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

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

TOMATO PULAV | TOMATO FENNEL RICE PILAF

Tomato Pulav
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Pulavs have been a favorite of mine for as long as I remember and this Tomato Pulav is no exception. Quite simple and quick to make, it would be an ideal dish to carry for lunch. A side of salad and you are all set. Sundays at home was synonymous with the fragrance of pulav. Dad out with his friends for a morning walk, Mom, bro and me chatting our hearts out while sprawling on the bed. We used to discuss the current events of our lives. Gossip about everything. School, college, relatives and any other topic under the sun! After… Continue reading

RAJMA CHAWAL PIZZA | RICE CRUST PIZZA

Rajma Chawal Pizza, leftover kidney beans curry and rice turned into a gluten-free rice crust pizza with the curry for topping, Indian-Italian love child
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With this Rajma Chawal Pizza, I can say that fusion food is clearly my calling! I am stepping into the realms of food crossovers and it is resulting in some amazing recipes like this gluten-free, rice crust, curry Pizza with kidney bean toppings, in short, Rajma chawal Pizza. 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

KHICHADI | RICE & LENTIL PORRIDGE

Khichadi, healing rice & lentil porridge
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Khichadi is the epitome of Indian comfort food. Khichadi is what I call a spa for my tummy, a detox food-spa! Not only does this rice and lentil porridge spell comfort with every bite, the ingredients used actually have properties that can soothe your sick body from illness to health. Back home from a long trip? Khichadi. Fever? Khichadi. Upset stomach? Khichadi. No time to cook? Khichadi. Yes. Khichadi is the answer to most food questions in an Indian household (Except for rasam rice… hmmm.. recipe another day?). I have had my fair share of this humble looking dish, but I… Continue reading

HUMMUS SOUP WITH RICE – 20 MINUTE DINNER

Hummus soup with rice
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Hummus soup that has rice in it and served with some bread to mop up the leftover soup, what a sumptuous dinner! And, if that dinner can be put on the table in a matter of 20 minutes? Yes, please! Life is full of surprises. I came to US for the very first time in April (not April of this year! Duh! Another year, another April from the past). That particular year I came in, there was no extended winter or extremely wet springs. An era before all the effects of global warming (ok, ok, I tend to exaggerate. Not an… Continue reading

PEAS PULAO | AN EASY & FRAGRANT PILAF

Peas Pulao
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Peas Pulao is the recipe you should try if you have never tried making Indian food. If there has ever been a recipe that is ridiculously easy to make but has ravishing results, then this is definitely the one! Peas Pulao is one of the first few recipes that I ever tried my hands on. Pulao being synonymous with Sunday lunch at home, my family has experimented with a huge number of pulav recipes over the years. Peas Pulao was a go to when we spent the whole Sunday outdoors and came back home all exhausted, just wanting some food… 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

VANGI BHAT| SPICED EGGPLANT RICE

Vangi Bhaat
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If my family is interviewed about my favorite dishes; Vangi Bhat would definitely feature in the top 5. There is nothing exotic and no airs about this dish but it has appealed to my palette for as long as I remember. Eggplant is not the prettiest looking vegetable, I agree. But, just enjoy the flavor closing your eyes and you will be hooked to it for life! Just the other day I was telling my I-hate-eggplant husband, “Eggplant is like the ugly duckling of the vegetable kingdom. It is born ugly, but the final dish on your plate is like… Continue reading