MAC N’ CHEESE or is it…MAC N’ SPICE??

Mac N Spice
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Mac N Spice and the classic Mac n Cheese are like the movies Slum Dog Millionaire and City of God. There are few who shall draw comparisons between the two movies while there are a few who shall take offense that you dare to compare the two since they are as different as chalk from cheese! And I am among those few who sit awkwardly in between taking no side! 😀 I love playing around with Pasta in my kitchen. Now this particular dish features macaroni in a loud Bollywood masaaledaar street food style! I like the pasta for this,… 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

MUSHROOM NOODLES WITH CHIMICHURRI

Mushroom Noodles
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This Mushroom Noodles recipe is not your usual noodle recipe. It has no soy-sauce, uses caramelized mushrooms and is mixed in with this awesome chimichurri sauce. Oh! I almost forgot. It tastes like a ton better than any mushroom noodles that you have ever tasted! With the number of recipes I use, mushroom in, you would think I would love mushrooms of any kind. But I have not explored the world of mushrooms at all. Apart from the easily available, white button mushrooms, I have tried three other varieties and all I can say is Uh oh! I was unable… 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

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

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

SMOKED PLUM LEMONADE | SUMMER COOLERS

Smoked Plum Lemonade
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Plum lemonade. No, wait, it is a Smoked plum lemonade, the smokiness being lent by the grilled lemons. The flavors were just jaw dropping-ly awesome! A fruity summer cooler that required only 10 minutes to put together is a blessing, guys. I had not tasted a plum until the recent past. Peaches, plums and berries were a rare sight in India back then. One never missed them either considering the abundance of other varieties of fruits, nevertheless. So, I always assumed that plum was some kind of a small thing-y like a cherry. 😛 Hold your guns, guys. Don’t jump to… Continue reading

KAIRICHI AMTI | RAW MANGO CURRY

Kairichi Amti
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Kairichi Amti, meaning a raw mango curry, is a sweet, tart and spicy curry that tastes delightful with hot rice. Every bite will remind you of summer and transport you to your childhood when you stole mangoes from the neighbor’s backyard. In short, Kairichi amti was my summer in a bowl, my personal sunshine! Were you appalled while you read the statement about stealing mangoes from neighbor’s backyard? Well, it was supposedly a common thing back in India. I have personally never stolen mangoes but I am not an athletic standard to go by. I mean, you have to be… 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

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