Month: February 2016

Mojito Cake

This is a great cake to serve at parties. It's different and doesn't need you to be a pro at icing to put it together
This is a great cake to serve at parties. It’s different and doesn’t need you to be a pro at icing to put it together

If there’s anything I love, it’s a good dessert to end my meal and a good digestif to end the day :) This lemony cake was first baked 3 years ago for a New Year party in Goa. It’s tangy, minty, lemony, creamy and has just the right caremalised kick from the lemon wheels that are cooked in sugar till they are crisp and brown, and sweet and sour to taste! It’s literally an explosion in your mouth. What’s more eating your cocktail is the new trend! Get ready to bake this over the weekend

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Gluten-free Rice Noodles with Vegetable Stir Fry

Vegetable Stir Fry with Gluten free Rice Noodles
Vegetable Stir Fry with Gluten free Rice Noodles

My mom has a problem with the food I eat, “How can you eat without rice or flat breads” is a question she often asks. And though I’ve tried explaining the no-carbs at night funda, she just can’t understand it. Your meals do vary from normal when you have a health conscious diabetic in the house! “All you eat is stir-fry, what good is that! It’s just quick cooking,” she laments. There she is right. If you are quick with the knife, your stir fry can be ready in less than 20 minutes. And it’s healthy, full of veggies and gluten-free :)

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Sugar-free Bread Pudding with Cranberry and Chocolate

Chocolate and bread with cranberry can be such a heavenly combination
Chocolate and bread with cranberry can be such a heavenly combination

This is one of my favourite go-to-dessert when I need something sweet that doesn’t need too much effort. I’ve made many a bread pudding, but never bothered to steer away from the traditional recipe. This time was different having just cleaned up my pantry I had managed to find some 10 bags of miniscule amounts of berries, nuts, chocolate compound and even custard powder! I had two options, save all the bits and pieces for later or bring out the eggs, bread and milk and bake up a delight for the tired soul. It’s 11pm…but never to late for baking.

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Sprout Salad with Bok Choy, Roquette, Cherry Tomato, Tamarind and Peanuts

Sprout salad with tamarind and peanuts
Sprout salad with tamarind and peanuts

I simply love these long-tailed green gram, commercially known as Chinese Bean Sprouts. The shelves of many a grocery store are lined with these delicious sprouts, but they are pretty easy to make at home too. Though they may not be as versatile when it comes to cooking with them, they are a healthy source of nutrients, proteins,amino acids and Vitamin B. So sprouts should be made part of your daily routine. We just par boil them and eat them with a squeeze of lime and some salt every morning with breakfast. But, this post is not about plain boring sprouts, it’s about a salad that literally explodes a million taste buds! It’s sweet, salty, crunchy, spicy, sour and most important healthy.

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Almond Milk with Kimia Dates

My morning breakfast: sugar free muesli with fresh and dried fruits and homemade almond milk thats been flavoured with dates
My morning breakfast: sugar free home made muesli with fresh and dried fruits and homemade almond milk that’s been flavoured with dates

When you realise you are lactose intolerant, life kind of goes for a toss. Milk, yoghurt, cheese, butter, cream all the good things need to be tossed out of your life…and then realisation strikes! You are going to starve. No desserts. No cuppa morning tea. No pizza. OMG! this can’t be happening to me. God, why me!

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Brown Rice Chicken Dum Biryani

Easily the healthiest biryani to eat: Brown Rice Chicken Dum Biryani
Easily the healthiest biryani to eat: Brown Rice Chicken Dum Biryani

Who doesn’t like a good biryani? No don’t answer that, my sister for one, doesn’t like rice and meat together, though as a kid that’s all she ate. Blame it on the size 4 factor! I love food, isn’t that obvious :) and a good biryani always sets off the drool factor. My favourite biryani is the dry sofiana kinds, not too much masala sticking to the rice, but the aromas…they can set the dullest and laziest heart in action.

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Smoked Chicken and Parsley Savoury Cake

 

Smoked chicken, parsley sun-dried tomato savoury cake
Smoked chicken, parsley sun-dried tomato savoury cake

So I’ve been bitten by the bug that takes everything sweet and adds a twist to it…blame it on my newly discovered lactose intolerance and acid reflux that makes consuming all those goodies with chocolate into a nightmare for the next five hours. And it doesn’t end there, the deal gets worse, I need to eat every few hours to keep my system safe from damaging itself! Thankfully fruits are my best friends and oats I love…so this recipe was actually designed to give all those 2-hour food habits I must inculcate something tasty to ruminate over!

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Pomegranate and Yellow Bell Pepper Cheese Ball

Red millet crackers with the   fruity cheese ball
Red millet crackers with the fruity cheese ball

This week has been a crazy one…from making my first homemade almond milk to cooking the 8-layer box sandwich to spending my time researching on a new line of a product a friend wants to introduce into the market next year. It was R&D time all the way. And I had friends dropping in for a quick snack that ended up to be really long snack-rolled into dinner break too. To my horror my pantry wasn’t a well stocked one that evening. I had to literally pull something out of almost nothing. That’s when I remembered having seen a cheese ball on Pinterest some months ago. This Cheese Ball is a product of all the time I spent online. :)

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8-Layer Cold Pressed Sandwich

The layered sensation. that's cold pressed and baked to achieve that immensely delicious gooey cheesy soft centre.
The layered sensation. that’s cold pressed and baked to achieve that immensely delicious gooey cheesy soft centre.

This sandwich is inspired completed by Facebook and I wouldn’t be wrong if I said this, but even John Montagu, the 4th Earl of Sandwich would want to be born again to eat this one! If you remember since September last year, videos have started to come alive on our Facebook newsfeeds. Some of us hated it, others watched it without sound, and some actually lapped up every byte that flowed onto their screens. I was somewhere in between. I initially hated it, then started watching it and saving some too and last night used one of the videos my husband was watching for the first time ever to conceive something similar. And am I pleased!

Warning: This sandwich cannot be eaten without getting crumbs and sauces all over your face and beard if you sport one! And it’s definitely not for a sit-down dinner. It’s one of those messy meals that ends up with a tummy that’s ready to burst at the seams. :) But you will love it. This is also the longest post I’ve ever written.

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Dill, Sun-dried Tomatoes and Feta Savoury Muffin

Smoked or sundried tomatoes add the zing to this delicious, soft, moist savoury muffin
Smoked or sun-dried tomatoes add the zing to this delicious, soft, moist savoury muffin

A few years ago I made my first savoury cake as a guest chef at a cafe on the outskirts of Mumbai. We piled it up with spaghetti and served it cut into wedges with sauce drizzled all over. Post that the savoury cake obsession died down till I discovered Savoury Muffins.
They are the perfect tea-time treat, combine it with the spice and veggie of your choice and you have a herby delicious healthy bite.

I’ve used smoked tomatoes, but a lot of friends didn’t manage to find this particular ingredient, you can substitute it with sun-dried tomatoes that are easily available. If you are not concerned about the extra oil it may add to the dish, you can go with the bottled versions where the tomatoes swim in olive oil. Or else opt for the dry version.

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