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Blueberry couscous salad with Italian sausage

And we are back again. Happy Thursday folks, how is your week coming along? Anything exciting planned for this weekend? Well this week we bring to you an easy but sumptuous salad you can make a part of your meal. You can have this for lunch or dinner or even for a healthy snack. All it takes is 15 mins to get this going. Also what better way to get those yummy blueberries in your meal before the season ends eh? This salad is pretty versatile and so you can easily make it vegetarian by replacing the sausage with vegetarian sausages or add greens to it. There are plenty of veggie sausages available in the market, try them out if you haven’t before. I know this picture is tempting you to taste it..and I wont hold you back, here comes the ingredients and the recipe. Enjoy! Blueberry Couscous Salad 1 cup dried Israeli couscous 1 1/4 cups water ¼ cup fresh grated Parmesan cheese (optional) salt and fresh cracked pepper 3 tablespoons olive oil juice …

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Chutney & Curry – Sides for Indian Breakfast Dishes

Happy Thursday folks! Hope you all enjoyed our last post about Uttapam. I got quite a few requests last week asking suggestions for the chutneys and sides that go with Uttapam. So this week we bring to you some delicious and easy to make sides that goes well not only with Uttapams but most of the other Indian breakfast items. So without further ado, here you go… Peanut Chutney  The first one the list of sides is the ever so tasty peanut chutney. You can make this chutney at home and store in your fridge for up to a week if you’d like. For those of you who are allergic to peanuts do not get disheartened you can make coconut chutney instead. Follow below process to make coconut chutney by omitting peanuts and replacing it with same quantity of chopped or grated fresh coconut. Now to make this chutney you will need – Ingredients: For Peanut Chutney: Peanuts – 1.5 cups Dry chillies – 4 Green chillies – 4 Tamarind juice – 2 spoons Cumin – …

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Uttapam – Rice & Lentil Pancake

Happy Thursday dear friends! Hope you are having a great week. This week we decided to treat you to some yummy Indian breakfast item ‘Uttapam’. We made this dish regularly when my parents were over.  It is a healthy and filling breakfast item. Uttapam is essentially made with rice and urad dal and is a very versatile pancake as you can add the toppings of your choice. The colorful uttapam packs a punch with the necessary carbohydrates from rice and protein with the lentil. I topped my pancakes with grated carrots, chopped green chillies and garnished it with a drizzle of roughly chopped cilantro. You can have these pancakes as is or try them out with some spicy chutney and yogurt. Try this out and let me know how you liked it! For the Uttapam 1.5 cups  White Rice 1.5 cups Cooked Rice (preferably white) 4 tbsp White lentils (urad dal) salt – to taste Water For the toppings Grated carrots – 1 cup Green chillies – finely chopped 1-2 depending on how spicy you’d like …

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Avocado Nanaicecream

Happy Thursday friends! How are you all doing? This week has been quite warm for us and it is a delight to see all the plants and trees soak up the light and grow with it. While on the topic of being warm, what would compliment this weather better than some cold ice cream. What say? Presenting to you, our avocado and nanaicecream! This is a blend of my two favorite and power packed ingredients, avocado and banana. Both of them are so rich in potassium and many other nutrients. This recipe is a great way to include these two superfoods in your regular diet. You can also add more fruits as toppings depending on your choice. For this, I added a bunch of berries including blueberries, cherries and goji berries. I went cherry picking recently and I had a great lot of fresh and juicy cherries at home so I was all the more motivated to add them to this recipe. Well without further ado, go ahead and checkout our recipe and let us …

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Strawberry Salad with Poppy-seed dressing

Happy Friday dear friends! How has your week been? I have had a great time the past two weeks traveling and doing fun activities with my parents. One of the activities we did was to go strawberry picking! Strawberry picking at Delange’s Redberry farm is a great way to engage with ur local community, gain access to fresh strawberries that are sweet, juicy and amazing. Great way for family to hang out together perfect weekend activity. [/caption]Here are some of the pictures from our picking … mom & dad thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience! Fruit picking is not a common activity in India and this was a completely new experience for them. Well, end of the day we had a ton of strawberries at home and it was time to whip up something using these juicy fruits. Strawberry being a versatile fruit can be added to so many dishes and it doesn’t have to be desserts only. Here’s a salad that I made using these strawberries. Inspired by Panera bread’s  premium signature summer salad. I just love salads …

