Swedish Broccoli Soup

This is probably the most simplest broccoli soup ever. As I was making the Swedish meal, I wasn’t sure if my daughter would like any of the dishes that was making and since she likes broccoli, I searched for ‘Swedish Broccoli’ and this broccoli soup came up. Traditionally Swedish broccoli soup is served with local cheese and chili tuiles (fancy name for melted cheese crackers), but I didn’t have the time to make them, so this is Swedish broccoli soup without the Swedish element in it. I left the cheese very thick because that’s the way I like it. If…

Green Beans Kootu

Good times don’t last for too long. I say this because we are almost at the very end of our vacation in India and we will be back home before we even realize it. I haven’t had a chance to finish my shopping and these last few days will be really busy with shopping and packing. Today’s kootu is my mom’s recipe. I’m not sure where she learnt it, but she has been making it for years now. Green beans can be substituted with cabbage, spring onions or other vegetables of choice. This kootu is thick and is the perfect…

Andalusian Courgette Tortilla (Zucchini Omlet)

For this month’s ‘International Food Challenge’, Sharanya of Just Not the Cakes is taking us on a culinary tour of Andalusia, Spain. Andalusia is one of the most populous and second largest autonomous communities in Spain , stretching south from sunny cities Cordoba and Seville all the way to Atlantic ocean and the Mediterranean sea . The name “Andalusia” was derived from the Arabic word “ Al- Andalus”. Andalusia boasts many delicious foods offering travelers a chance to stimulate their palettes while exploring. Sharanya gave us 4 very simple recipes from the Andalusian region and I picked the Courgette Tortilla…

Almond-Pistachio Cloud Cookies (Gluten free & Dairy free recipe)

This is the first cookie I made for this holiday season. I had jars of almond paste and pistachio paste in the pantry and I found these cookies on King Arthur flour site. There is no flour, no dairy and no oil/ fat recipe — gluten free and diary free recipe. Egg whites hold the cookies together. Cookies turned out chewy and delicious. These cookies are very easy to put together. No refrigeration is required, so these can be made when with no prior planning and no time at all. Perfect when you need cookies or something sweet really really…

Stuffed Eggplant with Peanuts

Stuffed Baby Eggplants Curry with Peanuts

My love for eggplants is well known in my family and even among my blogging buddies (I’m sure at least 2 of them must be nodding their heads and thinking — eggplant recipe, AGAIN.. come on Pavani 🙂 But I can’t miss an opportunity to buy them and eat them. Last weekend I found cute little baby eggplants at the Indian grocery, they were the perfect size to make stuffed eggplants. I bought a few, of course. As I was leafing through Chandra Padmanabhan’s ‘Dakshin’, I found this easy stuffed eggplant recipe called ‘Sagalay’. This peanut stuffing was a variation…