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Sowmya

I love trying different cuisines, constantly finding ways to make my recipes more healthy and tasty (an elusive combination!)
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Special Ribbon Pakoda by Sowmya Posted in: Blog Posts in Vegetarian My mother-in-law makes awesome Ribbon Pakoda - so it happens to be one of the family favorites. So, whenever I make this crunchy snack, the expectations are really high. Tha ... Read on »
Mango Pachidi - chunky mango sauce by Sowmya Posted in: Blog Posts in Vegetarian Mango pachidi is traditionally made in my family on Tamil New Year's day. While the practice involves using neem flowers as well, I had to forgo that as I couldn't find it a ... Read on »
Spicy red kidney beans curry (Rajma masala) by Sowmya Posted in: Blog Posts in Vegetarian Dark red kidney beans is an excellent source of protein, fiber and iron, among others. I try to include at least a cup of this every week in my meal. Here is one recipe that ... Read on »
Karadaiyan nombu adai - sweet and savory versions by Sowmya Posted in: Blog Posts in Vegetarian Karadaiyan nombu is a fasting event observed by some South Indian women. Legend has it that on this day, Savithri, a queen whose family was banished to the forest, got back ... Read on »
Milk Kesari by Sowmya Posted in: Blog Posts in Vegetarian A variant of the simple kesari, I loved this when a neighbor made it as an offering at a religious family function, got the recipe from her and tried it out. Ingr ... Read on »
Curry Pepper Gravy (Karuveppilai Milagu kuzhambu) by Sowmya Posted in: Blog Posts in Vegetarian This gravy comes in handy especially when someone at home is having a cold or fever - a great, traditional home remedy. My mother-in-law makes it almost every week as part o ... Read on »
Shahi bread pudding by Sowmya Posted in: Blog Posts in Vegetarian With my sweet-tooth striking again, and not a lot of ingredients available handy to work with, I had to put together a little snack for the weekend. While the idea was in my ... Read on »
Eggless Christmas Fruit cake by Sowmya Posted in: Blog Posts in Vegetarian In my childhood, we used to share Diwali sweets and snacks with our neighbors, who reciprocated the favor during Christmas. Oh, I absolutely love those awesome fruitcakes th ... Read on »
Creamy Dum Aloo by Sowmya Posted in: Blog Posts in Vegetarian Who doesn't love baby potatoes? Carefully selected, golden fried baby potatoes in rich and creamy gravy, this item is sure to be a hit in any party! Just put calorie-countin ... Read on »
Walnut halwa by Sowmya Posted in: Blog Posts in Vegetarian We all know that nuts are a great option for healthy snacking. I usually don't pay much attention to those flyers from my health insurer, but there was one that spoke about ... Read on »
Eggless vanilla teacake by Sowmya Posted in: Blog Posts in Vegetarian When I was in India, we never had a baking oven. Since childhood, it was my dream to be able to bake some day. When I moved to the US, where almost every home has a baking o ... Read on »
Thattai (Rice flour thin crisps) by Sowmya Posted in: Blog Posts in Vegetarian I'm surprised at how I hadn't thought of posting my husband's favorite savory rice flour thin crisps (thattai) so far. This is my grandmother's traditional recipe, also one ... Read on »
Kaju Badam Katli (Cashew Almond Thins) by Sowmya Posted in: Blog Posts in Vegetarian I've been meaning to try out Katli for a while now. What could be a more ideal occasion than Diwali, the awesome festival of lights and sweets?! It's also a nice way for me ... Read on »
Spicy sweet-potato fry by Sowmya Posted in: Blog Posts in Vegetarian When I visited my physician for the annual check-up, I shared my general diet chart with her and asked for suggestions. She mentioned to include sweet-potatoes at least once ... Read on »
Quinoa chocolate halwa by Sowmya Posted in: Blog Posts in Vegetarian We have tried different things with the nutrition-rich quinoa, but I wanted to figure out how well it lends itself to a sweet dish. Quite surprisingly, its nutty flavor pass ... Read on »
Chayote Squash Stew by Sowmya Posted in: Blog Posts in Vegetarian Chayote squash is probably not a major favorite in any household. It is one of those less-talked-about vegetables that seems to vanish into the background of the veggie wo ... Read on »
Whole-grain Chinese vegetable fried rice by Sowmya Posted in: Blog Posts in Vegetarian My husband and I are usually on opposite sides of the spectrum when it comes to Chinese food. This version of Chinese fried rice is the only exception. The colorful medley o ... Read on »
Grilled veggie sandwich by Sowmya Posted in: Blog Posts in Vegetarian This has been a "back to basics" week for me - getting back to good health, starting off on a new project, minimal cooking, etc. Just to give a fresh start to my kitchen as ... Read on »
Stuffed mushrooms with creamed spinach and nut filling by Sowmya Posted in: Blog Posts in Vegetarian Most party foods, especially appetizers, end up being rich and greasy. This is a great option for someone looking for a healthy appetizer that would be a definite party hi ... Read on »
Vegetable sago by Sowmya Posted in: Blog Posts in Vegetarian Sago is widely used as a "fasting food" especially in North India. This recipe is slightly different and quite tasty - something I would love for a change, although I've not ... Read on »