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"
Kale has recently come to finally get it’s dues as a very healthy leafy vegetable. It is very high in fiber and low in calories, contains many vitamins. Kale is not associated with Indian cooking so it is great to be able to incorporate it in an Indian meal. This recipe is quick, easy, has lots of textures and you get to use every inch of it. Live happy and live healthy. Prep Time: 10…"Kale Subzi – Indian Style Vegetarian Recipe"
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"
With Gurpurab and Diwali just around the corner, it calls for something sweet. Now, we all know that we really don’t need an excuse to make dishes and desserts, do we? The Atte ka Halwa has a beautiful, smooth, melt-in-you-mouth, buttery feel. Enjoy the Halwa and the festivities and best wishes from our families to yours. Prep Time: 0 Cook Time: 15 min Serves: 4-6 Ingredients: Chakki Atta (Whole Wheat Flour) – 1/2 cup Melted…"Kada Prasad / Aate Ka Halwa /Whole Wheat Halwa Recipe"
Chayote Squash is one that we tend to overlook but next time, think again. This one like most from squash family, has high water content besides being high in Vitamins C and B. We love the fact that it can be had raw or cooked, so it is a quick one to stir up on days when there is not a lot of time for cooking. It is a fall vegetable (even though we see…"Chayote Squash Subzi – Indian Vegetarian Recipe"
We love the trilogy of savory, a bit of sweet and a hint of spice in our foods and if you do too, this is spot on for you! The pineapple provides a beautiful sweetness and freshness to the usual raitas we end up making. Enjoy layers of flavors and tantalize your taste buds! Prep Time: 10 min Cook Time: 5 min Chill Time: 2 hours Serves: 4-8 Ingredients: Yogurt / Curds / Dahi –…"Pineapple (Anannas) Raita – Indian Vegetarian Yogurt Recipe"
It’s mango season somewhere in the world! Cooking with mangoes and using them in unique ways just adds to the excitement for the die-hard Mango-lovers. Here we have used raw mango, mostly used in pickles, along with the mild Mung Daal so the focus is solely on the mango flavor. The two seasonings adds a different dimension and levels of flavor. Enjoy this dish with rice or with chapatis. Prep Time: 10 min Cook Time:…"Raw Mango with Mung Daal Indian Vegetarian Recipe"
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"
Shahi Khir is a dessert fit for the kings, hence the name. Shahi means rich, royal…The abundance of dry fruits and Panir in this Kheer make it a rich dessert. The textures of the chopped dry fruits, the softness of the paneer, the creaminess of the milk, make for a suprise-in-every-bite-kinda-dessert. Enjoy this deconstructed Ras-Malai at home without all the drama. Prep Time: 10min Cook Time: 30min Serves: 5-6 Ingredients: Whole Milk – 4 cups…"Shahi Kheer Dessert Recipe (Paneer ki Kheer)"
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"
Mumbai is known for a lot of the things and the top two would be Street Foods and Bollywood! In a recent trip to the beautiful city, I tried so many great street foods. Here is a look at the famous Sandwich at Anand Stall, outside Mithibai College. This Grilled Vegetarian Sandwich was loaded with vegetables, brimming with flavors and the street-side ambiance just added to the experience. We skipped the Onions and the Bell…"Grilled Vegetarian Sandwhich, Street Food Video from Mumbai"
We just LOVE salads and we hope you do too. Eating healthy and right is important for us but equally important is to enjoy our food. This Greek Lentil Salad takes care of our health and our palate. Serve it as a light lunch, packed lunch, for picnics or for pot-lucks. Skip the Cheese and make this wonderful vegetarian salad, vegan! Prep Time: 10 min Cooking Time: 20 min Chill Time: minimum 15 min. Serves…"Greek Lentil Salad Recipe"
Theplas, another variation of parathas that have a great shelf-life and have an amazing flavor. The yogurt in it makes them soft and the fenugreek makes them healthy and very delicious. A spicy paratha that is synonymous with the State of Gujarat. Have a piece of Gujarat! Prep Time: 10 min Cooking Time: 2-3 minutes each Makes – approx 20 theplas Ingredients: Fenugreek Leaves – 2 tbsp (fresh or dried) Whole Wheat Flour/ Atta –…"Gujarati Thepla 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"
Imagine Tandoori – just healthier…and prettier…and yummier and so different! Impossible, right? Well, wait till you try the Tandoori Broccoli! Finger-licking good is the only way we can describe this Tandoori Broccoli Dish. Serve it up as an appetizer or as a side to a meal and WOW everyone. Prep Time: 10 min Cook Time: 20 min Serves: 4 (as a side) and 6-8 (as an appetizer) Ingredients: Broccoli Florets – 1lb (approx) Pot of…"Tandoori Broccoli"
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"
A home-cooked meal brings warmth to the stomach and to the heart. This dish is one that evokes those feelings – a dish that is usually cooked “just at home” and never have we seen it served at a restaurant. The simpleness and the depth of flavor in this dish is not easily forgettable. Enjoy the simple pleasures in life… Prep Time: 15 min Cook Time: 15 min Serves: 4-5 Ingredients: Bell Peppers/Capsicum/Shimla Mirch –…"Bell Pepper (with Chickpea Flour) Subzi"
This fantastic, light and refreshing Strawberry Shortcake recipe is a perfect way to get to someone’s heart! Easy to make, with a million dollar look, it is sure to impress. For a small get-together or for a big bash, try this today! Ingredients: Strawberries – 4 cups All Purpose Flour (Maida) – 1.75 cups Sugar – 1/4 cup Salt – 1/2 tsp Baking Powder – 1 tbsp Cold Unsalted Butter – 1 stick/1/2 cup/8 tbsp…"Strawberry Shortcake (Eggless Dessert)"
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"
Sometimes it is very hard to replicate the texture of eggs but here is our version of Eggless French Toast that just can’t be beat! Try the sweet version for the sweet tooth or the savory one when you are just in the mood for something a little “not so sweet” 🙂 Enjoy! Prep Time: 10 min Cook Time: 10 min Makes – approx. 5 slices Ingredients: For the Batter: Besan/ Chickpea flour – 1/2…"Eggless French Toast – Sweet & Savory"
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"
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"
Mango season is here and we wanted to share some of the beautiful dishes that can be created with this King of Fruits! This Pulissery (Puliserri) recipe is from Kerala and is great as a part of the traditional Sadhya meal for Vishu or Onam. The combination of flavors in this dish are mind blowing – it’s sweet from the Mango, sourness from the Yogurt and the spice kick from the Chilies. It is also…"Mango Pulissery (Sweet Mango Curry)"
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)"
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"