Quinoa upma

Quinoa upma

  I have been intrigued by Quinoa, the healthy and versatile seed, which is commonly substituted for grains. I saw pinterest food boards showing so many recipes using quinoa and even  health-food lovers recommending it. Supposedly, quinoa is a great source of fiber, protein, vitamins, and minerals. So this year, I really wanted to adopt quinoa into my family’s diet. Today I decided to give it a go by making quinoa-upma for breakfast. Quinoa is available in three different varieties – white, red and black. I used the white one, because that has the least amount of bitterness in its top covering. …

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Tapioca Pulao {Recipe}

It was Shruti who introduced me to this recipe and now this is my family’s favorite Sunday breakfast. Try it, I’m sure you’ll like it too. For a family of two adults and two kids you’ll need: – 2 cups tapioca (sabudana) – 3 cups of water – 1 cup assorted finely chopped veggies (our favorites are: potatoes tomatoes, carrots, capsicum, peas, beans, broccoli) – 1/4 cup chopped onion – 2 tbsp peanut butter or coarsely ground peanuts (use roasted, unsalted ones) – 2 tsp butter (or ghee) – 2-3 finely chopped green chilies – 1 tsp of cumin seeds …

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Indo Chinese Mexican – Veggie Quesadilla Recipe with a twist

I am a vegetarian. I don’t eat fish / chicken / any kind of meat. No mushrooms even. With eggs it is a little bit crooked tale – I do eat bakery products that have eggs, but if I see something being cooked with eggs in front of me, I am sure I won’t have the heart to eat it. With so many restrictions it is not always easy to find something readily available and tasty to eat. Definitely not easy in our office cafe down here in Nashville. But our good chef found a way around it when several …

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Cheat recipe for Uttappam and chutney

uttappam-chutney

I made these several months ago, but for some reason they stayed on my computer. Thought I’ll share these today. This is a “cheat” recipe – does not use authentic ingredients etc, but it is good enough for a quicky. And delicious for sure! You’ll need: For Uttappam – Sooji(semolina) 2 cups – Chopped veggies – tomato, onion, peppers, some cilantro and a couple green chilies – 1 cup tart yogurt.If yogurt is not tart, add some salt to it and leave it in a warm place for about couple hours before using it. – Water – Salt to taste …

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Handvo: Rice and lentil cake {Recipe}

I am a huge fan of recipes from Gujarat (except Gujarati sweet daal}. This one is one from the top of my top list. Whenever choti Jiji comes over to our place from Baroda, we always make it. You’ll need: 2 cups Rice 1 cup Toor daal (Tuvar daal / Arhar daal / Split pigeon pea ) 1/2 cup Chana daal (Split Bengal gram) 1/2 cup Sour yogurt (dahi) 3-4 green chillies 7-8 cloves of garlic 1 tbsp peanuts (moongfali / shengdaana) – lightly roasted to peel off skin 2 heaped tsp white sesame seeds (safed til) 1/4 tsp soda …

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Goan Pao Bhaji {Recipe}

I feel it is easier to cook an Indian meal in America than in India. Well, surprisingly! In India every place has a peculiar type of cuisine. The stores are also adopted to only that style of cooking so will stock certain types of stuff and other type of ingredients are hard to find. For example, in Goa it is not in every sweets shop that you’ll find Paneer (cottage cheese). In my part of north India some ingredients key to my mom’s cooking are hard to find. Interestingly this is changing quite a bit with super markets like the …

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Of lunches and breakfasts

First and foremost, Wish you all a very very happy new year! May it be a year full of love, laughter and dreams come true! I don’t know what has come over me lately, but I like taking pictures of my lunches and breakfasts! Here’s what I’ve been eating for the last few days: Cozi team, finally I got a chance to try out the Toaster Strudel we keep seeing :) Ya, that’s the one with icing on top. It’s nice :) But today I am planning to fast. It’s the first day of Navratra (23rd Mar 2012) and I …

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Oats upma {a printable recipe!}

Hi friends, I hope you all had a great Valentine’s week. Mr C gave me one of the books on top of my wish list – “The 8th Habit” by Stephen Covey. I an having this feeling that something tremendously great is going to happen in my life soon and I want to be as prepared for it as I can. So I am reading books by great authors like him. Of course, I loved his “7 habits… “. I think it is one book people (specially *yours truly*) should revise like our study books. Well, more on that in …

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Lemon rice style Bambino noodles {Recipe}

Lemon rice style Bambino noodles

My dear friend Harvinder and her mom are awesome cooks. Harvinder brought this dish in her tiffin the other day. It was so yummy and so easy to make that I had to share it with you folks. You’ll need: – Bambino noodles – Onion (thin long slices) – Peanuts – Mustard seeds – Green chillies (thin long slices) – Curry leaves (chopped) – Turmeric powder (just for color, about half tsp.) – Salt – Water – Cook Bambino noodles as per instructions given on the pack and set aside. – In a pan heat couple tsps of oil. – …

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Mini Pizza Recipe

  Here’s how you can make quick and delicious mini pizza: Mix a cup of sooji (semolina) with about half cup of dahi (curd). Add finely chopped pieces of onion, tomato and capsicum, salt and red chilly powder per taste. Adjust water to the consistency of idli batter or cake batter. Spread this mix on a sliced white bread. Roast both sides on a hot griddle with some oil. Enjoy with tomato sauce or chutney. Tip: You can premix the batter the night before and store it in the refrigerator to make these a quick tiffin item on Monday mornings.

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