Persian Chickpea Flour Cookies (Nan-e Nokhodchi)

Sweets made with besan have always been my favorite. So when I encountered this cookie a few years ago, during spring at a specialty store featuring chickpea flour, I was thrilled. I was even more excited by seeing the ingredients, they were similar to what we use in making Besan ladoo and Besan burfi. The recipe was so much easier. Since then, I have been making these cookies every Baisakhi. These chickpea flour cookies with pistachios are melt in mouth Persian treat, traditionally known as Nan-e Nokhodchi. It would be a pity to deprive yourself of these petite cookies because they are very simple to prepare and delicious. Perfect for kids, (or an adult's) party or to celebrate a festive and joyful occasion . Continue Reading

Chicken Kofta Curry ( Chicken Meat Balls in a Yummy “No Cream” Sauce)

This is one of those recipes I have been meaning to make since Azlin Bloor announced the 'love my balls' event in the foodies community, but I just didn't get a chance to go to the meat shop. Finally I got some minced chicken this Sunday and made it before the event ended in march. This is a simple but tasty meatballs dish that's surprisingly easy to make for weeknights, and exotic enough for a dinner party. This is also a great substitution for anyone looking for a healthy alternative to fried meat balls. They are poached in a "No cream", and "No nut" sauce. Continue Reading

Dark Pink Velvet Smoothie

Yesterday was Holi, the Indian festival of colors. I saw a lot of yummy foods and drinks posted on various blogs last week, but for some reason I thought this dark pink velvet smoothie was apt to begin the celebrations. Besides, I haven't shared a green smoothie recipe for a long time, especially considering how often I make them. This recipe is an attempt to make a green smoothie more appealing to those who DO NOT like the idea of drinking 'GREENS'. This smoothie has red cabbage as the main ingredient. Aside from the fact that it is simply delicious, and is chock full of nutrients, it is the smoothest smoothie you could ever imagine! Continue Reading

Mirchi Pakora / Dry Masala Stuffed Chili Pepper Fritters

Knowing how much my husband loves mirchi pakoda I made some on Friday night when his friends came over for nibbles and drinks. The weather was rainy and the deadly combination of chili pepper fritters with drinks was simply irresistible. Seriously, these dry masala stuffed mirchi pakodas are absolute dynamite that you should try once at least. Continue Reading

Wild Mushroom Soup with Rosemary Breadcrumbs

While some of you are seeing signs of new life and beauty around you, here in Vancouver we are still stuck in the winter. The other day I went for a walk I had to wear mittens even though it was a bright sunny day. Honestly, it doesn’t really feel like spring is going to come soon. We even had heavy snowfall just before valentine's day followed by glorious sunny days - not many of them but they did exist in between periods of snow and rain. All this variation in temperature put me in the mood for soup. So, when I found wild mushrooms at the Choices market, I decided to make and share my amazing recipe for wild mushroom soup. Continue Reading