Chickpea Sundal

High protein Chickpea Sundal is a south Indian offering to the salad world – complete with “dressing” and all.

Chickpea Sundal Recipe | Indian Garbanzo Bean (Chole) Salad

 

Re-posting a very, very old post today. I had somehow missed this recipe when I started Foodomania. This reminds me of my very beginning days of blogging. This recipe still is as good as it was when I made it over 3 years ago! 🙂

Garbanzo beans (Chickpea/ Chole). Such beautiful legumes! There isn’t a single savory dish you could make with chickpeas that I’d dislike. With their natural high protein content, garbanzo beans make for a natural choice for diet-conscious vegetarians. Here is another recipe from the southern regions of India, accentuating the deliciousness of chickpeas!

Sundal – a word that could possibly mean Salad. There are various kinds of Sundal that South Indians make. Think – as many lentils & legumes there are, twice or thrice as many (known) Sundal recipes exist! The most commonly prepared and loved Sundal though is this Chickpea Sundal.

The “dressing” is made up of my mom’s concocted spice blend and some coconuts, curry leaves & mustard seeds cooked in a little splash of oil. (Before you cringe – a little fat is GOOD for your health, okay?!) If you’ve been put off by bland bean salads before, give this one a chance and you’ll be surprised to find a new favorite. 🙂 (more…)

Corn Cheese Balls

These corn cheese balls are one of the tastiest snack time treats ever! Stuffed with cheese, these are deep fried to crispy perfection!

Corn Cheese Balls Recipe | Easy Vegetarian Appetizers | Written by Kavitha Ramaswamy of Foodomania.com

Take a deep breath.

Because these corn cheese balls will take your breath away!

No kidding! Every once in a while, I come across a truly brilliant recipe that just screams gourmet goodness! These corn cheese balls were such elegant little treats I came across while surfing one of the gazillion cooking shows on television. The idea of a white sauce base to otherwise regular corn balls was really interesting for me to experiment. Stuffing them with a cube of mozzarella was a stroke of genius, I believe. And I have my No-Meatball Sliders to thank that for!

These corn cheese balls are definitely an indulgence – one that you should let yourself have once, maybe twice a year! They go heavy on everything – cheese, oil, seasonings etc. Needless to say, exercise caution while making these beauties since self control is not something you might have while frying them up! However, make them for your next party and watch everyone go ga-ga over these simple deep fried goodie!   (more…)

Spicy Oven Roasted Chickpeas

Make my spicy oven roasted chickpeas today! Only 4 ingredients to make this perfectly baked, high protein snack time treat!

Spicy Oven Roasted Chickpeas Recipe | How to roast beans in the oven | Written by Kavitha Ramaswamy of Foodomania.com

Let me introduce y’all to this gobsmackingly delicious, healthy snack time treat! These are my spicy oven roasted chickpeas.

My obsession with beans is well known in my neighborhood. So much so that many a time, bean curries are sent across just for me to taste them! I’m not kidding! Kidney Beans and Chickpeas are my 2 all time favorite beans. That they come packed with goodness of proteins is just an additional benefit! I’d be eating them with or without the promise of proteins! 😉

Have you tried ROASTING beans? If you have an oven, do me a favor – dust it off and put it to good use! And start with these delicious spicy oven roasted chickpeas, will ya?  (more…)

Dark Fantasy Cookies

Simple dark fantasy cookies; stuffed with chocolate & baked to perfection! These eggless cookies are a hit every single time!

Dark Fantasy Cookies Recipe | Eggless Chocolate Stuffed Cookie | Written by Kavitha Ramaswamy of Foodomania.com

Cookies have never tasted so good!

Stuffed with chocolate, this buttery cookie dough is fabulous enough to eat raw. And once you bake it to perfection, you’ve just got the most interesting cookie in your hands! The texture of the cookie itself is smooth, almost a wonderful intersection between soft and crispy. I don’t know about you, but I need my cookies to be a little crunchy. I don’t get the whole “soft cookie” concept. If I wanted to eat something soft, I would eat a cake or a cupcake or a brownie slice right? But I’ve also tasted extremely crunchy cookies and I don’t like them either. I need a cookie somewhere in between. And these dark fantasy cookies are so far the best textured cookies I’ve baked – only second  to my classic Chocolate Chip cookie! 😉   (more…)