Simit is a popular ring-shaped bread from Turkey. It has a crunchy and lightly sweet crust that is usually studded with sesame seeds. Serve plain with a cup of coffee
Here is a lovely side dish that is easy to make. This warm salad colorful and festive enough for the holiday table. The vinaigrette is easy to make and stays fresh for days.
Apricot Clafoutis is a wonderful creamy dessert. The luscious texture is reminiscent of flan. This dessert is lightly sweetened to complement the tang of the apricots. While baking the bright bits of fruits flat up to the top of the dessert making for an elegant presentation.
This is an everyday version of the popular dal Makhni. It is delicious, creamy and brimming with fresh flavors. But the best part is that it takes about 10 minutes of hands-on time – and that makes it perfect for everyday cooking!
Bitter gourds (karela, pavakka …) are a nutritious vegetable with medicinal properties. This quick pickle is an easy way to incorporate bitter gourds in your diet. It is light and healthy with mellow tangy flavors.
Sweet plantain fritters are known as pazham pori or ethakka appam in Kerala. These are made with ripe plantain slices.. The slices are batter fried to perfection resulting in a fritter with light crispy coating and sweet and soft fruit filling.
Milk Bread is soft and spongy and great tasting. It is a favorite of adults and kids alike. This loaf, made with an additional ingredient- Herman Starter – tastes great and is much leaner.
Flautas are always a crowd pleaser. It is usually made by putting a seasoned filling in a tortilla, which in turn is rolled and fried. Here is a baked version with crunchy outside and a delicious moist filling.
Find out how to make the sweet sourdough starter commonly known as ‘Herman’. It is used in friendship breads, cakes and many other baked and fried treats. Baking with Herman is really a treat.
Kulich is a rich yeasted cake that is served during Easter. It is a popular tradition among the Orthodox Christians of Eastern Europe and Russia to make and serve this cake during Easter. This tall cake is delicious, airy and often decorated with colorful sprinkles or flowers.
Dark frothy filter coffee is a south India passion. Sip it out of a tiny steel glass for if you ever get a chance. The reasons choose cup are many ..
This carrot cake is made with whole wheat flour and assorted spices . The spices add warmth and enhances the flavors. The sweet and tart cream cheese icing perfectly complements the warm spices. The ingredient list might look long , but this definitely qualifies as guilt free indulgence.
A savory quick bread filled bold flavors of sharp cheddar, fresh green onions and nigella seeds. This is an easy bread to make at home and perfect to serve anytime.
Ghee is the preferred choice of fat in cooking many curries and other dishes. It is believed to have many beneficial properties compared to other cooking oils and fats. Making ghee at home is a simple and easy process and the rewards are absolutely worth it.
Here is a traopical flavored stew inspired by the Brazilian dish Moqueca de Camarones. Serve with rice or your favorite crunchy bread for a refreshing meal.
This no knead challah is a beginer friendly loaf. The bread is soft, eggy and delicious. It is easier than you imagine…
Homemade chicken stock is easy to make using a pressure cooker. High-pressure cooking extracts more flavors from the ingredients making the stock richer in nutrients and flavor. Try these in your favorite soups, stews or sauces
Chicken Pakora or pakoda is an often-requested snack or appetizer at our home. Bite-sized flavorful fried chicken – pakoras have a crispy thin outer coating with a perfectly cooked juicy chicken tucked inside.
A perfect chicken dinner, flavor infused tender meat and crispy brown skin – there are times when nothing else is as satisfying as this Garlic Roast Chicken!
This is an easy anytime flat bread. The dough is easy to make and the bread is soft and stays soft for hours when stored wrapped. This recipe is perfect for make ahead meals like school lunches or picnics.
Here is a perfect one dish meal for weeknights. This pasta dish is loaded with tomatoes, artichokes, mushrooms, topped with melting mozzarella cheese and baked to perfection.
HImbasha or Ambasaha is a Ethiopian/Eritrean celebration bread. It is lightly sweet and flavored with spices, usually cardamom. Just perfect for a light snack paired with a mug of Ethiopian coffee..
This apple crisp recipe is my favorite go to crisp recipe. It is packed with apples and warm spices, all topped off with a crispy oat crust. This is a dessert that takes no time to make and is fun to share with any company !
This coconut curry soup is the perfect way to incorporate more veggies into your diet in a scrumptious way! More over it is a one pot meal that can be prepped ahead and made fresh on time.
These home made pull apart rolls
are perfect for sharing. These are easy to make and you get a taste of garlic and herbs in every bite.
Galettes are rustic pies. This apple galette is easy to make from scratch and makes for a delicious treat everytime.
Bigos is a hearty meat stew from Poland. Assorted cuts of meats are stewed with cabbage and flavorted with caraway seeds and sauerkraut for long lengths of time creating mouthwatering complex flavors.
This is one of the easiest cookies to make. A simple shortbread dough and some jam makes for an extremely delicious combination. This thumbprint cookies, the Swedish Hallongrotta , is perfect even for beginner bakers
An easy to make sweet potato casserole that is savory and mildly sweet at the same time. The herbs enhance and complements the natural sweetness of the potatoes and stacks creates a wonderful combination of textures. Use a mix of colors for prettier presentation.
Roasted Kabocha slices make a light and satisfying side dish. It is easy to make and the addition of a few warm spices make it an irresistible treat. It is a vegetarian/vegan side for your holiday table or anytime else !
These are sweet crisps made with a flour and almond dough. The shaped and fried crisps or puris turn glossy after being soaked in sugar syrup. These sweet and crunchy treats are perfect for holiday celebrations.
Easy from scratch vegan version of the popular holiday side – green bean casserole. This bursting with flavors version takes less than 30 minutes to make and tastes creamy and delicious.
