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Spicy Red Pepper Karam

This karam has very less ingredients and can be made in a jiff! Made from scratch and fully vegan. Goes well with Indian breakfast and snacks like Idli, Dosas and rice as well. Cooking time : 30 mins and under Ingredients 4 Red peppers, cut into cubes10-12 Dry Red Chillies 3-4 Green ChilliesHandful of peanuts3T sesame seeds1 t Cumin seeds3 Garlic cloves1t lemon or lime juiceSalt to taste2 t oil Directions 1. Heat 2 teaspoons of any cooking oil in a wise pan.2. Add jeera ( cumin) and roughly chop

Padma K

Padma K

 

Sweet and savory vegetable cutlets

On one chilly evening, when I cannot feel my feet I stepped into my kitchen opened my refrigerator and wondered what can I do with my beets :) I gathered few ingredients, pressure cooked some veggies that were readily available and viola!! Yummy sweet and savory cutlets are ready!! So here goes the recipe, I used the vegetables I had that day.  I boiled potatoes, beet n carrots in a pressure cooker. You can also use cauliflower, green peas, green beans, soya chunks raw plaintain and such veg

Padma K

Padma K

 

Easy breezy Bagara Rice

This quick fix rice meal can be made for any main course like chicken curry or any veggie entrees, or can be served plain with some raita.  Bagara rice is famous in Andhra predominantly from telangana region.  Made with fewer ingredients but no compromise on the flavor or on your palette.  Bagara Rice Source: My Signature recipe Prep time: 10 mins Cooking time: 20-30 mins Serves:  6 servings Ingredients 3 C of basmati rice, wash and keep it aside. 1 medium red onion, thinly sliced 1 cinnamon

Padma K

Padma K

 

Quick and Zippy Chicken Fry

Usha from My Spicy Kitchen invited me to make something for her Fabulous Feast Friday # 3 event and I thought why not make a dish and post something on my blog.  Blog! pheww!! my blog has been sitting around doing nothing but gathering dust and no cobwebs and spider crawls which are blogessentials to make your blog popular and pop up on search engines.   This foodie feast is an opportunity for my blog to rise and shine once again in the blogosphere and from my hibernation of course $#@#&^ e

Padma K

Padma K

 

Healthy Kale with Yellow Lentils and Roasted Red Bell Peppers

These days everyone has become so health conscious, every other person I come across says that s/he are on a 'Diet' or have started eating healthy. Some are eating more of greens, whole grains, fruits and vegetables during the weekdays and go easy during the weekends.  Eating a healthy, balanced diet is an important part of maintaining good health, and can help you feel your best.  The key to healthy diet is to watch what you are eating, how many calories you need, how much water you are taking

Padma K

Padma K

 

Black Forest Cake

Its been a very long time that I updated my blog.  I am back to blogging after a very long gap of two years, almost.  I was always fascinated by food, photography and food related things.  I am glad to see so many new budding blogs on FB and foodie world, so much to learn and so much to explore with the young(am I that old?? c'mon) bloggers.  Couldn't sit on back burner for that long.  I know when the time is right I will be back to this lovely, aromatic and yummilicious foodie world.  Hoping to

Padma K

Padma K

 

A Happy Fourth!!

Ahhhaaa! Can't believe that Padma's Kitchen is 4YO today..... Thanks to you, my readers, my visitors, my family and friends, near and dear ones to make this journey more and more memorable. I thank you from the bottom of my heart to make my life more meaningful since I started blogging. These four years of blogging has been an amazing and outstanding journey and added more flavors to my life. Every comment left by my readers are like pearl to me that makes this journey worth it, thanks fo

Padma K

Padma K

 

Bombay Sukka Mutton

One of the favorite Mutton entree to order in Mumbai (Bombay) restaurants is Sukka Mutton. This recipe is from the coastal Mumbai community popularly called as "Koli" alias fishermen. 'Mutton" in India is predominantly referred to Goat meat and Lamb meat in some parts. This wickedly hot Mutton Sukka or popularly called as Bombay Sukka Mutton is so yummy that you want to stuff yourself till your completely choke!!! I love to have this with hot steamy basmati rice.. You will find many differen

