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on Sep 23, 2012

Life is beautiful especially when food is around This dish above looks awesome. Why wouldn’t it, its from Le Pain Quotidien in Manhattan. I wish, I would have made this. Quite a mouthful as well as healthy.     It’s a truth that these days ….lifestyle is becoming so busy that we don’t even have time for one of the most important thing in life “ to cook” for our family, for our near and dear ones and not the least for ourselves. A daily home cooked meal is becoming such a rare/holiday’s event.    I like cooking very much especially for my family and friends. It’s a fantastic way of getting together in the kitchen without forcing anybody to actually be there.  We just chill out with each other and find out how everybody’s day was. Home cooked meals bond us. But face it…..most of the days are so crazy that am not able to cook as much as I want to. As soon as I hit home, I feel so...

Jalebi – Indian funnel cake

on Oct 22, 2014

To celebrate Diwali –  India’s famous Festival of lights. I made some sweets. This dish is called ‘Jalebi’. You could say in loose terms that this is equivalent to funnel cake in the western world of desserts.  It is believed that Jalebi is brought to Indian subcontinent by the Persians. They have a similar dish by the name of ‘zalibiya’ .  Many countries in Africa and Middle East also have this dish with different names. I often ponder that this is the beauty of food. It travels, transforms and gives joy to so many people around the world. Its a true definition of joy. Jalebi is a very simple dish. Its made by deep frying the all purpose flour in the shape of funnel cake and then its dipped in sugar syrup. Its a common sweet during Indian festivals and a lovely snack for sweet tooth. I adapted this recipe from one of my favorite you-tube video...

Eggplant Curry Dip

on Aug 23, 2014

We got tons of eggplant in this lot of farm share. Eggplants always remind me of my grandma’s dinner table stories. My grandma used to tell us these fun food stories. In her stories, eggplant used to be the king of the vegetable kingdom. Story went something like this. Long time ago when there was a drought in the kingdom, all the vegetables were worried that they won’t be able to support their families without the essential element – H2O. So, every vegetable family sent their representative to the capital to speak to the king and request to come up with some solutions for this dire situation. King had a smart group of ministers, all brainstormed and came up with the idea that they should seek help from the most evolved species of this planet – humans. Finally human and vegetable kingdom together came up with a solution. The solution was to channelize water from...

Almondini – Almond meal spice mix

on Aug 18, 2014

Whenever I make Almond milk, there is lots of almond meal left over. I usually like to recycle them as much as possible. So here’s my recipe of what I do with the leftover almond meal. This is a very quick recipe. I feel guilty to even call it a recipe. Its basically mixing few spices with almond meal and roasting it with some olive oil.  I call this simple but delicious almond-spice mix – ‘Almondini’. This word is inspired by ‘Tahini’. Tahini is a sesame seed paste used as a side with humus or baba ganoush. I usually use  Almondini as  a gravy thickener or sometimes just mix it up with honey and use as a spread, dip or some other times I eat it with yoghurt etc. Ingredients:  Almonds: 1 cup Olive oil: 5 tbsp Cumin powder: 1 tsp Black pepper powder:  pinch Sea salt: to taste Prep time: 15 mins Method: 1. Preheat the oven to 350° F. 2. Grease 4 inch...

Almond milk

on Aug 17, 2014

I wouldn’t say that I like Almond milk, but I am definitely a fan. How is that possible? I guess it is, in food world. You know that something is really good for your health but whether one likes it enough to consume it; is an altogether different story . It is an amazing source of minerals and vitamins. These days am trying to include variety of  foods and drinks in our daily menu. So, I decided to prepare Almond milk. Why home made? Most of the home made recipes are healthy and we exactly know what are the ingredients. We have control over what we eat, which I like . Moreover, there is a controversial ingredient called ‘Carrageenan’  found in most of the milk substitute products sold in the market. It is derived from red algae and is used as thickening agent. It is a potential carcinogenic. Surprisingly, it is even found in Organic products. USDA has approved it....

Spinach-Egg Curry

on Jul 9, 2014

Every dish has some story behind it.  Isn’t it spectacular that food brings so many different things to our life, let alone the fact that it makes our tummies go gaga.  It could very well be a source  of nostalgia, grand memories or new experiences. It is amazing that food has so much positivity to it.  One such dish – egg curry, reminds me of my school days in India. I used to be on the seventh cloud, whenever I knew that my mum made us an egg curry for lunch. Mostly everyday was veggie day at our household. Meats used to be only weekend specialities. Egg based dishes used to make its way into my Mum’s kitchen every once or twice in a week (apart from the fact that we used to eat omelette every other morning for breakfast) .  But still whenever egg curry was made, my tummy used to love my mum’s cooking  even more than the usual days.  There was something...

Kohlrabi-Lentil soup

on Jun 24, 2014

Every week farm share brings variety of greens and veggies to my fridge. I am excited and curious at the same time. Excited because I will be feeding my family with so many goodies, curious because I want to bring variety in terms of recipe to the table. This week we got kohlrabi, bunch of greens and sage. So, I decided to fuse a bit of east with the west by combining commonly used lentils in Indian cooking with my farm share veggies. I get my proteins and essential vitamins and minerals in one shot. For carbs, I pair it up with rice or roti/chapati (Indian wheat tortilla) or multigrain breads. We have been out of gas for past 3 months now so I have been doing all my cooking on this little electric stove. Cooking time on this electric stove is humongous. So these days, I jumble all my veggies and lentils in one dish and either make soup/stew/sauce out of it in a pressure cooker. While...

Guacamole

on Jun 22, 2014

Wishing you all a very happy 2014. I hope we all try this year to eat healthy and to maintain balance in our lives. With that mission in my mind, I am kick starting this new year with one of my all time favorite recipes “Guacamole (aka Guac ) “. I adore avocados. It is one such fruit that passes with flying colors on both the tests – nutritional value and yumminess :). Guacamole is perfect for those lazy days when we do not want to do a lot to get nice home cooked meals- especially after holiday season. Use “Guac” as spread, eat as snack, do whatever you like. Its healthy and tummy loves the yummy delight. There are million different ways you could prepare this dish. I am sharing my version. I enjoy making and eating it. I hope you like it as well. Ingredients: Haas Avocado (medium size) -1 Roma Tomato (medium size) -1/4- finely chopped Red onion (medium...

Ginger tea (Adrak chai)

on Jun 21, 2014

Happy Mother’s day!!! I salute to all the mothers who are working so hard on a daily basis for their families. I read somewhere that Mothers epitomize selfless love and I completely agree with that. I want to take this opportunity to wish my mom a very happy mother’s day and want to thank her for everything. Words are not enough to pay her the gratitude that she actually deserves but just want to say “I love you”. For my family, if I am able to do even 50% of what you did for us ….I will be very content. I also want to give my hugs and kisses to my friends Bindu and Rohini for being such great mothers. Akshaya and Sahana are two very lucky girls. Love you guys. I dedicate this recipe to all the wonderful mommies around the world. Ginger Chai (Tea) My mornings start with tea.  I am so glad it does, I immediately feel at peace while sipping it. It is very simple to prepare...