Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Multi Grain Masala Khichdi with Masala Kadhi

When you are craving for comfort food, for me its khichdi not just simple lentil and rice one, I need masala and spicy khichdi and if I can make gravy vegetable dish with it then its good , if not I go for kadhi and it has to have garlicky spicy red chili chutney too. Then I feel like I got the whole world in my plate.

But this time I take few other dals (lentils) with my rice and make it more healthy khichdi and added few more vegetables and enjoy it.

Ingredients for Khichdi

1/4 cup Yellow Mung dal
1/4 cup Massor Dal
1/4 cup Green Mung Dal (chilke wali)
1/4 cup Tuver dal
1 cup Rice
Few florets of Cauliflower
1 Small onion chopped
1/2 cup Pigeon peas
1 Potato in big cubes
1 Tbsp Oil
Few Whole pepper corns
1 or 2 Dry bayleafs
1  Small Cinnamon stick
Salt as per taste
1 tbsp Ginger garlic paste
1 tbsp Red chili powder
1 tbsp Turmeric Powder
Fresh chopped Coriander leaves


Clean and wash all dals and rice and keep it aside.

You can pressure cook this too but I like my grains separate so I cook it in big pot.

Take big pot, add oil in it, when its hot, add whole spices (peppercorns, bay leaf, cinnamon stick)
When its sputter, add chopped onion in it and cook till its pink in color.

Add ginger garlic paste and all powder masala and cook for a minute .

Add vegetables and water to cook in it.

Add your dals and rice in it and salt and enough water to cook everything. Cover it and let it cook on low to medium heat.

Dont over mix it while its cooking, you dont want grain to fall apart.

When the water is gone and lentils and rice is cooked, sprinkle lot of coriander leaves, I just love coriander so I use lot of it.

Enjoy as it is or with kadhi or gravy vegetable dish.

Ingredients for Kadhi

3 Tbsp of Yogurt
1 tbsp of Chickpea flour
Salt as per taste
1 tsp Cumin seeds
1 Green Onion chopped
1 Sliced green chili
1/2 tbsp Red Chili powder
Few curry leaves
1 tbsp Oil or Ghee
1 tbsp ginger garlic paste
1/2 Tbsp Turmeric powder
Lots of coriander leaves - chopped

Method :

Beat yogurt and flour and mix it nicely.

Add cup of water in it and mix it again.

Heat a pan , with ghee or oil in it.

Add cumin seeds and curry leaves in it

When seeds change the color , Add green onion and sliced green chili in it.
Cook for minute or two and  add flour and yogurt mixture and mix it.

Now add salt, red chili powder, turmeric powder , ginger garlic paste and mix it and let it come for boil, after one boil , put the gas on low and let it boil , till you get you desired consistency.

When its done, add coriander leaves and enjoy.

I had with rice papad , green onion and my lasaniyu marchu aka spicy red chili chutney

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Harissa Spiced Mogo ( Yuca / Cassava)

I just love Mogo , Its called Yuca here in US but in Africa , its known as Mogo. Its very hard to cut it thru outer shell but when its cut and boiled and its ready to take any flavor you want to take a dip in it.

Before I made it  this way. and few other times also but that looking for new way to make it and I had  Harissa paste in the fridge and boiled mogo was there and then it was match made in my kitchen. I was making sure that I can leave something for next day but could not resist and finish everything.

You can make it as stir fry Chili mogo also but lot of people make it that way so I wanted something different and here it is.

For Harissa paste you can either use home made or ready made, its your choice.  I used ready made so not giving recipe here.

Ingredients : 

3 Big Yuca
1 Chopped onion in big cubes
3 Tbsp Harissa paste or more if you like more spicy
Salt if needed
Few slices of Ginger and garlic
Fresh chives for garnish
1 tbsp Oil
Fresh Lemon cut in cubes

Method : 

Cut and boil yuca.

keep it on side in colander so all the water drain out of it.

Heat a Non stick pan, add oil in it, when it hot, add onion in it. Cook till its pink.

