Showing posts with label vegetables. Show all posts
Showing posts with label vegetables. Show all posts

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Lentil, quinoa and wheat fritters or savory pancakes

It is  crisp on the outside and soft inside, beautiful texture, whole sum, flavorful and super easy to make. I forgot to add - it is like a super food, really healthy. You can call this fritter or a savory pancake too. Created by your truly . If you do use this recipe or blog it, please link back, it takes lots of effort to develop recipes and I love link backs. :)
#LentilQuinoaFritters #LentilQuinoaPAncakes #Healthy #Vegan #SimiJoisPhotography
#LentilQuinoaFritters #LentilQuinoaPAncakes #Healthy #Vegan #SimiJoisPhotography

#LentilQuinoaFritters #LentilQuinoaPAncakes #Healthy #Vegan #SimiJoisPhotography
Am looking at my kitchen and wondering at the mess. I am not interested in spending my evening cleaning up the mess I just created, but I guess I have no option.  Rewind a decade ago and I  was a clean freak - proper things in proper place, all labeled, everything well organized. Somehow the mess does not bother me any more. Yesterday, I was shooting glass refection ( don’t ask why) and my neighbor just walked in. Instead of being embarrassed by the mess, I pulled the white diffuser cloth from the chair and made room for her to sit and we enjoyed a coup of tea over a bit of gossip ( a bit of gossip here and there is really healthy). Am so proud of myself, I have evolved. You think I am exaggerating - NO! My father-in-law once told me he does not like to sit in one place in my house,  he’s afraid I might dust him and probably place him with  curios. Thankfully that never happened, but my love for super clean has been replaced by reality check.

Evolved I have and somewhere I think it is all because I have found a creative outlet that I identify with. I have discovered myself. Small things don’t bother me, I don’t feel the need to prove myself to others - I just want to enjoy the journey. Wow ! I sound like a perfect angle….well, far from it. It was in September that I baked a cake for hub’s birthday - it was a new recipe and it fell apart and I did throw a mini tantrum that I was the worst cook ever. ( looks sheepishly )

Thankfully this is NOT a failed recipe and I just love it - total added bonus that it is super healthy.

#LentilQuinoaFritters #LentilQuinoaPAncakes #Healthy #Vegan #SimiJoisPhotography

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Monday, September 8, 2014

Wild Black Rice n’ Pumpkin Masala

Browsing through the grain section of the grocery store, my eyes fell on long shiny black rice, that was labeled wild rice. I was drawn to it like an artist is drawn to paint. I felt it with my hands, it was slippery and shiny and had extremely long grains, for a minute it looked too perfect, as though it was pieces of ebony that were hand polished. It made it’s way home with me and it lay on the pantry shelf for weeks. I was beginning to get skeptical, even thou I cook brown rice but my true love is pure white basmati:long aromatic grains of rice. A girl who likes her rice pure white, has here in her hand deep black shiny rice. Being attracted to black shiny long grains is one thing, eating it is another.

I took the plunge and put out some water to boil. Waited for 20 minutes, it smelled nothing like white rice. Very, very strong nutty aroma, and when I say strong, I mean really very strong. Something, told me this was not for me, with lot of inner courage I tasted the almost raw rice that was boiling away on the gas stove, I loved the crunch. First there was a crunch then a bit soft…. The aroma of the rice boiling in the water, grew on me, but definitely not my favorite. The taste: I really liked. It sat on the gas stove for 40 minutes, and barely cooked. Out came the pressure cooker and in went the rice - 3 whistles later there was nutty, aroma-less black rice. It’s has a strong flavor, so for me it is definitely not the main ingredient in the dish.  It really pairs well with pumpkin and together they can make a great tasting side. One cups makes almost two and a half cups, so keep that in mind when you cook it. 

