Recipes: Soups & Salads

Monica’s Indian Express: Spicy Cheese Sandwich

I am so pleased to share with you the first recipe in my new series: Monica's Indian Express: Simple & Sassy Weeknight Dishes. I hope you will enjoy. Monica's Indian Express: Spicy Cheese Sandwich I grew up eating Indian chili-cheese toast, which is the mother recipe...

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Peanut Salad

  Peanut Salad Prep Time: 10 minutes and 20 minutes to chill Cook Time: None 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice 1/4 cup peanuts, roughly chopped 1/4 teaspoon red chili powder or cayenne or paprika Salt to taste 1 small red onion, peeled and diced 1 small tomato, diced 1...

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The Jewelled Kitchen

BUY NOW -- The Jewelled Kitchen  The Jewelled Kitchen   is a book that I fell in love with quite by chance.  I was sitting at the home of a friend and this book was on her coffee table. I began to read through the gorgeous book and it took me back to my childhood...

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Lychee Salad

This year my book, Modern Spice, celebrates five years! In honor of the book, I will be posting a few recipes over the year. This is a light and fresh side with grilled chicken!     (Photo of salad by Sala Kannan ) Make this salad when you feel like something sweet...

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Avocado soup for two

This avocado soup recipe of mine was featured in Vogue India last year. I am thrilled to share it with you.. it is a lovely, romantic taste for two!         Photo courtesy Reem Rizvi Avocado-Coconut Shooter with Fried Garlic, Spicy Shrimp and Basil By Monica Bhide...

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Crab Soup with Tadka

This year my book, Modern Spice, celebrates five years! In honor of the book, I will be posting a few recipes over the year. Here is the first one, and one of my favorites! The photo is courtesy of Olga Berman.   Crab Soup with Tadka Traditional lentil soups in India...

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Simplest barley soup ever (with a touch of spice, of course)

My partnership with FRESHFARM markets continues today with a trip to the FRESHFARM Dupont Circle farmers market. One of my most favorite places in Washington, D.C. is the farmers market at Dupont Circle. I don't know exactly what makes this market so very different...

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Monica’s Indian Express: Spicy Cheese Sandwich

I am so pleased to share with you the first recipe in my new series: Monica's Indian Express: Simple & Sassy Weeknight Dishes. I hope you will enjoy. Monica's Indian Express: Spicy Cheese Sandwich I grew up eating Indian chili-cheese toast, which is the mother recipe...

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Now THIS is a sandwich!!

The Encyclopedia of Sandwiches (Random House) by Susan Russo and photos by Matt Armendariz I am already a fan of Susan Russo since my experience with her bacon guacamole. Oh, my! That was one amazing dish. And now, she has a book with the super talented Matt...

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Meet Monica

Monica Bhide

Hi, I’m Monica! I am a storyteller and I love to write tales about food, love, life and culture. I hope you will find something in my stories to inspire you.

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