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[23 Mar 2012 | 30 Comments | ]
Sprouted Green Gram, Roasted Bell Pepper, Orange Zest and Two Hummus Recipes

Versatile dips & spreads which could be made quickly and peps up a meal instantly are my all time favorite. Ubiquitous green chutney with fresh coriander & mint leaves in my refrigerator tops the chart by all means. Yes, I eat it with my flat breads, use as sandwich spread, on crackers, tarts, Khatti rolls, pizza topping…and so on.. Hummus is one another favorite of mine, a refreshing & healthy dip prepared with chickpeas or Garbanzo beans. The recipe is often twisted & tweaked to come up with yummy surprises..well..almost always 🙂

kids lunchbox, Lunchbox bites, lunchbox medley, Veggies/curries »

[12 Mar 2012 | 30 Comments | ]
Recipe | Vegetable Pasta in Wholewheat Flour White sauce – Its’ Healthy & Yum

Pasta, noodles, pies, pizzas…no, these are not the food that I could relate my childhood memories with. I was introduced to these food quite late in life. It was when I started to work, living independently and cooking on my own that I craved for eating out during weekends. And these carbohydrate and calorie loaded food were quite a stress buster and a good remedy to homesickness.

That was a phase I suppose, as now when we are in our forties both me and hubby prefer eating simple and light Indian food. But wait…this was only till our children grew and joined us on the dinner table! Now the menu in my kitchen often drifts from Indian to global on weekends as I surrender more often to the demands of my children who love these carb food. Times change or rather we change for the sake of our children. Now that both mom & dad don’t mind an occasional binge and dig into Pastas or have a bite or two of that cheesy Pizza just to be one with their kids 🙂

kids lunchbox, Lunchbox bites, stuffy delights/Indian flat breads, Veggies/curries »

[14 Dec 2011 | 21 Comments | ]
Homemade Corn Tortilla and A Delightful Mixed Vegetable Cheesy Quesadilla

Sometimes a simple and easy recipe with a tongue twisting name can make you a winner. And when I was confused as to what to take for my weekend pot luck party, this scrumptious & cheesy Quesadilla did it for me. I used the normal cornflour (very fine variety) for the recipe here and am able to bring the taste and texture of an authentic Quesadilla to a certain extent.

If you have never used cornmeal or cornflour before I suggest you make the Tortillas with wheat flour first, as there is no gluten in cornflour which makes it difficult to handle and roll out into thin circles.. Keep reducing the quantity of wheat flour and increasing the cornflour in the recipe as you get more confident dealing with the not so friendly cornflour dough 🙂

kids lunchbox, Lunchbox bites, rice recipes »

[6 Jul 2011 | 47 Comments | ]
Rice Made Easy – Four Spicy & Flavorful Quick Rice Recipes

I like how versatile this humble grain Rice could be in various forms of cuisines world over. From more exotic Sushi to Risotto to the simple curd rice from South India, this ancient grain has come a long way. Though I am not a rice loving person, having married in a place where every day starts with rice and ends with it made me reinvent some of the very famous rice recipes here. Now my menu boasts of many easy to make and scrumptious rice recipes I learned from my MIL and friends here.

And yes if you are already bored with the time consuming & tedious cooking methods of your Risottos and the Shahi Pulav these quickies will win you over hands down 🙂

Baking bites, baking medley, kids lunchbox »

[22 Mar 2011 | 41 Comments | ]
Baked Spinach Balls – An Appetizing Starter and a Scrumptious Healthy Snack

“The other bunch is free with the one you bought” said the vendor after watching the amused looks on my face. “No one buys these greens here, and I want to empty my cart madam” he continued. Yes Spinach is not a very common sight in many kitchens of South India…good for me, I got my bounty 😉  But then after coming home I was perplexed about how should I make use of these huge piles of lovely greens strewed all over my dinning table!  Palak paneer was surely not in my list, neither was the spinach chapattis which my family is now bored of eating.

The whole of last week went on a spinach bonanza…baking, curries and smoothies..have tried more and enough with these greens in my kitchen. These starters is one such experiment, and if you are a spinach lover then this is a must try for you too. These no-oil Spinach ball starters, soft from inside and crisp on the outside is so simple to make, never new Spinach could give me a winner recipe 🙂

Breakfast bites, kids lunchbox, sandwiches »

[28 Jan 2011 | 43 Comments | ]
Healthy Breakfast On the go – Mighty Sandwiches

During weekdays with hectic school schedule and busy office routine, breakfast is the only effective meal time when I can stuff my kids and hubby with all the goodness of veggies, fruits, nuts and cereals.

Over the years I have experimented with various breakfast recipes liked by my family and which also give me ample time in the morning rush hours besides providing them with good nutrition. And Vegetable Sandwich is one such recipe I count upon.

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[13 Oct 2010 | 27 Comments | ]
A few Mushrooms and Three Recipes

White button mushrooms are one of the most economical and easy way to add extra nutrients to our diet. A goldmine of various minerals and vitamins, these could be adopted in our cooking easily in the form of many delicious & delectable dishes.

kids lunchbox, Lunchbox bites, stuffy delights/Indian flat breads »

[26 Jul 2010 | 33 Comments | ]
Lentil Stuffed Indian Flat Breads – Protein Packed Lunchbox

To make a filling as well as a kids-friendly lunchbox day in and day out, is a challenge for every mom. A dish repeated twice a week becomes a boring stuff and is brought back half eaten as a revenge on moms.

Most of the days the lunchbox menu is decided in the morning itself and the days of the week are remembered according to the lunchbox recipes. Monday is for variety rice, Tuesdays are reserved for wholewheat noodles, Wednesday is dedicated to stuffed chapattis and like wise.This one is a favorite menus for Friday lunchbox.

kids lunchbox, Lunchbox bites, rice recipes »

[16 Jul 2010 | 22 Comments | ]
Rice Made Easy – Let There Be Carrots

h recipe tasting better than the other. Coriander rice, cabbage rice, lemon rice, pepper rice, tamarind rice, mint rice to name a few.

Rice used to be just an accompaniment to dal (pulses) & vegetables, as plain rice or pulav a few years back. But not any more! I am amazed by the versatility and varieties of dishes this humble grain creates, after coming to the land of rice.

You name an ingredient and there is a recipe for the same, and each recipe tasting better than the other. Coriander rice, cabbage rice, lemon rice, pepper rice, tamarind rice, mint rice to name a few.
Phew….
Carrot rice dons many avatars, with pepper, onion, clove and green chillies into the recipe. And with every version tasting unique and different.

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[13 Jul 2010 | 26 Comments | ]
Colorful Coins For Kids – Potato & Soyabean Snack

A prudent way to practice healthy eating in children is to start variety foods at a younger age. As an adult we normally follow the same diet which our palates are used to, from our childhood days. And adjusting and trying out for new food is quite difficult when we grow old.

Even my kids resist any new recipe or a food ingredient, which looks or sounds unusual. It was quite difficult to introduce soybeans in their diet and this recipe calls out for my successful trials of the same.

Quantity of Soy chunks was minuscule in the beginning, but increased to a substantial amount as they started liking the taste of it.

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