Padma K

Padma K

 

Maharashtrain style Sabudana Khichdi

You must be wondering how come western India recipes on my blog...well I am raised in Kalyan and much acquainted to Maharashtrian food. Since my childhood I used to trade my lunch box whenever my friend used to bring this in her lunch box. Sabudana khichdi is my favorite breakfast recipe, I love so much that I can eat 4 times a day! This is a typical Maharashtrian style khichdi I learned from our kaki (maid), she makes awesome khichdi!! Sabudana Khichdi is also famously called a fasting foo

Padma K

Padma K

 

Weight Watchers Fresh Meals

Weight Watchers announces the first mainstream, low-calorie, portion-controlled, refrigerated, to-go meals and deli salads in the U.S. I tried them and I am loving it!! Did you see the Weight Watchers new fresh meals on the deli section aisle?? If not hurry and grab them... they are so handy and time saver on those busy days when you are tired and don't have much time to fix a quick lunch/dinner for your family, Weight Watchers fresh meals comes handy. They are great for the people 'on-t

Padma K

Padma K

 

Pineapple Shrimp Peppers

Using Shrimps in any dish brings out the unique flavor of the sea. I love prawns (popular name for shrimp in India) any way cooked. This recipe I made for community contest, I am part of and there were some rules to cook only specific ingredients. It was a little challenging but I remembered this recipe which was shown sometime back on TV. And trust me you will keep licking your fingers... and will definitely go for a second serving!!! Great as appetizers for parties or serve it with jasmine r

Padma K

Padma K

 

Spicy Salmon in Tangy Tamarind and Tomato sauce

Those were my initial days when I used to search for Indian fish in American waters....errr!!@#.. american fish market or better to put it in words asian fish market on american soil... popularly called as chinese market by "desis" in USA. I was confused by their english names and appearance, Fish in India are little smaller in size here everything is Jumbo size.. I was so tired of searching our Indian fish there too!! .... Then one of my neighbour in India who lives in Connecticut now, listed

Padma K

Padma K

 

Simply Rasam ~ Ootti Charu

Ootti Charu means Rasam without dal. This one is from my mother's kitchen, another easy, very simple and flavorful recipe to make in a jiff. My Mom used to make it especially as an accompaniment when ever she cooked non-veg dishes like mutton curry, chicken kura or fish curry. She says it helps in clearing your gut after all the spicy, masala food you had and helps with digestion too! Like the way Chinese have tea after their meal! So, if you are judging that this Ootti charu is only for thos

Padma K

Padma K

 

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Padma K

 

Mushroom Spinach Quiche

This quiche recipe is another great way to eat veggies as kids love the unique taste when u add cream/whole milk to it along with eggs. I used Egglands best eggs for this recipe. This is a high protein diet for your morning breakfast to boost your metabolism. Perfect for breakfast, brunch as well as for lunch too! If you want to read more about quiche and how the recipe evolved over the years, This post "Formula One" by Momadeon [Coleen] has given very detailed info. I loved the way she write

Padma K

Padma K

 

Easy Homemade Pie Crust

This is a very quick and easy recipe for making pie crust more suitable for savory pies and quiche and not meant for dessert or sweet pies... Very simple and easy. I adapted from Allrecipes.com and made few changes as per the reviews written below in the link. If you are making a sweet dish reduce the salt to half teaspoon. And above all it is homemade. Recipe source: Allrecipes.com Prep time: 10 mins Cooking time: 15 mins Servings: 8 Ingredients 1½ C All purpose flour (Maida) 2 t sugar 1 t

Padma K

Padma K

 