#BlackWildRice #PumpkinNWildRice #Recipe #MasalaWildRice
#BlackWildRice #PumpkinNWildRice #Recipe #MasalaWildRice

#BlackWildRice #PumpkinNWildRice #Recipe #MasalaWildRice

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Friday, July 25, 2014

Stir fried Noodles

It was a lazy kind of afternoon, finally teen and I were bumming around in the living room, watching an old movie (read boring). Finally teen wanted to make something and I was too lazy to step out of the living room. I had planned a simple sandwich for lunch but finally teen had a different plan. She wanted to make chow mein, I prefer juicy, moist noodles and am not particularly fond of chow mein. Can’t believe am saying that, I almost survived on chow mein when I was doing my post graduation. None of us had money to eat anything else, it was the cheapest dish on the menu.  

Coming back to today,  chow mein was ruled out and I was really not in the mood to browse for recipes, so we improvised and the result was lip smacking. We stir fried the veggies and added ginger and galangal for flavor. This is the first time I am using galangal. It looks like ginger and is a rhizome like ginger but the taste and texture is very different. It is a tough root and hard to cut, the flavor is a mix of citrus and lemon grass. I just loved the flavor. It is  a seasonal produce so I am planning to pickle it in vinegar. I might even do a post on it. The noodles were lapped up in no time. 

It’s almost August and I am so not ready for fall, I am still holding on to summer, to start with we had a late summer and looks like an early onset of fall. The tomatoes are still green and  my impatiences are still kind of tiny.  On the other hand my herbs are doing so well.  I think I should use them up before the first frost burns it all. If you have a post on how to preserve herbs for winter, please share it, thanks! I am looking forward to warm slurpee soups :) If noodles is your thing, you are going to love the curried noodles

#StirFriedNoodles #AsianNoodles #CurryNoodles #NoodlesRecipe #Recipe
#StirFriedNoodles #AsianNoodles #CurryNoodles #NoodlesRecipe #Recipe

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Gobi Masala / Cauliflower Curry

#GobiMasala #CauliflowerCurry #EasyIndianCurry #Cauliflower #Curry

I am such a sucker for cauliflower, love it to bits. I grew up on this curry & hot rotis dripping with home made ghee. I had an appetite of a horse, lol! Thin as a stick and always outside playing or running….no wonder I could eat like a pig. Every time I make this it transports me back to my childhood. A lot to be thankful for, my mom has not only been my best friend, but a big influence in my life. From the first crush to gossip…there was nothing I would not tell her, intact even today I share a lot with my mother. She always reads ALL my posts and gives me numerous suggestions. When some of her suggestions are not in line with my thinking,  she tells me she’s ahead of her times :).  This one to her and the numerous meals she has fed us over the years with a smiling face. 

Cauliflower is the new fashion icon, so I hear…never been the kind to follow trends. For me it’s up on my food pyramid right from childhood. The crispy roasted cauliflower coated with the curry is irresistible. If you are new to Indian cooking, this might be a great place to start. 

#GobiMasala #CauliflowerCurry #EasyIndianCurry #Cauliflower #Curry
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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Beet Coconut curry

#BeetCoconutCurry #BeetCurry #IndonesianCurry #Beet #CoconutMilk

#BeetCoconutCurry #BeetCurry #IndonesianCurry #Beet #CoconutMilk
Reluctantly I got out of bed, washed up and opened my physics books,  Thermodynamics yaaawn... ! Maybe it will not be so cold (read sleepy), if I have the comforter on my feet, hoody on my head. Nice !!! Feels so good, dramatically Ditu unveils my hoody..., " you better finish that page and move on" sheepishly, I read on, with an obvious lack of interest..! She helps me with some study tips and my mom hands me a glass of hot milk, I gulp down the milk and get back to where I had left. My mind wanders, I get a nudge...she's watching me like a hawk...grr! How I wish I was the older one. She walks out of our room and I rummage through her stuff, I dont even know what am looking for, the paper reads "Industrial psychology and organizational behavior", how boring, I put her papers down and get back to mine. She walks in and looks straight at me,  “stop touching my stuff” , she must have an invisible set of eyes.

