PUNUGULU | VEGAN RICE FRITTERS

Punugulu, Vegan Rice Fritters, Deep fried batter, batter made with rice, bet you can't eat just one!
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Just like most other deep fried snacks from around the world, Punugulu ae just too damn delicious and yes, you cannot eat just one! However unlike most of them, punugulu has no added sugars, is vegan and almost borders the realm of the loved-by-all healthy snacks. Fondly renamed as dosa vadas by my husband, punugulu is a much loved recipe that was passed on by my grandmother and grandmas are never wrong, are they? 🙂 Continue reading

BEANS TALIMPU|BEANS & LENTILS WITH DILL

Beans Talimpu
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Beans Talimpu is my mom’s recipe. It tastes great with hot rice. She also makes a rasam/soup with the water used to boil the veggies and lentils. I used to walk in home and my mom used to serve these with hot rice and ghee (clarified butter)….. Foodie heaven. The lentils I have used for this recipe is split pigeon peas (toor dal) but you could easily substitute it with mixed lentil bag that is easily available at every supermarket or just any lentil you have on hand. The process for cooking remains the same. Dill is a herb with… Continue reading

CHANNA MASALA | CHICKPEAS CURRY

Channa Masala
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Channa Masala, Chole, Chickpeas curry… Nope! I am not giving out the aliases for channa masala. I am officially experiencing the writer’s block! I typed out the aliases looking for inspiration. May be the spelling or the pattern of the word would inspire me? Sigh! I think it’s important to give you guys, an insight into the recipe and of course my thoughts. I have never been a writer. I can come with an idea & words too but stringing them together does not come as naturally though. But, blogging over 75 recipes, I have bettered the art of expressing… Continue reading

MANGO RASAM – LENTIL SOUP WITH RICH MANGO PULP

Mango Rasam
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Mango Rasam or Lentil soup makes soups twice in a row on this blog. No, I am not on a soup diet! If you see me, I am sure you would agree with that! 😀 Like I mentioned in my last post of Spinach Soup, Texas has been quite a surprise for us with its freezing Clion & Dion storms dumping ice and sleet all over the place! So, we have been resorting to hot soups quite often and thus, Mango Rasam got featured in the list of soups. I have never made this before. My friend’s mom makes something… Continue reading

IDLI SAMBAR PART 1–SAMBAR | CURRIED LENTIL STEW

Sambar
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Let me introduce you to Idli-Samar, the “Burger & Fries” of Indian food. I know it doesn’t look or taste anything close to burger and fries but trust me; I have my reasons for comparing the two. Nachiket says I have an obsessive need to find similarities and compare things which are not even remotely related. But, I call it a coping strategy. If I can find similarities between the new concept/place/idea and the existing one in my head (with which I am as familiar as with the back of my hand), does it not make understanding & accepting the new one… Continue reading

BISI BELE BHAAT | LENTIL & RICE STEW

Bisi Bele Bhaat
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Bisi Bele Bhaat literally translates into hot rice-lentil stew and that’s exactly what this recipe is all about. The added bonus of vegetables makes this a complete meal in itself. Stews have always been synonymous to comfort food. Hot rice, lentils, vegetables and hot spices makes it the perfect brunch for a Sunday morning or a weeknight dinner (walk in home to a slow-cooker cooked stew? Foodie heaven!). What’s more? You even get to eat Bisi Bele Bhaat with a side of potato chips!  Lol. Not really. I mean to say hat this popular South Indian dish is generally served with… Continue reading

KAIRICHI AMTI | RAW MANGO CURRY

Kairichi Amti
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Kairichi Amti, meaning a raw mango curry, is a sweet, tart and spicy curry that tastes delightful with hot rice. Every bite will remind you of summer and transport you to your childhood when you stole mangoes from the neighbor’s backyard. In short, Kairichi amti was my summer in a bowl, my personal sunshine! Were you appalled while you read the statement about stealing mangoes from neighbor’s backyard? Well, it was supposedly a common thing back in India. I have personally never stolen mangoes but I am not an athletic standard to go by. I mean, you have to be… Continue reading

KHICHADI | RICE & LENTIL PORRIDGE

Khichadi, healing rice & lentil porridge
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Khichadi is the epitome of Indian comfort food. Khichadi is what I call a spa for my tummy, a detox food-spa! Not only does this rice and lentil porridge spell comfort with every bite, the ingredients used actually have properties that can soothe your sick body from illness to health. Back home from a long trip? Khichadi. Fever? Khichadi. Upset stomach? Khichadi. No time to cook? Khichadi. Yes. Khichadi is the answer to most food questions in an Indian household (Except for rasam rice… hmmm.. recipe another day?). I have had my fair share of this humble looking dish, but I… Continue reading

DAL SHORBA – A MILD LENTIL SOUP

Dal Shorba
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Dal Shorba is an Indian soup that is made out of lentils. This Dal Shorba recipe uses moong dal (split mung beans) for lentils, flavors them with garlic and chili and obtains a creamy but light texture with coconut milk, overall, a winner for a soup and the never-ending winters! With priorities at the home front keeping me busy, I have not been able to pen my thoughts down for the blog. You would think expressing yourself is easy right? All you have to do is just speak your mind out, but your mind brakes hard when you have to… Continue reading

MOONG USAL | GREEN GRAM STEW

Moong Usal
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This Moong Usal / Green Gram stew is my go to for quick-fix weeknight dinner If it is mung bean/moong cooking at home then it means one of the two things with the probability of the latter on the higher end:                           1)      Like a bad hair day or a blue day, have you guys ever had a feeling fit day? Some days, when I have woken up early, exercised and the day has been really productive, I feel super fit! Mostly, I want to end… Continue reading