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Shana Shameer
A bit of sugar today, A hint of spice tomorrow. Life is delicious! Wouldn't you agree?
A bit of sugar today, A hint of spice tomorrow. Life is delicious! Wouldn't you agree?

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These cute little Cucumber Tea Sandwiches are a refreshing hunger buster for any time of day. A good way to stave off hunger till the main meal or to serve at tea parties. They are made in a matter of minutes and I love them !

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Dahi Aloo Chana Chaat
- Chickpeas and Potato Yoghurt Salad

Another extra quick and tasty Chaat item.
This refreshing chaat can enhance any meal or dinner menu. Think of it as the Indian version of the Western potato salad, with the added goodness of chickpeas , delightful crunchiness is supplied by the red onion and the tasty, crispy Aloo Bhujia.
Aloo Bhujia is crispy, tangy and spicy Potato Noodles, often available at your Indian Grocers.
Dahi Aloo Chana Chaat can be served as a light snack on its own or as a salad/ side dish along with the main meal. I love all types of Chaats. So refreshing and fulfilling. This chaat item makes a good side dish during Ramadan as well, where light refreshing starters are often needed.

Prep time:  5 min
Cook time: 10 min
Total time:  15 min
Yield: ( 4-5 servings)

Ingredients :
1. ¾ cup dried chickpeas or use 1 can of chickpeas
2. 3 potatoes
3. 1 red onion, diced
4. 1- 2 long green chillies, seeded and chopped
5. ¼ cup fresh coriander/cilantro,chopped
6. 1 cup thick, sour yoghurt
7. ¼ cup milk
8. ¼ tsp white pepper powder
9. ¼ tsp Kashmiri red chilli powder
10. 1 tsp sugar
11. salt to taste
12. roasted cumin powder and extra chilli powder - to taste
13. Aloo Bhujia (Crispy Potato Noodle Snack) - as needed

Method :
• (If using dried chickpeas):​ Soak the chick peas in water overnight or 8 hours.
• Drain the soaking water. Add to a pressure cooker with salt and enough water to cover the chickpeas (1 or 2 inches above the chickpeas).
• Pressure cook for 10 minutes. Allow to cool and check that the chick peas are cooked. (I remove the chickpeas with a slotted spoon from the stock and put them in cool water briefly - to stop the cooking process. Keep drained. (If using canned chickpeas, simply drain from it's liquid and set aside).
• Make a light cut all around the rinsed potatoes and add to a pressure cooker, covered with water. 
• Cook for 5 steam whistles and allow the cooker to cool. Drain the water and put the potatoes in cool water, so that you can peel them easily. Dice and set aside.
• Add the thick yoghurt to a bowl.(Indian style - set yoghurt which is slightly more sour than regular set yoghurt is best for most chaat recipes).
• Pour the milk into this and whisk till the mixture is smooth.
• Add white pepper powder, chilli powder, sugar and salt to taste. Mix well.
• Add the diced potato, onion and green chilli to a large bowl. Toss gently.
• Pour the prepared yoghurt mixture on top and mix gently again. (Do this shortly before serving. Keep everything chilled, if you plan on serving this later).
• Immediately prior to serving: Sprinkle roasted cumin powder and extra chilli powder. Garnish with chopped coriander.
• Top with the Aloo Bhujia / Potato noodle snack. Serve immediately.
• Add a little tamarind chutney on top if you like the flavour.
• Crispy Sev may be used instead of Aloo Bhujia, although I highly recommend the latter.
• This chaat must be cool when serving. Remove from the fridge (if it has been chilled) 10 minutes before serving so that it is not too cold.
• To make ahead, keep the Potato, Chickpeas and Onion tossed together and covered tightly in the fridge. Also, keep the yoghurt mixture, prepped and ready. Assemble with the remaining spice, garnish and Crispy topping immediately before serving! Great planned starter dish for any party!

