November 19, 2014

Tomato Basil Salad


  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Giant tomatoes
  • Fresh mozzarella cheese balls
  • Basil leaves
  • Salt and pepper


Slice giant tomatoes, mozzarella cheese balls and finely chop basil leaves.

Place tomato slices in a container, top with mozzarella slices and chopped basil.

Add balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper to taste. Enjoy with french bread or as a side dish.

November 2, 2014

Kala Chana


Soak kala chana for a few of hours (usually over night).

Boil in a pressure cooker until pressure has build for 5 minutes. Turn stove off and let pressure cooker cool down before opening.

If not using a pressure cooker, boil in a regular pot with plenty of water, check every 15 minutes for consistency of the chana. It should be soft and remain whole, not mushed.

Finely chop red onion.

Add onion and cilantro chutney to the chana.

Enjoy as chaat (tapas, snack).

October 20, 2014

Cheesecake - Reduced Guilt!

  • Reduced fat Keebler crust (found at any supermarket)
  • Fat free carnation evaporated milk
  • Reduced fat condensed milk
  • 3 egg whites (its more convenient to use from a box)
  • Vanilla 
  • Reduced fat Philadelphia cream cheese
  • Half a cup of regular milk (optional so its less sweet)

Pre-heat the oven to 375 degrees.

Blend all ingredients together until thoroughly mixed.

Two table spoons of vanilla.

Add ingredients to the pie crusts.

Usually one set of ingredients makes two pies.

Bake for 35 minutes. Turn off the oven and let the pies continue to cook for another 10 minutes.

Remove from the oven and let them cool down for a couple of hrs at room temperature. Refrigerate. Enjoy!

September 24, 2014

Thai Curry Tofu

Recipe courtesy of Dan Chawla.


  • Thai yellow curry and Thai red curry sauce from Trader Joes
  • Firm tofu
  • Stir fry veggies (fresh or frozen)
  • White onion
  • Chile serrano
  • Cilantro


Stir fry onion and chile serrano.

Stir fry fresh or frozen veggies.

Add bottles of curry sauce (yellow and red).

Cut tofu.

Pan fry tofu.

Let curry boil. 

Add veggies to curry.

Add tofu.

Serve with white or brown steamed rice. Enjoy!