Veg Spring Rolls for your party platter

As we enter the Diwali week, the festive excitement is at its peak. While cleaning and never ending shopping are on your to-do list, it is also the best time of the year to catch up with friends and family and no get together is complete without delicious food. For your next Diwali party, try these simple yet popular Spring Rolls from the Indo-Chinese cuisine. As you get busy with the Diwali preparations, these vegetarian spring rolls can be made ahead of time and even frozen.  The best part is they taste so much better than the store bought frozen stuff.

Loaded with colourful vegetables wrapped in a crunchy pastry, this delectable snack is sure to be a hit with both kids and grown-ups alike.

May your home be filled with light and your mouth be filled with delectable food, wishing you all a very happy and prosperous Diwali! Read more

Bliss Balls – Date Laddu

This year Ganesh Chaturthi coincides with the official start of Spring in Sydney. Days are getting warmer and flowers are starting to bloom everywhere: harbingers of the new beginnings, of all things beautiful and auspicious to come.

Bliss balls are the perfect healthy snack to satisfy your sweet cravings. These balls are packed with goodness of nuts, gluten free, vegan and have absolutely no added sugar!

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Palak Patta Chaat – Diwali Special

Diwali season is on and so is the excitement. I have always associated Diwali with smells. When the breeze begins to have a bit of chill and you can smell frost in the early autumn mornings, you know Diwali is around the corner. Smell of fresh paint, burnt leaves, crackers and, of course, aroma of homemade sweets and snacks evokes nostalgic memories of Diwali. I miss all that fun in Sydney.

Diwali is the biggest Indian festival and also, the biggest excuse to eat and indulge. In fact, people eat so many sweets during the days leading up to Diwali that by the time it is Diwali day, no one even wants to look at the sweets!!! How about giving your guests a break from sugar this Diwali and offering them something chatpata? Surprise your guests with this easy but packed with flavour, Palak Patta Chaat, and I bet they will not stop raving about it.

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Peanut Butter and Basil Sandwich

Peanut butter and Basil sandwich – never heard of it? Sure, you did not as this recipe is my creation! I am always on the lookout for quick, easy and ‘not so unhealthy’ breakfast recipes and one website suggested Peanut butter and banana sandwich. I decided to give it a go. Being honest here, I had never tasted peanut butter before, seriously, never! So, I got a jar of peanut butter and made the peanut butter and banana sandwich the next morning. Unfortunately, it didn’t turn out quiet to my taste. Now, I had the whole jar of peanut butter lying in my kitchen and I wondered how I could use it. And then suddenly an idea struck me. I remembered how my Thai Stir fry with Satay sauce (recipe coming soon) tasted so good with some fresh basil leaves. This meant that the combination of peanut butter and basil was worth trying, after all, Satay sauce is made of peanut butter. I went ahead with this little experiment of mine and the results were simply deee-licious. I just couldn’t stop eating after the first bite. Thus, the Peanut Butter and Basil sandwich was born. If the Thai restaurants ever thought of having a vegan sandwich on the menu, then it will surely be this one!!! Wanna try a simple recipe with complex flavours? Read more

Coriander Chutney – the Versatile Condiment

Coriander Chutney is a popular condiment in the northern and western parts of India. You can use it in a variety of ways – put it as sauce in a sandwich, use it as a dip with pakoras or enjoy it as a relish with Dal Rice. Most households will always have a jar of chutney in the fridge. With readymade chutney available in the supermarkets, nowadays many people prefer to buy it instead of making their own.  With this simple and easy recipe you can make your own chutney in 5 minutes using only 3 ingredients – coriander, green chilli and lemon. Would you like to add some kick to your meals? Read more

Alu Sandwich with a Cheesy Twist

Even though sandwiches originated in the West, the Alu (potato) sandwich is a truly Indian variation. Potatoes are cooked with Indian spices and stuffed in bread layered with chutneys – a perfect example of fusion food. An all-time favorite with both kids and grown-ups, Alu sandwich is easy to prepare, delicious and ready in no time. The best thing about this sandwich is that you can prepare the potato stuffing ahead of time. Relish it as a weekday breakfast or a weekend tea-time snack with different chutneys and ketchup! Love Potatoes? Read more

Masala Idli – A Breakfast Makeover

It’s a beautiful Saturday morning – start of another relaxing weekend. You are thinking hard about what to make for breakfast. You have had enough cereals, muesli and sandwiches during the week. You want to have something more interesting but you are still a little tired from the week to make an elaborate breakfast sweating in the kitchen. You want to avoid rich and deep fried foods – the breakfast should be healthy. But it is also a weekend – so breakfast should also be tasty and appealing too!

So, what do you cook?

Masala idli is the perfect answer to your ‘what to cook for breakfast’ problem. It is quick, healthy and most importantly yummm. Idlis are tossed with crunchy onions, tangy tomatoes, peppy peppers and tempered with aromatic mustard seeds, curry leaves and sambhar powder – this colourful makeover of idlis will certainly make your mornings brighter! Run out of breakfast ideas? Read more

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