Showing posts with label Quick Snacks under 15 min. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Quick Snacks under 15 min. Show all posts

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Hummus n chickpea on a toast

#Bruschetta #Hummus #HummusAndChickpeaOnAToast

Am thinking spring, fresh salads, smoothies, ice cream, watermelon, flip-flops, shorts…ah the joys of spring n summer. I really wanted to eat something light and fresh today. For some reason I just ran out of ideas, I was thinking of warm n comforting recipes like soup, stew, warm sandwiches. But one look at the hummus in the fridge, I knew what I was doing.  Snack is a favorite meal in our household, we do snack for dinner all the time. A bowl of warm soup and some starters like this and it’s dinner. ‘Finally Teen’ can survive on snack like any teenager.  She loves bite size food and digs hummus.  Am not complaining, there is chickpea, home made hummus, and some greens, I really do not mind her making dinner out of this. She loves to add pineapple on hers.  I need to do an open toast marathon on the blog. What’s your go to snack in your house hold?

Thanks for all the visits on the last post,  I got 4000 plus views on that one, it jumped up to the second favorite on the blog in three days. That felt really good as it did take me effort to photograph those charred peppers. It’s an added bonus that the soup was delicious. My neighbor was pretty upset that we did not share it with them, so am going to be making this real soon for them.

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Thursday, October 24, 2013

Roasted masala soybean

This is actually the first time I am writing up a post without photographing the dish. I prefer to have a visual inspiration, and then write. I am surprised that I have an urge to write. I always thought writing would be my waterloo, not really! I finally said that! For the longest time I would claim on the blog, about my bad writing skills. Some reprimanding from friends from the blogging community and my own family, 'stop saying that'. I have stopped saying that and am finally ready to embrace the writer in me. I read somewhere, we are all born story tellers. So true! I certainly am not Shakespeare, but I love to share the little happenings from my world.

Last week was the week of 'clutter attack' and it was dealt with an urgency! Don't ask me what was the urgency, it was like a woman with a mission. Every nook and cranny has been examined and taken care of, except the basement, am not cleaning the man cave and risking it. I did take care of the little prop space I have there, it's shinny and gleaming. I dislike clutter and de cluttering was like yoga (I hope my better half is reading this) Finally teen was ecstatic, finally I was not breathing down her neck, asking her to clean her room, I took charge. ( hope she's not expecting that, every week). Well, my family is used to these outburst every two to three months. Probably this is what has spoilt them. I really don't mind spoiling them, they are so worth it. It did give me a pain in my neck ( literally) and I almost thought of taking a couple of weeks of from blogging. All the gawking at the food pictures did not help, and slowly I found the way into the kitchen... ;)

Something very simple today, simple but healthy. Snacking is my middle name, and I try and eat healthy ( key word is 'try')...this is something I enjoy with my chai. Btw it goes great with beer. You can add some onions, cilantro and pomegranate and squeeze some lime juice over it and enjoy. Don't we always love chaat and try and make chaat with every possible thing ? I dig chaat!

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Monday, September 30, 2013

Fried poha / flattened rice

Last week was spent in trying to understand the technical aspect of blogging, ( I have no idea, what triggered it, but occasionally I do get such impulse in my brain)  I am aware that I am technically challenged. I told myself, "how hard can this be?" "It's all in the mind, if you think you can do it, you can" hmmm...I guess this law does not hold true for everything. You need some basic prerequisite. I did gather a few words, parroted it to my better half, he tried to explain them, all I had to say was "can you do it on my blog?" He did not know what I wanted, and frankly I did not know either. I crawled back to my iPhone, did some blog hopping, spent some quality time on social media, felt alive again. Jeez! It really tired me, I may not understand SEO, to alt tag my images, to view source to figure out keywords...Even if I knew, that's not really where my heart is. I write what I write as it comes from my heart, not because I need to hashtag keywords. I click pictures, cos I love to express my artistic self through photography, I cook, as I love food and enjoy sharing it with people I love. I bloghop and spend time on social media, as I love to interact with like minded people. Now,  that's simple and brings a smile on my face. I see the fog clearing! :) 

