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Harissa Marinated Chickpeas
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Harissa Marinated Chickpeas

After experimenting with chickpeas in the Instant Pot, we had an abundance of chickpeas on our hands and plenty of ideas for what to do with them. The best, however? Harissa marinated chickpeas! Think tender chickpeas marinated in a mixture of garlic, lemon, smoked paprika, and spicy harissa sauce.  Just 8 ingredients, 10 minutes, and 1 bowl required! Let us show you how it’s done! The main ingredients for this recipe are (we bet you can guess it!): chickpeas + harissa. For chickpeas, our preferred method is cooking them in the Instant Pot. Here’s why: Speeds cooking time – compared to cooking beans on the stovetop, the Instant Pot does so in a fraction of the timeMore flavorful – compared to canned, we like homemade because you can season the chickpeas before cooki...
Smashed cucumber salad recipe
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Smashed cucumber salad recipe

Smashed cucumber salad juicy, spicy and fragrant. Perfect way to jazz up a salad for summer.I loved how cool and fancy the name is and loved the ‘smashing’ part very much 😀 So satisfying to make the salad. Not a big fan of vinegar smell. I have tried drinking apple cider vinegar and could not after couple of days as I hated the pungent smell. The recipe I saw took me to the source recipe which called for rice vinegar. I had only apple cider vinegar, so used it.When I was making it, not so sure how it would taste. but along the other ingredients, it tasted so good. Usually we eat cucumber just with salt, pepper. Quite a different way to eat cucumber. Instead of sugar, you can use natural sweeteners like maple syrup, honey etc. Add a sprinkle of toasted sesame seeds before serving.I have use...
Tomato Salad
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Tomato Salad

Tomato Salad – this vibrant and flavorful salad is made with a colorful array of mildly sweet cherry and grape tomatoes, itty bitty fresh mozzarella pearls and it’s all tossed in a refreshing garlic-herb vinaigrette dressing. Fresh Tomato SaladA super simple salad that packs in an abundance of fresh satisfying flavor.This tomato salad couldn’t be easier to make yet it’s one of those side dishes you’d want to polish off yourself – forget the main dish!It’s a great way to use up garden tomatoes, or an opportunity to snag the colorful medley at the grocery store that’s in season during summer.If you love tomatoes this is a must try recipe for you!It’s often times the easy things that turn out to be some of the best, this salad is proof of that. Simple flavors that together create something su...
31 Days of Summer Produce Recipes to Make in August
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31 Days of Summer Produce Recipes to Make in August

These 31 easy, healthy recipe ideas for summer produce are what make the living easy this month! There’s nothing quite like biting into that first peach with juice dribbling steadily down your chin. Or the taste of summer’s first BLT stacked high with tomatoes still warm from the garden—you know, the one that requires at least five napkins. Ah summer, there are so many reasons why we love you but your fresh fruits and veg are at the tops of our list. Fresh seasonal eats are more in demand this month than ever. Thankfully, there’s produce aplenty come each and every August, so that seasonal gems easily make their way into all of our meals. It’s time to go seasonal, baby, where meals all about including tender squash, juicy tomatoes, and corn so sweet you could get a toothache. We’re stocki...
Baked Falafel
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Baked Falafel

Dinner Herb-packed and chickpea-filled Baked Falafel overflows with nutritious ingredients, tons of flavor, and baked in an irresistible herbed olive oil blend. We love falafel! Eat them plain, serve them in a falafel bowl, in a pita sandwich, or on top of a salad; the possibilities are endless! What is Falafel?  Traditionally, falafel is a fried patty made from blended chickpeas, herbs, and seasonings. You can eat them plain or served in myriad ways (more on this below). Tradition says these delicious patties originated in Egypt as a meat replacement during long seasons of fasting or lent. Today, they’re popular in Egypt and throughout the Middle East. And, over the years, falafel has become ...
Moonglet recipe, Moong dal chilla street food style
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Moonglet recipe, Moong dal chilla street food style

