Category Archives: Pastas, Grains and Legumes

Broccolini Pasta with Garlic & Red Chili Flakes

Broccolini Pasta with Garlic & Red Chili Flakes:

I make roasted broccolini often, but this time I thought why not make pasta out of it instead of having broccolini as a side dish like we usually do. It also meant that I didn’t have to make another main course for dinner 😊😉.  I just added roasted broccolini to pasta and turned my pasta into a delicious, filling, and healthy dinner main course. Continue reading Broccolini Pasta with Garlic & Red Chili Flakes

Sugar Snap Peas, Leeks & Asparagus Cumin Quinoa Salad

You will be surprised at how much flavor toasted cumin seeds add to this salad. If you find leeks to be on the stronger side with an edgy bite to it,  you can use garlic instead in this hearty and healthy salad. Continue reading Sugar Snap Peas, Leeks & Asparagus Cumin Quinoa Salad

Uma’s Spiced Coconut Quinoa

This coconut quinoa dish is a variation of a traditional South Indian Tamil rice pilaf called Thenga Sadham (coconut rice). In this version my cousin Uma made the same coconut rice but with quinoa instead of rice when we went for lunch one weekend. Continue reading Uma’s Spiced Coconut Quinoa

Sundal. Savory Chickpeas and Coconut Snack

Every year in the fall, during the ten-day Indian festival of Navrathri, I am invited to a few of my friend’s homes for Golu where we are treated to a traditional south Indian Tamil snack called Sundal. We always look forward to eating this dish. In fact, all Tamilians make sundal for special occasions and there are many variations. Sundal is made with different types of pulses or legumes. Continue reading Sundal. Savory Chickpeas and Coconut Snack

Butter Bean Salad

It was a cloudy day when I stopped by my friend Shalini ‘s place for lunch on her birthday back in late April.  I was so happy to have somewhere to go on this cold and dreary rainy day because honestly otherwise I would have been at home binge watching some TV show. This way I got out of the house and spent a lovely afternoon with my dear friend Shalini over a healthy and delicious lunch at her place. Continue reading Butter Bean Salad

Black Bean & Corn Salsa

I had a small group of friends over for a holiday tea a few months ago.  I thought a simple tea would be a great way to get all of us together and catch up.  Everyone offered to bring something, and we ended up with a wide variety of snacks and treats. Continue reading Black Bean & Corn Salsa