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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

Garlicky Greens and Snow Pea Dumplings

First off let me just say that greens sautéed in garlic ALWAYS taste amazing.  Add them to pasta, in quiche, in an omelette, mixed in rice, no matter where these delicious greens are added that dish is going to taste wonderful.  It is no surprise then these dumplings should taste so great! Greens such as mustard greens, Swiss chard or kale all sautéed with garlic and a few crunchy snow peas – yummy this veggie mix is! Continue reading Garlicky Greens and Snow Pea Dumplings

Masala Vadas – Yellow Split Pea Lentil Fritters

Vadas are very popular lentil fritters that are made all over India.  Crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside, vadas are delicious appetizers and snack time treats.  There are as many vada recipes out there as the various types of lentils.  The basic recipe for vada involves soaking lentils in water for a few hours to soften, and then they are ground into a thick coarse batter to which vegetables and spices are added.  The thick batter is then deep-fried.  Vadas are usually served with a side of chutney like coconut chutney.  For those of you living in the South think of these as hush puppies except these are made with lentils. Continue reading Masala Vadas – Yellow Split Pea Lentil Fritters

Puff Pastry Spinach Pie

It’s the holiday season and you are probably heading to a few holiday parties and dinners, and if you are like me you are always wondering what to make for the holiday pot luck gatherings.  That’s why I’ve been posting so many quick and easy recipes that are party worthy to look at and delicious to eat, just like these easy recipes Continue reading Puff Pastry Spinach Pie

Stuffed Mushrooms with Cream Cheese and Garlic

What an easy appetizer these stuffed mushrooms are to make!  I got this quick and no fuss recipe from my friend Shalini when I stopped by her place for tea earlier this week when she casually mentioned that she had made stuffed mushrooms for Thanksgiving. The photos she shared looked amazing and the recipe the easiest. I just happened to have all the ingredients at hand and promptly made them right away for a week night appetizer indulgence and these mushrooms tasted as good as they looked in those pictures. Continue reading Stuffed Mushrooms with Cream Cheese and Garlic

Parmesan Panko Stuffed Mushrooms

Warm, delicious and oh so gourmet looking, these panko stuffed mushrooms will be a hit no matter what occassion you make them for.  A while ago I had made eggplant parmesan with a Parmesan panko mixture that turned out really good! When I made the eggplant parmesan I had way more panko mixture than I needed and ended up saving the remainder in the refrigerator. The panko mixture lasted a good one-month in the fridge. Finally I got around to using the panko mixture in something different this time –  as a stuffing inside mushrooms. These stuffed mushrooms are so easy to make with the most stupendous of results!! They make for great party appetizers or even just to have while hanging out with the family on a late Sunday afternoon. Give it a try! Continue reading Parmesan Panko Stuffed Mushrooms

Dhoklas. Steamed Cream of Wheat Savory Bites

Light and spongy, salty, sweet and spicy – dhokla is a very popular appetizer prepared in the state of Gujarat in the Western region of India. The basic recipe for dhokla uses chickpea flour, rice flour, or semolina (cream of wheat) that are combined with yogurt and spices to form a thick batter. This batter is then steamed until a spongy cake of sorts is formed which is then cut into bite-size pieces and lightly pan-fried with mustard seeds.  Served as an appetizer with mint chutney these are delicious cake-like savory bites. Continue reading Dhoklas. Steamed Cream of Wheat Savory Bites

Bhajias. Indian Chickpea Flour Veggie Fritters

Bhajias are deep fried Indian chickpea flour fritters that are a very popular snack and one of the most popular street vendor offerings in India. Bhajias are usually made with sliced potatoes that are coated in a lightly spiced chickpea flour batter and then deep-fried until golden and crispy. Continue reading Bhajias. Indian Chickpea Flour Veggie Fritters

Spinach and Bell Pepper Quiche

Quick and easy to make with ingredients you probably already have in the kitchen, spinach and bell pepper quiches make for an awesome appetizer or for a light lunch served with a side salad. These litte bites are flavor-packed egg based bites with baked cheesy goodness.  Made with wilted spinach and chunks of bell peppers and lots of yummy Swiss cheese, these mini quiches are so flavorful that it’s hard to stop at just one.  Continue reading Spinach and Bell Pepper Quiche