My first memories of eating lemon rice are from our days in Bangalore, India. Not being a big rice eater in those days, I always marvelled how a subtle lemony rice always managed to get my attention. And for good reason. For this quick & simple dish has a few ingredients, but bursting flavours that need no accompaniments whatsoever. Of course, a little pickle on the side never hurts though!Read More
"The feeling of holiday, slow ripples in a boat
That warm summer day, fishermen at work,
Lunch beckons, just as the catch comes in
So fresh, the fish almost seem to smirk!
Spiced & roasted, ready in minutes ten
Flaky goodness, the devours the best of you,
Ah, if only day we ate this well everyday
A fish, a boat & a wide ocean blue!"Read More
"I went far out, in search of vegetables fresh
And came across this farm, where I could've gone insane!
Beets & lettuce, fresh cauliflowers off the ground
Oh my! My excitement remained no bounds.
I set out to chop, sizzle and prepare
A meal that said seasonal, flavorful and rare...
Out came this wonderful soup, chilled to the core
Grapes and Gobi? Yes sir, I present you no bore!"Read More
"Breakfast of champions, this gotta be
Flavourful, and packed with nutrients you cannot see..
A warm comforting bowlful, or some quick spooned bites
Putting the muffin aside? Yes, you just might!
Inspired by home, and the bright summer sun
Perfect for meatless monday, or after that morning run,
It's vegan, but fancy a dollop of yogurt? Feel free
Specially if you're a spice wimp, like me!Read More
Bun Omelette, true to it's name, is a soft bread roll smothered in butter and stuffed with the most delicious, spicy, omelette ever. It's a common street food in Northern India (although not the most hygienic!) and was a sporadic late night treat for us when my brother & I were home for the holidays from boarding school.Read More
"Herbs" Dal meant nothing to me till a few months ago, when I made a simple spinach lentil curry and my husband says "Oh, this reminds me of our Herbs Dal". Being of South African Indian origin, my husband's foodie language is sometimes just as confusing as their mixed culture, so I decided to dig deeper. I discovered that Indians households in SA make a version of spinach lentils with a bunch of mixed greens & sour leaves. I couldn't exactly find all the 'herbs' they used, so decided to make my version with a few favourite seasonal greens.Read More
When I served this at one of my events, I really didn't expect for people to ask me the recipe. Had the plain ol' cucumber salad cut un-laboriously for every childhood meal, suddenly become mainstream? Or was it that in an effort to appreciate complicated food, one had forgotten how simplicity tastes? Either way, I couldn't help but remember those summer days when mum used to serve this alongside a Rajma (kidney bean curry) Chawal night, and we always tried not to look at it (as though it would magically disappear!) - not that we didn't like it, but as kids, who wanted to have anything green!Read More
Did you know beetroot leaves are edible? Yes sir! The young ones can be eaten raw, and as they get older it is advisable to cook/sauté them as you would do with spinach. Packed with vitamins and other nutrients, 1 medium beetroot – leaf, stalk & root et all helps boost immunity, fight infections, lower blood pressure and increase red blood cells. Aren’t those enough reasons to add it to your next meal?
And if you cook it like I did, you won’t care how healthy it is. You’ll just want more.Read More
Soup - people love it or hate it. But given the ease and practically no-recipe for coming up with these concoctions (not to mention the health factor!), I had to put this recipe up.
I was waiting for a cousin to come home for dinner. She had been on a vacation, and I wanted to give her something healthy to eat after all the junk on the road. At the same time, I wanted to empty my refrigerator before I left for holiday [chuckle!]. That combination, my friends, turned out to be pretty magical. I pulled out everything from my vegetable tray and created this recipe as I went along. The music definitely helped ;). With bold Indian flavors, a hint of spice & all the 'green' from the veggies, this bowl of deliciousness was too tempting to pass on while I worked on the photos. Honestly, I didn't expect it turn out as good! Slurp.Read More
"The fault was mine, I'd held it wrong
Made an incision, while humming that song,
And it bled and bled, all over the counter it bled
Luscious, sweet, a river of red,
There was no turning back, the damage had been done
It was now in two, once a wholesome one,
I sighed, someone had to pay for this pain
So I tossed it all up, and created a salad insane!"Read More
“Heal & squeal, with this genius breakfast meal
Raw & rad, it’s full of nutrients clad.
