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Kossumali. Tamil Mixed Veggie Salad with Cannelloni Beans

Here is a salad with a south Indian Tamil twist just by adding mustard seeds and asafetida oil.  These two spices can transform any salad into a traditional Tamil salad called kosumalli.  I had a variation of kosumalli when we went for dinner at our friends Padmini and Naresh’s home one evening that was made with cannelloni beans, peppers, tomatoes, and fresh corn. This salad was fresh, filling, and packed with flavor.  Continue reading Kossumali. Tamil Mixed Veggie Salad with Cannelloni Beans

Cauliflower Potato Curry in Tomato Gravy

The aroma of cauliflower and potatoes cooking with onions and spices in a saucy tomato gravy always makes me smile 😊. I fondly remember my Mom making this cauliflower potato curry when I was growing up. When Mom served the curry in little stainless steel bowls along with her warm homemade chapatis, we would take pieces of chapati and dunk them in the tomato gravy and then eat spoonfuls of tender cauliflower potato curry.  The tomato sauce is what gives the curry a nice tangy sourness that is yummy. Mom used to call this cauliflower curry “raswala cauliflower sabzi” translation “cauliflower curry in gravy.”  Oh how fondly I remember my younger days and my Mom’s cooking.  Funnily I get the same warm and feel good reaction when I make this curry for my family as well. This recipe is simple yet packs a ton of flavor. Give it a try! Continue reading Cauliflower Potato Curry in Tomato Gravy

Blistered Shishito Peppers with Mustard Seeds and Turmeric

Shishito peppers are a Japanese variety of peppers that are bright green mild chili peppers that have a green chili pepper flavor without the heat. It is said that one in every 10 shishito peppers is spicy, and it’s hard to know if that one spicy pepper will end up in your batch, making the entire experience of eating shishito peppers a lot of fun. The excitement, the anticipation, the unknown, and the wondering of  “Am I going to bite into that one spicy shishito pepper?”  makes it a fun experience eating shishito peppers 😳😡😀. Shishito peppers are so pupular these days that restaurants around town serve blistered peppers as appetizers.  Continue reading Blistered Shishito Peppers with Mustard Seeds and Turmeric

Carrot Ginger Tea Cake with Lime Glaze

Here I was waiting at the dentist’s office for my kids to get done with their appointment and as is typical of me I picked up a few magazines in the waiting room to occupy my time. Funny thing about these magazines, even though I subscribe to a few of the same magazines at home, somehow when I read them at the doctor’s office, the articles seem more interesting – go figure 🤔.  This recipe for carrot ginger tea cake is from Sunset Magazine, and is one of those magazines that I do subscribe to and get a nice crisp issue mailed to me at home. I know I went through the issue when I received it, and I know I must have seen this carrot cake recipe, but not until I saw it at the doctor’s office did it look enticing enough for me to want to make it.  I came home and promptly looked for that issue and found the recipe. Continue reading Carrot Ginger Tea Cake with Lime Glaze

Soft Tacos with Roasted Cauliflower, Leeks & Peppers

In celebration of Cinco de Mayo here is a simple and delicious recipe for soft tacos with roasted cauliflower, leeks and peppers with a few Mexican spices. Since we are celebrating Mexican culture, I would like to take this opportunity to share these photos I took of beautiful Mexican tiles at gorgeous Spanish Mission style buildings in and around California.

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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

Curried Zucchini Soup with Capsicum & Potato

The family loved loved this zucchini soup when I made it with flavorful spices, peppers and potatoes. Rani even requested a few times that I make this soup again. I told her I’ll make it as many times as she wants when we receive our giant zucchini from Karen Aunty’s veggie garden 😃. Continue reading Curried Zucchini Soup with Capsicum & Potato