I know I have NOT cooked anything for the past two months, I mean literally for 2 months somehow have survived. Now that my defense is over, I intend to get back to some fun stuff.. oh god I have so many new recipes to try (have bookmarked from all my favorite blogs out there)
New recipes, new designs for jewelry, my half-done scrap booking experiments so on and so forth

Can I have some of those please?

So the first time I saw this recipe, I knew I wanted to try it. This recipe is modified from the original one found in “Betty Crocker’s- easy everyday vegetarian”.
Spaghetti and spicy rice balls

1 pkg (16oz) whole wheat spaghetti
1 1/2 cups cooked brown rice
1/2 cup quick-cooking oats

1 bunch spring onion, roughly chopped

1/4 cup unseasoned bread crumbs

1/4 cup milk
1 tbsp fresh parsley

1 tbsp dried oregano (fresh would be great)
1/2 tsp red chilli powder

1 egg, beaten

1/2 cup wheat germ

vegetable oil

salt and pepper to taste

store bought tomato pasta sauce (I used the entire bottle!)

1. Cook, drain spaghetti

2. In a medium bowl, mix rice, oats, bread crumbs, spring onion, milk, herbs, chilli powder and egg. Add salt and pepper to taste (When I cooked the rice, I added salt and pepper). Shape the mixture; coat the rice balls with wheat germ
3. In a medium skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Cook rice balls in it, until light golden brown.

4. Heat pasta sauce until hot. Serve the sauce and rice balls over spaghetti, and who would not want some parmesan on it!!

There were so many things in this recipe that were new to me- wheat germ (did not realize how sticky this stuff was guys), using oats for something other than breakfast! My roommates and I just loved it- as RR would say Yummo


MBP-Less is more

Less is more appeals a lot to me. In my mind, less ingredients is less cooking time and hence perfect on those days when I don’t feel like preparing elaborate meals, which is actually most days!!! Here is a very simple recipe from Kalyn’s Kitchen that I modified to include a few more veggies. I love this recipe- I love all the veggies that go into it and I am a big fan of sesame seeds

Roasted Broccoli, snap peas and baby corn- Abi’s style

2 broccoli heads- florets cut from the stem
a handful of baby corn
1 cup snap peas cut in halves
Soy sauce, 2tbsp
Sesame oil- 2tbsp
Salt and pepper to taste
Toasted sesame seeds for garnish

Preheat the oven to 450F. Mix the veggies, soy sauce, oil, salt and pepper in a bowl and spread it on a baking dish.
Place the dish in the oven- after about 15minutes, take it out and turn once.
15min later you have delicious roasted veggies.
Garnish with sesame seeds
Have fun roasting

Wonders of colors

My scrape with jewelry making began when an undergraduate in the lab wore earrings that she had made, her mistake- telling me that jewelry making is easy! Well it might be easy but definitely not a hobby that can be sustained on a grad student salary. Somehow I have been keeping it up- although I now am trying out new territories of jewelry making, the one thing I sort of cannot do is color coordination, so it takes an unimaginable amount of time to create one piece of jewelry. But I am hoping some of these creations of mine would fetch me some moolah to keep up with this pursuit.
Just to show off- Turqoise magic and cool gal’s cool blue

My first venture into the food blog world!

So, after toying with whether or not I should write a food/ craft related blog, I finally decided to give it a shot! I love most of the food blogs- gives me tons of recipes to try out. When I first began to cook, I thought I would be terrible at it- but I have come to realize that amidst some terrible palate decisions, there are some amazing ones too!
I really like the idea of a monthly blog patrol coz I surely have a lot of recipes to try out from different blogs. I have decided to submit this recipe from Archana’s Kitchen for the MBP- street food. Lot of fond memories are associated with street food, so I thought it would be a nice start. My dad who still travels a lot gave me a list of foods that he has devoured on the streets of many cities Indian and foreign. These chillas were not on his list though!


Dal chillas (since I used 4 different kinds)

What went in it
1 cup yellow moong dal
1/4 cup urad dal (I mixed in some urad dal with skin and some green moong dal)
2 cups chopped spinach (I used frozen), microwaved it and strained it in a towel
1 large onion thinly sliced
3 green chilles, finely chopped
1 tsp cumin seeds
a pinch of turmeric
1 tsp fennel seeds
1 tbsp ginger, minced
salt and black pepper to taste
Vegetable oil

How to make these chillas
Soak the dals together for 3-4 hrs. Grind into a fine paste by adding water that was used for soaking.

Heat some oil in a frying pan, add cumin seeds & fennel seeds. Once these crackle add the sliced onions. Sauté on medium heat till the onion becomes transparent. Add the frozen, drained spinach and saute for a minute or two (I did this to remove the excess water from the frozen spinach)

Add the sautéed onions, spinach, chopped green chilies, ginger, turmeric powder, salt and pepper to the lentil batter.

Heat the non stick pan on medium heat; spread a ladle full of batter on the pan. Put about a teaspoon of oil around spread batter. Let it cook on medium heat until one side turns brown, flip it and cook the other side as well

I served it hot with some tomato ketchup on the side!