Chop & mix, and the fridge will do the fix
Scrumptious & slow, your mind it’ll blow!”Read More
"I know I know, summer is over, but can't we celebrate anyway?
Slurp, crunch, savor, the red we love all May...
Spiced like the streets, on a scorching Indian afternoon
It's like those childhood treats, during holidays in June
July has come & gone, and Autumn is taking over the sun
So we'll hold on to the warmth, in this little glass of yum.."
1/2 watermelon, cut into cubes or rounds (using a melon baller)
2 large cucumbers, de-seeded, peeled and cut into 1inch pieces
Juice from 1 lemon
Handful of fresh coriander, finely chopped (the more the better!)
12-15 fresh mint leaves, finely chopped
1 teaspoon black/rock salt
1/4 teaspoon paprika or chili powder
1/4 teaspoon dry mango powder
1/2 teaspoon roasted cumin powder
Salt to taste
Mix the watermelon, cucumber, coriander & mint and chill for 30 mins. When ready to serve, toss with lemon juice and spices. Eat fresh. A quick, simple, super healthy spiced fruit salad that will change the way you see watermelon!
"Red fiery red, swirled with white
Like ribbons of energy, in a dark lifeless night..
A burst of flavor, tart, sweet & spice
Your go to snack, when dessert doesn't suffice.
Quick to whip up, pleases the mid day munch
A luscious splash, and a recipe emerging from a hunch!"
2 ripe plums, pitted and chopped into pieces
3 tablespoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon fresh ginger, grated
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon powder
1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence
1 cup thick yogurt (greek or otherwise)
2 teaspoons dark maple syrup
Heat a non stick pan. Add sugar, along with 3 tablespoons water and allow the sugar to melt. Once melted, add the ginger and cook for a few minutes. Stir in the plums, cinnamon & vanilla essence. Cover and cook on medium flame till plums are tender.
Turn heat to high, and mash the pulp with a spoon. Continue cooking till most of the liquid is absorbed and you get a jam like consistency - but don't let it get too thick. Remove from heat and cool.
Mix the yogurt & maple syrup till smooth & creamy. Add a dollop of the compote in a tall glass, followed by the yogurt. Refrigerate for 2 hours & serve cold.
A creamy, low fat dessert with hints of summer fruit & spice!
“I walked streets
Of vendors full,
Frying & tossing
Aromas that pull..
A quick squeeze
For a perfected snack,
Spice, masalas & lemon
No flavors lack!
Chaat for family
Or when you’re lone,
A delicious memory
Re-created at home..”
2 cups frozen corn kernels
½ red pepper, finely chopped
½ green pepper, finely chopped
1 green chili, finely chopped (remove seeds if you don’t want it too fiery!)
1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
Bunch of fresh mint, roughly chopped
Bunch of fresh coriander, roughly chopped (leaves & stalks)
2 tablespoons white vinegar
Juice of half a lemon
½ teaspoon paprika
½ teaspoon cumin powder
½ teaspoon chat masala (or dry mango powder)
Salt & pepper to taste
1 tablespoon light olive oil
Heat oil in a non-stick skillet. Add corn, salt & paprika and roast on high flame for 10-12 minutes, till the corn is tender and all the moisture has been absorbed. Continue to sauté till the corn kernels start turning brown. Remove from heat & cool completely. Once cooled, stir in the green chili, peppers & tomatoes. (make sure you don’t mix the vegetables when the corn is hot, or they’ll wilt & become mushy).
Put the mint, coriander, vinegar, lemon juice in a mortar and pound to make a chunky wet paste.
Once ready to serve, toss the corn in the vinegar mixture. Season with chat masala, cumin and pepper. Adjust salt & serve fresh.
Try this, and other delicious creations, at one of my upcoming dining experiences!