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Egg Pulusu

Thursday is here again! Hope you are all gearing up for a a fantastic July 4th weekend. The weather gods have been kind on us and we are going to have beautiful weather this weekend so I am super excited to do lots of outdoor activities. While on the topic of celebration, here is a dish you could make and serve at your July 4th parties as finishing meal apart from all the grilling (have you tried our Grilled Chicken Legs )that you have planned. It is an Indian dish called ‘Egg pulusu’ my mom often makes and we all love it at home. Now that my mom is here visiting us, I am having the best food at home everyday.  Also, we have had increasing demand for Indian recipes off late so this is for all our followers! Egg pulusu as you must have already guessed is a dish made out of egg. ‘Pulusu’ is a telugu word essentially meaning curry using tamarind juice. It is simple with some mild spices and great to …

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Summer Fattoush Salad

Happy Friday folks! How has your week been? Today we have for you a middle eastern salad called the Fattoush Salad. You will find this salad on the menu if you go to any middle eastern restaurant. For all my vegetarian friends who are looking for a quick meal and for all my meat eating friends looking for a recipe for your meatless days of the week, here is one you can refer to. This lemony, zesty nutritious salad is quite a  filling one so you can easily make this a part of your meal or your whole meal itself. Below, in this recipe, I have explained how to make this salad two ways. I like them both ways, and I choose one over the other depending on how much time I have to pack my meal. So go ahead and try it and let me know how you liked it! For the Fattoush Salad 2 cups of buttermilk or 1.5 cups of labneh 2-3 pita bread 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved 4-5 radishes, thinly sliced …

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Mini – Blueberry Pancakes

It’s the weekly recipe time again! Hope you are all enjoying our wide variety of weekly recipes. As usual, we would love to hear from you about what you like about our recipes and what kinds of cuisines or recipes you would like to see in the future. Well without further ado, we bring to you the simple, yet delicious Blueberry pancakes. Today’s breakfast recipe is intended for a weekend or a day when you have a little bit of time to spend in the kitchen. This is not something you quickly put together, but something you spend time making and then savour bite by bite. This also makes for a great breakfast in bed recipe..All of you planning for a father’s day surprise for your dads, make a note! Alright then, go ahead and checkout our recipe and let us know how you liked it!    For the Mini – Blueberry Pancakes: 1-1/2 cup all purpose flour 1/4 tsp salt 1 tbsp baking powder 3 tbsp sugar 1-1/2 cup whole milk (plus more as needed) 1 egg …

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Doro Wat – Spicy Ethiopian Chicken Curry

Happy Thursday friends! Hope you are all enjoying the lovely weather and all the nature’s beauty around. My husband and I love our evening walks with Gizmo (our little pup) breathing in all the freshness the season has to offer. Well, this week my hubby dear was craving some Ethiopian food and so this week’s recipe is a dish from Ethiopia called Doro Wat. Ethiopian cuisine is something we enjoy at home and outside too. The flavors and spices are very close to Indian and that makes it more enjoyable for us. India and Ethiopia have had long connections going back many many years with Indians moving to Ethiopia to do technical work and spice trade. Incidentally, bollywood movies seem to be very famous in there….So don’t be surprised if you are greeted by a namaste next time you are there. The recipe below is basically a curry served on the side of a savory pancake. Something similar to a dosa except it is baked. We frequent (Ethiopian restaurant) regularly and I got my spice mix …

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Cinnamon – The secret healer

Cinnamon has been one of my favorite spices that I love to use in my recipes. I absolutely love the aroma it brings in and the flavor it adds to the recipes. Recently, I came across another use of this very unassumingly brilliant piece of bark. I was suffering with mild throat irritation and cough and I wasn’t too keen on taking medicines and was looking for some home remedies to soothe my condition. My mom recommended me a great one! She suggested I made a powder of dry roasted cinnamon and cloves with a spoon of honey twice every day. I tried it for 2 days and voila! It worked like magic. The ingredients are something you will find in your kitchen and this can be used for kids and adults alike. It intrigued me to read and learn more about cinnamon and I found this great article listing all the health benefits. Blood Sugar Control – Several studies have found that Cinnamon has properties that help those with insulin resistance. It is therefore …