli recipe is a no-brainer entry in your book of healthy breakfast recipes. Continue reading

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