Author: Swati

Crispy Kale Chaat

Crispy Kale Chaat | The Full-time Foodie

Happy friday everyone!  I’m so glad the weekend’s almost here! You know how some weeks you just feel a bit… off your game?  I’m having one of those weeks for sure and for no reason in particular.  So this weekend I plan on recharging the ol’ batteries and it coincides with a trip to see my best friend in Canada!  So excited šŸ™‚ On to today’s recipe!   If you’re unfamiliar with chaat- it’s a type of Indian street-food that traditionally involves layering different types of spicy and sweet chutneys, fresh veggies like onions and tomatoes and on top of different vehicles ranging from samosas to small puris (crispy hollow puffed circles of dough).  There are hundreds of variations when it comes to chaat and people are still inventing new concepts! Today’s recipe was originally inspired by the whole palak chaat craze.  Palak chaat has been a phenomenon, particularly in DC thanks to Rasika (one of the most sought after Indian restaurants in the area).  I’m not remotely obsessed with Rasika, I’ve only been there three times since I moved …

Spiced Cornmeal Crusted Fish Sticks

Happy Wednesday everyone!  So I have to be honest, I have legitimately struggled with recipes over the past week.  I’m super particular about not sharing recipes that didn’t end in perfection so there might be some longer pauses between my posts until I either perfect them or move on to a different recipe!  There were some fails occurring in the kitchen, but I still have hope that some of them might turn out to be amazing if I keep working on them šŸ™‚ Today’s recipe was inspired by… I’m not even sure.  I want to say I was craving fish sticks or perhaps saw a picture of fish sticks somewhere and a light bulb went off?  I normally like to steam, bake or broil fish and almost never use breading.  But boy do I love a good fish fry every so often.  The kind of fish fry my mom makes is especially delicious! She makes her own fry masala and the fish turns out to be so amazingly crispy and flavorful.  I definitely plan on sharing her recipe …

Dry Chili Tofu & Veggie Hakka Noodles

Dry Chili Tofu & Veggie Hakka Noodles

Happy (belated) Easter everyone!  My social media feeds have been filled with super cute photos of friends’ kids with the easter bunny.  I never had a chance to participate in Easter events growing up, because I guess I was a little too old to do so by the time I moved to the country.  My parents were also likely too busy trying to make a life for us to do things like easter egg hunts etc.  But it looks like so much fun!  Definitely something I plan to do with my kids in the future šŸ™‚ Today’s recipe is not Easter related whatsoever!  I randomly craved Indo-Chinese recently so I began to scour the interwebs for some ideas.  I was lucky enough to grow up in India where we had the opportunity to try authentic Indo-Chinese.  If you’re curious about the history and origins, here is an article that gives you a quick rundown!  Indo-Chinese is always on my must-eat list when I make the occasional trip to India.  A warm bowl of sweet corn or manchow …

Vegan Cardamom Shortbread Cookies

Vegan Cardamom Shortbread Cookies

Hello hello! Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend/start to the week! I had a particularly spectacular weekend celebrating our first wedding anniversary! It’s so hard to believe that a little over a year ago, I was in a completely different state of mind, re: wedding planning chaos mode. It’s funny how that happens right? You spend a whole year obsessing over little details and just like that, in a blink of an eye, the big day is over. What a wonderful day it was though! I would totally re-live just that one amazing day again šŸ™‚ Suril planned our celebratory trip this past weekend (which is now turning into a yearly pilgrimage) to Charlottesville, Virginia. We stayed at Arcady Vineyard Bed & Breakfast, a quaint b&b surrounded by nature and a stone’s throw from Monticello.  Our hosts were terrific and the breakfast they made for us everyday was top notch! They took us on a wine tour and thankfully we had only been to one of the four vineyards they took us to. We’ve been to the area so …

Quick Fridge JalapeƱo Pickles

Quick Fridge JalapeƱo Pickles | The Full-time Foodie

Picklessssssssss!!!!!!!!!   Can you tell I love pickles?  I love pickles of all kinds, I hardly discriminate unless they’re sweet (I’ll spare you yet another rant on my lack of a sweet tooth with certain things).  I grew up on Indian pickles and most specifically my mom’s deeeeelish Konkani and Andhra style pickles! When I moved to the U.S., I was introduced to a whole new world of pickles.  I grew to love dill pickles, pickled olives and peppers, kimchi, sauerkraut etc.  If we have a jar of those at home, they wouldn’t last more than a few days.  Yeah, I kind of have a problem! A couple of years ago Suril tried his hand at homemade dill cucumber pickles and they were actually pretty yummy!  He even succeeded in canning them at home (something that still scares me).  But for some reason we didn’t attempt pickles after that time.  Then recently, at Rooting DC, we attended a pickle-making session and my interest in pickling was renewed.  I also discovered that some of my favorite kinds of pickles …

Tamarind Coconut Chicken Curry

Tamarind Coconut Chicken Curry || The Full-time Foodie

You know you’re still new to this whole blogging thing when you hit “Publish” accidentally and send your subscribers an incomplete blog post.  Apologies for those who got lured into thinking there was a new recipe yesterday!  But perhaps on some very small level you were excited about this post? A little? Anyhoo, let’s talk about onions today! When it comes to onions, I have mostly found two types of people exist in this world: those who really really LOVE onions to the point where they must have them with every meal and those who LOATHE onions with every fiber of their being.  I used to be in the “loathe” category for most of my life.  This probably wouldn’t have been a big issue if onions weren’t so integral to Indian cooking.  So when I first started my cooking adventures a few years ago, I decided that I would try my hand at recipes with onions and hope for the best. I don’t know if this holds true for everyone, but I find that when you start cooking your own food, your taste buds …

Beet Orzo Risotto

There are some vegetables I have made peace with never loving, like eggplant or sweet potatoes.   Beets were also part of this group, until very recently.  They always seemed a bit too (naturally) sugary for me.  Growing up, my mom used to make beets Indian style- sauteed with Indian spices, chili peppers and salt.  I just could not get myself to enjoy that and trust me I TRIED but the sweetness just got in the way.  Beets have amazing health benefits so I was a little bummed that I couldn’t get myself to love them. Thankfully I got into a morning smoothie regimen since last year and through that beets made a comeback.  They are amazing in smoothies!  Which makes sense since they have a little sweetness and go perfectly well with fruits.  But there are times when I have too many beets and mostly the kind that have beet greens attached to them.  So I thought- what else can I make with them that I won’t hate?  Thanks to a leftover box of orzo pasta, I had a brain wave: Why not make a faux …