Saturday, November 18, 2017

Vegan Dirty Rice/Vegan Cajun Rice

Dirty rice is a traditional Cajun and Creole dish made from white rice. This dish gets a "dirty" color from being cooked with small pieces of chicken liver or giblets, green bell pepper, celery, and onion which is spiced with cajun seasoning and black pepper. Dirty rice is one of the most popular rice dish in the Creole regions of southern Louisiana, eventhough you can find them in other regions of South America as well. Dirty rice can be prepared as vegetarian and vegan version, just by replacing chicken liver or giblets with beans or with loads of varieties of vegetables.


Friday, November 17, 2017

Vichyssoise/Chilled Leek & Potato Soup

Vichyssoise, is a thick soup made of leeks, onions, potatoes, cream with vegetable stock or chicken stock. This creamy soup is traditionally served cooled though it can be eaten hot. Though this soup is well known in United States, the origin of this soup is still a big question mark, yes this soup is quite an American invention. Trust me, though this soup is a reinvention of a French chef who worked at Ritz Carlton in New york city, you can never find this soup in France. If you want to have this soup in France, you have no other option than making yourself at home.

chilled Leek & Potato soup, Vichyssoise

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Fugazzeta/Argentinian Pizza

Fugazzeta, is a Argentinian pizza with loads of onions and mozzarella on a thick crust of pizza dough. Originally Fugazza comes from Northern Italy but the Argentine went on adding large amount of cheese. Obviously no tomato sauce or toppings are needed other than onions. Sliced onions simply flavored with oregano and olive oil is added to top of the Fugazzeta hence this pizza sounds as much as like Italian style focaccia. Coming to this Fugazzeta, its a double crust version of fugazza, a popular Argentinian treat aka onion pizza. This same fugazzeta can be prepared with a layer of sauteed spinach and vegetables, obviously its called as Fugazzeta de verdura.

Argentinian Stuffed Pizza

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Vegan Lahmacun/Vegan Turkish Pizza

Lahmacun, this oval shaped Turkish pizza is traditionally baked with spicy lamb or minced beef topping. However Vegan and vegetarian versions do exists.As i told in my previous post, i baked three different and definitely delicious pizzas for this week's blogging marathon. My kids are ardent fan of pizzas, and obviously my kids went crazy once these homemade pizzas came out of the oven. Lahmacun, am trying my hands with this Turkish pizza for the first time and its completely vegan. You may wonder how can we bake this Turkish pizza as vegan version, yes we can. Actually, in this vegan pizza, those spicy lamb or minced beef topping is replaced with a mushroom and walnut topping.

Vegan Turkish Pizza

Friday, November 10, 2017

White Sauce PaneerPizza/Fusion Paneer Pizza

If you are bored of usual tomato sauce based pizza, then you have to give a try to this fantastic fusion Paneer pizza. Whoever think that pizza without tomato sauce is not a pizza then they should give a trial to this alluring white pizza. Basically white pizza is typically covered with ricotta and mozzarella cheese instead of tomato sauce, anyhow it might also be topped with garlic, vegetables, alfredo sauce or simple bechamel sauce. Though cheese are overloaded in this white pizza, you can also add some chicken chunks or paneer cubes to skip the addition of grated cheese. However my today's post is cheese overloaded fusion pizza prepared with homemade pizza dough, homemade white sauce, paneer cubes and chopped onions. Yes i went with homemade stuffs instead of grabbing store bought dough and sauce.

White Sauce Paneer Pizza

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Nalesniki/Polish Crepes

Nalesniki, are thin or thick crepes filled with various fillings like fruits, cheese or else with savory fillings. Though some sites call this Nalesniki as Pancakes, personally i felt that they are bigger in size than the pancakes, hence for me they are crepes. When filled with a cottage cheese filling, these Polish crepes are called Polish Blintzes or filled crepes. However this Polish crepes are very easy to learn though cooking them need some practice. I have been looking for a different crepes and i got hooked to this Polish crepes especially those crepes prepared with the savory filling. However my family members doesnt like savory filling, hence i went with sweet filling. Do you know those traditional cream cheese filled Polish crepes, once filled and rolled, they can be baked,pan fried or dipped in beaten egg and bread crumbs and fried as much as like rolls.

Nalesniki, Polish Crepes

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Multigrains South Indian Crepes/Multigrains Dosa

Dosa or idlies are popular South Indian breakfast especially in Tamil nadu, obviously you may cross numerous varieties of South Indian crepes aka dosas in this virtual world. If i forget to grind usual rice-urad dal idly batter,obviously my mind will go either for non fermentation dosa batters or else for mixed grains dosa batter. Sometimes i mix and match the ingredients,needless to say my space have a variety of dosas. My today's post is one of my recent trial with handful varieties of grains, yes this dosa batter have grains like fingermillet, pearl millet,little millet, barnyard millet,barley, quinoa, kodomillet,brown rice and oats in it. Extremely wholesome and nutritious, these dosas are definitely prefect to kick start your day with.

