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Cilantro Chutney (Green Chutney)

Cilantro Chutney in a mason jar

Fresh!  Vibrant!  Flavorful!  That’s how I would describe Cilantro Chutney, an extremely popular dipping sauce from the Indian subcontinent.  This irresistible mildly spicy sauce is made with fresh cilantro, green chillies, ginger, lime juice, and seasoned with salt, cumin and a touch of honey.

Also, known as Coriander Chutney, this dipping sauce goes great with samosa, chaat, tandoori chicken, kebab, pakoras (fritters), and pretty much anything deep-fried 🙂 Continue Reading…

Instant Pot Dulce De Leche Caramel

Salted caramel flavored Instant Pot Dulce De Leche

Dulce de Leche is a rich and velvety smooth, one-ingredient caramel sauce that is great for dipping and topping.  Traditionally, it is made by simmering sweetened milk over slow heat for several hours.  My simple recipe for Instant Pot Dulce De Leche Caramel, is hands-off and helps you achieve the same rich taste with just two minutes of prep, in half the time of a stove recipe! Continue Reading…

Oven Roasted Chickpeas

Mediterranean Spiced Oven Roasted Chickpeas

If you like chickpeas, you have got to try this recipe for Oven Roasted Chickpeas!  Roasting chickpeas in the oven transforms them into crispy, crunchy, tiny-little flavor bombs that are just ideal for snack-time, or as salad toppers.

As you pop them in your mouth, you get an amazing balance of the crunchy exterior with a slightly chewy core, making them really irresistible.   I can eat them non-stop.  Seriously!

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Instant Pot Chickpeas (Garbanzo Beans)

Easy Pressure cooking recipe for Instant Pot Chickpeas (Garbanzo Beans)

This recipe for Instant Pot Chickpeas (Garbanzo beans), shows you how easy it is to cook dried chickpeas in an Instant Pot, or any pressure cooker.  It’s a low-sodium and cheaper alternative to canned chickpeas for sure!

Chickpeas

Did you know that Chickpeas, also called Garbanzo Beans, are one of the earliest cultivated legumes?  They were first cultivated around the Mediterranean region, approximately 7500 years ago.  Some popular names for it include Garbanzo Beans (Spanish), Kabuli Chana (Indian) or Ceci (Italian).  With the perfect blend of creamy and nutty, chickpeas are a very popular ingredient in many cuisines around the world.  Their unique and versatile texture and flavor lends to some of the most delicious curries & stews, salads, spreads, and who can forget the world-famous chickpea-fritter, falafel. Continue Reading…

Berry Arugula Salad with Strawberry Vinaigrette

This fresh and flavorful Berry Arugula Salad with Strawberry Vinaigrette is a must-have this summer. Sweet berries tossed with crisp cucumber, crunchy walnuts and salty feta cheese, and dressed with the best vinaigrette you'll ever make-- Fresh Strawberry Vinaigrette! #food #foodie #foodblogger #delicious #recipe #instantpot #recipes #easyrecipe #cuisine #30minutemeal #instagood #foodphotography #tasty #wprecipemaker #salad #lowcarb #glutenfree #vegetarian #raspberries #blueberries #blackberries #strawberries #vinaigrette #15minutemeals #summerrecipes #spicecravings

This fresh and flavorful Berry Arugula Salad with Strawberry Vinaigrette is a must-have for spring & summer.  Sweet and ripe raspberries, blueberries and blackberries tossed with crisp cucumber, crunchy walnuts and salty feta cheese, and dressed with the best vinaigrette you’ll ever make– Fresh Strawberry Vinaigrette!   This is one of my all-star ’15-minute meals’ — 10 minutes to make it, and 5 minutes to admire how gorgeous it is.  Even my hubby, who doesn’t care much for berries, goes for seconds for this. Continue Reading…

2-Ingredient Plum Jam in Instant Pot or Stove

This recipe for 2-ingredient Plum Jam is like summer in a jar!  Sweet & tart plums cooked with sugar, and reduced to a thick, spreadable consistency! Yum! #food #foodie #foodblogger #delicious #recipe #instantpot #recipes #easyrecipe #cuisine #30minutemeal #instagood #foodphotography #tasty #jam #plums #preserves #condiments

This recipe for 2-ingredient Plum Jam is like capturing the fresh flavors of summer in a jar!  Plums and sugar is all you need to make this pot of deliciousness.  No pectin required!

In this plum recipe, I cook down the sweet and tart plums with sugar, which helps them release their juices and natural sweetness.

I cook it till it reaches a thick, spreadable jam-like consistency!  This flavorful, sweet and slightly tart jam is one of my favorite things about summer!

