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The idea of Falapav is an authentic food synthesis. True Honey Buzzard style! Honey Buzzard recipes are all about combining ethos of 2 different cuisines and creating a new recipe that is a discrete taste.My new falafel sandwich recipe “Falapav” layers within, taste of 2 favorite recipes from the Mediterranean and the streets of Mumbai. The falafel with a history of over 1000 years, is a popular snack not just in Egypt but all over Mediterranean countries, and an ascending fame all over the world. On the other hand Vadapav, the very own Indian burger is prevalent on the streets of Mumbai, served as the go-to food for the Indian common man every day. Falapav is an interesting taste idea to sandwich the crispy Mediterranean falafels into a soft pav bread from the western region of India, savored with Indian chutneys.If I had to write a formula for this recipe,…

GM, Paleo, South Beach, Blood type, Keto or any other. What diet are you on? Have you ever felt overwhelmed by so many diet routines making the rounds? And even more overwhelmed and confused by the different opinions about these diets. Some swear by these routines and some call them a fad. Being totally honest with you, through my 35 kilos of weight loss journey, I was never able to follow any of these diets for more than 2 days. Early on in my 12 years fitness journey I realized that there is no formula for fitness that works for everyone. Mostly, I worked with simple goals guided by my body intuitions and eating preferences. I always created a nutrition regime around my preferred foods, habits, schedule and requirements. However, I do bilieve in some logical nutrition concepts like “right protein intake”. Unfortunately, in early years of my weight loss…

What is your favorite tea snack? For me its “Mathis”. Let’s just say for a lot of Indians, Tea & Mathi are food fellas tied together for taste, just like Coke & fries or coffee & cake. A “Mathi” is a round shaped savory snack made by deep frying pieces of dough. This golden & crunchy salty Indian bite goes perfect with a hot cup of tea. Trust me on that one! It’s one of those snacks that you will always find on the snack rack of an Indian kitchen. It’s everybody’s binge therefore made at all festivals, weddings and also just like that. Keeping true to my taste heritage, Mathis remain a constant food craving for me. Till date when I go back home to India, my mom keeps my Mathi jar ready. But of course, we relish it with tea over lots of mommy and daughter chats. However,…

At breakfast time, Protein is bae for my family. Essentially, we eat 3 things for breakfast in rotation Eggs, Protein Pancakes & Oats : ) Naturally its very important for me to invent new recipes around these 3 to keep it interesting and healthy! So, here I am sharing the latest and brightest oatmeal from my breakfast-innovation brain. Not just that in this recipe I am taking the healthy-ness to next level, venturing into the power of healing turmeric. This oats recipe is referenced from the Indian recipe turmeric milk, traditionally used for healing fresh wounds or ailing body aches. This bright yellow breakfast bowl looks like sunshine early morning and lights you up for the day literally. My dear, breakfast loving brigade, this recipe is totally healthy checked and “quick-cooking certified”! Still thinking whats unique? Let me speedy spell again? This oatmeal is. Cooked with the good Indian grease…

Well what can I say about Morocco that hasn’t been said in the last half a decade. Morocco and its medinas have been the darling of Instagram & bloggers for quite a while. In early 2019 I got myself road tripping in Morocco to check out what makes it one of the most posted phenomena. As I said before it’s always difficult to say something new about a country that is spoken about so much. So, I will simply divulge into what my heart felt in this assorted piece of land called Morocco. We landed in Casablanca, drove South to the most popular Marrakech then to Ouarzazate passing a storm in Sahara, then to Fes and Chechaouene in the north and finally drove back full circle to Rabat. My voyage in this country was full of diverse experiences and heightened feelings. This is a part of the world that is…

Happy summer folks! Around this sun-fun time of the year the heat scale in Dubai looks like HOT HOTTER HOTTEST DUBAI-HOT ; ) Well that is one of the many summer jokes for us Dubai-ites. Over the 7 years of life in this happy and one helluva city I have skinned the summer completely. Nevertheless even when all gets even, its natural to feel some odds. One that tops my list is missing on the Indian summer street food Chaat. Quite honestly Dubai makes it easy as it offers so many options to relish Indian street food. Having said that, one can still miss that taste asthetic and connection from back home.Chaat for me is a perfect taste balance between hot and cold, plain and savory, sweet and sour! So what is a Chaat? A Chaat is mostly plated with a savory subject like fried potato patty or crispy fried…

The Ramadan month is a very exceptional time in Dubai, exhibiting great character and respect for the religious ethos in this region. This is also a special month for food lovers in the city, as all restaurants serve a special Iftar menu every evening. Iftar evenings feel quite celebratory on Dubai’s food scene with some grand feasts being hosted by the big hospitality names. It beautifully brings together the fasting and the non-fasting people, being able to understand each other’s culture and enjoy the spirit of local cuisine. As the sunsets each Ramadan day, all the fasting Muslims devote their evening prayer and take the Iftar meal to break their day’s fast. Mostly they break their fast with a date or something light. I hold great respect for the people who demonstrate fasting perseverance the entire day, in the increasing summer heat, with a positive mind. For me Iftar signifies…

Here’s another recipe conceptualized as a result of my incessant yen “Why Indian Food doesn’t have salads?” To remind you of my classic itch that became a yen in my life….. I am born in India, presuming with a spicy DNA, further conditioned to cook and relish Indian food. In the course of my travel life my love for food enlarged to many more cuisine cultures. On top I picked up this healthy cooking germ through my 30kgs weight loss journey in the last decade. Long story, cut to current life – My core craves Indian food flavors but desires them in a healthy format. That is the yen! So to feed my yen I often create recipes adapting from some of my favorite Indian recipes into a healthy avatar. The unique thing about these recipes is that I try inheriting the benefits of the Indian spices and herbs, substitute…

Ok hand on my heart. I have a sweet tooth! But the problem of my life is not that ; ) It is that if I have a single sweet tooth, my husband has at least 5.. and the problem gets bigger when we make a baby together who probably has a whole denture full of sweet tooth. Well by now we have acknowledged that we have this sweet problem in the family. So instead of blaming dental genetics lets do something about it. How about having sweets but in a healthy version? No compromise made on the taste and easy to make for mommy!Sounds fair & workable.So lets make some Smart Sweets! Thinking whats that? Smart Sweets = (Healthy ingredients + alternate sugars) * Measured portions Here is my smart sweet recipe called the “Hi-5 Ladoo” This is made of 5 super nutritious ingredients, shaped into round balls or…

Have you ever noticed the alikeness between the Mexican salsas and Indian chutney? To every Mexican salsa sister there seems to be an Indian chutney cousin. You don’t get me yet? Check this course… Don’t you find Mexican Salsa Verde & Indian coriander chutney akin? Ain’t Mexican Tomato salsa or Pico de galo a raw version of Indian Tomato Chutney? The Mexican Mango Salsa & Indian Mango chutney are flavor comparable too! And of course… The Tamarind Salsa & Tamarind chutney seem to be the spicy & tangy counterparts!!!  Notably, both salsas and chutney are essential food accompanies in their respective cuisine spreads. As an intense lover of Indian and Mexican cuisine, this idea to marry the dips from both cuisines organically keeps coming to me so many times..… and not just because both are spicy. I think mainly because there are many common base ingredients like cumin, onion, garlic,…