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Quick Stir Fried Rice Vermicelli with Vegetables (Bihun) LunchBox Recipe

Hi everybody. Lots of love and prayers to our friends across the Carribean and in Florida dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Irma :(

Beehoon or Rice Vermicelli, is a great ingredient for a super quick lunch. Chop some veggies and soak the vermicelli. Pack the lunch in a matter of minutes, so easily! My kids will actually eat their veggies when it's mixed in with the Bihoon. This Stir Fried Rice Vermicelli with Vegetables is a quick and healthy fix for your kids lunch box. Adults can add more vegetables to suit their taste. Left over chicken or other protein from the previous night may be added as well. I often like to add some bean thread (glass noodles) along with the rice vermicelli. It tastes even better!

Sharing this recipe for this months theme: Back to school with packed lunches .

Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 5 min
Total time: 10 min
Yield: 2 kids Lunch Boxes


Ingredients :

• 100-150 gms rice vermicelli (beehoon) (or use a combination of rice vermicelli and glass noodles)
• ½ cup broccoli, sliced into small pieces
• 1 small carrot, cut into small dice
• 1 clove garlic, bruised
• salt to taste
• 2 Tbsp vegetable oil
• 1 ½ - 2 Tbsp light soy sauce (or substitute with you favorite seasoning sauce) .
• 1 omelette( made from 2 eggs) - optional .

Method :
• Boil water in kettle. Pour over the dried rice vermicelli/noodles and allow to soften while you chop/ slices the veggies. ( Do not soak too long - long enough for you to chop up the veggies is enough time).
• Drain the vermicelli.
• Heat oil in large wok. Heat till smoking.
• Add the garlic and allow to go golden. (5 seconds).
• Add the diced carrot and stir fry for 30 seconds.
• Add the broccoli and toss for 10 seconds, till just tender.
• Now add the the drained vermicelli (bihun).
• Toss to mix in the vegetables evenly.
• Add the soy sauce and mix through to season.
• Serve with fried egg / omelette if desired.

*other veggies/options : celery, mushroom ,cabbage, lettuce(add last).. egg may be scrambled...

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Foodies+ Weekly Roundup

Happy Sunday Foodies!! Ready for the last week at a glance? ! We love the amount of variety we see here on Foodies+ each and every week. We invite our new members to share more great recipes here. Thanks to everyone who keeps this community one of the best foodie hangouts on Gplus.

Back To School -with Lunch Box Recipes .
This month we invite you to post your favorite time saving, nutrition packed Lunch Box Recipes.

Vegan Paella
New Foodie, +WithOlle shares a Vegan version of Paella made with peppers and chickpeas. Looks delicious!

Bacon and Vegetable quiche
+Helen Chin reminds us that there’s nothing like a good Quiche. A very yummy sounding recipe indeed.

No Egg Eggplant Rollatini
+Balvinder Ubi
Engaged our senses, with the scrumptious looking Rollatini. I can smell it all the way in Singapore!

+Rivka's Old World Recipes
presented us with an extra zingy and mouth watering oriental chicken dish with a twist of flavors.

Kou Shui Ji (口水鸡)
Chicken in Sichuan Chilli Oil Sauce, aka Saliva Chicken!
+Azlin Bloor shares another Oriental chicken dish with the odd name, but come back and take a look at it. You will understand! Great for those who like spicy food!


Onion Balsamic Relish and Beer Braised Carrots - Labor Day Recipes
+Joy Stewart gave us a two in one post , with these recipes perfect for Labor day. Great recipe, if your looking for something to take to the next BBQ. I have this bookmarked!

Home Made Tomato Sauce
is so kind as to share her Italian in law’s Summer tradition, of making big batches of home made tomato sauce. Lovely photos and tradition!

Foodies+ LAB -Piyali's Bengali Style Beetroot Chutney
Oh, and I re-created last month STAR RECIPE by +PIYALI SEKHAR MUTHA /My Tryst With Food And Travel and enjoyed it thoroughly. Do check out this gorgeous looking Sweet and Spicy chutney.


