October 17, 2013

Quinoa Khichdi | Sabudana Khichdi Style

I bought Quinoa a couple of times when I was in this so called Phase called healthy eating & then forgot all about it. And, now almost 2 years later, I am again in that Healthy Eating phase ( I don't know, how long its going to last though )  .. I again bought a box of quinoa from the supermarket ..


Quinoa is so easily adaptable to Indian recipes just like oats :)  I normally make Upma or a Khichdi or I just cook quinoa & eat with lightly seasoned steamed vegetables.

I made Sabudana Khichdi style quinoa the other day & I just loved it. It's far more easier to make since, it does not require pre soaking like Sabudana & it requires far more less oil 

Quinoa Khichdi 

  You Will Need:
  • 2 cups Quinoa
  • 1 large potato - pressure cooked , peeled & roughly mashed
  • A handful of roasted peanuts - coarsely crushed
  • A pinch of turmeric
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 4-5 green chillies
  • 2 tbsp fresh grated coconut
  • Fresh coriander for garnish
  • Salt as per taste
  • 1 tbsp cooking oil

How to:

Dry roast quinoa for a couple of minutes. Set aside. Bring 2 cups of water to a boil, add quinoa & let it cook for about 10 mins on medium flame. Add additional water if required. When completely cooked, fluff with a fork & set aside.

In a heavy bottomed pan, heat cooking oil, splutter cumin seeds. Add chopped green chillies & sauté for a few seconds

Add mashed potatoes & mix well. Add salt, turmeric & crushed peanuts & give it a mix again.

Add cooked quinoa & grated coconut. Mix again & check for salt. Let it stand for a couple of mins & turn off the stove. Garnish with fresh coriander & serve war

Though, Sabudana Khichdi is typically eaten at breakfast, I usually make this for dinner or a light lunch as well. It also is a great lunch box option

October 2, 2013

Gusto D'Italia @ Spaghetti Kitchen & Bar

Spaghetti Kitchen & Bar is a lovely little Italian restaurant tucked in the by lanes of Koramangala & I ate the most scrumptious Italian fare at Spaghetti Kitchen last week.  I was invited to review their newly introduced Lunch & Dinner Buffet menu starting from the 24th of September.

Gusto D'Italia as the buffet is called boasts of 30 different dishes on their buffet menu which includes everything from starters to soups to yummy pastas & desserts.

Spaghetti Kitchen has a lovely ambiance with Mediterranean influence. The restaurant is divided into two segments. One segment is painted blue & has colored glass lanterns & the other segment is more airy with large windows & loads of sunshine

We started off with some smoked tomato soup along with some breads & dips and some stuffed olives.

Next came in the Parmesan Cream Cheese Potatoes & Sicilian Cottage Cheese. There was also some Corn Fritters with Labneh. We also had some lovely Peach & Strawberry Martini for company.

They also had a lovely spread of Pastas. But the highlight was the Ricotta & Spinach stuffed Ravioli & the Vegetable Lasagna. The Thin crust Veggie Pizza was great too.

Wherever there is Italian food, there Ought to be Tiramisu :) then of course there were some Hot Brownies & of course choice of Gelato. 

The vegetarian  Lunch Buffet is Priced at Rs 399 & the Non Vegetarian Lunch Buffet is priced at Rs 499 

The vegetarian  Dinner Buffet is Priced at Rs 449 & the Non Vegetarian Dinner Buffet is priced at Rs 499 A whole lot of Italian food at this price is definitely a steal.

And, there was more .. Chef Bill Marchetti - Corporate Chef for Spaghetti Kitchen was also present at the venue. He not only saw to it that his guests ate well but also cooked some Pasta for us. He made his signature Penne Arrabiata with Vodka & Fettuccine con Pesto. It definitely was a pleasure to watch the Masterchef cook for us. Not only that, He gave us loads of food tips & great stories about Italian food all along ( which I will be sharing in my future posts )

After being stuffed with good food unlimited Martinis, we had some Italian Espresso from the Cafe located inside the restaurant

I loved the buffet spread. Not a single dish that was bad. The Sicilian Cottage Cheese could have been better though, But everything else was spot on. For Rs 399 + it is a lot of food & you are guaranteed to have a good time. 

No 1, SJR Primus,
1st Floor, Adjacent to Raheja Arcade,
Bangalore – 560095.
Tel No: (080) 4116 0500 / 4099 0500