Category Archives: Kiddelicious

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Day 7 Instant Pot: Perfectly steamed potatoes for patties

Puffed pastry sheets stuffed with samosa like stuffing (a.k.a patties in India) and baked in the oven is technically not an instant pot dish but I have found instant pot to be a great appliance for perfectly steaming the potatoes. Potatoes come out cooked all the way to the middle but not falling apart. Since I can set the instant pot and forget it, it also takes the guess work out when boiling potatoes on the stove top. I had signed up to bring a finger…

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Day 6 Instant pot: Vegetarian pho broth

There is a recipe for vegetarian pho broth in the Bowl book that I have been meaning to make for a long time. A long list of ingredients and availability of great vegetarian pho in many of Seattle’s pho spots has kept me away from making it at home. But trying to put my instant pot to use was a great incentive to collect all the gazillion ingredients it needed. I used the recipe in the book and cooked it in the instant pot on slow…

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Day 5 Instant Pot – Tomato soup

I still have tomatoes I picked during my annual trip to Yakima farm(s) (sometime soon I will do a separate post on that). Those are the juiciest, most flavorful tomatoes I know. Because I buy more than I can reasonably use, after I am done cooking many batches of sauces and canning, I end up freezing excess tomatoes. The tomato soup from these tomatoes have so much more flavor compared to the ones we get in the store. And more importantly, it reminds me of…

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Day 2 Instant Pot: Jasmine lemon rice

I have to admit that I am a skeptic of using any appliance for making rice. I am of the philosophy that the easiest and fastest way to cook rice is by using a pot directly on the stove top. But I had some leftover sambhar from the previous day and decided to make jasmine rice in instant pot for quick weekend lunch. I followed the recipe in the recipe book that came with. Basically 1:1 ratio of rice and water, pressure cook for 4 minutes, let…

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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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Anytime veg/tofu noodles

It has been a long time since I posted anything and what a better time to get back than this mother’s day weekend. Lately I have been starting my day early and reaching home just before dinner time. On days like that, I usually fall back to some of my most reliable recipes that are quick yet satisfying. I usually have everything I need to make these simply stir fried veg noodles. And the big time saver is that i am not following a recipe from a cookbook so I can be…

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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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Veg tikki burgers inspired by ‘tikki chaat’

Tikkis (टिक्की ), the griddle fried spicy potato patties, served with spicy chickpeas and topped with a combination of yet spicier cilantro and tamarind chutneys,  are a popular street snack in North India.  You can read here for more details. Tikki wallahs (hawkers) carrying a variety of  savory/spicy snacks commonly referred to as ‘chaat’ can be easily spotted at every block on any shopping street in my hometown. Premade tikkis are stacked around the edges of the of a big round ‘tava’ (griddle) and fried to order (watch this small video to get…

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Wonton Samosa

I think of samosa as the king of all snacks (described here). In India, good samosas are available everywhere and trying to make it at home is not worth the effort. There are halwai shops (read here for a definition) everywhere that make good samosas and sell at a reasonable price. Usually each shops has a set time in the afternoon to make fresh samosas. Since most of the neighborhood knows this time, you can see people queuing up around that time to get the…

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