 Its almost six in the evening,  Ditu is not back yet, its getting dark. My eyes our glued to the gate. The thermodynamics test was not all that bad, after all. Finally, it's Friday, I can sleep in... But wait where is my sister? Mum, is not worried,  “she is at Mitu's place", but it's getting dark. I get my bike out and ride with urgency, she walks along with me, not a word. " Don't be out so late, or ask Mitu's brother to drop you...this road is unsafe". She nods in agreement. It never crossed my mind that she is six years older than me and she's capable of managing herself. She never protested, it was an unwritten code, if she was late, I would go pick her. She has never said no to me, no matter how unreasonable I get ( hope I have not). My first lessons of diplomacy, of patience was from her. That's another post that am still a novice in training. When I try and make things complicated, she makes things easy. ( it's the degree in psychology that's talking ;)) She will never say no, but have it her way...I have no idea how, but she does it with perfect grace...we are so different yet we have so much in common. Thats my childhood in a nutshell.

Am glad for sisters, glad some are super creative ;). And glad mine can design ;) Check out my logo  (on my photographs), what do you guys think? Thanks guys,  for your help, and taking the time to pick one for me. Really appreciate it. 

#BeetCoconutCurry #BeetCurry #IndonesianCurry #Beet #CoconutMilk
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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Sweet Potatoes baked in coconut curry

#SweetPotatoCurry #SweetPotato

It has been a long week, what? it’s only Tuesday ? This is what happens when you end up working on a weekend. I have been doing a photo shoot for a cook book, ( photography), I can’t  reveal much about it, but when it is out, you guys will be the first to know. Am really excited about it…some very different stuff, you will see ;).

I also need to post the 365 days post about photography, I have been working on responding to all the messages, sorry if I have been a bit slow…

The most exciting part of all this is all the prop shopping, I just love picking different colors of plates, bowls and cups.  I have painted at least eight new boards and am excited to use them. I love all the possibilities out there, just painted a deep red  and a hunter green. The one I have used in this post is new too and I love the gray blu tones. Am so proud of my props, just love collecting them.  Hubs cleared up one side of his workshop and offered to keep some of my props there, I thought that was so cute. I always thought I was shy of color, but apparently not, loving the bold new set of props.

I have to talk about these sweet potatoes before I go ahead and write the recipe. It’s so creamy that it just melts in the mouth. After a frown and a “ ohhhh, sweet pottttaatoooes, do you have something else” finally teen had seconds and thirds…. that’s saying a lot.  I can’t wait to have one of my friends over and bake it for her ( you know, who you are )

#SweetPotatoCurry #SweetPotato
The curry looks dry in the images, it was so hard to shoot, but really very moist.

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Friday, January 31, 2014

Baked Aubergine Pizza with garam masala

#BakedAubergine #BakedEggplant #EggplantPizza #Snack #GameFood

I have been planning to post since afternoon, but there was a bunch of things that had to be taken care of and some pending photo shoots, am so glad it’s all done and I have the weekend to myself.   There was a time when I did not understand anything about photography, it was Latin and Greek to me…Anything to do with the DSLR was my husband’s department. He liked photography, and I did not know anything about it, it was perfect. Things have changed, now I instruct my husband to stop shooting in program mode. He’s an amazing photographer and his angles and frames are very aesthetic and he uses light to his advantage, but when in a hurry, he loves and swears by the program mode and it bothers me no end. The other thing that bothers me is auto white balance. I could not have imagined  myself saying this two years ago. It really amuses me when he watches me shoot, he cannot understand why I keep staring into the frame for so long before I hit the shutter, am sure am not really cut out for action or sports photography. Lol! 

