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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Leftover makeover – dal partha

It is spring break for the kids and by the end of each day, we were running out of ideas on how to keep kids fed. After a long day of feeding and cleaning, i decided to try an old trick known to all experienced mothers in India of making chapati dough with leftover dal, whole wheat flour and onions and then making parathas (griddle Indian bread). Kids eat it with plain yogurt or ketchup and us with leftover curry. The process was so quick…

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Spring cleaning of my pantry & refrigerator

] My pantry is usually very well stocked with different types of grains, flours, beans, legumes, nuts, spices, noodles, pastas, sauces, oils etc. I keep a running shopping list on my phone for items that run out or running low as a reminder to buy it when I am at the store next time.I don’t like to waste food so I am on the lookout for things that might go stale or bad. But periodically or sometimes a month or two before a long vacation,…

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Paneer Achari Kati roll masala

Kati rolls (look here for an explanation) using achari paneer (Indian cheese cooked with spices used for pickling) has become a staple in our house. What is there not to like?  These rolls filled with paneer cooked in flavorful pickle spices and vegetables are easy to make and one of the favorite foods for my kids. Sometimes when I am puttering around in the kitchen (like today), I will make a big batch of paneer achari masala and keep it. Once you have the masala already…

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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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