All posts tagged: Cook

Happy Holi- A riot of colors & flavours

Holi– A colorful festival and a festival of colors indeed. A festival that marks the end of winter and ushers in Spring. Happy Holi everyone! Well it’s been ages since I played Holi. Perhaps the last time was when I was a teen.However we’ve  just been invited  to celebrate and play holi at a friend’s this year. Naturally I’m quite excited and hence was inspired to make something special as well. Any celebration is not complete without a delectable “something sweet” I decided to go with a family favorite-“Gajar ka Halwa” or a Carrot pudding. The recipe calls for grated carrots, milk and homemade mawa ( recipe included) to be cooked together. The carrots used for a halwa should be preferably the red variety most often found in the winter months. You could however use the orange ones if the red are un available. This halwa could be served hot or cold. It is even more decadent when served with a dollop of vanilla ice-cream. Go ahead and indulge a little. INGREDIENTS: 6-8 medium carrots ( peeled and …

Green Papaya and Mango Salad

Som Tam or more popularly know as the Thai green papaya salad is the perfect accompaniment with any Thai meal.Now while one is spoiled for choice with amazing Thai joints here in Dubai,I absolutely love putting together a simple thai meal at home. Last weekend we were having a pot luck dinner.I decided to make a Thai green curry with sticky Jasmine rice and this wonderful Green papaya salad.I for one am a big fan of this salad. Tips on selecting the papaya: Do select a green and un ripe papaya for this salad.You do want the flesh to be firm and white as possible. Grating the papaya is the easy way out.however I like to use a slightly different technique as I like a nice bite to this salad. Use a peeler and remove the outer green skin.Slice  a thin layer off the inner white flesh.Have a couple of such layers ready.Now place all these layers on top of each other.Cut them in fine slivers-more at an angle. I just love the sweet and spicy flavours in this salad.The …

Q is for Quinoa

I’ve heard about it.My friends talk about it.I’ve read umpteen reviews,blogs and recipes on the benefits of it…bought it,stored it,gave it away and forgot all about it until last week,I saw it  while shopping for my groceries.So this time I decided I must cook it.The results were a fresh,satisfying and a delicious salad. Now you are probably wondering what all this fuss is about.Well its time for my kitchen to say hello to this wonderful grain called Quinoa(to be pronounced “Keen-wa”).I have to correct myself here it’s rightly classified as a seed and not really a grain.Quinon is gluten-free and power packed with goodies.High in fibre,loaded with vitamins and popular with vegetarians.You could use Quinoa in salads,casseroles and soups. I’ve put together this simple and delicious salad here.It light and healthy.I’ve used fresh chopped tomatoes,chopped avocados,black olives and cucumbers.Feel free and add your favourite vegetables as well. As I’ve said before turning to healthy choices is always an option.I’ve contemplating way too long on cooking Quinoa.We had this on the side with some steamed fish the other night.And …