I remember about 5-6 years ago, I was searching for something that could quench my creative urges, I tried sketching and pastels, even thou I enjoyed it a lot, I did not feel passionate about it. I think I might have found it in photography,  I may not be that good, but my heart is in it. Blogging has really helped me bring together all my skills. My husband often asks me, “don’t you get bored looking at food pictures and blogs all day"…actually sometimes I wish I had an extra pair of eyes, there are so many talented people who inspire me. You will see me on my iPhone multiple times in a day, chatting, texting my photographer friends. We share jokes, that only we understand, and I catch myself chuckling away on my iPhone. I am telling you, take my phone away, someone. Jeez, I almost feel like am rambling and I don’t even drink…lol! (imagine if I did) 

#BakedAubergine #BakedEggplant #EggplantPizza #Snack #GameFood
Aubergine as the call the eggplant in France (I was recently told this) is one of my favorites, actually I really do not have any vegetable I dislike, well probably brussel sprouts is the last thing I will eat, but other than that.  I just dig this recipe, it’s healthy, delicious and easy to put together. 
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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Lentil, Quinoa and potatoes in a Patty

#LentilPatties #QuinoaPatties #PotatoPatties #HealthyPatties #QuickSnack #HealthyPatties


In these sub zero temperatures the only things that are keeping me warm is hot soups, hot snack(y) food and the thought of spring right at the corner ( far from it). I have never been a winter person as I do not enjoy being outdoors in the cold, other then curling up with a favorite book, watching a movie, what else can a human ( like me) do. Rant warning! I miss my long walks, I miss my garden, I miss walking out in flip-flops and shorts, I miss my chat with my neighbors…and more than anything I miss sunshine.  Its hard to walk out to get mail…u need three layers. I have been overworking too, and that could be the reason am crabby, am just tired and need time off,  that is exactly what am planning for myself today ( now, let’s see how that goes). The extra lbs that has creeped up is another pain, lol! That is really the reason for this patty, I wanted something crunchy and tasty. I made this as healthy as I could without compromising on taste. Am not a nutritionist, so I have no idea about the calories in it, but the fact that it has lentil and quinao is very comforting. Love the texture of quinoa, it adds a crunch I loved. What pairs so well with this is tomato soup, I just loved the combination…

Before I forget, a HUGE thank you to all my readers for pinning my soups, I am thrilled to see my minestrone soup get a 1000 plus repins. In the last few days I have got a lot of traffic and gained a lot of followers on Pinterest, thanks ! I have got some messages with requests and questions about archived recipes, am answering them one at a time, sorry for the delay. 

#LentilPatties #QuinoaPatties #PotatoPatties #HealthyPatties #QuickSnack #HealthyPatties
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Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Spiced sweet potato

#SpicedSweetPotatoes #SweetPotatoSubji  #SweetPotatao Side

#SpicedSweetPotatoes #SweetPotatoSubji  #SweetPotatao Side

‘Finally Teen’  finds it very strange that I can walk up to strangers and talk to them. Now, am not talking to strangers all the time, but I really will not hesitate to strike a conversation, be it the Starbucks line, the shoe store or at the grocers. This is something inconceivable to ‘finally teen’ and a bit embarrassing too. Now that’s a different story that most teenager find their parents a bit weird. lol! If they do,  be glad, you are doing your job well. Am digressing, well on my last visit to the grocery store,  I saw this lady picking up banana peppers ( I hope that is what it is called), had to ask her the recipe,  and before I knew it, she rattled it off like a professional. And here it is in today’s post, a bit improvised from my end. I loved the recipe and it goes so well with some daal and rotis ( Indian flat bread). Makes me think, even I have shared recipes at the grocery store, wonder if the person made it, liked it? 
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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Curried Noodles

#CurriedNoodles #SpicyNoodles

My friends often think that, as a food blogger, I never run out of creative ideas. My teen is the luckiest as there is always something new cooking in my kitchen. Well, to tell you the truth, my home is like any other home on this planet. Every day, the same question is repeated: "What’s for dinner?" After my response, I usually hear a disgruntled plea to eat something different (read "better"). Yesterday’s favorite is today’s "boring", so it’s not an easy game to win, and I’m sure that all my readers can relate to that. There is a good amount of thought involved in creating a menu, and this process can seem daunting at times. Yes, I love to whip up a meal from scratch, but then there are days when you really don’t want to spend a lot of time in your kitchen. This definitely does not mean that you compromise on taste. My ardent fans and strongest critics are my teen and my better half as they propel me to pursue new adventures in the kitchen. I was really excited when Campbell approached me to develop a recipe from their cooking soups or make one from their existing list of recipes.  If you have picky eaters at home, you need to check out you will be pleasantly surprised by the options available.

