Bake with Kids, Cheese, Chocolate, Dessert, Eggless, Entertaining

Matcha No-bake Cheesecake bars flavored with cardamom

This time it’s this beautiful, luscious, simply easy, smooth cheesecake with a hint of this naturally enhancing matcha and  a rich cardamom flavor hidden. Add the Toffifay, the caramel hazelnut chocolate treat to elevate the dessert.  One bite of this will make you want to stop and think of every little thing you have just experienced. Then you might not want to stop at one slice:)

Matcha No-bake Cheesecake bars flavored with cardamom |foodfashionparty| #nobakecheesecake #cheesecake #matchcheesecake

For the love of chocolate, Matcha and all things pretty.

For me the end  of winter is all about open windows, fresh chilly air, full of grassy smell and leaves scattered everywhere. The mild heat from the fireplace spreading around, and snow on the mountain tops slowly melting away. Water dripping from the windowsill, a strong desire to wear a lacy dress and wander the vintage streets, camera in one hand to take pictures of the beautiful green mountains. A hope for something new, something fresh and something beautiful.

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chickpea, Entertaining, Lentils, Pasta, Soups, tomato, Uncategorized, Vegan, VEGETARIAN

Garlicky Tomato-Vegetable Chickpea Orzo/pasta soup with a touch of heat

We are still in soup season.  It’s raining, and it’s still cold around here.  Our umbrellas are in full use, and so are our scarves. Our weekend evenings are filled with soup under blankets on the sofa.  Mornings are dark, with no peeking of sunlight, and I want to sleep in more.  Sometimes, the best things can happen in dark moments on a rainy day.  I wake up, bake a batch of muffins, and put on a kettle of water to brew some coffee.

There are some quiet moments before the boys get down. No one to talk to, just me and my coffee with little Waffles (our puppy) by my feet.  Silence sometimes is healing.  Kind of a rehab. That feeling cannot be explained to the fullest.  Silence is about feelings.  I go out for a small walk with my large polka dot umbrella with frills, and it’s still drizzling.  That moment, when there’s not a worry about anything that’s happening around.

I open the door after my walk, setting the umbrella down, I get a jump from my puppy and a hug and kiss. One by one the boys come down to hug and kiss me “Morning!”

Yes, sometimes I don’t want to think of what’s happening around.

On that note, there are many things happening right now, and there will always be.  Let’s do something about it.  Do what you believe in, go for it, fight for it. Speak your mind, or write what’s in your mind.   We spend way too many nights thinking if everything would get alright. In the end, though, there’s nothing given up and nothing to quit as yet.  In the end, love will always win.

 

Garlicky Tomato-Vegetable Chickpea Orzo/pasta Soup with a touch of heat |foodfashionparty| #soup #wintersoup

Soups are not my thing, but this is one of my favorite soups.  There are so many variations to make with this.  You can add any vegetable you want, and the base for the soup can be made to your liking.  It’s a hearty and a delicious soup which is great any time of the year.

This is a take on a chutney I make and the recipe was an accident, a very happy one.  I love adding beets to it; not only does it add color but also lot of flavor and the slight sweetness.

Hope you get to try it out sometime.

Sending hugs!!
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Tomato-Vegetable Soup with Orzo
 
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Recipe type: Soup
Cuisine: American, Italian
Serves: 4-6
Ingredients
  • 5 roma tomatoes or vine tomatoes
  • 2 whole garlic
  • 3 carrots
  • ½ Beet
  • 1 red onion
  • 10 dried red chilies
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp freshly crushed black pepper
  • 2 cups low sodium or no sodium vegetable stock
  • ½ cup orzo pasta(use more or less)
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • 2 cups cooked garbanzo beans or canned(rinsed and drained)
  • 10-12 basil leaves
For garnish
  • chives, toasted pine nuts and thinly sliced jalapenos
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Cut the tomatoes in half, cut the garlic in halves, carrots and beet cut to 1 inch size, 1 inch onion. Put all this in a baking tray, add the red chilies, drizzle oil, add the salt and pepper and toss well. Bake for 30-40 minutes.
  3. Take it out and grind with 2 cups of vegetable stock or water. Transfer in a soup pot, add the orzo, onion and garlic powder. Let it simmer and cook for about 6-8 minutes.
  4. Once the pasta is cooked, add the chickpeas, tear the basil leaves and let it simmer for 2-3 minutes.
  5. Serve hot with chopped chives, jalapeno and toasted pine nuts.

Garlicky Tomato-Vegetable Chickpea Orzo/pasta Soup with a touch of heat |foodfashionparty| #soup #wintersoup

 

CURRY, Dinner, healthy, HEALTHY COOKING, Indian, Lentils, Lunch, Non Vegetarian, Uncategorized, VEGETARIAN

Healthy Creamy Kale-Lentil Daal

Cremy Healthy Kale Lentil Daal -Indian style, Vegan #indiandaal #vegetarian

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! Wishing you all a very wonderful 2017!!

