Fruit and Nut Dalia (Broken Wheat Porridge)

31 Jan

Fruit and Nut Dalia

Add some fruity, nutty excitement to your porridge bowl. Dalia (broken wheat) is a favored breakfast food in many Indian homes – the grain is made by milling raw wheat grains, and is especially nutritious as it is unrefined. Dalia is a great source of vitamins, minerals, dietary fibre – all that at an affordable price.

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Carrot and Beans Stir Fry

28 Jan

Carrot Beans Stir Fry

A recipe I picked up from a friend – carrot and beans stir fry. It’s healthy, it’s simple. Next to white rice, the saffron-green of the vegetables sets up a meal with all the hues of the Indian tricolor.

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Slender Green Eggplant with Onion and Green Chilies

19 Jan

Green Eggplant with Onion and Chilies

Dress up the slender green eggplant with the heat of green chilies, the spice of coriander and the sweetness of golden onions.

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Quick Carrot Radish Curry

9 Jan

Carrot Radish Curry

Carrot radish curry that comes together in a matter of minutes. The veggies are roughly chopped and pre-cooked before being given an express sauté in spiced mustard oil.

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Methi Gobhi: Fresh Fenugreek and Cauliflower Curry

3 Jan

Methi Gobhi

Fenugreek leaves are in season. Homemade meals sparkle green with a fenugreek dish on the menu every day: methi parathas with imli chutney for Sunday brunch, methi chhole with jeera rice for the Monday lunchbox.

Make hay while the sun shines, they say. I make recipe replacements of kasoori methi (dried fenugreek) with fresh fenugreek while the greens are in lush supply. This is one such recipe: methi gobhi, a variant of gobhi kasoori methi (cauliflower with dried fenugreek) that uses fresh fenugreek instead of dry.

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Beetroot Paratha: Red Flatbread!

24 Dec

Beetroot Parathas

I know some who will not touch beetroot come what may. And so if you must feed them this fantastic food, you have to innovate. Hide it in ways that tame its taste. I present to you the gloriously colorful beetroot paratha, which has many a beetroot hater turn into a beetroot buff.

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Dahi Vada – Instant Mix Method

8 Nov

Dahi Vada, Poori, Channa Masala

Dahi vada (lentil dumplings in yogurt) is standard fare at our place during the festive season. Come Diwali or Holi, dahi vadas are made in big batches and laid out as snack for visitors during the day, along with chhole and sweets. At night, dahi vada is had on the side with poori sabzi. Dishfuls that stock the fridge in the morning are seldom left over for the next day.

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