Add ginger and garlic.

Add boiled yuca and  Harissa paste and mix it such a way that yuca doesn't break and still paste mix it all over it.

cook for a minute or two.

Since Harissa has all the spices, you dont need extra salt in it but if you still need it , add it as per your taste.

Shut off the gas, squeeze the lemon juice and sprinkle garlic chives on it.

Enjoy it with the side of more lemon and harissa pate. Mogo is ready to dig in.

Its perfect for finger food, party appetizer.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Thai Green Curry Ramen Bowl

What's your definition of comfort food,? for me, anything is quick, easy and most important, tasty and my favorite spicy kick in it. This recipe comes very hand when you have little time and you want something to eat , you can cut the vegetables, while making your broth or curry, other pot boiled your noodles, I like to multi tasking so all these things are very easy for me. I have four gas burners and I like to use all to save time and quick cooking. In this Ramen bowl you can change vegetables as per your choice,add meat, tofu any protein as per your liking , instead of curry, you can just used any flavor broth also.  

Ingredients : 

2 Tbsp coconut oil or peanut oil
3 tbsp. Green Curry Paste 
4 small green Thai chilies, OR substitute 1 to 2 jalapeno peppers
1 cup Vegetable broth1/2 cup Red onion
1 Carrot chopped
1 package Ramen noddles
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 thumb-size pieces  ginger, grated
1 stalk fresh lemon grass, minced 
1/2 tsp. ground white pepper 
2 Tbsp. lime juice
salt to taste
Fresh coriander leaves chopped

Method : 

Boil noddles as per packet directions and keep it aside.

Chop all the vegetables and keep on side.

In a pot, heat oil and add ginger, garlic, chili  and green curry and cook for minute or two. 
Add carrot and broth and cook for minute or two. 

Add noodles, lemon grass, white pepper, and cook for two minutes. 

Adjust the salt , depend on curry's saltiness

Remove from the heat, take it out in bowl, add fresh coriander leaves, some red onions, and chili and savor with warm. 

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Vegetarian "Beef" Curry

Remember , last time I told you I got all soy products and get ready for few recipes, well sharing with you all , Beef curry, its so easy and so tasty and ready in 10 minutes. I used to have this as a mutton curry in childhood , but now using same ingredients and gravy I made Beef curry. You can use real chicken, mutton, beef or paneer and tofu also and make it a meal. It goes perfect with rice and roti.

Ingredients : 

1 cup of Soy Beef pieces
1  Big onion, finely chopped
1 Big Tomato , finely chopped
2 Big spoon of Tomato puree
1 tbsp. Red chili Powder
1 tbsp ginger garlic paste
1 tbsp. Cumin coriander powder
1 tsp. Turmeric Powder
1 Potato - cut in cubes
Salt as per taste
Whole Spices - Few Black Peppercorns, One big stick of Cinnamon
Finely Chopped coriander leaves
2 tbsp. Oil

Method : 

Take the deep pan and add oil in it.

Add whole spices and saute till peppercorns are jumping from joy , while meeting the hot oil.

Add onions in it and cook till its brown (not pink). Add tomatoes and cook till oil separates.

Add tomato puree ,  ginger garlic paste and cook for a minute till raw smells from the paste will go.

Then add powder masala ,salt  and mix it and add Beef Pieces and potatoes

Add enough water to cook potatoes and make thick gravy.

When its done, means potatoes are fully cooked, shut the gas off and sprinkle coriander leaves.

Enjoy with hot fluffy rice or fluffy roti.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Garlic Knots from Pizza Dough

Sometimes you just to nibble on finger food but you need it quick and delicious, so what do you do ? you can take short cuts and fulfill your desire. Same thing happens with this recipe, wanted to make garlic knots but didn't had time to proof the dough, so got the ready made dough with the seasoning in it, make knots, apply generously flavor garlic butter , baked it and viola, garlic knots are ready to eat. Served it with warm marinara and all loved this kind of snack. So what are you waiting for , just grab the dough from your favorite Italian pizzeria and make this one, if you have time, make the dough from scratch and make it too.

