Keerai Milagootal is best described as “home food”, it is not a dish that is found in restaurants. It is comfort food for the soul. This dish is a typical Palakkad style dish and is similar to Spinach with Daal, but the proportions are different and the addition of coconut gives it a very unique flavor. Enjoy! Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 30 minutes Serves: 6-8 Step 1: Spinach – 8 cups, tightly packed,…"Spinach Curry Indian Vegetarian Recipe (Keerai Molagutal)"
There are times we are just not in a mood for elaborate cooking and want something quick, easy and finger-licking good. Here is an Chaat of sorts that I had a small almost-dhaba, I am not a fan of packaged noodles but 1st the name had me curious and then it was the ingenious way he fused the dish, that had me hooked! Prep Time: 5 minutes Cook Time: 5 minutes Serves: 2 Ingredients: Packaged…"Noodle Bhel Recipe – A Quick Snack"
This Khao Soi Soup is in no way authentic! But we know that it is very delicious, comforting and a very flavorful soup. It is perfect for the winters as it warms the heart and the home and easy to make in a batch. I love making this for parties as it looks like a lot of effort has gone into it, but we all know, it is fairly simple. The different levels of flavors…"Vegetarian Khao Soi – Coconut based Noodles Soup"
This simple quick and easy drink is perfect for the Winters and to tide you over the cold days. A typical “nanima-ke-nuske” (grandmother’s remedies) & I am here in Chicago right now and it is just perfect for this time of the year! All the ingredients for Winter Sheera have a lot of health benefits: Ghee – considered the liquid gold, Haldi/Turmeric – considered one of the healthiest spices Besan – great for the winters…"Winter Sheera Recipe – Home Remedy to build Immunity during the Winters"
This quick & easy Kaddu ki Subzi is just that. It is a very typical Punjabi dish with is served with Puris and Aloo (Potato). The amazing balance of the sweet, sour, spicy and a hint of bitter is the key to the success of mastering this Kabocha Dish. Enjoy this amazing marriage of flavors the next time you get a chance! Prep Time: 15 min Cook Time: 30 min Serves: 4-6 Ingredients: Kabocha Squash…"Khatta Meetha Kaddu Subzi (Kabocha Squash) Indian Recipe"
Colds and Coughs are the most common sickness! Unfortunately, there is no cure for it, it takes 7 days if you take medicines and 1 week if you don’t ;)! Well, since the scients in the world are trying to find a cure, here is some temporary relief for you. Disclaimer: Please use your discretion and see a doctor if needed. Prep Time: 5 min Cook Time: 20min Serves: 1 Ingredients: Water – 1 cup…"Kadha Recipe – Herbal Relief for Colds and Coughs"
If you know what’s good for you, you’d be running to the kitchen to make this right away! I, for one LOVE Methi Leaves and cannot get enough of it, so finding new recipes is a moment of joy for me, seriously! Two power packed vegetables together, the Bottle Gourd and the Fenugreek Leaves,it does not get better than this. Prep Time: 15 min Cook Time: 20 min Serves: 4-6 Ingredients: Bottle gourd (Lauki/Doodhi/Ghiya) –…"Lauki & Methi Subzi (Bottle gourd & Fenugreek Leaves Dish) Indian Recipe"
The crisp and crunchy exterior and the soft, moist, and ooh, so flavorful inside…now, that can mean only one thing – Felafel! Now if you have to get off your diet for one fried food, it should be this one, it will be so worth it. Felafels are very versatile and can be had as appetizers, snacks or mains. They are a great vegetarian option for fillings in pita pockets. Added bonus is that they…"Chickpea Felafel Recipe"
After the holiday season, we are always striving for something simple and yet flavorful. Here is a wonderful twist on the Mung Daal, a staple that is light and easy to digest. The Dill Leaves provide a wonderful freshness to the taste and the look of the Mung Daal. Enjoy this Moong Dal with Dill Leaves and start the year right. Prep Time: 5 min Cook Time: 20-25 min Serves: 4 Ingredients: Mung Daal –…"Mung Daal with Dill Leaves Recipe"
Jackfruit or Kathal (in Hindi) can be a very intimidating fruit and one that certainly piques curiosity. It can be had raw, as a in a savory dish or sweet in it’s ripe form. The texture is close to meat and hence known as Vegetarian’s meat. Here we have made Kathal Kebab, a recipe similar to Shammi Kebab, perfect for those vegetarian moments. Enjoy these delicious kebabs and remember to serve them with a side…"Kathal (Jackfruit) Kebabs Recipe"