A cup of coffee is always a great idea, when you have exercised your brain, like I did. Evening coffee is great when it is accompanied by some snacks.  I think it is such an Indian thing. Cookies, biscuits, fritters and fried snack...there are millions of snack to choose from and you really do not have to break your back to make some of them.  Great for this time of the year, nip in the air, hot coffee and fried poha. Even thou am enjoying the nip in the evenings, it's hard for me to bid goodbye to summer, I love the colors of fall, but, I am not ready to throw away my shorts and embrace the colder temperature. We have been lucky this year to have nice warm days, (see me jinx it). I really miss the outdoors during winter.  Well, if you are imaging me  skiing through a white sheet of snow...hmmm! not really, am not going to elaborate on the details, but I have tried it and let's just say it did not work for me...If I do start talking about it, it's going to be a long hilarious post. For now, some coffee with fried poha and some clicks from my garden. 
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Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Quinoa Salad

Hello u all, howz it going ? Are you thinking what I am thinking ? Summer is running too fast and am not able to catch up. I had promised myself to do at least two post a  week and look at me :( There is just not enough time and sadly I can never compromise on my sleep. My other half can manage with just a few hours of sleep, but I need my seven... actually it's eight. With eight hours gone, you barely have 16... I can't account for the 16, it seems like two. Maybe am getting old. (this is a good time for you to disagree with me). Last week, flew by way too quickly,  I did a photo shoot for Omango, a local restaurant, absolutely enjoyed it. I have shared a few on my Facebook page. Am going to share more here once I finish my assignment with them. I love their food, check it out if you are a local.

Oh ya! before I forget am planning to take some time off from blogging sometime end of the month, am going to be on a vacation and am covering a story for the daily meal. Hopefully I get to share it here on tns.

That's it for now, I thought I had a lot to share, but I have blanked out. Hopefully I will get off my backside and do another post this week. See, you soon...! finally teen says hi, she is off from school for summer and  is official a high school er now. Am sure you will have a couple of posts from her this summer and yes am sure it will be desserts :) this kid has a serious sweet tooth ;) Right now, baking is taking a back seat and some people need to clean up their room and their closet.  There is some music blaring from 'the room' and am hoping there is some working getting done there, all I see is a pile of clothes on my table with the declaration "I don't want this". Will keep you posted on how that went and  hope this pile does not grow to be a mountain of work for me. ( dizzy feeling in my head)

Am going to share some of my clicks from the past few weeks, click more and scroll down, hopefully am not going to drive you away ;)

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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Sun-dried Tomato Pesto

Absolutely love Pinterest and can spend a lifetime there... being a visual person, I always get inspired from beautiful photography, art and inspirational quotes. I was pinning on Pinterest and my eye caught some beautiful inspirational words....

"The privilege of a lifetime, is being who you are" - unknown. 

" You can be the ripest, juiciest peach  in the world and there is still going to be somebody who hates peaches. " - Dita Von Ceese

It triggered a series of thoughts....and I always like to pen my is an excerpt from my diary....

It's amazing how I have evolved in the last few years. Done things I thought I would never do because I am not that young or just the fear of negative response from people around me. I don't live on validation.... Ok! a whee bit of a people pleaser. It's not as bad as it sounds- I like to see people happy, ok! Dad was strong-minded  and a very straight forward man - but on the social aspect I was trained (subconsciously) by mother  - great with people management. Somehow she always knows what to say and say it in a way that the message is well received and she's successful in communicating her pleasure or displeasure.  She's a charmer and knows how to use her words well. I guess, I did not inherit that quality and am a bit like dad (all the training from mom, did not do much). Also, married to a man who uses his words wisely but diplomacy is not in his vocabulary. ( lol! makes me laugh at the things he says sometimes) He's a great life coach and always tells me to live my life as an exclamation not an explanation. Can't thank you enough for this ! In this journey, I have realized that there are some people who have pushed me and I have made stronger bonds with them - ( they even do prop shopping for me and gift me things they buy for themselves ). I would not like to talk about the nay sayers, their existence does not bother me  - they exist in their world and me in mine and these two world don't meet.  Even thou, it is important to keep people around us happy but not at the cost of your own self. You really can't live your life trying to please everyone....! As dad would say "....have a dream, follow it, don't trample anyone for your dreams but don't get trampled either....." 

