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Spicy Grilled Chicken with Flavored Rice

Aand we are back dear friends! Happy Thursday to you all. Hope all of you are enjoying this lovely winter. This year fortunately we haven’t seen much of snow and it has been a winter we midwestern people look forward to. This week we bring to you Spicy Grilled Chicken with Flavored Rice – when i think of eating Indian food at a food truck this is what I like to see. Some grilled meats/veggies accompanied with flavored aromatic Indian basmati rice and loads of condiments on side. Hmmm..Yummy! Two years ago, I visited New York and I had this amazing halal meal at indian/middle eastern food truck. This meal is inspired by my food adventures from my New York visit. The versatility of Indian food is that it can be easily substituted with ingredients based on dietary restrictions. And so my vegetarian friends, you can use the same marinade and use Paneer, red onions, green bell peppers instead of meats. Well, I hope I have tempted you enough. Without further ado, lets jump into the …

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Sweet Potato Kale Kimchi Quinoa Patties

Here we are again! Hope all of you are getting ready to welcome the beautiful season of fall along with all the cold it brings. I’m excited to bring out my warm clothing and try on all the cool sweatshirts, sweaters and jackets. Another cool way of enjoying the chilly weather is to have something nice and warm. Just for that reason today we bring to you Sweet Potato Kale Kimchi Quinoa Patties – a warm patty that you can enjoy for a snack or even a meal. So without further ado, let’s jump into the ingredients and the recipe. Note – The ingredient pictures here show only some of the ingredients used. Please follow the list to get everything you need for the recipe.    Ingredients: Makes 12-14 patties 1 cup quinoa mixed (red, white) 1 baked sweet potato 1 cup kimchi 1 small bunch Dino kale 1-2 egg (For vegan option: substitute 1 egg with 2 tbsps of flax seed powder soaked in 4 tbsp of warm water for 5-7 mins. ) 2-3 …

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Lagaan Chicken Curry

Since we spent this Thursday taking you around Art Prize 2015 held in Grand Rapid in this post. With all the art prize excitement we got slightly delayed in getting our weekly recipe post out…  So here you go my friends I have all your weekend parties covered YAYYY!!! with this easy peasy party special recipe all your friends and family will ask for more of this yum dish. This recipe is from my Mom’s Indian recipe stash, Lagaan Chicken curry, a party special dish commonly made in Parsi families. Lagaan chicken curry essentially means chicken curry made in a heavy copper bottom dish (Lagaan). Though a parsi dish, it is quite a delicacy in many places in India including Hyderabad, my hometown. This dish goes very well with rice, pulao or naan/bread. Happy Weekend you guys!!! Ingredients: 2 lbs Chicken 1 large onion finely chopped 2 tbsp ginger garlic paste 2 tbsp chilli powder 1/2 tsp turmeric powder 1 tsp Garam masala powder 1 tsp pepper powder 4 tbsp tomato sauce pinch of ajinomoto/MSG (optional) 1 cup curd …

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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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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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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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Sweet Potato & Tofu Curry

Happy Friday folks! Hope you’ve had a great start to your day and here is something that will make your day a delicious one too! There is a traditional dish made in Southern India using bottle gourd and milk..it is a favorite dish in many households and I have been inspired by that dish to make this sweet potato and tofu curry. In this dish, I have used a paste of green chillies with coconut milk to compliment the sweet potatoes. It is a thai style curry with Indian spices and makes for a lovely meal for your evenings. Sweet potatoes are rich in beta carotene and make a great addition to your diet and tofu adds the much needed protein punch for the day. The roasted peanuts coupled with chilli flakes bring in the zing in every morsel. Well, I hope I have managed to make your mouth water. Now go ahead and try this dish and let me know how you liked it! For the Sweet Potato Tofu Curry: 2 tbsp. coconut or …

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Greek Lunch under 10$

Hello hello hello..So this week, I tried to do something different. I thought about how much we all spend on eating out and was wondering if I could come up with an economical yet healthy and also easy to cook option for your meal. And voila…here I am sharing this idea with you. I came up with a Greek Lunch idea for this theme which will cost you $10 to put together. This dish is essentially inspired by Green Kitchen Travels book. In the book they served this dish with Quinoa dolmades with greek salad. But I used store bought regular dolmades and put it together with homemade greek salad. You can buy either veg/meat dolmades based on your diet preferences. For those of you who are new to greek cooking, Dolma is a family of stuffed vegetable dishes common in the Middle East and surrounding regions including the Balkans, the Caucasus, Russia, Central Asia. Common vegetables to stuff include tomato, pepper, onion, zucchini, eggplant, and garlic. If you are interested, feel free to replace the dolmades …

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Spicy Eggplant

Thai is one of my favorite cuisines as it reminds of spices from back home, India. For me, this is one cuisine that always brings the feeling of umami with each bite. I had this dish for the first time when I came to the US 4 years ago at Natalie’s Thai in LA and instantly fell in love with it. Ever since, this dish has been a regular at our place and its my absolute go to recipe when we have eggplant at home.  It is a simple dish to make with simple ingredients, you can also add veggies of your choice if you’d like more. Try this and I promise you will make this delicious dish again 🙂 For the Spicy Eggplant: Serves 4 2 tbsp vegetable oil + more cooking spray 1 tbsp crushed red pepper 1 large eggplant, cut into 2-inch pieces 1 medium-sized onion,  cubed into bite-sized chunks 2 medium-sized red & yellow bell pepper,  cubed into bite-sized chunks 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped 1.5 tbsp of corn flour 3 …