Tag Archives: legumes & grains

New Year’s Day Black-Eyed Pea Fritters

Growing up in the South in Texas and Louisiana, one of the New Year’s customs I became familiar with is having black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day for good luck in the coming year. There are many dishes that one can add black-eyed peas to from stews to soups, tacos and burritos to salads and appetizers. For my New Years Day black-eyed pea dish I have chosen to make Black Eyed Pea Fritters. Continue reading New Year’s Day Black-Eyed Pea Fritters

Roasted Hazelnuts & Cashew Granola

I got this recipe when I was watching my favorite Food Network show Barefoot Contessa with Ina Garten. She was making brunch dishes and this hazelnut granola was one of the items featured.  All it had was nuts, honey, oats and oil.  That’s it.  When was the last time you saw a granola recipe that had so few ingredients and was so easy to make that all you do is combine and bake? Continue reading Roasted Hazelnuts & Cashew Granola

Sugar Snap Peas, Leeks & Asparagus Cumin Quinoa Salad

You will be surprised at how much flavor toasted cumin seeds add to this salad. If you find leeks to be on the stronger side with an edgy bite to it,  you can use garlic instead in this hearty and healthy salad. Continue reading Sugar Snap Peas, Leeks & Asparagus Cumin Quinoa Salad

Uma’s Spiced Coconut Quinoa

This coconut quinoa dish is a variation of a traditional South Indian Tamil rice pilaf called Thenga Sadham (coconut rice). In this version my cousin Uma made the same coconut rice but with quinoa instead of rice when we went for lunch one weekend. Continue reading Uma’s Spiced Coconut Quinoa

Stuffed Peppers with Mexican Spiced Veggies & Black Beans

This is a variation of stuffed peppers that I like to make with a frozen vegetable mix called Southwest Blend. This frozen veggie mix is really good, it has bell peppers, black beans, corn, poblano peppers, and roasted onions. With this combination of veggies you really don’t need to chop a whole lot of veggies. I took my cue for the seasoning for the stuffed peppers from the Southwest mix which has a Mexican slant to them.

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Sundal. Savory Chickpeas and Coconut Snack

Every year in the fall, during the ten-day Indian festival of Navrathri, I am invited to a few of my friend’s homes for Golu where we are treated to a traditional south Indian Tamil snack called Sundal. We always look forward to eating this dish. In fact, all Tamilians make sundal for special occasions and there are many variations. Sundal is made with different types of pulses or legumes. Continue reading Sundal. Savory Chickpeas and Coconut Snack

Butter Bean Salad

It was a cloudy day when I stopped by my friend Shalini ‘s place for lunch on her birthday back in late April.  I was so happy to have somewhere to go on this cold and dreary rainy day because honestly otherwise I would have been at home binge watching some TV show. This way I got out of the house and spent a lovely afternoon with my dear friend Shalini over a healthy and delicious lunch at her place. Continue reading Butter Bean Salad

Black Bean & Corn Salsa

I had a small group of friends over for a holiday tea a few months ago.  I thought a simple tea would be a great way to get all of us together and catch up.  Everyone offered to bring something, and we ended up with a wide variety of snacks and treats. Continue reading Black Bean & Corn Salsa