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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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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 …

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 …

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Balela – Chickpea and Black Bean Salad

Here is a dish that that is tangy, with a hint of spice and everything nice. You could have this as a salad or could make for a side dish too. This recipe is inspired from snack that i purchased at costco (pita pal organic balela). We absolutely love it and I feel its a lot more cost effective to make it at home. Balela is a middle eastern dish and its brings forward a lot of the flavors from the area. You can experiment with this dish with the spices of your choice too to bring in a new twist. Here is the recipe that I love and I would encourage you to make it your own! For the Salad: 1 – 15 oz can garbanzo beans (chickpeas), rinsed and drained 2/3 – 15 oz can black beans, rinsed and drained 1/2 cup diced shallots 1/4 chopped sun-dried tomatoes For the Dressing: 1 cloves garlic, minced 3 tbsp of lemon juice 1.5 tbsp olive oil (from drained sun-dried tomatoes) 1/4 cup chopped parsley 2 …

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Parsnip Soup

Parsnip is one of those vegetables you can be very creative with. It is a sweet vegetable and a great addition to winter dishes. The humble parsnip is a powerhouse of nutrients. It is rich in complex B vitamins, antioxidants, folic acid, vitamin c and plenty of dietary fiber. Adding this vegetable to your meal plan can truly bring a balance to your diet. My recipe below is for a soup you can try anytime of the year and particularly in winter. This soup is an amalgamation of different flavors – The sweetness of parsnips is nicely complemented by the aroma and zing of garlic and onions. Almonds not only bring along their nutritional value but also a smooth texture to it. This makes a great addition to both lunch and dinner meals. Adapted based on Green Kitchen Stories recipe For the Soup: 3 – 4 parsnips 8-10 garlic cloves 1 large yellow onion 1 tbsp olive oil, extra for serving 1 cup almonds, (soaked overnight in water) 4 cups boiling water 1 tbsp white …

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Thai Red Curry in 20 minutes

Welcome folks! You are at the right place if you are looking for a quick Thai curry recipe. Thai curries make great meals for both lunch and dinner. This recipe is one that can be made in just 20 minutes with the vegetables or meats you have at home. The best part about thai food is that you can customize it to your palette and dietary needs. My recipe below is for chicken red curry but you can easily substitute the meat for vegetables and make it vegetarian. Thai ingredients have great flavor. Their cuisines bring a perfect mix of sweet, sour, spice and everything nice. The flavors dance on your palette and give you a great sense of enjoyment. I personally love thai ingredients as they remind me of flavors from my home, India. Try this dish and let me know how you like it 🙂 For the Curry: 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken, diced ( 14oz drained and cubed tofu) 2 bell peppers (1 red and 1 yellow), 2 cups quartered button mushrooms …

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Peruvian Chile Sauce with Roasted Chicken

This is one of those recipes I almost fell in love with on Food Network. I made this at home and like expected, my husband and I completely enjoyed the rich flavors of this dish. The best part about this dish is that you can make this sauce and use it for multiple dishes. Check out for our upcoming post on Peruvian Chile Sauce with Spaghetti to know what to do with the leftover sauce. Here’s a dish you can experiment with for your fancy lunch or dinner parties. It is a gorgeous dish to look at and a delicious one to savor. Recipe courtesy food network: For the Sauce: (Makes 4 to 6 servings) 1 slice whole wheat sandwich bread, crust removed, cut or torn into 1/2-inch pieces 3/4 cup half-and-half 2 tablespoons vegetable oil 1 large or 2 small shallots, sliced 2 cloves garlic, crushed 1 cup low-sodium chicken/vegetable broth 2 cups (6 ounces) crumbled queso fresco or mild feta cheese 1/2 cup finely grated Parmesan 1/2 cup chopped walnuts 2 tablespoons toasted …

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Hyderabadi Haleem

Haleem is a very popular dish from my home town Hyderabad in India. This particular dish prepared in Hyderabad during the Ramadan month, is transported all over the world through a special courier service. It is traditionally cooked in large, wood-fired cauldrons. After a whole day’s fasting, the Muslim community usually retire with this powerhouse of a dish that satisfies a whole day’s nutrient requirements. Haleem is a dish that is enjoyed not only in India but in middle east too. The origins of this recipe date back to 10th century and it has evolved greatly to suit the palate of each country. This recipe traditionally takes about 6-8 hours to cook but today we will try to whip this up in less than 3 hours. This is a dish that is worth the time and effort spent on it. It brings together a whole bunch of nutrient rich ingredients including lentils, meats and nuts. Go ahead and try this dish and trust me you will make it again and again. Recipe is adapted based on Journey …