Coconut Barfi brings back sweet memories of my childhood. Those were the best guilt free days with my family in Jaysingpur, Maharashtra. Fresh coconut barfi is still my favorite Indian sweet. My mamisa (aunt) makes this barfi absolutely delicious and flawless. Enjoy the family owned recipe.
I love eating steamed beets during breakfast, especially after a good workout session. Its a perfect brunch menu salad. If you do not have hemp seeds at home you can always substitute to roasted pistachios, pine nuts, sunflower seeds etc. Just keep in mind the nuts are not glazed with any type of sugar or salt if you are planning on cutting down any added artificial sweeteners or sodium intake.
Vegan celery soup with fresh herbs. My favorite part, no heavy creams or milk to make the texture creamy. This soup is incredibly delicious, refreshing and easy to make with no straining required.
2020 for me started with amazing healthy eating habits and exercising regularly. I have moved to more and more plant-based diet and less and less of processed food. I plan my meals around plant-based foods derived from plants, vegetables, grains, nuts, seeds, legumes and fruits. This recipe is a classic example of plant-based meal, enriched with protein, fiber and vitamin C. Makes a satisfying snack for kids and adults at anytime of the day.
Rasam is one of my favorite South Indian dish when I travel to Bangalore, India. Rasam is mainly prepared with tomatoes and spices. Its served with steamed rice or can be enjoyed as a soup. Rasam is absolutely comforting and a perfect meal during cold winter days for kids and adults. My friend Sneha Jain makes the best Rasam for her friends and family. Sneha’s Rasam recipe will truly keep you warm this winter and you will crave to make it often.
Sprouted Matki or Moth Beans Salad. I simply love this salad because it makes raw mango and carrots so delightful to eat and the roasted peanut gives a nice crunch. Its always my favorite for lunch or during afternoon tea time. This is our version of slaw with steamed sprouts. Always a hit at any party!!!
Vegetable pancakes made with toasted oats, chia seeds, flax seeds and loads of healthy ingredients. One of our favorite breakfast or lunch option. Easy to assemble and absolutely satisfying.
Soul-Satisfying Vegetable Soup. Provides warmth and happiness during cold winter days. It’s simple and easy to prepare.
Perfect lunch bowl with loads of Asian vegetables. I love the products from Lotus Foods because the company not only has amazing stories to share in how they are making a difference to help the environment and farmers but they continue to pursue smart products, better growing practices, and delicious whole grain heirloom rice varieties. Here is a simple, delicious vegan veggie bowl assembled in less than 10 minutes for lunch.
Hummus can be transformed in so many different flavors. Here are my recent experiments in the kitchen. My favorite was the smoked Jalapenos hummus especially when I used the spread on the sandwiches the next day. They are great spreads for kids to try with veggies, dips at your parties or can be used in sandwiches or wraps.
I love seasonal fruits and vegetables. Persimmons are the best during the fall weather. Here is a perfect salad for any holiday party. Love the tangy, lemony dijion mustard dressing.
My favorite Thai salad. I use to love watching local food vendors on the streets of Bangkok pounding all the ingredients on a large pestle. I sometimes substitute the raw papaya to raw mango to make the Som Tam and it taste absolutely delicious.
I love Persimmons and Pomegranates during the fall season. This salad comes beautifully together with all the vibrant colors of fruits and arugula leaves. Its made with simple dressing and is one of my favorite salad.
Did you ever wonder if you can make your own mini doughnuts at home? Just the thought of having those warm fresh baked doughnuts with shiny chocolate glaze makes me so happy. When my son was turning 6, Chandni Daga (Krish’s aunt) owner of Cici’s Delights baked fresh doughnuts for his Birthday party. I have to admit Bobby and I ended up eating most of them. We are so excited to share these perfectly experimented egg less doughnuts recipe for all your special celebrations or no celebrations. I promise they are divine at anytime of the day. Follow the steps carefully to master these delicious treats.
Everyone’s favorite Mexican salsa, pico de gallo. Its fresh, easy to assemble and by far the most addictive dip with tortilla chips. Serve the pico with tacos, nachos, enchiladas or anything your heart desires. Have a backup plan to make extra batch when entertaining your guest. This one disappears in minutes. Its delicious!
