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Cauliflower "rice" & Peas Pilaf #chitchaatchai

Golden Cauliflower “rice” & Peas Pilaf

Spring is here! Time to focus on pungent, astringent & bitter tastes. It’s the season to detoxify, cleanse and utilize the energy we accumulated from Autumn and Winter while prepping ourselves for Summer, Summer, Summer time. This means increasing the veggies and reducing the grains. It’s all about lighter foods in the Spring. This doesn’t mean denying yourself of rice or bread, rather it’s about reducing grains, to help bring lightness and balance the heavy, wet’ish air that comes with Spring. With this in mind,  I thought I would try making “rice” with cauliflower. Cauliflower, or gobi is a light, slightly drying vegetable that is considered to have an astringent taste according to Ayurveda. Making it perfect for Spring and all people who are kapha or pitta dominant. Cauliflower is one of the vegetables that I ate way too much of as a child, so I am always looking for new ways to cook with it. I prefer it mashed, creamed and now riced! There’s something about changing the texture that transforms my frame of mind—cauliflower is new again. A new texture, …

Golden Boiled Eggs – Marbled with Turmeric

Ever since my friend, Omario, introduced me to adding turmeric to my eggs,  I’ve been going a little crazy with trying out different variations.  I have scrambled and fried them, made an omelette, along with adding a variety of spices to mix it up a bit and keeps those taste buds alive. This time, I thought I would try marbling a few eggs with turmeric using a method similar to that of Chinese tea eggs—just for fun! Over the course of the week, I eat a few boiled eggs for breakfast, especially in the winter and into the early spring.  From a seasonal perspective, an egg’s heating energy can help counterbalance the cold. Plus,  it’s a nutritious, protein-packed breakfast that’s perfect to eat at work. One boiled egg keeps me full until lunch time. I usually boil a few eggs on Sunday, peel them and pack them in an airtight container. This makes breakfast quick and easy for those weekday mornings when there is no time to linger. It takes about 5 extra minutes to make these marbled eggs because you have to pull them out of boiling water and crack them.  I …

Golden Omelette: Sauteed Onions, Asparagus & Turmeric

Okay, so you are looking at this and thinking, this is not an omelette, it’s a frittata. Well, you’re right…sort of. In my world, this is called an omelette. It’s on the thinner side, like an omelette, but the ingredients are beaten in, like a frittata. Maybe its should be called an omeletta?  I am not sure why most S.Asians refer to what so obviously doesn’t look like a traditional omelette, as an omelette—somethings in life are just a mystery.  Nonetheless, it taste really good—whatever you choose to call it. Isn’t taste what matters the most? 🙂 For the past couple month, I have been obsessed with adding turmeric to my eggs. I have added turmeric to every type of egg dish I have made since my friend, Omario, brought this combination to my palette. This recipe is based on the omelette he made for my sister and I a few months back. Out of all the various combinations I have tried, it’s my favorite (and the fried egg too). It’s all about the sautéed onions (I added asparagus to Omar’s recipe, because I wanted …

Golden Eggs: Turmeric Scrambles & More

You know that moment, when you’re like, duh?!—why didn’t I think of that! Well, I had that moment a few months ago, when an old friend of mine, Omario, made me an omelette with sautéed onions and turmeric. Yes, turmeric with eggs—what a great and delicious way to get a little turmeric in your day. The sautéed onions combined with the bitter taste of turmeric creates a really nice balance too. The onions taste sweeter.  It’s like the goodness of sweet and salty, but with sweet and bitter tastes.   An onion omelette never tasted so good. From an assimilation perspective, combining eggs and turmeric works well too. Since making scrambles, omelettes, etc., will usually include an additional fat source and black pepper—two of the best ingredients that support the absorption of turmeric.  I also appreciate how easy it is to cook eggs with turmeric. A dash of salt, a dash of pepper and a dash of turmeric—whisk, pour, flip and enjoy. Depending on how much turmeric is added, the intensity of flavor will vary. I recommend starting with a small amount and increasing the amount …

Golden Aromatic Rice with Turmeric & Masoor

The one discussion that always comes to mind, from the days I use to linger around the family kitchen, was the one about color of the curry. Yes, it was a discussion. If you have ever watched a Bollywood film, or come across a Desi wedding, you know we like vibrant colors. This love for color carries over to the dinner table. Like spice, color is an integral ingredient. Without beautiful color, the “most amazing” tasting dish is just “amazing”. Tragic, I know. Dramatic, for sure. But it’s serious! We had some major processing happening in the kitchen if color of the curry did not have the right shades of red, yellow and brown. Either the onions fried a little to long, or not long enough, or the spices were over sautéed—there was a plethora of reasons being debated upon while attempting to recharge the color. In the background, there was also some eye rolling and chuckling happening by your’s truly. I understood it, I mean, a bright, yet deep golden-reddish-tan-orangish color is not always easy to create and when it doesn’t come out quite right, it’s not as …

Me with Turmeric Mask

Golden Mud: Food-Based Face & Body Mask

An anti-inflammatory, an exfoliant, a daily cleanser, a face mask, a body scrub/wrap This is a great year-round beauty product that makes for a special treat or a daily cleanser. My skin always feels better afterwards. I love that all the ingredients are food-based and that it can be made in less than 5 minutes. It’s especially nice as a cooling cleanser in the summertime when redness or heat bumps appear after a day in the sun. In winter/spring, it makes for a great exfoliant when you need a little help removing dead skin. And in the fall, with a little oil, it helps to keep skin moist. Plus, it’s kid-friendly.