Category Archives: From the Kitchen

Saag Sabjee with Paneer. Greens Curry with Paneer

I just got back from a Farmer’s Market trip and came home with a basket full of gorgeous greens, baby turnips, broccoli, green onions and ginger.  All these vegetables reminded me of a curry that our friend Pallavi had made on a cold rainy February evening a while back with all these exact same vegetables.  Pallavi’s dish was called saag sabjee – translation – greens curry.  She had made it for a special birthday celebration we had for Hitesh. Continue reading Saag Sabjee with Paneer. Greens Curry with Paneer

Roasted Veggie Campanelle Pasta

One of my all-time favorite pasta that my family loves is a roasted veggie pasta that I make very often. I keep the ratio of veggies to pasta very high as more veggies and less pasta equals more good for you veggies in every bite.  With roasted veggies in a pasta dish, you pretty much don’t need anything else. Just a little garlic, red pepper flakes, salt and olive oil. That’s it. A wide variety of veggies get roasted for this pasta and release a lovely sweet caramelized flavor that gives the dish it’s wonderful taste. Continue reading Roasted Veggie Campanelle Pasta

Rasia Mutia. Chickpea flour Dumplings in Spiced Yogurt Broth

Rasia mutia is a yogurt soup from the state of Gujarat in the Western part of India.  It is a delicately spiced yogurt broth with chickpea flour dumplings called mutias.  The dumplings are made with day old rice, turmeric, chickpea flour, ginger, garlic, and salt.  These are then steamed and added to the yogurt broth. To prevent the yogurt broth from curdling when heated the yogurt is blended with chickpea flour that acts as rue for the yogurt soup.   A rather unusual yogurt soup that is considered “ordinary” and not worthy of serving for company, you wont find this at any Indian restaurant.  However this is a totally unique homemade soup that is delicious and healthy as well. Give it a try! Continue reading Rasia Mutia. Chickpea flour Dumplings in Spiced Yogurt Broth

Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies Anyone?

Chocolate chips cookies – the all-American cookie is a favorite cookie of many a kid and adult alike. Crunchy on the outside, soft on the inside, with sweet chocolate chips, all melted in a cookie.  This is one feel-good sweet treat. There are so many recipes out there for chocolate chip cookies that one can find countless recipes for the ultimate chocolate-chip cookie in cookbooks and online, and they are all great recipes –  how can you go wrong with sugar, butter, chocolate, and dough?. Here is one more chocolate-chip cookie recipe to add to your chocolate-chip cookie recipe library. Continue reading Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies Anyone?

Mutias. Gujarati Rice and Chickpea Flour Dumplings

Mutias are steamed dumplings that are a specialty in the western state of Gujarat in India. These dumplings are made with day-old rice, chickpea flour, shredded vegetables, fresh cilantro, ginger, and a few spices. This combination of ingredients is mixed together and formed into dumplings, steamed and then shallow fried with mustard seeds. No only are mutias delicious what is surprising is how filling these mutias are; it’s the chickpea flour and rice veggie combination that makes these dumplings a satisfying meal.  Mutias can be served as an appetizer or as a light lunch option with a side salad. Give them a try! Continue reading Mutias. Gujarati Rice and Chickpea Flour Dumplings

Homemade Bircher Muesli

Oh how I love Bircher muesli. I used to make it all the time years ago, and Hitesh and I would have it every morning.  It was a quick breakfast that didn’t require much work, all the prep was done and all we had to do is have a scoop in the morning with a little milk and berries.  It was sweet and delicious and had everything in a bowl – whole grain oats, honey, apple, dried fruits, and yogurt.  Not only did it satisfy us for hours, it tasted amazing. Continue reading Homemade Bircher Muesli

Creamy Zucchini Leek Soup

Creamy tender zucchini along with green oniony leeks makes this soup the perfect light spring-inspired soup to serve in the winter.  Zucchini and leeks are so awesome together in this soup that my family emptied out the entire soup pot completely.  This soup by no means a hearty soup, but on those Sundays when all you want is a quiet bowl of soup that is not too filling maybe with a side of crusty bread and a cup of tea or a glass of wine  – this is the one to make. Give it a try! Continue reading Creamy Zucchini Leek Soup

Come Along Inside For A Warm Cup of Tea

Come along inside for a warm cup of tea.  I’ve learnt over the years to appreciate the little moments. Time spent with the family on an uneventful weekend for example.  Or time spent with a friend over quiet conversation on a weekday.  Moments such as these become extra special when accompanied by a warm cup of tea. So come along inside for a warm cup of tea. Continue reading Come Along Inside For A Warm Cup of Tea

Ginger Shitake Pot Stickers

Shitake mushrooms all cooked with garlic, ginger, and cilantro pesto tastes so good that my mouth is watering as I type this.  I love these pot stickers! An awesome vegetarian recipe for all you dumpling lovers these shitake dumplings will taste like your favorite Chinese restaurant. What makes these dumplings taste so over the top good is the dried shitake mushrooms that have a strong pungent mushroom flavor that you just cannot get from fresh mushrooms.  It doesn’t take a lot of these dried mushrooms to get the unique flavor but trust me when I say those 4-5 dried mushrooms make a huge difference. They give the dumplings that restaurant quality flavor.  The other taste I really like in these pot stickers is the pine nut in the stuffing that give a wonderful bite and texture.  These are fabulous dumplings that taste amazing, Give it a try! Continue reading Ginger Shitake Pot Stickers

Cabbage Shishito Pepper Stir Fry Noodles

With ingredients readily available at the grocery store this is a quick and easy noodle dish to make for a delicious week night dinner.  With all things good such as ginger, garlic, cabbage, peppers and tofu, this stir fry noodle is positively delicious and healthy too. The best part of this homemade noodle stir-fry is that it’s easier to make than one might think!.  Continue reading Cabbage Shishito Pepper Stir Fry Noodles