Monday, October 31, 2016

Baked Carrot Falafel with Green Tahini

For the last few weeks I have been busy. 
Really really busy!!!

And as my friends Divi pointed out, it is not a bad thing after all!

I have joined as a recipe contributor for few websites. I have also been doing freelancing food photography as well. You can see all of my recent activities on by Facebook page

All this along with my full time responsibility as a Sid's Mommy isn't leaving me with any spare time at all. But I'm not complaining. Not yet!

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

2 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cups

"I ate my last crunchy Peanut Butter cups yesterday. Can you make some more?" declared Sid before boarding his school bus.

He was talking about Toasted Quinoa, Dark Chocolate and Peanut Butter Cups, which is a pretty much his favorite after dinner dessert situation.

This being October, with Halloween just around the corner, I decided to make a copy-cat recipe of Sid's favorite candy - Reese's Peanut Butter Cups. And boy! Was he impressed!

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Bhaja Moshla (Masala) - Roasted Spice Blend

After my Homemade Pumpkin Puree post, I realized I'm  in my domestic goddess mode, yet again! 
I have made a fresh batch of Marinara. And I made a Sid's favorite candy. At home. From scratch. The post will be up soon. So I'll let you keep guessing.

Also I made a fresh batch of Bhaja Moshla (Masala) - Roasted Spice Blend. Actually Bhaja Moshla (Masala) has nothing to do with my domestic goddess phase. I have to make it at home, because it isn't available in stores!

Friday, September 30, 2016

Coconut Flour Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

After I shared my Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Drop Cookies in one of the Gluten Free baking groups on FB, I was flooded with queries, compliments, recipe request and more. Thank you guys for the love!

One of the most satisfactory discussions I had in a long time!

One of the members stated that she has difficulty digesting Oat Flour, and asked me if she could substitute Coconut Flour instead. 

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Homemade Pumpkin Puree

Warning!!! This is going to be picture heavy post.

This post was long overdue. I have been making my own pumpkin puree for a long time now. Don't get me wrong, I love the canned stuff. I use it all the time and it is really really good and handy thing to have in your pantry.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Drop Cookies

As promised here is the first of the Pumpkin Recipes. A moist, chewy and absolutely delicious Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Drop Cookie.

Made with heart healthy Oat flour, beta carotene rich Pumpkin Puree, antioxidant filled dark chocolate chips, these cookies are just as good for you as they are delicious!

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Coconut Flour Biscuits with Scallions and Cilantro

I know I had promised you Pumpkin recipes this September in my Facebook post. But these Coconut Flour Biscuits with Scallions and Cilantro, that I had whipped up on a whim, turned out so utterly delicious, that I couldn't resist sharing these with you'll.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Make your own Almond Flour

Carrot Muffins! Carrot Muffins!! 
Oh! how my hear ached for some Carrot Muffins!

It was the officially the fist day of Fall and there was a nip in the air. The dew drops on the grass shone like tiny jewels in the morning sun. I could already smell the  Cinnamon and maybe a little Ginger.

Make your own Oat Flour

Carrot Muffins! Carrot Muffins!! 
Oh! how my hear ached for some Carrot Muffins!

It was the officially the fist day of Fall and there was a nip in the air. The dew drops on the grass shone like tiny jewels in the morning sun. I could already smell the  Cinnamon and maybe a little Ginger.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Basil Pesto

I have always been a huge Basil fan from the very beginning. Sam and Sid not so much. 
Until, one day they sampled the Basil Pesto at Costco

And thus began our saga of love for anything Pesto; anything Basil!

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Thyme Infused Wild Sweet Orange Iced Tea

Firstly a disclaimer,  that this is not a sponsored post. I have received no monetary compensation for my affinity for Tazo® Tea. I just happen to love them. Although I strongly feel they should, given the amount of $$$ I spend on their teas every week!

I am kind of a tea snob. I drink 4 cups tea everyday. 

