Spicy Cucumber 

Summer is almost here and if you end up with lot of cucumbers either from garden or store and tired of salad, sandwiches here’s 1 more idea. Cook it with spices. Here’s my recipe:

  • Heat oil and crack few mustard seeds and methi seeds.
  • Add chopped garlic and sauté for few seconds.
  • Add chopped cucumber. Remove skin if it’s too thick.
  • Add turmeric, red chili powder, cumin-coriander powder and salt. Mix well.
  • Add some crushed raw peanuts. It will get cooked with cucumber. If you have roasted peanut , then add at the end when cucumber is all cooked.
  • Garnish with cilantro leaves.
  • Makes a good side dish to go with roti.
  • Enjoy!

Chinese Bitter Gourd

Bitter gourd has lot of benefits and amazingly older ppl don’t mind eating them. They have been used to eating it. Most of us don’t eat now a days. Lot of ppl don’t even know what bitter taste is like. But when Indians get diabetics, they start using it. It’s a good vegetable to include in diet for it’s bitter flavor. Try few times to start liking it. Here’s how I have been cooking and it’s turning out good. You can use Indian bitter gourd too.

  • Use coconut oil to cook this. After heating oil, add some fennel seeds which are sweet.
  • Add chopped bitter gourd. I remove seeds. You can also add chopped potatoes . Add dry spices and salt.
  • Once cooked , add sliced onion and cook until onion is little cooked . Won’t take too long.
  • If I add potatoes, I don’t use onions. If no potatoes then add onions.
  • Chinese variety is more like squash with little bitter flavor.
  • You can also cook and put it in omelette.
  • Enjoy !

Snow Peas Curry

Most of us eat snow peas in Chinese , Thai food and may be only at restaurant. But we can make Indian style curry out of it at home or you can just stir fry it for a side dish.Here’s how I made it and it’s so quick.

  • Had some green onions left so sauted in olive oil. But before that did mustards seeds, cumin seeds seasoning.
  • Add snow peas after washing , cleaning and removing top, bottom and sides. 
  • Add ginger, garlic paste and dry spices, salt.
  • Let it cook little bit covered and then add chopped tomatoes. Cook few more mins and that’s it.
  • You can also add potatoes , any beans like peas, cowpeas to it too.
  • There’s absolutely no need to use pressure cooker for this. We Indians are so used of pressure cooker that everything just goes in. 
  • If you don’t like Indian spices then just sauté it in olive oil with some chopped garlic and keep it crunchy. I think it will taste good.
  • Enjoy !

Fig Salad

Had to share this fig salad b/c it’s so good. It’s same kind of ingredients as fig pizza but still couldn’t resist to post.

Arugula, chopped figs and goat cheese. That’s it. Didn’t add any dressing . Make sure each bite has all 3 ingredients which won’t be hard. Very very tasty.

Do give it a shot if you can find figs. It’s a fig season so if you will look around , am sure you will find. Where there’s a will , there’s a way.:) You might have to just pay more.

Enjoy !

Tomato Chutney With Chia Seeds

All those tomatoes i got , needed to be used. Thought of cooking them in some form so it will stay good for a while in fridge . 1 idea led to another and another and final result turned out pretty good, yummy, unique and nutritious . Oh and simple too. So what did I do?

  • Chop tomatoes in chunk.
  • Heat olive oil , crack some mustard seeds and 4-5 methi seeds.
  • Add tomatoes and cook. Throw some garlic , ginger and red chili.Add salt.
  • Once tomatoes are cooked, switch of the stove. Add a tsp of brown sugar. Cool and Blend everything.
  • Now mixture was very watery so I added a tbsp of chia seeds and left the bowl in fridge. Genius  idea.:) Chia absorbed the water and made it nice thick. 
  • I had with dhokla and it was very tasty . You can eat with idli , dosa or spread on sandwich.
  • You know all those chutneys we Indian makes like coriander chutney and what not where we use peanuts , Daliya to thicken chutney , can be replaced with chia or use in combination .
  • I won’t repeat chia health benefits but you will notice next day morning .:)
  • Enjoy chi .. Chi chia seeds !