Slow Roasted Tomatoes on Hummus

I make hummus often for appetizers when I have guests as it is an easy dish to make. But I do get bored of the same hummus. I am always looking at ways to make it more interesting. I found a recipe in Bon Appetit which inspired me to make this. Slow roasting the tomatoes…

Vazhakkai Roast (Raw Banana Stir Fry)

My colleague and friend, Kalpana, brought a similar dish for lunch. It looked interesting and I had a bite, it was really good – spicy and the banana was cooked perfectly. When I usually cooked raw banana, I cut into smaller pieces and stir-fried them. But this way, it is almost crispy on the top…

Vegan Mexican Rice

Mexican rice is very similar to the tomato rice that the South Indians make. In the Indian version, we would temper it with mustard and curry leaves. This is a simple and quick dish to make. Serve it with salsa (will be posting recipe soon) and as a side to vegetables or meat. This goes…

Stuffed Mushrooms

The first time I ate stuffed mushrooms was in Sweden where the button mushrooms are bigger than what we get in India.  I remember friends going mushroom picking and always giving us a basket of foraged mushrooms, chanterelle among them. In the US, I got introduced to the portobello mushrooms which are meaty mushrooms and…

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…

Crispy Crunchy Healthy Roasted Chickpeas

Most of the time, I soak and cook too much chickpeas. So I make this crunchy snack which is super easy to make. Ingredients: 1 cup cooked chickpeas or 1 can chickpeas 1 tbsp olive oil salt to taste 1-2 tsp of seasoning (piri piri or chat masala or a mixture of garlic powder and…

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…

My Mom’s Coorgi Akki Roti (Rice flatbread)

Sometime back I had posted a recipe for Akki Roti. That recipe is very common in Karnataka and easy to make. This is a special akki roti made in Coorg/ Kodagu. Kodagu is a district in the southwest of Karnataka. It is a beautiful hill station filled with coffee estates and paddy fields. Their most…

A Steaming Bowl of Millet Khichdi

A cold rainy day. The first thing that comes to my mind is a nice bowl of hot deep fried pakodas. But instead, I settle for something healthy, a nice steaming hot bowl of millet khichdi. Khichidi or khichri is a dish which spells comfort. It is equivalent to the chicken soup. This dish in the…

Roasted Beetroot and Sweet Potato Salad

There are days when all I want to eat is a nice big bowl of salad. I would not have said the same 20 odd years ago. When I first moved to Sweden, my first meal when I landed in Uppsala was a bowl of greek salad. I was astounded that my lunch was a…