Healthy Quinoa Salad

Most of the time we think of healthy food and we and equate it to a drab, tasteless meal and especially, if it is a salad, we think of rabbit food. This salad is healthy and tasty, full of veggies and with a lime chilli vinaigrette. I was also making hummus and had some cooked…

Hummus – Healthy and Easy to make

When I have guests, I have some easy appetizers and dips that I make. Hummus is one of them. I think the first time I ate hummus was at Oasis Falafel in Iowa city. It is a very small restaurant with maybe four tables but with the best falafel and hummus. Because I am lactose…

Savoury Granola

I hope you all had a good thanksgiving. I am thankful for my family, friends and all of you who take the time to read my posts and give me feedback. I appreciate all of you. Thank you! I saw this on a post. Savoury granola was added on roasted butternut squash. I looked it…

Roasted Beet and Green Bean Salad

There are days when you do not want to cook dinner but have to put food on the table. I decided it was going to be bread and cheese and maybe a salad. I was baking bread. I make the no knead bread and it is so easy to make. Look up Jim Lahey’s no…

Vegan Elaneer Payasam (Tender Coconut Payasam)

Tomorrow is Deepavali, the festival of lights. This is the day when we all wear new clothes, burst fireworks and eat good food. My mother would start make murukkus and laddoos a few days earlier. wE would distribute sweets to the neighbors and as kids meet in the evening to burst firework. This week has…

Kadalai Sundal (Garbanzo Bean Salad)

Translating Sundal to a salad does not do justice. It is more than a salad Sundal brings up all these memories of festivals where another easy to make dish is offered to the Gods and guests. You also find this on the beaches where food hawkers sell manga thenga patani sundal (raw mango, coconut, green…

Roasted Carrot Tart with Cilantro Pesto

Have you ever woken up in the morning and the first thought is what you plan to make for dinner? I need to have the inspiration to cook and maybe even dream about it. The days I do not have inspiration, I putter around the kitchen looking at ingredients, waiting for the ingredients to talk…

Rava Kesari (Sweet Semolina Dessert)

In October, we celebrate Navaratri/ Dasara over 10 days (9 nights). It is celebrated all over India and each part of India celebrates it differently. In Mysore, the Dasara procession draws people from all over the world, in Calcutta it is the Durga Puja celebrating Goddess Durga. In Gujarat they celebrate Dasara with dhandia and…

Crispy Delicious Falafel

My first introduction to falafel was almost 25 years before. I had just moved to Sweden and missed Indian food and the indian weather. I landed in Sweden on a sunny, warm (according to the Swedes) day. I spent much of that winter wearing a bright blue ski jacket. I realized that year that sunny…

Tomatillo Salsa Verde

Tomatillo is my new favourite vegetable. It looks like a green tomato but has a husk around it. When the husk is removed, you see a vegetable that looks like a green tomato. It is sticky and needs to be washed. The taste however is very different. It is more tart than a tomato. I…

Roasted Cherry tomatoes with Pasta and breadcrumb Topping

There are days when you get back from work and need a quick dinner. If you have some cherry tomatoes in the fridge this is a dinner you can throw together while you have a cup of tea or coffee. I saw a similar recipe in a food group on Facebook. Emily who is in…

Congress Kadalekai (Roasted Spiced Peanuts)

Congress Kadalekai- Congress is a political party in India and kadalekai is peanuts in kannada, the language spoken in the state of Karnataka. How did this dish get the name. There are different stories, one being, that this was named after the congress party split in 1969 as the peanuts used here are always split…