Multigrain Indian Crepes, Multigrain Dosas

Friday, November 3, 2017

Frisuelos/Spanish-Austrias Style Crepes

This week's posts are going to be Crepes, yes i picked Crepes for all time as theme for this week's blogging marathon. Crepes, these thin pastry are usually made with flour and eggs, however many versions do exists either by making with buckwheat flour (as galettes in French) or else flavored by spices or fruit peels. My today's post is a Spanish style crepes which is called Frisuelos and this crepes have their origin from Austrias and Leon, the northern regions of Spain. This crepes is a typical Spanish crepes which is flavored with lemon rinds and alcohol like cognac, rum or brandy.

Frisuelos, Spanish-Austrias Crepes

Monday, October 30, 2017

Thukpa/Vegetarian Noodle Soup

Arunachal Pradesh is in Northeastern part of India and its known for its tribal community. Obviously their food consists mainly of non vegetarian foods. However my today's post is a vegetable soup which is called Thukpa, actually Thukpa is a Tibetan noodle soup which have its origins in eastern part of Tibet . But this dish is quite popular in Nepal, Bhutan and in states like Sikkim, Assam and Arunachal Pradesh in Northeast India. Usually prepared with meats, you can still prepare this quite filling soup as vegetarian version just by skipping the meat part. Loaded with various vegetables and noodles, one can finish their lunch or dinner happily with a bowl of thukpa. And this post goes to this month's Shhh Cooking Secretly event started by me, which is now hosted by Mayuri Patel.

Thukpa, Noodle Soup

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Trinidad Aloo Pie/Trini Potato Pie

When i was searching something new to cook from Caribbean cuisine, i landed to this blog and i got hooked to this fantastic potato pie. Though Doubles, an another Trini dish prepared with spiced chickpeas and flatbread as sandwiches are well known as street foods in Trinidad, these potato pies are also sold as another popular street food. Sold as street snack food, these potato pie have their own place in street vendors cart. Stuffed with boiled potatoes flavored with culantro leaves, cumin, chopped onions, these aloo pie are ready to munch with your favourite drink. One can finish even their lunch or dinner with two aloo pie, yes they are quite filling and delicious as well. In most of the restaurants in Trinidad, this aloo pie is filled with spiced chickpeas as per your request or else served along with mango or tamarind chutney.

Trini Aloo pie, Potato Pie

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Le Bokit/Guadeloupean Fried Bread Sandwich/Bokit

Wikipedia says that 'Bokit is a Guadeloupean sandwich fried in a saucepan with hot sunflower oil'. It is essentially composed of flour, water, salt and bicarbonate or yeast.This typical Guadeloupean food started to develop in the mid-19th century after the abolition of slavery. At this time, the poorest workers could not even buy some of the basic products such as bread. As they were good observers, they had the idea to adapt and produce a bread by themselves, without yeast at this time, and cooked in a saucepan with hot oil that they used to call "kettle bread" because of the vapor going out of it. Bokit was inspired by the "johnny cake" which is a kind of fried bread that the New England colonies may have borrowed from the Indians. Over the exchanges between the Caribbean colonies during the 18th century, this fried bread became the djoncake in Dominica and Barbados. People on French island heard djonkit or dannkit, it has been given the final name of "Bokit" in Guadeloupe, and has become a typical Guadeloupean speciality.

Bokit, Fried Bread

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Aruban Pan Bati

Aruba is one of the Lesser Antilles islands located in the Southern Caribbean Sea. The island is located miles off the coast of Venezuela and on clear days it is possible to see Venezuela from the south-eastern side of the island.The Lesser Antilles are several islands extending in an arc from Puerto Rico to the north-eastern coast of South America. Some of the islands that are part of the Lesser Antilles are the Virgin Islands, Saint Martin, Guadeloupe, Grenada, Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago, Curacao and Bonaire. You may wonder why am talking about this Antilles islands, yes we are going to surf through Caribbean cuisine. Am running this week's blogging marathon with this interesting theme. Today am taking you all virtually to Aruba with this Pan Bati.

Aruban Pan Bati, Pan Bati from Aruba

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Mushroom & Spinach Lasagna

After two no pasta/noodle free Lasagna , i couldnt resist to prepare my kids favourite lasagna with lasagna pasta. Actually am running this week's blogging marathon with Lasagna for Veggie lover, obviously vegetarians will enjoy thoroughly this vegetarian version of lasagna. My today's post is loaded with mushroom and spinach. I used buttom mushrooms and fresh spinach for the filling with white sauce  and cheese. Easy to make, this lasagna makes an excellent meal as this ultimate dish is definitely a satisfying dish for anyone. Whoever like Lasagna will definitely enjoy this mushroom and spinach loaded lasagna.

Mushroom & Spinach Lasagna

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Pasta Free & Gluten Free Potato Lasagna

Potatoes, mash them, fry them, make them as chips, or else drop them in gravies or curries, we can have it as much as can. Potatoes and chocolates are our family favourite, obviously when i picked Lasagna for veggie lovers as theme for this week's blogging marathon, i planned immediately a gluten free potato lasagna for this week's theme. Potato lovers will definitely go crazy if they see this ultimate pasta free potato lasagna. An excellent meal to enjoy for your lunch as well as for your dinner. Though potatoes are easy to cook with, this lasagna takes very less time as well than you can imagine. Coming to this potato lasagna, i went for white sauce aka bechamel sauce, ricotta cheese with Swiss cheese and parmesan cheese for making this ultimate dish.

