KADALA CURRY | CHICKPEA COCONUT CURRY

Kerala Kadala Curry, chickpeas in coconut milk curry
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Kadala curry or kala channa curry is a curry made with black chickpeas (which can be substituted with white), fresh roasted masalas, and a generous splash of coconut milk. Reminiscent of Kerala, a popular coastal destination of India, kadala curry and puttu (a steamed flour dish) is a breakfast staple of the region. A dinner favorite at my place, this curry shines through when eaten with flaky bread like the Kerala Parotta. Continue reading

PUNJABI RAJMA | KIDNEY BEAN CURRY

Punjabi Rajma
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“Punjabi Rajma” or Kidney beans curry is a typical recipe from Northern India; typical with some ginger-garlic flavors, succulent tomatoes, a masala-mélange and soft boiled beans. Punjabi Rajma is nutritious, delicious and makes an ideal Meatless Monday dinner too. Have you guys heard of sleeping temperature? You might not have heard the word before (or may be it is just me?), but you surely know what it is, especially if you are a couple. It is how hot or how cold you like your surroundings when you sleep. I heard this on The Ellen Show. Ellen says one of the… Continue reading

METHI CHOLE | EASY CHICKPEAS CURRY

Methi Chole
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Methi chole, the addition of methi or fenugreek leaves to good old chickpeas curry adds a fragrance and flavor that elevates it from a lay man’s food to a dish from a gourmet kitchen! Methi Chole stands true t what I believe in, “It is simple recipes that make grand feasts”. The weather is a great ice-breaker for any conversation. Would you agree with me? You are trying to socialize at a party and you are meeting this person for the first time, and poof! Suddenly, just like that, everyone else disappears and you find yourself alone with this new… Continue reading

VAL BEAN STIR FRY | AVAREKAI USALI

Avarekai Usali
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My trips to the grocery store are marked with me picking up anything that looks fresh, most of which I recognize from when my mom used to make them for me.  I have to be honest though. I really do not know the names of some veggies and greens and I don’t even bother to look at the placards! I just know they taste good and they are fresh and they are healthy. Out of habit, I picked up these beans, cooked them and decided to share the recipe. That’s when it hit me “I have no clue what it… Continue reading

CHAWLI MASALA | BEANS & RICE

Chawli Masala, Beans & Rice deliciously served
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Chawli Masala or Rongi ki subzi or even beans & rice, call it by any name but lick your fingers, you will! Chawli masala is a simple everyday Indian recipe that has been taken up to a restaurant-creamy level with a simple trick. No, not adding cream! That wouldn’t be a trick now, would it? The proverbial duck, that’s how I feel most of the days. Do you feel that too? Let me elaborate. A duck looks like it is sailing smooth on the surface of the water while it is paddling away with all it’s might underneath the surface. Honestly,… Continue reading

HOMEMADE SANDWICH CHUTNEY

Sandwich Chutney
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Sandwich Chutney is very Indian in its name and taste. But, one has to taste it (ideally from a vendor on the streets of India) to appreciate the nuances in the flavors of a sandwich brought about by this thrilling green sandwich chutney. How do you taste it when you are away from your country? You ask your mom to ask the sandwich wale bhaiya (Sandwich selling brother) for the recipe! 😛 Chutney recipes and raita recipes are the underdogs of the food blogging world. Not many really want to read them (I hardly do, rather, did) because you assume… Continue reading

VEGETARIAN SPAGHETTI CARBONARA WITH CHICKPEAS

Vegetarian Spaghetti Carbonara
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This Vegetarian Spaghetti Carbonara recipe yields a silky creamy pasta dish just like the regular spaghetti carbonara. The bacon is replaced with chunky, flattened, crispy chickpeas and the egg sauce with heavy cream. Try this for a refreshing take on a classic Pasta recipe. Italian and Chinese, I must say are the two most popular cuisines in India. Apart from Indian of course! 😛 Except for the fact that both these cuisines work with noodl-y things that can steal your hearts, the flavor profiles are miles apart. One is heavy on spices and while the other relies on subtle yet… Continue reading

BESAN LADOO | SWEET CHICKPEA SPHERES

Besan Ladoo
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Besan Ladoo is the first of the two recipes that I plan to post for Diwali 2013. Although, it is not particularly a Diwali sweet as such, I decided to make it a part of my simple Diwali menu. Diwali is a Hindu festival of lights. Most parts of India are immersed in a festive environment with family gatherings, feasts and fireworks. The lights and fireworks signify the expulsion of vices and darkness from life & the welcoming of virtues, light and prosperity. There are a few typical sweets, savories and dishes prepared as a part of the celebrations. I… Continue reading