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The Gobi Musallam Recipe is a delicious and simple preparation of the cauliflower vegetable. I had tasted this recipe in one of the North Indian restaurants while I was living in the US and it immediately attracted my palate. In the traditional method of making this dish, the entire cauliflower is boiled in pot/ roasted and cooked, but I prefer making florets of the cauliflower as it is quicker to cook and also easier to eat as well. I simply love this recipe, as it is bursting with flavours and textures and the addition of cream makes the musallam super delicious.
The Thai Pineapple Vegetarian Curry Recipe is super simple dish to make and is a favorite at home. The sweetness and the sourness from the pineaple along with the vegetables simmered in an aromatic thai flavoured broth tastes delicious. I have used a red churry paste to make this dish, but you can also use a yellow curry paste or even a green curry paste. Essentially you want to have the curry that is bursting with flavors from lemon grass.
Spaghetti Pomodoro is also known as Pasta that is tossed in Tomato Basil Sauce and spiked with Parmesan cheese. Pomodoro in Italian means a sauce made from tomaotes. This pasta recipe is simple to make that is bursting with flavors from the tomatoes, basil, garlic and olive oil. It has a short cooking time and when you have a pomodoro sauce ready, your weeknight dinner for family would be ready in minutes.
The Rajasthani Dal recipe is a dal that is packed with flavor and protiens. The addition of green moong dal , channa dal and mildly spiced with some garlic makes this dal delectable. And finally not to miss the adititon of ghee, green chillies and lemon juice that gives the perfect spice and tanginess needed to digest this dal.
The Palak Paratha Recipe is one of those recipes that is simple, nutritious and super tasty. I learnt this recipe from my mother in law. I have had so many different versions of the paratha, over the many years, but her recipe stood out. The secret ingredient is Saunf (fennel seeds) that adds to the additional flavor and taste and not to miss out the green chillies.
Carrot Onion Uttapam Recipe is a nutritious breakfast or dinner made from Ragi Idli Dosa Batter. Ragi Dosa Batter is my recent obsession and discovery that helps me incorporate the much needed millets in our diet. The addition of carrots and onions flavoured with lots of coriander makes this Uttapam healthy and makes a great kids lunch box recipe too.
Gajar Paratha is a simple and nutritious Indian flat bread that is made from grated carrots and whole wheat flour. The paratha is delicately flavoured with roasted cumin powder and lots of chopped coriander leaves. There are many additions that you can make to pep up the taste, by adding onions or even chopped cabbage or grated cheese for kids. I most often pack this paratha for kids lunch box along with a sweet lime pickle and some yogurt.
The Paneer Kofta Curry Recipe is a delicious preparation paneer (rasgulla) balls simmered in a spiced tomato gravy. This recipe of kofta is healthy as the kofta's are not deep fried but instead made the same way as rasgulla is made. I learnt this recipe at the Indian Food Bloggers Meet when Chef Jolly from JW Marriott Bangalore had shown how to make this recipe.
The gravy is something that I make all the time, that is made mild and sattvic without the addition of onion and garlic. The result is an absolutely delicious curry!
The Dal Tadka Recipe is a simple to cook recipe that is packed with flavors from lemon and coriander. This recipe of dal tadka is one of my oldest recipes and was almost lost in my recipe pile. It so happened that my brother often makes this recipe and I would have to dig into my pile to find the one I sent him, as he would always want it the way I had first shared it with him. So this of dal tadka recipe is just for keep sake and old times, on how simple cooking can get with just a few spices - just like how mom would make it.
The Patta Gobhi ki Sabji Recipe is a super quick and easy recipe that I make often at home. The vegetable, is light and yet has all the flavours of the masalas and the cabbage, making it a healthy recipe as well. At home, I most often make it for lunches and serve it along with Thepla and Gujarati Dal or even Tomato Rasam.
Tomato Puree Recipe is a great way to make the base for sauces such as salsa sauce, marinara sauce, pasta or pizza sauce and indian curries, sabzi's and gravy dishes. By precooking the tomatoes you strain out the excess water from the tomatoes and get a thick base to work on for many recipes. Also since the tomatoes are precooked, it also helps us to make a particular dish much quicker than usual. You can store this tomato puree in the refrigerator for about a week and use it as and when required.
The Baingan Masala Recipe is a dish that is packed with flavors from rich vibrant tomatoes, a hint of garlic, garam masala and not to miss the coriander powder and leaves that give it that rich gravy consistency and taste. The baingan (eggplant) is first roasted seperately and then combined along with the tomato masala giving it the special touch. At home I serve the Baingan Masala along with Phulka's and a Carrot Salad - a favorite dinner combination at home.