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

IDLI UPMA | MAKEOVERS FOR LEFTOVERS

Idli Upma, Spruce up leftovers and give them all new look and taste!
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Idli upma makes an ideal breakfast considering that it is made from leftovers which cuts down prep time for busy mornings and it is a light yet wholesome breakfast giving your day just the boost it requires. Idli upma also makes a great evening snack with coffee. Watching the rain with a bowl of this delicious snack was just what I needed this week. Continue reading

FRENCH FRIES WITHOUT POTATO | HEALTHY CHIPS

Chickpea Fries
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If you are thinking how it is ever possible to make French fries without potatoes, let alone making them healthy, then, think again! Made with Chickpea flour (Besan) , these chickpea fries can pass off as the best French fries in a heartbeat and have almost no carbs (theory of relativity, compare with potato fries), have a high protein content and are so darn yummilicious! Continue reading

VEG MANCHURIAN GRAVY | VEGGIE BALLS IN CANTONESE SAUCE

Veg Manchurian Gravy, veggie meatballs dunked in a Cantonese sauce, A very popular Indo-Chinese recipe
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Veg Manchurian is a popular Indo-Chinese recipe that has a healthy mix of vegetables, deep fried (healthier alternatives in the my Take section) and dunked into a Cantonese sauce. These vegetarian “meatballs” make a perfect accompaniment to white/brown rice making you regret all the times you had take-out when you could have created a great dish like this in your very own kitchen! Continue reading

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

PUNUGULU | VEGAN RICE FRITTERS

Punugulu, Vegan Rice Fritters, Deep fried batter, batter made with rice, bet you can't eat just one!
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Just like most other deep fried snacks from around the world, Punugulu ae just too damn delicious and yes, you cannot eat just one! However unlike most of them, punugulu has no added sugars, is vegan and almost borders the realm of the loved-by-all healthy snacks. Fondly renamed as dosa vadas by my husband, punugulu is a much loved recipe that was passed on by my grandmother and grandmas are never wrong, are they? 🙂 Continue reading

KADALA CURRY | CHICKPEA COCONUT CURRY

Kerala Kadala Curry, chickpeas in coconut milk curry
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Kadala curry or kala channa curry is a curry made with black chickpeas (which can be substituted with white), fresh roasted masalas, and a generous splash of coconut milk. Reminiscent of Kerala, a popular coastal destination of India, kadala curry and puttu (a steamed flour dish) is a breakfast staple of the region. A dinner favorite at my place, this curry shines through when eaten with flaky bread like the Kerala Parotta. 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

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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MASALA IDLI | STEAMED RICE CAKES

Masala idli, steamed rice cakes with veggies, an ideal make-ahead breakfast
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Masala idli is a variation of the South Indian staple, idli, with veggies, spices and seasoning, all, in it. Soft, spongy, steamed food that is light on your stomach, idli makes the most ideal breakfast. Not only because of it’s nutritional value (with lentils and fermented rice and makes it low carb), idli can also be made ahead of time and re-heated to the perfect spongy texture in about 30 seconds! This masala idli recipe is a no-brainer entry in your book of healthy breakfast recipes. Continue reading