RAW MANGO SALSA | SWEET, SOUR ‘N SPICY

Raw Mango Salsa
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Raw mango Salsa reminds me of the streets of India where the hawkers sell their wares from a hand-crafted bamboo basket. A hot summer day, soaring temperature and the sun shows no mercy. Imagine yourself walking down the road lugging a heavy backpack. Now, imagine a basket in front of you. A basket full of raw mangoes some of them cut open with a dash of red paprika sprinkled between the slits made with a blade-like knife. Oh! The joy of paying a few pennies for a slice of that wonder-fruit, a bite of which will make you forget all… Continue reading

BAKED HASSELBACK ZUCCHINI WITH GARLIC

Baked Hasselback Zucchini
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Baked Hasselback Zucchini was my tweak this Memorial Day weekend on the traditional Swedish hasselback potatoes. The food photos spread out over the internet for the weekend were mostly of barbecues, salads and potatoes. Not being a great fan of mashed potatoes, I decided to feed my desire for potatoes and fancy food with baked hasselback zucchini. The garlic topping with the fresh herbs…. Ooo La la! Confession time again! While this foodilicious picture and description of my inspiration for the weekend makes it look like I had a super-productive weekend, it was quite the opposite. Not that I am claiming any… Continue reading

WHITE RADISH DIP | MULI RAITA

Radish Dip
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White radish dip commonly known as muli raita is something I make when the lunch has mostly dry components. Oh, and one more thing before I start yapping, this dip has only 50 calories per serving! Enjoy a guilt free game day (considering it is just around the corner). I usually make it to be served with rice/roti. This time too, I started out with the same intention but due to unavoidable circumstances (read-my husband wailing in hunger), I served it immediately. I spruced it up with some chopped mint leaves and served it with tortilla chips and poof! All… Continue reading

BAKED CAULIFLOWER IN A CHEESY SPINACH SAUCE

Baked Cauliflower
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Baked Cauliflower was what I made to spruce up my lunch over the weekend. This weekend I was in a kind of I don’t-want-to-cook mood but the silly tummy does not get moods. It keeps rumbling and rumbling until you get that lazy ass off the couch and shove something into your mouth! It’s too late to pick up the phone and place an order too 🙁 Never mind, we have the safe fallback that every Indian resorts to – Dal Chawal of course! Although it is the most comforting food ever, I have this incessant need to eat some veggies… Continue reading

KURKURE TINDORA | IVY GOURD & POTATO CRISPS

Tindora | Ivy Gourd
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Gourds are never appealing to the eye. It generally reminds you of food your mom would force you to finish. Tindora | Ivy Gourd is no exception to this but….. (There is always a but. You should by now that I would never call a vegetable ugly :P) I believe that a good recipe brings out the flavor of any inedible-looking veggie. For example: Don’t the crisps look yum? Now, look at this picture of Tindora/Ivy Gourd. Changed perspective? Not yet? It shall. Once you try this and taste it. Remember, it has your ever favorite French fries hidden in it…. Continue reading

AMARANTH LEAVES STIR FRY

Amaranth Leaf
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Amaranth leaves or chau lai (Hindi) is in my opinion one of those super foods like spirulina. I have never tasted and only read about spirulina. I would not have tasted or read about amaranth if I had not found in my local Indian store (They were out of my favorite greens). my grocery trips are never satisfying if I do not carry home a bunch of fresh green leaves. So, I picked the bunch of fresh amaranth leaves and got home. I did not use it that day because I was not sure how it would taste. I did… Continue reading

SALSA VERDE | MEXICAN GREEN CHILI DIP

Salsa
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Every time I walk into a super market and find red round juicy tomatoes with their greens intact, I want to pick up the whole lot! I am a big fan of tomatoes. I love the variety in which Mother Nature makes them, red, green, round, oval. They can spruce up any dish! You just got to understand that each variety has its own strong suit!  Some are sour, some are sweet, and some are just bland colourful fruits. I came across a beautifully photographed picture of green chili sauce in a food magazine, that’s when tomatillos caught my eye…. Continue reading

RAITA | VEG SALAD WITH YOGURT DRESSING

Raita
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Raita is prepared in many ways throughout India to serve as a side with food, mainly rice. I love the taste of vegetable raita, especially the blend of tomato juice with yogurt. It took me a while to attain perfection and mine would end up with lumps of yogurt until I just stumbled upon the idea of rectifying that one fine day! PrintRAITA | VEG SALAD WITH YOGURT DRESSING Prep Time: 10 minutesTotal Time: 10 minutes Serves: 3-4 Ingredients1/4 cup finely chopped onion 1/4 cup finely chopped cucumber 1/4 cup finely chopped tomatoes 2tbsp finely chopped green bell pepper (capsicum)… Continue reading

PUDINA CHUTNEY / Spicy Mint dip

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Pudina or mint chutney is a very versataile dip. It can be used add zing to a simple dish or to add that exotic finish to a great dish. Use a brush and apply it onto a corn on the cob or serve it with kebabs (Grilled vegetables/meat) or on bread for a grilled cheese sandwich. Mint chutney can never go wrong! PrintPUDINA CHUTNEY / SPICY MINT DIP Prep Time: 5 minutesCook Time: 3 minutesTotal Time: 7 minutes Serves: 2-3 Ingredients1 pod garlic 2 green chilies 1 tbsp fried Bengal gram (Putana/ Pappulu) 3/4 cup chopped Pudina (mint) leaves 1/2… Continue reading