Steamed Edamame

For one thing we order starters in a restaurant is to give time for dinner to arrive. One of our favorite starters in a Thai restaurant is edamame. Edamame is a Japanese name for young pods of soybean. They can be simmered, boiled, sauteed, microwaved. My family prefers steamed one and it is very refreshing…

Tamatillo Chutney

Tomatillos are Mexican husk green tomatoes. Call it salsa if you eat tortillas and chips or call it chutney if you are eating Indian cuisine. Without chutney, yesterday’s dinner wouldn’t have been a zing one. Tomatillos are sour and you won’t need lime or tamarind juice to make your chutney tangy. Sour and hot chilies…

Avial- Eat as salad or soup

In today’s world of special diets and loads of options on the internet, we almost forget to cook basic traditional foods which are  commonly eaten in some regions. Any vegetarian feast is incomplete with out avial especially in southern Indian state of Kerala where it is commonly cooked.  Avial means cooked in water. Commonly used…

Why Brown Rice?

That was the question my younger daughter asked me which startled me. Her Chinese and Japanese friends bring brown rice for their lunch in the school. I would say the environment  and the people we live with have a lot of influence in bringing  in thoughts and framing our habits. Everyone consumed brown for its…

8 Things to do to beat your food cravings

Urge to eat can be strong  whether its chocolates , ice-creams  or munching chips and bhujia non-stop  when mind is screaming “Now”! We all have gone through this. If you are going through this rigor and want to help yourself,here are few things you can do: First ask a question:  Is it necessary to eat…

Bulgar Upma

Bulgar is a whole wheat grain with 5% of removal of bran. It is parboiled and dried. In India it is called as Daliya. Daliya is mostly eaten as hot cereal by boiling in milk with added sugar. Upma is a usual breakfast recipe in India cooked with semolina. Cooking upma with bulgar has many…

Kesar Paneer Payasam

One of my first murals was on a bare mud pot and Krishna was my first one! As if sleepless nights were not enough with a 5 month old daughter at home, I took 9 months to complete this mural which still adores our house in India. Sculpting was my soul food!    Although I…

Granita-What-a-mint

Granita is a traditional Italian dessert made with fruit slush and sugar syrup.  One of my colleague who brought this into my room just lifted my mood up with watermelon-mint granita. I took a break and enjoyed this with full attention. It  tasted exactly like  Chuski- ka- Gola. It was not a gola but scrapped…

Watermelon wisdom

What happens when your colleague who is also your friend receives an edible bouquet at work place from a guy who met her once and asking for a date again? She will love his generosity, accept the date and also share the bouquet with her colleagues! That is what exactly happened just a week back….

Exotic Litchi Shake

Health Benefits: Litchi is rich in Polyphenols. Phenolic rich foods and it’s extracts are shown to have antioxidants, anti-inflammatory, anticancer, vasodilatory and neuro-protective properties. Litchi extract is called Oligonol which is rich in polyphenols and is produced through processing to improve the bio-availability . As per a study published in Journal of Nutrition in 2014,…

Eating means different to all

One thing I learnt working as dietitian but not so while studying to become one is that diet and food has different meaning to different people. Not everyone eats food for it’s nutrition.We have learnt eating food since we were born. Our relation with food is a journey. People can relate to food easily and…

Sweet Heart?

After a long walk at Golden gate in San Francisco, my nephew wanted to eat a sandwich at a particular cafe. While family was ordering food for kids, I couldn’t resist looking admiringly at lemon meringue, strawberry toss, cream puff, apricot tart and so many cakes. (  I clicked the above picture in the cafe)….