International Food Blogger Conference 2014 Seattle

The International Food Blogger Conference IFBC 2014 organized by Foodista and Zephyr Adventures is happening in Seattle this weekend. This is the second time that Seattle is hosting this and that too for two consecutive years. I am so very excited that I found out about this and remembered to register on time. There are going to be over 400 participants in this conference from food bloggers to food writers to publishers to restaurant and other food industry folks. Not only is this going to be an amazing networking and learning opportunity for everyone attending, it is also going to be so much fun to be with so many like-minded people who actually get what the big fuss over a recipe or a beautiful looking plate of food is all about!

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Irish Cream Cold Coffee - Mirch Masala

Irish Cream Cold Coffee. Yes, That’s right. It is Irish Cream Cold Coffee. Why am I stressing this so? Is it because it is a fancy pants boozy coffee. No. I am not stressing the Irish Cream part. I am stressing the Cold Coffee part.

Growing up, I have had cold coffee ever since I was allowed to have coffee. During my grad school (or post graduation, as we call it in India) days, this was a staple breakfast for me. A nice tall glass of cold coffee filled me up and kept me awake for those 9 am classes, whenever I had one. It was especially good on a warm and sultry summer morning or even afternoon, for that matter.

I came to the United States when I was 25. It was winter when I landed here, so this incident happens about 6-7 months after I first set foot in this country. I walk up to the barista at Starbucks and not wanting to have a icy iced frappuccino, I ask for an Iced Coffee. Iced Coffee, Cold Coffee, one would think it was all the same. I wait patiently on that warm summer day waiting for my Cold, sorry Iced, coffee. They call out a name vaguely sounding like mine. I figure that’s me. I was used to that by then. There it was sitting, a tall Iced coffee. I pull out the straw, drop it into my cup and take a longing sip. Read More


Green Gram Sprouts Sundal ~ Green Gram Sprouts Stir Fried with Spices and Coconut

September 14, 2014

Making sprouts is a super simple process and it makes your legumes and lentils a whole lot more easier. The entire soaking and sprouting process enhances the protein, good fat, fiber and enzyme content in the legumes. You may not have really ventured into this process because of all the various different contraptions you may [...]

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How to make a Green Smoothie

September 13, 2014

When you hear green smoothie, it may sound strange or “too healthy” or something you think that you don’t want to make just because it sounds gross. Or maybe, you have been hearing about it all along but never had it in you to actually make it or possible you did take the plunge but [...]

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Little People Food–Vegetable, Tofu and Egg Fried Rice with Brown Rice

September 9, 2014

I mostly use brown rice when I make anything for lil V and sometimes I use a mix of white and brown rice, if I happen to have some leftover white rice. Either way, this fried rice is a great way to use up leftover rice. You can use just the tofu or the egg [...]

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Mediterranean Spiced Lemon Roasted Chicken

September 8, 2014

Let’s take a break from all that Kerala Sadya recipes that has been going on on the blog for the last couple of weeks. Now that the festivities are over, back to regularly scheduled food programming! This has become my go-to chicken recipe, especially for a crowd while entertaining. It does not take a whole [...]

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Kerala Sadya Recipes–Happy Onam Everyone!

September 6, 2014

Happy Onam to all Mirch Masala Readers! Reposting the sadya recipes with some new recipes added from the last time this was posted! The sadya that is served as a feast in Kerala to celebrate anything from a birthday to a wedding to festivals is a feat in itself. There are typically about 16-20 dishes [...]

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Beetroot Kichadi ~ Beets in a Spiced Yogurt Coconut Sauce | Kerala Sadya Recipes

September 4, 2014

This pink yogurty sauce thing always fascinated me when I was a child. I had had it only during weddings of mallus (slang for Malayalees, natives to the state of Kerala). Being a TamBrahm (Tamil Brahmin, from the state of TamilNadu), this was not something made at home, even for sadyas and it always attracted [...]

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Varutharacha Sambar ~ Mixed Vegetables and Lentils in a Spiced Tamarind Sauce | Kerala Sadya Recipes

September 2, 2014

No feast / sadya in Kerala is complete without sambar. Even in TamilNadu for that matter. As with anything similar, there are several different ways of making it. In Kerala, it is always made with mixed vegetables – usually the mix is onions, potatoes, carrots, drumstick, okra, winter melon, pumpkin etc. In TamilNadu, it is [...]

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Guava Mint Mimosa | Summer Drinks

August 27, 2014

There is nothing much to talk about this. Its guava juice, mint and Prosecco! That’s it! The sweet delicious combo that a Sunday brunch so deserves! We had some tropical blend Italian soda from Whole Foods and there were some bottles of bubblys sitting around from a party we hosted sometime back. I wanted to [...]

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