Oh hello, let me introduce you to my new favourite snack: Leblebi Inspired Savoury Roasted Chickpeas.
I’ve been on a bit of a chickpea kick lately, if you hadn’t noticed already. It only made sense that I roast some up for a grazing snack to have on hand. Lately, I haven’t been consuming my daily quota of potato chips, instead I have been eating these roasted chickpeas by the fistful. They have a popcorn-esque snackiness. I can munch on them with abandon since they have benefit of being low in saturated fat and being a healthy source of iron and folate.
Posted in Snacks
Also tagged algerian, black pepper, bold, chaat masala, chickpeas, cumin, delicious, eastwest, family, fistful, flavour, food, garam masala, garbanzo beans, garlic, holiday, india, indian, indianinfluence, iranian, leblebi, nutty, olive oil, paprika, savoury, south asian, soy sauce, spices, spicy, vegan, vegetarian, yum, yummy
Meal Type: Happy Hour
Every year, I fall in love with a new vegetable. Perhaps I am a romantic at heart. It’s possible. Last year, I was fascinated by Brussels sprouts. This year it is green beans. They seem to be a mainstay in every garden. Easy to grow, but no one ever is overly excited about actually eating green beans. Let’s face it, green beans suffer from neglect. They are boiled or steamed. Their lovely green hue drained of its vibrancy. Often never seasoned. Basically, they are an afterthought. Shoved limply into the shadow of whatever main dish holds the spotlight. It’s a tragedy, especially since green beans have serious promise.
Posted in Sides, Uncategorized, Vegan, Vegetarian Dishes & Vegetables
Also tagged balsamic vinegar, flavours, garlic, ginger, gluten free, green beans, honey, indian, indianinfluence, oven, quick, side dish, spices, vegan, vegetables
Meal Type: Sides, Vegetarian
I love potatoes. I realize this is quite the declaration, but it is true. Versatile. Comforting. Supremely accommodating. They are perfect any time of the day. Some days, I try to sneak them into every meal. If this does not happen, rest assured I get my daily fill. For me, after hours of writing, the end of the day is always capped off by a craving and indulgence in potato chips. I go through flavour and brand rotations – Plain. Rippled. Salt & Vinegar until my tongue can no longer tolerate the acidity. Sometimes, Jalapeno because I am hooked on heat.
Posted in Sides, Snacks, Vegetarian Dishes & Vegetables
Also tagged black pepper, conspiracy, coriander, cumin, fennel, indian, indian influence, influence, jessie, lehail, olive oil, south asian, spiced, sweet potatoes, yams
Meal Type: Sides
My mom’s Catch-22: not eating meat, but cooking it with precision. Being vegetarian has been her lifelong personal choice. Perhaps growing up in India and cooking a multitude of veggies, beans, and lentils led to this decision. Or, maybe it was because she never really liked the texture or sight of meat, so eating it halfheartedly seemed, pretty silly.
While she may not enjoy meat, she takes great pride in making something that will ensure good eating for everyone else. If you ask her about curry chicken, she always tells the same story. Growing up in her Punjab village, it was her responsibility to make curry chicken on Diwali. The story always starts with her scrubbing the massive pot in preparation. Diligently, mashing onions, garlic, ginger, and chilies to a fine paste with a mortar and pestle. Careful to remind me that no food processor was accessible.
Posted in Favourites, Poultry
Also tagged chicken, chili, curry, garam, garlic, ginger, gravy, indian, influence, masala, mom, patience., spices, turmeric
Meal Type: Everyday