TOMATO SLICE CHAAT | SKINNY TOMATO CANAPES

Tomato Slice Chaat
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Tomato Slice Chaat, described in its simplest way is the love child of skinny canapés and Indian street food, Chaat. As healthy as but tastier than, your diet-salad-dinner, it can also be refreshing for a hot summer afternoon. Easy to assemble, serve this healthy Indian appetizer and watch your guests be surprised as they enjoy this delicious tomato slice chaat. Continue reading

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

PUNJABI RAJMA | KIDNEY BEAN CURRY

Punjabi Rajma
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“Punjabi Rajma” or Kidney beans curry is a typical recipe from Northern India; typical with some ginger-garlic flavors, succulent tomatoes, a masala-mélange and soft boiled beans. Punjabi Rajma is nutritious, delicious and makes an ideal Meatless Monday dinner too. Have you guys heard of sleeping temperature? You might not have heard the word before (or may be it is just me?), but you surely know what it is, especially if you are a couple. It is how hot or how cold you like your surroundings when you sleep. I heard this on The Ellen Show. Ellen says one of the… 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

METHI CHOLE | EASY CHICKPEAS CURRY

Methi Chole
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Methi chole, the addition of methi or fenugreek leaves to good old chickpeas curry adds a fragrance and flavor that elevates it from a lay man’s food to a dish from a gourmet kitchen! Methi Chole stands true t what I believe in, “It is simple recipes that make grand feasts”. The weather is a great ice-breaker for any conversation. Would you agree with me? You are trying to socialize at a party and you are meeting this person for the first time, and poof! Suddenly, just like that, everyone else disappears and you find yourself alone with this new… 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