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…)

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…)

Bhindi Masala

Simple, low fat Maharashtian style Bhindi Masala (Okra stir fry) made with my favorite spice blend – Godaaa!
Bhindi Masala Recipe | Easy Maharashtrian Okra fry with Goda Masala | Bhendi Fry with Goda Masala | Easy stir fried veggies | Written by Kavitha Ramaswamy of Foodomania.com After potatoes, okra is my most favorite vegetable in the whole world! Maybe I’m a little biased, but I only have it with rice. I think rice + okra is a powerful combination.

I have 2 favorite methods of cooking Bhindi (okra) – The south Indian stir fry way… and more recently, the Maharashtrian bhindi masala way with extra dose of Goda Masala!

Ever since I discovered the secret to Goda, I’ve been using it generously in all my stir fried veggie dishes. It’s a great spice mixture – even better than garam masala in some cases. I believe this is (almost) how Maharashtrians make their Bhindi masala. (more…)

Nacho Bread Rolls

These Nacho Bread Rolls (Or Nachos Pizza Bites) are little pieces of Bread Rolls stuffed with the Nachos Filling… A really quick and tasty Mexican vegan snack!

Nacho Bread Rolls Recipe | Nachos Pizza Bites | Tasty & Quick Mexican Vegan Appetizers by Foodomania.com | Written by Kavitha RamaswamyYou’re looking at Mexicawsomeness.

See what I did there? Mexican Awesomeness is equal to Mexicawsomeness. Fair Enough? Or is that really lame? Well, I think we’re way past the I’m-such-a-sophisticated-food-blogger phase. I think you will forgive me for inventing such silly names to describe recipes like these nacho bread rolls!

Because truly, these nacho rolls are one of the greatest appetizers ever. I say that all the time, I know. But if you’re a fan of Mexican food or you each a lot of nachos, do me a favor – try these nacho bread rolls next time you have some leftover bean / beef filling. (more…)