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Ragi Rye uthappam

VEGAN, VEGETARIAN, NUT-FREE Make these easy peasy delicacies for breakfast, lunch or dinner. This is what I would call “Instant food”. Just mix and prepare. 👉 Ragi is the Tamil name for Finger millet👉 Rye is a grain which is very similar to wheat and barley 👉 Uthappam is the Tamil name for Pancakes Both these ingredients are… Continue reading Ragi Rye uthappam

Appetizer, Indian, Lunch, Dinner and Entrees, Sides and Snacks

New Series – Street foods of India

Episode 1 - Masala vadai with Sundal - Chennai special  VEGAN, VEGETARIAN, NUT-FREE, GLUTEN-FREE Why are street foods so delicious? My guess: they're made fresh with a few, locally available ingredients.  Recently we had a costume party at our place and the theme was Disco/Flower power. Embracing the unique styles of the 70s, all of… Continue reading New Series – Street foods of India

Indian, Instant Pot, InstantPot, Lunch, Dinner and Entrees

South Indian Black-eye peas kurma

VEGAN, VEGETARIAN, GLUTEN-FREE, NUT-FREE Here is an easy South Indian kurma with a rich coconut gravy made from scratch. The beans used here, black-eye peas, are readily available in stores. Use any beans preferred. South Indian gravies are always vegan. We do not use any dairy products unlike North Indian curries, which use butter and cream… Continue reading South Indian Black-eye peas kurma

Appetizer, Mexican

Kale mushroom quesadilla

VEGAN, VEGETARIAN, GLUTEN-FREE, NUT-FREE Kale is one of the hardiest leafy greens. Some varieties like dinosaur kale are really tough. This is one of the reasons why kale can be cooked well and does not wilt quickly like most greens. This is also the same reason why I am not a fan of kale salad.… Continue reading Kale mushroom quesadilla

Indian, Instant Pot, InstantPot, Lunch, Dinner and Entrees

Whole Grain Masala bhath

VEGAN, VEGETARIAN, GLUTEN-FREE, NUT-FREE Everyone needs a “reboot” night. It can also be called a “comfort food” night. We need to eat but not in the mood for any heavy cooking. This also means not in the mood for excessive sensitive stimulations 😆 Looking for simple homely meal which will wrap us like a warm… Continue reading Whole Grain Masala bhath

Sides and Snacks

Basil Turmeric biscuits

VEGETARIAN, NUT-FREE Rich vibrant color, enticing aroma, soft and delicious - I cant stop describing these golden goodies 😇Heres a link to my Instagram feed for a full-blown video - https://www.instagram.com/p/Cg4Amc9MqTf/Here are some flavorful and flaky biscuits or rolls which can be whipped up any day of the week and makes it to the table… Continue reading Basil Turmeric biscuits

Italian, Lunch, Dinner and Entrees

Spring vegetables chickpea pasta

VEGAN, VEGETARIAN, GLUTEN-FREE, NUT-FREE The best part of Spring and early Summer is the beautiful bounty of vegetables that begin to sprout. I love to see cute little Zucchinis, squash, variety of colorful baby carrots etc. Today’s pasta dish is extremely easy and versatile..... a celebration of Spring! Take your pick of spring vegetables to… Continue reading Spring vegetables chickpea pasta

Sides and Snacks

Pink Lentil pancake (Masoor dal uthappam)

VEGAN, VEGETARIAN, GLUTEN-FREE, NUT-FREE Call it uthappam, pesarattu, chilla, or pancake - what’s in a name!  Here is a super easy hearty Indian ‘pancake’. Depending on which part of India you come from, pancakes can be addressed with a variety of names. Some of the ones that I am familiar with are uthappam, pesarattu, chilla,… Continue reading Pink Lentil pancake (Masoor dal uthappam)

Fusion, Lunch, Dinner and Entrees

Peppery paneer potato peas

VEGAN OPTION, VEGETARIAN, GLUTEN-FREE, NUT-FREE OPTION Here is a rich and creamy curry which will make for a classic fusion dish. Spiced with pure pepper in 3 ways: pepper powder, peppercorn melange, and fresh cracked pepper. French cuisine makes use of a lot of creamy sauces which adds quite a bit of fattiness. This recipe… Continue reading Peppery paneer potato peas


PHO inspired Noodles in Coconut milk broth

VEGAN, VEGETARIAN, GLUTEN-FREE, NUT-FREE Here is another easy no-fuss InstantPot soup which is a meal by itself. Loaded with plenty of mushrooms and brown rice noodles, this will fill you up in minutes. Coconut milk adds a beautiful aroma and the richness. Add veggies of choice - I brought in pea pods with a handful… Continue reading PHO inspired Noodles in Coconut milk broth