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Light Pasta Salad with Gorgeous Cilantro Dressing

Light Pasta Salad with Cilantro Dressing

Summer is all about fun- with the summer holidays,Mangoes and but it also makes you want to eat something light and refreshing.This Light Pasta Salad is just that-feather Light,refreshing and best of all has a kick ass Coriander/Cilantro Dressing! Out of all the ingredients in this Pasta Salad, the absolute hero of this dish is the Cilantro dressing.It is such a perfect mix of fresh, salty, fatty and acidic that I can’t get enough of it.I am probably not qualified to say this but I still want to say it This is the best dressing Ever!!!   No really!!! If you are one of those who just can’t stand plain old stale salad then this dressing will be your elixir. Prior …

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Raisin and Apricot Oatmeal Bars

Raisin and Apricot Oatmeal Bars

I had a jar of raisins just lying on my dining table waiting to be eaten. Their luck was almost running out when I decided to give them a new life! Made some easiest and healthiest cookies with oats,raisins and some dried apricots.If you don’t have apricots or raisins you can use other dry fruits too.Dried black grapes,dried figs,dried apples will all work here. These are the easiest oatmeal bars or cookies made with just 6 ingredients.I made them in a jiffy while baby V slept! These tick multiple boxes! They can be made vegan(use maple syrup instead of honey) They are great for kids and toddlers.Also a great weaning food for babies(substitute date syrup instead of honey) They are healthy …

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Foxtail Millet Salad

Foxtail Millet Salad

It’s been so long since I posted but believe me when I say ,things have been action packed and full of surprises! Life seems to have come a full circle and I find myself back at my whole30 program.(almost) Life threw us a curveball , which was expected but also unexpected.I should have suspected something when I couldn’t stomach coffee anymore! Appearance of a faint second line was not enough confirmation for somebody as paranoid as us so an unnecessary blood test proved that we were indeed expecting! Looks like the whole30 program created the best possible environment for this to happen and we couldn’t be less ecstatic about it. What we didn’t expect was the all time sickness (there …

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Ratatouille

Ratatouille

The first time I heard about Ratatouille was through my brother.I don’t know where he tasted it but he was so awed by it that he came back home and tried his hand at making it.It was funny when he discovered that the dish contained brinjal cause he used to always fight with my mom whenever she made the traditional Baigan Bharta at home(Aubergine). The second time I heard about it was in the movie Ratatouille in 2007.The movie is about a mouse who wants to be a chef  ,whose signature dish is a Ratatouille.What better dish for a Rat to make than a “Rat”atouille. It tickled me something funny when I first saw the promo of the movie! Let …

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Rice Paper Rolls with Peanut Dipping Sauce

Rice Paper Rolls

Its hilarious when you overdo at the gym and walk out a second later fall on your ass and make a twisty out of your leg.And just like that you are cloistered for 3 weeks with a ligament tear! I had to cancel a number of my commitments for those weeks but still ended up attending a  youth camp(for not so youthful me) in Pune as a chaperone to my husbands 15 year old brother. The universe is shoving the fact that i am old now literally every two days on my face!Otherwise how do you explain the ligament tear when that’s pretty standard fall of mine.Give me 3 steps and watch me fall..but this time just to prove a point..take …

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Vegetarian Pumpkin Laksa with Peri Peri Chickpeas

Pumpkin Laksa with peri peri chickpeas

Once you start browsing, there is so much inspiration around.It’s difficult to zero in on what you want to make.I see a lot of simple recipes where the biggest effort is the grocery shopping. I wish I was more organised and had a better way to track my inspirations.I wish there was an online instant grocery shopping available.Because when the inspiration strikes I don’t have ingredients and when I have ingredients my mind is blank! I do write them on my phone and on word doc on my laptop..napkins..behind pamphlets..ammm..yeah a little disorganised.(Sidebar-If some of my OCD friends read this, the first flinch would be on the number of extra full stops that I have taken the liberty of using and …

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Vegan Chickpeas and Barley Salad

Healthy Vegan Chickpeas and Barley Salad topped with an avocado rose

It’s sheer serendipity that I came across this beautifully written article by Shonali Muthalaly on the GOODFOOD supplement of The Hindu(sidebar-I wish I could write even a sentence like her!). She talks about how she went on a search of black sticky rice and found a version grown right here in Karnataka!She has shared a slew of amazing resources from where you can order locally grown food stuff online.That was when I decided to do a recipe which showcases these homegrown superfoods.What better to create a recipe with chickpeas or as we call it locally “chole”. Superfood like millets,Ragi,Chia seeds and Chickpeas are staples in certain pockets of india. I am sure there are a lot of other superfoods hidden …

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