Thursday, May 7, 2015

Sugar Snap Peas Stir Fry with Indian Spices

I am a hardcore foodie and love trying out different cuisines, often recreating them; tweaking them to my perfection. But what gives me utmost joy and satisfaction are the simple, home cooked meals I grew up eating. No fancy ingredients. no complicated procedure. Just simple wholesome goodness.


One of my go-to Indian blogs for simple, homey recipes is Kitchen e Kichu Khonn by Sharmila. Her recipes are quick to make, pretty simple and absolutely down to earth just like the person that she is.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Pico de Gallo - My Favorite Mexican Condiment


Every year, I plan to make a recipe specifically to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. And I fail to do so every time. Though Cinco de Mayo is observed to commemorate the Mexican army's unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, over the years it has become a celebration of the rich Mexican culture. 

Mexican cuisine, though utterly delicious, has quite a bad rap due to its high calorie food. Cheesy enchiladas and nachos, re-fried beans, deep fried chimichangas.... sounds familiar!

Personally, I love the Mexican flavors but cannot handle the grease that comes along. We rarely frequent Mexican restaurants here. But Mexican food need not be calorie heavy.  The basic ingredients in Mexican cuisine is actually good for you. Thinks about the great array of beans, the fresh tomatoes and corn, the salsas and the spicy peppers. You can get all the great smoky and earthy flavors minus the calorie, by making the right choices. Choose lean meat like ground chicken or turkey instead of beef. Using fat free yogurt instead of sour cream. Go low on the cheese or opt for the low-fat variety. Top your tacos and burritos with low calorie salsas. The options are endless. 


Pico de Gallo is by far my most favorite Mexican condiment. I make it all the time and I love topping my Chili and my burritos with it. I am not of a out-of-the-jar salsa person. I like making my own. And the fresh variety always triumphs over the cooked version. Pico de Gallo is also called salsa fresca, which means Fresh Salsa

The freshness of tomatoes , the crunch from the onions, the kick from the jalapenos, the fragrant cilantro and zippy lime juice - what's not to love about it! 

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Turkey Chili with Pumpkin Puree


After just a couple of gorgeous warm and sunny weeks, Cincinnati is back to being chilly. And that means soups and stews are back with a vengeance in my kitchen.

One of my go to one-pot meal to make on a weekday is Chili. It is fuss free, very nutritious, delicious, Sid approved and I daresay pretty quick to put together. I agree, that there is a whole bunch of cans involved. Personally, I am not a big fan of canned products. But for a hearty chili, I prefer to go the can way. Mainly because most of the time, it is my last resort. There is hardly anytime left to soak and cook the beans and tomatoes beforehand.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Tofu and Mushroom Soup - The Thai Style Version


Before this post embarks on any controversy, let me give the following disclaimer:

I  make no such claim that this soup is authentic Thai. It does contain Coconut Milk but no curry paste. Sid had one sip of it and said it tastes a lot like the soup we get in Sukhothai, our most loved Thai restaurant in Cincinnati. Since then, I call it Thai Style Tofu and Mushroom Soup!

This gorgeous soup came together as a result of a fridge raid operation. My fridge looks pretty desolate on Fridays. Putting together a decent lunch is a challenge. Scrambled Egg Quesadilla is pretty much our go-to lunch situation on most Fridays.  But not today, as I am out on cheese and really low on eggs.