Hira’s Cabbage Tomato Salad

Cabbage is a wonderful vegetable in a salad. Many children and adults who do not eat the cooked vegetable end up loving it in this crunchy, tender salad. Lettuce was not available in India until recently, and is still not widely available. So cabbage is used in salads that are eaten in small portions, almost... Continue Reading →

Fava Bean Salad

Dried fava beans are widely used in Middle Eastern cooking and this recipe is our version of ful medames. The beans may not look as attractive as other more neat-looking beans but these fava beans have a delicious, nutty, buttery texture and flavor. It is a refreshing dish in the summer with the Mediterranean flavors... Continue Reading →

Chickpea Tabbouleh

In this very fresh, herby, flavorful dish, the traditional taboulle becomes a little more substantial with more bulgar and chickpeas. It makes for a perfect, light, summer meal, or a healthful snack. I prepare it in the morning for the evening meal and make extra for a weekend lunch. The flavors deepen with time, and... Continue Reading →

Black Bean, Corn, and Tomato Salad

This is born from the necessity of having to come up with quick, colorful meals with what is in the fridge and pantry. We now make it regularly and guests enjoy it enough to ask for the recipe. It is colorful and delicious with tortilla or pita chips. As a side dish, it goes well... Continue Reading →

Hira’s Cardamom Bananas

Getting a full noon meal ready, and for picky kids, is not an easy task in India. A little sweet something helped. This chilled recipe is a family favorite and now our family finds itself making this for the next generation of kids! These bananas are the large American-sized ones. If using a smaller one,... Continue Reading →

Cherries and Blueberries

Sweet dark cherries or Rainier cherries pair well with blueberries. Here a little time is required to pit the cherries. It makes a refreshing and healthy ending to a meal, a good breakfast, or snack. It sits well in the fridge for a couple of days. Layer it with yogurt in a mason jar and... Continue Reading →

Corn Tortilla Soup

Many years ago, before the Internet became a big factor, we saw Wolfgang Puck make tortilla corn soup on a cooking show on TV. Having no recipe, we recreated a soup that we thought was a close vegetarian version. For years now we have been making this version of our soup, inspired by that show.... Continue Reading →

Celery Parsley Soup

For over 30 years now, we have been making soups gluten-free. Roux and cream were far too heavy for our taste. So we used potatoes to thicken our soups. This way we are able to have creamy soups that are low in fat and cholesterol but are full of flavor even though we use no... Continue Reading →

Cauliflower Cheese Soup

If you like Swiss fondue, you will enjoy this soup. It is heavier and more filling than our other soups as it has whole milk and a generous amount of cheese. The creamy, mild cauliflower and the cheese make a good pair. With fresh, crusty bread dunked into the soup, like in fondue, this can... Continue Reading →

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