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Roasted Veggies in Italian Herbs

Baked Veggies with italian herbs

I want to start out by thanking Readerspride.com for featuring me on their site. It’s very inspiring when people reach out to you and feature you on their sites! It’s the reverse feedback loop from the food universe patting your back and telling you to keep going.:D After my brunch party on Sunday I had loads of veggies left, which I wanted to use. I contemplating making Pav Bhaji the quintessential Bombay street food but decided to order that instead (Love Swiggy!) and make this nice and healthy veggie bake for myself. All your half zucchinis and handful of mushrooms and tomatoes , that you keep wrapped up waiting for inspiration to strike and ultimately throw them at the end of …

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Quick Raw Papaya Salad

Raw Papaya Salad

One warning before you go on to make this dish ,till I am still smarting with the chillies I put in the salad.This salad absorbs everything you put in it and enhances the flavours many fold so don’t be trigger happy with the red chillies like I was! My usual foray into Star Bazaar to buy tomatoes ended up with me spending Rs 700.But this time I was smart.I saw a raw papaya tagged as Rs 350 in the “exotic” aisle and just as I was reaching for it I decided to curtail my budget,after all I have already spent this month’s budget last month so I am literally a pauper at the moment.Well , as in the typical hindi movie …

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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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Quick and Easy Breakfast Ideas

Do you think coffee unblocks worlds and boundaries and ammm…content?I think i could overlook a lot of otherwise non negotiable stuff for a good cup of coffee! Ever since I bought the magic coffe making equipment from café coffee day along with their medium roast coffee I have overdosed on it.It doesn’t help that I am drinking it with water and at times, to beat the heat on the rocks(ice cubes).I am an inch away from being snobbish about it cause I have contemplated taking my decoction when I go over for coffee at friend’s house. Yes snobbish. This post I will introduce you to my quick,easy and healthy breakfasts recipes.The first thing you guys think of is bread right?Hmm..that’s not a …

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Egg Baked in Portobello Mushroom

Egg Baked in Portobello Mushroom

When you find an oversized Portobello mushroom it deserves to be baked with an egg inside.Do not overcomplicate the flavours with indian spices or Cajun mixes. Keep it as simple as possible! My egg obsession continued after my breakfast number one with breakfast Two. Same passenger different vehicle! My egg discovery has led me to understand that there is very little egg doesn’t work with! The only complication in this dish is that you need to own a oven.If that’s ticked off then the dish in itself is so simple that a five-year old could make it! Its simple—Break egg in mushroom–>Bake Mushroom! For all its simplicity the flavours are very different from the Egg Avocado Tower I ate before this.At the time of baking the …

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Egg Avocado Breakfast Tower

Egg Avocado Tower

You are consciously not aware of it but your mind has associated smells with certain events and locations.Its deeply entrenched in your memories.Today morning when I was making my coffee(thankyou Arvind Shanker!) I was almost instantly transported back to this small library in R A Puram,Chennai which used to be my frequent haunt in 10 th std. I used to borrow and eat 5 books a week and that’s when my school was crazy strict and gave not buckets but tub full of homework! There was a coffee beans grinding shop right next to it and even before I really started appreciating coffee this smell was a part of my history with Chennai. Old romance novels and coffee smell is …

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Fish in Orange Sauce

Fish in Orange Sauce

Two years back on our trip across europe ,travelling with my crazy, quirky set of friends we chanced upon a small seaside restaurant while searching for a club in Naples.We started out from Pompei to experience the “Night Life” of Naples and travelled 20 kms away from the city in search of the phantom all night open club.What we found instead was a lazy seaside restaurant where the only sound you could hear was of the waves crashing wildly against the rocks. We also heard later that we were better off at the restaurant than the actual “Nightlife” of Naples. Rumours say the nightlife of Naples is the not so discreet Mafia activities at the harbour!Our host at the airbnb spent …

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Butternut Pumpkin Soup with Pork Sausage Croutons

There are three worst things you can do to while making soup.Add cornstarch to thicken it,add cream to make it smooth and the third and the worst , is to strain it through a sieve. Its like killing anything good in the ingredients by ambushing it from all sides and  firing bullets into it  and then repeatedly stabbing it and then putting it through..ok I am getting gory! But you get my point! Worst part is that it fools your brain into thinking that you have eaten something healthy but really you have just dumped a bowl full of carb heavy,nutrient deficient , fibre less liquid in your body! If you are trying to eat something healthy then stick to the …

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Asparagus and Garlic Soup

The whole 30 journey has taught me how to make simple meals with a few quality ingredients. It’s a wonder that just 5 ingredients can make a soup so delectable that you wish you had made more! My soups always double as sauces but this recipe yields exactly one serving ,I wish I had made more of this asparagus and garlic soup.After tasting this ,I badly want to try making chicken with the sauce version of this soup.I am sure it will be mind epic blowing!! One word of caution though! Don’t eat a hot soup and frozen grapes together.I wasn’t sure which I liked more and which would lose the right temperature so I ended up interspersing the soup with …

