The popular beach on Galle Face in Colombo is buzzing with hawkers – foods, toys, trinkets and needless to say, we noticed that the food hawkers were the most popular. We were obviously in the right place. Kotthu Roti or Kottu Parotha is what we made a bee-line for. We have a video for an egg version on our website (Click here) and wanted to see the differences between the two. To say the least,…"Kotthu Parotha – Street Foods Video from Sri Lanka"
How many times have you been unimpressed by the lack of flavor of some store bought rasam powders? Many of these powders or masalas start out fresh and flavorful but lose their potency over time, especially if you don’t use them very often. How do you combat this problem, you ask? Simple…make you own fresh rasam powder at home with this easy Homemade Rasam Powder recipe."Homemade Rasam Powder"
So all of us have leftovers…and most of us have a very hard time trying to figure out what to do with them. Here is a great ingenious way to utilize them and enjoy them to the hilt. Baked Rice is one of those dishes that will make you feel really really good and feel like you have accomplished something- 1. Cleaned out the refrigerator – check 2. Fed the family – check 3. Did…"Baked Rice How-to Video"
A fantastic accompaniment with the ultimate Punjabi meal: Sarson ka Saag and Makki Di Roti! Make a little extra because with the leftovers – roll some in a hot chapati and it’s heavenly! Cook Time: 5 min Ingredients: Powdered Jaggery Peanuts – roughly crushed Ghee Method: 1. Toast the peanuts (if using the roasted ones, skip this step) in a skillet. 2. Once done, allow them to cool down. 3. If you are in a…"Jaggery, Peanuts & Ghee Mix (accompniment to Makki di Roti & Sarson da Saag)"
One time my sister-in-law was over for dinner and I made these crazy potatoes quite by fluke. For quite a while she pressurized me for the recipe. Little did she know what had gone into making them and why I thought they were ‘crazy’! Finally, when I did give her the recipe, this is kinda how the recipe went “so boil and cube the potatoes, open your spice cabinet…left to right, put in a teaspoon…"Masaledar Aloo (Spiced Potatoes)"
It is always comforting to find vegetables that are not seasonal and you can count on them to be there when you need them. Potatoes and Green Beans are two of those trusted veggies that when paired together, something delicious comes out. Next time you can’t think of anything to make, try this quick and easy recipe for Aloo and Green Beans subzi that is sure to become a staple “go to” recipe in your…"Aloo (Potatoes) and Green Beans Subzi Recipe"
Here is a cake with a difference…Biscuit Cake!!! You will probably have to fight the kids off just because you want it all to yourself (how do I know? Well, been there done that!). The best part is that there is no baking required and it is very simple to make. The only thing you need is patience – just enough to make it and allow it to chill before you dig into it. Another…"Biscuit Cake"
For all of you who have been waiting to try out our Multipurpose Marinade, here is the perfect Ultimate Paneer Wrap recipe. We recently had the opportunity to share this delicious recipe with the Tasted Channel on youtube for their “My Ultimate Sandwich” series. And if paneer is not your thing, feel free to marinate chicken for the Ultimate Chicken Wrap. Prep Time: 10 minutes, plus 30 minutes marination time Cook Time: 10 minutes Makes…"Ultimate Paneer Wrap Recipe"
With so many holiday parties coming up, we can never have enough easy to make appetizers or finger foods. Try this simple pineapple and cheese appetizer recipe with a little zing and set your holiday spread apart from the rest."Pineapple Cheese Appetizer Recipe for the Holidays"
If you’re looking for a filling meal on the go or a one shot, all in one item, you’ll want to try this Gobi Paratha recipe. Spiced cauliflower flavored by fresh herbs is stuffed into a flatbread and then pan fried. Serve it with mango pickle and yogurt or raita and you have a delicious meal."Cauliflower (Gobi) Paratha"
Besan Puda is a perfect quick and easy to make item. This with the combination of with Spring Onions which provide the color, the crunch and the subtle flavor is a match made in heaven. Besan (aka Chickpea flour) is known to provide warmth to the body which is perfect for rainy or colder days. The Rice Flour in the recipe gives the Puda a great crispy texture and makes sure the Puda does not…"Besan Puda (Savory Pancake) with Spring Onions"
This simple quick and easy drink is perfect for the Winters and to tide you over the cold days. A typical “nanima-ke-nuske” (grandmother’s remedies) & I am here in Chicago right now and it is just perfect for this time of the year! All the ingredients for Winter Sheera have a lot of health benefits: Ghee – considered the liquid gold, Haldi/Turmeric – considered one of the healthiest spices Besan – great for the winters…"Winter Sheera Recipe – Home Remedy to build Immunity during the Winters"
