Thursday, August 22, 2013

Watermelon Blizzard



Hey everyone! I am writing to you from a furnace. No jokes! Dubai is hot! Hotter than I expected and definitely my first tryst with the real dessert summer. We are now facing the wrath of the sun as it is the third week of August. Venturing out is not something I like to do at all, sitting in the comforts of a nice & cool house is more like it. However, its a tough choice I make everyday. Go out in the sun to get some over dose of vitamin D & an extra tan or

Monday, August 19, 2013

Mushrooms in a Chilli Cashew Gravy



A few of my recipes have been in draft for way too long. This is because I love to try out something new every day and depending on the occasion or my mood the new ones supercede the older ones. I am going to make a genuine effort to post those recipes first. So guess what kind of recipe was long due on my blog ? A vegetarian one of course! It's been ages since I posted a 'pure veg' recipe.

I had tried this recipe when I was in Mumbai, so that's a good 5-6 months ago, before the frenzy of relocating to Dubai engulfed me completely and life was still going on at a normal pace.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Ponsa Gharai ~ Konkani Style Jackfruit Payasam


Yesterday during lunchtime my niece asked me to list my favourite fruits and I was in a fix. I am not as much a fruit person as I love my veggies. Give me fruits and they will sit on the table for a week. Untouched. Give me veggies and I will eat them in the place of chicken, fish or meat. I totally love my vegetables. So I had to actually rack my brains to come up with a good list of fruits that I liked to eat. I surprised myself when my niece suggested 'jackfruit?' and I said 'yes!' immediately!

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Tri Coloured Neer Dosa / Panpolay (Rice Crepes)


The past few days saw me debating on the kind of recipe I could introduce to celebrate the Indian Independence Day, which is today, the 15th of August. Something that would represent the colours of our Indian flag and also something that was easy to prepare, that didn't have too many ingredients and of course something that the kids would enjoy. Introducing colours in food has its limitations though, unless you are willing to use commercially available artificial food colours. Since my priority is to serve healthy & safe food to my kids at least when it is prepared at home, I had to pick between foods that are famously known for imparting the required colours to food. Carrots & spinach. You guessed it right. 

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Keema Green Masala


To combat a mid-week meal idea crisis I always stock up on minced (ground) meat or keema as we call it in India. While my family has varied interests when it comes to how they like to eat their meat, I am glad that we agree that keema cooked any which way is always palatable. Highly palatable. It is simply a fantastic accompaniment to Indian breads such as chapathis or pulkas or even with rice and tastes even better when cooked with rice in the form of a pulao or biryani. Little wonder then, that I have plenty of recipes on my blog that call for keema. 

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Sheer Khurma (Milk with Dates) | Festive Vermicelli Kheer ~ Easy Recipe to Celebrate 2 Million Page Views

Before I started to type this post I told myself that I would keep it short. I will let the pictures do the talking today because I went crazy over the photo shoot. Not satisfied with those that I clicked last evening, I re did the whole shoot again this morning. It was super fun. I totally love styling & capturing food - in fond remembrance of what just went into my tummy :-)

Today's recipe is a very festive dish during Eid which Muslims all over the world celebrate this week. After observing Ramadan - a period of fasting from dawn to dusk, the faithful particularly look forward to eating this lovely dessert on the day of Eid-ul-Fitr. Sheer Kurma or Sheer Qorma literally means 'Milk with Dates' and is a dish relished for breakfast after the morning prayers are offered. I felt that this definition was apt for the recipe as it is not very sweet. The barely there sweetness makes you ask for more.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Watermelon Blizzard



Hey everyone! I am writing to you from a furnace. No jokes! Dubai is hot! Hotter than I expected and definitely my first tryst with the real dessert summer. We are now facing the wrath of the sun as it is the third week of August. Venturing out is not something I like to do at all, sitting in the comforts of a nice & cool house is more like it. However, its a tough choice I make everyday. Go out in the sun to get some over dose of vitamin D & an extra tan or

Monday, August 19, 2013

Mushrooms in a Chilli Cashew Gravy



A few of my recipes have been in draft for way too long. This is because I love to try out something new every day and depending on the occasion or my mood the new ones supercede the older ones. I am going to make a genuine effort to post those recipes first. So guess what kind of recipe was long due on my blog ? A vegetarian one of course! It's been ages since I posted a 'pure veg' recipe.

I had tried this recipe when I was in Mumbai, so that's a good 5-6 months ago, before the frenzy of relocating to Dubai engulfed me completely and life was still going on at a normal pace.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Ponsa Gharai ~ Konkani Style Jackfruit Payasam


Yesterday during lunchtime my niece asked me to list my favourite fruits and I was in a fix. I am not as much a fruit person as I love my veggies. Give me fruits and they will sit on the table for a week. Untouched. Give me veggies and I will eat them in the place of chicken, fish or meat. I totally love my vegetables. So I had to actually rack my brains to come up with a good list of fruits that I liked to eat. I surprised myself when my niece suggested 'jackfruit?' and I said 'yes!' immediately!

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Tri Coloured Neer Dosa / Panpolay (Rice Crepes)


The past few days saw me debating on the kind of recipe I could introduce to celebrate the Indian Independence Day, which is today, the 15th of August. Something that would represent the colours of our Indian flag and also something that was easy to prepare, that didn't have too many ingredients and of course something that the kids would enjoy. Introducing colours in food has its limitations though, unless you are willing to use commercially available artificial food colours. Since my priority is to serve healthy & safe food to my kids at least when it is prepared at home, I had to pick between foods that are famously known for imparting the required colours to food. Carrots & spinach. You guessed it right. 

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Keema Green Masala


To combat a mid-week meal idea crisis I always stock up on minced (ground) meat or keema as we call it in India. While my family has varied interests when it comes to how they like to eat their meat, I am glad that we agree that keema cooked any which way is always palatable. Highly palatable. It is simply a fantastic accompaniment to Indian breads such as chapathis or pulkas or even with rice and tastes even better when cooked with rice in the form of a pulao or biryani. Little wonder then, that I have plenty of recipes on my blog that call for keema. 

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Sheer Khurma (Milk with Dates) | Festive Vermicelli Kheer ~ Easy Recipe to Celebrate 2 Million Page Views

Before I started to type this post I told myself that I would keep it short. I will let the pictures do the talking today because I went crazy over the photo shoot. Not satisfied with those that I clicked last evening, I re did the whole shoot again this morning. It was super fun. I totally love styling & capturing food - in fond remembrance of what just went into my tummy :-)

Today's recipe is a very festive dish during Eid which Muslims all over the world celebrate this week. After observing Ramadan - a period of fasting from dawn to dusk, the faithful particularly look forward to eating this lovely dessert on the day of Eid-ul-Fitr. Sheer Kurma or Sheer Qorma literally means 'Milk with Dates' and is a dish relished for breakfast after the morning prayers are offered. I felt that this definition was apt for the recipe as it is not very sweet. The barely there sweetness makes you ask for more.