Travels to Vietnam & Cambodia

Hope all of you are having a wonderful start to the New Year. While I haven’t been prompt in updating the blog, I am getting together a ton of new recipes to post soon. But, it will have to wait till mid-February.

I am leaving tomorrow to visit my family in India, and then heading to Vietnam & Cambodia for a mother-daughter trip. SO excited!!! I will be back home early next month, and will start my posts here right after.

Thank you all for bearing with my random updating schedule. I promise to try to get more consistent this year. Wish me luck :))

In the meantime, please take a moment to leave a note about what kind of recipes you prefer to see here:

Vegetarian or Non-Vegetarian?

Indian or International Cuisine?

Looking forward to hearing from all of you.

A New Beginning… Another Chance To Do It Right

Happy 2014 to all of you. I hope everybody had a fantastic time over the 2013 holidays – good food, laughter, time with family & friends, shopping, cleaning, cooking, drama ;)) – all the things that make the season feel like you can’t take it anymore, yet you look  forward for it to roll around again a year later.

On my end, over the last month, I met family in snowy Deep Creek, MD for Thanksgiving, hosted my son’s 10th birthday party for 20+ people, had a few friends over for a South Indian dinner, hosted 20+ family members for Christmas dinner, and then headed to Atlantic City to meet my husband’s elementary school friend and his wife who were visiting from Jamaica. It was a ton of shopping, gift-wrapping, decorating, cooking, cleaning, nagging, complaining, but also laughing, eating, hugging, gossiping and catching up with friends and family. The cherry on top was my $635 win at the casinos in Atlantic City. For someone playing 3-card poker for the first time, I guess I got really lucky. Santa must have thought I was a very NICE girl :))

Of course, all this made me neglect this blog. I have a ton of new entertaining recipes that I tried and loved, but it’s a little too late to put up considering that most of you would have started your “get skinny / healthy” resolutions. I will definitely post them in the coming weeks. But below are some links that should help you get started on the track to eating better and taking care of your body.


Banana Pomegranate Smoothie

Double Green Smoothie

 Double Green Smoothie

Ginger-carrot-pineapple Smoothie

 Ginger-Carrot-Pineapple Smoothie

Oatmeal with Dates and Walnuts

Oatmeal with Dates  and Walnuts


Spicy Quinoa Muffins


Spicy Tofu Scramble

Tri-Colored Antioxidant Rich Salad

Tri-colored Antioxidant Rich Salad


Easy Winter Salad

Rainbow Cabbage Salad with Lemon Tahini Dressing

Rainbow Cabbage Salad with Lemon Tahini Dressing

Black Bean Soup

Vegetarian Black Bean Soup

Spiced Carrot Ginger Soup

Spiced Carrot Ginger Soup

Savory Quinoa Pongal

Savory Quinoa Pongal

Quinoa "Fried Rice"

Quinoa “Fried Rice”

I hope these links will help you get started on eating better this year. I appreciate feedback from you readers, and hope to hear about your tips and tricks for enjoying good food without guilt.