Potato Lasagna, gluten free potato lasagna

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Gluten Free Eggplant Lasagna with Minced Soya/Aubergine Lasagna

My today's post calls for an easy version of Eggplant Lasagna which is completely gluten free but not vegan as i cant imagine Lasagna without cheese. Am happy to say that i prepared this fantastic Eggplant Lasagna with an interesting filling with minced soya and tomato sauce. You may wonder why am talking about Lasagna, yes my theme for this week's blogging marathon is Lasagna for Veggie Lover. Obviously my today's post is definitely a no noodle lasagna and trust me this lasagna is very flavourful and a prefect dish to whip up if you are following a gluten free diet or a low carb diet. You dont even miss the noodles here and this gluten free eggplant lasagna will definitely please anyone's hungry tummy. A prefect dish to relish either for your dinner or for your lunch with your favourite meat or salad.

Eggplant Lasagna with Minced Soya filling

Monday, October 16, 2017

Palak Chakli/Spinach Murukku/Keerai Murukku

Deepavali/Diwali is around the corner, obviously am sure you guys will be busy in preparing or listing for Diwali sweets or savouries. Have you ever tried murukkus aka this deep fried Diwali savouries with Palak aka spinach greens. Adding greens to the usual murukku will definitely make the simple murukku as a greenish murukku. Kids will enjoy munching this greenish murukku and i must say honestly that they were attracted by the colour of this chakli. And needless to say that this murukkus aka green deep fried beauties are loaded with spinach, obviously eventhough they are deepfried they are still healthy for kids.

Palak chakli, Spinach Murukku

30 Diwali Sweets and Snacks

Diwali is around the corner, i couldnt resist to share 30 Sweets and Savouries you should prepare at home. Get ready and cook your favourite sweets and savouries for Diwali from my collection of Diwali special dishes..Some are my own creations while some are from traditional dishes.



Thursday, October 12, 2017

Barnyard Millet Ribbon Pakoda/Kuthiravali Ola Pakoda

Barnyard millet, is definitely a super versatile grain you can cook up many delicious dishes from breakfast to snack foods. I have been cooking with millets often as i love to feed my family members with healthy grains in their diet. Millets replace very well rice or other grains in your diet. And when its comes to cook some savouries with those incredible millets, i dont hesitate a second to dish some interesting snack foods aka savouries with them. Not to forget that millets works awesome to make sweets as well. Hope you guys are busy in searching for some interesting sweets and savouries for Diwali, just 9 more days to go and once again i miss celebrating this fantastic festival of lights at my hometown. However its again a working day for us, seriously we are going to miss the fun here.

Barnyard Millet Ribbon Murukku,Kuthiravali Ribbon Pakoda

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Mewa Burfi/Mixed Nuts Burfi/Meva Barfi

If you are bored of preparing badam halwa, kaju katli or else coconut burfi for the upcoming Diwali festival, check my today's post. Mewa burfi is prepared with a combination of different nuts and coconut flakes. Mewa means Mixed nuts in Hindi and not to get confused with Mawa or Khoya the popular dairy product used in making many delicious Indian sweets. I crossed this Ultimate Mewa burfi while googling for a different Diwali special sweets. And the best part of this burfi is you can use any sort of nuts you have on your hand. Ricotta cheese plays an important role to whisk up this sweet quickly. Obviously if you want to prepare this nuts burfi with unsweetened khoya, just go on. And trust me, this burfi is definitely an easy breezy sweet to prepare especially for festivals or for a special occasion.

Mixed Nuts Burfi, Mewa Halwa

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Red Rice Flakes Murukku/Sivappu Aval Murukku

Have you ever tried making out Chaklis aka some crispy murukkus with rice flakes, if not you should try atleast once as they are extremely crispy and dangerously addictive. Red rice flakes when grounded as fine powder and sieved, they are just ready to prepare your murukku dough with other ingr├ędients like gram flour, butter, sesame seeds and asafoetida powder. Grounded and sieved red rice flakes once mixed with other ingr├ędients makes this incredible crispy munchies. Actually red rice flakes grounded as flour replace very well the humble rice flour we usually use for making the murukku dough.

Sivappu Aval Murukku, Red Rice Flakes Murukku

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Eggless Pistachio Butter Cookies

Today's cookies are melt in mouth cookies which are quite hard to resist. These ultimate cookies are extremely buttery and easy to make. With easy ingredients, these cookies are slice and bake cookies which is simply prepared with small bites of pistachios in it. Obviously you can prepare this fantastic slice and bake cookie dough earlier a day, and they are just ready to slice and bake as much as you want or whenever you feel like baking. Needless to say that this sort of slice and bake cookies are very convenient to bake and super tasty to munch with your favourite drinks. The cookies are fabulous and very tender, with a nice crispness to them. If you prefer your cookies a little crunchier, you can simply leave them in the oven for a few extra minutes.

