Lemon ginger tea

Lemon ginger tea is soothing infusion of fresh ginger and lemon, lightly sweetened  with honey. This super healthy detox tea without tea leaves makes a perfect caffeine free drink for children and grownups.

Back in 2010, while our visit to beautiful city of Srinagar in Kashmir, I first tasted lemon ginger tea. Perched on Kralsangri hill that captures finest panoramic view of the Dal Lake, surrounded by majesty of Zabarwan Mountains, our stay at Taj Vivant was memorable. Their elaborate tea lounge offered Lemon ginger tea along with an array of other teas and the herbal kashmiri kehwa.

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Although I really hoped to like kehwa, I truly fell in love with the taste of their ginger lemon tea. Since then I bought dozens of packages of lemon ginger tea of various brands and was disappointed to find how artificial and tasteless they were. This summer when I visited Kerela, I bought some rolled tea leaves that I then tried to steep with some fresh ginger and lemon which was pretty good but still had a slightly bitter taste from the tea leaves. Although, it was not exactly the taste I was looking for,  it helped me to my eventual and now perfect recipe for the ginger lemon tea. The tea, that does not really need any tea leaves but just some grated (or sliced) ginger boiled in hot water,  fresh lemon juice and some honey!

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Lemon ginger tea is probably the most liked drink I have offered to friends and family. My boys are starting to like this tea and I am so glad as it is the best home remedy for cough, cold or sore throat. Drinking lemon ginger tea helps the body absorb nutrients, improve food digestion, reduce inflammation and relieve stress.

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My winter ritual is to have a nice hot cup of traditional ginger chai in the mornings and the soothing lemon ginger tea for the afternoons.

Lemon ginger tea
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Recipe type: Beverage
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Serves: 2
 
Lemon ginger tea - Soothing infusion of fresh ginger and lemon lightly sweetened with honey.
Ingredients
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tsp ginger grated (or 1 inch ginger sliced for a mild flavor)
  • 2 tsp fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 2-4 tsp honey (depending on the preferred sweetness)
Instructions
  1. Boil 2 cups of water. Add grated ginger and boil for 2 mins. Turn the heat off.
  2. Add lemon juice, honey and stir
  3. Strain and enjoy hot!

 

 

Egg Bhurji {Indian scrambled eggs}

Indian scrambled eggs or egg bhurji is a spicy, mouth watering spin on the scrambled eggs. Healthy and nutritious eggs, cooked in caramelized onions, scallions, hot chili peppers, tomatoes, ginger, garlic and a variation of spices and garnished with cilantro or scallions or both!

In many Indian cities, road-side stalls serving hot egg bhurji with soft buns drenched in butter is a common site. It is a very popular street food, that I never had a chance to try. Lucky me, has a gourmet cook mother who made a much healthier version at home that tastes heavenly.

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We would have a yummy breakfast of piping hot egg bhurji that smelled amazing with the fresh ginger, garlic and homemade garam masala. She would serve it with warm homemade  layered parathas that were cooked to perfection with homemade ghee on top!

Everyone in my family loves it so much that we are ready to start a new tradition of having this meal for our christmas day brunch every year. The cool weather and the holiday festive mood calls for something simple yet so flavorful and heart warming. Served with a hot cup of lemon ginger tea, this makes a hearty and healthy brunch.

The egg bhurji requires few basic ingredients. You can always add more vegetables like mushrooms, bell peppers or spinach.

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Heat oil in a heavy bottomed pan.  Add chopped onions along with some salt. Sauté the onions on medium heat until they are translucent and golden brown.

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Add ginger, garlic, jalapeño and half of the scallions to the onions. Cook for another 2 minutes, stirring everything together.

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Add chopped tomatoes and turmeric to the pan and cook for 2 mins. Whisk the eggs with some milk and salt.

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Slowly pour the whisked eggs to the pan and keep mixing with a spatula for 5-6 minutes until the eggs are almost cooked. Add the garam masala and garnish with chopped cilantro and remaining scallions. Mix well.

egg-bhurji-1I love to serve the egg bhurji with warm toasted bread.  Instead of using a toaster try this stove top method.  Apply ghee on both sides of sliced bread and then cooking the bread crisp-golden-brown on a griddle. The beautiful aroma of melted ghee makes this dish irresistibly appetizing.