Khaman Dhokla (Instant Besan Dhokla / Gram flour steamed cakes)
+blissofcooking shares the light and savory steamed cake made of chickpea flour. A really lovely snack!

+FrenchTouch made the Swiss version of Potato Pancakes, which are also popular in France. These are bound to make you hungry, take a look for yourselves :)

Matcha chiffon cake with Matcha cream and berries
+Helen Chin
The popularity of Match is still going strong.. Helen is inspired by foodies+ and creates a Matcha Birthday Cake!

Fresh Fruit Tartlets
+A Tall Order captured our attention with the Pretty looking tartlets, and we all like the addition of the beautiful dragon fruit. Have a look at these!

Shahi Rasmalai
+Aaichi Savali offered this Royal rendition of the sweet, milk based dessert. Looks stunning!
One of my favorite Indian desserts :)

Discovering new places !

The Irish Village,​ Dubai - Restaurants and Delis
+PIYALI SEKHAR MUTHA /My Tryst With Food And Travel takes us out to a beautiful outdoor style restaurant. Quite an enchanting setting: perfect for chatting up with foodie friends!


So that's​ all peeps :) Get cooking! Keep them coming!
Julia Child said it best! “People who love to eat are always the best people .”

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BACK TO SCHOOL - with some Lunch Box recipes .

Great big shout out to all the moms and dads out there! Vacation time has come to an end. Time to buckle up and get back into the routine. True,  it was crazy great having the kids at home all day for a while, but I am sure everyone is ready to send them off to school now. LOL!  

  Foodies+ is celebrating #backtoschool all month in September. Hurry and send us your quick and tasty lunch box recipes. Everyone has their own tips and tricks - you know things that make all our lives easier , and we hope you will all share some of those ideas here with us( along with the recipes) ! 

Packed lunches ensure that the kids get to eat food that they like, but healthier with ingredients that we can rely upon. No wasting recess time , waiting in the lunch queues. Home packed meals offer more variety than the average school cafeteria. If your child has an afterschool activity or sports event, you can plan for the lunch box to contain a combination of lean protein and carbohydrates to facilitate slow released and lasting energy till late afternoon.

Packing lunches, for me personally brings back beautiful memories from my own childhood when my mom super-mom packed so many varieties of lunches with little surprises every now and then. I like to go retro and surprise my girls with lunches that I used to have and I like to listen to their reaction when they come home. My eldest is now a teenager and  (amazingly) still likes to carry a packed lunch! Packing lunches for your children is a method of bonding with them and if time permits something that everyone should take that little time and extra effort to do. Planning the night before can even make it easier in homes where both parents must go off to work in the morning. You could even pack lunches for yourselves!

Excited to see some great tasting, healthy Lunchbox RECIPES all month ! Don't forget to add the hashtag #backtoschool at the end of your posts! Stay tuned!


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Foodies+ Star Recipe Lab
Piyali's Bengali Style Beetroot Chutney

I really enjoyed recreating this recipe by +PIYALI SEKHAR MUTHA /My Tryst With Food And Travel

I learned a new recipe and paired fennel seeds with beetroot for the first time. The sweet and slightly spiced chutney was a pleasant surprise. Hard to stop with just a little, for sure! I love the texture. I think I will serve them like +Azlin Bloor did, with crackers and cheese. Certainly penning down the recipe in my recipes for entertaining - book.
Thank you Piyali for sharing!

Piyali's original recipe post: '


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Hi everybody, I am sorry that I am so irregular to share the yummies with you all of late! I have been running around and busy since we are moving into our new home by the end of this year. :) I have very little time to cook so whipped up a big platter of these no fuss Quesadillas - everyone happy!
Baked Beans, Mushrooms and Cheese is all you need to make these
Tasty Vegetarian Quesadillas. Very Quick. Very Simple. Recipe and Video
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Punjabi Chole Bhature - Curried Chickpeas with Fried, Leavened Bread
Recipe Link at bottom of this post

It's hard not to love this favorite... enjoyed by everyone, it makes a fab breakfast, brunch or snack!
Chole is also known as Chana Masala in other regions of India. It varies slightly from home to home or Dhaba to Dhaba (Punjabi roadside eateries).

