Italian Wedding Soup

Italian Wedding Soup- Recipe By Ina Garten, Serves 8 I adapted this recipe from Ina Garten’s “Back to Basics” cookbook. I have tried almost all the recipes in it and they are fabulous! The soup is made with pasta, lots veggies like carrots, celery, and spinach. Fresh herbs like dill and parsley are added too. The meatballs have Pecorino Romano cheese, Parmesan cheese, milk that make them soft and delicious! I love that the meatballs are not fried but baked making it so much more easier. It’s a complete soup that has carbs, protein,vegetables and lots of flavor! The first time I made this soup I used home made chicken stock which was very flavorful no doubt but also very . . . CLICK TO READ MORE

Mushroom,Spinach and Corn Bake

This post is very special for me for a number of reasons. First, I just learned that my recipes will be a weekly feature on the popular local “mom” blog series “AZ Desi Mums“, “Sydney Desi Mums“, and “Dubai Desi Mums”! “Desi” is an affectionate reference to people from India who live abroad. “Desi Mums” is a hangout for “desi” moms to share, recommend and discuss mom concerns and interests. This will be my first featured recipe! Another reason why this recipe is special to me is because this was one of the first dishes I learned to cook. This dish was a party favorite back home and I am forever grateful to my Mom for teaching me how . . . CLICK TO READ MORE

Spinach with Yogurt-“Paalak Bhareet”

“Paalak Bhareet” (Serves 2) The Superbowl’s here and we’re having company. I am all set for a fun evening with friends, pizza (from Grimaldi’s), and those over-the-top Superbowl commercials! One of the sides I have to serve with appetizers this evening is “Paalak Bhareet” or Spinach in Yoghurt. My mom would often make this delicious and cooling side dish with spicy lentils and rice. As children, my sister and I would eat this by the bowl. It’s really the perfect way of getting greens into your kids’ diet. The vegetables typically used are eggplant (where the eggplant is roasted), spinach and pumpkin. Growing up, one of these 3 kinds would be a regular at the dinner table. I was thrilled . . . CLICK TO READ MORE

“Palak Paneer” – Indian Cottage Cheese in Spinach

“Palak Paneer ” is a popular North Indian dish. Cubes of cottage cheese or “paneer” are simmered in creamy blend of spinach, tomatoes, onions, ginger, garlic, and spices to make this flavorful dish. I learned this recipe many years ago from my family chef in India. Brother or “bhaiya” as he is affectionately known, is an exceptional and mostly self-taught cook. I have tried many different recipes of palak panner from cook books and all my friends and family but prefer this one. It is a simple, healthy dish that is perfect for any family! Ingredients: 454 grams of spinach- cleaned and washed 4 big cloves of garlic 1 inch piece of ginger- chopped roughly 1 small onion- chopped finely . . . CLICK TO READ MORE

Sai-Bhaji Tikkis

I love making these tikkis as a healthy afternoon snack or appetizer with drinks. These tikkis or vegetable patties are made with left over Sai Bhaji. Sai bhaji is a delicious vegetable made with spinach, dill, tomatoes, carrots, potatoes and lentil. I dry the sai bhaji mixture by cooking it on medium flame in a saucepan or flat griddle. Then, add a pinch a garam masala powder and bread for binding. Make round patties and shallow fry. Serve hot and enjoy! Ingredients: 1 1/2 cups sai bhaji 6 slices bread, soaked in water and squeezed tightly to remove the water 1/2 teaspoon garam masala powder 2- 3 tablespoons oil salt to taste Method: Heat the sai bhaji in a saucepan . . . CLICK TO READ MORE

Goat Curry with Cardamoms and Spinach”Elaichi Mutton”

Goat Curry “Elaichi Mutton” Yeah, I am back from my awesome trip to New York. I was on spring break with my daughter, it was a very relaxing holiday thanks to my lovely family and friends.This trip was all about just hanging out at home and chilling with family. We did not go out much, ordered in a lot from my favorite Malaysian restaurant “Penang”. I have eaten roti-canai for the whole year! We did visit an Indian restaurant “Amiya” for their lunch buffet in New Port, NJ. The kebabs were outstanding. So while I was away being treated to this fantastic food, hubby was at home eating Subway and hot dogs. So as soon as I got back, I . . . CLICK TO READ MORE

Green mixed vegetables “Sai Bhaji”

I cringed the first time I saw this dish (as a newly wed no less). I remember thinking, “What’s this green slush I have to eat?!” I did not want to make a fuss and quietly sat there and took a bite. OMG! I loved it! I could not believe how flavorful it was! Here’s the list of good stuff you’ll find in this delicious concoction – spinach, dill, tomatoes, egg plant, fenugreek and other vegetables along with lentil for a shot of protein. I could not stop telling my in-laws how much I loved this dish and that I had to make it for my dad and mom. “Sai-Bhaji” is a Sindhi (a community in India that’s taken their . . . CLICK TO READ MORE