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Garlic Infused Red Lentils

Serves: 4 Ingredients  1 cup red lentils, rinsed once in cold running water and set aside Seasoning: 2 Tablespoons ghee/clarified butter 1 teaspoon cumin seeds 1 1/2 peeled chopped garlic 1 jalapeno, seeds and vein removed, and diced 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric 1 cup Roma tomatoes, chopped 1 teaspoon sea salt 1/4 cup chopped cilantro, for garnish Instructions  Once the lentils are rinsed, soak in 2 cups water for one hour. In a medium sauce pot over medium heat, melt ghee. When the ghee has melted, add cumin seeds and saute for a minute. Add garlic and jalapeno, and saute for a minute. Add turmeric, saute for 30 seconds, and then add tomatoes. Add lentils along with the water in which...

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Indian Summer Salad - Koshimbir Raita

Serves: 4 Ingredients  4 Tablespoons olive oil, good quality 2 Tablespoons lemon juice, freshly squeezed 1 teaspoon sea salt 1 teaspoon black pepper, freshly squeezed 1/2 cup freshly chopped cilantro 1 cup whole milk plain Greek yogurt 2 Tablespoons mint, chopped 2 cups cherry tomatoes, each tomato cut in half 2 cups peeled, diced English cucumber Instructions In a medium-size mixing bowl, add oil, lemon juice, salt, pepper, cilantro, and yogurt. Mix. Add mint, tomatoes, and cucumber. Toss. Serve. Note: If you are serving this salad after a few hours, then do not mix in the vegetables until you are ready to serve. Salt will make vegetables ooze their liquid, so it is better to add the vegetables right before serving.

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'Bombay Veg' Sandwich

Serves: 4 Ingredients Chutney: 1 bunch cilantro, rinsed, and the last 2 inches of the cilantro stalk removed, then roughly chopped 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves 1 jalapeno 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon sugar 8 slices white bread 4 Tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature 1 English cucumber, thinly sliced 2 beefsteak tomatoes, thinly sliced 1 medium-size red onion, thinly sliced roundels 1 large Idaho OR Yukon Gold potato 1 large beet 1 Tablespoon sea salt 1 Tablespoon ground black pepper Instructions Bring 3 cups water to a boil. Carefully place potato and reduce the heat to medium low. Boil for 20 minutes or until the potato has been cooked. Remove, cool, and peel. Cut in 1 inch roundels and set...

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Grilled Chicken and Lemon Sandwich

I make this sandwich ALL THE TIME! Who doesn't like a summer grilled chicken and lemon sandwich. The key is to let chicken marinate in lemon juice and salt pepper for a few hours. Time does its magic, and then you can grill away! If you are staying away from bread, then cook the chicken and add it to your salad. Enjoy!   Serves: 4  Ingredients  8 slices country bread, preferably thinly sliced 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts, butterflied and separate to make two half pieces 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice 1 cup finely chopped cilantro (along with its stalk) 1 teaspoon sea salt 1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper 1 cup creme fraiche or mayonaisse 4 lettuce leaves 4 Tablespoons...

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Mango Sawdust

  Sawdust is a layered vanilla cream and crumbled cookie dessert from Macau. Here's my take on this classic dessert. Since it is summer, I am using fresh mangoes and ginger snap cookies, which are my favorite. This light and airy dessert is everyone's favorite, and I hope you like it too.   Serves: 4  Ingredients    2 champagne mangoes, peeled and chopped 1 cup heavy whipping cream, whipped 2 cups ginger snap cookies    Instructions  In a food processor, blitz ginger snap cookies for one minute. The cookies must reduce to a sawdust like consistency, which is beyond crumble. Remove and set aside. Now blitz chopped mangoes for one minute or until they reduce to a pulp. Remove and...

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