Mediterranean chickpea salad – refreshing, hearty, filling, nutritious & packed with veggies. This salad is made by tossing freshly cooked chickpeas, crunchy and colourful red and green bell peppers, flavourful olives, crisp cucumbers and creamy feta cheese. The protein and fibre rich chickpeas and the colourful veggies are then infused with the flavourful lemon-parsley vinaigrette dressing. This healthy salad can be served as an appetizer or as a main course.
Masal Vada / Channa dhal Vada – a crispy and savoury street food delight that is served along with coffee / tea in South India. It is prepared by soaking and grinding channa dhal along with few spices and herbs and is deep fried to golden brown. These round shaped lentil based vadas are crispy, flavourful and delectable, perfect for evening snack.
Asparagus spears are a healthy and nutritious addition to meals. This green vegetable is known for its diuretic properties and are a rich source of various vitamins and minerals. It is usually served as an appetizer or as a vegetable side dish. There are several ways to prepare this and I have tried the restaurant style sesame toasted and oven roasted asparagus few times. But Indian tastebuds never get the complete satisfaction unless it is spiced up. So here is my maiden attempt of a desi style spicy, crunchy and flavourful Asparagus.
Goli baje also known as Mangalore bajji is a traditional Indian snack from the state of Karnataka. It is somewhat similar to bonda varieties and is made with maida or all purpose flour. I learnt this recipe from one of my friend Malini from Uk. The addition of yoghurt makes it soft, tangy and fluffy on the inside and the rice flour and all purpose flour makes it light and crisp on the outside. It is usually served with some spicy coconut or coriander chutney.
Aval mixture is a popular Indian snack made usually during Diwali. The traditional South Indian mixture demands an elaborate process of preparing and mixing different savoury items. This aval and nuts mixture is very easy to make and is made from roasting and mixing beaten rice or aval pori, nuts and few other spices. Apart from aval/poha, I have included various nuts and raisin to make it more nutritional without compromising for taste. The addition of crunchy nuts, sweet raisin and few spices give different flavours and textures to this mixture. This aval and nuts mixture is a simple, crunchy and delicious snack, perfect to munch over while you binge watch Tv shows/ web series.
Honey chilli gobi / Honey Chilli Cauliflower is a trendy Indo-Chinese starter that is served in restaurants. It is a perfect starter to munch over on a cold winter evening. It can also be served in parties or any occasion as a starter or as a side dish for fried rice / pulav rice. The cauliflower florets are dipped in a batter, deep fried and tossed in a mixture of honey and chilli sauce. The sweetness from honey and the spiciness from green chillies & chilli paste definitely is a treat to the palettes. The crispy and glossy finish of the florets definitely looks appealing and appetizing.