My friend Pallavi made this outstanding Indian curry with purple potatoes, peppers and baby turnips when we went to her and her husband Parag’s place for dinner one Saturday evening. This combination of vegetables was very unusual for me, but as I found out it wasn’t a veggie combination that Pallavi makes often either. Pallavi explained that she had just picked up these vegetables from the Farmer’s Market and decided to use this rather unusual combination of veggies as the inspiration for her very delicious North Indian spiced curry. Here is the recipe. Continue reading Purple Potato, Pepper & Baby Turnips Curry
This is my all time favorite way to have haricot vert beans – lightly seasoned and cooked to perfection. If you are looking for a unique way to serve green beans, this is the recipe to try.
Haricot vert beans also known as French green beans tend to be skinnier than the regular green beans, and because of this, they cook faster and taste fresh even after being lightly sautéed with spices. Hericot vert green beans are so tender that they taste amazing when they are cut into tiny pieces allowing the delicate flavors from the interior of the green beans to come through. Continue reading Haricot Verts with Cumin Seeds, Asafoetida and Turmeric
I made this zucchini curry with mushrooms and paneer with a third of a giant zucchini I received from my friend Karen. This zucchini was huge and I had to come up with some creative ways to use this crudités.
My first dish was an Indian curry. I was having some friends over for dinner and a fresh zucchini curry with mushrooms and paneer seemed like a perfect dish to make for the occasion.
Mattar Paneer is a North Indian vegetable dish made with green peas and paneer in a spiced tomato gravy. I had a delicious Mattar Paneer at my friend Pallavi’s home one evening, and asked her for the recipe.
Our family was invited to friends Pallavi and Parag’s home for dinner one weekend and what a feast we were treated to. I haven’t had a North Indian dinner like this in a very long time. So many varieties of vegetarian dishes all prepared at home by Pallavi and her Mom were a feast for the senses.
North Indian fare that is different from what I am used to cooking was a lovely change from my usual cuisine. Everything looked colourful and tasted amazing. We had over ten vegetarian dishes all prepared by Pallavi and her Mom, Sarla Aunty. Dinner was just scrumptious and a spread worthy of the Rajas (Kings) of India. Continue reading A North Indian Vegetarian Feast at Pallavi & Parag’s
Okra also called ladies fingers is an interesting vegetable. Growing up my Mom made okra quiet a lot, but I wasn’t always a big fan of this vegetable mainly because I didn’t like the texture of okra. It’s slimy when cut and that’s what turns many people off. But my Mom very often made an okra stir-fry in a well-seasoned old wok that got rid of the sliminess, and to get us kids to eat this very unusual vegetable she would tell us okra is good for the brain, that it makes us smarter, so we ate it slimy or not.
Okra provides about 22% of RDA per 100g of okra (which is about 3/4 cup of okra). RDA is short for Recommended Dietary Allowances that the Food and Nutrition Board of the National Academy of Sciences puts out every few years. There is an RDA value attached to each food item. Think about it, 3/4 cup of okra has 22% of a person’s daily-recommended allowance of nutrients – that is pretty high! The many health benefits of okra Continue reading Roasted Pan Sautéed Okra
Rajma is a North Indian kidney-bean curry that is usually eaten with white rice. Rajma is one of those dishes I make when I’ve run out of fresh veggies or don’t feel like cutting a bunch of veggies. It’s quick and easy yet nutritious and delicious all at the same time. If you are like me and always have a few non-perishable goods on hand like a selection of canned beans and tomato sauce, rajma will become one of those go-to meals to make in an instant.
Continue reading Rajma. North Indian Spiced Kidney Beans
This variation of Indian spiced potatoes is my all time favorite. I think that’s because it is what I grew up with. Any time my Mom made potatoes this is what she made. The recipe is very simple in flavoring and goes really well with dhal (spiced lentil soup) and rice, or as a side dish with fish or chicken. Continue reading Turmeric Spiced Potatoes
Cauliflower & Sugar Snap Peas in Curried Coconut Broth with Braised Tofu
makes 4 servings
Every time I roast mushrooms for a pasta dish or quiche or even as an appetizer it always occurs to me that these gorgeous roasted mushrooms would taste wonderful with some Indian spices. I finally decided one day to make that roasted mushroom curry I’d been thinking about for a long time. I added paneer (pressed curd cheese) to the dish to give it some substance, but you can also use tofu or any meat of your choice instead. Here is the recipe.