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Potato Pea Curry

This simple and easy potato and green pea curry is a classic Indian dish and very popular in many Indian homes.  Usually served with chapatis or puris (fried whole wheat chapatis) this veggie curry makes for a deliciously comforting meal.  The curry is saucy and mildly spiced so if you want it can even be had as a warm bowl of stew.  The sauce is made up of fresh tomatoes that get cooked with onions and spices, then the potatoes and green peas are added and cooked together.  A squeeze of fresh lemon juice at the end adds some tang and then it’s topped with plenty of fresh cilantro. On days when you want a mildly spiced Indian dish that will warm the body and the psyche, this is the one make. Continue reading Potato Pea Curry

Yellow Daal. Daal Tadka

Yellow daal or what is also known as daal tadka- meaning lentils cooked and tempered with spiced oil is a very popular dish at Indian restaurants and a favorite daal in our home. 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 ghee, and served over white rice, this daal is comfort food for sure. Continue reading Yellow Daal. Daal Tadka

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. Mom-in-law did add a piece of green chili for some heat but it added just a hint.  Her oatmeal was oatmeal in color with minimal spices such as mustard seeds and caraway seeds.  It was meant to be a simple and quick savory oatmeal.  Continue reading Simple Savory Oatmeal with Ghee, Mustard Seeds and Caraway Seeds

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

Arugula and Ridge Gourd Stew in Coconut Broth

Greens are some of the healthiest vegetables we can eat and the best way to get more greens in every spoon full is to add them to soups, curries and stews. It’s amazing how many bags of greens you can use up when you toss them into any warm dish, they condense down to 1/4 their volume. I used 8-10 cups of arugula in this stew!  But you would never know looking at it.  This delicious stew has lots of greens such as arugula and other good for you ingredients such as ginger, turmeric, more veggies and tofu for a good dose of vegetarian protein. Served with a side of rice or quinoa this is healthy, delicious and a low caloric dish as you can get! Continue reading Arugula and Ridge Gourd Stew in Coconut Broth

Rasia Mutia. Chickpea flour Dumplings in Spiced Yogurt Broth

Rasia mutia is a yogurt soup from the state of Gujarat in the Western part of India.  It is a delicately spiced yogurt broth with chickpea flour dumplings called mutias.  The dumplings are made with day old rice, turmeric, chickpea flour, ginger, garlic, and salt.  These are then steamed and added to the yogurt broth. To prevent the yogurt broth from curdling when heated the yogurt is blended with chickpea flour that acts as rue for the yogurt soup.   A rather unusual yogurt soup that is considered “ordinary” and not worthy of serving for company, you wont find this at any Indian restaurant.  However this is a totally unique homemade soup that is delicious and healthy as well. Give it a try! Continue reading Rasia Mutia. Chickpea flour Dumplings in Spiced Yogurt Broth

Mutias. Gujarati Rice and Chickpea Flour Dumplings

Mutias are steamed dumplings that are a specialty in the western state of Gujarat in India. These dumplings are made with day-old rice, chickpea flour, shredded vegetables, fresh cilantro, ginger, and a few spices. This combination of ingredients is mixed together and formed into dumplings, steamed and then shallow fried with mustard seeds. No only are mutias delicious what is surprising is how filling these mutias are; it’s the chickpea flour and rice veggie combination that makes these dumplings a satisfying meal.  Mutias can be served as an appetizer or as a light lunch option with a side salad. Give them a try! Continue reading Mutias. Gujarati Rice and Chickpea Flour Dumplings

Green Beans Sauté

I am so excited to share this green beans recipe with you all. A couple of months ago our power had gone out for almost three days as a safety precaution shutoff from PG&E, and it happened during our Indian festival of Diwali.  This is when my friend Roli dropped off the most amazing array of home-cooked dishes for a special Diwali lunch. I tell you folks, for someone like myself who cooks often, having a home-cooked meal made by someone else and that too made by an outstanding cook like my friend Roli – the food just tasted like ambrosia. Continue reading Green Beans Sauté

Stuffed Peppers with Herbed Tofu

I was making stuffed peppers with paneer for the family one night when one of my twins requested that I make a couple without cheese. She is staying away from dairy for a while as she’s noticed she feels better eating dairy-free.  So for her peppers I substituted the paneer with tofu, and since I was making these tofu peppers just for her I asked her how she wanted them flavored – she requested with herbs. Continue reading Stuffed Peppers with Herbed Tofu