Roasted Vegetable Soup

Aromatic roasted vegetable soup with with intense flavors of the roasted veggies is a healthy and hearty dish to include in your daily diet.

Roasted Vegetable Soup Recipe | Healthy Vegetarian Soups written by Kavitha Ramaswamy of Foodomania.com

1) Use up all the vegetables in your fridge

2) Dump them onto a baking sheet and roast for about 30 minutes.

3) Grind to a soup and flavor with salt and pepper.

Lo & Behold! You have a healthy and hearty soup ready! I’m an ardent soup drinker. And tomato veggie soup is used to be my favorite…. until I found out this gem. Roasting the veggies in the oven (or the grill) to let it caramelize and develop a smoky flavor just amplifies the flavor of this soup by a 100 notches! So intense is the flavor that you don’t really need much to season it. Just some salt and pepper would give you an aromatic bowl of roasted vegetable soup that you’re guaranteed to love! And serve it with some crusty wholewheat bread to have a wholesome meal in itself!   (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…)

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…)

Masala Chaas

A spiced yogurt based drink, masala chaas is usually the customary end to Indian meals… Keeps the digestive system cooled after a spicy meal! 🙂

Masala Chaas Recipe | How to make North Indian Spiced Buttermilk | Recipe written by Kavitha Ramaswamy of www.Foodomania.com

I  have become so used to gulping down a glass of masala chaas everyday that I don’t even see it as a “recipe”. To me, it is simply a substitute to water. It never occurred to me to pen it down for this website. And honestly, it is just so…..  easy – for the lack of an easier word! 🙂

All you need is plain yogurt and a few additional ingredients to spice up the drink. You can make plain yogurt at home or use store bought yogurt too. Chaas (some people call it chaach / mor) is just diluted yogurt. How thick / diluted the drink needs to be is up to you.

So really, I’m only showing you a way to make it. This is not, and won’t be the first or only variation of a Chaas. Each individual spruces up the recipe to make a drink they can enjoy. You can use this as a reference to make your own Masala Chaas!  (more…)