I went on to check out the website and I was happy to find numerous options for everyday meals. When I started browsing through the recipes, my mind started to churn out creative ideas.  I felt like the possibilities were endless, and I eventually came up with a recipe. Creamy curried noodles made from the Cream of Celery soup by Campbell. I got a thumbs up from my "ardent fans." Don’t forget to check out Campbell's kitchen.

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Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Spice coated baby potatoes

It was a relaxing long weekend. We love to spend time with friends but we also need our space - not really party animals. Thankfully, the three of us are similar. Saturday and Sunday was time well spent with friends, and Monday was really quiet... in fact we watched an old Indian movie together (which was hilarious).  I really like weekends where we do a little bit of everything, malling, eating out, spending time with friends, watching silly movies that don't make sense and still having some time to spare. 

The weekend was really productive. I found these cute fingerlings baby potatoes at the farmer's market by my house and instantly I had a recipe in mind. The dish was finger licking good, if I may say so myself. I had exactly 15 min to capture these. It is indeed hard to photograph  when you have a hungry family waiting. So obviously there was no time to use a diffuser. I try not to even look at my camera over the weekend, as it is very stressful to photograph, with a constant 'are you done' unison. I managed to take a few shots. After lunch I  transferred  the pics to my iMac, I was not that happy with the results. And, I got conflicting inputs, my better-half loved it and finally teen was iffy about it, to be precise "you can do better mom" is what she said. So, I decided to share it on my photography group, and guess what - conflicting results there too. Read here if you are interested. I did think the highlights were a bit harsh, making the photograph look a bit over sharpened. So, I had few of my friends help me learn how to post process and they even did a video for me. (click here to view video) Thank you, Borje Ensgard and Viana de Leon. Finally, am somewhat happy with the result, I know I could have done better. But here is a side by side comparison for you guys. 
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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Mini Cocktail Samosa

Nostalgia, a sure sign of aging? You will not see a 13 year old getting nostalgic about her toddler years....or do you ? Well at least my teen does not ? Maybe I just have an old soul, cos seriously who you calling old ?? Ok correction here, Finally Teen says she does get nostalgic about her toddler am glad we got the age thing behind us !! 'Finally teen' got back from school and guess what she way playing 'Simon and Garfunkel' "bridge over trouble waters".  I was trying to read but I ended up closing my eyes soaking in the song and we must have played it for over an hour.....sometimes there is so much power in silence, yes we did play "sounds of silence" too and that moment was precious for me...!! A moment to step back and document in my mind heart...for in a couple of decades, I shall look back and think of this evening and cherish it in my mind and nothing can bring it back to life other than  my own memory of it.  How I wish I can lock this moment of time and throw away the keys. Well, there are days when I truly anticipate the future with excitement and then there are those moments like today, when I want to lock in to the beauty of NOW. Well, hope I did not push you guys into a sea of tears cos 'Finally Teen' thinks this is a whee bit depressing. Well, I think not, so I shall post this and have you decide. Throw in your opinion and we are both ( Finally Teen and me) curious to know :))

Assuming that I did throw you off a bit, here are some cute cute bite size samosas that might cheer you up. I don't need to add, it will go very well with some chilled beer, a wonderful sunset and some great music in the background.....and yes ! so easy to put together that you will have plenty of time to enjoy.

