• Indian
  • Microwave Vegetable Pulao

    Follow the recipe for microwave vegetable pulao to make a quick & aromatic one pot meal!

    Microwave Vegetable Pulao Recipe | Quick Vegetarian Pilaf | Written by Kavitha Ramaswamy of www.Foodomania.com Today’s microwave vegetable pulao recipe is sponsored by Best Foods Inc. – makers of premium quality Basmati Rice.

    I am a rice-a-holic. I eat some kind of a rice dish for breakfast, lunch and dinner! Be it some soft rice idlis to kick of the day or a simple curd rice to end the day, rice is a major component of my diet. I do have a post on how I cook my rice in the pressure cooker. More often than not, it is the tool we use to cook everything from rice, potatoes and even beans!

    However, once in a while, I like to put my Microwave to good use. And whenever I do, I like to cook Pulao in it! Only because I can! 😉 And because the texture of the rice is fluffy and wonderful when cooked in the microwave!

    It is not much different than making it in a pressure cooker or a pan. If you own nothing but a microwave, then you would love this recipe since you’re essentially making everything in one microwave pan.   (more…)

  • Diabetes
  • Jain Chole Masala

    Jain Chole Masala Recipe – Spicy Indian style Chickpeas without onion or garlic!

    Jain Chole Masala Recipe | Easy Punjabi Side Dishes | written by Kavitha Ramaswamy of Foodomania.com

    If you are an Indian with a Jain friend, you’ve probably wondered how they manage to bring out such fantastic flavors in their curries… given that they don’t use onions or garlic… or potatoes.. or any root vegetable, for that matter! Clearly, their lifestyle seems intimidating to a regular vegetarian like me (who enjoys her garlic!).

    However, it is this lifestyle – I believe – that keeps them so healthy and disciplined. A lot of their principles revolve around a healthy lifestyle. Anyhoo.. I’m not here to lecture on how to live like a Jain – since I could never do it myself! 🙂

    But I do think this Chole Masala (spicy curried chickpeas) with No Onion or No Garlic is a great variation on the regular Punjabi Chole masala. If you want to know how to make the classic Indian gravy without using the 2 main ingredients, read on to find out! (more…)

  • Gluten free
  • How to cook Quinoa

    Here’s a quick tutorial + tips on how to cook quinoa at home – fluffy, tasty lump-free quinoa!

    How to cook Quinoa Recipe | Fluffy, tasty quinoa at home tips | Written by Kavitha Ramaswamy of Foodomania.com Quinoa (read – keen-vaa) – a seed rich in protein has come a long way from featuring in health magazines to mainstream cooking. Like it or not, quinoa is a super food that people love to use not just because it is rich in protein, it is also gluten free. It’s delicate, fluffy texture has made it a healthier substitute to starchy rice or pasta. It is one of the fastest cooking lunch staples ever.

    I must admit though that I didn’t fall instantly in love with it. But I soon realized the plethora of ways in which I could use this miracle food and get all the health benefits. And I have never looked back since. Here’s how to cook quinoa at home! (more…)

  • Beverages & Drinks
  • Spiced Oats Buttermilk

    Spiced Oats Buttermilk is a cooling, protein & calcium rich drink that you can drink to keep yourself hydrated during these hot summers! Or better yet, drink it all the time for a naturally healthy and filling drink!

    Spiced Oats Buttermilk Recipe | Healthy & Cooling Drinks (Lassi) | Indian Oats Chaas or Neer More recipe | Super healthy summer drinks | Post workout healthy smoothies | Written by Kavitha Ramaswamy of Foodomania.com You know those times when you just indulge way too much and want nothing more than a quick fix to flush all that out?

    Uh huh. That happens. All.The.Time.

    What is your fix? A detox smoothie? Or some lemon juice maybe? For me, it is usually a glass of buttermilk (for you baking fanatics, this doesn’t refer to the one that you make by curdling milk with vinegar). We call it More or Chaas in India and make it by diluting plain yogurt. (more…)