Pistachios Cookies, Eggless Pistachio Cookies

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Eggless Oatmeal & Chocolate Chips Cookies

Cookies, these baked beauties makes an excellent munchies if you are craving for some sweets. If a cookie is baked with healthy ingredients in it, needless to say you can enjoy them thoroughly without any fuss. My today's post is an extremely healthy and dangerously addictive cookies prepared with the humble healthy ingredient aka Oatmeal with chocolate chips. Though initially i want to bake this cookies with cranberries or raisins, my lil one asked me to bake with chocolate chips. Obviously i cant say no hence chocolate chips in this cookies. However if you want to bake this same cookies with your favourite fruits or nuts, just go on. Am sure adding nuts will turn this cookies more healthier.

Eggless Oats Cookies

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Eggless Cardamom Flavored Nuts Cookies

Looking for a cardamom flavored munchies, then check this different nuts loaded cookies. An extremely delicious and dangerously addictive snack box friendly cookies to munch with your different drinks. I have already tried couple of cookies with nuts as butter cookies. Since i want to make some cookies with a mix of nuts, i tried my hands in baking these cuties. I prepared myself a mixture of grounded nuts meal with Cashewnuts, Almonds, Walnuts. And this mixture of nuts gives a super nutty texture to this easy buttery cookies. Obviously you can still add many nuts like pistachios,pecans etc. Trust me, this buttery nutty cookies will definitely become anyone's favourite. Excellent cookies to pack in anyone's snackbox as well.

Eggless Nuts Butter Cookies

Monday, October 2, 2017

Recap - 26 Days of Protein Rich Dishes

We,  Blogging Marathoners run a month of blogging twice a year and it happens during the month of April and September. This whole month of blogging have specific theme and this time's theme was 'Protein Rich Dishes' for 26 days with sundays off. A month of blogging needs some pre planning, but this time with a trip to India and new Academic year's preparation i was running like headless chicken. Initially i want to skip this month's blogging marathon, but blogger in me didnt want to give up the mega marathon. Obviously,once i came back from India i started cooking up like a storm for this Mega marathon.


Saturday, September 30, 2017

Janthikalu/Murukkulu/Chakli

Janthikalu/Murukkulu is nothing but crispy spirals which are quite known in South India. This snack food is well known for their crispiness as well as for their different varieties. Though Janthikalu/Murukkulu/ Murukku or Chakli,these crispy fried beauties have their own place for Festivals of lights aka Diwali, janthikalu can be prepared for an evening snacks, if you are lover of deep fried crispies. This festival is around the corner and Indians all around the world make some delicious sweets and savouries to share with friends and relatives especially on this day. Janthikalu is Andhra style murukku which calls for rice flour, gram flour, ajwain seeds, sesame seeds, ghee and obviously chilly powder. Yes the speciality of Andhra savouries is the addition of chilly powder as they love spiciness in their foods.

Janthikalu, Andhra Spicy Murukkulu

Grilled Tofu 65/Vegan Grilled Tofu 65 in Stick

Tofu, this soya cheese is replacing very well paneer in most of my dishes at home. Recently i started purchasing my chinese sauces and noodles from a nearby retail shop which is just 5minutes walk from my place. Obviously they sold many varieties of tofus, from extra firm to smoky flavored tofu. And trust me, i have never seen this much varieties of tofus, however as usual i grabbed a packet of extra firm tofu to make some succulent dish with it. You can dish many fantastic vegan or vegetarian dishes out of this extremely nutritious soya cheese. They are excellent source of protein with many health benefits in it. Tofu can be found in bulk or individual packages. Tofu is also sold in sealed containers kept at room temperature, as they doesnt need to conserve in fridge until they are opened. Once opened, all tofus needs to be rinsed, covered with water and kept in a fridge. To keep the tofu fresh for up to one week, the water should be changed often. If kept in the original package, you can freeze tofu for up to five months.

Grilled Tofu 65, Vegan Tofu 65

Friday, September 29, 2017

Pan-Fried Herbed Butterbeans

Dont stick yourself with deep fried beauties or sugar loaded biscuits/cookies for your snacks, get some protein rich snack foods to keep yourself fit and healthy. My today's recipe is one of the simplest snack food you can prepare within few minutes with less efforts. Just by pan-frying in medium flame with less oil and herbs, you can finish preparing this delicious panfried herbed butter beans quickly than you can imagine. Though, i dont want to keep on repeating myself that my freezer will always have already soaked beans, obviously whenever i feel like munching something, i just need to open my freezer to cook my beans. Obviously i can prepare a chickpeas sundal or kidney beans sundal within few minutes. Its seriously handy to freeze soaked beans, and you can prepare many delicious protein rich dishes with those beans quickly than you can imagine.

Pan fried Herbed Butter beans

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Gluten Free Channadal Quinoa Dosa/Kadalaparuppu Quinoa Dosai

Quinoa, these tiny grains are becoming my recent favourite after Oats, as these grains are seriously very versatile to cook with. From any breakfast dish to desserts, you can just whisk some interesting dishes with this incredible grain. Quinoa is definitely an extra-ordinary grain to cook with, and my today's recipe is also one among my trial which turned into some super crispy healthy dosas. And trust me, this dosa batter calls for an easy preparation as well.Though channadal plays an important role in this dosa batter, i couldnt stop myself adding quarter cup of urad dal. Needless to say that this dosas are totally oil-less, definitely a protein rich crispy Indian crepes to enjoy with your favourite chutneys or sambar either for your breakfast or dinner.