I was raised on Darjeeling Tea and till date it remains my favorite kind. Darjeeling Tea can be had with milk and sweetener but over the years I have learnt to appreciate it without milk and sweetener. I'm addicted to it and it is the first thing I have in the morning, after a glass of warm lemon water. 

Monday, August 29, 2016

Lemon Rosemary Chicken Tenders

Dals/Lentils along with store bought tortilla and a simple salad of cucumbers and carrots is one of our most frequent dinners. Another very popular combination is Quinoa or Cracked Wheat Pilaf along with grilled fish or chicken and steamed or pan fried greens, broccoli or green beans. If you have been following us on Facebook or Instagram, you would exactly know how frequently they appear on our dinner table.

There is never any fixed recipe for my grilled/pan-seared/or oven baked chicken. It all depends on what I have on hand. A sprinkle of paprika here, a snip of fresh herb there; a squeeze of lemon here and a smidgen of mustard there - that's pretty much my situation.

But when I make the same recipe, with the exact same ingredients on three consecutive Sundays, on popular demand, I know I just landed on a blog-worthy recipe!

So here it is... our Sunday dinner favorite - Lemon Rosemary Chicken Tenders!

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Cilantro-Lime Quinoa

When we first came to the US, 5 years back, we totally fell in love with the Burrito Bowl from Chipotle. Amidst all burgers, hot dogs and french fries we were hogging down, the familiar bean and rice combination of the Burrito Bowl, became our comfort food. The flavors were different, yet strangely reminiscent of the ones that we left back home. 

Over the course of time, our Chipotle outing got greatly reduced. I started cooking more at home. Moreover, we started developing a more adventurous palate. Eating out was all about trying new cuisines; newer flavor.

I never realized when Chipotle, dropped off our "Favorite Places to Eat" list. 

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Panchmel Dal - A Wholesome Stew combining 5 Hearty Lentils

If you have been following the blog, you know how I love my Dals/Lentils. Thankfully, Sid has also inherited my my loved for Beans, Legumes and Lentils.

Dals/Lentils along with store bought tortilla and a simple salad of cucumbers and carrots have been my lifesaver many a weeknight, when I have been too busy or too tired to cook a full course dinner. 

Monday, August 8, 2016

Tzatziki Sauce

The summer vacation is almost over. 
And once again it's a bittersweet feeling. 

While I would love the alone time and the prospect of drinking my morning tea at peace, I would miss all the late morning cuddle and snuggle. Even his relentless questions and non stop chatter. Today after our ritualistic cuddle, he declared that he's super excited to go meet his new teacher and friends next Monday, but he will miss snuggling with Mommy! 

I promised myself not to tear up.... but I did.

Now that I have put my Kleenex to good use, lets talk about Tzatziki Sauce.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Tomato-Basil Soup with Cashew Butter

"Do I still need to put the bowl in the sink?" asked Sid wearing his naughtiest smile.

I glanced and couldn't suppress my laughter. Lying on the dining table was an empty soup bowl, spotlessly clean.

"Did you actually lick your bowl clean?"

He nodded and said, "It was so yummy. It was finger-licking ... nope... bowl-licking good Mommy!"

And then he went ahead and gave me a 'squishy-do' hug and went on to tell me that I am the "best soup maker in the whole wide world!"

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Greek Salad with Chickpeas and Mint

July has been a busy month. The good kind of busy!

Though I didn't get to try out any new recipes, we'd a wonderful time as a family. Cincinnati had been unusually hot this summer. Which meant a lot of fresh and light meals and a lot of easy and fuss free cooking.

The highlight of this year's summer has been our tiny herb garden. Since it was our first foray into gardening, we kept it less adventurous with low maintenance herbs like Mint, Sweet Italian Basil, Rosemary and Thyme.

Having an herb garden has its advantages. A snip here and a snip there and suddenly, there is a burst of freshness in our everyday meal.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Blueberry - Coconut Popsicle

Third time's the charm!

