We love the color drama that Beetroots have. Not only are they fun to work with but are healthy for you as well and we am always looking for ways to incorporate them into our everyday meals. These Beetroot Tikkis are always a hit in our homes, and we use them for parties and for week-end lunches. The versatility is amazing, love the fact that they freeze so well and are available to pull out…"Beetroot Tikkis – Indian Vegetarian Recipe"
This is one of the recipes we made during our live video chat show on Friday. If you have not stopped by to chat live with us, please come see us on any Friday at 1:30PM Central. Try this Black Bean and Corn Dip next time you are having a get together. It takes just minutes to make and is served with Tortilla chips. It’s fresh, healthy and your friends will be asking for more!"Black Bean & Corn Dip"
Thai cuisine is near and dear to our hearts! If you have some of the prep work done, like having homemade Thai Red Curry Paste ready and on hand, Thai cooking can be fast, super easy and absolutely heavenly. Since, we are getting ready to start our Thai cooking series, we thought we’d share this Red Curry Paste recipe with you. Ready, get set…Thai!"Thai Red Curry Paste"
Mung Daal Khichadi is an all-time favorite comfort food for when you’re feeling under the weather or for those “after holiday over-indulgence” times. Made with easy to digest mung daal, rice and veggies, khichadi is also a perfect balanced meal for babies and kids. Try some with Gujarati Kadhi…it’s a perfect match!"Mung Daal Khichadi How-to Video"
Larb (or Laab) is a Thai warm salad that can be made with ground chicken, beef, pork or turkey. Though we call it a salad with all of the freshness from lime, mint leaves and cilantro, Larb can be eaten with sticky rice or different vegetables such as cabbage. Try this Laab recipe as a side dish for your thai meal or as the main coarse…simply delicious! Prep Time: 10 mins Cook Time: 10 –…"Thai Larb Spicy Chicken Salad (Laab Gai)"
Adai is a dosa-like crepe made with a higher concentration of daal to rice, making it a healthier option. Its a protein-packed meal as well as quick snack idea. Unlike dosa, it requires no fermentat … ion. Watch this video and enjoy this healthy, yummy recipe with some coconut chutney or chutney powder!"Adai – Lentil Crepes How-to Video"
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"
Thai Cuisine is one of the beautiful with depths of color and flavors. This Tom Kha Soup is always a favorite whether it is summer of winter. The balance of the sweet (palm sugar), the salty (fish sauce or soy sauce) and the spice (thai chilli) is just unbelievable with the soft and creamy and very subtle Coconut Milk. Can you tell we are in love with Thai Food? Prep Time: 20 min Cook Time:…"Thai Tom Kha Soup"
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"
Most festivals are about traditions and about families coming together. In India, they are also about eating. Families coming together, making sweets, laughing, sharing and enjoying their time together. Diwali is a festival that is pretty much that and with so much to do, an easy recipe is like a God-send. Soumya shared her Grandmother’s recipe with us which she would make for Diwali- so there is tradition, sharing and lots of love in this…"7 Cup Burfi – Indian Sweet"
Paneer is an Indian Cheese that is used in a lot of Indian Recipes – savory and desserts.The beauty of it is that it takes on the flavor of the spices or ingredients that go into the dish it is used in. What we also love is the fact that it is a cheese that does not melt, making it super versatile. Enjoy this Masala Paneer and take your dishes to a whole new level.…"Homemade Panir and Masala Paneer (Indian Cheese) Recipe"
Dosakai is strange! Why would we say that? Well, it is classified as a fruit but eaten and cooked like a vegetable! It is known as a Yellow Indian Cucumber – don’t think it looks or tastes like a cucumber! Yes, when we said strange, we meant strange. This Yellow Indian Cucumber is used in pickle, Curries, Daals, alongside Meats and Seafood. It has a tangy and a tart-ish flavor that makes it perfect for…"Dosakai Pickle"
