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Red Velvet Hot Chocolate with Marshmallow Whipped Cream

BM# 71: Week 4/ Day 2 Theme: Christmas Meal Dish: Christmas Drink — Red Velvet Hot Chocolate with Marshmallow Whipped Cream Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays Everyone. Hope you have a fun Holiday season with your family and friends. Our weekend is packed with a lot of parties and get-togethers — can’t wait to see all my friends and family. …

Roasted Butternut Squash Salad

BM# 71: Week 2/ Day 2 Theme: Seasonal Special Produce — Winter Squash Dish: Roasted Butternut Squash Salad For the second day for this week’s ‘Cooking with seasonal produce’, I have another winter squash recipe. This is a simple, but very tasty salad made with roasted butternut squash, baby greens and candied pecans. This recipe is from Minimalist…

Vegetarian White Chili with Roasted Poblano Peppers

Can you make a wild guess of what could be the scariest thing that can happen to you right now? We experienced it recently — it’s not flu or ebola virus or zombie apocalypse!!!!!!! It is losing your internet, tv and phone service for an entire DAY. WHAT??? Yes, it happened to us yesterday and everything went haywire at home. You would think the adults will be the ones most affected, but it was the 7 year old who declared a state of emergency and wanted to leave the house. His dad who was (supposed to be) working from home…

Herbed Tempeh Stew

We came to the end of yet another week long blogging marathon, as usual it went by pretty fast. I enjoyed making and eating all the “winter special” dishes and also the awesome dishes my fellow marathoners have cooked up this whole week. Thanks to Valli for organizing the marathon and I’m already looking forward to the next one. For the last day of the marathon, I made this hearty stew with tempeh, veggies and herbs. I bookmarked Vaishali’s Savory Herbed Tempeh Stew recipe more than a year ago and finally got to make it for the marathon. Stews are…

Gajar Halwa (Carrot Halwa)

For Day 6 of BM, I made the most widely made and liked dessert in India, Gajar Halwa aka Carrot Halwa. I read somewhere that carrot halwa is generally made in winters because the sweet carrots or gajar is widely available in winters. My MIL makes the best Carrot halwa and she makes hers with khoya, but I took the short cut and made mine with condensed milk. For best results, this dessert has to be cooked low and slow, on a low flame stirring occasionally in the beginning and more frequently at the end when the halwa is coming…

Ven Pongal & Gosthu

For Day 5 of BM# 10 under Winter Special theme, I have a very comforting and hearty combo, Ven Pongal & Gosthu. I’m sure these dishes are made all year round, but a hot bowl of pongal with the hearty vegetable & lentil curry just warms you up from within, making it a very special winter dish in my opinion. Recipe for Ven Pongal is adapted from Chandra Padmanabhan’s Dakshin cookbook and I made Suganya’s gosthu to go along with it. A perfect way to end a looong day of shopping.

Thai Style Split Pea Soup

Bowl of hot soup is such a comforting meal on a chilly winter day. I’m not a big fan of soup, but this split pea soup is so hearty and delicious that I went back for seconds. Original recipe is from Culinate. To make it perfect for a weeknight dinner, I pressure cooked the split peas making it a perfect one-pot meal that can be made in less than 30 minutes. I also used ready made tom-yum paste that a dear friend gave me. But I have included the recipe for spice paste at the end. Recipe adapted from Culinate:…