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Salads,Sides,Dips and Condiments

Avocado & Quinoa Salad with Balsamic Dressing

Loaded,Gluten Free Avocado & Quinoa Healthy Salad with Balsamic Vinegar and Shallots Dressing.

I am a very intuitive cook..The first time I attempt making something,I usually throw things together purely on instinct..Which works well, if I am making something familiar but when making dishes which I haven’t really tasted before or attempting a new cuisine ,I need to follow recipes..Though truthfully,I look at recipes more as a guideline than the absolute truth and I feel doing that gives me the artistic freedom needed to make the recipe my own. There are other perils of following recipes blindly too.Every region produces different flavour,size and quality of ingredients and it’s not possible to replicate a recipe 100% using natural locally available ingredients.That said, an onion is an onion in India,in the USA or in New …

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Mangalorean Chicken Ghee Roast

Authentic Mangalorean Chicken Ghee Roast made with whole spices,tamrind and jaggery.

The first time I had Chicken Ghee Roast was in 2011,when I was visiting Bangalore to meet my then boyfriend, now husband.We went to this iconic but now slightly shady pub with our friends  and at the end of the night ,in search of some sustenance, ordered Chicken Ghee Roast with Aapams. Since then,I have grown weary of places with dance floors but I still brave this place , just to have the chicken ghee roast. The Chicken Ghee Roast is a Mangalorean speciality, also known as Kundapur Chicken.For those who have never tasted this , let me try and put it in words ,though I am sure I won’t be able to do justice.This is a spicy, slightly tangy,rich chicken …

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Greek Yogurt Party Dip – Tzatziki

Greek Yogurt Party Dip - Tzatziki

The first time I heard about cucumber and yogurt in one sentence it was from a friend desperately trying to loose weight, which I dismissed unceremoniously because in my mind anything touted as a weight loss meal is usually unappetising or something you are forced to eat because you want to lose those pesky kilograms you put on during festivals.Suffice it to say I never tried making it. But but but..The first time I had authentic tzatziki was in Athens, which seems ages ago now,sigh.Well, that was a different experience altogether.I remember landing in Athens,dumping our luggage in our shared hostel and heading out to get some Greek Coffee from this idyllic road side cafe,amidst pink Bougainville flowers, un apologetically …

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Power Packed Chickpeas Tahini Salad

Power packed Chickpeas Tahini Salad

If you are like me..You gobble a mouthful of cookies your Super skinny friend bought from the other side of the world ,only to check the calories and realise you have consumed 600 calories in 5 minutes flat.Well such is life.Thats why this Chickpeas Tahini Salad exists. So they can push your derailed self back on the track.Though its a long long journey to that track..in my case probably 10 kgs.That’s the reason I have been doing a lot of salads lately.Don’t get me wrong…I am doing an equal(or more) number of desserts..So the salad is basically to make space for sugar.I know I know..Extremely unhealthy..but as I said the journey to the track is long and lonely.   This Chickpeas …

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Baked Parmesan Hasselback Potatoes

Baked Parmesan Hasselback Potatoes with herbs and garlic

Today I bring to you Baked Parmesan Hasselback Potatoes with herbs and garlic. I am recently very influenced with the Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking by Samin Nosrat.It’s not a recipe book but a cooking book.This book teaches you the tricks of trade which are very rarely found in the modern-day recipe books.This book  teaches you about real cooking, the art and science behind everything it.Reading this book I have realised that I want to help people cook and not just share a recipe and that’s the reason you might find my latest blog posts a tad bit more verbose than the ones before. I want to give as much detail as possible to help …

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Summer Melon Salad with Ricotta Cheese

Watermelon and MuskMelon Salad with Ricotta Cheese

The first time I expanded my melon horizons was in Rome.We had one free evening in Rome and we decided to explore the beach a few kms away from the city cause we are suckers for any waterbody.The beach was blah but we stumbled upon an eatery where they served us melon wrapped in prochitto.It was a simple dish with just two ingredients but it gave me something to ponder about. This dish is simple in its thought but it’s power packed with textures and flavour variations.The minute you have a mouthful of this you will be hit with sweet, tangy,salty and fresh flavours with a textural variations of crunchy melons and soft creamy  ricotta cheese. What I liked most …

