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Akki Rotti/ Rice-Dill Rotti (gluten free)

Thin, loaded with vegetables, and made with rice, Akki rotti /rice rotti is a very popular dish of Karnataka.  It is vegan, gluten free and oh so good, that you will be making this on repeat.

Akki Rotti/ Rice-Dill Rotti (gluten free) |foodfashionparty| #glutenfree #flatbreadThe food of Karnataka is very diverse, which has a wide range of vegan, vegetarian and gluten free recipes. Food there is typically less oily, and usage of multigrains is very popular.  While the strict vegetarian food of Udipi is just outstanding, the gourmet delicacies of Mangalore and their rich curries are a must try.

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Black Bean Dosa/Crepe – Easy and Instant

Here is a quick and easy Dosa for the days you want to have something comforting and no time.  Black Bean Dosa/Crepes are versatile, go with curries and chutneys.  And they are packed with protein.

Black Bean Dosa/Crepe- Easy and Instant |foodfashionparty| #indianfood

Last month.  This and that…..

We are creeping into spring and it’s March already.

Are you feeling it in the air? We are; the little one has started to sneeze and I have some itchy eyes.  Still, I can’t wait for some warmth and sunshine.

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

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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

 

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

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Spicy Baked Cauliflower Fritter(pakoda) TACO with Mango Sauce and Red cabbage Slaw(Vegan)

Spicy Baked Cauliflower Fritter(pakoda) TACO with Spicy Mango Sauce and Red cabbage Slaw(Vegan) |foodfashionparty|

The love of food the four of us shares is quite intense.

We all love to try different things, quite tough critics, and we might enjoy one more than the other.  We enjoy a good hearty Lamb chop meal as much as we enjoy a loaded salad with some dressing.

Trying to balance out the carnivore loving boys with a lighter fare which suits our taste is a challenge I take on happily and love.  I try not to fall into the routine of recipes and when variety is there, it makes it so much more fun.

This was one such thing.

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Appetizer, Entertaining, healthy, HEALTHY COOKING, Indian, Lentils, Salad, Salad Bowl, Spicy, Vegan, VEGETARIAN

Lentil-Radish Salad with Chili-Lime Dressing (Guest Post)

Lentil-Radish Salad with Chili-Lime Dressing |foodfashionparty|Guest post by @boxofspice
 
With the rain and winds, the Bay Area is filled with pollen too.  The only way I can communicate now, without messing my vocal chords completely, is to whisper.  For some reason the husky and sexy voice(as someone called it) doesn’t seem to suit me and I’ve had a few people feel bad, laugh and make fun of me all at the same time :). It’s one of the worst sore throats I have ever had, and I refuse to go to the doctor.  Trying to have green tea with honey, fresh turmeric and everything to soothe my poor little throat.  I am so very thankful and grateful to Rakhee from boxofspice to fill my space today with one of her impressive salads.
 
As Rakhee puts it, we’ve known each other for the longest.  I fell in love with her gorgeous photography and this post in particular Chaat Salad, and now we are great friends and I am in love with her personality too.  She’s all ears when I want to and makes me feel like a million bucks (what more can anyone ask).  Her artistic eye for dreamy and moody photography requires a standing ovation and her salads all belong in a magazine.  Without further ado… Here’s Rakhee.  Take it away my dear…..

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Taro/Arbi Spicy Stir Fry

Taro/Arbi Spicy Stir Fry. A healthier alternative to potatoes. Tips and tricks for less oil. |foodfashionparty|

She comes home and finds an empty container, which, only a couple of hours ago, had the very best tangy-spicy, oily, fried taro.

A year is a long time to be away when you’ve stayed with someone for 21 years.  A trip to India after I came to US was an in-explainable feeling, and an exciting one.  There were a lot of things I wanted to enjoy, first being the food.  All the things I was overwhelmed to cook or plain didn’t know how to cook were the things I asked mom to make.  Sometimes we just have a mind block, don’t you think?  You believe it’s hard to cook something, just because.  This was one of those things. Continue Reading

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Garlicky Mung/Moong Bean-Dill-Pomegranate Spicy Warm Salad

Garlicky Mung Beans-Dill-Pomegranate Spicy Warm Salad @foodfashionparty

 

After a couple of years of pretty severe drought in the Bay, the wet weather for the past few weeks is a welcome change.  I definitely am happy to hear the pitter-patter of the rain and rumble of the leaves. The deep brown soil turning brown and the dry brown grass on the mountains turning green are some very pretty sights.

Waking up to dark gray clouds, the sounds of rain, the trembling trees all makes us want to snuggle a bit more.  Turning and struggling to wake up, going down for a hot cup of coffee and to a silent almost ‘pin drop silence’ except for the rain was an ideal start to my perfect day.

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Vegetarian Mulligatawny – Spiced Vegetable Pepper Soup

Mulligatawny - Pepper Spiced, Lentil and Vegetable Soup with Fried leeks and Onions. @foodfashionparty

One of the main things that makes me smile about this soup is its name.  The word is derived from Tamil (South Indian language).  Mulliga means pepper, and tawny/tanni means water.  I speak that language, so you can imagine why I find it slightly amusing.

I have had my share of this soup in restaurants, not because I love soups, but only because I was intrigued by the name. Because soups were not part of meals growing up, we were adventurous and just had to start off very daintily with a soup at restaurants.  When a bowl of soup was kept in front of us, I always had this expression: like how could this be pepper water?  Some served it with a mango relish, some were soupier and had tomatoes in it.  Chicken broth was used in many and chunks of chicken were found in some.  I even had mulligatawny soup once which was so bombarded with cream that I wanted to chat with the chef.  Honestly though, I have no clue what the original was and how it came about.

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Endive Boats with Beet-Carrot-Fennel-Pear in Asian Dressing

Endive Boats with Beet-Carrot-Fennel in Asian dressing

I’ve always been picky about my salads.  I will eat a salad only if it is spicy, crunchy, and made with some peanut butter dressing :).  Well, it changed.

I was invited to a clothing boutique opening a few winters ago.  That’s when I fell in love with these endive boats after avoiding it for about 20 minutes.  As we walked in, our coats were taken.  The wine was served and the conversations were on full swing, when a very prim and proper server walked by us bringing these beautiful salad boats.  I excused myself politely to walk across to the left of the room where the cocktails and desserts were.  After a few minutes, the guy comes again with this beautifully arranged platter of these boats, and I picked out a boat just to be nice to the guy.  He smiled because I had been avoiding him for at least 20 minutes.  I stalked him for the next 15; I am sure I would’ve eaten at least 10.

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