Category: Appetizers, Breads and Side Dish Recipes

  • Grilled Apples with Haloumi Cheese

    I’ve been on a haloumi cheese kick recently.  Haloumi cheese is salty, chewy, creamy AND grill-able.  Yes, a grill-able cheese.  Sort of like paneer.  Except that paneer lacks the saltiness of haloumi cheese.  So what does one do with a salty, grillable cheese?  You find a sweet, grill-able friend for it.  Apples. I like to […]

  • Lemony Spinach Lentils (Spinach Pappu)

    Two huge events have happened in my life within the last week.  First, I snuck away to have a baby.  Our beautiful baby girl, Surya, arrived last Thursday and we have been completely preoccupied with loving on her ever since.  Second, I’ve turned over my kitchen to my mother for the next three weeks.  Fortunately, […]

  • Thanksgiving Sides: Brussels Sprouts in Honey Butter with Chili Flakes

    I just ate a pound of brussels sprouts.  By myself.  It didn’t even take that long.  They were roasted in honey butter then showered with red chili pepper flakes and salt.  They were soft and tender with a honey charred glaze cut by pops of salty spiciness.  Before I knew it, the entire pound of […]

  • 15 Minute Creamy Corn and Potato Soup

    I had to share this with you right away.  Tonight’s creamy corn soup with knobs of tender potatoes and juicy corn kernels was sweet, spicy, fresh and belly warming and above all so quick and easy.  Here in New York, Fall has been rolling in and out battling against the few 80 degree days we’ve […]

  • Curried Tomato and Arugula Salad

    Do you ever come back from vacation with memories of a dish that you ate during your trip and then try to recreate it at home?  I have at least 3 dishes from our last trip that I’m trying to deconstruct and recreate. Sometimes it can be cumbersome to vacation as a strict vegetarian, but […]

  • Warm Bean Salad

    Still trying to decide what to make for the Fourth of July?  This warm bean salad is a favorite of ours – it combines the creamy, nutty taste of beans with tangy feta, crunchy sharp onions and juicy cherry tomatoes.  The key is to get the beans and the tomatoes mildly warmed.  This makes the […]

  • Aloo Chaat Style (Breakfast) Potatoes

    Yesterday on Everyday Food Radio, host Sandy Gluck was talking about sweet versus savoury french toast.  I shared with her listeners a recipe for Rajat’s Desi Style French Toast, a spicy, savoury french toast served with ketchup and chutney (no syrup here folks).  Of course, I was a bit of a bad wife because I entirely […]

  • A Side of Roasted Cauliflower – Dinner Party Worthy?

    Growing up in an all vegetarian household, we ate a lot of vegetables.  Afternoons snacks sometimes were bowls of freshly boiled peas, lima beans or brussel sprouts topped with butter and showered with salt and pepper.  Cabbage, broccoli, beans – you name it, we ate it.  And we enjoyed the pure vegetable taste of it. […]

  • Spicy Pesto 3 Ways: Basil-Mint Pesto Bruschetta

    Earlier this week, I blogged about a Spicy Basil-Mint Pesto Sauce we made and my fondness for recipes that use simple, readily available ingredients which can be recreated into other dishes out of leftovers.  So last Wednesday I made a pesto sauce that we used for a hearty dinner of Pesto Marinara on Whole Wheat […]

  • Dad’s French Style Green Beans

    My dad made french style green beans almost once a week growing up, usually as a side dish with rasam or sambar.  We accidentally discovered that we liked them just slightly blackened when he sauteed them a little too long once and more than a few got singed.  I think to this day my sister makes them […]