Healthy Breakfast Smoothies: Week 1

December across the globe is a month of feasts and festivities. In Hyderabad,the weather in December is pleasant and beautiful,which means the entire month is lined up with weddings,parties and events. Hyderabadi weddings are a gastronomer’s delight.There is a huge spread of delicious hard to resist food.  Hyderabadi dum biryani, haleem , Marag, dum ka murgh,…

Stuffed Bell Peppers with Quinoa & Chicken and some childhood memories

Bell Pepper is one gorgeous vegetable, I can’t keep myself from adding to the shopping cart every week. Their glossy skins and vibrant hues instantly jazz up any ordinary looking dish.Beauty of bell peppers is not just skin deep as they are a store house of vitamins and anti-oxidants.They are known to improve eye health,…

Caramelized Gherkins-Time to eat some Gentle man’s toes

  The world has been chopping,cooking,relishing  Ladies Fingers all the while. It is high time they eat some Gentleman’s toes too. Haha!Don’t get scared.Gentleman’s toes,Gherkins,Ivy Gourd,Baby Watermelon,Scarlet Gourd, Tindora,Donda Kai,Gol kankri,Fruited gourd or Telakucha are all different names of this ellipsoid berry shaped vegetable native to East Africa but now available in different parts of…

Mango Mastani

Mastani was the beautiful and brave wife of Peshwa BajiRao, the general of the Maratha Empire in India. Baji Rao served as the Prime Minister of the Maratha king from 1720-1740. Mastani was his second wife and a woman not only known for her exquisite beauty but also for her expertise in arts,literature and warfare. It…

Smoked and Stuffed Quail

Quails are small game birds grown commercially for their meat and eggs.They have lean,meaty flesh with a delicate flavor and require very less cooking time. There are 4 steps to this recipe. Smoking Marinating Stuffing Roasting I have smoked the quail with lemon tea,demerara sugar and basmati rice before roasting it in the oven. It…

Mango Payasam and Picking Up the Pieces

A few days back,we woke up in the middle of the night to a loud crashing sound.For a few moments I just sat on the bed wondering what might have happened.We didn’t know where exactly the sound came from.It was from inside the house,that was for sure.While I was shivering with the thought of an…

Chicken Puff Pastry

Happy Ramadan to all my friends and readers! Ramadan the holiest month of the Islamic calendar is a month of fasting, charity giving , self analysis and introspection. During this month, Muslims across the world fast from dawn to dusk. After partaking the pre-dawn meal called Suhoor or Sehri,they abstain from eating or drinking till dusk.Apart from food and…

Honey and Sesame Chicken

My new neighborhood has a lot of big old trees and hence is home to different species of birds. Bird watching has become my new pastime. I have spotted kingfishers,rock doves,white doves,parakeets,mynas,koels,crows,bulbuls and a few others I couldn’t identify. There is a pair of red vented bulbuls who are trying to build a nest by…

Strawberry and Orange Sorbet- A Royal Palate Cleanser

Hyderabad fondly known as the ‘Pearl City’ is an enchanting land of heritage monuments,forts,palaces, lakes, museums, gardens, software parks and more importantly a delectable cuisine fit for the kings. The once princely state was a kingdom of the wealthy and powerful Qutubshahi and Asafjahi rulers. The relics of their glorious rule can still be seen all…