Tag Archives: legumes & grains

Kichdi. Gujarati Rice and Lentil Pilaf

Kichdi is an Indian rice dish made with rice and lentils lightly seasoned with turmeric and salt and then cooked until tender.  Between the energy boosting rice and the protein rich lentils, kichdi is considered a very healthy vegetarian dish. Considered comfort food in Western India in states like Gujarat and Rajasthan kichdi is usually served when one wants a quiet simple dish. Continue reading Kichdi. Gujarati Rice and Lentil Pilaf

Araicha Kootu. South Indian Squash Stew with Coconut Paste

Kootu is a type of vegetable stew that is made often in South Indian homes and is a great way to combine lentils and vegetables in a one pot dish.  Kootu is made with vegetables, lentils and fresh coconut that are all delicately flavored with spices and is served over steaming white rice. With this combination of ingredients one doesn’t need anything else  – protein, starch and vegetables are all taken care of in one delicious meal. Continue reading Araicha Kootu. South Indian Squash Stew with Coconut Paste

Homemade Granola Bars with Dried Fruits and Superseeds

Do you enjoy Nature Valley granola bars? Those healthy afternoon pick me up bars are popular in our house especially when we want something healthyish to give us a late afternoon energy boost.  Think Nature Valley granola bars made at home but more gooey and soft and with lots more flavor.  Continue reading Homemade Granola Bars with Dried Fruits and Superseeds

Polenta with Braised Greens and Stir Fry Asparagus

I had received my farm box last week and in it were beautiful veggies such as chard, turnip greens and a big bunch of asparagus. I usually like to make pasta or risotto with these veggies to show off their delicate flavors, but this time I wanted to try something different, like polenta. Continue reading Polenta with Braised Greens and Stir Fry Asparagus

Mash up of Mediterranean and Indian Pilaf. Cauliflower Rice with Artichokes

Hi folks. Is it just me who has become a little lazy because of this quarantine?  Perfect example is how I came up with this recipe last week.  I needed to pick up a few ingredients for a lunchy type of meal but honestly I was being lazy – I didn’t want to bother going to the grocery store if it meant wearing a mask, standing in line, and then wipe down everything when I came home, so what did I do?  I rummaged in my freezer for ingredients on hand and found cauliflower rice, frozen artichokes and quinoa and used these three to make a mash up of Mediterranean and Indian flavors. Continue reading Mash up of Mediterranean and Indian Pilaf. Cauliflower Rice with Artichokes

Spring Garlic and Asparagus Risotto

In the springtime around here farmer’s markets bring out some uniquely springtime produce such as tender garlic.  These garlic actually look like small pale pink onions.  The flavor of spring garlic is like a cross between garlic and green onions.  Continue reading Spring Garlic and Asparagus Risotto

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. Continue reading Simple Savory Oatmeal with Ghee, Mustard Seeds and Caraway Seeds

Stuffed Chile Relleno with Kale, Sweet Potato and Squash

Packed with nutrients, delicious and decadent, a baked chili relleno from our favorite Mexican restaurant Zona Rosa is what I tried to replicate in this recipe.  I stuffed my peppers with a similar variety of veggies including kale, sweet potatoes and squash. I then added quinoa and cheese, and baked the peppers on a bed of black beans. Continue reading Stuffed Chile Relleno with Kale, Sweet Potato and Squash