Fruit Flan: My 3rd Blogiversary!

Fruit Flan Cake

Happy Friday folks, hope everyone is enjoying the summer!

Summer is short in Richmond. That said, if you don’t take advantage of the great weather, you’ll blink and soon it will be fall. So I am making the most of summer with fun outdoor activities such as hiking, BBQ, gardening, camping, road trips and spending less time on computer. You also know that my in laws are staying with us and then we have a friend’s family visiting us from India as a result, there just wasn’t time to update my blog and visit other blogs. This week I managed to find time to share this fruit flan that I made for my husband’s birthday last friday. I know how much he loves cake with fruits and berries and this one is loaded with it.

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Paleo Blueberry Muffin Cake

Blue berry muffin cake

I love to cook and enjoy the challenge of cooking for people – who by choice or by necessity have limited diets; food allergies and intolerances. Today’s recipe is specially created for Emma (who is a Google+ friend) and many others who suffer from Myalgic Encephalopathy (ME) and Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). When Gill Andrews (also a google+ friend) shared a post, ‘Who has a recipe for Emma?’, I started racking my brain for something (especially dessert) that could be delicious for anyone and appropriate for Emma’s diet. I came up with quick and effortless recipe, you’re absolutely going to love. I used my blueberry buttermilk pound cake recipe as inspiration and switched things up to make it paleo friendly. I have made this cake two times now, and the whole family (plus several friends) love it.

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Adai (Ada dosa)

Adai

Dosas are absolutely the tastiest and attractive rice crepe around. There are so many varieties, that one can never get tired of eating them. Some varieties of dosas can be prepared instantly but some need a little time of soaking and fermenting such as masala dosa and utthapam, and then there are some that do not need fermenting. One such dosa is Adai dosa. It is basically a combination of rice with a range of colorful lentils all soaked together and ground to form a thick and coarse batter. Adai dosa is considered to be the nutritious among all dosas.

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Methi Malai Choliya

Methi Malai Choliya

Apparently, I am on a green garbanzo kick lately. First it was healthy chaat from these beans and now today’s recipe.

It is a unique combination of 3 ingredients: methi (fenugreek), malai (cream) and matar (peas). However the recipe below is made with frozen green garbanzo beans instead of peas. Sweet, succulent and packed with several vital nutrients both are easily interchangeable in many recipes. I love the complex flavors of this dish. The mild bitterness of fenugreek leaves is wonderfully balanced with sweet green garbanzo beans and smooth creamy gravy.

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Healthy Green Garbanzo Bean ‘Chaat’

Healthy Choliya Chaat

Chaat is a combination of legumes, vegetables, fried dough and even fruits with herbs and spices, served cold or at room temperature. The recipe I am sharing with you today is an all year, all occasion kind of green garbanzo bean chaat, that works as a great salad, too. It’s just so easy, so delicious and it makes me feel so good.

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