World on my Plate

Recipes from Around the world made easy to make

Pasta in Butter Garlic Sauce- Quick Recipe

Pasta in Butter Garlic Sauce- Quick Recipe

There are days when quick and easy is not quick enough.You know when you can’t or don’t want to order from outside but need something awesome urgently!That’s when I fish out my Pasta in Butter Garlic Sauce recipe- its quick, its easy and it needs only bare minimum ingredients. I have been making this pasta since I saw an episode of Masterchef where the contestant made a giant egg ravioli coated with burnt butter garlic sauce.It looked so so perfect.That was about 5 years ago and I have been smitten which this way of eating pasta ever since. If you are a moody person like I am and have too many of those days when indulgence is the only answer,  then …

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Italian Chicken Cacciatore

Italian Chicken Cacciatore

Chicken Cacciatore translates to “Hunter Style Chicken” in Italian. It’s a rustic, earthy braise of chicken with vegetables and tomatoes.The chicken is first browned and then slowly braised in a chunky sauce made with tomatoes and vegetables. There are a lot of fables around the stew.It’s believed “Hunter style Chicken” is made right after hunting that bird or rabbit, in the middle of a jungle, with vegetables plucked off the foliage but we don’t live in a jungle and neither do we hunt our own food so this is a compromise at best! Another story is that when the men returned empty handed after a hunt their women folk made chicken cacciatore like we Indians probably make khichadi at home. …

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Thai Coconut Shrimp Noodles

Thai Coconut Shrimp Noodles

I have such a writers block lately that every time I start writing I only end up penning down a string of gibberish. It could be because we are planning our holiday to Thailand and there is little else I can think about. Thankfully, the block doesn’t extend to cooking otherwise I would really be in a fix now..though it would help me fit into my vacation clothes which I horde in anticipation of a holiday all year long.The only issue being, when the holiday actually comes along I always end up wanting to buy new clothes cause you know -vacation. Anyhow I don’t want to overwhelm you with my vacation qualms.Here is a Thai inspired Noodles cause yayie! I …

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Indianised Lebanese Tabouleh Salad

Indianised Lebanese Tabouleh Salad

In indian context what is a salad? In the most down trodden, bare minimum, stripped form it’s the green salad made with one sad little cucumber, one tomato and one onion cut and artfully(not!) placed on a plate ,served as a dish which in my opinion no one who isn’t a heart or a diabetes patient ever touches. Though we Indian consume a lot of veggies ,most of it is cooked.This salad is sort of an Indian cousin of the actual Lebanese Tabouleh,also called Tabouli, uses Bulgar Wheat.But my version uses broken wheat aka our humble Dalia instead which saves us the time and space to forage another new ingredient. A Lebanese Tabouleh Salad is made with lots of parsley,some finely …

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Chocolate Babka – Rich sweet bread filled with dark chocolate

Chocolate Babka

So lets break it up shall we first..What in the world is babka? Babka is a sweet rich bread traditionally made in Jewish households though not as loved as you would think(come on look at the picture!).That’s because the last century babka bread was dry and dairy free as opposed to the the modern day version which is a soft rich bread – cake which has the best of all worlds.It’s a love child of bread, croissant and cake, if three could produce a child that is.It’s probably best described as a sweet yeasted bread with a decadent filling. Today’s Babka has eggs, butter and milk giving it the richness a sweet bread deserves but the real clincher is in …

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French Apple Cake

Proper French Apple Cake Recipe with Rum

“A party without Cake is just a meeting” said the famous Julia Child and this cake is made to be served at a party!And I mean party party..not a little girls tea party!Though it would be great for that too I recon. What makes this cake special is the healthy splash of Old Monk.I keep a bottle of old monk just for such recipes.Before you get all judgemental on me,the alcohol evaporates when you bake it so you have nothing to worry about. In fact,I have never appreciated alcohol much and since we welcomed our baby, I haven’t had any except in the Christmas cakes and now this.There is an old worldly charm about adding rum into cakes,don’t you think?.Makes …

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Vanilla Panna Cotta with Strawberry Compote

Vanilla Panna Cotta with Strawberry Compote

Panna Cotta is a dessert you want to make for your boy friend or girl friend when you don’t even know the K of Cooking!(there ain’t no K in cooking you dumb!)but really…All you need to do is boil some cream..That’s the extent of cooking involved in this recipe.So if you can figure out how to get that stove on and empty out a carton of cream in the pan then you can make this recipe. This is not to say it’s not sophisticated.It is an extremely dreamy dessert ,served in highly priced Michelin star restaurants around the world but it is very simple to make luscious dessert that requires very little time and even lesser skill to make..it’s one …

