Roasted Beetroot and Cauliflower Soup

Roasted Beetroot and Cauliflower Soup

Roasted Beetroot and Cauliflower Soup

Last year around the same time I made this beautiful roasted beetroot and tomato soupRoasting beets is the best way to cook them, I believe. Simply wrap them in foil, throw them into a preheated oven and let them cook for about an hour, depending on their size. They seem to retain their colour, flavour and form when roasted. But with cauliflower, I just cook it in water till it’s tender. Another simple soup I had made was this cauliflower soup.

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Chicken Poached in Tea and Coconut Broth

Chicken Poached in Tea and Coconut Broth

Chicken Poached in Tea and Coconut Broth

This sounds like a lot of work, doesn’t it? But it isn’t. This chicken poached in tea and coconut broth started off as a disaster but I salvaged it. It was originally supposed to be a tea smoked chicken dish but the smoking bit didn’t go as planned. So I used the tea in the broth that the chicken was poached in. This tea from Ausum is perfect for a broth like this since it is a blend of lemongrass, ginger, spearmint, Darjeeling green tea, and others. It complimented the lemongrass flavoured coconut broth. Ausum sent me some of their blends and as much as I like drinking the tea as it is, particularly in this weather, I figured I’d work some into a recipe like this.

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Turmeric Chicken Noodle Bowl

Turmeric Chicken Noodle Bowl

Turmeric Chicken Noodle Bowl

It’s that time of the year again when the city chokes on smog and gives you little hints of winter on the side. Delhi winters are lovely and I can’t wait for the smog to clear up and for the real fog to hinder my visibility. Not to forget the layers and layers of clothes to be buried under. But it’s soup season, so all is well. Let me bring you turmeric chicken noodle bowl. Why turmeric, you wonder? It’s because I had some leftover chicken in its turmeric, chilli powder, ginger-garlic paste, and green chilli marinade.

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Daali Thoy or Daali Thove / Konkani style simple dal recipe

daali thoy / daali thove

Daali Thoy or Daali Thove / Konkani style simple dal recipe

You’d think this is another dal recipe on the internet. Well, it is. But it’s simpler, lighter and healthier than your usual dal. That’s what I think, at least. Back home in Mangalore, granny would make this style of dal and a spicy fried mackerel or rava fried sardines to go with it. It makes for a lovely meal on a warm and humid day. In Mangalore, most recipes came from various communities and were known to be popular for the same reason. Like, Shettys and their chicken dishes, Konkanis and their vegetarian fare, and so on.

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Crushed Cucumber Salad with a Soy Miso Dressing

crushed cucumber salad

Crushed Cucumber Salad with a Soy Miso Dressing

It’s what you think it is. Cucumber, crushed and served with a dressing. As simple as that. I recently saw someone on I follow and admire on Twitter post her meal which had this cucumber crushed and served on the side. Given how hot it still is in this part of the country, a cucumber salad seemed ideal. Well, I took it to my friend’s place and it was a hit. You can make this is in 5-8 minutes and is a great addition to your dinner.

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Fiery Prawn Noodle Soup

Fiery prawn noodle soup

Fiery Prawn Noodle Soup Recipe

I’ve always hesitated to buy seafood in Gurgaon because, well no sea. But since I’m currently unemployed with no place to be and nothing else to do, I thought I’d buy some good looking seafood and cook some delicious things. Some big prawns and blue crab caught my fancy at the supermarket and I promptly picked them up. The prawns were plump and gorgeous, costing just about the same as they do back home. So did the blue crab. Anyway, with the prawns, I knew what I wanted to do. A spicy Thai style fiery noodle soup. That’s also because I spotted some fresh Thai red chillies.

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Ginger Miso Ramen Bowl with Mushrooms

miso ramen

Ginger Miso Ramen Bowl with Mushrooms

I’ve only had miso things at restaurants and I don’t even trust them to put a good amount of miso or even the real deal in there. So basically I never really knew what miso actually tasted like. But I went ahead and bought myself a jar from Amazon. After using it I can safely say that it’s the magic ingredient that can make soups and broths taste like nothing else. It’s a good thing. This miso ginger ramel bowl is essentially the product of some old stock cube, a couple of mushrooms, ginger and miso. All this bubbling away for just about 15 mins gave me a fragrant and delicious broth. Some ramen was cooked and put into it along with a boiled egg. Dinner was served.

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Roasted Chickpeas and Cauliflower Salad with a Tahini Dressing

Chickpeas and cauliflower salad

One way to to use leftover chickpeas from when you made chole or hummus is to turn into a salad. Chickpeas are very filling and make for great salads without adding too many vegetables or even any meat to it. I usually toss the chickpeas in some salt and pepper and add some cucumber and tomatoes. This time I took it up a notch and popped them in my air fryer for a few minutes. They crisped up on the outside and were still soft on the inside. This added a great element of texture. Threw in some cherry tomatoes, capsicum and onions. Not just that, I roasted some cauliflower with turmeric and that was a great addition too.

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Roasted Pumpkin Salad with Harissa Dressing

Pumpkin salad

It’s just a simple salad I put together in minutes (barring the 40 mins it took to roast the pumpkin in the oven). Pumpkin has never been a contender of favourite vegetable for me. I grew up picking the pieces out of sambar and curries while pulling my face. It still isn’t a favourite, but I learned how it can taste pretty good with other vegetables or in a luscious soup.

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Paneer and Orange Salad – Packing lunch to work

orange salad

This salad is an inspired one. A colleague had a box of paneer and orange for lunch and it tasted so good I wanted to make some for myself. Of course, I added more stuff to it to turn it into a proper salad. For the dressing I mixed together orange juice, honey, mustard and salt. It’s a very light and refreshing salad, perfect for days when you feel bloated or have eaten badly the previous day. I put this salad together in 10 mins with the dressing and packed it for lunch to work.

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