Channadal quinoa Dosa, Dal Quinoa Dosa

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Arachi Vitta Kozhi Kuzhambu/Chicken Gravy with Grounded Masala

Once a new week starts, i plan myself earlier to make some meaty dishes during weekend, especially for our Sunday lunch. Since am working now, its really hard to cook some fingerlicking Indian curries during the weekdays. Dinner will always goes from easy breezy dishes like salads, soups and sandwiches as its easy to dish out with less efforts after spending an hectic day.Obviously we always have a super duper Sunday lunch with meat dishes. Chicken, this lean meat is rich in proteins, and i love chicken very much. Though hubby love mutton, my pick is always chicken. And my today's dish is a flavorful chicken gravy prepared with a grounded masala. This chicken gravy is definitely a fabulous dish if you ran out of spice powders like coriander powder and chilly powder.

Arachi vitta Kozhi Kuzhambu, Chicken Gravy with Grounded Masala

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Black-eyed Peas,Carrot & Capsicum Rice

Black-eyed peas have became a part of my cooking as everyone at home love this excellent protein rich beans. This is the first time, am preparing a rice dish with this ultimate beans. Trust me this beans are seriously versatile and you can dish many incredible dishes with this fantastic beans. If you have cooked black-eyed peas in your fridge, then trust me, today's rice dish will gets ready very quickly than you can imagine. A prefect lunch box friendly rice dish to pack in anyone's lunch box. Though i have added black-eyed peas, you can prepare this same rice with any sort of beans. Flavored simply with garam masala,pav bhaji powder, cumin and pepper powder, this incredible healthy rice is definitely an easy breezy dish. Since i used grated carrots and cubed capsicums,just saute the vegetables, black-eyed peas with spices before adding the rice, thats it your rice gets ready to enjoy with your favourite side dish.

Black-eyed peas Carrot & Capsicum Rice

Monday, September 25, 2017

Crustless Spinach & Potato Quiche

Quiche is one of rich pastry of French cuisine which can be served hot or cold. Most famous quiche in France is Quiche Lorraine prepared with savoury custard with bacon or lardon topped with emmantel cheese.Usually prepared as open faced pastry crust with a savory filling, quiche can be prepared even as crustless. Yes you heard it rite, you can make some fantastic crustless quiche with your favourite ingredients in it. If you go through my space, you can find varieties of quiche either with crust, or crustless and even eggless quiche. Quiche can be prepared quickly however its loaded with proteins as eggs plays an important role in preparing this ultimate French pastry. Since egg and spinach is added in my today's crustless quiche, needless to say how protein rich is this dish. No crust is needed for making this quiche, if you plan to bake this same quiche with a crust, bake  yours as an open faced pastry with crust.

Crustless Spinach Quiche, Potato & Spinach Quiche

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Murgh Kalimirch/Black Pepper Chicken

Murgh Kali Mirch is also known as Kali Mirch Ka Murgh, which means Black pepper chicken. This chicken dish is one of the most popular and flavourful side dish which you can have with anything. Serve this fingerlicking goodness chicken curry with some flaky parathas or else as side to serve along with simple pulao or fried rice, you can enjoy this lipsmacking chicken without any guilt. Its been a while i have posted a non vegetarian dish in my space, dunno why i kept postponing to post non vegetarian dishes in my space. Eventhough i do cook varieties of non vegetarian dishes especially on sundays, i forget to click them hence i have been delaying in posting non vegetarian dishes in my blog. Few days back, i got a message from a fellow follower asking me to post a chicken based dish. Obviously how can i stop myself posting a chicken curry, hence today's post is this extremely delicious spicy chicken curry.

Black Pepper Chicken Roast, Kali Mirch Ka Murgh

Friday, September 22, 2017

Carrot & Spinach Black-eyed Peas Medhu Vada/Keerai Karamani Medhu Vadai

This is not the first time am making Vadai aka crispy deep fried snacks with black-eyed peas, i have already tried thisthis baked vadas and this crispy medhu vada. And my today's black-eyed peas is quite a different version from the usual ones. Adding grated carrots and chopped spinach to some grounded deskinned black-eyed peas,once deep fried makes this incredible crispy medhu vadais. Usually i dont deskin the black-eyed peas, but this time i couldnt resist to deskin them to make some crispy medhu vadas, trust me deskinning the black-eyed peas make some crispy fried dumplings. Deskinned black-eyed peas works prefect as much as like urad dal for making prefect crispy medhu vadais. Make your medhu vadais more delicious and healthy either by adding vegetables or greens in it.

