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

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

AVOCADO-CHEESE CRACKER BRUSCHETTA

Cracker Bruschetta
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Cracker bruschetta is just what the name says. A no-cook easy to make appetizer/snack with toppings that are refreshing on a summer afternoon and whose flavors blend together in a classic, timeless fashion. Today, let’s discuss people. People who are “know-it-all”. A know-it-all or know-all is a person who obnoxiously purports an expansive comprehension of a topic and/or situation when in reality, his/her comprehension is inaccurate or limited. Were you just reminded of that friend of your’s? Well, I have been lucky (read not lucky!!) enough to meet quite a few such specimens in my life. People who have to… Continue reading

CAULIFLOWER WINGS |VEGAN BUFFALO CHICKEN TENDERS

Buffalo cauliflower wings
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Cauliflower wings, a dish that looks and tastes exactly like the Buffalo wild wings or hot Chicken wings. These cauliflower wings even have crispy skin like with chicken and can make an amazing appetizer for your parties or just something to munch on, while you catch up on some television with your family. I always knew that the world is made up of two kinds of people. Those who like books and those who like the movies that were made based on the books. Those, who play board games over the weekend and those, who go clubbing. And so on… Continue reading

BOMBAY SANDWICH | MOM’S CHUTNEY SANDWICH

Bombay Sandwich for teatime
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Bombay sandwich from the good ol’ days before grilled cheese-s, Paninis and subs; just how mom made it with a generous application of creamy homemade butter, minty green chutney and fresh cucumbers and tomatoes. Did your face just break into a smile? Yes! Mine did as I was typing it too! 🙂 Have you ever made up ridiculous stories about true facts? Like this one; long, long ago, when my dad was driving our reliable Maruti Omni (popularly known as the Maruti van), my brother and I were proudly occupying the rear seat.  Proud? But, of course!  We were in… Continue reading

GOLDEN ROAST TOFU

Roast Tofu
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Golden Roast Tofu is basically a method of roasting Tofu to that crisp restaurant-perfection. I decided to share it a post/recipe because of its versatility. You are super hungry, and are willing to eat just about anything (Remember, you threw all the junk food out of your house when you were in one of those goody-two-shoes, I will eat only healthy food moods 😛 ), don’t worry! Roast Tofu comes to your rescue Golden roast tofu doubles as a gourmet appetizer? (especially when u have unannounced guests just before dinner time). Add this to your Salads, Entrees (like the famous Mapo… Continue reading

MINI VADA PAV BITES

Vada Pav Bites
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Vada Pav bites, a young and peppier version of the old, not so great looking but very tasteful (read tasty) Vada Pav! Perfect for a party or portion control or just to add some variety in life, these mini vada pav bites will adorn your platters and please both your heart and tummy. All I am reading about is about the Royal child who just arrived. Every newspaper, every website and all the news channels have just one thing to report, “the duke and the dutchess of Cambridge welcome their tiny angel into this world”. Ah well, she’s precious! 🙂… Continue reading

HARE CHANE KE SAMOSE & MAKING FROZEN SAMOSAS

Hare chane ke
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Hare Chane ke Samose, an easy samosa recipe with a filling made of green garbanzo beans and the wrapper made of store bought spring roll wrappers. That makes this Hare chane ke samose recipe not only delicious but super easy. The thing about making your own samosas at home is that it comes with an alarmingly large amount of effort. Make the dough, knead it, let it rest, then roll out appropriately sized discs, make perfect little cones out of them, make the filling, stuff them and fry them. Phew! This huge list of tasks is what makes most of… Continue reading

PHULKA TACOS – WHOLE WHEAT, HARD SHELL TACOS

Whole wheat Phulka Tacos
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Phulka Tacos! The next under the “Makeovers for Leftovers” series, soft, foldable phulkas to these crunchy hard shell tacos have stolen my heart, mind, tongue and whatever else too! The fact they are whole wheat tacos and took just about 5 minutes to transition into their new avatars makes their case for them; Aint’t it?  The concept of frozen food has been introduced to Indians in the recent past (the last decade may be?). A leftover for family meal is an alien concept. I should correct that. Intentional leftovers for family meals were an alien concept. The reasons you hear… Continue reading

GUILT-FREE, BAKED POTATO WEDGES

Baked Potato wedges
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These guilt-free, baked potato wedges will probably be the best thing that can happen to you on any given day. The crisp outer layer with golden Parmesan, the soft warm insides and the crispy skin. Throw in a garlic seasoning and herbs into the mix, these baked potato wedges have the ability to turn any sh***y day around for you! It is POURING in Texas. It is raining all the time. I step outside the house and it feels like I am in my bathroom! I thought Texas is supposed to be one of the drier states with water problems… Continue reading