Egg Bhurji {Indian scrambled eggs}
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Recipe type: Breakfast, Lunch
Cuisine: Indian
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Serves: 4
 
Indian scrambled eggs or egg bhurji is a spicy, mouth watering spin on the scrambled eggs that is cooked in caramelized onions, scallions, hot chili peppers, tomatoes and a variation of spices.
Ingredients
  • 6 Eggs
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 1 large onion
  • 1 tomato
  • 1 jalapeno pepper
  • 2 garlic cloves grated
  • ½ inch ginger grated
  • 3 scallions
  • ¼ tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 1 tbsp cooking oil
  • 1 tbsp ghee for the bread
  • cilantro for garnish
  • salt to taste
Instructions
  1. Chop onions, tomato and jalapeño into small pieces. Chop scallions and cilantro.
  2. Heat oil in a heavy bottomed pan. Add chopped onions along with some salt. Sauté the onions on medium heat until they are translucent and golden brown.
  3. Add ginger, garlic, jalapeño and half of the scallions to the onions. Cook for another 2 minutes, stirring everything together.
  4. Add chopped tomatoes and turmeric to the pan and cook for 2 mins. Whisk the eggs with some milk and salt.
  5. Slowly pour the whisked eggs to the pan and keep mixing with a spatula for 5-6 minutes until the eggs are almost cooked. Add the garam masala and garnish with chopped cilantro and remaining scallions. Mix well. Keep on Low heat.
  6. Put a griddle pan on Medium heat. Apply homemade ghee on both sides of sliced bread. Cook the bread slices crisp-golden-brown on a griddle.
  7. Enjoy egg bhurji with the toasted bread!

 

 

Quinoa almond date truffles

Here is my easiest, 5-ingredients, no-bake quinoa almond date truffles recipe that is perfect for dessert, breakfast or snack. These delicious truffles also make a perfect homemade holiday gift for your neighbors, friends and family.

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Chicken kofta curry {chicken meatballs curry }

Chicken kofta curry – A delicious dish made with minced chicken, ginger, garlic, cilantro, red chili powder, turmeric and then steam cooked in a spicy curry. A hearty curry made with a perfect blend of wholesome spices. chicken-kofta-curry-1

Over the last year I have met so many people who are passionate about food. I am learning so much from all the talented home-chefs and bloggers. I am loving the interesting conversations about food, cultures, recipe developing, cooking techniques and tools, the list will go on and on!  The best part of being a food blogger is this phenomenal journey and meeting all the wonderful people along the way.

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Chana Saag {chickpeas and spinach spiced with garam masala}

Chana Saag is a classic Indian curry made with chickpeas, loads of spinach, onion, tomato, ginger, garlic and spiced with homemade garam masala. Serve it with warm pita bread or steamed basmati rice for a perfect vegan and gluten free weeknight meal. This crowd pleaser recipe can be made ahead, making it an ideal dish to serve at parties.

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Energizing green smoothie

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Energizing green smoothie – A delicious smoothie that is naturally sweetened with fresh apples and oranges, is packed with superfoods spinach and hemp seeds, has anti-inflammatory ginger and is made in nutrient rich hydrating coconut water! Continue reading “Energizing green smoothie”

Swiss chard wadi {Layered Swiss Chard spirals}

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Swiss Chard wadi or Layered Swiss Chard Spirals are spicy, sweet and tangy rolls, pan fried to perfect crispiness and sprinkled with sesame seeds! These rolls are packed with fiber, protein and folic acid making them a healthy and gluten free side dish that is sure to impress your family and friends. These rolls can be made ahead of time and simply pan fried when ready to be served. The steamed rolls also freeze very well. Traditionally made with colocasia leaves, alu wadi is a Maharashtrian delicacy that I grew up eating frequently. Continue reading “Swiss chard wadi {Layered Swiss Chard spirals}”

Pomegranate juice

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Pomegranates – The jewel of autumn. We are in peak autumn and the plump pomegranates are in season!  They are in every grocery store and so are many videos on how to seed a pomegranate. I love pomegranates for their taste, nutrition and of course the gorgeous red color. They are make beautiful garnish on pretty much any dish. My favorite way to enjoy them is by making fresh pomegranate juice!

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Diwali Celebrations

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After 5 days of a fun-filled Diwali this year I thought it would be nice to share my family’s experience with you. Diwali, which translates to a row of lights, is the main Hindu festival celebrated in autumn. In Maharashtra, where I grew up, it is celebrated with a lot of enthusiasm. My love for celebrating is a result of my mom’s passion for this holiday, which I mentioned in my last post: rose coconut karanji.

Diwali signifies the victory of light over darkness, good over evil, knowledge over ignorance, and hope over despair – ideologies that are at the core of my family’s values.

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Rose Coconut Karanji {pastry with rose flavoured coconut filling}

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Rose coconut karanji – a crispy pastry filled with sweet and delicate rose flavored coconut filling that melts divinely in your mouth. Yes, it is Diwali this week and if I can share one traditional recipe with you, hands down it would be this rose coconut karanji. I am not a big fan of the traditional karanji but I am hooked on to this delectable recipe which has aromatic and sweet, rose flavored filling. Happy Diwali everyone!

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