A few months back, I was lucky enough to meet a fellow Winnipegger and food blogger – Nita Sharda from Carrots & Cake. Not only is Nita a fabulous cook, she’s also a Registered Dietitian! Plus, she’s incredibly kind, very knowledgeable, oh-so talented and very inspiring! I’ve loved getting to know her and feel like I’ve known her a lifetime. Upon first meeting, we sat for hours over cups of tea at a local coffee shop and dreamed up all sorts of ideas for both of our blogs. Nita has been kind enough to offer her nutrition know-how to the readers of The Fig Tree and will be gracing the pages of this humble blog over the next few months with nutrition-centred topics on the vegan lifestyle.
As a way to introduce you to Nita, I thought I would share one of her fabulous recipes! A few weeks ago, Nita and I got together at my condo to do some cooking. PS. Cooking with a fellow food blogger and foodie is a lot of fun!!! Only the food-obsessed can truly understand your passion for creating amazing, delicious meals out of fresh, natural ingredients. Nita is strongly influenced by her culture and by her desire to help others eat wholesome, nutritious foods. She is very passionate in promoting healthful living. In fact, her consulting business is focused on balanced nutrition.
While cooking together, Nita taught me how to make a flavourful rice dish called briyani. Briyani is a toasted rice dish seasoned with cumin, garam masala, ginger, garlic, and turmeric. Onions are browned prior to adding all of the spices and rice to enhance the flavour. As a special touch, Nita adds a few tablespoons of tomato paste to add a slight acidity. It’s a perfect addition. Tofu, diced red pepper and peas round out this dish. Topped with cashews, golden raisins and fresh chopped cilantro, this dish makes the perfect show-stopping main dish or a delectable side dish to serve along side your favourite curries.
Please help me welcome Nita from Carrots and Cake to The Fig Tree. Her first guest post will be on the blog on Friday! Please make sure to check it out. You can also find Nita on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest.
Source: Nita Sharda from Carrots and Cake