World on my Plate

Recipes from Around the world made easy to make

Thai Red Curry with Homemade Red Curry Paste

Thai Red Curry with Homemade Red Curry Paste - A spicy Coconut curry made with Red Chillies,Lemon Grass and Galangal.

This is the only way to make Thai Red Curry is with homemade Thai Curry Paste ! I know I am in a mortal danger of sounding snooty but I plead you to hear me out. There is nothing that compares to a Homemade Thai red curry paste.Even if you take shortcuts or swap ingredients with what’s available locally.I always pick up Thai ingredients whenever they are available.I freeze everything- from the Kaffir lime leaves,galangal,lemon grass and the chillies. They are not always available but the urge to indulge in a steaming hot bowl of Red Thai Curry with rice can strike anytime.So one needs to be prepared. Most ingredients listed are easily available in India now except maybe the red …

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Italian White Butter Beans and Tomato Stew

Vegan(Vegetarian) Italian White Butter Beans and Tomato Stew with herbs and roasted cherry tomatoes.Easy to make hearty Lima Beans Stew

I am always looking for meals that can serve a large crowd and be made in advance.This Italian White Butter Beans and Tomato Stew is just that.You can not only make this ahead of time but also freeze it for later use. It’s the perfect Vegan (Hence Vegetarian) option – it has good amount of protein from the beans and the flavour from the tomatoes, bell pepper and herbs.It’s a recipe made for success really! What are Lima Beans / Butter Beans Let’s talk about Butter Beans,shall we?Lima Beans are large white colour kidney shaped beans.They are a great vegan source of fat free protein and have a high glycemic index- which means they are great for people with diabetes. What …

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Thai Sweet and Spicy Cucumber Salad

Thai Sweet and Spicy Cucumber Salad

Thai Sweet and Spicy Cucumber Salad is my absolute favourite salad to make, especially when I am entertaining.In fact in my mind it’s an amazing appetizer not a mere salad. The dressing is the real bomb though and I think it would jazz up any kind of vegetable.It’s a Sweet,Spicy & tangy dressing- which is just what is needed to make the best salad dressing ever. It’s obviously Thai inspired as the name suggests.Traditionally fish sauce is also added in the dressing for an extra umami but I have skipped it in this dish. You can change the proportions of the ingredients as per your taste and preferences.This recipe will yield an extra spicy Thai Sweet and Spicy Cucumber Salad because …

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Easy Beetroot Falafel

Beetroot Falafel - Traditional Middle Eastern Nutrient Rich,high protein patties made with chickpeas and spices

Introducing you today to – Beetroot Falafel that can be fried or baked.These Middle eastern street food is so loved across the world that it’s become a household name now. Easily made and even more easily eaten- Falafels or Felafel can be eaten simply with some yogurt dip or stuffed inside a pita bread with some raw veggies. Falafels are super high on nutrients because the majority of it is only chickpeas(garbanzo beans or chole) and veggies. In fact these beetroot falafels are not only vegan but also paleo and whole 30 approved. Beetroot Falafel can be made paleo and whole 30 approved by swapping flour with tapioca flour or potato starch and baking them instead of frying them. Healthier …

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Light & Fluffy Japanese CheeseCake – Cotton Cheese Cake

Light & Fluffy Japanese CheeseCake - Cotton Cheese Cake

I have been making Japanese CheeseCake for about 4 years now.I am updating the recipe in this blog post.Read my older post here. Every year, this is the one and only cake my husband asks for during his birthday. He isn’t a chocolate eater, doesn’t fancy cakes and cookies but a Japanese Cheesecake is something he never wants to share with anyone.Every time I bake this, I get specific instructions not to offer it to anyone and not to tell the guests about it. Over the years,I have changed the recipe slightly – added a bit of Cream of tarter to help with the egg whites and doubled the quantity cause who doesn’t like tall cheesecakes!But otherwise it remains fairly unchanged. …

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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

Italian Chicken Cacciatore is 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.Chicken Cacciatore translates to “Hunter Style Chicken” in Italian. 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 …

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Thai Coconut Shrimp Noodles

Coconut Curry Noodles

Today I have for you Thai Shrimp Coconut Curry Noodles.I am suffering from 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 …

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Everyday Whole Wheat Italian Bread

Whole Wheat Bread

What could be more satisfying than breaking bread with friends and family?For someone who loves bread as much as I do, being able to make it well myself is a giant..no dianasorous gigantic feat!This post is about my humble attempt at making Whole Wheat Italian Bread from scratch.I have used 1:2 ratio of Whole wheat flour to All purpose or bread flour. I have tried baking several types of bread before..You can read about my experiment with baking a sour dough bread a few months back on this post here, but this is THE recipe that has been a real success at my home.I say this because my husband is a staunch non believer of all bread-be it pizza, rotis ,naans …

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Indianised Lebanese Tabouleh Salad

Indianised Lebanese Tabouleh Salad

Indianised Lebanese Tabouleh Salad.Confounded?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 …

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Chocolate Babka – Rich sweet bread filled with dark chocolate

How to make Chocolate Babka

So lets break it up shall we first..What in the world is babka and How to make Chocolate 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 …

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Mango Pannacotta- Easy No Bake Dessert

Easy Mango Pannacotta

Mango season is upon us and it’s almost blasphemous not to celebrate it!Quick and Easy Mango Pannacotta has become my weekly dessert! I know so so many Non resident Indians who miss home so much during this glorious season.There is no other fruit which celebrates our diversity like Mango.Everyone has their favourites from Alfonso being the king of all summer fruits,Baganpalli/Safeda the most easily available and affordable variety & the naughty Dussheri eaten by just tearing off the tip.I could really go on. All of us have such amazing Childhood memories of revelling in that saffron colour fleshy, sweet,sticky fruit, with juices streaking down our mouths, loving every bit of the mess this fruit promises.These fruits single handedly made summer …

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Greek Yogurt Party Dip – Tzatziki

Greek Tzatziki dip

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 putting the two toghether..untill I tasted the Greek Tzatziki dip. 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 …

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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 this French Apple Cake would be great for that too I recon. What makes this apple cake so special is the healthy splash of Old Monk.I keep a bottle of old monk stashed away 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 …

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Vanilla Panna Cotta with Strawberry Compote

Vanilla Panna Cotta with Strawberry Compote

Vanilla 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 …

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Basic Chinese Brown Sauce

Basic Chinese stir fry Sauce

Today’s recipe is Basic Chinese stir fry 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 …

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Vegetarian 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 Vegetarian Mexican 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 …

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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.But making the Thai curry from homemade Green Thai Curry Paste is beyond explainable in mere 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 …

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