Thursday, May 7, 2015

Sugar Snap Peas Stir Fry with Indian Spices

I am a hardcore foodie and love trying out different cuisines, often recreating them; tweaking them to my perfection. But what gives me utmost joy and satisfaction are the simple, home cooked meals I grew up eating. No fancy ingredients. no complicated procedure. Just simple wholesome goodness.

One of my go-to Indian blogs for simple, homey recipes is Kitchen e Kichu Khonn by Sharmila. Her recipes are quick to make, pretty simple and absolutely down to earth just like the person that she is.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Pico de Gallo - My Favorite Mexican Condiment

Every year, I plan to make a recipe specifically to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. And I fail to do so every time. Though Cinco de Mayo is observed to commemorate the Mexican army's unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, over the years it has become a celebration of the rich Mexican culture. 

Mexican cuisine, though utterly delicious, has quite a bad rap due to its high calorie food. Cheesy enchiladas and nachos, re-fried beans, deep fried chimichangas.... sounds familiar!

Personally, I love the Mexican flavors but cannot handle the grease that comes along. We rarely frequent Mexican restaurants here. But Mexican food need not be calorie heavy.  The basic ingredients in Mexican cuisine is actually good for you. Thinks about the great array of beans, the fresh tomatoes and corn, the salsas and the spicy peppers. You can get all the great smoky and earthy flavors minus the calorie, by making the right choices. Choose lean meat like ground chicken or turkey instead of beef. Using fat free yogurt instead of sour cream. Go low on the cheese or opt for the low-fat variety. Top your tacos and burritos with low calorie salsas. The options are endless. 

Pico de Gallo is by far my most favorite Mexican condiment. I make it all the time and I love topping my Chili and my burritos with it. I am not of a out-of-the-jar salsa person. I like making my own. And the fresh variety always triumphs over the cooked version. Pico de Gallo is also called salsa fresca, which means Fresh Salsa

The freshness of tomatoes , the crunch from the onions, the kick from the jalapenos, the fragrant cilantro and zippy lime juice - what's not to love about it!