Pumpkin Moong Dal

19 Sep

Pumpkin Moong Dal

Pumpkin and moong dal hit it off beautifully together. Mild to taste, the two combine an wide array of flavors very well. This recipe of pumpkin moong dal makes the most of this attribute, with its luxurious use of curry leaves and masalas.

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Gur ka Paratha: 3-Ingredient Jaggery Flatbread

6 Sep

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

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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Banana Peanut Smoothie

21 Aug

Peanut butter in smoothies is all the rage and I have been thinking that some of us might not want to invest in a full jar of peanut butter just for the occasional smoothie. At least in India, peanut butter isn’t a regular in most households – it is expensive and not available in smaller grocery stores.

Is there an alternative? You are in luck – I have a happy solution for you.

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Paneer Butter Masala

10 Aug

I wanted to make a paneer dish taste close to ‘paneer butter masala’ that we get in Indian restaurants. Here is what I came up with. This rich curry is a great hit with paneer lovers, something you can happily serve at a party.

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Green Beans with Roasted Nuts and Cranberries

3 Aug

Nutty, sweet flavors complement beans very well – I had taken to this idea when I first made string beans with peanuts and jaggery. This time I had green beans (French beans) on hand, which meant a milder flavor and more crunch. This felt like a good opportunity to up the experimental quotient on "nutty, sweet flavors".

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