Indian, Instant Pot, InstantPot

Indian curries in Instant pot

Have you always wanted to try out Indian curries and gravies but was daunted by the zillion steps. By using the Instant Pot many of those steps can be compressed and combined to get you the same taste and flavor of traditional Indian dishes. Do you have kids who are going to college ? Maybe… Continue reading Indian curries in Instant pot

Indian, Lunch, Dinner and Entrees

Tofu n peas in a black pepper and cilantro creamy sauce

VEGAN, VEGETARIAN, GLUTEN-FREE There is a very popular Indian dish called Paneer kali mirch - it is a mildly spicy dish with just black pepper for spice. However, it does have a lot of other flavors such as ginger, garlic, and cardamom. Today’s recipe focused on black pepper and cilantro as the 2 leading flavors.… Continue reading Tofu n peas in a black pepper and cilantro creamy sauce

Indian, Lunch, Dinner and Entrees

Corn and wheat grits – idli

VEGAN, VEGETARIAN, NUT-FREE Idli is the most common breakfast in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu. It is a steamed ‘cake’ made with a fermented batter of rice and lentils. Today’s recipe is a variation and it is made with something that is very commonly available locally in US - corn grits and wheat… Continue reading Corn and wheat grits – idli

Indian, Lunch, Dinner and Entrees

Turmeric cabbage pancakes

VEGAN, VEGETARIAN, NUT-FREE, GLUTEN-FREE This past weekend I did a lot of spring vegetable plantings. Some of the veggies are tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, etc. As I was walking in my garden one evening, admiring my tiny little plants, it started to drizzle. I stayed around for a few more minutes enjoying the drops of spring… Continue reading Turmeric cabbage pancakes

Indian, Lunch, Dinner and Entrees

Dal Bukhara

Dal Bukhara is a very traditional dal made overnight by slow cooking in the Tandoor oven. Dal Bukhara is typically made with whole black gram dal. This is truly a regal dal in all aspects: flavor, taste and visual appeal. The recipe presented here steps away from the traditional black gram dal and makes use of… Continue reading Dal Bukhara

Indian, Lunch, Dinner and Entrees

Sesame rice noodles – “Ellu sevai”

South Indian style - with seasoning powder recipe Bonus - Lemon rice noodles with fresh green peas Savory preparations using rice and rice flour are very common and popular in South India. One such preparation is String Hoppers or Rice noodles. Growing up, these rice noodles were made from scratch by pressing them through a… Continue reading Sesame rice noodles – “Ellu sevai”

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