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Dahi Vada – Savory Donuts in Yogurt Sauce

Aaaaand we’re back! Happy Thursday my friends and Umami Kitchen wishes everyone a very Happy Dussera! As usual the best thing about celebrating festivals is the yummy food that is made. And talking about yummy food, today we have for you the delicious Dahi Vada – Savory donuts in Yogurt sauce. It is crisp on the outside, soft on the inside and the yogurt sauce just makes you go ummmmmmm! Whenever inlaws comes over or we go visit them she makes these for me… and this time when she was here visiting us for couple of weeks. I decided to  learn and perfect the dish so I could share it with you all. So those of you who are wondering what special to make for this festival, you already have a recipe ready for you.  For many of you this may be a completely unheard dish, so here is a little snippet about what it is. Dahi vada is a popular dish across India. It is basically white lentil (urad dal) along with salt and green chilies …

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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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Tandoori Grilled Chicken

Thursday is here folks…Only one more day to the much needed and awaited long weekend of the season!! Memorial day weekend marks the official beginning to the lovely summer season and the yummy grilling season 🙂 So fire up your grills and get ready to try this lip smacking recipe! This week Umami Kitchen brings to you a recipe that is simple yet loved by many. Tandoori Grilled Chicken is one of my favorite go to recipes for the grilling season. This recipe brings together the succulent chicken legs with some finger licking Indian masalas. And now we declare the grilling season open! Go ahead and try our recipe!Here are some quick tips before you dig into the recipe: 1. If this is your first time grilling it is very important to keep an eye on the chicken legs to ensure they are not burnt. Adjust the grill flame as needed, move the chicken legs to low flame area if you see them burning. 2. Personally I do not prefer adding color to my food. But …

Roasted Mushrooms

Roasted Mushrooms

Garlic butter roasted mushrooms are a great side dish to your cocktail parties. They go very well with Wine and can be something you can pass in a plate. The garlic and butter together brings out the most amazing aroma and the amalgamation of mushrooms along with it melts your heart. My mouth is actually watering while I write this. You can also serve this with a piece of bread and make it a stylish hors-d’oeuvre! Since I had neither of them at home I decided to serve it with sticky rice, Asian meatballs and ginger lime dressing and that my friends tasted equally good. These roasted mushrooms (found on Smitten Kitchen) make an appearance time and time again. They’re ridiculously good and simple to prepare, with minimal prep work followed by only fifteen minutes of oven time. For the Roasted Mushrooms: 1/2 lb. (8 oz.) mushrooms (cremini, preferably, but brown bella will work as well) 1 tbsp. olive oil 1 tbsp. capers, rinsed and chopped 1 1/2 large garlic cloves, minced 1 1/2 tbsp. unsalted butter, …

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Wasabi Avocado Hummus

Avocados are one of the best choices for quick small meal. It is healthy, filling and an awesome choice for guilt free snacking. Avocados provide nearly 20 essential nutrients, including fiber, potassium, Vitamin E, B-vitamins and folic acid. They also act as a “nutrient booster” by enabling the body to absorb more fat-soluble nutrients, such as alpha and beta-carotene and lutein, in foods that are eaten with the fruit. Avocados combined with iron rich chickpeas make one power packed snack for your tired evenings. In this recipe, I have added a dash of wasabi for that extra bit of zing. Try this lip smacking recipe and let me know how you liked it 🙂 For the Wasabi Avocado Hummus: 1 (15-ounce) can chickpeas, drained 2 ripe avocados, cut into chunks 1/2 cup wasabi infused sesame oil (you can replace it with olive oil) 1/4 cup lemon juice 1 1/2 tbsp tahini 1 clove garlic pita chips, for serving Directions: In the bowl of a food processor, combine chickpeas, avocado chunks, wasabi infused sesame oil, lemon …

Baguette with toppings

Baguette with toppings

Craving for an evening snack? Whip up this quick fix for your hunger pangs when you get back from a hectic work day. The crunchy baguette go very well with the softer toppings and gives you that satisfied feeling. I have listed some yummy toppings that I love but feel free to experiment with different ones to suit your taste. Ingredients: Ricotta cheese Sliced grilled baguette Toppings of your choice (I used zataar & olive oil, blueberries, frozen strawberry, basil pesto and sliced peach)   Spread ricotta cheese on a slice of baguette, add toppings of your choice and enjoy!