Thukpa is the Tibetan spicy noodle soup. This delicious soup combines Himalayan flavors with chicken, veggies, and noodles into one bowl. It is an easy one pot dish to prepare and serve.
Cobblers are easy to make rustic fruit desserts. This cranberry and peach cobbler brings the flavors of summer and fall together in on beautiful dessert .
Instant Pot/ Pressure cooker makes fresh and flavorful meals in very little time. This chicken and vegetables curry is easy to make and serve. it is flavored with a few aromatic spices , a touch of classic curry spices and coconut milk. Fresh flavors and curry spices blend beautifully in this dish.
Moist almost brownie like bars filled with pumpkin flavors and chocolate. It is easy to make and perfect as fall dessert.
Easy to make smoothie bowl filled with nutrients. It is thick and creamy and naturally sweetened with the fruits.
Pumpkin spice mocha is the easiest way to get your chocolate and pumpkin spice fix at the same time. The mocha mix is easy to make. Prepare a batch in advance and add to the hot milk when ever the cravings strike!
This is a typical Kerala style green peas curry made with dried green peas. This is a lighter version cooked with warm aromatic spices. The hearty buttery flavors of the mature peas are enhanced by the aromatic flavors of this curry.
Vattayappam is a soft and spongy rice cake popular in Kerala and neighboring regions. It is made with fermented rice batter. Coconut, sugar and cardamom are the other ingredients that add to its appeal. This cake takes very little hands on time to make.
This dish is inspired by chicken Alfredo pasta. It is creamy but dairy free and what is more – it is loaded with vegetables and spices. All these make
it the perfect one dish meal that is easy to make and serve on a busy evening.
Pull apart or tear and share breads are perfect for casual gatherings or family meals. This wonderful bread filled with grated tart apples and walnuts . Serve it at tea time or for breakfast as a special treat.
This black bean chili is an easy delicious weeknight meal. Instant pot makes this dish easy to make from scratch, with just 15 minute of hands on time. This vegan chili is low on calories but high on nutrition and flavor.
This is one of the easiest fudge recipes. It takes only 4 ingredients and comes together in 15 minutes or less. The fudge has softe texture and is loaded with peanut flavors.
Rasgulla is a spongy syrup based dessert popular in the Indian Subcontinent. Coagulated milk is used to make the spongy balls which are cooked in sugar syrup. This is a simple and elegant dessert fit for any table.
A decadent frozen dessert made with eggs, cream , sugar and cherries. It melts in the mouth to reveal its luscious creamy texture and tastes absolutely divine. The base recipe for custard can be used to make other flavored versions as well.
Pachadi from South India is a type of curry where the fruits/vegetables are cooked in a paste of ground coconut. Sour curd (yogurt) is added towards the end of cooking and the dish is flavored with seasoned oil and spices. Pineapple Pachadi, from Kerala has a unique combination of sweet and sour flavors.
Broken Wheat Payasam is a traditional Kerala dessert made with coconut milk, jaggery , broken wheat and spices. It is a delicious sweet treat that is served on special occasions.
This Korean inspired beef bowl creates that all day cooked taste in a fraction of the time. The meat is melt in the mouth tender and the sauce has a delicious mix of sweet , tangy and spicy flavors. Cooking and cleanup are a snap in this Instant pot version.
Toum is the Lebanese garlic sauce popular in the middle east. It has a fluffy , easy to spread texture. The flavors of garlic are strong but mellowed by the addition of lemon juice and oil. Try this vegan sauce in your dips, marinades and spreads.
This black chickpea curry is a popular dish in Kerala and the Konkan region. Flavors of coriander coriander and coconut goes well with chickpeas. Serve it with any of your favorite flat breads or rice or with traditional Kerala breakfast like – appam , puttu or idiappam.
Pickled beets are a good addition to the pantry. These are easy to make and pickled in a lightly sweet and sour vinaigrette. The flavors of these pickled beets perfectly complements many dishes – like salads , sandwiches and can even be served as a side of roasts.
Lassi is a yogurt based drink popular in the Indian sub continent. Yogurt is diluted with water and blended with a hint of spices,
fruits or herbs. It is served chilled it is a refreshing drink , or a light meal .
Picnic loaves are an easy and delicious way to enjoy a day out. It is a make ahead sandwich that is perfect for lunch boxes as well. The sandwich is is assembled ahead of time ans the flavors are allowed to meld and mature.
This is an easy one pot meal made in the Instant Pot. Basmati rice is cooked with spices, shrimp and vegetables in the pressure cooker (Instant Pot) to make this one pot meal with a good mix of carbs, protein and vitamins.
This is light meal or a side dish made with grilled vegetables and pasta. It is tossed with a simple vinaigrette made with few pantry staples. The summer flavors come alive in this dish and it is a nice vegetarian/vegan option to add to your next cookout.
These brownies are made with everyday ingredients found in most kitchen – oil , eggs, cocoa, sugar, butter and flour ! It is seriously moist and chocolaty. Give it a try to find out how coconut oil makes taste way better!
Grilled duck pairs well with orange sauce. This version has a spiced orange sauce adding an extra zing to this delicious recipe. Duck breasts are easy to grill and do not require long marination or cooking . I have used Maple Leaf Farms Duck breasts here and flavors are clean and fresh.
This post is a part of #cookoutweek2018. Join me for a glass of cool watermelon agua fresca. As its name suggests it is a refreshing drink with fruits. Easy to make , refreshingly light and perfect for a hot day out in the sun ! Lets take a sip, and enjoy the great outdoors this summer !
These are Goan Style dry clams. Fresh clams are sauteed with a mix of coconut onion and spices. This dish captures the abundant bright
flavors of the coast. Serve it rice or just as an appetizer by itself .