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Caramelized Shallots and Super Greens Curry

Super Greens are a blend of leafy green vegetables that are a mix of baby kale, spinach, Swiss chard and turnip greens. What makes this combination of greens so delicious in this curry is that the greens themselves have a distinct flavor of their own making this a very flavorful dish. Lightly browned shallots and spices such as coriander and turmeric add just the right amount of seasoning to turn these greens into a delicious curry perfect to have as a side with chicken or fish, or serve it with naan, rice or chapati.  Continue reading Caramelized Shallots and Super Greens Curry

Spring Vegetable Paella

A couple weeks ago was my eldest daughter Sridevi’s birthday, and all she wanted was to have dinner at restaurant Coqueta in San Francisco. Coqueta is a California Spanish tapas style restaurant situated on the waterfront on the Embarcadero in beautiful Pier 5 in San Francisco.  This is an extremely popular place and reservations are hard to come by, but Sridevi wanted this dinner so badly that she made her own reservation over a month in advance 😀. Continue reading Spring Vegetable Paella

Moong Daal. Moong Bean Lentils Cooked in Indian Spices

Moong daal is a very common lenil soup prepared in many Indian homes with each family having their own unique recipe depending on the region of India they are from. This moong daal recipe is one that I learnt from my Mom, and she lived all over India – for all I know this moong daal recipe is a smorgasbord of flavors from all parts of India.    She grew up in Northern India, lived in Western India after marriage, and is originally from Southern India. Continue reading Moong Daal. Moong Bean Lentils Cooked in Indian Spices

Spinach and Peas in Curried Cream Broth

A light and delicious soup made with lots of springtime peas and spinach, a lightly spiced soup which can also be had ladled over white rice. This has to be quickest soup-like curry one can make.  Spinach and peas cook so fast and if you want to go the easy route using frozen spinach and peas makes this dish an even quicker dish to make. Just fry up garlic and ginger, add in the spices, vegetables and protein of you choice (I used tofu) and cook everything for a few minutes until the veggies are tender. Then add a touch of cream and serve the dish as a soup or with a steaming bowl of white rice. Quick, easy, delicious and positively healthy this dish is. Give it a try! Continue reading Spinach and Peas in Curried Cream Broth

Cauliflower Ginger Soup

For a different type of cauliflower soup with the spicy edge of fresh ginger give this soup a try.  I remember having cauliflower ginger soup at a restaurant a while back and ever since then I’ve wanted to replicate it at home. Fresh ginger adds a nice kick of spiciness  giving the soup a uniquely Asian influence of flavor. Add coconut milk to make the soup creamy and the result is a quick and easy delicious cauliflower ginger soup. Continue reading Cauliflower Ginger Soup

Herbed Quinoa with Brussels Sprouts & Sugar Snap Peas

Nutrient packed quinoa and Brussels sprouts all cooked with herbs and spices is a delicious pilaf style dish that is perfect for lunch or to have as a side dish with chicken or fish. If you purchase already cut veggies then this dish is the fastest and easiest pilaf to make. With loads of veggies this pilaf will definitely take care of at least half the veggie quota for the day. Two cups of Brussels sprouts, two cups of sugar snap peas, leeks, herbs, turmeric and coriander, with all these wonderful veggies and spices the pilaf is as flavorful as ever. Delicious, satisfying, filling and healthy. Give it a try! Continue reading Herbed Quinoa with Brussels Sprouts & Sugar Snap Peas

Radish Daal

Soft creamy lentils cooked with radish and spices make a deliciously warm bowl of daal. Radish also known as daikon has such a distinct flavor almost like a mild wasabi type of flavor that to give this unique flavor a chance to shine through the spices in this daal are kept to a minimum.  All this lentil soup has is cumin, turmeric and asafetida. Served over fluffy white rice this radish daal is comfort food at it’s best.

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Red and Green Swiss Chard Raita

This is a double duty recipe ✌️😋.  Make the wilted greens for dinner the night before and save the leftovers for a refreshing yogurt raita the next day.  Both are healthy, delicious and take very little time to whip up. To make the wilted chard just sauté with garlic and turmeric and then use what’s leftover to make a yogurt raita.  Continue reading Red and Green Swiss Chard Raita

Whole Wheat Couscous Pilaf with Mixed Vegetables

Whole-wheat couscous with plenty of colorful vegetables and flavorful Indian spices turns a rather ordinary pasta grain into something scrumptious. With loads of veggies such as finely chopped bell peppers, carrots, peas, tomatoes, onions, green beans, and shelled edamame, this pilaf is veggie delicious 😋. Continue reading Whole Wheat Couscous Pilaf with Mixed Vegetables

Cabbage Sauté with Turmeric and Asafetida

Shredded cabbage sautéed with asafetida, turmeric and cumin seeds is one of our favorite vegetable dishes. When I make this cabbage curry, we have it with rasam (tomato and lentil soup) or daal (lentil soup) and rice. We don’t require much else.  Simple, delicious, wholesome – this meal is always comfort food in our family. Continue reading Cabbage Sauté with Turmeric and Asafetida