Payatram Paniyaram

Today is Sri Lankan New Year.  Happy New Year to all my friends.  New Year means sweet milk rice, payasam, sweets, spicy snacks and lots of traditional processes.  One of the most common sweet-snack made is Payatram Paniyaram. These are also traditionally made for special occasions such as weddings, Tamil New Year and any other…

Vegan Crepes with Grilled Pineapple and Orange Sauce

With the arrival of spring, I am already in the mood of making anything tropical.  I love tropical fruits like mangoes, papaya, pineapple etc.  All of a sudden I got an idea of making crepes with a tropical fruit.  Why not?  So drove to the grocery store and found a container of fresh cut pineapple. …

Spinach Jicama Salad with Champaign vinaigrette

I have seen this vegetable (actually it is a root/tuber) in the farmers market with n other varieties of yams and had been thinking of buying.  I first got introduced to this at the Whole Foods Market lunch buffet.  They always make a salad out of this which is so delicious.  Finally I decided to…

Spicy Curried Couscous with Kidney beans and Vegetables

Today I thought of making some thing simple – meaning cooking couscous is so easy, just boil the water and add couscous and let stand.  This is kind of a one pot meal that can be eaten for lunch or dinner.  Also a good recipe to pack in a lunch box for office. Ingredients: ¼…

Blueberry Tea Bread

Here I am sitting and baking another tea bread – I don’t have any regrets in spending time baking tea breads/loaves.  Yes, I love these tea breads.  Even though they are so called “tea breads”, I eat them for breakfast.  Just one thick slice of this bread replaces a bagel, normal bread or any other…

Potato and Cauliflower with Green Peas

It was last Friday I made this curry which I did not get the time to post it.  Since it was a Friday night, I wanted to post something simple, quick but delicious which would go well with Naan bread.  I have tried many varieties of potato and cauliflower curry.  But I have been thinking…

Spinach & Black Beans pasta with Ground Almonds

This is a new type of pasta I tried today.  I have been trying diary free meals and did not have any diary free cheese in my pantry.  So thought to substitute with ground almonds which gives a nice crunchy taste to this pasta dish.  This is an easy recipe packed with nutrients to have…

Tempeh in Coconut Milk

Tempeh – I know a lot of people might not have heard about it.  I have tasted fried Tempeh a while ago in a restaurant.  Since then I have been looking for this product and finally found this at Trader Joe’s and I was quite happy to convert this Tempeh into delicious dishes. Tempeh is…

Roasted Potatoes and Broccoli with Red Chili Flakes

I had some left over broccoli florets which is too small of a quantity to make any dish as is.  I had never cooked broccoli with any other vegetables except once with kidney beans ( Broccoli with kidney beans). So this time I thought to add one of my favorite root vegetable – potatoes.  Broccoli and…

Wholesome Pancakes from a Mix

I know Monday’s – all the fun and chores over the weekend, and here we are back to another Monday.  Today was not so cold and I felt like something fruity.  While I was shopping for cereal yesterday, I found this “Hudson Mill” pancake mix and immediately grabbed it.  I don’t even know what made…