Peanut and Curry Leaves Chutney

Originally posted on Indu's International Kitchen:
I had been meaning to make peanut chutney for the longest time now. A co-worke had brought this ‘lip smacking’ peanut chutney into work one day and ever since I had been pestering him to get the recipe from his wife. He did oblige shortly (or rather his…

Brown rice and vegetable stir fry

Brown rice is one of those things that tastes amazing when cooked right but at the same time, it can really be close to unpalatable if it’s not cooked properly.  If you end up with a product that has a mix of partially cooked grains of rice with some fully cooked ones, it is impossible to rescue…

Flattened Rice Snack (Aval Vilayichathu)

Originally posted on Indu's International Kitchen:
Another quick and healthy snack from my amma’s repertoire of easy snack recipes! As kids we used to always come home to find a tea time snack and different types of aval (poha) dishes used to be common.  I have posted one aval recipe before – Aval nanachathu.  Today…

Green Papaya salad (Thai Style)

A couple months ago I came across this exotic and delicious looking salad on pinterest called Som Tam – A traditional green papaya salad from Thailand. Wow, I said to myself. Green Papaya shredded into strips like noodles with green beans and with garlic and green chillies. The most intriguing part for me was the…

Whole Wheat Banana Pancakes

 My mom used to make these appams quite often when we were growing up. She used to make these for an evening snack instead of breakfast. Yes we were really pampered. Mom always used to make home made snacks to have with evening tea!  And looking back all of those snacks used wholesome, healthy ingredients….

Chia seed, Fruit and Nut Parfait

Once you decide to eat healthy it is amazing how over time eating healthy becomes a way of life and you don’t crave for sugary, empty calorie desserts anymore.  For me, fruits are the perfect dessert and give me the right amount of sweetness. The best part is that after I am done eating there are no guilt…

Suran Coconut Curry (Elephant foot yam curry)

Elephant foot yam? Now what is that? My kids were stumped. What a weird name! But if you see this yam, which is like a super large  yam or potato, it does indeed resemble an elephant’s foot!   In Indian cuisine this yam is used in almost every region although it is called by different names…

Cauliflower and Bok Choy Quick Stir fry

  The other day I took out cauliflower from the fridge to make a stir fry vegetable  with coconut called as thoran in Malayalam. Then I noticed Bok Choy too and decided to add that in too. What a delicious combination! This sauté is so good just on its own that you could also just…

Dates, Almond and Coconut rolls (Easy 3 ingredient Date rolls)

A few weeks ago while shopping at our local supermarket, I noticed these date nut rolls displayed in cute little packages in the middle of the produce aisle.  ‘Neat’ I said to myself and also made a mental note that I had to try making them. Of course I did not buy them 🙂 So…

Baked Falafel Salad with a Mint Hummus Vinaigrette

I made baked falafel pita sandwiches last week for dinner on one of the nights and then the left over falafels were perfect for my lunch the next day!  I also decided to make an exotic (a.k.a. exciting) dressing to go with it. I had used lots of mint in my falafels and so I…

Moong Dal Crepes with grilled veggies

These are great for breakfast, lunch or dinner! Really a filling meal.  All you need to do is soak moong dal overnight or for at least 3-4  hours so you can then grind them easily to get the batter.  You can save the batter for unto 3-4 days in the fridge. Moong dal is a…

Vegetable Quesadillas (Vegan Quesadillas)

I love Mexican food and vegetable quesadillas is one of my favorites. But since the traditional quesadillas has cheese as the major component, I had been missing out on this food for the last few months. But as they say- necessity is the mother of invention and I kept wondering what could be a good substitute…