Adai dosa (Indian crepes) is another healthy option to make for breakfast or after school for the kids. Its made with mixed lentils, rice and helps me add protein to our diet. I normally eat these delicious crepes after my workouts. The batter can be stored for 1-2 days in the refrigerator. You can serve these with fresh coconut or chayote chutney.
I discovered Chayote in Bangalore few years ago when Sushma made this delicious chutney with hot steaming rice. Chayote is a member of squash family. It originated from from central Mexico and now grown all over the world. South Indians call it Chow Chow and its a common side dish in a South Indian’s household. This chutney can be served with idli, dosa and hot steaming rice.
My love for learning Korean cooking continues and here is one of my favorite noodles and chilled homemade soy milk dish. This bowl is so refreshing treat for hot summer days. I was surprised to see how easy it was to make the soy milk at home. I love the flavors in the milk which is accompanied by grinding small amount of nuts for an extra-nutty flavor.
When its summer we all crave for something nice and cold. This cold noodle salad made with thin wheat noodles, mangoes, cucumber, iceberg lettuce and capsicum is just perfect on a hot summer day. Its one of the most popular noodle dishes in Korean cuisine and its perfectly made by my son’s favorite Piano teacher, Jina Kim, who has been introducing us to vegetarian Korean dishes.
Here’s how you make perfect steaming Paniyaram. These are one of my favorite breakfast to make for my kids. Yes you do need the special mould to makes these delicious, healthy bite-sized dumplings. Feel free to add that extra spice and onions if you are making it for grown ups.
Khow Suey, a Burmese delicacy is my all time favorite dinner meal. Burmese food is hard to find in in New York but could be easily made at home. It is cooked with numerous vegetables, coconut milk, noodles and aromatic spices which makes it flavorful.
Serve yourself and your guest healthy meals. This dish is simply refreshing and can be made with few different ingredients during hot summer days.
Its summer and that’s when you know its watermelon gazpacho time. You can add your own twist to this cold refreshing and slightly spicy soup.
One of the spiciest Indian chutney. Inspired by the region of Kolhapur, historic city in Maharashtra, India. This red chutney is called Kolhapuri Thecha. Spicy condiment served with Jowar (sorghum) roti or added in pav bhaji to make it extra spicy.
The recipe was inspired by several contributing factors, and as fate would have it, they all fell into a seamless sequence of the events, unfolding perfectly into the the black beauty that was this Double Chocolate Banana Bread with Fleur de Sel. [Read full post and step by step recipe on Joie De Vivre]
Mango Kheer can be made an any auspicious occasion. The key is to use the best mangoes during its season.
Perfect meal starter for summer parties. It’s crunchy, sweet, sour, and spicy. Its easy to make but be sure to stock an extra batch in the refrigerator this goes fast. This dish compliments well with Asian meals.
Eat colorful veggies in your salads everyday. This crunchy salad with its peanut cilantro dressing is addictive during any occasion. I love it with extra avocados on my plate. Inspired by California Kitchen’s menu.
My absolutely all time favorite salad. Inspired by the Good Earth cafe in Bangalore, India. Its a must eat during my visits to India. The combination of blue cheese and toasted honey glazed walnuts is divine.
Summers rolls are particularly refreshing in the hot weather. One can make these with any fruits or vegetables desired.
Perfect party appetizer to set the mood. The combination of fresh figs, blue cheese and cherry tomatoes is simply refreshing. So let’s begin this party now!
My favorite vegetarian soup, its called Adas Bis Silq aka in Arabic (Lentil Swiss Chard Soup). Recipe courtesy of my mommy @zeinsh8.
Barley soup can be treated as a complete meal. I love making this during rainy days for my kids and family. Accompanied by a sprouted grain bread.
I love Kathi Rolls and find them so filling and satisfying. Great party snack to serve your guest. Don’t get overwhelmed by seeing the ingredients and assembly steps. Its very easy to make and most of the ingredients can be found in your kitchen pantry.
