Category Archives: From the Kitchen

Tuscan Summer Dinner at Babita and Shankar’s

Hello and Happy Wednesday! Hope you are having a good week. Today I’d like to share with you a menu suggestion for a light and summery dinner perfect for an al fresco evening . This menu has everything to make it a fun summery meal – garden fresh salad, garlic bread, pasta and roasted veggies. Serve it with a glass of wine and its perfect on a cool summer evening.

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Cauliflower Broccoli Apple Salad With Garlic Parmesan Italian Vinaigrette

This is one of those salads thats wonderful to take to your next outdoor potluck gathering as it can be made ahead and refrigerated until ready to serve. The dressing is store bought and the veggies already cut. Easy, easy, easy and delicious delicious delicious. Give it a try!

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Sweet Potato Mushroom Stir Fry Curry

This Indian style stir fry curry is quick and easy with stupendous results. The flavors in this dish come from the brown mushrooms , ginger, garlic, onions and spices. The sweet potatoes add a wonderful natural sweetness to the dish while also giving the curry some heft. Serve it alongside lentil daal and rice, or with naan and yogurt raita for a fabulous meal.

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Coconut Chutney with Sunflower Seeds & a Clove of Garlic

Here is a different twist of the ever popular Indian coconut chutney. Traditionally coconut chutney is made with fresh coconut and dried lentils to give the chutney some heft, which also helps to bind the chutney. But this time around I decided to try making my coconut chutney with sunflower seeds for the same type of substance . I have to say it worked better than I ever expected.

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Creamy Bleu Cheese Pasta with Asparagus & Mushrooms

This pasta is for all you bleu cheese lovers out there. Truly, the dominant flavor in this pasta is the creamy pungent blue cheese sauce that doesn’t even require that you make a sauce. Instead just crumble in the bleu cheese with a little starchy pasta water and it becomes a delicious creamy sauce. Of course you gotta add veggies, cause veggies just make any pasta taste better. With asparagus and mushrooms you get their fabulous color and flavor. Give it a try!

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Sweet Greek Yogurt with Saffron Cardamom & Rose. Indian Shrikhand

Shrikhand is an Indian yogurt dessert made with strained yogurt, sugar and sweet spices such as cardamom, saffron and rose essence. its a refreshing dessert served in the Western region of India in the state of Gujarat.

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Indian Pickle Avocado Toast

This recipe is for all you Indian pickle lovers out there! An avocado toast with an Indian twist. What gives the toast that unique Indian flavor is the spread which is an Indian pickle. The Indian pickle makes the toast spicy and tangy and the rest is good old tried and true avocado toast. Delicious, wholesome, and filling, give this new variation on your go-to avocado toast a try!

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