I woke up on NYE, reflecting on how it was a wonderful 2016.

When I say wonderful, it was, with some complexity.  It had its ups and downs.  And when I say wonderful, I meant that I chose to focus on the wonderful things.  I tried to focus on the positive things.  I learnt how to heal myself and look at what I had in front of me.  I learnt that there’s no right way of life, no right way of living, or a perfect life.  Perfection is a perception.  It’s what we make of it. Continue Reading

CURRY, Dinner, Entertaining, Entree, Indian, Paneer, Side, Spicy, tikka, VEGETARIAN

Paneer Tikka Masala – Restaurant Style

Paneer Tikka Masala- Easiest 30 minute Restaurant Style Curry |foodfashionparty| #paneertikka #indianfood

Late fall brings excitement over the return of soups, spicy meals, desserts, pies, and the opportunity to fill the kitchen with the heat and heady smells of herbs and spice. Winter follows with spectacular holiday celebrations, with friends talking around grand feasts.

This is one dish which is present always at winter parties and meat eaters adore it equally. Continue Reading

Almonds, Baking, Christmas, Christmas Cookies, Cookies

Stuffed Shortbread Cookies with Walnut-Fig-Cocoa Halwa/ Kolooche

Stuffed Shortbread Cookies with Walnut-Fig-Cocoa Halwa/ Kolooche |foodfashionparty| #holidaycookiesexchangeThis is ridiculously delicious and incredibly impressive.  What if I said it was ridiculously simple too?

If you’ve followed me along in my food journey, you know very well that I love to create fancy food with a twist.  Also, I’m not very picky.  I like simple food that has a punch and is pleasing to the eye.  I can’t ice cakes, and I can’t decorate fancy cookies.  Still, I do love pretty things.

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Appetizer, Dinner, Entertaining, Indian, Pomegranate, Salad, Side, Spicy, Thanksgiving, Vegan, VEGETARIAN

Curried Crisp Pan Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Pomegranate and Peanuts- South Indian Style

 

Curried Crisp Pan roasted Brussels sprouts with pomegranate and peanuts- South Indian Style |foodfashionparty|

 

The Autumn of 1996, cold and lonely.

I could not step out without the loud chatters of my teeth and my numerous layers of clothing.  I was cooped inside for those three months, and do remember, I live in beautiful California, where the temperatures are pretty perfect.

I remember the beautifully decked malls, and the grocery shops filled with ingredients I hadn’t seen or tried or heard of.  A new world, new friends, a new life.  I never really understood the sitcoms.  I continually complained about Seinfeld being dry humor.

My best friend (my only friend then) and I enjoyed our funny moments together.  Our apartment was ten minutes away from the grocery store, so we would walk to it. Those trips were always quite interesting.  We would go with the intention of getting only one bag and come back walking with two in each hand, weighing a ton. Continue Reading

Lifestyle, Uncategorized

The Power of Relaxation

For the love for tea and relaxing . Thanks to  Pure Leaf and feedfeed for sponsoring this post.

Not a recipe or food post, but something which is very important in my opinion.

My amma/grandma had the most beautiful, longest, thickest hair with hints of silver touches.  Carefully and painstakingly, using the best homemade shampoos, she air dried her hair on the front porch. Combing and detangling her hair was so pleasant and soothing.  It was just so remarkable how her hair touched the top of the knee. Finally, a face mask made out of milk cream and sandalwood powder completed a Friday schedule.

Did I mention her skin was impeccable?  It was.  Her face oozed a sense of calm even while she managed six sons, a daughter, a daughter-in-law, a little kid who held her saree.  Each one had a different demand that she always fulfilled.

When I think of how calm, relaxed, and in the moment she always was, I hoped and fantasized that I would be like her one day. Now, as an adult, I realize it wasn’t the hair mask, the face mask, or the help she got from her loving sons, although it helped. She had stress for sure, and a financial crunch, but nothing got to her.  It was her choice to be happy. But how did she do it?

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Baking, Breakfast, Christmas, Entertaining, Thanksgiving

Apple Cake-Pancake with Candied Walnuts

Apple Cake- Pancake with Candied Walnuts |foodfashionparty| #applecake #pancake #applecakepancake

Happy November!!!  Happy Fall!

Fall is absolutely my favorite season, for its beautiful rich dense colors and the chill in the air. While summer has its own glory, this time of the year brings out the warmth, coziness, and hospitality in all of us.  The plethora of colors we see when we go for a walk is unmatched, although living in the Bay, the fall colors are not easily seen.

Weekend comes and I always almost have waffles, muffins or pancakes.  The thought that comes when I make these is that, they would come handy on the weekdays too.  Guess what, I make 10 or 30, they are gone by Sunday evening.

