Aloo Tamatar Sabzi with Nigella Seeds

16 Jun

Aloo Tamatar Sabzi with Nigella Seeds

How do no-onion-no-garlic dishes make up for the missing flavors of onion and garlic, the essence of most Indian curries?

This is a thumb rule that "pure" vegetarians (no-onion-no-garlic eaters) will tell you –

  1. Substitute garlic with asafoetida.
  2. Substitute onions with nigella seeds.

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Majjige Huli: Bottle Gourd Yogurt Curry

14 Jun

Majjige Huli

Kadhi with a Kannadiga spin – that’s how I would describe majjige huli to folks back home. Same as kadhi, majjige huli is made of yogurt and spices, with a thickening agent – besan it is in kadhi, rice generally in majjige huli. Majjige huli is also sourer and lighter than kadhi – no fried pakoras but boiled vegetables, the dish is a slimmer’s delight.

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Mango Oats

12 Jun

Sunday breakfast – I decided to spruce up my plain oats with mango, and loved the result.

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Roasted Tomato Chili Chutney

10 Jun

With the tanginess of tomatoes and the heat of chilies, roasted tomato chili chutney goes along with stuffed parathas and cutlets like a house on fire.

If you’re like me, you would want a range of color on your plate.  The brown of rotis, the white of yogurt, the yellow of turmeric-tanned Indian curries, simply seem to ask for some green and red.

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Eggless Coffee Pudding

5 Jun

A blend of powders, some sugar and milk, a few minutes on the fire, and you have your eggless coffee pudding ready to set and savor in your next meal.

I am not much of a dessert person (as you can see from my recipes – this is the first dessert recipe in months :) ); I make this when guests are coming over, a more elaborate meal is cooking and I am pressed for time.

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Mango Shake

1 Jun

Mango Shake

The lovelier the item, the scarcer it is. Ripe mangoes are in season for only a short while. This is that heavenly time. And so we have the fruit in myriad ways – in mango raita, in mixed fruit chats, in custard, or simply cubed.

Mango shake is a regular breakfast drink for me while the good mango times last.

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