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Vegetarian Quesadilla with a Chinese Twist!


Hello, it’s me again & my cooking adventures!  So something amazing I’ve noticed in many cultures & countries is that we take a recipe, make changes and we make it our own. For example you go to ethnic restaurants in U.S and everything is “Americanized”! You go to an Italian or Mexican restaurant in India & the food is “Indianized”.  Is that wrong? Not necessarily as long as the taste is good 😉

So let me share with you this very interesting recipe! We tried this and really loved it, though it has a twist!

Ingredients for 4:

  • 2.5 Cups Mixed Vegetables (as you wish)- cut into thin slices
  • 1 tea spoon garlic- chopped
  • Little olive oil
  • 2 spoon of Szechuan sauce
  • 1 table spoon of tomatoes ketchup
  • 1 table spoon Green part of spring onion
  • 2 table spoon of corn flour
  • Cheese slices (or any cheese that melts and you like)
  • 8 Rotis (or four tortillas)


Add garlic in a pan and sauté in olive oil for 1 minute. Add onion to the garlic and sauté for another 2 minute on high. 

Add all the veggies to the mix and sauté for another 2 minutes on high.  Add your Szechuan sauce and the tomatoes ketchup.  Add salt according to your taste.  Add the greens of spring onion.

Add corn flour in water and mix.  Add this mix to the vegetable mix, stir and turn the gas off. 

Cut each cheese slice in smaller pieces (or if using solid regular cheese, then grate). 

Place one roti on a plate, put some cheese pieces, cover with vegetable mix, put some more cheese pieces and cover with another roti.

Put little oil in the tawa, cover it with something heavy and bake on both sides till it is crispy.  Cut in 4 pieces and serve hot.


* Roti: is a type of Indian bread made at home very similar to soft flour tortillas

* Tawa: In India that is what we call a flat pan or griddle 




My First Time Cooking Indian!


So now that I’m almost settled at home, I have started taking part in some of the house’s routine activities.  The most important being cooking. Well granted our maid is a wonderful cook and most of the time she cooks. However, ive been told that as an Indian housewife you need to know how to cook Indian food so that not only you are aware of what you are being fed by your maid/cook, but also in case one day they don’t show up, you are capable of cooking.

Now as for me, I’ve always loved shopping for groceries & cooking.  However, this joy of grocery shopping & cooking has been reduced due to lack of those wonderful supermarkets we have in U.S.  Also since most of the time I feel so hot, it has become more difficult for me to cook.

That being said, I know a handful of cuisines from different countries, but not Indian. Also, the other challenge for me has been cooking vegetarian.

Being from Iran, I have been raised on non-veg & rice.  So no wonder when it came to trying Indian food, the first vegetarian option I thought of was “Vegetarian Biryani”.  I made it today for lunch and my MIL & husband really praised me.  So I thought I share with you how I did it.

Ingredients (4 servings):

1 Cup Basmati Rice

2 Pinches Of Saffron

3 Tomatoes, Finely Chopped

2 Green Peppers (Capsicum), Sliced

1 1/2 Cup Mixed Vegetables, Boiled

1 tbsp Chopped Coriander

2 tbsp Milk

Salt To Taste

Paste- Follow Instruction Below

For mixed boiled vegetables I used potatoes, carrots and zucchinis. You can try different vegetables according to your taste.


Boil the rice with a bit of salt.  When the grains are a bit soft, drain and cool.

In a small bowl add very small amount of ground saffron, add a bit of hot water so the saffron is dissolved.

Add the saffron liquid to the cooked rice and mix well.


Make a paste out of the following:

2 small onions, 6 cloves of garlic, 8 leaves of mint, 20 mm piece of ginger, 1 teaspoon turmeric(haldi), 4 small elaichi (cardamom), 1 teaspoon poppy seed, 1 stick cinnamon, 3 green chilies, 1 teaspoon red pepper powder


In a small pot heat a little oil, add the paste and fry for 3 to 4 minutes. Add the tomatoes and capsicum and fry again for 2 to 3 minutes. Add the boiled vegetables and coriander and cook for a few minutes.  When ready set aside.

Put a little oil at the bottom of a pot.  Add enough rice to cover the bottom. Next add a layer of vegetable mix. Follow the same order ending with rice.  Sprinkle 2 tablespoon milk & 1 tablespoon of water. Cover & put on high heat for 5 minutes. Reduce the heat and let bake for another 25 minutes.  Before serving mix the rice and vegetables and serve hot.


Japanese Hot Pot aka Shabu-Shabu



So a dear friend of ours invited us over for Shabu-Shabu last night.  I really enjoyed it so I wanted to share and tell you more about it.  So simply said, Shabu-Shabu is a hot-pot meal that you make yourself at the table, sort of like fondue but different.

First you should decide what you want to make, seafood, chicken, lamb, noodles or vegetable. For some vegetarian options you can also use tofu and vegetable dumplings. Or it could be all of them together as we did!

Then the main thing becomes your soup base. It could be as simple as boiling water in the hot-pot and adding vegetable cubes or chicken stock cubes. You could use ready soup bases from grocery stores.  You can boil water and add some veggies. So it all depends on you and how you like it! After the soup base is ready you let it simmer.  This is when you are ready to add your thinly sliced meat to the hot-pot.  You simple put them in and wait for them to be cooked. Depending on what you are cooking time is different.

After your meat is ready you take it out with chopstick and enjoy it with a side of noodles, rice or veggies!  You will also need dipping sauces that you can purchase from stores, some good options are soy sauce, chilli sauce and sesame sauce.

I have to say Shabu-Shabu is very healthy and tasty! I hope this encourages you to check out some recipes and try it.

Let me know how it goes!