BEANS TALIMPU|BEANS & LENTILS WITH DILL

Beans Talimpu
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Beans Talimpu is my mom’s recipe. It tastes great with hot rice. She also makes a rasam/soup with the water used to boil the veggies and lentils. I used to walk in home and my mom used to serve these with hot rice and ghee (clarified butter)….. Foodie heaven. The lentils I have used for this recipe is split pigeon peas (toor dal) but you could easily substitute it with mixed lentil bag that is easily available at every supermarket or just any lentil you have on hand. The process for cooking remains the same. Dill is a herb with… Continue reading

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

GHUGNI CHAAT | INDIAN STREET FOOD

Ghugni Chaat, Popular Indian street food made with dried peas
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Ghugni Chaat is a popularly available street food from the Northern and Eastern parts of India. Made of dried peas, this is an ultimate “healthy snack idea” (if you are wondering how to cook dried peas, look no further!)) as well as a perfect curry to go with most breads. Me? I just devour those mini bowls, many at a time just because they are super delicious and I just can’t seem to have enough! Continue reading

DOSA RECIPE & HOW TO SERVE DOSA FOR A PARTY

Dosa recipe or Indian pancakes that can breakfast, snacks or even an appetizer
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If you already have a few dosa recipes on hand and think that you don’t need another dosa recipe to add to your list, then, think again! This particular dosa recipe is a hand-me-down from the Dosa master, himself. It results in the softest dosas you have ever eaten; melt in your mouth dosa or the so called, set dosa. Served as a set of three, set dosas are an integral part of the Bangalore experience. Make set dosa with this dosa recipe today and you will know what I am talking about 🙂 Continue reading

MANGO RASAM – LENTIL SOUP WITH RICH MANGO PULP

Mango Rasam
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Mango Rasam or Lentil soup makes soups twice in a row on this blog. No, I am not on a soup diet! If you see me, I am sure you would agree with that! 😀 Like I mentioned in my last post of Spinach Soup, Texas has been quite a surprise for us with its freezing Clion & Dion storms dumping ice and sleet all over the place! So, we have been resorting to hot soups quite often and thus, Mango Rasam got featured in the list of soups. I have never made this before. My friend’s mom makes something… Continue reading

THE WORLD’S BEST VEGGIE BURGER

The world's best veggie burger
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Whoa! Hold your horses, please! Before you could say anything about the recipe name, hear me out. Being an almost vegetarian, currently living in the burger capital of the world (not LA, but USA); having been brought up in the almost immigrant city of India (Bangalore) and having done a wee bit of world travel (part, airport stopovers 😛 ) , I have had my fair share of  veggie burgers. Does this one, knock the socks off all of them? Hell Yeah! So, yes! I will be calling my recipe, The World’s Best Veggie Burger. Hands Down! I have this… 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

TOFU STICKS AND CHIPS

Crunchy Tofu Sticks, A crisp crust and a soft centre just like the best person I know :)
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Crunchy “tofu sticks” is a sure-shot way to win anybody over! If they are a tofu lover, you are soon going to become their favorite chef, if they are a tofu hater, they will soon believe you have supernatural powers of transforming yucky into yummy! 😀 A crust that is so crisp that you can hear a crackle when you bite envelops a center so soft, you would think it is a marshmallow! Add a well-balanced seasoning to these complementing textures and you will be making tofu sticks every other day! Continue reading

CHOCOLATE COVERED KIWI POPS

2 -ingredient, chocolate covered kiwi pops, to satistfy that craving of icecream & candy but in a light way
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These chocolate covered kiwi pops are tiny frozen treats made with fresh fruit coated with a layer of velvety rich dark chocolate. You know the punch line “No one can eat just one”? In my opinion (and in your opinion too, once you taste these charming babies), it actually sings for these chocolate covered kiwi pops, I definitely was not able to stop at one! Or two! Or three… Well, let’s just say, I ate a few! 😛 Continue reading

IDLI SAMBAR PART 1–SAMBAR | CURRIED LENTIL STEW

Sambar
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Let me introduce you to Idli-Samar, the “Burger & Fries” of Indian food. I know it doesn’t look or taste anything close to burger and fries but trust me; I have my reasons for comparing the two. Nachiket says I have an obsessive need to find similarities and compare things which are not even remotely related. But, I call it a coping strategy. If I can find similarities between the new concept/place/idea and the existing one in my head (with which I am as familiar as with the back of my hand), does it not make understanding & accepting the new one… Continue reading