We all know how good Spinach is for us and we keep looking for recipes and innovative ways to include as much as we can in our diets. This recipe is absolutely wonderful because can be served as a main dish or a side-dish, had with Chapatis or with Rice and your proteins and greens all in one. Soak Time: 8 hrs Prep Time: 15 min Cook Time: 1 hour Serves:4-6 This dish is made…"Spinach Curry with Channas"
Disclaimer: Mangala Deshmukh is NOT a licensed Dietician/ Nutritionist. The information on this website is provided for educational and entertainment purposes only, and is not intended to diagnose, cure or treat any medical or other condition. Always seek the advice of your health provider prior to starting any diet. Cook Time: 15min Serves: 4-5 Ingredients: Cream of Rice Cereal – 1 cup (found in the cereal aisle) Ghee/Clarified Butter – 1/4th cup Water – 3…"Gluten Free Halwa"
Blueberry muffins are great for breakfast, part of a lunch or as a snack. A perfect on-the-go treat. This recipe can be very easily made without eggs (substitute the egg with flax seed powder) and you have yourself a great vegan/vegetarian muffin. Serve some warm muffins with cold vanilla ice cream and guess what you have…? Prep Time: 15 minutes Baking Time: 20-25 minutes Makes: approx 12 Ingredients: Canola/Vegetable Oil – 1/2 cup Sugar –…"Whole Wheat Blueberry Muffins"
Bell Pepper with Peanuts is a simple side dish, yet has the amazing flavors that go well with Chapatis, Rotis or with Rice. A nutritious accompaniment with great color and texture is quick to make. The softness if the Bell Peppers and the almost boiled effect of the Peanuts is a great combination with the sourness of the lime at the end – just mouth-watering! Bell Peppers are also known as Capsicums and in Hindi,…"Bell Pepper Subzi with Peanuts"
Black Eyed Peas are a a great addition to any diet. They are high in fiber and are also a great source of potassium. This simple dish is home-cooking, easy to make yet packed with flavor and nutritional value. The slow-cooker recipe makes it a breeze in the kitchen. Soak Time: 8 hours Prep Time: 10 min Cook Time: 6 hours (Slow Cooker) 30 minutes (Stove-top) Serves: 4 Ingredients: Dried Black Eyed Peas – 1…"Blackeyed Peas Curry (Slow Cooker Recipe)"
It’s time for a healthy twist to the famous Bhel Puri that we all love so much. Sprouted mung beans provide a nutritious and protein rich base for this snack or no-fuss lunch. Make this easy sprouted mung bhel recipe ahead of time for picnics, parties or for road-trips and you can be rest assured that your stomach and your heart will be satisfied. Soaking and Sprouting Time: 2 days Prep Time: 10 min Serves:…"Sprouted Mung Bhel Chaat – Healthy Salad"
Cookies are enjoyed by kids and kids-at-heart. These gorgeous Eggless Double Chocolate Cookies will make you do a double-take and grab some double-helpings. Make a big batch, bake some for now and freeze some dough for later. Since summer holidays are here, get the kids to help out and get some cookie-points with them 🙂 Prep Time: 15 min Chill Time: 30 min Bake Time: 20 min Cooling Time: 15 min Makes: approx 20-24 cookies…"Double Chocolate Cookies (Eggless)"
“When Mangoes are in season, make the most of it” and that is our mantra! Salads, desserts, curries, ice-creams – go all out and have a Mango-fest 🙂 This salsa is not from Indian Cuisine but the flavors are right on and fit so beautifully into it. Another amazing dish showing-off the diversity of the King of Fruits. Ingredients: Ripe Mango – 1 cup, cubed Red Bell Pepper – 1/2 cup, diced Onion – 1/4…"Mango Salsa (Fresh Mango Salad)"
Smoothies are not just for the summers anymore! They can be enjoyed anytime of the year with the fruits in season. Here the yummy, sweet and ripe mango along with the creaminess of the Coconut Milk is heighten in flavor with the Saffron making it a Smoothie with an Indian heart 😉 Change out the fruits and have fun experimenting! Prep Time: 5 min Ingredients: Mango – 1 part Coconut Milk – 1 part Ice…"Tropical Indian Smoothie"
Quinoa is the wonder food that is often referred to as “a complete protein” amongst plant-based foods. A grain-like seed originally from Peru, Quinoa contains a balanced set of essential amino acids needed for human health. It cooks in the same way as rice and can often be substituted in rice dishes. Try this Quinoa Pulao recipe and enjoy the health benefits and wonderful taste of Quinoa!"Quinoa Pulao Recipe"
Seitan is a high protein item that is vegetarian. Recently, we did a video on how to make the Seitan and here we show how to use that Seitan and make it into a curry. This is a guideline but you can use it. Customize it to your tastes – change the vegetables, switch out the spices, throw in some coconut milk, endless possibilities and you’ll be amazed how versatile it can be. Click here…"Seitan and Vegetable Curry"
