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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 also known as daal tadka- meaning lentils cooked and tempered with spiced oil is a very popular dish at moist Indian homes. 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 ghe this daal is comfort food for sure.

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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

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

Homemade Bircher Muesli

Oh how I love Bircher muesli. I used to make it all the time years ago, and Hitesh and I would have it every morning.  It was a quick breakfast that didn’t require much work, all the prep was done and all we had to do is have a scoop in the morning with a little milk and berries.  It was sweet and delicious and had everything in a bowl – whole grain oats, honey, apple, dried fruits, and yogurt.  Not only did it satisfy us for hours, it tasted amazing. Continue reading Homemade Bircher Muesli

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