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Extremely Decadent Flourless Chocolate Cake

Gluten Free Flourless Chocolate Cake

Certain indulges in life come with the sweetest , most satisfying tags- Gluten Free Flourless Chocolate Cake. Infact,There are a few things as attractive as a Chocolate Cake,not necessarily in it’s appearance but anticipation,it’s almost as if the cake has invisible tentacles pulling you towards it, even if you don’t want it. When I first chanced upon this gooey fudgy flourless Chocolate Cake which has no flour to dilute and  distract from the  absolute chocolate bliss, I was sold…Hook line and sinker and fall flat on my face, dreaming about this cake, walking like a zombie into the kitchen and following the instructions till I baked and ate this hell of a chocolate cake kinda infatuation. There are a lot of …

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My Famous 5 minute Yogurt Dip

Easy healthy Yogurt dip

One dip for all my parties. Since I started making this ,there hasn’t been a single gathering or a party where I have not made this.Whether I am serving Indian food or Italian or desi Chinese this is one dip that will always be on my party table. I have mopped this dip up with breads, nachos, chips, chicken wings, french fries, indian chicken keema sliders,naans with equal gusto.While planning my party menu, this is the first thing on my list-Every single time,and I am not exaggerating here, people have asked me for the recipe and I gladly tell them.Though I don’t know why I haven’t gotten around to penning here it sooner. Maybe cause it’s so simple that it’s …

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Indian Minced Chicken Recipe

How to make Minced Chicken Curry

Writing about Indian Food is difficult for me because more often than not I am just throwing stuff in my pot, adjusting as I go..I do start out with a rough idea in my mind..decide on the big things first..like will I be using vegetables or meat or chicken but from then on it’s more of an auto pilot. In my opinion, curries and stews are made more as per taste and preference rather than a set in stone recipe.It’s easier to do this while baking which is a precise chemical reaction ,when done right, it will give you precise results.I add, adjust and measure things by hand or by the eye and rarely do I fish out my measuring cups …

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Twice Baked Chettinad Chicken Potatoes

Twice Baked Chettinad Chicken Potatoes with Cheese.

Before I became a mother I was extremely judgemental, forever judging parents of small children for not putting in enough effort to dress up…judging their kids for their runny noses,loud shrieks and haldi stains. But after having a baby my world has truly changed.I have started to understand the back stories now,the poor hassled mothers who have no time to get frivolous things like a haircut or a manicure when she knows that she shan’t dare keep her hair open lest the little ninja will immediately launch an assault.And the countless diaper changes and washing goop off the baby’s face leave only for enough time to brush their teeth and wash hands…Forget manicure..Paucity of time not money drives every decision…every …

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Kolrabhi and Apple Salad

Kolrabhi and Apple Salad with yogurt fennel dressing

This salad showcases the under achievers of the vegetable and herb world.If you aren’t already a fan let me introduce you to this vegetable called Kolrabhi. Chances are if your mom didn’t cook with it you probably don’t either,atleast I didn’t till I read somewhere that it’s the vegetable of the year 2018!I was intrigued…cause first it’s so easily available in india that it didn’t seem like a vegetable worthy enough for that kind of stature and second cause it looked so..lets say plain Jane sorts. The more I read about it the more it the more I was sold on it especially cause I am not a big fan of cruciferous vegetables.I find broccoli a chore and cauliflower seems …

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Mexican Tortilla Soup

Mexican Tortilla Soup with easily available Indian ingredients

I feel great exhilaration in naturalizing recipes from different countries.It invigorates me, especially when I use what’s locally available here in India.This tortilla soup is one such recipe that I have adapted to make it easy to cook in an Indian kitchen. Indian food resembles the Mexican cuisine pretty closely in its use of tomatoes,cilantro,onions,cumin,cilantro.The base onion tomato sauces from these cuisines have a lot of overlapping ingredients and resemble each other in both appearance and taste. In fact Indian flat breads are made with Wheat and a very similar flatbread is made with cornmeal in Mexico and very famously called the Tortillas.Both the cuisines are very bold on flavours and heat. Definitely not a food for the faint hearted. …

