Creamy Brown Rice Pudding

Today I'm going to bug you with a monologue of healthy eating, or sort of. Given that it's holiday season, most of us will indulge in desserts during our celebrations, but that does not mean that we can't be conscientious about what we eat! As south-asians, we eat a lot of white rice, it's like our staple diet. But more and more research suggests that white rice has way too much starch that can … [Read more...]

Stuffed Tomatoes In Indian-Style Gravy

It's getting really chilly out here, with temperatures reaching in the 20's, noticeably cold for the bay area. So I decided to harvest all the tomatoes from my garden before they died in the frost, and also because I was craving for something hot and comforting on the weekend menu, and Soup was not on my mind, as you can guess form the title of the recipe. We picked about 30 large, red tomatoes … [Read more...]

Veggie Black Bean Burgers

  Healthy Black Bean Burgers   Mother's Day is just around the corner, and I am sure most of you have a grilling BBQ party planned for the same, especially as it falls on a Sunday! Or if you are fishing for BBQ recipes for Memorial Day, especially a healthy vegetarian Burger recipe, then this nutritious and extremely delicious Black Bean Burger is perfect for your menu. Inspired by Divya's … [Read more...]

Pasta With Creamy Avocado Mint Pesto Sauce

Pasta with creamy avocado mint pesto, cashews and cherry tomatoes I love the abundant sunshine and bright long days that Summer brings, but where I live, evenings tend to become a bit chilly, even in peak summer, giving me and my family ample opportunities to indulge in warm comfort food, like this bowl of colorful pasta that you saw above. Farmer's markets are still thriving with fresh seasonal … [Read more...]

Spring Rice Pilaf

Spring Rice Pilaf Daffodils are smiling all around, people are planning their vegetable gardens, the sun keeps playing hide-and-seek with the clouds that occasionally burst into rain, and kids are off from school celebrating the sunny weather outside - all this means just one thing, Spring is finally here! As you all get ready to plan weekend getaways, a picnic on a nearby lake, a day at the … [Read more...]

Vegetable Tofu Fried Rice

Asian-Style Tofu Fried Rice When it comes to comfort food, there are a few favorites that spring right into your mind - Mac & Cheese, Parathas (flatbreads), Rice and Dal, warm soups or your favorite dessert. These are some of the things that you never go wrong with. But I think more innovative cooking happens when you take your favorite comfort foods and enhance them or re-design them with … [Read more...]

Baingan Bharta (Eggplant Curry)

The eggplant, or Aubergine, is a large pear-shaped vegetable with a glossy purple skin and firm white flesh, embedded with tiny brownish seeds. It is a very versatile ingredient, as it can be fried, baked, boiled, steamed or grilled, and can be used in curries, appetizers, dips, spreads, and more. Its a popular ingredient in Indian, Middle Eastern, Italian and Moroccan cuisines. However, you will … [Read more...]

Cheese Tortellini with Pesto Sauce

Cheese Tortellini in Creamy Pesto Sauce Cheese Tortellini is as interesting and as twisted as its name! Delicious blends of cheese entwined between pasta dough makes it a hearty comfort food, and when you mix it with a freshly made Pesto sauce, it turns into one addictive recipe. I grabbed a large bag of colorful cheese tortellini from Costco last time, which I am going to be using for a few … [Read more...]

Spaghetti With Vegan Meatballs

  Italian Spaghetti noodles served with Vegan Meatballs Sometimes, pre-packaged food is a big blessing for home-cooks like us, especially when its dinner time, a toddler is proudly displaying one of its terrible-two tantrums, and you are too tired to even think of what to cook! Yesterday was one such evening, though I have to say it happens a lot with me these days, but this time, I had … [Read more...]

Kaju Paneer Masala (Indian Curry Recipe)

Kaju Paneer Masala (Indian Curry with Cashewnuts) Indian curries are as versatile as the country itself. Every region you go has their own interpretation of a popular recipe. Take Paneer Masala, for example - depending on where you go, you'll find several versions, ranging from simple onion or tomato-based gravy to a rich and exotic Mughlai-style curry made with cashews and raisins. The Kaju … [Read more...]