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Potato Pea Curry

This simple and easy potato and green pea curry is a classic Indian dish and very popular in many Indian homes.  Usually served with chapatis or puris (fried whole wheat chapatis) this veggie curry makes for a deliciously comforting meal.  The curry is saucy and mildly spiced so if you want it can even be had as a warm bowl of stew.  The sauce is made up of fresh tomatoes that get cooked with onions and spices, then the potatoes and green peas are added and cooked together.  A squeeze of fresh lemon juice at the end adds some tang and then it’s topped with plenty of fresh cilantro. On days when you want a mildly spiced Indian dish that will warm the body and the psyche, this is the one make. Continue reading Potato Pea Curry

Indian Style Eggs & Parisian Style Sandwich

Good Thursday everyone. How is your week so far?  Quiet and calm? Our week started with everyone working from home and online schooling.  The kids are in a routine with their remote learning, although they did grumble that they didn’t like it. They miss school.  You know, the silver lining with this stay at home order is that now kids appreciate school a lot more 😀.  Even Hitesh had a few sighs of how he misses the social aspect and human touch that work provides.  Nonetheless we are staying put at home to ride this out. Continue reading Indian Style Eggs & Parisian Style Sandwich

Yellow Daal. Daal Tadka

Yellow daal or what is also known as daal tadka- meaning lentils cooked and tempered with spiced oil is a very popular dish at Indian restaurants and a favorite daal in our home. My daughter Rani especially loves this daal.  Anytime she sees me making lentils, she’ll ask, “Is that yellow daal your making?”  With aromatic spices, ginger garlic and onions all shallow fried in ghee, and served over white rice, this daal is comfort food for sure. Continue reading Yellow Daal. Daal Tadka

Simple Savory Oatmeal with Ghee, Mustard Seeds and Caraway Seeds

My Mom-in-law used to make this savory oatmeal in the mornings when she visited me here in California a while back and I remember looking at it with such curiosity.  It was a very simple dish really – creamy oatmeal with a touch of spices and a pinch of salt. Mom-in-law did add a piece of green chili for some heat but it added just a hint.  Her oatmeal was oatmeal in color with minimal spices such as mustard seeds and caraway seeds.  It was meant to be a simple and quick savory oatmeal.  Continue reading Simple Savory Oatmeal with Ghee, Mustard Seeds and Caraway Seeds

Kootu. White Pumpkin and Daikon Lentil Stew

This South Indian style stew called kootu is commonly made with squash, soft lentils, spices and fresh coconut, and is served over white rice.  With a few mild spices such as asafetida, mustard seeds, cumin seeds and turmeric and with lots of veggies and lentils, kootu is delicious and wholesome. Continue reading Kootu. White Pumpkin and Daikon Lentil Stew

Saag Sabjee with Paneer. Greens Curry with Paneer

I just got back from a Farmer’s Market trip and came home with a basket full of gorgeous greens, baby turnips, broccoli, green onions and ginger.  All these vegetables reminded me of a curry that our friend Pallavi had made on a cold rainy February evening a while back with all these exact same vegetables.  Pallavi’s dish was called saag sabjee – translation – greens curry.  She had made it for a special birthday celebration we had for Hitesh. Continue reading Saag Sabjee with Paneer. Greens Curry with Paneer

Rasia Mutia. Chickpea flour Dumplings in Spiced Yogurt Broth

Rasia mutia is a yogurt soup from the state of Gujarat in the Western part of India.  It is a delicately spiced yogurt broth with chickpea flour dumplings called mutias.  The dumplings are made with day old rice, turmeric, chickpea flour, ginger, garlic, and salt.  These are then steamed and added to the yogurt broth. To prevent the yogurt broth from curdling when heated the yogurt is blended with chickpea flour that acts as rue for the yogurt soup.   A rather unusual yogurt soup that is considered “ordinary” and not worthy of serving for company, you wont find this at any Indian restaurant.  However this is a totally unique homemade soup that is delicious and healthy as well. Give it a try! Continue reading Rasia Mutia. Chickpea flour Dumplings in Spiced Yogurt Broth

Mutias. Gujarati Rice and Chickpea Flour Dumplings

Mutias are steamed dumplings that are a specialty in the western state of Gujarat in India. These dumplings are made with day-old rice, chickpea flour, shredded vegetables, fresh cilantro, ginger, and a few spices. This combination of ingredients is mixed together and formed into dumplings, steamed and then shallow fried with mustard seeds. No only are mutias delicious what is surprising is how filling these mutias are; it’s the chickpea flour and rice veggie combination that makes these dumplings a satisfying meal.  Mutias can be served as an appetizer or as a light lunch option with a side salad. Give them a try! Continue reading Mutias. Gujarati Rice and Chickpea Flour Dumplings

Masala Vadas – Yellow Split Pea Lentil Fritters

Vadas are very popular lentil fritters that are made all over India.  Crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside, vadas are delicious appetizers and snack time treats.  There are as many vada recipes out there as the various types of lentils.  The basic recipe for vada involves soaking lentils in water for a few hours to soften, and then they are ground into a thick coarse batter to which vegetables and spices are added.  The thick batter is then deep-fried.  Vadas are usually served with a side of chutney like coconut chutney.  For those of you living in the South think of these as hush puppies except these are made with lentils. Continue reading Masala Vadas – Yellow Split Pea Lentil Fritters