POTSTICKERS/Pan-fried vegetarian dumplings

Potstickers
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I Know, I know. This looks like a simple dish with a fancy gourmet name. Trust me, these deceptively plain looking, Chinese origin buggers will blow your mind away with their bursting flavours in every bite. Properly made, the potstickers are crisp and browned on the bottom, sticking lightly to the pan, but easy to remove with a spatula. The trick to making potstickers is not to overcook them, or they will live up to their name by sticking firmly to the pot! PrintPOTSTICKERS | Pan-fried vegetarian dumplings Prep Time: 15 minutesCook Time: 15 minutesTotal Time: 30 minutes 15Serves: 3-4… Continue reading

Cabbage Kofta curry/ Curried cabbage dumplings

Cabbage Kofta Curry
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Cabbage? It is such a boring vegetable except when it it is added to chow mein or anything with soy sauce in it. The most common Indian way of cooking it is a stir fry to be eaten with Rotis (Indian bread). Although I really like it for a change, I wouldn’t want that to be the only way I take in the miracle vegetable (Remember the all famous cabbage soup diet which apparently makes you lose oodles of weight?). I have started to look for alternate ways to make this vegetable interesting and have found a few. Here is… Continue reading

DAL TADKA

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Dal/Lentils, also known as “poor man’s meat” is a very good source of protein for vegetarians. To make your carb source (rice or roti) balanced, dal just adds the right amount of flavour, protein and fiber. Dal is prepared in many ways in India. One of the most popular styles served in almost every restaurant is Dal Tadka. The cooked dal is flavoured with some dry spices and the icing on top of the cake is the tempering poured over the hot dal just before serving. The dal gets instantly infused with flavor and aroma from the tempering and compliments… 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

METHI JEERA RICE/CUMIN FENUGREEK FLAVOURED RICE

Methi Jeera Rice
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When you are not really in a mood to cook yet want something fancy but do not want to dine out or take out (Only a woman could come up with so many conditions for a meal; Ain’t that right ladies?), Jeera rice alias Cumin rice is your perfect recipe! Turning this blessing in disguise even more flavourful, I have added some spices and herbs making this simple dish into gourmet food!  PrintMETHI JEERA RICE | Cumin and fenugreek flavoured rice Prep Time: 10 minutesCook Time: 15 minutesTotal Time: 25 minutes Ingredients1 cup Basmati (long grain) Rice 2 cups water… Continue reading