Ingredients : 

1 Regular size Pizza dough
4 Cloves of garlic finely chopped
2  tbsp. of butter
2 tbsp. of olive oil
1 tbsp of each fresh or dried herbs
As per taste Salt and Fresh cracked Black pepper


Heat oven to 375 F.

In a microwave proof bowl, add olive oil, butter, herbs, salt and pepper and warm it for 30-45 seconds or until butter is melted.

Mix it and keep it aside. 

Flatten the dough and make it 12 golf ball size pieces, give it a "knot" and keep it  aside.

Take your baking tray, put the parchment paper and put your knots it. Take your cooking brush and apply generously garlic butter mixture on every piece. 

Bake till 20-25 minutes or until its nice and brown.

Served with warm thick marinara sauce. You can have this as a side dish with your pasta or pizza or just as a after school snack.  Enjoy

Monday, March 26, 2018

Teriyaki Mock Chicken With Noddles & Vegetables

When you have Mock meat on sale at the supermarket, you have to fill up the freezer so it can last till next sale. I did the same thing, one day I saw the product its on sale so I got it all and now making use of it.

First comes, Mock chicken packets, this product I used it before so I knew what to expect. So I made chicken with noodles and lots of vegetables. I didn't want to overpower the dish with lots of species or sauces so just keep it simple with teriyaki sauce since it was for me and my daughter, I know she loves sweet based sauces so Teriyaki sauce was the best choice. She loved it and we had a perfect take out diner at home. We had it with side of spring rolls and duck sauce.

Ingredients : 

1 Packet of chicken
1 Carrot chopped
Few Florets of Brocooli
1/2 inch sliced ginger in matchsticks
2 thinly sliced garlic
6 Pea pods thinly sliced
1 cup boiled noodles ( I used whole wheat )
3 tbsp.  Teriyaki sauce
salt as per taste
1 tsp Oil


Boiled water for noodles and boil as per the package instruction and keep it aside.

Heat a pan with oil in it.

When its heated, add ginger and garlic and cook for a minute till you get nice aroma.

Add rest of the vegetables and chicken and cook till chicken is little brown.

Add noodles and add sauce and mix it well.

If you like little saucy you can add little water and make it kind a gravy. But for us it was perfect so we had it as it is.

Enjoy with chopped green onion on top and for me I need sriracha so I had it with that and side of vegetable spring rolls.

I used this product, it comes with the sauce but it was not enough for my vegetables and noodles.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Brownie Mix Cookies

Had too much of brownies so my kids are not interested to eat anymore traditional way brownie but still they love the taste of it so I make small bites size muffins too. But this time I wanted to make cookies and its really easy and quicker than regular brownie. Make this from ready made brownie mix box , add extra flour, nuts or chocolate chips, eggs and oil and bake it in a shape of cookies and you are done. You don't want to over bake it , just 9-10 minutes and take it out and leave it out on wire wreck for 5 minutes till it gets cool and then you can store it in airtight container.

Ingredients :

1 Box of Brownie (Just dry mix) I use Pillsbury
2 Eggs (for vegan version you can use flex seed egg)
1/4 cup Canola or Vegetable or Coconut Oil
1/4 cup Flour (I used whole wheat but white is also fine)
1/4 Cup Chocolate chips or nuts (optional)


Preheat oven to 375 F.

In a bowl, add brownie mix, eggs, canola oil and flour and mix it very well. If you are using any nuts or chips you can add it now.

Take ice cream scope and put the cookie dough on greased cookie tray or with parchment paper on it.

Leave at least 2 inches apart.
Bake for 9 minutes.

Take it out. Give a cookie sheet light tap on counter so that will give crinkle on top and it will take out any extra air.
Let it cool on baking sheet for 2-3 minutes and then transferred it to the cooling rack.

Proceed with rest and enjoy.

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