Btw, my samosa are not the perfect an apprentice at samosa making. Maybe it does have something to do with the word patience. Am sure yours will be perfect and if you want to leave a link of samosa recipe from your blog, pl leave a link here in the comments - I would love to better my craft.
Finally the days of shorts n sunshine, fireflies n flip-flops, bbq and beer and picnics n parties ! After weeks of cold, wet days...finally some bright sunshine and real spring temperatures...Any plans for spring/summer ? Well, I have some exciting stories/news to will just have to wait :)

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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Baked spinach curry

I love greens and if you tell me to eat them everyday - I certainly can ! As a matter of fact, I love all veggies and was never really a picky eater...I need my food to look good and yes taste good  (duh!). Am glad I don't have picky eaters at home, but very critical people ( raising an eyebrow) by very I mean very....!! They ( I mean both of you two people, who read my blog and live with me - yes BOTH  ) critical only in the context of food. The bright side, when something is super delicious, they shower me with compliments that could last for weeks and it get's embarrassing when we are outside and even after repeated pleas to dial in down ...they don't ! I know it's cute but a bit embarrassing when we are out.  Yesterday, when I baked them the spinach n eggs, they loved it - just makes me so happy.  I was a bit skeptical at first finally teen said "I love it, am not sure dad will"  but looks like this baked dish is here to stay in my household, hope you guys enjoy it as much as we did and they are going to rave about it for days or even weeks :)

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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Drumstick Coconut Curry

When we moved to the US and started our lives here, going to the grocery store was a chore restricted to the weekends. At first I did not have a car for myself nor a driver's license. So, the grocery store was a weekend outing. I loved the huge stores with aisles and aisles of food, I loved the idea of semi homemade and I fell in love with margarine, heat-n-eat soups and felt a strange sense of belonging to the modern world, since now I had an access to 'modern food'  (yes, sadly I have been guilty of that). Did not realize that it will not take me long to yearn for fresh, local foods and miss my vegetable vendor back home in India. I still remember before coming to the States,  my aunt had told me that my life will change for the good, forever....I will no longer have to have hours in the kitchen - "you get ready pasta sauce, ready pasta, ready-to-eat soup...". Well no comment on ready to eat meals, but I do see myself more in the fresh produce aisle, farmers markets and my love affair with margarine was short-lived. I do spend hours 'laboring' in the kitchen, cause that is just who I am and I'm glad it is no other way.  Well going back to drumsticks - since visits to the grocery store was limited to the weekends for us back then,  I would stock up on frozen vegetables, for days when I would run out of fresh ones. Never been allured by drumsticks. I don't know how, over the years, I have come to really like drumsticks, and, to tell you the truth, enjoy them.

Drumsticks stir up some precious memories. Two decades ago, when we lived in Lucknow,  India we had a drumstick tree in our yard and had fresh drumsticks when ever it was harvested. Lucknow has  given me great friends and great memories.  I could not have imagined then, that some day opening a pack of frozen drumstick, my heart would yearn for fresh drumsticks and life gone by. Twenty years ago, what was a mundane regular life has become a part of my memories that I will cherish for years. Well, as they say life is a full circle - most times we do not value what we have, till it is taken away from us. Wonder what my bag of memories will hold twenty years from now...

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Thursday, January 10, 2013

Bhindi/Okra Masala With Panko (bread crumb)

Okra/Bhindi evoke mixed feelings, I don't think a lot of people are crazy about the slime and I think it rarely makes the craving list. Having grown up in a tropical country (it is a popular tropical vegetable), Okra also called lady finger, more appealing name than Okra, is not new to me. I liked Okra and did not know till my adult life that there exists serious Okra haters in this world. Once you get over the slime, you realize that u can cook it in a way that makes it crunchy on the outside but soft (NOT slimy) on the inside. This recipe really highlights the crunchiness I was talking about, the panko really adds to it, it will not disappoint you. Panko is a  is a variety of flaky bread crumb used in Japanese cuisine.

