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Inspired by Indian store

From the garden – Radish seed pods and potatoes (सेंगड़ी आलू की सब्जी)

I have been experimenting with growing some vegetables in my garden this summer. In the beginning of the summer, I had planted some radish seeds and also planted potatoes in two pots in the front yard. I was able to pick most of the radish but had left couple of plants to flower. Yesterday, i was out in the garden and noticed the flowering plants had produced radish seed pods also called mongre or sengri in north India (read here for description). I was able to harvest…

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Gobhi Paratha (गोभी पराठा)

Stuffed Paratha (or Indian griddle bread – read here for more details) is something I keep in my arsenal (like my mother did and so many other mothers all over India do) for all sorts of occasions. It can be had for breakfast, or as a snack, be part of a meal or be the meal itself on a busy night. Last week, on one of those busy evenings, as I was driving home I knew i wanted to eat at home but had no idea what…

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Spring cleaning: discovering new recipes

It has been good to put the focus on trying to use up the ingredients in my pantry and freezer. Since we are moving soon, it helps to have less groceries to carry even if it means just 2-3 less boxes to carry. The real joy has been to find and try new recipes using ingredients bought on impulse or for a specific recipe. Here are some of my favorite discoveries: Vegan pumpkin- chocolate bars Last fall, I bought one too many pumpkins when we visited Yakima valley…

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Zucchini spiced with fenugreek seeds, garlic and chilies

There you have it;  the ingredients list for this simply amazing zucchini preparation is part of the title of this post. You do have to add oil and salt but that is it. I have been making this recipe for a decade and I am still surprised by how addition of 3 other simple ingredients can turn zucchini to taste so sublime. The natural sweetness of zucchini is drawn out due to slow roasting and is perfectly balanced by the bitter fenugreek seeds and hot dried red chilies in this recipe.…

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Poha

 If there is a one meal that I miss the most being away from India, it is the breakfast. There are many savory breakfast dishes cooked in Indian households and to me, weekend mornings seem like a perfect time try that at our house here in Seattle. Poha (पोहा), also known as flattened rice is a  lighter version of rice (read here for more details).  It makes for a quick and tasty breakfast or light snack  when tampered with mustard seeds, nuts, curry leaves and cooked with vegetables,…

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Kala chana

Kala chana (कला चना) is my “go to” potluck/picnic dish. It is easy to prepare, travels well and when served with tamarind sweet-sour chutney and/or fresh coconut chutney, it stands out in flavors. While this salad can be made with other beans like chickpea or black eyed peas, I prefer to make with kala chana (literal translation means black chickpea). Kala chana is a smaller chickpea like bean native to India. It has a nuttier taste and retains its shape due to tougher outer coat.. Read here to…

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Paneer Makhani: pantry wala

Quick recipe to turn paneer into something ‘kid-delicious’ (this is when my kids find something delicious) using ingredients usually available in my pantry.Paneer Makhani (पनीर मखानी) literal translation means paneer with butter. There is no real butter in this recipe but i am still going with the name.             The recipe is inspired by paneer makhani recipe here in the winning collection of Reader’s potluck recipes published here.  Usually I make modifications based on what is available in my kitchen. Here I…

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Karela: my new favorite vegetable and minimalist way to prepare

Comfort food at its best – arhar dal, rice and karela! All leftovers enjoyed for a quick lunch. I was talking to my sister in India and she mentioned she had prepared Karela (करेला ) that day. Karela is a summer season vegetable and since this is the beginning of the summer in India, my sister told me that fresh karela was available in the market. I could picture tender green karela piled up in the vegetable markets in India. As I talked to her more,…

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Ragi flour roti …finally

I bought Ragi (finger millet) flour over 6 months ago in hope of making ragi roti. But the idea of spreading roti with my hands kept me from trying to make it. Finally watching couple of you tube videos made me feel comfortable enough to give it a try this Sunday. Chopped shallots, green onion, cilantro ready to be added to ragi flour. Cilantro, hot green chillies, yogurt, grated coconut ready to be blended into coconut cilantro chutney. C I used lightly oil parchment paper…

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Bajare ka pua

Bajare ka pua is one of those things that Mummy made and I always enjoyed but never got around to cooking it on my own. Bajare Ka Pua also turned out to be one of the last things Mummy made that we were fortunate enough to try. It is always going to hold a special place in my heart for that reason. Best way to describe a pua is to call it a sweet fried bread. It has the sweetness from gur (jaggery) and slightly…

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