BHUTTA | SPICY STOVETOP GRILLED CORN

Bhutta, The Indian grilled corn slathered in a spicy mint-cilantro chutney is must-have this summer!
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Bhutta is the Indian word for corn. Available in abundance during the monsoon, Bhutta is eaten either grilled or boiled but like most delicious Indian foods it is slathered in a bunch of spices (which is very different for the two versions) to help lift up the flavor profile to the quintessential Indian best! 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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IVY GOURD CHUTNEY | DONDAKAYA PACHADI

Ivy Gourd Chutney,this recipe uses a member of quash family. Can be tried with any other vegetable.
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Ivy gourd chutney is not only delicious but also a very healthy side that can be served with bread or rice of your choice. Mostly serve with dosa (Indian crepes), chutney tends to be rich in calories but this ivy gourd chutney recipe eliminates that and provides a base to be substituted with any other vegetable making this a SUPER RECIPE (one recipe, many forms)! Continue reading

KOLHAPURI THECHA | SPICIEST INDIAN CHILI SAUCE

Kolhapuri Thecha, the spiciest Indian sauce with peanuts and garlic
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If you think Indian cuisine is spicy, wait till you taste this Kolhapuri Thecha, it is sure to set your pants on fire! If you’re a brave-heart who loves some adventure with food, this Kolhapuri thecha, the spiciest Indian chili sauce is definitely for you. Abundance of flavor from the garlic, crunch from the peanuts, the sauce compliments rice and dal (lentils) like nobody’s business and also goes very well with roti (Indian flatbread) and dosa (Indian pancake) too. Continue reading

INSTANT MANGO PICKLE | MAVINKAYI UPPINAKAYI

Instant Mango Pickle
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“Instant Mango pickle” is one of the very few Indian pickles that don’t require resting under the sun or storing till it matures (which usually takes forever… and a day!). It gets done in about 10 minutes, and you can eat a bowlful of it (unlike other pickles, a bowlful of which would probably send you into a food coma)! The only downside to this slurp-a-licious instant mango pickle, it does not have a shelf life as long as the rest of the pickles from India. It will last for about 10 days when refrigerated. Well, with me around, it… 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

SPICY CHIMICHURRI SAUCE

Spicy Chimichurri Sauce
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Spicy Chimichurri sauce made me believe in love at first sight (or should I say first taste?). Full of green goodness and the earthy smell of herbs, you can use spicy chimichurri sauce as a marinade for your grilling recipes or to jazz up any weekday meal as dip or side. You know how most women walk into clothing stores and never realize how they ended up with 3 new dresses even though they had no intention of shopping? You know how most men enter an electronic giant store and walk out with 3…. whatever it is they buy? Me?… 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

WHOLE WHEAT NAAN ON THE STOVETOP

whole wheat naan on the stovetop
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This Whole Wheat Naan recipe just made the Indian Naan bread healthier and easier! No yeast, no fermentation and no oven/tandoor required for this instant whole wheat naan which does not compromise on the taste and spongy texture of a traditional naan made in the tandoori. I have been MIA for almost a week. But shooting food, to be precise, 500 photographs in 3 short days (no, I did not eat that much food guys! It was for a restauranteur friend of mine) would do that to you too, right? I mean, by the nth photograph, I was already squeezing… Continue reading

OVEN ROASTED OKRA | BHINDI MASALA

Oven Roasted Okra
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Oven Roasted Okra?? Something this simple is my post when the whole world is going gaga over how to make elaborate Thanksgiving meals and how to use the Thanksgiving leftovers in new ways? Hmmm… In that case who’s going to cater to the needs of the weary cook who wants to whip up something in a jiffy? So, I decided to post the recipe for this quick and easy oven roasted okra! Now, forget everything I said. Its Bull Fudge. I was too lazy to take pictures of my dishes (the weary cook part holding true) and was busy putting… Continue reading