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Tomato-Mozzaralle Salad

This tomato-mozzarella salad also know as Caprese salad is a hot favorite in Italian homes and non Italians too, during the months of spring and summer. At every single summer party you can find this simple yet divine salad. It could be made from big mozzarella balls and big tomatoes, put together in a domino form or it could be made from cherry tomatoes and small mozzarella balls. This is really a few ingredient salad. For the dressing you just need extra virgin olive oil, balsamic vinegar, fresh basil leaves, sea salt and black pepper. I like to add a bit more spices so I add my organic salad mix. That is all. You can also make nice sticks layered with tomato, basil and mozzarella, very t

Kaju Katli/Cashewnuts fudge

Kaju Katli is a very famous and loved dessert in the north of India. It was one of the rare delicacies while we were growing up. It is served often at festivals, especially Diwali and at weddings too. The thing is back home there are very famous sweet shops, where in you can find endless delicacies of sweet so most of the time people buy them and not make them at home. But this is the case in the north of India. After we got married R was working in the Silicon valley of India (Bangalore) and we started living there. I was a very amateur cook back then but whatever I cooked R loved it as he is not a big fan of south Indian food. But on the contrary I loved south Indian cuisine, like Dosas, I

Iced Tee

First it was the tetra packs iced tees then came the powder sachets and now its back to the basics. Sometimes you keep doing things for months and years and dont think about things that much but then one fine day, you say enough is enough and you try things and it works. Thats what happened with me and the tetra packs of iced tees. I must say it tastes great but the amount of garbage you get from a liter of iced tee was not worth to me. But then homemade things are homemade and if the girls like it then its a go. I tried different ways to make iced tee and different methods too but this one is super simple to make and it tastes great too and the beauty is you have all the ingredients at home

Masala Chai/Tee

Masala Chai is a Chai/Tee based on black tee. It is a very common beverage in India, it is very much consumed in the north, central and the east of India but if you go towards the south you will find the best filter coffee there. Drinking tee is almost like a ceremony for me. It is so calming, refreshing and its a routine I love. First thing in the mornning I need like other billions of Indians a hot cup of chai and then the day starts. But now I see even everywhere else in the west too the fever of chai is cathing up but its no where close to the real indian thing. So anyways back to our good old chai : Here is what you will need for 1 cup Ingredients: - 3/4 cup and a little bit more

Chana daal Veda/Falafel

Chana Daal Veda/ Falafel or I am sure you know the Hiltil Vedas. It is so easy to make that you can cry and yet so tasty and healthy too. Now here I am making it with Indian Chana Daal, the way we make in India. The difference between Falfel and Veda is that, Falafel is make out of Chic-peas and Veda is made out of Chana Daal. But there are other kinds of Vedas too. But for now lets stay here. Here is what you will need: 1. 1 bowl of Chana Daal, soaked for about 2 hours (available in Indian stores) 2. Salt to taste 3. 1 tsp of cumin seeds 4. 1/2 tsp of red chili powder 5. 1/4 tsp turmeric powder 6. few shakes of black pepper. 7. hand full of chopped fresh coriander 8. 1 green chili, finely c

Kadhi/Yoghurt Soup

Kadhi कड़ी is a very popular dish in the north and the west of India. It is a yogurt soup cooked with some chickpea flour and tempered with different whole spices. It is a commonly cooked home food which is often served with white fluffy basmati rice /Jeera Rice, pickles and papadums. But it can also be a part of an Indian Thali. We love Khadi-Chawal कड़ी - चावल on a rainy day. Its simple to make but very comforting to eat. Here is what you will need for 4 people. - 600 gms natural yogurt (at room temperature) - 1 litre water (more or less can be taken as per choice) - 1 heaped tablespoon of chickpea flour (Besan) - 1 tsp Salt or to taste - 3/4 tsp red chili powder - 3/4 tsp turmeri

Garlic bread

Garlic bread is a kind of bread which everyone loves, from from kids to adults and its super simple to make. It goes well for a Party or serve it with a Hot and Spicy Tomato soup on a cold night. Here is what yo will need. Ingredients: - 1 baguette (or any bread of your choice, I mostly take the half baked small breads) - 2 TL soft butter - 2-3 cloves of garlic, crushed/pressed - Salt to taste - 1 tsp of Italian spice mix (mix of dried basil, oregano & salt works too) - 1 big pinch of red chili flakes if you fancy. Method: 1. Preheat the oven for 10 minutes at 180° 2. Take out the butter for about an hour and let it sit on room temperature. 3. Mix all the spices and salt with bu

Masala Murmure/Spicy puffed rice

Murmure or puffed rice is a favorite low calorie snack and its enjoyed in the whole of India. Its a great substitute for fried chips or crisps. You feel better and guilt free after eating it. It is very easy to make and it tastes great with tee, coffee as an afternoon snack or just in between too. These murmure are also the base to make Bhelpuri. I made them today for me and R and gave it to him with an Indian Coffee while watching Cricket (IPL)! he loved it and mind you, he is my biggest critic. But this time I got all the points. I had a tuff competion here as his mother and sister makes them best. So here is what you will need for 4 generous servings. Ingredients - 6 cups murmure/puffed r

Gazpacho

Many many years ago when I was offered a cold tomato soup, I was a bit like! Cold tomato soup..........hmmmhmmm. Ok I didn't say anything and took a spoonful and it was love at first sight, you know what I mean. After that I became a fan of this very humble and delicious soup called Gazpacho. Actually if someone would say, tomato juice, we know what that is but a cold soup was a new idea to me back then but now in the spring and summers it has become a way of life. Its a Spanish specialty but its enjoyed in the whole Mediterranean region and everywhere else. Spring and more, summers are a great time to make this soup. The beauty of this dish is it has to be made in advance so whenever I plan

Indian Restaurants in Oerlikon

1. Malabar Wallisellenstrasse 11 8050 Zürich 044 311 3117 2. Kurry world C S Towers - Oerlikon Andreastrasse 8050 Zürich 3. Kurry world Max Bill Platz Binzmühlestrasse 804 8050 Oerlikon 4. Hong Kong Food Paradise Binzmühlestrasse 104 8050 Oerlikon 044 310 48 88 5. Tibits Tramstrasse 2 8050 Oerlikon

Vegetarian Restaurants in Zürich

Zürich is a very cosmopolitan city and you can find almost all types of cuisines here. There are so many good Restaurants here. I am listing a few of my favourites. Most of them are Indian vegetarians but you can also find non vegetarian food there. Restaurants in Zürich 1. Hiltl St. Annagasse 18 8001 Zürich Hiltl is one of the first vegetarian restaurants of zürich. It was started in the year 1898. You can read more here This is my family`s favourite restaurant. Where else in Zürich you can find delicious Samosas and Kachoris and an endless variety of other vegetarian food. 2. Tibits (This is also a baby from Hiltil) Falkenstrasse 12 8008 Zür

Indian Shops in Zürich

Zürich 1. Barkat Cash & Carry as the name very well represents, its a Cash and Carry shop. Its right at the Wiedikon Tram stop and its a great value for money kind of store. Here you can find almost all the Indian groceries and the Indian brands are the same which you might find in Globus too. So if you are living around that area, then Barkat is a good store. Barkat Cash & Carry Birmensdorferstrasse 143 8003 Zürich Switzerland 2. This one again is the same one but a different location. Barkat Cash & Carry Badenerstrasse 530 8048 Zürich Switzerland Tel: 043 8186564 3. Agarwal used to be one of the oldest Indian grocery stores in Zürich. Earlier it used to be at the corner of the Marktplatz,