I’m sure you’ve heard it before, but eating healthy doesn’t have to look, taste, or be boring at all! I whipped up this quick vegetarian Saffron Pearled Couscous and Peanut Salad with Jaggery Caramelized Onions, Apricots, Ginger, Garlic, Celery, Green Chilis and, and Peas in no time! Its colorful and full of so much warmth!
Pearled Couscous, 1 cup
Saffron, 1 pinch
Pearl Onions, 3, thinly sliced
Garlic Cloves, 4, thinly sliced
Ginger, 1 inch, minced
Serrano Chili, 1, minced
Celery, 1 stalk, diced
Jaggery, 2 tbsp
Apricots, 6-8, thinly sliced
Roasted Peanuts, 1/2 cup
Olive oil, 2-3 tbsp
Here’s how to make it:
1. In a skillet, toast the couscous until warmed the set aside. Now add 1 cup of water to the skillet along with a tbsp of salt and a splash of olive oil. Bring this to a boil. Once boiling, add the couscous, cover, and reduce the heat to medium. Cook covered for about 8-10 minutes or just until tender. Add the peas about halfway through. Drain any excess water and then set aside.
2. While the couscous cooks, grab another small skillet and add about 2 tbsp of olive oil. Once the oil is hot, add the onions, ginger, garlic, and serrano. Once these soften and the raw smell reduces, add the celery and jaggery. Saute this on medium heat until a caramel color forms. Add in the apricots and roasted peanuts. Mix this together.
3. Back to the skillet with couscous and peas, heat the pan to medium and stir around so any excess water begins to cook out from the couscous. Add in the caramelized ingredients. Mix. Check for salt, add some ground black pepper, and done! #meatlessmonday
My feeling is that it’s either not noticeable at all or really annoying that I have been mentioning changing my name on here for what seems like forever now 😂 We are close y’all. Behind the name change is a new website, new logo, new vibe, but, best of all, the “me” I’ve been wanting to connect with and share with y’all. I’ve played a quiet role behind all of these food photos for a long time, never sharing much along the way. I’ve come to realize I am not just about a picture-perfect plate. I am not just the final dish. I’m the process. And I am the journey. I really can’t wait to share this next chapter with you very soon ❤️ - Ann 📷: @dharpooja 💄: @tamannamalikartistry
An old love made new again ❤️
Gulab jamuns are such an iconic Indian sweet, if you haven’t had one by now, I’d be surprised. Often described as fried donuts in a spiced sugar syrup, these plump treats are so much more than just that. They’re nostalgia in a cup. Joy in every bite. This just goes to show #valentinesday day doesn’t have to just be about “being” loved, but can also be about “feeling” loved. And, I believe, food, in its tenderly and warmly prepared way can offer that. ❤️
This isn’t a “hey, I got married” post in the way where I’m announcing it to the world. It’s more of an announcement to myself if anything. Because, y’all, I seriously have delayed reactions to everything in life. Last year was full of a lot of things. Beautiful things. Frustrating things. Hard-to-grasp things. And I’m still processing it all. As you’ve probably picked up by watching my stories, I’m always on the go, flying by the train of my dress in this case. Part of the reason I cook so much is not only because of joy, but because it’s my chance to get lost so I can find myself in the process. It’s why I preach getting lost in the process of cooking. It’s not just about the meal. It’s about the magic you can get along the way. Being married so far has been about adapting and changing, while also keeping yourself and your ambitions alive. It’s not always easy, but it’s just part of the process ❤️
[GIVEAWAY CLOSED] I am SO excited about my giveaway in partnership with @pyarful (creator of the cutest, pun-iest, Indian-inspired greeting cards) But, first, my sambar recipe is up on the blog 🙌🏾 So, in honor of this weekend’s #womensmarch we wanted to celebrate ladkis who raise the samBAR 🙌🏾 This giveaway includes a collection of @pyarful greeting cards and stickers, a batch of my caramel almond and pecan granola clusters, and a made-from-scratch sambar spice blend made by yours truly ❤️ RULES
1. To enter, all you have to do is comment below and tag a ladki (woman) who inspires you (and tell us why)! You can enter as many times as you want 😃
2. Ends 1/19/19 at 11:59 pm. Winner will be announced on Sunday, 1/20/19
3. Giveaway only open to residents in the U.S.
I’ll go first with a note on how these women inspire me ❤️ 1. Krisa - because she had the courage to leave her full-time gig and create @pyarful
2. @deepica - because she’s creating a platform for not only women of color, but for those who need and deserve one
3. @nitikachopra - because she is the kindest and purest soul I’ve ever met and her new podcast gives me life
4. @sophiaamoruso - I mean, she’s the OG @girlboss and epitome of drive and ambition
5. @tsakhuja_walia - because she has a powerful vision for @browngirlmag and is creating a space for brown stories to be told
6. @ciaosamin - because she wrote a cookbook bible (@saltfatacidheat ) that is changing the way we all think about food
7. @ashagomez - because she wrote My Two Souths, a cookbook that made me feel like I wasn’t alone with having two cultures raise me (south India and North Carolina)
Show some ❤️ below 🙌🏾
Reflecting on 2018 and all that it has come with; it’s one of the first moments all year long where I feel like I’ve done so. Quickly, like this hot chaya pouring from cup to cup, so much has gone by making it hard to see how far we’ve come. Only in these moments of pause can I really piece the full picture together and see all the tiny, beautiful things that have happened. I won’t go on listing the good, bad, and ugly, but I will say there are days where I deeply forget that what I’m doing is actually doing anything at all - like it matters. Because we all want to make a difference in the ways we know how to, right? Well, I’ve realized that what I’ve done here is build a home. One where there’s warmth, loving old recipes, and new traditions. My food is a home that I invite you to and I can’t wait to start sharing more in 2019 (especially the name that will replace “the foodie cutie.”) I love you all and thanks for being part of my journey so far ❤️ #2018 #newbeginnings