Make sure when you buy the okra they are tiny, firm but tender and a nice bright green. Try breaking the okra tail to ensure freshness, you will hear a crunch sound, if limp it is not fresh and if it does not break - it's too woody and unpalatable. Also its bad okra etiquette to leave broken okra and tails back :).  If wet, please pat dry before you store them, preferably wrapped in an absorbent tissue. Make sure you use it within 3-5 days, they don't have a long shelf life. I don't like to freeze okra, as I feel they lose their crunchiness and yes it does make it more slimy, at least for me. I may not know how to do it the right way. Make sure okra is dry, before you use it . To reduced the slime, you can use something acidic like tamarind juice, vinegar or tomatoes. In this recipe we baked the okra and slime was not an issue so I did not need to use anything acidic.

I have seen okra being used a lot in gumbo and stew, however in Indian cuisine - bharva or masala  Bhindi or stuffed okra is a very common and popular okra dish. You can find the recipe here.

I had used Panko in a recipe for a review and really wanted to try it with other vegetables, well am glad I did :)) Hope you enjoy it as much as we did and yes it is "Finally Teen" approved, so kids will like it.

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Thursday, December 13, 2012

Recipe Review & A Cook Book

I did a recipe review for  'The Daily Meal'  : cook book, 'The food 52 Cookbook, Volume 2'. Thank you,  the daily meal and Rosen Ali for the opportunity. There were three recipes that were up for review. Roasted Cauliflower with Gremolata and Breadcrumbs, Short Rib Ragù, and Burnt Caramel Pudding. 

Cauliflower is not a favorite  in our household, and am always looking for new ways of cooking it. The reason - it has a long shelf life, ya ! you read that right,   don't get me wrong, I love going to the grocery store but not in the cold winter months and cauliflower is my standby, when am out of everything, well almost. Shockingly, the week I made this dish for the review and the following weeks, cauliflower has been elevated from a standby player in my kitchen to a star player. "Finally teen" with a frown and my other half - who has always had a dull look on his face when cauliflower is the main at a meal, have welcomed this with - "ah ! this is really nice" and "can we have it again" I have yet to try this at a potluck - it's so easy that it will be almost a sin if I don't.  Am sure it will soon be my go-to dish for potlucks. 

It has a nice crunch from the breadcrumbs and I love the flavor of garlic, serve it with your favorite soup and some homemade bread and you got a meal going. A bit of chili oil really kicks it to the next level. 

Being a vegetarian, ragu was not on my review list. But I'm kicking myself for not trying the burnt caramel pudding. Well for my review of the cauliflower and the reviews of the pudding and the ragu click here 

Thanks to Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs, from food52, for picking three amazing recipes. Looking forward to more in the bookHope you like the video, do let us know if you have any inputs or book you want to recommend for a review. 

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Friday, July 6, 2012

The Vegi burger cook-off and grapefruit-cranberry-lemonade

Summer, grill and burgers are almost synonymous. OK, not synonymous, but you get the idea. It has been over a 100 degrees for the past couple of weeks here in  Midwestern USA. No matter how much we love summer and food, there was no way my other half was going to go outside and grill (well, neither was I). Now, it is a different story as to how he can go out  and fly his RC planes on even the hottest of days. But then again, neither was I in the mood to play the perfect sous chef, moving in and out the house. Mr other half loves to have things at arm's length when he is cooking and insists that I, as the sous chef, wait on him. You get the picture. It's just easier for me to do it! So, I got my cast iron grill pan out and no one was sweating!
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Monday, March 5, 2012

Vegetable balls in curry - Kofta

Indian curries have always been exotic - they are becoming increasingly popular. Almost a staple in the United Kingdom - Chiken tikka masala being the national dish now. Don't blame them for falling in love with the rich mosaic of exotic spices. The varieties and blends are innumerable - from galouti kababs to tikka masala to koftas to chettinad to  .............. I have not even started talking about the bread, biryani, starters, snacks, chutneys and dips......oh the list is endless! And like true art - each curry is different, even the same recipe, cooked by the same person on a different day will taste different - and that is why cooking is an art form - no two paintings can be alike - even though it has been done by the same artist. For me,that is what makes it so much more fun, that is also my reason to dislike not limit myself to the boxed/bottled curry paste - which is so predictable. I must confess I have been guilty of using them - but have almost always regretted it.