Carrot & Spinach Black Eyed Peas Vadai

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Butter Beans Jeera Pulao/Butter Beans Cumin Pilaf

Jeera Pulao, is nothing but a flavourful, cumin flavoured rice. This rice dish is completely an easy breezy dish to prepare with simple cooking process. If you dont want to spend more time in your kitchen and you need absolutely something flavourful, then you should definitely make yourself some Jeera Pulao aka Cumin Pilaf/Rice. Though this rice dish is very simple to make, when served along with some exotic dal, fingerlicking paneer gravies, or else with lipsmacking non vegetarian curries, this rice tastes absolutely fabulous. Yes any sort of gravies or curries goes prefect as side dish to serve along with Jeera Pulao. Jeera Pulao is my all time favourite as this dish replace very well Briyanis or fried rice if you are planning something special for an occasion. I make this rice often and serve along with non vegetarian curries if its Sunday special cooking. But my today's Jeera pulao is a protein rich one. Yes you read it rite, i have prepared a protein rich Jeera pulao just by adding some cooked butter beans.

Butter Beans Jeera Pulao, Cumin Pulao with Butter beans

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Protein Masala Upma/Masala Vegetable Upma with Black-eyed Peas

If you want to give a try to a nutritious twist to the usual upma, then you should definitely go through my today's post. Adding loads of vegetables and cooked black-eyed peas will definitely transform a simple upma to a nutritious protein rich upma. Upma, this savoury semolina breakfast dish is one of the popular South Indian dish which gets really very quick with simple cooking preparation. Usually prepared with chopped onions and spiced with slit opened green chillies, Upma is definitely a filling meal when served along with spicy coconut chutney. Obviously if you dont want to prepare the same easy breezy upma, just make it differently by adding some spices and vegetables. But today's post is a protein rich upma, yes i have added cooked black eyed peas to this simple upma and prepared it as masala upma by adding whole spices and garam masala. Easy to make trust me, this protein masala upma will definitely please your tastebuds.

Protein Masala Upma, Masala Upma with Black eyed peas

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Nadan Mutta Curry/Kerala Egg Curry With Coconut Milk

Kerala curries are definitely my favourite as they are very mild in spiciness and cooked usually with coconut milk. Eggs are very healthy and they are good source of high quality protein.People often think that protein is only found in the egg whites. But trust me the egg yolks are known to be have almost all the nutrients and fats in it. However, in addition to these nutrients, the yolk also contains up to about half of the protein content of the egg. A large egg contains about 7 grams of protein, and the 3 grams will be coming from the yolk and 4 grams from the white.Therefore, eating the entire egg, not just the white, is the way to get the most protein and nutrients. Do you know eating raw eggs will provide least amount of proteins. Many researches and studies says that cooking eggs helps the proteins to be more easy to digest and more accessible to the body. Eggs are low in calorie hence many sprotsmen enjoy eggs daily as a part of their meal and many survives just with a couple of hard boiled eggs if they are following a strict diet. Needless to say eggs are weight loss friendly, eating eggs for breakfast may help to reduce the number of calories you consume for next 24 hours.

Nadan Mutta Curry, Kerala Egg Curry

Monday, September 18, 2017

Cheesy Black Beans & Potato Quesadillas

Black beans have been my all time favourite since i started loving black beans based Mexican dishes. If i plan to make some Mexican foods at home i cant think more than soaking black beans to cook with. Black beans makes excellent dishes and many Mexican dishes have this beans. If i plan Quesadillas, how can i keep myself away from black beans, obviously my today's post is completely from Mexican cuisine. Potato and black beans combination, works awesome as filling for making some super satisfying quesadillas. Quesadillas have been adapted to many different styles. In many countries like United States, many restaurants serve them as appetiziers. However many variations do exists and now many vegetables like zucchini, spinach or else tofu is also added for filling. Even dessert quesadillas do exists with chocolate, caramel, butterscotch with different fruits in it.

Black beans Potato Quesadillas

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Eggless Cheesy Tofu Bombs

Cheese Bombs are extremely delicious to resist if you love some gooey cheesy centre in your bread rolls. Actually cheese bombs are small dinner rolls stuffed with any sort of cheese however mozzarella cheese suits extremely prefect to make some super cheesy bombs. If you are baking this cheese bombs dont forget to bake huge batch else you will regret later. My today's cheese bombs are extremely healthy as i used silken tofu in my bread dough. If you are follower of my space, you might have noticed that i have already baked few breads with tofu as egg replacer. Silken tofu replaces eggs prefectly in anything, especially in bread and cakes. However eggless pudding or chocolate mousse can be prepared with silken tofu as well. Silken tofu is an excellent source of protein, obviously my today's cheesy tofu bombs are protein rich and calcium rich tiny treats which will definitely please your tastebuds.

Cheese Tofu Bombs, Eggless Tofu Cheese Bombs

Friday, September 15, 2017

Vegan & Gluten Free Quinoa Chickpeas Pilaf

Pilaf, this dish is usually prepared with rice which is cooked in seasoned broth. Depending upon the cuisine, a Pilaf may contains, meat, fish, vegetables, pasta and dried fruits. Pilaf is a common dish in Middle Eastern, Latin American, Balkan, Central and South Asian, East African and Caribbean cuisine. Pilaf is a staple and National food in many countries. Pilaf is a fantastic one pot meal when served along with some super rich side dish. Coming to my today's post, Quinoa is a super great food which is extremely good for vegetarians and vegans, not to forget that Quinoa has a very high-protein content which is quite great for whoever looking to lower their cholesterol level. 1cup of cooked quinoa contains 8.14g of protein, obviously if you want to add more protein in your daily menu, dont forget to add this incredible grain often. Quinoa is a quick cooking gluten free whole grains. This grains grows in a rainbow of colors, though most commonly available are red, black and white quinoa.