Not everything I write in this space is related to what's cooking....but it is almost always followed by a recipe or at least a photograph of food . :) Today, am sharing an all time favorite pesto recipe. It is a very versatile chutney and you can whip so many variations and each one absolutely delish. You guys are going to love this!

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Thursday, September 6, 2012

Gram flour crisps (om pudi)

That was yesterday- We had heavy rains last night resulting in a beautiful calm, pleasant morning. Went on a long walk and it was absolutely glorious......!! Chirping birds, lush green leaves freshly washed from the rains.....dew on the flowers...busy squirrels on the walk way! I am looking forward to cooler mornings and calms walks in the days to come.  It's amazing how a fresh morning can give you so much happiness and energy throughout the day !! Spoke to an old friend - she traced me through my blog, can you imagine that!! Not only am I making new friends but rediscovering old friends! It can't get better than wonder I am all smiles today :)))))))

“I've got nothing to do today but smile.”  ― Simon and Garfunkel

Since my laptop has been acting up and am living off a borrowed laptop from almost teen, I could not finish working on the post. So here it is today... 

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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Puri Unde - Caramelized rice puffs

I have seen some awesome recipes and some great photography the last few weeks - it's so inspiring!! I have been blog-hopping quite a bit, reading an awesome book about nutrition... I think I am going to do a blog post on it sometime soon. I've been going on long walks, and been spending a lot of time in my yard, which I need to share some pictures of... There's so much to do!!  There has been a lot of cooking and just a little bit of photography going on. My list of to-do items has increased dramatically, and I don't think I am doing anything much about it! :( I need to finish reading the book on food photography and practice what I learned... Thanks to all the awesome bloggers out there, you really push me to new creative heights!!

Things may look easy, but there is always a learning curve... I grew up eating puri unde and never thought of it as an exotic dessert or snack. Thank to Almost-Teen who asked me to make sweet puri unde from rice puffs like her ajji (grandmother) makes. I called my mom for the recipe, and she made it sound so simple! I have never seen my mother struggle with the recipe, and there was no forewarning (cough cough), so I assumed it was easy.

The first time, everything was perfect. The taste, the crunch, everything!

Then we discovered a problem - it did not form balls. I did some 'unde' (ball) trouble shooting, as it was too late to call my mother, but Google did not come to my rescue either! After studying the caramelized rice puffs, I came to the conclusion that there was too little jaggery in the recipe. Here Almost-Teen is complaining that she told me that multiple times... I have to admit it - she did. So we had an action replay with more jaggery, and surprise surprise!! Our Puri Unde became a success. This is an easy recipe but remember no two apples are the same,in this case jaggery, so you might want to make a small batch to ensure that you get the right proportion. Bon Appetit, everyone!!

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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Pancakes and honey

Finally spring! I almost sound like the weather channel. My announcement of the arrival of spring in this part of the world is of no consequence to you. Actually, I want to rant about the weather. It has been rather temperamental, March was beautiful and promised us an early summer ....well, almost!! April was dull and cold, the shorts went in and we were back in our woollens. To rant some more, we had days when I could not go out without a pair of gloves. Now that's sad. May had better be good! I'm warning you Mr. Weather Man! Finally  rain or shine - I marched into the garden center and did some serious shopping, how long can a girl wait !! Yes it did rain and no it did not stop me. The flowers, grass seeds,  endless rows of potting soil, the smell of mulch, plant stands and clay pots - did promise me warmer days ahead. I wish it was sooner. Well let's hope it gets warm enough for me to rant about the heat.