This is originally a recipe from my mother, which I have altered a bit - these koftas are great with , naan, rotis or just plane pilaf. Some plain yogurt and hot papads and you got a best seller there.

Remember I was talking about  'know our ingredient' - read here - featuring  'starr anise' in this post. But first the  kofta.

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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Vegetables steamed Dumplings

Vegetable dumplings is a family favorite and it takes less time to devour them than it takes to make them. Can't blame us, these little munchkins are so delicious that it is never enough!! A great snack for every age. Every time I make them I try different sauces.......that is the best part !! You can never go wrong with a combo of savory, sweet n spicy ! Hope you like it as much as we do !!

for the dumplings :

1/2 cup coarsely grated carrots
1/2 cup shredded cabbage
2 tablespoons finely chopped green pepper
2 tablespoons finely chopped scallions
2 teaspoons finely minced fresh ginger
1 tablespoon chopped cilantro leaves
1 tablespoon soy sauce
2 teaspoons sesame oil
1 egg
1 teaspoon  salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Bowl of water, plus additional water for steamer
10 - 15  small wonton wrappers

In a bowl add the carrots, cabbage,  pepper, scallions, ginger, cilantro, soy sauce, sesame oil, egg, salt, and pepper. Lightly stir to combine.

For the dumplings, remove 1 wonton wrapper from the package, covering the others with a damp cloth. Brush the edges of the wrapper  with water. Place the vegi mixture in the center of the wrapper. Shape as desired. Set aside and cover with a damp cloth. Repeat procedure using up all the filling.

In a steamer steam the dumplings for 10-12 min on medium heat. I used the the idli stand in steamer for the dumplings.

The sauce

This is my favorite part of the dish, it was fun getting creative with all the sauces.

sauce 1 : soy sauce mix with honey and mustard.
sauce 2:  ketchup with hot and sweet bbq sauce
sauce 3: honey  mixed with hot sauce, vinegar and dried mint powder.

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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Paneer Kofta

The last week has been quite on the blog but not so quite on other fronts. For one it was the week of spring break and the week of  ICC- world cup...!! first the anticipations of the semi-finals and finals then the nail biting matches...followed by the celebrations and the euphoria. Early mornings, endless supply of chai, screaming and clapping, multiple breakfasts, lunch and a wonderful time with family and friends. It was a great spring break...can't ask for more!! Team India rocks !!

Today's special is - paneer kofta. It goes great with saffron rice or some hot naan. Love the flavors of the curry...hope u enjoy it as much as we did ....

For the paneer kofta:

1 cup - home made paneer (coming soon on the blog)
3/4 cup - boiled mashed potatoes
1/2 tsp - cumin seed
1/2 tsp - red chili powder.
small bunch cilantro finely chopped
1/4 tsp turmeric
salt to taste

Mash the paneer with the boiled potatoes and mix all the ingredients. Roll with a light hand into round shapes and deep fry. Keep aside.

For the curry :

1 onion
1 tomato
1-2 green chilli
1/2 inch ginger root
2 tsp garam masala
1/4 th tsp turmeric
salt to taste
1-2tbsp cream or 2-3 tbsp half n half
2 tbsp cashew paste ( soak 2 tbsp cashew nut in water for 3-4 hrs, grind into fine paste)
handful of blanched almonds
cilantro for garnish

Wet grind onion, tomato, ginger and green chili into fine paste. In a pan heat oil and add the onion-tomato paste and roast till it leaves oil, add the garam masala, turmeric, salt, cashew paste and some water bring to boil. add the cream and the fried kofta. 

Garnish with blanched almonds and cilantro serve hot with some butter naan and you have a best seller on your hands :) enjoy!! Print Friendly and PDF

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