Quinoa Chickpea Pilaf, Quinoa Pilaf with channa

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Tofu Spinach Fritters/Tofu Palak Pakoras

Though am keeping myself away from deep frying, sometime the weather or else the craving for deep fries will definitely pull you to dish some fritters atleast once a while in a month.We, blogging marathoners are running a month of blogging with Protein rich dishes as theme, obviously you might have noticed that i have been posting some delicious protein rich recipes. Actually this interesting theme is pulling us to hunt for some healthy proteinaceous foods or else to come up with unique protein friendly foods. My today's recipe is completely an interesting snack food which i prepared with some extra firm tofu, along with chopped spinach, onions and sliced potatoes. When mixed with gramflour and rice flour, trust me you will get some dangerously addictive pakoras which suits prefect to munch with a cup of masala tea or coffee. None will notice the addition of chopped extra firm tofu and trust me you can feed easily tofu to your family members by this way.

Tofu Spinach Fritters, Tofu Palak Pakoras

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Vegan Moroccan Chickpea Stew/Gluten Free Chickpea Stew

I have been cooking from Moroccan cuisine since a while coz of my neighbour friend. She is a Moroccan and her grandma makes traditional Moroccan foods with an ease. Obviously whenever i get some free time, i dont forget to visit my neighbour to learn some Moroccan dishes from my friend or else from her grandma. I have learned Couscous, a traditional Moroccan dish from her which is our family favourite since ever i tried at home. Most of the Moroccan dishes calls for easy cooking method and their cooking style involves spices like cumin,paprika, coriander etc. If your pantry have cumin, coriander, cinnamon like spices you can dish out some succulent Moroccan dishes easily. My today's recipe is a simple stew which you can serve very well along with cooked rice or else with cooked couscous grains. If you want to serve this stew in a healthy way, serve this delicious stew along with quinoa or bulgur. With simple ingredients and cooked chickpeas, this stew makes an excellent meal to serve either for lunch or dinner.

Moroccan Chickpea Stew,chickpeas Stew

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Mint Moth Beans Biriyani/Pudina Matki Briyani

One pot meals are seriously a blessing when you dont have enough time to spend in your kitchen. I just love any sort of one pot meals and my space have numerous varieties of one pot meals which can be handy at anytime of the day. Moth beans aka Matki is one among the nutritious beans which is easily available in every Indian grocery stores. Moth beans are extremely rich in proteins if they are sprouted well. However my today's recipe calls for simply soaked moth beans. Am trying to add this tiny beans in our diet quite often,one of those trials is this Biriyani. If its comes to vegetarian briyani i'll usually go for mixed vegetables biryani, but this time for a change i prepared this wonderful looking green biriyani as i want to make something different from the usual ones. This flavourful moth beans biryani calls for all the spices we usually go for making non vegetarian briyanis. Biryanis, this one pot meal suits prefectly to pack in anyone's lunch. Obviously one can carry this nutritious dish in their lunch box along with a simple side dish.

Moth Beans Mint Biriyani

Monday, September 11, 2017

Chickpeas Potato Kathi Roll/Channa Aloo Chappathi Wraps

Chickpeas, this beans are available all time of the year and its often found in grocery stores either as dried ones, tinned or else packed. Chickpeas are high in proteins, fiber with vitamins and minerals. The most common type of chickpeas are white/beige, but other varieties do exists. You can also find chickpeas as black, green and red variety. Originally cultivated in Mediterranean and in Middle East, this beans is also known as Garbanzo beans. Chickpeas are very much used in Indian cuisine, vegetarians add this beans often in their cooking and the most popular Indian dish with this beans is the famous Punjabi Pindi Chole. Served along with Bhature, a puffy fried beauty, this pindi chole is definitely a favourite dish of many Indians. Not to forget, this beans are cooked very much in many International cuisines. However being an Indian, i dont forget to add this ultimate beans in most of my dishes just to feed my small familly easily as this beans are loaded with proteins.

Garbanzo bean Rolls,Chickpeas Potato Kathi Roll

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Asparagus Paruppu Usili/Asparagus Steamed Dal Stir-fry

Asparagus, this vegetable is completely new for me before few years, but blogging world taught me how to make delicious dishes out of this incredible vegetable. Asparagus is a very good source of fiber, folate and vitamins. The most common variety of Asparagus is green but you might have seen two other varieties in Supermarkets. White asparagus is more delicate and difficult to harvest while the purple ones are smaller and fruitier in flavor. However Asparagus is a tasty and versatile vegetable that can be cooked or else enjoyed as raw in salads. Do you know this vegetable is super healthy as much as like Broccoli. Highly packed with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, Asparagus has been used as a medicinal vegetable for many years. Asparagus's nutrition benefits are seriously very impressive because its has no fat and very low in calories. Its also very much rich in proteins, hence this protein rich vegetable can be added in your diet quite often to keep yourself fit.