Best thing is- it is so, so easy to make at home! When my vegetarian friends come over, I find this to always find a place on the table...
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Foodies+ Weekly Round-Up
Hello to all my favorite foodies! Hope everyone has had a great week. It's time for us to do a recap of some yummies!
Just a reminder of our

Don't forget to get those beets the next time you are grocery shopping! Send in your labs of this gorgeous Beetroot Chutney by +PIYALI SEKHAR MUTHA /My Tryst With Food And Travel



And +Azlin Bloor was the first to lab this jewel of a recipe! She served the sweet, tangy and slightly spicy chutney over crackers with halloumi cheese! Awesome idea!

Here is the recipe for Piyali's Bengali Style Beetroot Chutney !


Sweet Coconut Rice / Naralibhat
+Aaichi Savali started off the week on a festive and sweet note with this rice pudding of sorts. Loaded with exotic spice and nuts and ghee, I wouldn't mind being treated to this on occasion!

Rump and vegetables with bearnaise sauce
+Helen Chin serves up a great steak platter that is bound to tempt the carnivores in us with a side of carrots, fennel, sweet potato, and mushrooms!

Courgette and Gruyère Tart with Marinated Artichokes and Grilled Peppers
+Azlin Bloor creates a spectacular puff pastry-vegetarian delight, using a unique assortment of marinated vegetables and gruyère . Bound to please anyone!

Egg Curry
+anita Bhandari
Gives us her version of a tasty egg curry taught to her by her aunt when she was just 14! Nothing like heirloom recipes like this that withstand the test of time!

Sloppy Joe Macaroni Bake
+Paul Binns combines a childhood favorite with some incredibly delicious cheesy-pasta to give us something to drool over for the week.

Blueberry cream corn custard cake
+Helen Chin makes a very interesting cake with a unique combination. I would like to try this one :)

Crispy Pot Stickers
Foodies tend to love any bite sized dumplings and these crispy treats are just gorgeous. Do have a look, at this recipe by +French Touch , if you missed them.

Stir Fried Noodles with Peppers
+blissofcooking has the simple yet totally satisfying recipe - for the Noodle addicts out there.

Ham and spinach muffin bowl
+Helen Chin was inspired by Azlin's tart recipe and shared her picture with us. Foodies+ is the best place for your inspirational needs, that's certain!
for all our new foodies notice, we do ask for full recipes unless it's an actual recreation of the original recipe( known around here as a lab).

Matcha and Raspberry Financiers
+Rita Dolce captivates with her gorgeous capture once again! How beautiful can biscuits get for goodness sakes!

And to round up the week, let's all have tea and be fancy about it.
Biriyani Tea - Layered Masala Tea I make this often for guests and it seems to go down well!

So I can't wait to see what's in store for us next week. More tempting, inspiring, and delicious dishes guaranteed​! Watch out for them!

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Biriyani Tea - Layered Masala Tea
Recipe and Video Link at bottom of this post

Have you ever heard of Biriyani Tea?
I never heard of it till my cousin mentioned it to me. A spiced and awakening tea much needed after a heavy meal such as Biriyani and other similar dishes at restaurants. One for the road! The hot spiced tea is served aesthetically in three layers - a sweetened condensed milk layer on the bottom, a spiced strong black tea and a layer of milk froth on top, much like a latte. A sprinkling of some spice powder on top and you are good to go. The layers will eventually fade into each other. Stir well and enjoy.

It is called Biriyani tea for 2 reasons. One: The spices used are the main spices used in the making of Biriyani Rice. Two: The chai is made in layers​, as is a typical Dum-Biriyani (steam sealed, layered biriyani) . Many will attest to the fact that one often feels sleepy after a delicious Biryani meal. Tea is often served at the end of the meal, either black or with milk. Try this version for a change!
Link to Video at bottom of post

You can get the recipe and see how this tea is made in my short video on the blog :

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