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Methi Dahi: Fenugreek Flavored Yogurt

8 Aug

Methi Dahi with Indian Meal

Fenugreek seeds (methi) are packed with nutrients and healing properties – no surprise that Ayurveda swears by them. But as it happens with most things are good for you, fenugreek seeds are hard to like. In Indian cooking, fenugreek seeds are usually added in tadka and then picked out by most people (self included), never to be eaten.

I have recently discovered a trick to make these bitter brown devils palatable. This methi dahi (fenugreek flavored yogurt) recipe uses a generous amount of fenugreek seeds without rendering the final dish overly bitter. Here’s how.

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Chana Dal with Greens

24 Jul

Chana Dal with Greens

Chana dal has a rich texture and a hint of sweetness in its taste when compared to other yellow dals such as moong or toor. These qualities make chana dal the perfect pairing choice with green leafy vegetables, especially greens that lean towards bitter.  For those who would not touch fenugreek chutney or chaulai saag, a smart alternate to get their dose of greens is by "hiding" the leaves in chana dal.

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Chia Mango Pudding

16 Jul

Mango Chia Pudding

A no-cook, no-bake healthy treat, chia mango pudding can be prepared the night before and had for breakfast. A true blessing on rushed mornings.

Chia seeds are tiny powerhouses of nutrition – they are packed with protein, fibre, Omega-3 fatty acids and other micronutrients. They are also filling and, since they absorb water, they make you feel thirsty nudging you to increase your water intake.

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Tomato Carrot Soup

10 Apr

Tomato Carrot Soup

A quick tomato carrot soup that doesn’t require much toiling in the kitchen. With just a few ingredients and a couple of time-saving tools, you will have steaming hot cups of soup on the dining table within minutes.

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Baby Zucchini with Cherry Tomatoes and Feta Cheese

29 Sep

Microwaved Zucchini and Cherry Tomato

Zuchhini and tomatoes, in their miniature avatars, are really quick cooking (not to mention, really pretty looking!). This recipe of microwaved baby zucchini with cherry tomatoes and feta cheese is just right for days when you are ravenous and want to spend no time at all preparing your meal, or when you have had a heavy lunch and want to go light for dinner.

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Gur ka Paratha: 3-Ingredient Jaggery Flatbread

6 Sep

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The answer to "What have you put in it?" seems almost incredible when the dish in question is gur ka paratha. Surely something as delicious as this MUST have a long list of ingredients mixed in careful proportions? Plausible as that sounds, it really, truly does not. Gur ka paratha is one of those goodies that produce far greater output effect than input effort. Hardly any effort, and only 3 ingredients.

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Anari Aloo: Potatoes in Pomegranate Reduction

24 Aug

Anari Aloo: Potatoes in Pomegranate Reduction

No, this is not a recipe for silly potatoes. The anari in the title is अनारी (not अनाड़ी) , which implies ‘flavored with pomegranate’. I’m especially thrilled to share this recipe of anari aloo with you as it was something of a shot in the dark for me – I had no precedent or inspiration, and only followed a hunch that this way of pairing fresh pomegranate with potatoes would work.

Did it work? You bet it did!

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