Basil Pesto

Being a working woman in India, my mom always prepared some staples like tomato ketchup, ginger garlic paste, idli dosa batters etc every weekend to get through the work week. Likewise, I have developed a habit of making some staples over here in the US like hummus, pesto, almond butter etc that help us with our... Continue Reading →

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Soy Vinaigrette

A simple Asian style dressing for salads and will also work as a dip for spring rolls, wontons etc.Preparation time5 minutes Serves2 tablespoonsServing Size1 tablespoonCalories Per ServingApproximately 40 per servingDifficultyEasyIngredients:3 teaspoons soy sauce1 1/2 teaspoons rice vinegar(mirin)1/2 teaspoons sesame oil1 teaspoon dried furikake seasoning(optional)1 teaspoon toasted sesame seedsProcedure:1.Mix all the ingredients in a bowl and let... Continue Reading →

Hollandaise Sauce

Heres a sauce I learnt at the culinary school as part of our "Sauces" Class.Hollandaise is made with egg yolks and clarified butter(ghee) and lemon juice.Easy to prepare as long as we maintain the temperatures correctly.There are many other ways to make hollandaise using sherry vinegar, butter, oil etc.Preparation time10 minutesServes1 cupServing Size1 tablespoonCalories Per... Continue Reading →

Chitpotle Sauce

Chitpotle sauce is made from smoked and rehydrated chipotle peppers  combined with mayo.This sauce is very versatile in that it can be used as a dipping for any fried goodies like french fries,crab cakes,patties,to smear in sandwiches on top of burgers etc and is extremely simple to make.Preparation time:5 minutesServes:1 cupIngredients:1 cup mayonnaiseJuice of 1... Continue Reading →

Avocado Aioli

This is a simple accompaniment to most of your sandwiches or burgers and can also be used as a spread on bread.Technically aiolis have eggs but Im not comfortable using raw eggs in my recipes hence I skipped that.Preparation time:5 minutesServes:1 cup Ingredients:1 Avocado2 tablespoons yogurtSalt to taste1/4 teaspoon Black pepper powder1/4 teaspoon coriander powder1/4 teaspoon... Continue Reading →

Yogurt Mint Salad Dressing

Here is a simple and healthy salad dressing with mint and yogurt.Preparation Time: 10 minutesTotal Time: 10 minutesIngredients:1/2 cup yogurt(dahi/perugu)juice from half a lemon1 garlic clove20 mint leavesSalt to tastepinch of fresh ground black pepper2 teaspoon olive oilProcedure:1.Place all the ingredients in a blender or food processor and pulse until combined.Tips:This goes well with romaine... Continue Reading →

Balsamic Vinaigrette

This is one of my favorite salad dressings.It goes almost with any kind of salad or roasted vegetables with a slight bit of saltiness and tanginess to it.Preparation time:2 minutesServes:2Ingredients:2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar6 teaspoons olive oilpinch black pepper powderpinch salt1 teaspoon sugar/honey1 garlic clove mincedProcedure:Mix all the the ingredients and drizzle over your favorite salad.

Peanut Stir Fry Sauce

This is a basic stir fry sauce with ground peanut that can be used for stir fries,marinade for chicken and also as a dip for Asian preparations.Preparation time:2 minutesServes:1/3 cup of sauceIngredients:1 1/2 teaspoon sriracha1 teaspoon soy sauce1 teaspoon ketchup1/2 teaspoon maple syrup1 tablespoon peanut butterProcedure:Take all the ingredients in a bowl and mix well,add... Continue Reading →

Basic Stir Fry Sauce

This is a basic stir fry sauce that can be used for stir fries,marinade for chicken and also as a dip for Asian preparations.Preparation time:2 minutesServes:1/4 cupIngredients:1 teaspoon sriracha1 teaspoon soy sauce1 teaspoon ketchup1/2 teaspoon maple syrup1 teaspoon tahini(sesame paste)Procedure:1.Take all the ingredients in a bowl and add 2 teaspoons of water and mix well.

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