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, along with chhole and sweets, laid out for visitors during the day. At night, dahi vada is served on the side with poori sabzi. Dishfuls that stocked the fridge in the morning are all lapped up by dinnertime.

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Besan ki Sabzi: Gram Flour Squares in Curry

29 Oct

Besan Sabzi - Gram Flour Squares in Curry

Besan ki sabzi is a curry we make for festive occasions. Besan batter is cooked, cooled, cut and fried, then simmered in curry. It takes time, it takes skill – but the result is worth every bit of the effort.

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Sattu Jaljeera: Savory High Protein Drink

23 Oct

Sattu Jaljeera Drink - Savory High Protein Drink

Sattu, or roasted gram flour, was once a litttle-known staple of rural Bihar. Not anymore. With more awareness of sattu’s nutritive profile – high protein, low glycemic index, high fiber, low sodium – “poor man’s protein” sattu is now hailed as superfood.

Is there a delight greater than discovering that tasty comfort food is also extremely healthy, and that extremely healthy is also extremely affordable?

This sattu jaljeera drink is a combination of sattu and jaljeera (cumin-based spice) powder. It is really quick to put together and needs no cooking or fancy processing equipment. A great post-workout drink or colon cleanser on the day after a heavy meal.

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Tomato Pickle in Mustard Oil and Vinegar

12 Oct

Tamatar ka Achar: Tomato Pickle

This sharp and tangy tomato pickle works beautifully as a dip for stuffed parathas.

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