Paneer Bhurji Rolls or “Kati Rolls”

6 Nov

Paneer Bhurji Rolls / Kati Rolls

I feel like I’m becoming a box lady. This afternoon, I had two huge boxes at my door – one from Blue Apron and the other from Saffron Fix! The UPS guy even joked that I shop a lot, ha ha. The timing was perfect because my girlfriend Pragati was coming over for lunch. I knew she would love Indian food so I immediately began unpacking the Saffron Fix box. You might remember Saffron Fix from the interview I did with its founders. Saffron Fix did not disappoint and I already can’t wait for them to deliver my next box!!! Below is my review of their Paneer Bhurji Rolls or “Kati Rolls” as they are called on the streets of India.

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Thai Pumpkin Curry + Blue Apron Giveaway!

29 Oct

I have some exciting news to share!! I’m doing a giveaway for one free Blue Apron box. Also, my first 50 readers get 2 FREE meals when you sign up here (you can cancel your service anytime). Details are below. Disclaimer: I don’t get anything if you sign up! I’ve been talking about Blue Apron a lot (see here & here) but it’s because I’m so happy I discovered them and I am positive you will love the service too. Blue Apron is good for new chefs (you learn cooking basics) and experienced chefs (you learn how to cook with unique ingredients like pumpkin and fennel). Below is everything you need to know about Blue Apron and details for my giveaway.

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Caramelized Fennel & Kale Bucatini {via Blue Apron}

28 Oct

This is my second post about Blue Apron because that’s how much I love it. I was initially hesitant to try Blue Apron but so far, they do no wrong. Their vegan chickpea burgers are made weekly in our house; Blue Apron taught me how to make Indian food!; and, I fell in love with their Summer Vegetable Hiyashi Chuka. I would love to be a fly on the wall in Blue Apron’s kitchen because their chefs are extraordinary. The recipes are delicious, the ingredients are fresh, and delivery is timely. If you’re on the fence about trying the service, stay tuned because I have a special discount code coming up. ;)  

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Vegan Pad Prik King

27 Oct

Pad Prik King is a type of Thai curry that is much drier than other Thai curries because it is fried in oil and does not contain coconut milk. I had this dish at Emporium Thai Cuisine in West LA and it was delicious. Omg, just so good!!! I did some research and came up with this modified recipe that is safe for vegans. Lucky for me, Aroy-D makes my life so much easier since almost all of their curry pastes are vegan – thank you Aroy-D! Kaffir lime leaves are a little tough to find in your normal grocery store but you can find them at Ranch 99 or any other Asian supermarket. 
 
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A Review of Chloe’s Vegan Italian Kitchen!

28 Sep

Have you heard of Chloe Coscarelli? If not, and if you’re vegan, you really need to follow her! She is a popular vegan chef and winner of the Food Network’s Cupcake Wars. I discovered Chloe because she is friends with like every Indian person who attended college at Berkeley. Because all Indians know each other, I quickly learned of her and immediately began following her on social media. When Chloe came out with her new Italian cookbook, I was excited to try some of the recipes. Lucky for me, Chloe gave her readers a sneak peek of what to expect by posting one of the entrees on her website. I tried the recipe over the weekend and below are my thoughts!

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Homemade Za’atar!

27 Sep

I recently discovered that the reason Falafel Drive In‘s pita chips taste like heaven is because they are spiced with za’atar, a flavorful Middle Eastern spice that can be used on almost anything! I was determined to try to replicate the chips at home since I live in LA and no longer have the luxury of eating at Falafel Drive In every day. However, after going to Whole Foods (who has discontinued carrying the spice) and a few of the many Middle Eastern stores in Glendale (who didn’t carry it), I thought I’d try to make my own. I had most of the ingredients at home (except for the sumac, which I picked up at the Middle Eastern store) and so it was quite easy. I highly recommend trying this recipe!! 

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Spicy Avocado Toast

13 Sep

Spicy Avocado Toast

Did you guys know that my #twinsie Karishma from The Mess I Make was featured on Food 52′s instagram!? How cool is that!! Karishma’s photogenic photo was enough to inspire me to make my own version of avocado toast for my hubby (I’m mildly allergic to avocado – but that’s another story for another time). This post is all about the celebration of avocados! I’ve been seeing avocado toast EVERYWHERE. And the best part about it is that every recipe is unique. This recipe was basically a simplified version of my Chipotle-style guacamole and can really work for any and every meal of the day. Get creative with it since there’s really no way you can go wrong with avocados. :D

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A Blue Apron Experiment: Vegan Chickpea Burgers

13 Aug

Chickpea Veggie Patties

I’ve been hearing about so many meal-kit services lately but haven’t tried any, although I did buy a box from Saffron Fix recently. My friend Rupa Badlani told me that she’d been experimenting with Blue Apron and that so far, although it took longer than expected, the recipes turned out good. Since Blue Apron posts all of its recipes online, I decided to try out a few recipes on my own. I first tried the Fresh Gnocchi & Maitake Mushrooms – my hubby really liked it and I thought it was good too but it was a huge pain to find all of the ingredients, especially the maitake mushrooms. I then tried the Chickpea Veggie Burgers and OMG – they were AMAZING! So amazing that we had them for dinner, lunch the next day, and again and again every day thereafter. Below is my review in detail including my modified recipe.

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Tofu & Black Bean Tacos

5 Aug

Hello everyone and happy Tofu Tuesday (my version of Taco Tuesday)! Last night, I dreamed I was in Tulum… It must be because I recently ordered Max Wanger’s Tulum print and can’t wait to pick it up today! In my dream, everything was bright, colorful, and beautiful, just like these tofu tacos. I hope you enjoy them as much as we did! PS. These are great for meat-eaters too. I took these to my meat-eating neighbor and he was like: “I don’t like tofu” and after I insisted he try just one bite, he proceeded to finish the taco… :)

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Boatacos!!

27 Jul

There are an infinite number of reasons I fell in love with my hubby but at the top of the list is definitely his wit. His jokes are so original, funny, and make me laugh till my tummy hurts. In fact, most of the jokes on this blog are courtesy of him! (Thanks bear!) When I made these boat-shaped tacos for dinner last week, he yelled “BOATACOS!!” and I was like OMG, perfect. Even though this recipe is super simple, I felt compelled to blog about it because of the absolutely fabulous name. Guys, let’s get #boatacos trending. I googled it and it seems no one has come up with this name before. Let’s do it!!! Tag me in your pictures by using #boatacos and/or #recipris. Can’t wait to see them!

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