After two, very dismal results, I finally nailed the Blueberry - Coconut Popsicle!

Just look at that color! What gorgeousness!

I have had my heart set on these Blueberry - Coconut Popsicle, the moment I saw them on Pinterest. The thought sweet-tart flavor of the berries and the luscious creaminess of the coconut milk was enough to flutter my heart.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Ab Doogh Khiar - a Persian Chilled Yogurt Soup with Cucumbers, Mint, Walnuts & Raisins

I was on a lookout for a cold soup to beat the "it's-finally-here" Cincinnati summer heat. And when Gazelle Abedi posted about Ab Doogh Khiar in A Shared Meal, the timing couldn't have been more perfect.

Ab Doogh Khiar (Ab: Water, Doogh: Yogurt Drink, Khiar: Cucumber) is a delightful Persian Chilled Yogurt Soup made with Cucumbers, Mint, Walnuts and Raisins.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Strawberry-Avocado Caprese Salad with Balsamic Reduction

If you thought classic Caprese Salad cannot get any better, try this Strawberry-Avocado version and you would fall in love.... all over again!

This super simple Salad Recipe, will undoubtedly become your Summer favorite.

Ladies and gentlemen... Be prepared to be blown away!

Friday, June 10, 2016

Mango Smoothie Popsicle

4 simple ingredients.
Maximum 20 mins of prep time.
Few hours of very impatient waiting.

And there you have a delectable frozen treat, bursting with alluring aroma and flavor of Mangoes!

Say Hello to Dreamy Creamy Mango Smoothie Popsicle!!!

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Avocado-Coconut Soup with Pan Seared Shrimp in Coconut Oil

The summer vacations are on full swing.

I know, I hyperventilate before the start of every summer vacation but this year it is surprisingly very different.

The 7 year old has really grown up and keeps himself busy pretty well. Thankfully, he has finally discovered the magic of books and most mornings are spend reading. Then he has his Lego, train tracks and summer homework to keep him busy till afternoon. Most of our afternoons are spent biking, hiking at our local park, soccer practice and/or swimming. We are actually having a pretty quite and disciplined summer. For now.

While Sid has been keeping himself busy, I am in a totally laid back mode. To encourage him to read more, I have been picking up books for myself too. Most of my days are now spent reading, while listening to my favorite Ghazals. Not a very productive way to spend your day, but deeply relaxing nonetheless.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Iced Green Tea Lemonade with Ginger and Mint

Getting my post ready for our "Ode to Summer" series is seriously becoming a challenge. Cincinnati is back to being chilly. It's middle of May and tonight we have a frost warning!

This entire week the temperature is going be really low. It will be pretty windy, with some scattered thunderstorms thrown in. I was just telling Cocoawind, that instead of "Ode to Summer", we should start a "Back to Winter" series!

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Watermelon Agua Fresca

So all May we were supposed to pay "Ode to Summer!"

But Cincinnati was far from being summery!
It rained. A lot, actually.
It was dark and gloomy. And it was COLD! We still have our light jackets handy.

Just in case!

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Quinoa 'Carrot Cake' Bites

I know I have been saying this a lot lately, but honestly, these Quinoa 'Carrot Cake' Bites are sooooooo good! I LOVE Carrot Cake and these bites tastes exactly like that.

I made them on a whim.

I was looking for a snack to take with us on our weekend trip to St. Louis. St. Louis is about 6 hours drive from Cincinnati and frequent snacking is the only way, I can keep the "Are we there yet!" syndrome at bay.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Kickass Quinoa April - Ingredient of the Month Roundup

My gorgeous friend and blogger, Cocoawind and I have started a new series - Ingredient of the Month, where both decide upon an ingredient and come up with recipes. 

The month of April is dedicated to the Kickass Quinoa!