This recipe for 2-ingredient Plum Jam is like summer in a jar!  Sweet & tart plums cooked with sugar, and reduced to a thick, spreadable consistency! Yum! #food #foodie #foodblogger #delicious #recipe #instantpot #recipes #easyrecipe #cuisine #30minutemeal #instagood #foodphotography #tasty #jam #plums #preserves #condiments

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Instant Pot Coconut Rice

3-ingredient recipe for creamy and delicious coconut rice made in Instant Pot. #food #foodie #foodblogger #delicious #recipe #instantpot #recipes #easyrecipe #cuisine #30minutemeal #instagood #foodphotography #tasty #coconut

Coconut rice is a delicious vegan and gluten-free side, that compliments a wide range of entrees. I prepare it by cooking rice in coconut milk, and season it lightly with salt. Coconut milk adds a creamy and naturally sweet flavor to the rice, which elevates everyday rice into an elegant and flavorful side dish.  In this simple recipe for Instant Pot Coconut Rice, all I do is add all the ingredients to the pot and pressure cook the rice for 6 minutes. Continue Reading…

Beet Coconut Stir Fry | Beetroot Thoran

Beet Coconut Stir-Fry (Beetroot Thoran) is a quick and easy stir-fry of chopped beets with grated coconut. I lightly season it with salt, turmeric and coriander, and finish it with a squeeze of fresh lime juice. This light and refreshing dish does full justice in highlighting the sweet and earthy flavors of beets.#food #foodie #foodblogger #delicious #recipe #instantpot #recipes #easyrecipe #cuisine #30minutemeal #instagood #foodphotography #tasty #indian #coconut

Beet Coconut Stir Fry or Beetroot Thoran is a quick and easy stir-fry of chopped beets with grated coconut. I lightly season it with salt, turmeric and coriander, and finish it with a squeeze of fresh lime juice. This light and refreshing dish does full justice in highlighting the sweet and earthy flavors of beets.

Beets, the Super Food

Beet, or beetroot, is a popular super food that is gaining visibility for a wide variety of health benefits. Based on my internet research, and to name a few, beets are rich in antioxidants, amino acids, and help in reducing blood pressure. Beet greens are rich in Vitamins A, K and C. They taste somewhat similar to kale and swiss chard.  In the past few years, I’ve seen beets feature in many restaurants, as appetizers, side dishes, and even as part of entrées . I’ve been experimenting with beets in my recipes, and am loving the results. Although, I must confess that I have yet to fall in love with beetroot ice-cream 🙂

This recipe for Beet Coconut Stir Fry (Beetroot Thoran) is on repeat menu in my home. It’s inspired by one of my favorite south-Indian side dishes, Thoran.

Beet Coconut Stir Fry (Beetroot Thoran) is a quick and easy stir-fry of chopped beets with grated coconut. I lightly season it with salt, turmeric and coriander, and finish it with a squeeze of fresh lime juice. This light and refreshing dish does full justice in highlighting the sweet and earthy flavors of beets.#food #foodie #foodblogger #delicious #recipe #instantpot #recipes #easyrecipe #cuisine #30minutemeal #instagood #foodphotography #tasty #indian #coconut Continue Reading…

Quinoa Tabbouleh Salad | Gluten Free Tabbouleh

Quinoa Tabbouleh Salad, Gluten Free Tabbouleh Salad by Spice Cravings. Tabbouleh is a Middle Eastern vegetarian salad traditionally made with Bulgar wheat. In this Quinoa Tabbouleh Salad, I replace Bulgar with quinoa, which makes the Tabbouleh gluten-free, hearty and protein-rich.  #cooking #food #recipe #recipes #foodphotography #foodblogger #yummy #delicious #foodie

Tabbouleh is a Middle Eastern vegetarian salad made of finely chopped parsley and mint, with Bulgar wheat, chopped tomatoes, onion, cucumber, and seasoned with a simple lemon vinaigrette. In this Quinoa Tabbouleh Salad, I have replaced Bulgar wheat with cooked quinoa, which makes the Tabbouleh gluten-free, hearty and protein-rich.

This simple Mediterranean side takes very little time to make and compliments many grilled meats and vegetables.

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Cauliflower Potato Garlic Sauce

Creamy Cauliflower Potato Sauce. Magical sauce as if mashed potatoes met cheese fondue! Made with potatoes, cauliflower, garlic, with heavy cream, and goat cheese in an instant pot. By Spice Cravings #cooking #food #recipe #recipes #foodphotography #foodblogger #yummy #delicious #foodie

This creamy cauliflower potato garlic sauce is simply magical. It’s like mashed potatoes met cheese fondue!  I steam the potatoes, cauliflower and garlic together, and add heated heavy cream, or half-and-half, with butter, tangy goat cheese, salt and pepper, and whisk it till I get a silky smooth sauce!  The addition of goat cheese adds a tanginess which cuts through the richness, and balances this sauce perfectly.  Parmesan cheese compliments the goat cheese and makes this sauce absolutely delicious.

Finally nailed it!

Years ago, at a middle eastern restaurant, I had a garlic sauce that was served with grilled chicken and lamb kebab. It was hands down, one of THE most delicious sauces I have ever had! Since then, I’ve been trying to imagine a mash-up between that garlic sauce and creamy garlic mashed potatoes. I also wanted to make this sauce lighter and healthier, so that I wouldn’t have to feel too guilty about loading up on carbs. So, I decided to do a half and half of potatoes and cauliflower. After a few ‘almost there’ attempts, I finally nailed it. Continue Reading…