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Black Quinoa Pumpkin Salad

Black Quinoa Pumpkin Salad

Those of you follow me on Instagram know that I have taken up a #30daysofsalad challenge.I find that easier to do this than cut out bad food from my diet-aka sugar, carbs etc.It’s especially difficult when I am testing cookie recipes and running behind a suddenly mobile baby.Oh those days when he used to be exactly where I left him 5 minutes back! This salad is Salad#5 of the challenge.It’s very minimalistic in its ingredients but the multiple textures make this salad a tantalising affair. What is Quinoa / Kinwa Quinoa is an ancient South American grain which has recently gained popularity in the health food circuit because of its high nutrient density.Its been hailed as a super grain though its not …

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Thai Green Curry

Absolutely smashing Green Thai CurryAbsolutely smashing Green Thai Curry

There are so many places to see,so many things to learn, so many cuisines to try.So many new dishes to make. Everyday there is something new to do.Everyday I have a ginormous list of things I want to try and I love it.Thai food and cuisine has been on top of that list for like forever, then one of my friends introduced me to a beautiful cookbook-Simple Thai Food: Classic Recipes from the Thai Home Kitchen.This book has made Thai food easy and doable in a normal Indian kitchen for me. This absolutely smashing green curry is adapted from her book.Its a Childs play to put together once you have made the green curry paste. I would describe this curry …

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Green Thai Curry Paste

Green Thai Curry Paste recipe with substitutes in case you don't get fresh Thai ingredients

There is something about Green Thai curry which just warmes up your soul.The steam wafting from a warm bowl of some Thai curry with well cooked soft white rice is just what I need at the end of long day to make me feel special.The magic that hugs the house when you make one can’t be explained in words. Thai ingredients are seldom available locally but when they are, I end up acting like a child in a candy shop.Though thats probably me all the time when grocery shopping.Rarely do I get as much pleasure from anything else than shopping for food.I think all the kinara shops around my house recognise me now cause I confound the hell out of …

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Easy Hummus

Easy Homemade Hummus

If my grandmother was here today she would have really smirked at this recipe and said whats so fancy about this channe ki chutney that you eat with papad.Well however you name it is essentially chickpea chutney. Some Channa or Chickpeas(as everybody outside of Bharat desh calls it) and a few olives here and a couple garlic cloves there and voila here is your hummus.If you are applauding my amazing writing skills then let me tell you that they are inspired from the barrage of nursery rhymes which have now entered my sacred erstwhile childfree house because I am a good mother and thus I must teach my baby about cows and spiders and spouts.Why spouts though?Whats the point? Bleh! …

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Italian Puttanesca Sauce

Spicy Italian Puttanesca Sauce with tomato,olives and Capers

I am all over this spicy italian pasta sauce. Just can’t get enough of it. My Indian soul just warms up with every forkful of the spaghetti in this Spicy Deep Red sauce with flecks of capers and olives which give it a unique sourness, the chilli flakes which tickle the pallete  and the fresh herbs which give it a hearty character. But First,Let’s talk about the dragon in the recipe,thorn on your potential side, the one ingredient which might make you pass the recipe.The Anchovies.Yes its a fish.Yes it stinks.Yes its unsightly but this in small quantity gives this sauce a depth it would otherwise lack. If you are vegetarian or Vegan then by all means skip this fish.But if you …

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Homemade Natural Protein Powder

Homemade Vegan Protein Powder

Most store bought protein powders have isolated proteins which helps you gain muscle mass and complete your daily protein requirement.But have you ever wondered how are these powders so high on protein but extremely low on the other macros?A little research will tell you that these protein powders are highly processed to remove the other ingredients such as fats, fibre and carbs so that a small amount of powder provides large amount of protein.Thats the reason I decided to make my own Homemade Vegan Protein Powder. Do you remember the whole wheat movement?There are so many documentaries made on how whole of America was suffering from lack of nutrients and basic macros which were removed while processing the wheat to make …

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