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Basic Chinese Brown Sauce

Basic Chinese Brown Sauce

So apparently Kylie Jenner gave birth to a baby..I chanced upon an article on her baby shower today which goes on to avert that if I didn’t know about her pregnancy then I probably live under a rock.I am online most of the day and am very regular on social media but somehow this news escaped me and made me an almost neanderthal as per the writer. A neanderthal who has always been fascinated by Chinese cuisine.I don’t mean the Indian Chinese,which by the way derserves a place in one of the best cuisines ever but here I mean the actual Real Chinese Food.Though the fact is that I have always struggled with Chinese cuisine.You know the saying -cooking is …

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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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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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Turkish Eggs

Turkish Eggs

Is there another ingredient which transforms itself into so many avatars than an egg? Scrambled,poached,boiled,soft-boiled,fried. It’s magical how one small little egg can be made in so many diverse ways.Every region has an egg speciality like the All American Eggs Benedict,Chinese Fermented Eggs,Parsi Akoori,Tamil Style Mutta Curry,Turkish Eggs,is there an egg butter masala?there should be! I have recently become a fan of Eggs Benedict.We had Eggs Benedict as breakfast at 5.45 am just before heading back to india from Malaysia. The Eggs we are talking about today is a Turkish recipe.I first came across these a few months back with Nigella Lawson posted the recipe on Instagram and I couldn’t believe that yogurt and eggs could be had together but …

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Traditional Pizza Dough

Traditional Sicilian Olives and Onion Pizza

This love affair has been going on for a long long time! Even Before I started cooking seriously!! I have said this before and I am saying it again.I can have any pizza you put in front of me! Whether its from a small little bakery in a tucked away in an unknown corner of india or Naples! I plan my trips around this Pizza! So it’s a given that you will see more than one recipe of this particular food. I am not ashamed to say that when we were kids we used to make pizza out of cheese spread and tomato ketchup. In fact I love a nice pizza made out of our regular roti dough. But enough …

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Healthy Falafel

Healthy Baked Chickpeas Falafels

“Let yourself be silently drawn by the stronger pull of what you really love”  Rumi I am usually not the one to quote lines but this one line has stayed with me.Looks like I am being taken by the tide towards full-time bloggerhood and so far I am loving every minute of it! I am cooking everyday and am having a ball taking pictures of all the food.I am slightly concerned that I might be forcing food on my friends but that’s the hazard of blogging food that you eat! This recipe was made  to add some fun vegetarian protein in my diet.I didn’t think I will post it but I got such positive response on Instagram for this that …

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Caprese Chicken

Caprese Chicken

We have started growing our own herbs in the balcony recently and I am so very proud to report that so far we have Basil,Sage,Celery and Thyme! I love having fresh herbs at hand especially basil but I hate throwing it away when it wilts.It barely lasts for 2-3 days.So growing them in my balcony is all the more exciting! Here are some shots of the herbs from our balcony.Look at how the basil is encroaching on the other herbs pots! The seeds have been sourced from amazon and planted on our own in pots. Now for the actual topic of the post.This is actually a salad but I have used the same ingredients along with chicken and cooked it …

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Herb Infused Dipping Oil

Herb Infused Dipping Oil

Ever tasted those fancy dipping oils at the supermarket and go wohoooo! Well that happened to me but they were so darn overpriced that I just finished the samples and skedaddled as fast as I could. On my morning jaunt to namdhari(our neighbourhood organic store) I found all kinds of fresh herbs and I bought them all on a whim. I got several bunches of fresh basil, thyme, rosemary & oregano ,with no idea of what I was going to do with them. I did make a litre of my versatile Italian roast tomato sauce but I still had a lot of fresh herbs leftover.I was still exuberant on my afternoon coffee and energized like a little bunny so I decided …

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Whole Grain Thin Crust Pizza

Homemade whole wheat pizza

This has been in the “draft” stage since I stumbled upon the novice housewife blog.I have made a pizza with this recipe about 5 times now and  it’s been a winner every single time.I love the fact that it’s a whole wheat recipe so I use the regular roti aata or flour.I had aashirwaad multigrain aata at home and that’s what I used in this recipe.You could use all purpose flour or maida or the refined flour. The pizza sauce is my now goto  and ever easy to make-roasted tomato sauce on this pizza.If you think making homemade sauce is a hassle give this recipe a try.It’s super duper easy and you can make a large batch and freeze.I have also used wingreen’s pesto …

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