Moong daal + Rava Uttapam recipe {and life updates}

For a change, I have a recipe to share with you all. This is my Aai’s recipe and as with rest of her recipes, this is healthy and tasty :-) We took about 2 cups of yellow moong daal, washed and soaked it overnight. Next morning we added 4 green chillies, 1 tsp cumin (jeera) seeds and about 1 cup of water ground it to a fine paste. We then added 2 cups of rava (semolina / sooji), 3/4 cup of yogurt (dahi), 1 tsp jaggery powder (can substitute dark brown sugar) and salt to taste and mixed it well. …

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Quinoa upma

Quinoa upma

  I have been intrigued by Quinoa, the healthy and versatile seed, which is commonly substituted for grains. I saw pinterest food boards showing so many recipes using quinoa and even  health-food lovers recommending it. Supposedly, quinoa is a great source of fiber, protein, vitamins, and minerals. So this year, I really wanted to adopt quinoa into my family’s diet. Today I decided to give it a go by making quinoa-upma for breakfast. Quinoa is available in three different varieties – white, red and black. I used the white one, because that has the least amount of bitterness in its top covering. …

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Besan ke laddu / Besanache ladu

Besan ke laddu

  Happy Holi, friends! May you have all the colors of enjoyment, laughter and cheer in your life!! For those of you who are not tuned in to what I’m talking about, Holi is the famous festival of colors from the ever-so-colorful, India. And what is a festival without sweets? Right? So, let’s go ahead and make some Indian sweets today. The northern parts of India, this festival is known for Gujia – they are the fried dumpling-like things with sweet stuffing inside. On the west side, in the states of Maharashtra and Goa, you can enjoy Puran Poli during this festival.  …

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Fajita style veggie side dish

Fajita-style veggie side dish

For my project work, I often travel to Mt. Vernon, WA. A couple times me and my colleague, Nidhi, had lunch at a Mexican restaurant out there called Cocina. I really liked their fajitas. The veggies in that dish were simply juicy and yummy and just so very tasty. I wanted to experiment with that taste myself. So when last time Nidhi visited our place and we invited him over for dinner, I got an excuse to do just that. Well, I figured my experiment was successful when Nidhi took another helping of this side dish and ate it just …

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Pearl Couscous Salad

Pearl Couscous Salad

When I cooked this for the first time, I asked myself, “Why didn’t I cook this before?” :-) This recipe is easy as well as versatile (can be eaten by itself or as a side dish). Here’s what you’ll need: 1. Vegetable broth: 1 and 1/2 Cups 2. Pearl Couscous: 1 and about 1/4 Cups 3. Assorted chopped salad veggies – About 1 and 1/2 Cup – I took Cauliflower, Bell Peppers, Peas, Carrots and Spring onion. All chopped into small pieces. 4. Garlic – 1 or 2 cloves. Chop finely. 5. Olive oil – 2 tsp 6. Salt and pepper to …

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Vegetarian Thai Red Curry {Recipe}

  I love Thai food. Use of ingredients like the coconut milk make it one of the closest international cuisines to Mom’s food at home. However, a couple times when I tried to get my kids to try Thai, my kids did not take to it. I was a little disheartened and did not make any attempts to make it at home. I made do with an occasional Thai lunch at a restaurant nearby my office. A few weeks ago, I decided to experiment again and guess what this time even my younger one liked the rice and red-curry combination! …

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Apple cake – steamed, not baked

Hi friends, Happy Raksha Bandhan and Happy Indian Independence Day to you all. May everyone on this beautiful planet be blessed with all the joys of togetherness and brotherhood!!! How about some delicious apple cake for your table to celebrate this day? This recipe is courtesy my little sister, Dhanashri Joshi who is a fabulous cook. To make this steamed apple cake, you’ll need: 3 apples 7 tbsp of Atta (whole wheat flour) 2 tbsp of Suji (rava / semolina) 5 cups of sugar 3 tbsp butter 2 cups milk 2 tsp ghee (clarified butter) 1/2 tsp Baking powder Here’s how …

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Tapioca Pulao {Recipe}

It was Shruti who introduced me to this recipe and now this is my family’s favorite Sunday breakfast. Try it, I’m sure you’ll like it too. For a family of two adults and two kids you’ll need: – 2 cups tapioca (sabudana) – 3 cups of water – 1 cup assorted finely chopped veggies (our favorites are: potatoes tomatoes, carrots, capsicum, peas, beans, broccoli) – 1/4 cup chopped onion – 2 tbsp peanut butter or coarsely ground peanuts (use roasted, unsalted ones) – 2 tsp butter (or ghee) – 2-3 finely chopped green chilies – 1 tsp of cumin seeds …

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Indo Chinese Mexican – Veggie Quesadilla Recipe with a twist

I am a vegetarian. I don’t eat fish / chicken / any kind of meat. No mushrooms even. With eggs it is a little bit crooked tale – I do eat bakery products that have eggs, but if I see something being cooked with eggs in front of me, I am sure I won’t have the heart to eat it. With so many restrictions it is not always easy to find something readily available and tasty to eat. Definitely not easy in our office cafe down here in Nashville. But our good chef found a way around it when several …

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Cabbage – Spinach Fritters {Recipe}

Cabbage and Spinach not everyone’s all time favorite veggies. Right? I remember when we were kids by brother was {and still is} a fussy eater. Veggies which were acceptable to him could be counted on your fingers (In fact, I dare say, fingers of only one hand!) So when my mom used to make some dish with spinach, he used to make every excuse not to eat it. Then for some days, my Aajji – mom’s mom – came over to stay with us. She used to make such fritters and guess what? Everyone loved them. Even my brother! So Mommies and …

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Carrot Banana Cupcakes

  I promised you the other day that I’ll soon be posting recipe for these sweet little delights. This post is about making good on that promise :) One of my favorite desserts is a slice of carrot cake.  I found most carrot cake recipes online have egg in them. I used the easy carrot cake recipe from Food.com as my basic guide and tweaked it a bit. Being a vegetarian I don’t eat eggs. So I substituted the eggs with a large overripe banana and reduced sugar. Banana and carrot together gave these cupcakes a sweet yummy taste. You’ll …

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Two Salads

If you ask me my favorite American food, my instantaneous answer will be the Salad ! I love the pure textures and flavours of greens, carrots, peas, broccoli, peppers – anything vegetarian. The only thing I don’t like in my salad is that cheese. I feel out here in the US no matter what you order at a restaurant, it’ll have cheese in it. Burger, pizza, pasta – you name it you get it. *With cheese* I am not so much of a cheese-fan myself. It isn’t that I don’t like it at all. It’s just that I like it …

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Pakoras – vegetable fritters {Recipe}

I don’t know if it’s only me or people from India. When it rains, the temperature plummets down, skies turn gray – I think of chai-pakora. Tea and Fritters. For so many days when it rained heavily in Nashville I pestered my friends that we should have tea – pakoras. But being calorie conscious people they didn’t want to give in to the idea easily. Not to be deterred, I kept pestering till they finally relented. And we had a pakora party right here in Nashville. Recipe for this is simple: – Mix together 1 portion of besan (gram daal …

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