Muhammara (Red Pepper Walnut Spread)

Muhammara is a popular Middle eastern condiment that is made with smoky roasted peppers, crunchy walnuts and fruity pomegranate molasses. It is a great alternate to hummus that is a usually found on Middle Eastern appetizer platter. Aleppo pepper is usually added to the dip, but you can substitute with a pinch of cayenne.

Classic Hummus

Hummus is one of the most popular Middle Eastern Dip. It can be used as a spread on sandwiches, wraps and even made a bread with it. Hummus is known as the poor man’s food in the Middle East and it is a versatile dish. It can be served as a snack or with any meal of the day — it is served for breakfast for Israel. It is an easy and delicious way to add protein to the diet.

Cranberry Pachadi (Cranberry Chutney)

Cranberries are in season during the holidays and are used to make cranberry sauce for Thanksgiving. All the stores carry cranberries and I over-zealously bought a big bag for myself. I wanted to make some cranberry sauce for my Thanksgiving series and even found a recipe that I liked. But cranberry sauce is usually served with turkey and I was not sure which vegetarian dish goes well with cranberry sauce. So decided against making it. Now I had the whole bag staring at me from the fridge. So I froze half of the cranberries for later use (at least they…

Schezwan Sauce (Indo-Chinese Red Chili-Garlic sauce)

Nothing beats homemade condiments and sauces. Even though it is quite tempting to buy store bought sauces because of their convenience, I think if you have time it is much better to make them from scratch at home. Homemade sauces have no preservatives and are much healthier than the ones in the bottle. The schezwan sauce is made with red chilies along with the regular Indo-Chinese ingredients like ginger, garlic, soy sauce etc. Recipe is adapted from Veg Recipes of India. It is spicy, tangy and sweet at the same time. The sauce can also be used to make schezwan…

Sorakaya thokku pachadi (Bottlegourd peel Chutney)

I told you about the 3 ft sorakaya/ bottle gourd from my cousin’s garden last week. The skin or the peel of that gourd was so tender I didn’t feel like throwing it out. Also since I knew that it was grown without any harmful pesticides — I wanted to make a chutney/ pachadi using it. Peel of bottlegourd and ridgegourd (beerakaya) are often used to make chutneys. I usually throw the peel out because I’m not really sure what the vegetable went through before it came into my kitchen. But the peels are really healthy with good does of…