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Wednesday, October 19, 2011


"October is the fallen leaf, but it is also a wider horizon more clearly seen. It is the distant hills once more in sight and the enduring constellations above them once again. " (author- unknown) We have had more sunny days in October with temp in 80s then ever..... !! I loved it ...walking barefoot on the neatly manicured law ....watering my chrysanthemums ( they got dry that's how warm it was).  I love October as much as I love summer ....the changing colors and a little nip in the air oh so has been extra special with the warm sunshine....did I say i am spoilt !
The last weekend was fun packed with birthdays and parties spending time with friends. I Love it when I am in the company of good food and great friends. Friends ......who love you for who you are and you are just comfortable with them..!! This one is for - MY FRIENDS - giving me constant encouragement for everything I do or want to do. I know you guys love bruschetta :) :)

 You will need

1/2 a loaf of sour dough bread  sliced- serves 4-6
tomatoes ( these were home grown so extra special)
Basil dried or fresh
pepper jack cheese or cheese of your choice
marjoram ( you'll love the sweet aroma )
evov 5-6 tbsp
freshly ground pepper
spring onions- optional
roasted pineapple topping or habanero -(home made or store bought) - for topping

Pre-heat oven to 375F. Spray olive oil over baking sheet, arrange the sour dough slices.Drizzle some olive oil on each slice. Layer the cheese on each followed by tomatoes, spring onions and the spices. Bake for 12-15 min or till cheese begins to just melt. Cool on rack. top it with some habanero and fresh ground pepper. Serve warm as a snack or as a starter with your favorite soup.

  Bruschetta (pronounced "brusketta") is a wonderful way to capture the flavors of ripe home grown tomatoes, fresh garden basil!

Home grown tomatoes :)
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Friday, June 10, 2011

Tandoori Naan Pizza

The kids are off from school...yippee to a long FUN summer break!!!! Goodbye to schedules.. hello to a kitchen and pantry that will be open 24 hrs a day! Movie nights, play dates, picnics and " I am bored can I eat something" will occupy the next few weeks.  It is no coincidence that FUN and FOOD both spell with the same letter, and where I live @ breakfast we want to know what is for lunch and @ lunch we make dinner plans and at dinner.....we are too tired to think about anything but Zzz!! So in the spirit of summer fun ....we are now serving some spicy tandoori naan pizza and you are invited.

You will need :
4 naan
1 bell pepper finely chopped
1 small onion finely chopped
1/4 cup paneer finely chopped
1/4 cup finely chopped pineapple (optional)
12 tbsp pasta sauce of your choice
1 tbs olive oil
salt to taste
2 tsp tandoori masala
couple of handfuls of pizza three-cheese blend (shredded)
Brush on some olive oil on the naan, spread 3 tbsp pasta sauce on it, sprinkle some tandoori masala on it, get creative with all the toppings...add the cheese and sprinkle some more tandoori masala on it along with some salt. Bake for 10-12 min @ 350 F. Serve with your favorite drink. We had some mango lemonade and it went very well with the the Indian inspired pizza.
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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

French Bread Pizza And A Movie

If you are tired of watching action flicks with your significant is time for you to plan a movie night with the girls.  There's nothing quite like curling up on the sofa in cozy pj's with some great snacks, a good love story and your close friends. It is not so much about the is just being with good friends....chatter between the movie yet no one shushing ...giggles and yummy munchies.

The Food

Fresh Fruit Ginger Ale, Orange Juice, Pink Lemonade, Fruit Punch or/and

A  cup of coffee

Hummus with some pita chips


Spicy roasted corn cut in bite sizes and

French Bread Pizza

Red and white striped napkins and plates (available at party supply stores) can add to the star studded night.  If you need movie suggestions see  the O-magazine's list of 50 greatest chick flicks  also check out 100 greatest movies .

French bread pizza

Slice french bread, drizzle some olive oil, smear a tbs full of marinara sauce on .... top it with bell peppers, onions, mushrooms - finely chopped and some baby spinach, you could add all or a combination of a few. Add your favorite blend of cheese - I used a blend of Mozzarella, Cheddar and Monterey Jack. Sprinkle some Italian seasoning followed by salt and freshly ground pepper. Bake for 10-12 min at 350 F, or till cheese is melted and the french bread is toasted. Serve Hot!!