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Breakfast, Cheese, Dessert, Entertaining, Fusion, Indian, INDIAN SWEETS, Party Ideas, Thanksgiving

Malpua (Sweet Pancake) Stuffed With Ricotta-Coconut Rum Cream

Malpua(sweet pancake) stuffed with Ricotta-Coconut Rum Cream |foodfashionparty|

“Alcohol and desserts are pretty great on their own.  When combined, the results are often epic”. – Ash

Diwali is right out the corner.  Colors, lights, fireworks, clothes, family, friends, parties, dancing, and, of course, we can’t forget about the food.  There is so much food and sweets.  I love the spirit of this festival.  It has the spirit of coming together, laughing over mugs of coffee and tea, snacking, and just relaxing.  One of the specialties of Diwali is the snacks that are prepared days before the actual festival…

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Dinner, Entree, healthy, Indian, Lunch, Rice, VEGETARIAN

BISI BELE BAATH(Spicy Vegetable Khichdi/Khichri)

BISI BELE BAATH(Spicy Vegetable Khichdi) |foodfashionparty|

Born and brought up in Bangalore gave me some insight into traditional food of Karnataka.  Having a fabulous grandma-aunty who cooked like Julia Child was even better.  She was a lady of precision.  The smell that came from her kitchen literally pulled dad and I to the balcony.  We stood there discussing what she was making.  Everything smelled and tasted divine.  Ofcourse, we wanted a bite or more of everything she made. We had to refrain ourselves from going and knocking her door to start a conversation just for some food.  There were times she would pack some for us, and you  have no clue how happy we were whenever that happened.  I remember the moment, her grandson would come up to drop the plate and we would very politely take it and the moment the door was shut, hungry or not, gobble up the whole thing.

I remember I used to come home from school and pick up the keys from our tenant grandma-aunty.  She was too sweet at times to call me in to feed me some Akki Rotti(rice roti), some Chitranna(rice) or Semiya Upma(which was the best I’ve ever tasted).

One day I remember, she was making a spice powder and the smell was crazy intoxicating.  I asked her what it was for and she said it was for BISI BELE BAATH.  She told me she’ll share it with me when she cooks it.  Yes, I waited a whole 2 and a half days for that.  I still remember the moment she gave me a bowl with a generous dose of ghee and chips for the crunch. I remember I wanted to fall at a her feet or hug her. I was just a high schooler at that time. I was blown away at how good it was.  I was warm and happy from within.  It was that good, I remember that moment all too well.

I got my burgundy diary out and immediately had to write down the recipe.  She was so precise, so dedicated and so literal in the details.  I was/am always amazed at how perfect this turns every time I make it.

To my grandma aunty, wherever she is.  Thanks for this treasure of a recipe.

BISI BELE BAATH(Spicy Vegetable Khichdi) |foodfashionparty|

Hope you get to try it out.  It’s vegan, one of the most traditional ancient dishes, gluten free and super healthy.  Perfect for this cooler weather or anytime.

Have a lovely day my dear friends.

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A traditional vegan, gluten free healthy mix sure to comfort the tummy any time of the year.
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Recipe type: Rice, Entree
Cuisine: Indian
Serves: 4-6
Ingredients
  • 1 cup medium grain rice(sona masoori)
  • ½ cup toor/tuvar daal
  • lemon sized tamarind soaked in ½ cup of water and juice taken out and drained
  • VEGETABLES (beans, carrots, cauliflower, peas, moringa)
For the masala paste
  • 1 tsp vegetable oil
  • 2 tbsp channa daal
  • 2½ tbsp coriander seeds
  • 1 tsp urad daal
  • 8-10 red chilies(according to your spice level)
  • 1 tsp fenugreek seeds (meethi seeds)
  • 3 pinches asafoetida/hing
  • ⅓ tsp turmeric powder
  • ½ fresh grated coconut or frozen (fresh is best)
  • Salt
For tempering
  • OIl
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 pinch of asafoetida/hing
  • 10-12 cashew (broken)
  • 10-15 curry leaves
Instructions
  1. Wash the rice and daal/lentil well and cook in a pressure cooker for 3 whistles or in a pan with 4 cups of water until it is completely cooked. Turn off the heat and set aside.
  2. Cook the vegetable in 2 cups of water, salt and turmeric powder until it is 90 percent cooked. Turn off and set aside.
For the Masala Paste:
  1. In a small frying pan on medium heat, add the channa daal, coriander seeds, urad daal and fenugreek seeds and fry until it is slightly browned and toasted. Add the whole red chilies, asafoetida, turmeric powder and saute for a minute and turn off the heat. Grind this a blender with coconut, ½ cup of water to a smooth paste and set aside.
Putting it together.
  1. Now, mix the rice with the vegetable, add the ground masala paste, the thick tamarind juice and check for salt. Mix, Simmer and cook the rice mixture for 15 minutes. Turn off the heat. The mixture should be little runny and not very thick at all. This will solidify as it sits.
Tempering
  1. In a small pan on medium heat, add some oil. Add the mustard seeds, cumin seeds, asafoetida cashews and curry leaves. Let it splutter and add it to the rice mixture. Mix well.
SERVE Hot with some potato chips, papad and generous drizzle of ghee.
Enjoy

 

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