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Spicy Indian Roast Chicken

Spicy Whole Chicken Roast

I have wanted to roast a whole chicken since starting the whole30 journey.I have made it a few times in the past with a melange of random sauces,spices and filling but never an Indian chicken roast .My first try at roasting a chicken was 2 years ago which turned out to be extremely comical cause the poor bird was lacking a few limbs.I had asked my husband to get me a whole chicken and what I got was a skin less and leg less chicken. It also took us a while to figure out was how to carve the bird and the extra extra large long knife which my well meaning doctor friend bought to help us carve didn’t really help as …

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Butternut Pumpkin Chicken Roulade

As a child I ate the indian version of pumpkin curry with pooris all the time but I never imagined I could make a pie or a cookie with it back then.I remember eating a pumpkin chocolate kisses which was very weird! My recent tryst with pumpkin was a massive disaster.I made sautéed mushroom stuffed pumpkin and every single element of the dish was a big disappointment. Either the pumpkin was not ripe enough or I didn’t cook it for long enough.Even the mushroom filling was over salted and how can you go wrong with mushrooms! Overall it was a pretty bleh dish and I wasn’t very keen on trying anything pumpkin again. But amazing looking produce has irresistibly strong gravitational force which …

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Thyme and Lemon Salmon

My mind is a jumbled curry of a million things and I am rambling on and on about nonsense! Even the Harry Belafonte is not able to channel my thoughts into something specific. I have started 5 word documents ,written two lines and then discarded them all because they have nothing to do with the fish I made. I am jumping from one topic to another thinking about what I am going to make next , to our europe trip , to the chocolate in my fridge! So without rambling more I am going to dive into this salmon dish that I ate yesterday. Salmon is not only costly but difficult to procure in india.Even if you find it , you …

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Spinach Avocado Salad with Poached Egg

I am not much of a salad person.I just have never liked them by themselves as much.It feels too extreme to just eat just salad.Even after eating a whole Caesar salad from Big Chill in Delhi I would feel like I was on a diet!It was definitely not diet food, it was at least 800 calories with all that cheese !I prefer sautéed veggies more. I decided to brave it and make an Avocado Spinach salad and cause it seemed too little I added a poached egg! Poached egg has been my nemesis for way too long for comfort. I have heard that any self-respecting cook knows how to poach an egg and I want to be self-respecting too!!! Well ,I watched Jamie …

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Tomato Basil Soup

This is the most nifty magic trick up my sleeve. It’s an all purpose soup cum sauce.I always have some of this frozen in my fridge for an instant sauce. This simple soup has a million uses.You can make it into a Shorba- an indian soup by adding the quintessential tadka of cumin and chillies or make it italian by adding a dollop of pesto or cook your chicken breast in it. You can reduce it on the stove and with a splash of milk or cream and some herbs you can turn it into a pasta sauce!Most indian curries are tomato based so you can make a neat chicken curry or a Shahi Paneer with little milk. You can throw in …

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5 minute Pan Fried Pomfret

I might have looked a little deranged eating this fish with my hands , sitting on the balcony floor at 3 pm on a Tuesday but there is only so much control a girl can exercise.The fish that took 5 minutes to prepare , took me approximately 38 seconds to devour front and back! I could compete with my dog Milo in who “finishes dinner faster”! The inspiration of this dish was from the Pomfret fry I ate at Mahesh Lunch Home on Sunday.While travelling back from the airport on Sunday we decided to stop for lunch.It’s a seafood speciality restaurant ,which if you are a seafood lover will blow your socks,caps and macaroons off(oh I mean mittens)! You wont be …

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Indian Scrambled Eggs

I love eggs..I love them cause they are easily available.There are a million things you can do with them.They can charm any leftovers into over performing. They are healthy and filling.You can bake them,boil them,nuke them,fry them..ah the list is endless.For the sheer convenience these are the best food for people with limited time or skills in kitchen! There is a speciality egg restaurant here in Bangalore called The EGG Factory. They have the most mindblowing unheard of egg options!!!Its the best place you can go to for a Sunday Afternoon Brunch which serves you good quality healthy food. From Egg and Toast to Egg Filled Cannelloni in tomato sauce to my all time favorite French Toast with Blueberry and …

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6 minute Pan-Seared Chicken Breast Recipe

This recipe is for all my bachelor friends who have limited skills in the kitchen but want to make something nutritious and yummy in few minutes.This is especially good as a pre or post workout meal because it is full of lean protein. Follow this recipe to the dot and you will never eat rubbery chicken breast again in your life. The trick is in controlling the flame and timing the recipe absolutely. You can use any marinade on the chicken breast.I have given some sample marinades below which can be whipped up in a matter of few seconds with pantry staples. TSP is short for tea spoon TBSP is short for table spoon Indian Marinade-I Turmeric -1/2 tsp Ginger Garlic paste-1/2 tsp …

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Boiled Egg & Mayonnaise Lettuce Wraps

Our breakfasts are usually heavy-duty carbs.Every State in India has a different speciality breakfast.Despite all the differences they all have one thing in common which is almost zero protein,no vitamins and loads of processed grains. Some popular “health” books in india advocate that we should eat what we have eaten growing up as a child.So if you have grown up eating 2 parathas with potato fry and one large glass of whole milk then that’s what you should be eating even when you are 40.The logic is that your body gets used to eating a certain type of food and is able to digest that the best.So does this mean we get to have Stuffed parathas and puris everyday? It’s an …

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