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Roasted Fennel & Chickpea Salad

The cool thing about this chickpea salad is how the roasted fennel, peppers, and onions add such wonderful flavors to this dish that it requires no dressing. Just fresh mint, lemon juice, salt and pepper.  My friend Shalini made this fennel and chickpea salad for lunch one day that was positively outstanding. Here is the recipe.
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Toor Daal. Pigeon Peas Cooked in Spices

Toor daal comes in many variations in India, as varied as the country itself, and they all taste great. Creamy yellow lentils cooked so tender they fall apart, all seasoned with spices and served over white rice has a taste that is just heaven.  Most Indian restaurants have toor daal on their menu – sometimes they may just call it yellow lentil soup.

Here is a recipe for toor daal my Mom taught me over three decades ago after returning from a visit to Ahmedabad, India. Continue reading Toor Daal. Pigeon Peas Cooked in Spices

Green Chili and Cilantro Rice with Cauliflower & Peas

My friend Veena is the Rice Queen. I’ve known Veena for over twenty years now and over the years I have had the most amazing South Indian Tamil foods prepared by her. Anything and everything she cooks is outstanding.  One of her specialties is making the most creative rice dishes I have ever had. Her rice dishes are always flavored to perfection and positively delicious.

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Geetha Masi’s Vegetable Biryani

Biryani, which is a very popular rice dish in all parts of India packed with vegetables and exotic spices comes in many variations. Each biryani recipe can be as unique as the families that make them. All biryanis are cooked with rice, spices and vegetables. Some may have meats as well. Depending on what region of India one is from and their own family traditions biryani can be made with coconut milk, shredded coconut, paneer, combination of meats, and a wide variety of unique spice blends.

This recipe is for one variation of biryani that I learnt how to make from Geetha Masi  (Masi meaning respectfully Aunty).  Geetha Masi was visiting us from Mumbai, India and offered to cook a dish that I wanted to learn – biryani was the dish I chose. Continue reading Geetha Masi’s Vegetable Biryani

Super Easy Super Delicious Super Quick Vegetarian Tacos & Taco Salad

On warm summer days tacos piled high with fresh vegetables and packed with well-seasoned kidney beans is a positively satisfying meal for lunch or dinner. This is the easiest recipe to pull together with the most stupendously delicious results.  These tacos are packed with good for you legumes such as kidney beans, chock full of leafy greens, fresh tomatoes, delicious salsa, sour cream, and a dash of shredded cheese.

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These vegetarian tacos are so good that you will have not just one or two, but three or four. However if you are like me, you will find that this dish tastes even better without the taco shell, as a taco salad.  Try it. Here is the recipe. Continue reading Super Easy Super Delicious Super Quick Vegetarian Tacos & Taco Salad

Lemon Rice

I was swimming in lemons a few weeks ago – over 275 lemons.  I posted a recipe for lemonade syrup that used up almost all of them. Guess what? I got another 100 more lemons just last week! Of course I made more lemonade syrup, but I still have a bunch of lemons sitting in my basket.

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So I thought let me make a lemon recipe that I grew up with – lemon rice.  Mind you, this recipe doesn’t use a lot of lemon – just three in fact, but it’s a great way to make a lemon flavored main dish. Continue reading Lemon Rice

Rava Idlis. Steamed Semolina Dumplings

There is something about eating hot-steamed idlis for brunch or lunch that just brings a smile to adults and kids alike in our family. Idlis are a staple in every South Indian home and made very often. The most common idlis are made by soaking lentils and rice together and blended into a batter, then fermented over night, and steamed into dumplings. These are called rice idlis.

There are easier versions of idlis to make in an instant however. My favorite idlis are rava idlis or semolina idlis. These idlis are made with roasted cream of wheat or semolina soaked in yogurt to form a thick batter, and then steamed.

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Black Bean Soup

I had this black bean soup for the first time at my friend Rose’s place a while back. I was expecting something thick and heavy when I heard she was making Black Bean Soup, but this soup is surprisingly light and thin. With some chopped cilantro and a dollop of sour cream, this variation of black bean soup was outstanding. Continue reading Black Bean Soup

Rajma. North Indian Spiced Kidney Beans

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.
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