Month: August 2015

Sugarfree Seviya Kheer with Mango

Sugar-Free Creamy Seviya Payasam

We were recently invited to a Onam Sadya where my friend had doled out close to 15entrée all by herself and fed 10 hungry mouths! My…was it a feast for the kings. My only contribution was the Sugar-free Seviya Payasam or Kheer as the rest of India likes to call it.

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Spicy French Beans

French Beans with just the right spice
French Beans with just the right spice

Where my weekend meals are all about fun, flair and proteins, my weekday meals are generally put together without much of an ado. Some weeks ago a friend commented on the fact that I didn’t have enough vegetarian stuff on my blog…the next Sunday was thus dedicated to this friend. Though recipes for everyday meals come without a blink of an eye, when you want to take it a notch higher, you need a recipe. Indian food is very precise. An extra teaspoon of a particular spice can change the end product, and taste.

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Hummus

Homemade hummus with pita bread
Homemade hummus with pita bread

This is proof that you don’t need much to turn out a brilliant finger licking entree. 3 basic ingredients and a simple mixer (food processor) is all this needs.

My introduction to hummus was courtesy a friend who loved mediterranean food. It was one rainy Sunday when we were sitting on wicker chairs with blue upholstery, within a really delicately designed sparkling white restaurant when this appetiser arrives. Tucked into the dip were crispy lavash. Chickpeas delicately rested on the fine edge of the hummus. Slit green chillies, paprika and lemon juice glistened against a well of olive oil. It seemed to pretty to destroy, and yet I had no control over my fingers. They dug into the hummus spoon after spoon…

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Stuffed Bitter Gourd

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Stuffed with coconut, onions, coriander seeds, fennel seeds and Kashmiri red chilli

This is  one of my least favourite vegetables. And I often stuff it with spicy mashed potatoes and pan fry them when I have to eat it! As kids we had no choice we had to eat bitter gourd once a week to keep ourselves healthy! This veggie is said to be a blessing for those with diabetes, I come from a family that’s genetically pre-disposed to this ailment, so we had little choice than to eat the veggie with the funny skin.

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Baked Kale Crisps and Apple and Cinnamon Crisps

Home made baked kale crisps
Home made baked kale crisps

I succumbed…succumbed to the need of making my food healthier. Boiled potatoes are fine, but those gorgeous soft on the inside and crispy on the outside, thrice-cooked-potato chips no way…So when I cooked up this delicious cheese stuffed chicken burger (made with chicken that has been steeped in hot water to knock of the fat, yeah yeah the things I do to keep the fat away) I just had to make homemade baked crisps to go with it. 

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Chicken in Black Pepper

Chicken cooked with bell peppers and black pepper
Chicken cooked with bell peppers and black pepper

For a change, i decided to cook up the chicken breasts Indian style, and am I pleased! The chicken breasts that were supposed to be stuffed with cheese and spinach and cooked in a tomato gravy were instead cooked with black pepper and capsicum! And I teamed it up with a spinach lentil. :) the god of small green things was definitely going to fall in love with me.:)

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Spinach Lentils

Loaded with nutrients, the Spinach Dal
Don’t go by the picture, it’s a rainy day and the cloud cover has eaten away all my light. Try cooking this dal that’s loaded with nutrients instead–the Spinach Dal

Indian food is essentially all about combining a veggie dish, with a nutritious dal and a bread or rice. A yoghurt based raita is thrown in for good measure and some families even insist on a kachumber–if you look at it from a nutrition point of view, a good mix of carbs, proteins and fats!

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Green Apple and Feta Tossed Salad

Kale with Roasted Almonds and Golden Raisins

Sweet Chilli Garlic Grilled Paneer

Yummilicious:  Sweet, crisp, soft, a riot on the tongue. The Sweet Chilli Grilled Paneer
Yummilicious: Sweet, crisp, soft, a riot on the tongue. The Sweet Chilli Grilled Paneer

When you think of vegetarian protein source the first thing the pops up is tofu and cottage cheese. I have grown up in a family that loves its food, and each weekend was a gourmet challenge to create something new. When my friends turned vegetarian for health reasons, I literally needed to go back to the roots and unearth new flavours.

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