Pesarattu or Savory Lentil Crepe

Pesarattu is a popular breakfast delicacy from Andhra Pradesh (Southern part of India), it is simple to prepare and requires no fermentation. Did you know? 1 Cup of Moong Beans has 14 grams of protein and is a good nutrient-rich source of protein for vegetarians or vegans. Ingredients: 1 Cup Moong Beans (whole or split)…

Hummus

I am a big fan of hummus and have tried making hummus in the past also but it has often been a hit and miss. I am happy to share that finally I have cracked the secret to making smooth, creamy, homemade hummus (it’s all about chickpeas to tahini ratio and well-cooked chickpeas). I like…

Palak Tofu or Spinach Tofu

This recipe is vegan version of a very popular Indian recipe – Palak Paneer or Spinach with Indian Cottage Cheese. This recipe is exactly the same as the traditional one, the only difference being – I have switched Indian Cottage Cheese with Tofu and have not added any cream to it (but you can add regular…

Basil Fried Rice

I love Thai basil! I recently tried basil fried rice and ever since wanted to make my own (healthier) version of it. I used brown rice instead of traditional white jasmine rice, and trust me it tasted even better with brown rice. Did you know? Every 1/4 cup of brown rice has 2-3 grams more…

Ghugni Chaat

Ghugni Chaat is irresistible (yet healthy!) street food from northern and eastern parts of India. Usually street food is not the healthiest but ghungi chaat is an exception, it is packed with protein and full of dietary fiber. Traditionally it is garnished with chopped onions, green chilies, cilantro and lemon juice, but you can also top it…

Vegetable Biryani

Biryani is a decadent rice preparation that makes for a perfect meal on a cold winter afternoon. The recipe that I am going to share today is easy, delicious and healthy. I have added my healthy twist to this recipe by not adding any kind of animal protein, yogurt or clarified butter (but trust me…

Spinach Mushroom Quinoa

So this weekend I decided to start eating clean again after all festivities (I am from India and we had a festivals back to back in the month of September and October). I wasn’t sure what to make for lunch this afternoon but I knew I wanted to make something out of quinoa, so  I…

Ras Malai

Ras Malai is a delectable Indian dessert and my favorite right since childhood. It is made with fresh cottage cheese shaped into dumplings and soaked in sweetened milk. This was my first time making this recipe and to my surprise it turned out really well. I followed the traditional (lengthy!) way to make this dessert and…

Beguni or Eggplant Fritter

Beguni or Eggplant fritter is a very popular Bengali snack but can also be served as a side dish along with dal and veggies. Begun (Bengali name for Eggplant) is one of my favorite vegetables and this dish totally takes it one step ahead. It is prefect for a rainy day or cold winter evening…

Amrakhand or Mango Shrikhand

Amrakhand or Mango shrikhand is a very simple and straightforward recipe that requires very few ingredients. There are many different versions of Shrikhand, the most popular being the good old Cardamom Saffron (or Elaichi Shrikhand) and Mango Shrikhand (this one is my favorite!). You can make your very own version of this recipe, by adding any nuts or…

Chingri Malaikari or Shrimp Curry

This weekend was all about Bengali food fare, this recipe has been contributed by my dear husband who is a big foodie and a pro cook. This curry is my husband’s favorite and he can eat it all day everyday without complaining. Most people (including me, before I met my husband) think that coconut is not a…

Cholar Dal

Cholar Dal is a very popular Bengali dish that is often made for festive celebrations in Bengal, specially for Durga Poojo bhog. This dal was introduced to me by my husband (who is a bengali) and instantly became my favorite. For me this dish truly symbolizes simplicity at its best,  it is aromatic and slightly sweet. Traditionally cholar dal…