Moong Dal Vegetable Rice ~ Khichdi

I love one pot meals and specially rice varieties. Biryani, pulao and fried rice are on top of that list. When I need to fix something for myself, moong dal khichdi or pongal is one of my goto food and sometimes I keep this instant pongal mix handy in the fridge for such days. This […]

Minestrone Soup & Cheese Bruschetta

Minestrone soup is a wholesome, hearty soup with lots of vegetables and pasta! A filling soup for a cold, rainy day! Today we are traveling to Italy for a classic Italian soup, minestrone. I served minestrone soup with cheese bruschetta as my Italian combo food. Serve minestrone soup with or without bread since it is […]

Oven Roasted Vegetables

Today I have an easy breezy recipe. I make this once in a while as a side dish when I grill some meats and also when I do not have a vegetable dish to go with rice, such as yesterday. I served these vegetables with some Indian fried rice and some grilled fish. These roasted […]

Belgium Stoemp for Food of the World

This month Food of the World is halting in Belgium. Belgium cuisine varies from region to region and is also influenced by neighboring countries, Germany, France and the Netherlands. Belgium is known for its chocolates, waffles and bear. Ingredients used in Belgium cuisine are regional and seasonal. Potatoes, leeks, gray shrimp, Belgium endive are common […]

Borscht ~ Russian Beetroot Soup

Borscht is a beetroot soup of Ukrainian origin. This soup is popular in Eastern & Central European countries. Though borscht is Ukrainian in origin, it is equally popular and common in Russia. Soup can be served as it is, as I did or with some sour cream. Little mushroom onion dumplings called vushka is served […]

Black Eyed Peas Salad

Quick and easy summer salad with black eyed peas, cucumber, carrots and onions; great for lunch, side dishes, picnics and bbq parties! Last month we tried to follow a no carb diet and did it successfully for 7 – 10 days! Then we switched to low carb diet. When Valli, announced blogging marathon (BM) # […]

Chili Garlic Noodles

Few years ago when we were in Philadelphia, one weekend athamma and I visited one of U’s cousin in NJ, whose name also starts with ‘U’. I know there are too many Us in the family 🙂 Cousin U tries out lot of recipes and used to fill up the table with a variety of […]

Fattoush

For day 6 of the marathon, it is Fattoush, a Lebanese bread salad. Pita bread is deep fried or oven baked, as I did, and added to the vegetables to make the salad. The magic ingredient for this salad seems to be Sumac, a spice from the Mediterranean. It supposedly has a lemony flavor and […]

Carrot Cauliflower Pachadi

For the day 5 of the marathon, I made carrot cauliflower pachadi or pickle or thokku. As I mentioned on the first day of the marathon, we have an option of doing two themes. The first four days of the marathon, I did the theme “cooking with 5 or less ingredients” and for the last […]

Microwave Cooking – Carrot Halwa

When growing up, whenever the vegetable market was flooded with carrots, my mom use to make carrot halwa. I remember it was a lengthy process; peeling the carrots, hand grating them, roasting the grated carrots in ghee (clarified butter) and then simmering it in milk until the milk is evaporated. The laborious process kept me […]

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