Category Archives: Indian Food

Celebrating the Indian Harvest Festival of Shankranthi – Pongal Festival 2023

Hello and Happy Tuesday! Hope you had a good long weekend. Ours was mostly low key as it’s been a rainy stormy weekend around here. So it was kind of nice to actually get out of the house and go some where we could get dressed up. We met our cousins to celebrate the Indian harvest festival of Shankranthi, also called Pongal among South Indian Tamilians.

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Mixed Vegetable Rice and Quinoa Pilau with Aromatic Spices

Mixed veggies, a blend of rice and quinoa and aromatic spices such as nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon and bay leaves make a delicious veggie rice main course that’s perfect with a side of creamy yogurt.

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Green Peas and Cilantro Upma. Green Pea Cream of Wheat Pilaf

Upma is a classic South Indian savory dish made with cream of wheat. It’s a fluffy pilaf that is minimally spiced and made with veggies of your choice. In this recipe I made upma with green peas and cilantro for a deliciously light and flavorful lunch option.

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Vangi Bath. South Indian Eggplant Fried Rice

Vangi bath which translates to eggplant rice is a popular dish in Southern India. In this dish eggplant is cooked with spices then combined with cooked rice to make the vangi bath. Delicious as a main course or accompanied with a side of yogurt, for a delicious one pot meal give this eggplant fried rice a try.

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Black Eyed Peas and Squash Stew. Kerala Olan Coconut Vegetable Stew

Loaded with good for you ingredients like black eyed peas and butternut squash all delicately flavored with curry leaves and cooked with coconut milk. This is a simple dish with lots of flavor. Serve it alongside quinoa and you have a nutrient packed dinner that is satisfying and delicious.

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