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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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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