Snap Beans Poriyal

It’s getting a lot cooler in the morning,the transition period when Summer turns to Fall is always beautiful. A little bit of drizzle, a nip in the air…..all showing signs of Fall arriving. The landscape is turning color too and that’s when I want to add a little more green into the food I cook,…

STUFFED OKRA BOATS

Stuffed Okra Boats Remember those rainy days of childhood , when it poured & poured , yet you never fretted a single second, coz’ you had plans up your sleeve…yes, Paper Boats!!!! Don’t we all love them, doesn’t it bring a smile to think about the number of times you have sneaked past an elder…

METHI BAINGAN (FENUGREEK WITH EGGPLANT) CURRY

Methi-Baingan (Fenugreek with Eggplant) curry A cold blustery wind was blowing the beautiful leaves off the trees, with hunger pangs roaring mightier than the wind,I walked into home after work, only to hear the gentle hum of the refrigerator….there are days when you wish the “genie” sat inside the refrigerator & Lo & behold when…

KADHAI MUSHROOM CURRY/ STIR FRY

Kadhai’ Mushroom curry ‘Kadhai’ is a thick and heavy bottomed traditional iron wok, used in Indian cooking.A kadhai wok is deeper and narrower than the familiar Japanese or Chinese woks. Using very little, or more often, no water, the idea is to cook all the ingredients together in a tomato-based sauce with a savory mixture…

BAKED KALE CHIPS

Baked Kale Chips Super Bowl Sunday is here this weekend,supposedly the second largest consumption of food takes place on this day, after the Thanksgiving Day ,here in the USA. There is something to be said about “game time” and the culture,the passion, the memories shared around it,so when my kid came home from school last…

MUSHROOM TIKKA MASALA

MUSHROOM TIKKA MASALA Do you remember the days when we were fond of Enid Blyton books in school, where she created magic with the brownies in their mushroom houses,where there was a secret world in the garden? Perhaps, my love for mushrooms started then, wondering how those pixies and brownies fitted into those cute little…

LOTUS STEM CURRY/KAMAL KAKDI/BHEIN MIRCH MASALA

LOTUS STEM CURRY/KAMAL KAKDI/BHEIN MIRCH MASALA The exquisite beauty of the Lotus flower is well known in India as well as among the Orient.It is held in high regard for its medicinal properties among the Orient and hence regarded as a plant that represents longevity.Its the only plant that grows in all the three elements…

CELERY BELL-PEPPER FUSION

CELERY BELL-PEPPER FUSION Celery orginated from Mediterranean regions of Northern Africa,southern Europe and in areas east to the Himalayas.It was believed to have been used initially for its medicinal value(dating back to Homer’s Odyssey,the famous epic) gently finding its way as a much relished food these days.Most people use celery as raw food with various…

STIR FRY WITH BRUSSELS & BEAN SPROUTS

STIR FRY WITH BRUSSELS & BEAN SPROUTS Brussels Sprouts are believed to have orginated in Brussels,Belgium.They travelled all of Europe,then reached North America.Everytime I walked past the green aisle containing Brussels sprouts ,I was so tempted to buy & try them,though had no idea what they would taste like.Recently tasted a salad made of Brussels…

PURPLE CABBAGE PORIYAL / UPKARI

Purple Cabbage Poriyal/Upkari Ingredients: Oil- 2 tsp Channa dhal- 1/2 tsp Uradh Dhal -1/2 tsp Mustard- 1 tsp Hing/Asoefoetida- a pinch Dry red chillies- 3-4 Onion-1(medium size, finely sliced) Salt- to taste Purple cabbage-1 (medium size) Method: 1.Heat oil in a thick bottomed vessel,when warm add channa,uradh dhal,mustard seeds, hing/asafoetida & do the seasoning.When this…

OKRA / BHENDI MASALA

Okra/Bhendi Masala This delicious preparation with okra/bhendi can be used as a sidedish with rice, or can be eaten with Chappatis. Ingredients: Okra/Bhendi- 10- 15 (washed & cleaned dry before slicing) Tomatoes 1-2 Onions-1 (big) Channa Dhal-1/2tsp Urad dhal-1/2 tsp Mustard-1/2 tsp Oil-2 tsp Curry leaves 4-5 Chilli powder- 2 tsp Turmeric powder- 1/2 tsp…