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Marinated Cottage Cheese

Marinated Cottage Cheese
Marinated Cottage Cheese

I must thank Pinterest for this recipe…the pictures of this gorgeously colourful recipe made me delirious with the need to just bite into these juicy bits of cheese. Sadly, it had no recipe. However, I now realise it doesn’t need one..its a simple assembly process that can be put together in 10 minutes! But it does need a bit of planning as the cheese needs to sit in those gorgeous liquids and flavours for at least 24 hours. (more…)

Dry Fruit Sugar Free Chocolate Truffles

Super yummy and super healthy dry fruit chocolate truffles
Super yummy and super healthy dry fruit chocolate truffles

Not that I need a reason to make chocolates, but I’d just got my hands onto a sugar-free chocolate compound and I had to try it out especially since I’ve been on the look out for this compound for a quite a few years now. It’s super economical and very easily available. Yippie! (more…)

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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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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5 Greens, Smoked Almonds and Feta Salad

Nothing tastes better than feta and almonds in a salad
Nothing tastes better than feta and almonds in a salad

I am the food I eat. And the days I eat just greens I feel like a mountain goat…light on my feet and ready to run at the sight of an open road, with music plugged to my ears! I’ve done a million combinations of this one basic salad and each one ends up yummy!

The base of a good salad is the quality of the ingredients you use, the combination of crunch, sweet, salty, spicy, nutty and eye candy appeal. Most salads are served cold and that’s what we in India love to eat given the crazy temperatures we live in. Its perfect when paired with a sandwich or a soup. This one has my favourite ingredient: feta.

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Glazed Steak Roll Ups

Glazed Steak Roll Ups: You could use chicken instead of the red meat
Glazed Steak Roll Ups: You could use chicken instead of the red meat

Whilst surfing for things to do with my water buffalo meat–yeah beef is banned in my part of India–I came across gorgeous looking dish. I didn’t bother to read the recipe or to figure out how complex it would be, or how many hours of back-breaking labour it would involve before I’d set me mind and heart and stomach on it. The  plans for a Sunday dinner were fixed, at least in my mind.

A steak definitely calls for sides of mashed potato, so the pots went into the oven, unsalted butter was called for and the stage was set. Wait…my favourite butcher had no meat 🙁  That was surely not going to dampen my spirits..my entire weekend depends on the food I cook! A quick trip to Godrej’s Natures Basket and I managed to lay my hands on Prasuna’s steaks. That would have to do.

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Chilli Pretzel Sugarfree Brownie

Chilli Pretzel Sugarfree Brownie
Chilli Pretzel Sugar-free Brownie

I love brownies, actually I love anything and everything that has chocolate in it. A slab of delicious dark chocolate is the best pick me up there ever can be, especially when that dark chocolate has a soft liqueur center and it calls for your attention around midnight…that’s the only time I raid the fridge. But this post is not about me, it’s about the soft, fudgy sugar-free brownie that was baked only because I laid my hands on mini chilli pretzels! Yup, you heard it right. Chilli and chocolate are an amazing combination. I’ve cooked chocolate with chicken and even with Goan pork sausages and has it been a delightful feast!
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Fish Baked in Salt

Straight out of the oven, salt baked pomfret
Straight out of the oven, salt baked pomfret

This dish has been specially made for a friend…he wanted a youtube video, but i’m just about getting the hang of a blog! May be next year Wendell:) But my step-by-step post should be good enough to make this really simple, but brilliant tasting dish.

Baking in salt is a really old technique and everyone from the French, Spanish, Italians, Portuguese to the Africans have laid claim on it. But the truth is, a similar recipe was traced down to the 4th Century BC, when a Greek living in Sicily cooked herbed fish by encasing it in two pounds of salt moistened with water and egg whites. The fish was served by drizzling it with first press olive oil.

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Bacon, Feta and Date Rolls

date rollsIf there is one dish that has managed to light up every single guests eye and plaster a smile on it, it is this one…a simple roll, baked to perfection. A crisp exterior, a sweetened centre and a gooey soft pillowy bite! Wait till your guests take a bite, hear the ‘ooohhhhssss’ and ‘ahhhhssss’ and ‘yyyyyuuuuummmms’ and take a bow.:)  You have not just hit the sweet spot, but have become every man’s favourite chef (read person) and every woman’s envy. Enjoy the feeling.

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