Mashed Avocado and Cottage cheese

Like I promised in my previous post, presenting here avocado recipe for infants/babies and toddler. We knew that Avocados are so good for everyone but they are helpful for babies too! The fatty acids and unsaturated fats helps in their brain development. Cottage cheese is another source of protein for your little bean! So when combined together; this recipe is an excellent source of calcium, protein and omega3's for the growing needs of your baby. I introduced avocado to my little one around

Padma K

Padma K

 

Everything about Avocados for Infants, Babies and Toddler

Avocados are a great first food for your baby. They are excellent source of unsaturated fatty acids and have a higher proportion of this 'good' fat than any other fruit except the olive. Yes they are actually fruits, even though they are commonly thought of as vegetables. Try using mashed avocado as a "vegetable butter', a replacement for butter that can be spread on crackers and sandwiches. Image source: msn.com Info drafted from the book:"Super Baby Food" by Ruth Yaron Equivalents: 1 mediu

Padma K

Padma K

 

Summer Soothing Smoothie

Soothing smoothie which has strawberries, banana, flax seeds, honey and yogurt Crowd pleasing, kids appealing smoothie is the one which has strawberries in it. This one smoothie is so soothing to your skin as well as stomach. Soothe your damaged summer skin with omega-3 fats (in flax seeds) that create a healthy glow, vitamin A (in yogurt) that heals damage, and vitamin C (in strawberries) that replaces the collagen the sun stole away. This quick, easy smoothie contains all three and taste

Padma K

Padma K

 

Cheddar Chive Scones

Last weekend we took our LO to the library and I got myself some books on baking, salads and healthy cooking. I took home "The Sono Baking company cookbook as the pictures in this book were so tempting and the narration was simple to the starters as well as regular bakers, in short; Simple and neat. This scones recipe caught my eyes as it was not sweet ones but savory scones. Cheddar Chive Scones are a delicious treat and when I was baking the whole house filled with the aroma of cheddar and

Padma K

Padma K

 

Quinoa with Roasted Chicken and Veggies

It came , it conquered !! and now I am in love with this wonderful seed called "Quinoa'. At first I was apprehensive, little but no interest to buy this grain err! seed (many mistaken like me!). But these days I see Quinoa recipes popping up like the corn everywhere. So many are blogging /cooking with Quinoa and many nutritionists are banking on its health benefits, How can I resist? Here is my first take on Quinoa. As many health websites suggested that just replace the 'Rice' with 'Quinoa

Padma K

Padma K

 

Pineapple Mango Mocktail

Summer is already at its peak in India and for us in States its around the horizon. So I thought why not post a mocktail recipe on my blog to cool you down on those sultry summer afternoons. So far I did not post any mocktail recipe on my blog and I don't want to be left behind. First and foremost thing is not to get confused with cocktail and a mocktail, its bit different (not complicated!!), one has alcohol and the other doesn't. Precisely, mocktail is a non-alcoholic beverage that contain

Padma K

Padma K

 

The Famous Indian treat ~ Pav Bhaji

This is one of my favorite fast food, love eating on the streets of Mumbai, opposite to VT (now CST) Railway Station during my teenage days. I do even now when we go out for shopping. The flavor, the aroma fills the air around when we walk by any Pav Bhaji stall and surely makes your tummy start grumbling and urging you to munch on! any Indian blog without this recipe is like incomplete. Pav Bhaji was more popular in Northern India, esp Gujarat and Maharashtra and its metropolitan cities. S

Padma K

Padma K

 

Simple Egg curry with a spice twist!!

This is very simple yet interesting curry made with hardboiled eggs, tomatoes, onions and green chillies. The simplest ingredients readily available in our kitchen across the globes. When you are stuck in the kitchen wondering what to prepare for the weeknight dinner or weekend lunch. The combination of tomatoes, onions and green chillies with a dash of the very popular "Biryani Masala" (Indian spice mix) gives out spicy, tangy hot coating to the bland eggs. This curry is best eaten with fres

Padma K

Padma K

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