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Air fryer chickpea and lentil snack crackers (Masala Vada inspired)

I am an avid tea lover and tea drinker. The taste of steaming milk tea in early in the morning while watching my mom make breakfast was one of the first best memories that pops into my mind when I think about my childhood. I must have been four or five years old then. I guess you could call that I grew up on tea. Right along with the tea goes teatime snack. Teatime without a good spicy teatime snack is at least for me very dull. May it be a ginger snap cookie, spicy tuna sandwich, peppery veg roti or a good old masala Vada. Now, if any of that sounds gibberish to you let me enlighten. With a recipe for a snack that you can whip up quickly and cook in an air fryer superfast. Not only this Vada inspired snack crackers are healthy with wholesome ingredients, but they are also a clean snack without all that oil in it from deep frying. This recipe is going to yield you 40 crackers. Here …

Peri Peri Chicken influenced curry chicken roast ( The Island way )

A good roasted chicken recipe is a part of the any good family recipe vault. I feel like it is never enough how many times I make it. it is so delicious, elegant, and simple and at the same time so versatile. If that is not enough reasons to love it, how about the fact that you can serve it with many sides and feed a crowd with a snap. This and so many other reasons that I do not even know, I am always looking for good chicken recipes. I did my post with the title Island way, even though my islanders do not do roasting that often. We do more curried chicken than roasted for our day today meals. Roasting is done in special occasions. It is not surprising to see the spice roots however, looking back at the Southwestern European and Indian influence embedded deep in our way of cooking. Sri Lankan cooking has evolved so much since Portuguese occupation of the island back in 15 th century, even though it is …

Making a 100% whole wheat loaf when you do not have a sourdough starter and time to make one.

Let me start by mentioning where I got my inspiration on for the first time. The perfect loaf. This amazing blog by Maurizio Leo, who is so hands on and knowledgeable about all things baking. Past five years I have followed his blog, methods, and awesome Instagram page for inspiration. If you want technicality of hands-on baking, there is where you find it. But if you are like me, a mom, homemaker who love to add sourdough to your weekly meals. Want to make one yourself or not a fan of supermarket made sourdough bread, then this post is for you my friend. I bake weekly for my family and we have stopped buying bread from the store for the most part. It has taken me several years to get here and have baked many stone hard loaves while learning my lessons. Thank god now I am in a much better place. Let me share my tips with you too. Let us read on! First and foremost, I should emphasis that even if you do …

Quick lunch while family is out planning my birthday surprise!

Daddy and daughters have been β€œwhispering” to each other for few days now, about surprising mommy on her birthday. Of course, β€œI didn’t know anything about it”, what they are planning and where they will be going, when they went out leaving me behind. Besides, I was so glad to have the day to myself, read my favorite book, enjoy my coffee without a toddler sitting in the lap trying to kick the cup out of my hand. Now, do I mind having belayed birthday treat? I certainly not , not today. Having some me time, also meant making myself quick and flavorful lunch. So, I made this super yummy skillet fried chicken inspired by one of the recipes from stellar chef Rick Stein but using South Asian inspiration. Best part is I will be watching Inauguration of our 46th president Joe Biden and first ever Indian Jamaican vice president ( first women vice president! how cool is that !) while enjoying my lunch. What a splendid way to spend the afternoon. Skillet fried chicken …