Moonglet, Moong dal chilla or cheela is a delicious snack with just the ingredients at home. Soft and fluffy inside, crispy outside.I have seen this moong dal chilla in instagram quiet a few times and it was too tempting for me. Somehow I relate it to adai or thavala adai. I was searching for recipe and all I could see were the cheela version, thin and soft. But the one I see in videos of Instagram is coarse batter. Only thing I knew was they were adding something like cooking soda or eno. So I referred this video for eno measurements.It is such a delight to watch how they prepare the moonglet by adding sweet corn, onion, capsicum in it just for the batch. Top it with coriander leaves. As they flip they slit into 4 and pour the melt butter to add crispiness. Isn’t it tempting? I was really...
Cherry Limeade, easy cherry limeade
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Cherry Limeade, easy cherry limeade

Cherry limeade, quick easy version for a refreshing drink. Quick video, step by step pictures.I started buying cherry only last year, have not tasted before other than the preserved/ glaced cherry in cakes. Somehow thought it would be sour or something. Some how once bought and it was too good. I soak it in salted water and ended up eating it with a sprinkle of salt. Have you tried nava pazham with salt? It was something like that and we liked it.Though we did not continue eating with salt, we occasionally buy and consume when it’s fresh stock and there’s a good deal. Now after long time got it, had some left over so thought of trying limeade and posting here too. We loved it. Never thought it will give such good colour. This is simple version than cooking it and processing. Check out my S...
Tandoori roti recipe, tandoori style roti in tawa
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Tandoori roti recipe, tandoori style roti in tawa

Tandoori roti recipe, tandoori style roti in tawa to enjoy at home. Quick video step by step pictures.Tandoori roti is similar to out regular roti. Usually we cook over tawa. So if Roti is cooked in a tandoor oven, it’s called tandoori roti. Just the way of cooking. Now in this period, we may crave for tandoori style roti. It is easy to recreate at home using tawa. I wanted to give it a try in oven too, but forgot, sure will post that version too. I already made pita bread in oven, so pretty much confident, roti also turns out good.What is the difference between a naan and tandoori roti?For a long time, I thought if naan is made with whole wheat flour, it is called tandoori roti. But its not. Naan is made fully with maida and have yeast and leavening agents like cooking soda, baking powder...
Rava dhokla recipe, Instant rava dhokla
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Rava dhokla recipe, Instant rava dhokla

Rava dhokla is an easy and filling snack that can be prepared easily at home. Quick video, step wise pictures post.I thought rava dhokla to be same as rava idli and did not want to try it out. Today thought of giving it a try (adapted from here) as it is easy and was wanting to post something in blog. It turned out delicious than I expected. I may be biased as I love all items prepared with sooji/ rava. Infact loved it more than the instant besan dhokla.Vj too loved it, to my surprise. The sugar water we pour along with tadka is really a game changer. I love the ginger and chilli paste we add in the batter along with lemon juice. Have used eno for this, you can sure replace it with cooking soda. We ate it as such but it goes well with green chutney, you must have guessed it. I wanted it to...
Sambar podi recipe, Homemade sambar powder
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Sambar podi recipe, Homemade sambar powder

Sambar podi recipe in mixie, small batch for a month’s use. Quick video, step by step pictures.When I posted my mom’s and mami’s sambar powder (milagai thool as we call) I got many requests and queries to post in cup measurements. Everytime I buy red chilli or dhaniya pack I wanted to measure it in cups and note down. These many years, only last year I did that for red chilli and coriander seeds. But had 1000 doubts that I ask every now and then to my mom and forget about posting.Now this is the time, I should do it because there is a need. I do have some stock that Mami got during her recent December trip. But amma’s powder is done and what ever left over is so stale. I always have a feel my sambar powder stock doesn’t smell as fresh as the one amma and mami has. When I open my mami’s sam...