Massage the dinosaur Kale for the best tasting quinoa, cranberries and toasted almond salad. Hands down my favorite Kale recipe inspired by THE SMITH restaurant in New York City.
It’s a must try appetizer if you are on a gluten free diet or looking to avoid bread. The key is to server hot. If you like cheese please by all means drizzle on the bites or bake them.
Acorn squash soup, blended with black pepper, cinnamon, nutmeg and more. Learn to how to peel an Acorn squash easily and enjoy the healthy and nursing meal.
Shrikhand or Amarkhand is made during mango season in India. This yogurt based dessert is my personal favorite when its served chilled during hot summer days.
Jicama Tostada, party for your taste buds. Crisp and deliciously refreshing. This salad can be assembled in no time.
We all love Mexican food. I can never stop eating salsa at any Mexican restaurant or at home. This salsa verde made by Chef Cesar is so addictive and fresh. Its appearance is also very tempting. This can be served with chips, drizzled on nachos, eaten with rice and beans, enchiladas, vegetable quesadillas or used as a salad dressing. It will make any dish taste delicious.
Tired of the same green juices and smoothies? Raw mangoes are every where these days. Try this refreshing combination of raw mangoes and mint, its sweet and tangy flavors will leave you quenching for the second glass this summer.
Sweta Jain shares her secret HOT sauce recipe. This red hot sauce can be eaten with a lot of Indian dishes, pasta, pizza or just bread.
Sweet, ripe summer tomato salad. Its all about keeping it simple and refreshing for your guest.
Hot sauce made with cucumber peels, green chilies and cilantro. Drizzle the hot sauce on hummus, sandwiches, or wraps. Inspired by my favorite Lebanese restaurant Beirut in Bangkok.
When you see ripe tomatoes and fresh curry leaves you make tomato chutney. My all time favorite chutney that can be eaten with roti, bread or rice.
This Jalebi recipe by Mamta Runwal will rock your world. They turn out to be perfectly crispy and golden. We apologize in advance if you end up eating 10-15 all by yourself. Follow the directions and videos carefully to master this crispy, sugary intricate sweet.
I grew up eating Sabudana Khichdi in Maharashtra. Instead of Sabudana I use quinoa or barley for this recipe. Just be generous with all the ingredients and green chilies are mandatory
Cheers to this fresh orange juice salad dressing. Totally love making this dressing for all my salads. Its simply delicious and easy to make.
I believe that Cooking is not a Science, its an Art. It requires you to be creative. A little change here, a little deviation there from the recipe only adds more flavor! So don’t think you are married to the quantities or the ingredients, be bold and trust yourself!
Misal, this Maharashtrian dish is my all time favorite. The best part about this recipe is its simple and can be made at anytime of the day.
A good start to the day with a healthy breakfast is so important. I love assembling these ingredients and treat myself to a delicious start to my mornings. Blueberry-Chia Seed Jam at the bottom, Greek Yogurt in the middle and Coconut Cluster with sunflower seeds on the top.
Sorghum is a versatile, healthy and gluten-free whole grain. I love the texture of the grain when its cooked well. Sorghum also know as hurda in Marathi language is a staple food in Maharashtra, India.
Karela known as bitter melon is truly very bitter. The fruit is packed with nutrients and wide range of health benefits.
Stimulate your taste buds and experience the burst of Thai flavors in this bite sized appetizer. Make this for your guests and sit back to see different reactions when they pop this spicy, salty, sour and sweet bite in there mouth.
My favorite homemade paan masala for special occasions. It’s simply refreshing and addictive once you start eating.
Energy bites for anytime of the day. I love to snack on these when craving for sugary treats.
I love Bhel its that simple. Growing up our favorite afternoon snack was bhel with the family. The more onions and lemon the better bhel would taste. This is my version of healthy bhel. Easy to assemble and highly pleasing.
I love making home made Greek yogurt with brown rice, quinoa, chia seeds and pomegranate for my kids. I love the combination of these ingredients and how fast it can be made and stored.
Great snack for kids! These bites are refreshing and delicious. Perfect bite-sized appetizer for any party.