Leftovers are a part of life and we just have to learn to live with them. Changing the look and giving a fresher approach of them heightens the excitement and makes them more enticing. Paniyarams do just that! A fresh and quick make-over and these Cute Paniyarams will vanish in seconds. There are a lot of different varieties and are known by a lot of different names in different regions in South India. To name…"Paniyaram (Savory)"
Sindhi Kadhi is a dish that is fully rounded and has so many levels of flavor. The hints of sweet and tangy combined with the spiciness and the beautifully colored vegetables is a feast to the eyes and to the hungry stomach. Change out the vegetables, eliminate some you don’t like or add on the ones you love – it’s a very forgiving dish. Enjoy this Sindhi Kadhi with some plain white Basmati Rice and…"Sindhi Kadhi"
A beautiful Daal with a soothing, homey feel to it that is sure to satisfy the palate and the soul. Simple, easy and delicious Urad Daal can also be made as easyly on the stove-top in a sauce pan or in a pressure cooker. Enjoy this Gujarati roadside dhabba dish. Prep Time: 10 min Cook Time: 4 Hours Serves: 4-5 Ingredients: Urad Daal – 1 cup Water – 6 cups Salt – to taste Lemon…"Urad Daal (Slow Cooker Recipe)"
Dosakai is strange! Why would we say that? Well, it is classified as a fruit but eaten and cooked like a vegetable! It is known as a Yellow Indian Cucumber – don’t think it looks or tastes like a cucumber! Yes, when we said strange, we meant strange. This Yellow Indian Cucumber is used in pickle, Curries, Daals, alongside Meats and Seafood. It has a tangy and a tart-ish flavor that makes it perfect for…"Dosakai Pickle"
This Vegetarian Frankie is protein-packed and a great snack or a meal. It is enticing enough to get the adults salivating as well. Great for lunches, snacks, parties, picnics or road trips, Frankies are a going to be well loved by all and at any time of the day. This recipe was inspired by Deepika Agarwal and, honestly, we have to say that we had a lot of fun experimenting with it. This recipe is…"Vegetarian Frankies"
After a lot of (over) indulgence during the holidays, its time to get back to hearty, homey comfort foods. Daal Dhokli is simply a bowl of warmth and goodness. From the state of Gujarat, Dal Dhokari is made by cooking spiced chapati dough with spiced toor daal. The end product is a delicious one pot meal. If you have some Gujarati Daal leftover, Daal Dhokli is a quick meal. However, for those of you who…"Daal Dhokri (Dal Dhokli)"
Another great one dish wonder, the Vangi Bhaath recipe is a Eggplant lovers dream! The flavor of the fresh spices are just amazing. Easy and full filling enough to satisfy all the senses – visually very appealing, the aroma is just fabulous, the texture of the rice and the eggplant combination – GREAT and the flavor – yuuuumm, mm mmmm… A great way to use and freshen up left-over rice. The flavors are so great,…"Vangi Bhaath (Rice with Eggplants) Recipe"
A simple dish with a simple name – Dal (Daal, Dhal) yet packed with proteins and the thousands of ways it can be made! There is no right or wrong way and no bad way either. The amazing thing is that if you change one little ingredients or mix a few daals, you get this amazing new creation. Here is a wonderful combination of Channa Dal and Tur Daal in perfect harmony that’ll make you…"Chan-Toor Dal (Channa & Toor)"
This great pickle is a real tease…by the time you really start relishing the pickle – it’s gone! The cranberry season is so short lived that it makes you feel that life is unfair. Cranberry Pickle is easy and quick enough to make that we can make a batch every week. We mention at the bottom of this post “the hardest part is cutting…”, we change that statement to “the hardest part is keeping the…"Cranberry Pickle (Cranberry Achar)"
One of my visits to Honolulu, Papia Sengupta, made this wonderful dish and I was blown away. The first thing that attracted me towards the dish was the color, very appealing to the eye. The second was the ingredients – like a lot of folks, I too am intimidated by the size of the vegetable in question (Pumpkin)! The last but not the least was the taste – what a great combination, color and the…"Butternut Squash with Black Chickpeas Subzi (Kumro Chokka)"
Thai Cuisine is one of the beautiful with depths of color and flavors. This Tom Kha Soup is always a favorite whether it is summer of winter. The balance of the sweet (palm sugar), the salty (fish sauce or soy sauce) and the spice (thai chilli) is just unbelievable with the soft and creamy and very subtle Coconut Milk. Can you tell we are in love with Thai Food? Prep Time: 20 min Cook Time:…"Thai Tom Kha Soup"