Guava Mint Mimosa - Mirch Masala

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 make a fruity something mimosa. I thought of combining these two. But carbonated + carbonated – I felt like I was wasting some carbonated something here by having a double dose of it. I decided to keep the Italian soda for later and paired the sparkling wine with some guava juice. I have a thriving herb garden in our backyard and I decided to get some fresh mint from there to add to the drink. It needed a little sour – citrusy something. In went some Triple Sec and we were good to go!

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Easy 20 minute Unniappam - Mirch Masala - Vishu Onam Sadya Kerala Sadya Recipe

I love unniappams. Period.

I am sure that if there is anyone here who has tried this even once, will fall for it.

I have never really made a whole lot of this all these years, as it is a process to make it. Soak rice, grind it, then do the rest of the mixings and all that. I tried once with rice flour but it turned out way to crispy. It did not have that nice soft, almost webby center.

That is when, Amma gave me this recipe when she last visited us when V was born. She and Appa made a whole bunch of this before they left and I savored it for days! It is a recipe she heard of from somewhere and she has now switched to this now. You just have to mix equal amounts of whole wheat flour, rice flour and all purpose flour with melted jaggery, mashed bananas, ground cardamom, copra (dried coconut) slices and fry them in hot oil in the special pan, that resembles an ebelskeiver pan (you can use that too). Toss in some ghee and sugar, once drained or you can just have them as it is.

I made this batch for Janmashtami / Sri Krishna Jayanti (Lord Krishnas Birthday) last weekend and I was able to put it together in less than half hours time!

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Mango Lassi Popsicles

August 20, 2014
Mango Lassi Popsicles

It is almost the tail end of summer but we are still having some really warm days and I want to make the most of sitting outside on our deck, having dinner outside with a glass of wine and having lots of popsicles. I started making these for lil V, but he is not too [...]

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Little People Food – Edamame Sundal ~ Edamame Stir Fried with Spices and Coconut

August 14, 2014
Edamame Sundal - Mirch Masala Toddler Food (3)

When it comes to snack time, I am always at a loss as to what to make for lil V, that does not come out of a box. I know that crackers and cookies are easy and he loves them too. But I don’t want his snack to be just that. I sometimes make smoothies [...]

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Paneer Methi Pulao ~ Basmati Rice scented with Spices, Fenugreek Leaves and Paneer

August 13, 2014
Paneer Methi Pulao - Mirch Masala (4)

Yes, I have been away yet another time. This time it was only because a good part of the house was under construction, including the kitchen, after a flood incident we had in the house. There wasn’t much cooking happening in the Mirch Masala kitchen, just some very basic things for the lil one. We [...]

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Fried Eggs Over Roasted Asparagus and Green Garlic Herb Butter Sauce | A Spring Brunch Recipe

June 15, 2014
Fried Eggs Over Roasted Asparagus and Green Garlic Herb Butter  Spring Brunch Recipe (5)

Sorry, I have been away for a while. We were away on a vacation to Brazil for about 10 days. Yay! But we got home to see our house flooded and needing some major demo and reconstruction work. The last few weeks were spent trying to deal with that. With two floors of our house [...]

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Seattle Mobile Food Rodeo 2014 | Seattle Events

May 20, 2014

Here is a photo post from the Seattle Mobile Food Rodeo that happened during the weekend of May 3rd and 4th. This is our second time here and even though it was POURING that day, we still managed to eat a lot and have lots of fun!

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Almond Peanut Butter Rum Balls OR Almond Peanut Butter Sun Butter Balls for Kids/Toddlers

May 10, 2014
Almond Peanut Butter Rum Balls - mirch Masala OR Almond Peanut butter Sun butter balls for toddlers  kids (4)

This is one of the most easiest and yet quite tasty recipes that you can make. Especially if you have invited folks over for dinner and you realize all you have is some plain vanilla ice cream and you want to serve them something more. Or make some for mom as a treat this mother’s [...]

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Grilled Chicken and Black Bean Taco Salad with Tequila Lime Dressing | Cinco de Mayo Recipes

May 3, 2014
Grilled Chicken and Black Bean Taco Salad with Tequila Lime Dressing  Cinco de Mayo Recipes - Mirch Masala (2)

Cinco de Mayo is here again already! Which means it is May, which means we are one step closer to the first holiday of the year. See, how my mind works! I did not always particularly care for Mexican food. It then changed and I hated and could not stand Mexican food when I was [...]

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Sambharam Ice Pops | Spiced Buttermilk Ice Pops

May 2, 2014
Sambharam Ice Pops - Spiced Buttermilk Ice Pops - Mirch Masala - Kerala Style Sambharam Morum Vellam (2)

I always make sambharam in the summers. Sambharam is sort of a South Indian version of lassi. It is buttermilk spiced with ginger, green chillies and curry leaves and is one of the best thirst quenchers ever invented. A glass of chilled sambharam is enough to cool off any hot day, especially the kind of [...]

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