Pedas are a wonderful and delicious mithai (sweets) that are very popular and are often served during Diwali. Traditionally, it is made with milk that is cooked and cooked and cooked…till it thickens. It has a smooth and silky texture and it just melts in the mouth. One Peda will never be enough…so here we have a simplified version that is just as tasty and a lot easier to make. Another interesting fact about Pedas…"Peda"
On a recent trip to the YouTube Space LA, I had the opportunity to collaborate on a recipe with fellow YouTuber Jenn Johns of Cookies Cupcakes and Cardio. Check out this simple microwave brownie recipe that we are affectionately calling “Bachelor Brownies”, in honor of all of our viewers who don’t have access to full kitchens."Bachelor Brownies"
The ultimate Indian comfort food, Khichdi is an easy, healthy and satisfying dish. Try it with Gujarati Kadhi – Yum!! It is a complete meal with proteins, veggies and carbs all in one. Great as baby and toddler food. Ingredients: Basmati rice – 1 ¼ cups Mung Daal – 1 ¼ cups Water – 5 cups Salt – 1 tsp Haldi (turmeric) – ¼ tsp Hing (asofoetida) – 1 pinch Method: 1. Wash Rice and…"Mung Daal Khichadi"
Here is a classic example of a dish that can be served up warm or cold, as a salad or as a side dish. The garlic infused Mushrooms broth gives the Couscous a wonderful depth of flavor that is has you craving for more. Easy to make and with the results like this, this recipe is a real keeper. Prep Time: 10 min Cook Time: 30 min Serves: 4 (as a side-dish) Ingredients: Couscous –…"Garlic Mushroom Couscous Recipe"
With Summer right around the corner, try delicious and refreshing Lassi, a cold yogurt drink, popular in the state of Punjab, India. Lassi comes in many varieties including sweet lassi, salted lassi, mango lassi, etc. This lassi recipe is a minty variation with a kick!"Lassi – Refreshing Yogurt Drink"
Here is a basic Garam Masala recipe that we can use on an everyday basis. Make it and use it and you’ll have a new flavor in life and in your food! AMAZING! And the best part is that it is so easy to make that you’ll wonder why you have not been doing it for all these years. Ingredients: Big Black Cardamom – 12 (10 g) Coriander Seeds – 2 tbsp (10 g) Cloves…"Basic Garam Masala"
The literal translation of Shahi Paneer is ‘Royal Paneer’ which is very appropriate name for this dish, fit for a king. Paneer, a home made cheese, is accompanied with a rich and creamy sauce made from cashews. Try this delectable and flavorful Indian dish which is a restaurant favorite."Paneer in Cashew Sauce ( Shahi Paneer)"
Quinoa is the wonder food that is often referred to as “a complete protein” amongst plant-based foods. A grain-like seed originally from Peru, Quinoa contains a balanced set of essential amino acids needed for human health. It cooks in the same way as rice and can often be substituted in rice dishes. Try this Quinoa Pulao recipe and enjoy the health benefits and wonderful taste of Quinoa!"Quinoa Pulao Recipe"
Gujaratis are known for many things but one of the big things is the ever popular Undhiyu recipe. The name originates from the word “undhu” which means “upside down” in Gujarati. Traditionally, undhiyu is cooked in earthen clay pots which are turned upside down onto an open fire. Made with a mix of different vegetables and spices, undhiyu and puri are common items at wedding feasts. Enjoy the delicious medley of flavors of the long…"Gujarati Undhiyu"
Guacamole is a great addition to a Mexican meal, it adds a great dimension and a flavor that is unparalleled to anything else. The smooth texture of the avocados, the medley of color and an amazing flavor are all brought together in this one side dish! Enjoy this Guacamole recipe as a dip with tortillas chips or as an accompaniment to your Mexican fare."Guacamole How-to Video"
Pickled Onions go so well with the Tandoori Chicken and with most grilled dishes. Pickled Onions can be made instantly and add a wonderful color. And the best part – dropping them in boiling water takes the edge off the onions. Try adding them to burgers for an extra crunch. All we can say is ‘ENJOY’!"Pickled Onions"
Recipes that will be a sure hit with kids and so easy, you’ll love them as well!! LIMEBERRY CRUSH (from Family Fun magazine) 2 pints of hulled Strawberries 1-½ cups of crushed Ice ¼ cup Confectioners Sugar 2 tbsp Lime Juice Blend the mixture until smooth and serve immediately. Serves 4. DIRT CUPS 2 cups Cold Milk 10-6oz Plastic cups 8oz Whipped Topping Gummy Worms 1-16oz pkg. Chocolate Sandwich Cookies 4oz pkt.…"Summer Survival for Kids & You – Part 2"
There are many preparations and recipes for Poha, or flattened rice. These dry flakes are used for various Indian snacks such as chivda or in desserts like poha with sweetened milk. In this recipe poha is washed gently and fluffed up to make a soft and savory dish sometimes known as Batata Powa or Kanda Poha. It is a quick breakfast idea or perfect tea time snack."Poha (Powa) How-to Video"