Asparagus Paruppu Usili

Friday, September 8, 2017

Broccoli Rasam/Broccoli Dal Rasam

Broccoli, this excellent vegetable is very much rich in antioxydants, though this vegetable is rich in protein as well. Do you know Broccoli is not probably the first food to think when you are searching for a good source of protein. Trust me, this broccoli provides protein without any fat but its also a rich source of Vitamin A and C. A cup of steamed or cooked broccoli gives enough protein to a person who consumes it. Proteins are the building blocks of the body and they are very much needed for the growth and maintenance. Its also have a decent source of fiber with numerous health benefits. The consumption of broccoli has been linked with reduced risk of cancer and heart disease, as well as improves eye health. If broccoli is cooked or served along with brown rice or quinoa, you will definitely double the protein consumption in your diet.

Broccoli Rasam, Spicy Broccoli Rasam

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Black Horsegram Lemon Rice/Kollu Lemon Rice

Have you ever noticed that horsegram do exists as black horsegram, usually we get brownish horsegrams from Indian groceries. But during my last trip to India, i saw black horsegrams in a departmental store, obviously i picked them immediately. As much as like usual horsegrams, these black beauties are extremely nutritious and healthy as well. Horsegram offers good amount of proteins and their medicinal properties have long history in India. Various parts of Horsegram plants are used in Ayurvedic treatments of Asthama, kidney stones, jaundice and urinary disorders.Horsegrams have high amount of iron and its helps in reducing iron deficiencies in wormen. Drinking horsegram water or horsegram soups is quite healthy especially for women. This protein rich,low fat horsegram is very much included in weight loss diet. Do you know boiled sprouted horsegram as morning breakfast is healthy and helps a lot in reduce weight.

Karuppu Kollu Lemon Rice, Horsegram Lemon rice

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Moth Beans Khichdi/Matki Khichuri

Moth Beans is known as Matki/Dew beans,these beans are used very much in Indian cuisine. Usually used in preparing many nutritious dishes, this moth beans are extremely nutritious and protein rich. Mostly used in making Misal Pav, Usal, this moth beans works awesome to prepare some fantastic dishes as well. Moth beans have their native from Indian and Pakistan. Moth beans plant grows wonderfully in dry sandy soil, hence these plants are found abundantly in Rajasthan and its grown for both human consumption and fooder.  This beans can be cooked and eaten as a vegetable and can also be processed as dals to preserve them for a long time. These beans can be prepared in sprouts and also be cooked as any other dal or beans.

Matki Khichdi, Moth Beans Khichdi

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Eggless Almond Butter Blossoms

Almonds are excellent source of minerals, vitamins and definitely rich in proteins. Almonds are gluten free friendly, they are extremely used as a favourite ingredient for the preparation of gluten free food formulas. This nuts are packed with many important vitamins, and they are extremely healthy to everyone. Eaten as raw or simply dry roasted, this nuts are very healthy to add quite often in your diet as they are good source of many nutrients which helps in development and health of human brain.The health benefits of almonds are extensive, and they are frequently used as a healthy solution for relief from constipation, respiratory disorders, coughs, heart disorders, anemia, impotency, and diabetes. They also help in maintenance of healthy hair, skin care and dental care.Almonds have been connected to a higher intellectual level and they have long been considered an essential food item for growing children. They also contain two vital brain nutrients, riboflavin and L-carnitine, which have been shown to increase brain activity.

Almond Butter Blossoms Cookies

Monday, September 4, 2017

Peppered Garlic Tofu Steak

Tofu/this soybean cheese is an Asian origin. Production of tofu involves soaking soybeans in water and creating soy milk, then curdling the milk using a substance such as calcium sulfate or lemon juice. The curds are separated from the whey and usually packaged in block form. Most tofu brands offer a range of soft and firm varieties, which differ mainly in the amount of water retained. Pressing tofu can remove additional water.. Tofu is a good protein source, coz of the amount and nature of the protein it contains. The protein content is higher in firm types of tofu than in softer types. Firm tofus are used to prepare many delicious dishes while soft tofu are used in preparing desserts and bakes.

Peppered Garlic Tofu Steak, Garlic Tofu Steak

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Rajma Salad/Red Kidney Beans Summer Salad

Salad is our one of the favourite meal when its too hot. Easy to mix and match, trust me a plate or a small bowl of salad will definitely fulfil your hungry tummy. Though salad calls always for mixed raw vegetables or fruits, do you know you can still add some protein packed cooked beans to them to make a simple vegetable salad as a nutritious one.My today's post is a prefect example for a simple and nutritious salad, which will definitely satisfy your hungry tummy. Adding cooked beans to your salad will definitely makes it more interesting and nutritious as well. If you are a follower of my space, you might have noticed that am running a month of blogging marathon with a super duper interesting theme. The theme for this whole month is 'Protein Rich Foods', yesterday i have posted a lipsmacking, nutritious and a healthy palak/spinach pulao with red kidney beans.

Kidney Beans Salad