As usual my recipe will be Diabetic Friendly, while hers would we Easy Peesy with just a hint to Indulgence

Quinoa Pizza Crust - Weeknight Pizza is a Reality now!


Homemade - From Scratch - Weeknight Pizza is a reality!

Pizza has always one of those thing I have consciously shied away from. Not only its a long and tiring process to make it from scratch, but it is a "Carb Quicksand".

What's a "Carb Quicksand", you ask?

Well, it is something, where you take one innocent bite of your favorite comfort food (read: Simple Carbs) and before you know it, you are sliding down the rabbit hole into a bottomless pit of Carbohydrates, that will spike your Blood Sugar, giving you a false sense of well being. And mere moments later it will crash you so hard, you'll end up feeling really really lousy. This phenomenon, unfortunately, happens only to Diabetics, and it difficult for anybody else to even imagine how gross one feels at a time like this.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Toasted Quinoa, Dark Chocolate and Peanut Butter Cups

When me and Sarani of Cocoawind started our Ingredient of the Month - Kickass Quinoa series, little did I know that my entire perspective towards this super-grain is going to change.

Earlier for me, Quinoa was just a Low-Carb alternative to Rice. But it is so much more now.

My favorite Breakfast Cereal.

My go-to binding agent for my Burgers and Patties.

A protein and fiber boost for my muffins, snacks and other indulgent delights.

And now I have even incorporated Quinoa in desserts, making them indulgent and nutritious - all at the same time.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Chicken and Quinoa 'Pad Thai' Patties

"Mommy! This is the best Burger EVER!!!", declared Sid, at least 20 times in the 10 minutes, he took to wolf down the entire thing.

Sam nodded his head in affirmation saying, "It's really really good", while slathering some more Sriracha on the burger patty.

And I think I will agree with them. This Chicken and Quinoa 'Pad Thai' Patties is one of my best creation with Quinoa. All the amazing flavors of the delicious Pad Thai in a succulent burger (or smaller patties) with the goodness and health benefits of Quinoa. I think we've got a winner here!

Monday, April 18, 2016

Lemon Quinoa

Do you like Lemon Rice? The tangy, lemon scented, crunchy and nutty Lunch Box favorite from South of India?

You would love it with the Quinoa twist then. Same fresh flavor with fraction of the carbs and loaded with protein.

You'll be a convert. I promise you that!

Thursday, April 14, 2016

'Fresh n Juicy' Strawberry Salsa

I was craving for a good Strawberry Salsa for sometime now. It all started when Sid had a mini meltdown in Kroger over a box of Strawberries a couple of months ago. The kid loves berries and Strawberries are his favorite. But out of season Strawberries aren't exactly sweet and juicy. But he was adamant.

As expected they were TART and almost inedible. Sid ate them anyways, puckering at the tartness after very bite. That's how much he loves Strawberries!

It stuck me a few days later that instead of torturing the boy, I should have made Strawberry Salsa.

That's what you do with sad fruits. You turn them into Salsa!

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Quinoa Cornbread Muffins

I had read somewhere (most definitely a blog!) that there is no greater satisfaction than biting into a warm Cornbread Muffin with pat of butter. I wouldn't know, coz I never had a Cornbread Muffin. My mom never made one. Nor did my grandma.

But a damp, cold Monday in April finally gave me the pleasure of biting into a soft warm corn muffin with a dab of butter.

It was pure bliss!

Monday, April 11, 2016

Chicken and Quinoa Patties with Carrots and Zucchini

After Cocoawind decided the Ingredient of the Month for April, I was at my wits end. The month of April is dedicated to 'Kick-ass' Quinoa (pronounced as keen-wah).
Now, we consume about 2 pounds of Quinoa a month and you will always find a tub of cooked Quinoa in my fridge. But that is mostly as a pilaf or as a binding agent for burgers. I never thought or experimented with Quinoa in any other form.

