Category Archives: Dairy free recipes

Tomato Onion Gotsu. South Indian Tamil Tomato Sauce

Gotsu is saucy gravy made in South Indian Tamil homes to accompany rice dishes and steamed rice dumplings called idlis. Gotsu is usually made as a quick salsa like sauce to go with any dish on the menu.  This tomato onion gotsu is one that my Mom used to make to accompany a lentil and rice dish called pongal.  Mom’s simple rice pongal along with her tomato gotsu were always a hit in our home and was truly comfort food.  One can serve gotsu warm or at room temperature over your favorite rice dish, or even over chicken or fish. Here is the recipe for Mom’s pongal recipe.  For a simple and quick tomato and onion gotsu the recipe is below.   Continue reading Tomato Onion Gotsu. South Indian Tamil Tomato Sauce

Pongal. South Indian Tamil Rice and Lentil Porridge

Pongal is a South Indian Tamil rice dish made with rice and lentils that are cooked like a thick porridge. Rice and lentils are cooked together with salt and turmeric until very tender and then mixed in with ghee and toasted black peppercorns. As comforting a dish as it can get, this is a pure clean flavor that tastes awesome with a side of spiced tomato sauce called gotsu. Continue reading Pongal. South Indian Tamil Rice and Lentil Porridge

Fresh Tomato Carrot Soup

It was a beautiful summer day, very pleasant in our Bay Area microclimate, and I had just received a huge basket of garden fresh tomatoes from my neighbor Jim, and here I was watching an episode of Barefoot Contessa on TV with a recipe for fresh tomato soup,  I couldn’t believe it!  The timing couldn’t have been more appropriate, it was the perfect time to make tomato soup with my newly delivered stash of garden tomatoes.
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Raisin Nut Cardamom Superseed Truffles

Looking to make some homemade energy bites that taste positively yummy with loads of all-natural ingredients such as nuts and superseeds  – give these cardamom, raisin and nut superseed truffles a try. Packed with a variety of nuts, lots of superseeds such as chia seeds and flax meal, and lightly sweetened from honey and raisins, these are really really delicious energy bites and make for the perfect snack time treat. Continue reading Raisin Nut Cardamom Superseed Truffles

Creamy Broccoli Vegetable Soup

A delicious creamy vegetable soup with lots of vegetables, this soup will take care of more than just one serving of veggies for the day. With 1lb of broccoli, two cups of carrots, bell peppers and a potato for that creamy texture, this soup is filling as it is delicious. If you so desire add a bit of cream or milk or keep it vegan and dairy-free, either way this is a delicious veggie soup 😋. Continue reading Creamy Broccoli Vegetable Soup

Bharazi. Black Eyed Peas in Coconut Milk

Looking for a totally different black-eyed pea recipe to make for good luck in the New Year?  A dish from East Africa? Try this black-eyed pea stew called bharazi created by Indians living in Kenya.  Bharazi is an Indianized Kenyan dish made with black-eyed peas or pigeon peas, coconut milk, and spices. Continue reading Bharazi. Black Eyed Peas in Coconut Milk

Orange Dijon Vinaigrette

Orange Dijon Vinaigrette is a recipe I collected from my friend Deb whom I recently saw at a holiday luncheon where she had brought an arugula and spinach salad with persimmons, orange, and pomegranate for our lunch soiree.  This salad tasted outstanding! Not only was the combination of salad greens and fruit perfect, the dressing made the salad taste even better. Continue reading Orange Dijon Vinaigrette

Baby Spinach, Persimmon & Quinoa Salad

Baby Spinach, Persimmon & Quinoa Salad is a dish that our friend Van brought to our mutual friends Dave and Rose’s dinner gathering that I absolutely couldn’t get enough of. I must have had two to three plate full’s of this salad. I liked it so much that I wanted to ask Van for her recipe, but I really didn’t need to, as it had just four wholesome ingredients – baby spinach, red quinoa, sunflower seeds, and persimmons; all tossed in a simple vinaigrette. Continue reading Baby Spinach, Persimmon & Quinoa Salad

Cardamom Cashew Pistachio Granola

Want to give homemade granola over the holidays? Try making this variation of granola with the sweet aroma of cardamom. If you like the exotic flavor of cardamom, this will become your new favorite granola. To make this recipe easy I made my granola with already roasted cashews and pistachios and just added them at the end after the granola was toasted. Very easy and delicious this granola recipe is and if you love having granola with Greek yogurt in the mornings, then this will surely add an exotic twist to your morning granola routine. Give it a try! Continue reading Cardamom Cashew Pistachio Granola

Mint Chutney on Pita Bread with Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Looking for a totally original, delicious, and healthy appetizer to serve at your next dinner gathering?  This appetizer is the most creative and delicious appetizer I have had in a while – spicy homemade mint chutney spread on pita bread and then topped with roasted Brussels sprouts.  It’s so unique and delicious. Continue reading Mint Chutney on Pita Bread with Roasted Brussels Sprouts