Tandoori Chicken Sandwich
This recipe came from watching my mother in law cook in Dubai. My in laws would take the kids and I on beautiful picnics to Jumaira Beach and pack an unforgettable spread for an impromptu picnic lunch. It included THE best sandwich I’ve ever had in my life…
I remember the precise moment my mother and I got inspired to create this dish. I wanted scallops and she wanted something in a coconut sauce, so we combined both items and it was irresistible on top of rice. I had to give my mom my share because she devoured her plate in minutes…
Gobi Alu (Cauliflower and Potato)
I’ve been eating Gobi Alu since I was born. There is something about the aroma of spices that go into the tadka (tempering) that makes me hungry just thinking about it. It’s a classic North Indian dry saute to die for! My mom used to make the best Gobi Alu with homemade bread, so yummy!. I hope your family enjoys this dish as much as mine does.
Chicken Tikka Masala
At my parents restaurant this was THE most popular dish on the menu. Trust me I begged my parents for the recipe and they knew I had a big mouth and never gave it to me until now and thats why I’m sharing it with you. This orange hued, creamy, rich, delicious dish is all you need, your friends and family will find eternal happiness. Trust Me! You can put this sauce on baked salmon,shrimp or tofu. It’s a party favorite!
Naan 3 Ways
Making Naan at home is as easy as making pizza dough and it makes a great pizza crust. I love all three of these toppings and fillings for my homemade naan or you can take any leftover vegetables and fill your naan with these wholesome goodies.
Wondering how that lovely, fragrant and flavorful white basmati rice is made in Indian restaurants? Good news, it’s easy to duplicate at home and it so easy to make! This is my mom’s secret rice recipe so please don’t tell anybody…
Tomato Poached Halibut with Chili Oil
I am obsessed with this recipe from the NY Times its very forgiving if you don’t like cooking fish and if you want more flavor just swap out the water with Ch Broth and add some more chili oil for more spice. You can serve this with couscous, farro or rice. It’s a perfect light and flavorful weekday dinner!
Thai Cucumber Salad
This salad is so light, refreshing and vibrant in flavor. Its the perfect summer side dish or accompaniment to any Asian inspired meal. I serve this with the Mint Basil Stir-Fry and the 5 minute Garlic Shrimp both listed below. I think this salad will be one of your go to favs like it is for me and it will serve you well!
5 Minute Garlic Shrimp
This shrimp dish comes together very quickly in a total of 5 minutes but you’ll be smacking your lips in utter satisfaction with this sticky flavorful sauce which adhers to the shrimp. You’ll actually think you are in a fancy Thai restaurant.. Make this dish as an accompaniment to the Mint and Basil Stir-fry and Thai Cucumber Salad..
Mint and Basil Stir-Fry
This is one dish that comes together in minutes and then get ready for the party in your mouth with abundant sweet and spicy flavors. You definitely need the mint and basil for the fresh component which makes this dish perfect! And it can easily be toned down with the chili sauce for those who live on the mild side. Serve this with the 5 minute Garlic Shrimp and Thai Cucumber salad listed here for an unforgettable meal!!
Rigatoni with Sausage and Fennel
This is one of my all time favorite pasta recipes for my idol Ina Garten, she is such a perfectionist all her recipes turn out amazing! This particular one can cheer anyone up after one bite because it’s so flavorful and comforting. If you want to make this without meat just saute mushrooms, cauliflower and carrots and you’ll have a great veggie ragu!
Choosing a main course is pretty easy but when it comes to rounding out a meal with a simple salad theres many choices and heres another one with salty parmesan, peppery arugula, sweet pears and crunchy almonds. Feel free to serve this with a grilled chicken or roasted salmon below..
Roasted Salmon on a bed of Lentils
Since there is no deadlines hanging over our head and no hand of the clock counting down to plating a meal we have time to take our time and make a pot of lentils while baking some salmon and enjoying our many evenings together as a family during this crazy Pandemic!! You can also serve this salmon with the Arugula salad too!!
Lime Quinoa with Roasted Peanuts
I feel like I never make any quinoa recipes and have no idea why? They are packed with fiber, protein and nine essential amino acids not found in any other grain. If you are gluten free then this must be a staple in your daily diet and I’ve made a simple but very flavorful recipe with lemon juice and peanuts, YUM!
Vegan Vegetable Curry
You can make this Veg heavy vegetarian curry for a healthy meal on meatless monday or anyday! Feel free to add or omit any of these vegetables and make it your own with the flavorful cashew cream sauce!
Tofu and Mushroom Lettuce Wraps
Both meat eaters and vegetarians can enjoy this version of lettuce wraps made with caramelized tofu, mushrooms and crunchy carrots and cashews. These fresh and bold flavors will surely hit the spot!
Thai Turkey Lettuce Wraps
Thai lettuce wraps are one of those dishes that make you forget you are eating healthy because the flavors are so addictive. These wraps celebrate fresh flavors and textures, they are spicy, sweet and tangy all at the same time while giving you the crunch you are craving. Give them a try and enjoy them!
Malaysian Burger with Street Corn and Cumin Fries
A good burger is the ultimate indulgence so I tried to recreate a burger I had on the street in Singapore that I still dream about. Not sure if this replicates that burger but it sure is a close second!
Easy Chicken Curry
I really don’t understand anyone who says they don’t like curry. The meaning of curry, to most Indian folks including me, is something that has been cooked in a flavorful sauce. It’s like saying I don’t like bread on my sandwich or I don’t like sauce on my pasta. For those who don’t like curry I challenge you to try this recipe and email me your thoughts. It’s cooked very quickly and it’s a one pot meal so enjoy!
Who doesn’t like a good meatball?! I probably make some combination of fennel, dill, spinach, turkey or lamb meatballs weekly. I do prefer the chicken meatballs and the cream and egg keep it quite juicy. You can dip these in any type of barbecue sauce as well, quite scrumptious!
Vegetable Coconut Stew
This hearty vegetable stew comes together in 30-40 minutes and is so easy to put together using pantry ingredients. It is so simple and refreshing and can be eaten with pita bread or naan if desired. Please feel free to add any vegetable you desire, broccoli, potato, carrots, peas, green beans and enjoy!
Roasted Vegetable Medley
This is an easy side dish you can accompany with any grilled salmon, steak or chicken. Remember when roasting vegetables don’t overcrowd the pan you will end up steaming the veggies, we want crisp and brown veggies right! I love turning these simple humble ingredients into something you can be proud of and its yummy!