I am a very optimistic person and try to find the silver lining in every dark cloud. A shocking twist of weather gave me the perfect opportunity to try an experiment with Quinoa and I am super happy with the result.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Fresh Pineapple Salsa

Like most Bengali, I too was born with a sweet tooth. Not just one but all 32 of them! 

Growing up, almost all our meals ended on a sweet note. And even today, I get intense craving for something sweet, especially after a hearty meat or fish based meal. I have also noticed that I tend to crave for dessert a lot less, after a vegetarian meal or after eating a salad which has some fruits tossed in or has a sweet vinaigrette or dressing. 

In short, having veggies or fruits or anything rich in natural sugars as a part of the meal, greatly reduces the need for a post meal dessert. At least for me it does! 

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Roasted Red Pepper and Ricotta Dip

God! I am seriously obsessed with Roasted Red Peppers!

So after the Soup, Hummus and the dreamy Sauce, comes a deliciously velvety dip - Roasted Red Pepper and Ricotta Dip. And of course it has a ton of roasted garlic too!

Monday, April 4, 2016

Guacamole - The Eternal Favorite Dip!

How can you have a party or game night or a movie nightnight without a big bowl of Guacamole and an even bigger bag of corn chips?

Guacamole has been such a integral part of my life, especially while entertaining, that its almost hard to imagine that we met barely four years ago. Back in India, I had never seen or heard of Avocados or Guacamole or even the concept of Chip n Dip.

But when we met, it was love at first bite! 

A love, that continue to grow and manifest itself in developing crazy avatars of this delicious avocado dip!

Thursday, March 31, 2016

EGGstatic March - Ingredient of the Month Roundup

My gorgeous friend and blogger, Cocoawind and I have started a new series - Ingredient of the Month, where both decide upon an ingredient and come up with recipes. 

The month of March is dedicated to the Mighty Egg!

As usual my recipe will be Diabetic Friendly, while hers would we Easy Peesy with just a hint to Indulgence

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Dim Masoori - An Egg and Red Lentil Stew

Eggs are amazing. Comfort, convenience, nourishment - all packed in to a fist sized shell. Since our 3 member family consumes about 2 dozens eggs in a week, you can very well imagine how much we are in love with it. I hit a panic button every time I am out of eggs.

This recipe combines two of my most favorite comfort food - Eggs and Masoor Dal aka the Red Lentils.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Shakshouka in a Creamy Dreamy Roasted Red Pepper Sauce

The easiest way to trick my family in believing they are having a Michelin star chef inspired Gourmet dinner is by repackaging an old wine in a shiny new bottle and giving it a fancy name.

Shakshouka has been my secret weapon for a long time whenever the family wanted to eat something fancy! But they are a bunch of smart people and they eventually DID figure it out that I was feeding them the same ol' Egg Curry in a new avatar!

I had not choice but to up my game. Now who can resist a name as mouthful as Shakshouka in a Creamy Dreamy Roasted Red Pepper Sauce!

Monday, March 14, 2016

Stir Fried Zucchini tempered with Nigella Seeds

When I first moved to the US, Zucchini was the first vegetable I fell totally in love with. It has a very mild flavor profile and it picks up the flavor of what it's cooked with. It reminded me of Kancha Kumro. Kancha Kumro (which means raw or tender Pumpkin in Bengali), refers to tender dark green pumpkin/squash with a thin skin and a very mild taste.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Anda/Egg Bhurji - Indian Style Scrambled Eggs

A quick and easy and utterly delicious breakfast dish that you can eat for lunch and dinner - that's Anda (Egg) Bhurji for me. It is made every other weekend for breakfast, it's a staple in Sam's lunch box and a dinnertime favorite on hurried weeknights. Me and Sam are in awe and in love with this versatile dish since we were kids. It was also my Mom's go to dish on hurried mornings too.

Friday, February 26, 2016

Chocolatey February - Ingredient of the Month Roundup

Chocolatey February

My gorgeous friend and blogger, Cocoawind and I have started a new series - Ingredient of the Month, where both decide upon an ingredient and come up with recipes. 

