Breakfast, Indian, Lunch, Dinner and Entrees

Protein-packed Pancakes

VEGAN, VEGETARIAN, GLUTEN-FREE, NUT-FREE Call it pancake, chilla, uthappam …. These are just small, cute, fluffy roundels packed with protein and nutrients to help you begin your day full of energy. Did our elders not always say ‘breakfast is the most important meal of the day’? 😆This pancake batter can be made in advance or… Continue reading Protein-packed Pancakes

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Kale Kidney beans (rajma) in InstantPot

Little did I know the variety of options I could explore when I started the series - ‘beans and greens’. Thus far I have discovered some beautiful marriages between - Adzuki and chards Mixed pulses and mustard greens n arugulaBlack-eye peas and collardsChickpea and beet greensOne more to add to the lovely repertoire - Kale kidney beans… Continue reading Kale Kidney beans (rajma) in InstantPot

Indian, Lunch, Dinner and Entrees

South Indian Egg curry

Egg curry is usually boiled eggs simmered in an authentic Indian gravy. Some preparations slice the eggs in half and some keep the boiled eggs whole with slits cut into the white part to soak up the curry flavors. There are many variations of the gravy within India, even within the South Indian states there… Continue reading South Indian Egg curry

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Eggplant and purple yam rice

Wanted to prepare a very mild flavored rice dish that can go well with the robust South Indian kurma. Eggplants are a simple vegetable which can imbibe multitude of flavors and yet prevail in the background of a dish and not take up any front-line space 🤷🏻‍♀️ In order to give this rice a different… Continue reading Eggplant and purple yam rice

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South Indian mixed vegetable kurma

Kurma is a very popular dish in South India often served in restaurants as a side for a variety of breads such as parotta, chapathi, dosa etc. It is predominantly a mixed vegetable melange with a rich creamy gravy often made with coconut as the base. The south indian kurma is off-white in color and… Continue reading South Indian mixed vegetable kurma

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Black-eye peas with Collard greens

Southern Hospitality on a plate Black-eye peas and collard greens are a must for a New Years meal in US South. It brings Good luck and prosperity for the entire year… so is the belief 🙏So how about combining them to make the 3rd ‘beans and greens’ combination. A reminder of our earlier offerings - 1st… Continue reading Black-eye peas with Collard greens

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Poha Idli – steamed beaten rice cakes

Idlis are versatile offerings which are steamed and don’t need ‘babysitting’ in the kitchen. Make the batter, pour them in idli moulds and they do their job 🙂 I have posted Oats idli before and it is a nutritious and tasty idli made with ingredients which are staple at home. Today’s variation is idlis made with… Continue reading Poha Idli – steamed beaten rice cakes

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Peppery and garlicky whole pink lentils with roasted red cabbage

Lasoony kali-mirch masoor dal VEGETARIAN, VEGAN, NUT-FREE, GLUTEN-FREE, DAIRY-FREE Red cabbage is an often ignored vegetable which I find very versatile to use. I usually never cook it, I roast it or grill it. The flavors are almost like red onions albeit with more crunch. It can be added to a lot of Indian dishes… Continue reading Peppery and garlicky whole pink lentils with roasted red cabbage

Appetizer, Indian, Sides and Snacks

Stuffed baby Eggplants

Jump to recipe My maternal grandmother was an amazing cook. She used to make baby eggplants stuffed with freshly hand-pounded spice mixture and fry them to golden in ghee 😆 her affection was shown directly in the amount of ghee used to fry 😋. The exterior of the eggplants were crispy and interiors soft and… Continue reading Stuffed baby Eggplants

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Mixed pulses with Mustard greens and Arugula

VEGETARIAN, VEGAN, GLUTEN-FREE, PEANUT-FREE Mixing pulses and dried beans with greens is a match meant to be 🙂 This recipe is the second offering in this combination using simple pulses with soft greens. (Earlier offering was adzuki beans with chards) Mustard greens and arugula both have a spicy profile among greens and go very well… Continue reading Mixed pulses with Mustard greens and Arugula