Gongura (also known as pitwaa or sorrel leaves) is a green, leafy plant that has many different uses in Indian cuisine. The popular Gongura Pickle is found in most Indian grocery store shelves. Gongura is a great source of Iron, folic acid and other anti-oxidants. Try this Andhra inspired Gongura Daal recipe (Gongura Pappu) and experience the fresh, tangy flavors of fresh gongura leaves."Gongura Daal (Pappu)"
Masala Mushrooms is a very aromatic and a wonderful dish with a subtle hint of crushed Fenugreek leaves, it’s a must try! This dish is quick and easy to make is a wonderful combination with Tandoori Rotis, Chappatis and Naans. So, Masala Mushrooms, bring it on…"Masala Mushrooms How-to Video – Indian Vegetarian Recipe"
Kottayam is a region in State of Kerala, land of the Gods! And this dish is a very fine example of that wonderful cuisine that we hear so much of. The flavorful fish with coconut and tamarind gravy is perfect with some white rice and is sure to transport you to the place. Prep Time: 10 min Cook Time: 15 min Serves: 4-6 Ingredients: Tilapia or any Firm Fish – 1 lb, cut to bite…"Kottayam Fish Curry"
With all the holidays and festivals around the corner, we are always looking for new and fresh ideas to put smiles on the faces of the ones we love. Diwali, Dushera, Thanksgiving, Christmas or New Years, this Paneer Sandwiches are sure to please. What we love is that they are easy to make and since they are not fried, they are a great alternate to the mess of frying. Enjoy your holidays and enjoy these…"Baked Crispy Paneer Sandwiches Recipe"
Like any South Asian kitchen, our pantry and spice cabinets are full to the brim!! Between the two of us, we have close to 100 spices and atleast 25 different daals and beans! The sheer number can seem intimidating and very daunting to anybody. We have put together a list of basic items that will help you, and through the video, you see what they look like as well."Pantry Basics for Indian Cooking"
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)"
Once in a while, we crave a change from boring sodas and juices. Gajar ki Kanji, a unique tasting beverage made from carrots and beets, is a great alternative to your average drink. Add a few green chilies to give this recipe an added kick or simply enjoy this refreshing and beautiful beverage."Gajar (Carrot) Kanji"
After having slogged in the kitchen to get a great fresh meal ready, the last thing you want to have linger on you is the GARLIC SMELL! It’s great to eat and we just can’t skimp on it in our meals but don’t think we like it as a perfume and have to smell it on our hands for days to come 😉 Quick trick to get rid of that lingering garlic perfume!"Garlicky Hands – Tuesday Tip"
You know you’ve seen them at the store during holidays like Valentines’ Day or Mother’s Day…beautiful bright red strawberries covered in rich chocolate. Then, you look at the price. Wow! That’s really expensive! Try this easy Homemade Chocolate Covered Strawberries recipe and you won’t believe how inexpensive they are to make. In case you’re wondering, Dad (or hubby) will surely love this special treat for Father’s Day!"Chocolate Covered Strawberries Recipe"
Butter Paneer (lovingly known as Panir Makhani) is not only a very well known dish, but is absolutely scrumptious and can have you salivating just by thinking about it. Try out this recipe in all it’s rich glory, or if you prefer a healthier version, you can use some of our fat and calorie fighting tips. Enjoy!"Butter Paneer or Panir Makhani How to Video"
When comparing nutritional values of vegetables, the sweet potato always comes on top. Packed with complex carbohydrates, fiber and plenty of beta carotene (Vitamin A), the sweet potato can be a nutritious as well as delicious part of a healthy diet. It can also save millions of malnourished children around the world. Try a unique way to enjoy sweet potatoes with this mouth watering Sweet Potato Lettuce Wraps recipe. If you like it, please forward…"Sweet Potato Lettuce Wraps"
For all those of you who are not thrilled about eating a sugary sweet breakfast, Mushrooms on Toast could be your new morning thing! In this recipe, mushrooms, onions and bell peppers are lightly stir-fried as a savory topping for toast. Start the day with a bang with this easy and great make-ahead breakfast recipe."Mushrooms on Toast – Savory Breakfast Recipe"