The month of February is dedicated all things Chocolate!

As usual my recipe will be Diabetic Friendly, while hers would we Easy Peesy with just a hint to Indulgence

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Chocolate Fudge Sauce - an 'Almost' Guilt-free Version

OMG! This is perhaps the best thing that has come out of my kitchen! And I don't believe I waited this long to make it after Jordan shared it on Shared Meal almost 2 years back. 

A rich, decadent Chocolate Sauce that has just 3 ingredients and absolutely zero refined sugar. Of course, it does contain naturally occurring sugar and associated carbs. But the goodness and health benefits of the nutrient dense Dates, kind of compensates for it. Or so I would love to think!

Friday, February 19, 2016

Black Bean Soup

Can an entire winter pass by, without me posting a new soup recipe?
No! It simply not possible!

The soup in question is definitely not a new one. It has been made innumerable and thoroughly loved every single time. Utter the word 'Beans' and watch Sid's little (and mine too..) face light up. We are some serious Bean addicts here!

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Dark Chocolate covered Clementines with a Hint of Sea Salt

Move over Chocolate covered Strawberries!

On second thoughts, do not move over!

But share your 'Chocolate Covered Fruit' center stage with another sweet and equally delicious petite sized powerhouse.

Behold Dark Chocolate covered Clementines with a Hint of Sea Salt!

They might not look as regal as the luscious strawberries dipped in velvety chocolate but wait till you eat one.

Let the wave of sweet Orange juice mixed with the silky creaminess of Dark Chocolate with a slight salty crunch of sea salt, awaken your senses and transport you to a world of bliss!

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Dark Chocolate with Pomegranate Squares a.k.a. Antioxidant Squares!

Its February and Valentines Day is fast approaching. Sid is excited for his class party and I am frowning at the idea of making 23 Valentine goody bags!

Me and Sam still do not like to celebrate Valentines Day. But given Sid's infectious excitement, I have softened my stance. I usually make a treat for the boy and we go out for dinner in the evening. Not as a couple, but as a family!

For the past few years, I have been making healthy sweet treats for the little man in my life. And thoroughly enjoyed doing it. When I saw this video on my Facebook feed, I instantly knew this year's treat! Not only will it be Sid approved, it will be good enough dessert to fit my diabetic diet too!

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Makki di Roti and Sarsaon da Saag - Unleavened Cornmeal Flatbread with Cooked Mustard Greens

Come winter and Makki di Roti and Sarsaon da Saag, will grace our dinner table at least once.

Sam had spend quite a few years in Delhi-NCR area during the early days of his career. He has nostalgic memories of eating this frugal, peasant dish, at the office canteen; at road-side dhabas; and he had few good natured friends, who made sure he got a regular doze of this winter delicacy.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Curry Flavored Chicken Tangri Kebabs

As I slobbered my chicken drumsticks in a pool of gorgeously yellow marinade, I tried to remember the first time I made them. I could not. Which is strange, because until very recently, I considered cooking with Curry Powder, a complete blasphemy, especially when done by Indian cooks.

You see, in India, different recipes uses different spices in various proportion. One recipe might call for just cumin and ginger, while another one might call for cinnamon, cardamon and cloves with little coriander. It is very difficult and unfair to generalize the proportion of various spices. Using Curry Powder, which is a generic blend of Indian spices, the recipe and the region it comes, from looses its distinctiveness; its uniqueness.

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Pan Fried Shrimp in Coconut Oil with Ginger-Cilantro Dipping Sauce

And with this post I'm officially a part of the Coconut Oil brigade!

No... not entirely.

Its true that I have a habit of trying out every healthy fad that is thrown at our face. But not necessarily I embrace it. I do have a weak spot for Quinoa and Kale, but I haven't been able to accept the slimy texture of Flax and Chia seed. Not wholeheartedly, that is!