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A Flavorful Vegetarian Lunch at Devi & Del’s

My Dad visits us here in California about once every year, and every time he visits we are invited for lunch or dinner at a few of our friend’s homes. One of our dear friends are Devi and Del, and over the years going to Devi and Del’s home for lunch when Dad visits has become almost a tradition. The last time we headed over to Devi’s we were treated to a delicious vegetarian Indian lunch. Our friend Rose and her son Alex joined us too, and we all had a lively afternoon discussing cultures (India, U.S. and Philippines) and U.S. politics. Oh my what an animated debate we had – all in good humor 😄. Continue reading A Flavorful Vegetarian Lunch at Devi & Del’s

Spinach and Ridge Gourd Soup

Kootu is a popular vegetable stew made in many parts of southern India. The basic recipe for kootu is vegetables cooked with lentils, spices and shredded coconut to form a thick stew which is typically eaten over white rice. In this recipe however I’ve chosen to make kootu into more of a soup by substituting the traditional shredded coconut and lentils that go in kootu with coconut milk to give kootu a more soupy consistency, perfect for a Sunday soup day.  Continue reading Spinach and Ridge Gourd Soup

Sarson Ki Saag. Mustard Greens Curry

I am so excited to share this greens curry recipe with you all, it is positively packed and I mean packed with good for you leafy greens and tastes amazing! Sarson ki saag is a springtime mustard greens curry that is cooked seasonally in spring in northern India in states such as UP when mustard greens are readily available at the farmer’s markets. Because mustard greens are rarely available rest of the year mustard greens curry is a favorite dish in the spring in this region. Even here in California I find that mustard greens are mostly available in the spring at the farmer’s markets, and if I am lucky I can sometimes find them in the freezer section at our local grocery stores. Continue reading Sarson Ki Saag. Mustard Greens Curry

Swiss Chard and Paneer Curry

Swiss Chard and Paneer Curry

Ingredients:

  • 3 bunches of Swiss chard – about 6-8 cups finely chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves finely crushed
  • 1 tbsp ginger paste or shredded fresh ginger
  • 1 block paneer or tofu cut into small chunks
  • 1 green chili – seeds removed and cut length wise
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 2 tsp coriander powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder or paprika
  • Cilantro for garnish
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Oil

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Lakshmi’s Out of this World Veggie Pakoras

Happy International Women’s Day! 🌹🌷

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This is the perfect recipe to share on International Women’s Day as I made these delicious pakoras with my girlfriends Lakshmi and Basanthi. Pakoras are deep fried Indian fritters made with chickpea flour and vegetables. Some of the best pakoras I’ve had are made by my friend Lakshmi. She makes the most delicious pakoras I have ever tasted. Any time Lakshmi is invited to a dinner gathering or a party, she brings her signature appetizer – her veggie pakoras. Lakshmi’s pakoras are in a league of their own – full of a wide variety of vegetables, crunchy, with a kick of green chili spiciness, they are so good that you could never have just two or three. It’s the variety of vegetables that makes her pakoras taste so good. The veggies add so many flavors that there are no spices in these pakoras, just salt and green chilies for a little heat. Continue reading Lakshmi’s Out of this World Veggie Pakoras

Kashayam. A Soothing Ayurvedic Herbal Tonic

Kashayam is an herbal tonic used in the ancient Indian healing and medicinal art of Ayurveda. Kashayam refers to a water tonic that is made with a single herb or spice or a combination of herbs and spices.  Kashayam has been used for thousands of years in southern India as a form of homeopathic and natural medicine to help clear away coughs to common colds, sore throats, and stomach issues. Kashayam is not a medicine but rather a soothing herbed water to help alleviate the symptoms of these ailments. Continue reading Kashayam. A Soothing Ayurvedic Herbal Tonic

Fenugreek Spiced Spinach and Potato Curry

Fenugreek otherwise known as Methi in Hindi is extremely healthy for you. The tender leaves are used in many Indian dishes and are cooked just as you would any greens such as spinach or chard.  Fenugreek leaves give a distinct flavor and aroma to any dish they are added to.  Fresh fenugreek leaves can be found at Indian grocery stores but are mostly available only seasonally.  Now a days, frozen fenugreek leaves can be bought in the freezer section of Indian grocery stores all year round. These frozen leaves have the same flavor and aroma as fresh fenugreek leaves and look like frozen spinach. Continue reading Fenugreek Spiced Spinach and Potato Curry

Usha’s Chai Spice Blend

Indian chai is the perfect aromatic and warming tea drink to give you a little pick me up. Chai is made by brewing black tea with milk, sugar, and spices. In the Western region of India in Gujarat, chai is made with a chai spice blend. This chai spice blend can have anywhere from three spices to more than five spices. The most common spices in a chai spice blend are cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, nutmeg, and black pepper. These spices create a warming, soothing effect, and also act as a natural digestive aid.

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Chai. Indian Spiced Tea

Looking for something to warm you up on a cold winter afternoon?  Try making Indian chai. Indian chai also called masala chai is black tea brewed with milk, sugar and a complex blend of herbs and spices. Typical chai spices consist of cardamom, ginger, and cloves. These spices are known to create a warming soothing effect and act as a natural digestive aid. Continue reading Chai. Indian Spiced Tea