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Corn-Capsicum Sabji!

corn-capsicumI often get bored of cooking the same sabjis for lunch/dinner and am actively looking for variety in food. Recently I had corn-capsicum sabji in a restaurant and ventured to try my own version of it. In the restaurant, I believe it was more of a curry vegetable but I made it dry and it turned out reasonably good!

Ingredients:

  • Corn kernel (one can)
  • One green bell pepper
  • sweet peppers
  • onions, tomatoes, garlic and ginger

Method:

  • Saute grated onions, garlic, ginger and tomato in a little bit of oil for a couple of minutes.
  • Add your favorite masalas (haldi, mirch, dhania, garam masala & kitchen king masala) and stir for a minute or so.
  • Mix in the cut peppers and drained corn and add salt.
  • Let it cook on medium flame for ten minutes or until all the veggies are cooked properly.
  • Optionally garnish with coriander and enjoy with roti or naan!


Aditi Chopra is an author of NRI fiction and non-fiction books.
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Delicious French Macarons!

macaronsIf you haven’t already tried French Macarons from Target (Archer Farms), do yourself a favor and try them once, you will go back to get more! These macarons are the best I have had, delicious flavors that melt in your mouth and your hand automatically goes for another one!


Aditi Chopra is an author of NRI fiction and non-fiction books.
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Cheese Fondue!

After having eaten at Melting Pot, I fell in love with fondue especially cheese fondue. Of course I had to order my own fondue set so that I can enjoy this savory treat any time I want!

fondue-prep

 

 

Although the fondue set comes with its own recipes, I wanted something close to what we ate at the restaurant.  Apparently someone had already experimented and perfected this recipe .

 

 

fondueTried it today and it turned out simply delicious…almost as good the one we had at Melting Pot. We enjoyed it with french bread, carrots and cherry tomatoes. The only change I made to the recipe was I used provolone and gouda cheese as these are easier to find.

Next time, I have got to get wine with the fondue and it will taste even better!

 

 


Aditi Chopra is an author of NRI fiction and non-fiction books.
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Peach Delights!

My daughter recently informed me that August is the National Peach month and it so happened that in the last couple of weeks, I have tasted two magical peach food products worth talking about. I don’t particularly eat peaches by themselves but I believe peaches add a very unique and subtle flavor in different types of desserts or cookies.

Cookies

 

 

If you happen to be in Savannah, don’t forget to sample Byrd’s Georgia Peach cookies. The subtle taste of these cookies will keep you wanting more. I regret that I bought only one packet…simply delicious!

Peach-float

 

 

The other peach delight that I recently discovered was on route to Houston. This is a local store on Highway 45 (exit 198) called Cooper Farms . You can sample their peach ice-cream and I guarantee you that you will not leave the store without buying this fruity, delicious peach ice-cream in one form or another. Get a simple cup or cone or try their floats. Peach ice-cream with cream soda float was extremely refreshing! Their home-made ice cream has cinnamon and bunch of other ingredients that make the taste very unique and keeps you wanting more…Perfect for summer!


Aditi Chopra is an author of NRI fiction and non-fiction books.
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Baked Veggie Pasta!

Baked-pasta

Continuing with my search for new vegetarian pasta recipes, I found another one today that I tried. It turned out super delicious! The only change I made to the recipe was replace fontina cheese with gouda cheese since I couldn’t find Fontina cheese in the grocery store. The spicy Arrabiata sauce from Whole Foods did wonders too!


Aditi Chopra is an author of NRI fiction and non-fiction books.
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Urban Crust – unique & delicious!

DrinkYesterday, I had a completely satisfying meal at Urban Crust in downtown Plano. I was pretty satisfied with both the food and the ambiance!

This restaurant has ample seating but the most sought after seats, at least for me are in their rooftop lounge. The only caveat is that they offer open seating in the rooftop area. If you have to wait for your turn, it is still worth it for the inspiring view and the cozy, romantic feel.

Their wood-fired pizzas are amazing and so are the cocktail options. And the tiramisu was one of the best I have had in a while. I loved the place and its worth trying if you are in the area.


Aditi Chopra is an author of NRI fiction and non-fiction books.
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Laziz Baigan!

Baigan-sabji

Eggplant can be made in several ways and they all turn out good. A friend of mine taught me this recipe and although it takes some time to cook, it comes out really rich and tasty.

Ingredients

Eggplant (Baigan), cut into thin slices.

Chopped Onions, Tomatoes & Cilantro

1 tbsp yoghurt

Use Cumin seeds, Kalonji, Haldi, red chilli powder & dhania masala for seasoning

Method

Sprinkle some salt on the thinly cut & washed eggplant slices and let it settle for few minutes while you cut your onions, tomatoes and corainder. Dry the eggplant slices and shallow fry them.

Pour little bit of oil in a separate wok and season with cumin seeds and Kalonji. Saute the onions and tomatoes together for couple of minutes and add salt, haldi, red chilli powder and dhania powder to taste. Mix in the yoghurt and a cup of water into the wok and let it cook for couple of minutes. Wipe the extra oil from the fried eggplant slices and add it to wok, along with the chopped coriander. Cover the wok and cook for few minutes.

Serve it with your choice of bread and enjoy!


Aditi Chopra is an author of NRI fiction and non-fiction books.
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