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Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Monkeying around with monkey bread - Guest Post- Monthly Event

 I am planning to have a guest post every month. Would love to invite fellow bloggers and non-bloggers to share culinary tips and recipes. Email me if you are interested :  Looking forward to sharing and learning together.

My guests today : VC and RC - two young men, ages 11 and 7 ...who love to cook and relish the idea of creating something with their hands. There is so much to learn from children...they are not afraid to try something new and there is no fear of failure. Thank you V and R for sharing the recipe of Monkey bread with us.

Monkey bread is a popular dessert or breakfast pastry, coated in cinnamon and sugar.  A simple yeast dough is called for in most recipes, although one could use refrigerated biscuit dough for a easier version of monkey bread.

1 pkg refrigerated biscuit**
1/4 cup sugar
2tsp cinnamon
3 tbs margarine

...Preheat oven to 375•
Mix sugar and cinnamon in a bowl, open biscuits and separate on cutting board, use a table knife to cut the biscuits in half.  Melt margarine in microwave.  Shape biscuits in balls, roll in melted margarine and then in sugar and cinnamon  mixture. Use a spoon to dip the dough balls.  Place sugar/cinnamon coated biscuits onto cookie sheet. Place monkey bread into preheated oven for 10-12 minutes. Enjoy!!

Use caution when working with kids in the kitchen, please do not let them operate the oven and use a table knife to help them cut the dough.

A big thanks to my friend  for the pictures and for letting Vand R share the recipe.

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Monday, November 1, 2010


I really enjoy dips, sauces, chutneys and it tapenade or good old peanut sauce. What is a salad with out dressing or a chip without a dip! It just brings life to an appetizer/salad. Somehow, I am not crazy about Hummus . The same thing is not true with most of my friends, as far as they are concerned...they love hummus. To them: my friends- thanks for being there and enjoying what I create. On popular demand am posting hummus as promised to you all :)

This recipe has been adapted from 'Real Simple' magazine.

Ingredients:  Serves 4-6

 Kabuli chana/Chickpeas: 4 handfuls
Garlic clove : 2
Olive oil: 2 tsp
Fresh lemon Juice: 2-3 tbsp
Sesame seed roasted and powdered: 1 tbsp
Cumin powder: roasted and powdered : 1 tsp
Chili flakes: 1-2 tbsp
Basil flakes: 1-2 tbsp
Salt to taste

Soak kabuli chana overnight and pressure cook it till tender. Keep aside and let it cool. In a blender add all the ingredients, except  olive oil, chili flakes, basil flakes. You can add water as necessary to achieve the desired consistency. Add the olive oil in a stream and mix into the smooth and creamy paste. Now add the chili flakes, basil flakes and freshly ground black pepper (optional). Serve with crackers, or your favorite bread.

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Sunday, October 24, 2010

Quick Snacks- Under 15 min

One of the things I cherish is to snug in a blanky on a warm sunny afternoon and read, followed by a little snooze. It is a feeling of such bliss. It is amazing how naps make me hungry...!!  A quick snack that could me made and eaten under 15 min, was what I wanted.

Crackers topped with pepper jack cheese, salsa and sour cream..!!

It took me longer to capture these sweet n savory crackers on my camera than it took me to make and devour them. :) The beauty of crackers is its versatility and adaptability...u can get as creative as you want with the toppings.

 At its most basic, salsa is simply chopped or pureed tomatoes, chiles, onions, and cilantro, flavored with salt and a squeeze of lime juice.....but again you can get creative ...try adding some ripe mangoes and/or ripe peaches...adds a nice sweet n savory taste to it. 

Beet slices topped with savory beet salad.

I was never so crazy about beets...because of its was too strong of a color to be eaten......well that was childhood and this is now...enjoying every bit of this colorful root :)

 Grate some beetroot, to it add chopped tomatoes,  carrots, cucumber, onions, assorted sprouts...toss it with some apple cider ,salt and pepper add some roasted peanuts for added crunch!!

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