DAL PALAK | SPINACH LENTIL CURRY

Dal Palak
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Dal Palak is my 100th post. There. I said it. Dal palak is my 100th post! It was quite tough for me to say this because I always thought that my 100th post will be a fancy cake or a rich dessert but I chose the simpleton Dal Palak. Read on…. While it has been said that the journey is more exciting than the destination itself, I humbly disagree. The beginning of a new journey, the uncertainty, the milestones, the end of a bad one are all so much more exciting to me. Are they scary? Sure, they are.  Do… Continue reading

METHI RICE | PEANUT- HERB “FRIED RICE”

Methi Rice
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For all you readers who are looking forward to my recipes, I apologize for the delay in posting but I promise this Methi Rice is such a simple and tasty recipe that it will be worth the wait! (For tips on serving Basmati, jump straight ahead to the my-take section) O.K. Reasons for the delay? I try to keep my weekend blogging-free. It helps me demarcate a work-week. You tend to lose a bit of your personal life when working from home (Am I right?). Secondly, this Monday marked the beginning of a new year as per some Hindu traditions. So, I… Continue reading

SPRING SALAD WITH TORTELLINI

Spring Salad with tortelleni
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Assuaging my guilt for indulging in those luscious, decadent Drunken Brownies, I had salad as a part of more than one meal this week. Of the 2-3 salads I made, this Spring Salad with tortellini was the winner! Looks like the spring is here? Finally! I do not have to bundle up every time I step foot outside of my door. But I will miss having soups. Sigh… Nevertheless, I have decided to explore the vast avenue of salads and some homemade dressings. Not exactly a super low-calorie salad considering the pasta and the cheese in it but it sure… Continue reading

SPINACH SOUP WITH FIRE ROASTED PEPPERS

Spinach Soup
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I looked at the Spinach Soup in my bowl and for about a minute, I slipped into a childhood fantasy. I wanted to gulp the soup down and break into the famous “I’m Popeye the sailor man, I’m Popeye the sailor man; I’m strong to the finich, cause I eats me spinach, I’m Popeye the Sailor Man” while my I hear pops from the muscles sprouting from my skin! Sigh! Pop goes my dream; I wish I could get fit just by eating spinach and never ever hitting the gym. Oh yeah, it definitely helps pop the acne out of… Continue reading

BAKED CAULIFLOWER IN A CHEESY SPINACH SAUCE

Baked Cauliflower
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Baked Cauliflower was what I made to spruce up my lunch over the weekend. This weekend I was in a kind of I don’t-want-to-cook mood but the silly tummy does not get moods. It keeps rumbling and rumbling until you get that lazy ass off the couch and shove something into your mouth! It’s too late to pick up the phone and place an order too 🙁 Never mind, we have the safe fallback that every Indian resorts to – Dal Chawal of course! Although it is the most comforting food ever, I have this incessant need to eat some veggies… Continue reading

AMARANTH LEAVES STIR FRY

Amaranth Leaf
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Amaranth leaves or chau lai (Hindi) is in my opinion one of those super foods like spirulina. I have never tasted and only read about spirulina. I would not have tasted or read about amaranth if I had not found in my local Indian store (They were out of my favorite greens). my grocery trips are never satisfying if I do not carry home a bunch of fresh green leaves. So, I picked the bunch of fresh amaranth leaves and got home. I did not use it that day because I was not sure how it would taste. I did… Continue reading

ALOO PALAK | POTATO SPINACH STIR FRY

Aloo Palak
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Potatoes are liked by most. In a salad, or mashed potatoes or samosas (Indian fried wantons) or as a side for rotis, it blends perfectly with anything. I find potatoes very forgiving. They just just listen to your mind and behave the way you want them to! This simple dish stands up to “easy to cook, never complicates your life in the kitchen” potatoes. PrintALOO PALAK | POTATO SPINACH STIR FRY Prep Time: 5 minutesCook Time: 12 minutesTotal Time: 17 minutes Serves: 2-3 Ingredients2 cups chopped potato – Thin and long (Ensures faster cooking time) 1 1/2 cups spinach, washed… Continue reading

PUDINA CHUTNEY / Spicy Mint dip

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Pudina or mint chutney is a very versataile dip. It can be used add zing to a simple dish or to add that exotic finish to a great dish. Use a brush and apply it onto a corn on the cob or serve it with kebabs (Grilled vegetables/meat) or on bread for a grilled cheese sandwich. Mint chutney can never go wrong! PrintPUDINA CHUTNEY / SPICY MINT DIP Prep Time: 5 minutesCook Time: 3 minutesTotal Time: 7 minutes Serves: 2-3 Ingredients1 pod garlic 2 green chilies 1 tbsp fried Bengal gram (Putana/ Pappulu) 3/4 cup chopped Pudina (mint) leaves 1/2… Continue reading