This recipe is very easy and goes really well with all types of Indian spicy to very spicy curries because of its subtle yet sweet after taste. At times, I use pistachios instead of cashews and there is not too much change of taste but, the green of pistachios makes the dish look prettier. The balance of sweet from onions, carrots and sugar, sour from lemon juice and mild heat from black pepper is what I like the most.
This is among my all time favourites, especially on the days I want to have vegetarian food. I wonder how this dish goes so well with rice, puri (deep fried Indian flatbread), roti, bhatura (leavened deep fried Indian flatbread) and pulao as well. I always make it a point to have at least 50gms of soaked and boiled chick peas in my fridge. I can quickly assemble a salad or a dip or a main course dish with this. I usually make this with onion and garlic, but to keep it light and not very spicy I tried making this without these two aromatics. The result was good and I’m sharing it with you.
Monsoon in Mumbai is synonymous with the arrival of tilapia, hilsa and many other types of fish. This fish is very meaty and versatile, as it holds its shape very well. It is available as ready made fillets in supermarkets. I have used fresh tilapia(on the bone).
This recipe is typical of bengali households barring the fact that some love to have it little sweet. My version is not sweet though. I strongly believe that the cutting of this vegetable plays a very important role in enhancing the taste. I have shown in the pics below as to how I exactly cut it. I tried using the food processor, but that didn’t work very well as it affects the look of the ready dish. And as I always believe that, its your eyes that eat first.
This recipe is my favourite and most importantly, a show stopper. Whenever my family’s meal lacks the usual lustre, I make this and nobody cares how many vegetables I have managed to sneak in through other dishes. They are busy trying to find out how many more wings they can have.
I love to prepare this dish because of the minimal masalas required and yet being so tasty. I can eat this without any rice or roti (Indian flatbread) just like that. This can be made dry and served as an appetizer, but I have made it curry-like for serving this as main course.
Pronounced “keen-wah,” this protein-packed grain contains every amino acid, and is particularly rich in lysine, which promotes healthy tissue growth throughout the body. Quinoa is also a good source of iron, magnesium, vitamin E, potassium, and fiber. It looks a bit like couscous and is as versatile as rice, but quinoa has a richer, nuttier flavor than either of them.Quinoa is closely related to the edible plants beetroot, spinach, and amaranth(Amaranthus spp.), another pseudocereal which it closely resembles. Amaranth or Rajgira as it is locally known is a cheaper alternative to quinoa. We can use rajgira instead of quinoa.
Both are pseudo-grains — foods that are prepared like grains (for making flours, and cereals), but are actually seeds and are gluten free. Rajgira, also called amaranth, is comparable to quinoa in terms of calories (370 cal per 100gm), fibre (7gm), fat (6-7gm) and protein (6-7gm), and has similar calcium, potassium and iron content too, plus higher vitamin E and magnesium as compared to quinoa.Both can be eaten on its own as a side dish, with a bit of butter or oil, salt and pepper, or other seasonings. It also makes a great breakfast dish mixed with dried fruit, cinnamon, milk, and maple syrup or honey. Paired with chili, stir-fries, beans or curries, quinoa is a healthy substitute for rice, and it also makes a tasty pilaf. In fact, I made one in a rice – cooker and everyone loved it.
This pasta gets its name from the Italian word ORZO which means barley. This barley shaped pasta is a very quick to cook and it gives an illusion to rice eaters like us. To cook any pasta, it is always advisable to go by the packet instructions. In this recipe, I cooked the pasta in boiling water which when simmered took 7 minutes to cook.
Holidays are almost over and if you’ve fallen short of new recipes, this is the one.
It is not necessary that you put in all the ingredients that I used in this recipe. For non vegetarians the choices are unlimited, vegetarians can make this by just avoiding sausages. I put veggies and soya chunks to make it a complete meal. This can be made ahead and children at home can have it when they feel hungry.
This recipe is liked by all age groups and it is a golden opportunity to sneak healthy veggies in. This is a perfect lazy day’s recipe. You can use onions and garlic to substitute leeks, and fish or soya chunks to substitute chicken. Currently, my family is on a low carb diet and hence my experiment with various ingredients is on the rise.
In this recipe, I used cauliflower mash to make the pie crust. The result was amazing and here goes the recipe.