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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

Rasam

Oh my Goodness – Rasam! It is comfort food to the Nth degree. Think chicken soup but for vegetarians.  Just as chicken soup makes one feel good when they have a cold or flu so does rasam for us vegetarians. In fact in our home or for that matter in most South Indian homes, when one is under the weather the first question they get asked is “Shall I make rasam for you?” Rasam is a ubiquitous feel good soup and is such an integral part of a traditional South Indian meal that every meal will usually include rasam on the menu.

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Bay Leaf Cardamom Vegetable Daal & A Visit From My Sister

Think Asian flavors like coconut milk and Siracha combined with North Indian flavors such as bay leaves and cardamom pods, combined with South Indian flavors such as mustard seeds and cumin seeds – this is a dish that combines all these flavors into one delectable lentil stew.  Ladled over steaming white rice with a squeeze of limejuice, this rather eclectic lentil daal is delicious and filling.  Continue reading Bay Leaf Cardamom Vegetable Daal & A Visit From My Sister

Indian Masala Buns

Truth be told I had never tasted Indian masala buns until one of my dear friends made them one time when I had gone over for tea, I’m talking over a decade ago! She fondly reminisced of her Dad making them for her and her brother when she was growing up and served them nostiligically for us to have with a little butter. I can honestly say I haven’t had these buns since then. That was the first and last time I had masala buns – it’s been a long time! I don’t know why then, recently I have been craving home made bread but not just any bread –  savory Indian masala buns jazzed up with onions, green chilis and spices.  Continue reading Indian Masala Buns

Spicy Ginger Hermit Bars

Chunky, moist, sweet and spicy, these ginger bars are awesome accompanied with a warm cup of tea for a winner of a cozy combination ☕️ 🍪. These delicious spicy ginger bars have golden raisins, candied ginger, molasses, warming spices, and dark rum – doesn’t all this make your mouth water 😋?   Spicy Ginger Bars from my favorite celebrity chef Ina Garten came to mind this week as its been cold and rainy and there is something about cold wintery days that makes me crave warming spices like nutmeg, ginger and cinnamon. This is an awesome sweet treat to make when the weather gets cold and all you want is something sweet with a warm cup of tea. The best part is these bars are easy to make and taste great! Continue reading Spicy Ginger Hermit Bars

Coconut Rice

This classic South Indian rice made with fresh coconut, curry leaves and spices is a favored rice among many families. Coconut rice is so easy to make that it is one of those go-to rice dishes to whip up in just minutes. Very often coconut rice is a common picnic item as it holds up well and tastes great at room temperature. Usually served with some crunchy potato chips coconut rice makes a great rice dish to have for lunch or dinner with a side of any vegetable dish. Continue reading Coconut Rice

Stuffed Eggplant with Spicy Almond Meal

Stuffed eggplant is a popular Indian curry with many variations. I am mostly familiar with two versions of stuffed eggplants – one is my Mom-in-law’s recipe which involves stuffing eggplants with chickpea flour and spices, the other is a South Indian Tamil version in which eggplants are stuffed with lentils, shredded coconut and spices. In this new recipe however I thought I would stuff the eggplants with a spicy almond meal and I tell you folks, this has to be the easiest and my new favorite stuffed eggplant curry! Continue reading Stuffed Eggplant with Spicy Almond Meal

Carrot Apple Spice Cake

This delicious carrot apple cake made with fresh carrots, apples, spices, and brown sugar is a wonderful recipe from Averie Cooks .  The cake is warm and moist from all the fresh grated carrots and apples, and delicious with the lovely flavors of winter spices. My friend Nishma made this carrot apple spice cake when we were over for dinner and when she served it slightly warm with a warm cup of tea, it was heavenly!  Continue reading Carrot Apple Spice Cake