Indian, Sides and Snacks

Potato n Purple cabbage easy stir-fry

VEGAN, VEGETARIAN, GLUTEN-FREE, NUT-FREE Its mid-week and always a struggle to think up lunch ideas for the kids. One item which my kids always enjoy is 'kathi wraps'. The following unique combination of veggies present vibrant colors and taste that will be totally hidden to kids eyes! Today I want to showcase a vegetable which… Continue reading Potato n Purple cabbage easy stir-fry

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New Series – Street foods of India

Episode 1 - Masala vadai with Sundal - Chennai special  VEGAN, VEGETARIAN, NUT-FREE, GLUTEN-FREE Why are street foods so delicious? My guess: they're made fresh with a few, locally available ingredients. Recently we had a costume party at our place and the theme was Disco/Flower power. Embracing the unique styles of the 70s, all of the… Continue reading New Series – Street foods of India

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South Indian Black-eye peas kurma

VEGAN, VEGETARIAN, GLUTEN-FREE, NUT-FREE Here is an easy South Indian kurma with a rich coconut gravy made from scratch. The beans used here, black-eye peas, are readily available in stores. Use any beans preferred. South Indian gravies are always vegan. We do not use any dairy products unlike North Indian curries, which use butter and cream… Continue reading South Indian Black-eye peas kurma

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Whole Grain Masala bhath

VEGAN, VEGETARIAN, GLUTEN-FREE, NUT-FREE Everyone needs a “reboot” night. It can also be called a “comfort food” night. We need to eat but not in the mood for any heavy cooking. This also means not in the mood for excessive sensitive stimulations 😆 Looking for simple homely meal which will wrap us like a warm… Continue reading Whole Grain Masala bhath

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Green Tomato dal – paccha thakkali kootu

VEGAN, VEGETARIAN, GLUTEN-FREE, NUT-FREE HAPPY SPRING ! 🌹🌼🌺🌷 One of the best dishes from Southern USA that we have enjoyed is ‘fried Green tomatoes’. This compares to the ‘bajji’ of Southern India where we slice vegetables and dip them in a chickpea batter and deep fry. We make potatoes, plantains, onions, eggplant etc.Southern Fried Green… Continue reading Green Tomato dal – paccha thakkali kootu

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Whole Masoor dal in InstantPot

VEGAN, VEGETARIAN, GLUTEN-FREE, NUT-FREE We recently had a fabulous Spring break at Key West. The crystal clear waters and pleasing shades of green and blue are just what was needed for my family to unwind and relax. Food scene was also amazing but after all that eating out on a daily basis - breakfast, lunch… Continue reading Whole Masoor dal in InstantPot

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Paanch (five) dal

VEGAN, VEGETARIAN, NUT-FREE, GLUTEN-FREE Paanchmeel dal is a combination of 5 dal used commonly in India. These 5 dals are Masoor (pink lentils), Channa dal, Toor dal, broken green moong (with skin), and broken whole Ural (with skin). This unique combination of dals bring a good mix of textures - urad and toor dals gives… Continue reading Paanch (five) dal

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Chaote dal

VEGAN, VEGETARIAN, GLUTEN-FREE, NUT-FREE This dal recipe combines tuvar dal and chaote squash. Moong dal can also be used. This recipe has a total of only 4 ingredients - dal, chaote, tomatoes and basil. It is finished off with a seasoning of cumin seeds with green chillies. Chaote squash is like a sponge. It absorbs the… Continue reading Chaote dal

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Tomato (three ways) dal

So what’s up with the name and the three ways? Dal is a staple and comforting dish in India. We have all seen many varieties of dals, each of them unique and “warmly-hugging inside-out”; each in its own way. 🤗Today’s recipe enhances the humble Tomato dal to a new level by incorporating 3 types of tomatoes… Continue reading Tomato (three ways) dal

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Red rice and Moong dal khichdi

VEGAN, VEGETARIAN, GLUTEN-FREE, NUT-FREE Khichdi is a comforting Indian dish akin to Grilled cheese sandwich or Chicken noodle soup. Khichdi usually combines rice and lentils with vegetables of choice and some simple seasonings. It is a one-pot dish that warms you up inside and out… like a warm hug… MMM 🤗This khichdi is unique in… Continue reading Red rice and Moong dal khichdi