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…

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…

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…

Buddha Bowl or Quinoa Bowl

I have been trying to eat clean and healthy for some time now and have been experimenting with different grains and cuisines. Quinoa is one such grain that I have been experimenting with, it contains iron, vitamin B, vitamin E, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, calcium, and fiber. Also, it is gluten free and is one of the very few…

Kanda Poha or Onion Poha

Kanda poha is my husband’s favorite breakfast and he can eat it for breakfast everyday without complaining so I make it often specially on the weekends for brunch along with some hot ginger tea or chai. There are several ways to make this healthy breakfast, the one below is the most basic version and is my go…

Lentil Soup

This is one wholesome soup, it’s a cross between Indian Dal and Veggie Soup. This recipe can be prepared easily with simple pantry ingredients, it’s a very forgiving recipe so feel free to add any other seasonings or veggies of your choice (like – green beans, red potatoes, green peas etc.). Turmeric is optional but I love the golden tinge it…

Watermelon Cooler

It’s so hot outside, and nothing beats the heat better than watermelons! Watermelon is the perfect summer fruit, it’s full of vitamins, antioxidants and loaded with water. So here is my version of a healthy and refreshing watermelon cooler to keep you hydrated this summer. Ingredients: 4 cups watermelon chunks 1 medium lime, freshly squeezed 1.5…

Chickpea Salad

Who doesn’t love some refreshing salad on a hot summer day? I do! Chickpea salad is one of my favorite salads, it is packed with protein and is actually quite filling. It’s an easy recipe that can be made in a jiffy if you have some boiled chickpeas sitting in your fridge. It’s a very…

Baigan Bharta or Roasted Eggplant

Eggplant is my favorite vegetable. I think it’s a family thing, everyone in my family is a big eggplant fan specially my Dad! Give this veggie to me in any form and I’ll eat it up – stuffed, grilled, baked, roasted – it’s delicious in every avatar! However, my most favorite eggplant dish is Baigan…

Rajma Masala or Kidney Beans Curry

Every time I cook Rajma it brings back a lot of childhood memories. Rajma was a weekly affair at my home growing up and not to miss out on the fact that it’s one of my favorite curries and my husband’s too! So here I present my mom’s way of making this famous curry. Ingredients:…