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Monday, April 13, 2009

Pizza Bianca

Pizza Bianca is thin crusted pizza dough with herb, sea salt, and cheese. It is usually served as an appetizer or a side dish. Italians loves pizza bianca with their sea-food stew. It's perfect with any kind of soup as well. This is semi-home made, since I bought the pizza-dough from store. It saves a lot of time for parties.


  • Pizza Dough, store bought
  • 1 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 tsp Sea Salt
  • 1 tsp Herbes de Provence
  • 3 tbsp Parmesan Cheese, grated
  • 3 tbsp Cheddar Cheese, grated


1. Preheat oven on 450 degree F.

2. Roll out the dough on flat floured surface to thin crust.

3, Transfer dough to the cookie sheet. Pierce the dough all over with fork.

4. Apply olive oil, salt, and Herbs De Provence.

5. Sprinkle Parmesan and cheddar cheese on top of pizza.

6. Bake until it's golden.

7. Serve with your favorite soup.


-- p.s.: Here are some of the soups that I tried with it.

Garbanzo and Zucchini Soup.

Bistro Style Tomato Soup

Navy Bean And Pasta Soup

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Carrot Raita

I love to try different side dishes. I love all kind of raitas, pickles, and salads, and this carrot raita is one of my favorite along with cucumber raita. This is my family's favorite too since my mom used to make it many times in the winter months. It tastes very well with most subjis, but according to me, It goes along perfectly with Kadhi-Rice and/or with Khaman.

This particular recipe has a perfect balance of sweet and sour. The sweetness of Carrot very nicely balances sourness from yogurt and tomato. The roasted chana/daliya gives it a wonderful smoky flavor.


  • 3 Carrots, grated
  • 1 Small Tomato, finally chopped
  • 3 tbsp Daliya/Spit Roasted Chana
  • 1/2 cup Yogurt
  • 1/2 tsp Red Chilli Powder
  • 1 Small Green Chilli, chopped
  • Cilantro, chopped
  • Salt to taste


1. Roast daliya in pan until little golden brown. Keep aside and let it cool completely.

2. After cooling daliya, grind them coarse.

3. Mix all the ingredients in the bowl. Taste and adjust seasoning.

4. Serve with your favorite meal.