Mini Rotelle Pasta Muffins

Did you guys read my Pasta story? Since that day, I just couldn’t stop eating Pasta. I tried it in Soup, Salad and even in Sandwich! What can I say!! I am an Indian, madly in love with Italian food, and sometimes, I secretly wish that I was an Italian … hush hush!!! πŸ˜› I find the Italian language super sexy and the way they move their hands when they talk, and specially the fact that cheese and wine are the major part of their every day meal. Well, not like we Indians can’t do that and I am sure there are Italians who are secretly wishing that they were Indians and they could have such variety of culture and cuisines with different spices in their everyday meal.

OK, enough of admiring the grass on the other side, which always looks a lot greener than on your side. Let’s get down to business, I mean food πŸ™‚ The other day, as usual, I was watching Giada’s show on Food Network after lunch and she was cooking for kids. In-fact, she was basically cooking with them like a training class. She prepared a lot of kid’s food, shakes and cookies. One dish that caught my attention was Mac and Cheese muffins. Can you believe this? How creative was that? I immediately knew that I had to make them sometime soon. continue reading »

Paneer/Indian Cottage Cheese Wrap

One thing that we can’t get enough of is Paneer or Indian Cottage Cheese. It’s one of those ingredients which is very common in almost every North Indian Kitchen. In Eastern part of India, it’s also called Chenna and my Mom always used to make them at home. I have always watched her making it, even helped her at times, but never made them all by myself. I think it’s high time that I give it a try.

The best part about Indian Cottage Cheese/ Paneer is that you can either make a spicy dish or add it in a cold salad or even make a sweet dish. Arvind likes them so much that he can eat them without even seasoning. At times, I like to grate them, add little sugar and go mmmmm… mmm… mmm !!! When I was a kid, my Mom used to make me eat chenna everyday. It is a high protein food and is often substituted for meat in many vegetarian dishes.

When I woke up in the morning and I was prepping for lunch, it was clear that I was going to make a paneer dish. I knew that I was craving for it, but then, I wanted to make something different, something I never made before. So, I asked Arvind and he suggested the wrap/roll. Perfect! I had never made a wrap before. I always enjoy eating Paneer Wrap and it’s been a while since I had them. Initially, I thought of using Tortilla Bread, but I was not sure how it will taste and so, I made Indian bread with all purpose flour for the wrap.

Sharing this dish with Full Plate Thursday by Miz Helen

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Strawberry Tiramisu

Every weekend, we like to start our day with a full plate of breakfast which has a lot of eggs, bread and may be, a little cheese πŸ™‚ Last weekend was special and it called for a special breakfast. And I wanted it to be something sweet! I don’t have a sweet tooth but Arvind really loves sweet and so, starting the day with some dessert would be the perfect 1st Anniversary gift for my hubby πŸ™‚
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Napa Wine Train

A boy and a girl met through common friends and there was no sparkle or anything even close to that. One year down the line, they became best of friends and even till date, they don’t know how and when they fell in love with each other. For a long time, he was in US and she was in India. The long distance relationship made their love even stronger and last year, on 26th Feb 2010, the wedding bell rang and we said ‘I do’ to each other πŸ™‚

We celebrated our first anniversary last weekend and it was fantastic. He made the weekend perfect, just like he makes my every day perfect. I have the best husband in the whole world, and every day he makes me feel like a teenager who has just fallen in love. I am one lucky girl whose fairytale came true πŸ™‚ continue reading »

Punjabi Wadi with Layered Paratha

My mom used to make ‘moong wadis’, which are these little β€˜drops’ or nuggets of dried lentils cooked in a think gravy. It was everyone’s favorite dish at home and it is actually pretty popular in Indian Cuisine as well. You can find these ‘moong wadis’ in any Indian store, or you can even make them at home. I never liked them, hardly ate them and guess what, they are Arvind’s favorite. I have now realized that our taste bud doesn’t match at all when it comes to vegetarian dishes. I can count at least 5 veg dishes so far, which I don’t like to eat (given a choice) but they are his absolute favorites. It does makes sense .. opposites attract! πŸ˜‰

Last weekend, when we went for our grocery shopping, he saw these Punjabi Wadis and you could almost see the twinkle in his eyes.. the way my eyes twinkle when I see a beautiful shoe that fits my super tiny feet! He explained me how he likes it and after doing some research, I came up with this simple recipe. These Vadi are spicy, so you may want to think twice before adding any extra spice in your dish. The ingredients that were used to make the wadi : white lentils, black pepper, cumin, cardamom seed, coriander, clove, mace, nutmeg, ginger and cotton seed oil.

They taste best with paratha. I however decided to make layered paratha and he sure did enjoy it πŸ™‚ continue reading »