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…

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…

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…

Beetroot Patties

This is one colorful snack and healthy too! All of us are aware of the healthy goodness of beets so I keep looking for different ways to incorporate them into our everyday meals. They make for a great snack accompanied with some mint chutney and hot tea! Ingredients: 1 Pound Beetroot, peeled and shredded 1/2 Pound Potatoes, boiled…

Couscous Salad

This is my go to summer salad recipe, so light and healthy! It’s a great salad with interesting texture and Mediterranean flavor combined into one delicious salad. Also, this is one of those recipes that works with so many things. Ingredients: 10-12 cherry tomatoes, sliced lengthwise 1/4 teaspoon minced garlic 1/2 a jalapeno, seeded and finely chopped 1 tablespoon olive oil 1…

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…