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Healthy Creamy Kale-Lentil Daal

Cremy Healthy Kale Lentil Daal -Indian style, Vegan #indiandaal #vegetarian

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! Wishing you all a very wonderful 2017!!

I woke up on NYE, reflecting on how it was a wonderful 2016.

When I say wonderful, it was, with some complexity.  It had its ups and downs.  And when I say wonderful, I meant that I chose to focus on the wonderful things.  I tried to focus on the positive things.  I learnt how to heal myself and look at what I had in front of me.  I learnt that there’s no right way of life, no right way of living, or a perfect life.  Perfection is a perception.  It’s what we make of it. Continue Reading

Dinner, Entree, healthy, Indian, Lunch, Rice, VEGETARIAN

BISI BELE BAATH(Spicy Vegetable Khichdi/Khichri)

BISI BELE BAATH(Spicy Vegetable Khichdi) |foodfashionparty|

Born and brought up in Bangalore gave me some insight into traditional food of Karnataka.  Having a fabulous grandma-aunty who cooked like Julia Child was even better.  She was a lady of precision.  The smell that came from her kitchen literally pulled dad and I to the balcony.  We stood there discussing what she was making.  Everything smelled and tasted divine.  Ofcourse, we wanted a bite or more of everything she made. We had to refrain ourselves from going and knocking her door to start a conversation just for some food.  There were times she would pack some for us, and you  have no clue how happy we were whenever that happened.  I remember the moment, her grandson would come up to drop the plate and we would very politely take it and the moment the door was shut, hungry or not, gobble up the whole thing.

I remember I used to come home from school and pick up the keys from our tenant grandma-aunty.  She was too sweet at times to call me in to feed me some Akki Rotti(rice roti), some Chitranna(rice) or Semiya Upma(which was the best I’ve ever tasted).

One day I remember, she was making a spice powder and the smell was crazy intoxicating.  I asked her what it was for and she said it was for BISI BELE BAATH.  She told me she’ll share it with me when she cooks it.  Yes, I waited a whole 2 and a half days for that.  I still remember the moment she gave me a bowl with a generous dose of ghee and chips for the crunch. I remember I wanted to fall at a her feet or hug her. I was just a high schooler at that time. I was blown away at how good it was.  I was warm and happy from within.  It was that good, I remember that moment all too well.

I got my burgundy diary out and immediately had to write down the recipe.  She was so precise, so dedicated and so literal in the details.  I was/am always amazed at how perfect this turns every time I make it.

To my grandma aunty, wherever she is.  Thanks for this treasure of a recipe.

BISI BELE BAATH(Spicy Vegetable Khichdi) |foodfashionparty|

Hope you get to try it out.  It’s vegan, one of the most traditional ancient dishes, gluten free and super healthy.  Perfect for this cooler weather or anytime.

Have a lovely day my dear friends.

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BISI BELE BAATH(Spicy Vegetable Khichdi)
 
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A traditional vegan, gluten free healthy mix sure to comfort the tummy any time of the year.
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Recipe type: Rice, Entree
Cuisine: Indian
Serves: 4-6
Ingredients
  • 1 cup medium grain rice(sona masoori)
  • ½ cup toor/tuvar daal
  • lemon sized tamarind soaked in ½ cup of water and juice taken out and drained
  • VEGETABLES (beans, carrots, cauliflower, peas, moringa)
For the masala paste
  • 1 tsp vegetable oil
  • 2 tbsp channa daal
  • 2½ tbsp coriander seeds
  • 1 tsp urad daal
  • 8-10 red chilies(according to your spice level)
  • 1 tsp fenugreek seeds (meethi seeds)
  • 3 pinches asafoetida/hing
  • ⅓ tsp turmeric powder
  • ½ fresh grated coconut or frozen (fresh is best)
  • Salt
For tempering
  • OIl
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 pinch of asafoetida/hing
  • 10-12 cashew (broken)
  • 10-15 curry leaves
Instructions
  1. Wash the rice and daal/lentil well and cook in a pressure cooker for 3 whistles or in a pan with 4 cups of water until it is completely cooked. Turn off the heat and set aside.
  2. Cook the vegetable in 2 cups of water, salt and turmeric powder until it is 90 percent cooked. Turn off and set aside.
For the Masala Paste:
  1. In a small frying pan on medium heat, add the channa daal, coriander seeds, urad daal and fenugreek seeds and fry until it is slightly browned and toasted. Add the whole red chilies, asafoetida, turmeric powder and saute for a minute and turn off the heat. Grind this a blender with coconut, ½ cup of water to a smooth paste and set aside.
Putting it together.
  1. Now, mix the rice with the vegetable, add the ground masala paste, the thick tamarind juice and check for salt. Mix, Simmer and cook the rice mixture for 15 minutes. Turn off the heat. The mixture should be little runny and not very thick at all. This will solidify as it sits.
Tempering
  1. In a small pan on medium heat, add some oil. Add the mustard seeds, cumin seeds, asafoetida cashews and curry leaves. Let it splutter and add it to the rice mixture. Mix well.
SERVE Hot with some potato chips, papad and generous drizzle of ghee.
Enjoy

 

BISI BELE BAATH(Spicy Vegetable Khichdi) |foodfashionparty|

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Butter Bean Walnut Hummus and Broccoli-Spinach Butter Bean Pasta

Butter Bean Walnut Hummus and Broccoli-Spinach Butter Bean Pasta |foodfashionparty|

Life is Perfectly Imperfect.
 
The last three weeks have been blurry, chaotic, rushed, and imperfect in a way.  My car is messy, it looks like my garage has been hit by a mini torpedo, and my carpet, in a few places, looks muddy.  While folding laundry, I noticed my teen’s pants have rips…. I had to be careful that my little human boy has not been bitten in his private area ;).  I am more jittery, forgetful and haven’t got the time to spend a cozy huggy time with my human boys.
 
WE GOT A PUPPY.  Waffles.  He is a doll, a sweet sweet baby who turns rowdy for just a few minutes a day.
 
Yes, my laundry doesn’t get done fast enough.  My to-do list has been growing a little bit too fast, nothing gets ticked off.  As I drive off to a meeting, I have puppy hair on my pants.  My hair smells like Waffles, our home suddenly smells like a puppy.
 
I haven’t had anyone cling to my feet in 10 yrs.  All I do now is send pictures of Waffles shake hands, behave and just his cutest little pointy ears to everyone who shows the merest interest.  I’m like this crazy mamma.
 
As crazy as life sounds and looks right now, isn’t it what it is all about?!  Life is a learning process.  Sometimes, small simple struggles are exactly what we need in our life.  I had a period when everything was calm, and life was always quiet and peaceful.  Now, I appreciate the peace and silence, even if it’s for an hour a day.  When we have it all, we don’t miss it.  Why do we only miss something when it’s taken away?
 
I like my chaos.  I love my Waffles, the energy and endless kisses and love he gives us.  I like that my boys feel responsible for someone.  I feel COMPLETE.
 
Loving life in all it’s imperfections is the best.  Don’t you agree?
 
 This pasta, in a way, is what I call my accidental recipe gone good.  A bit of this, a touch of that, and some cheese, and it’s perfect in all it’s hotchpotch mess.

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Butter Bean Walnut Hummus and Broccoli-Spinach Butter Bean Pasta
 
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Recipe type: Appetizer Lunch
Cuisine: American, Middle Eastern
Serves: 4-6
Ingredients
For the Hummus
  • 2 16 oz cans butter beans rinsed and drained or 1 cup dried beans soaked in water overnight
  • 6 cloves of garlic
  • ¼ cup walnuts
  • 1 tsp red chili flakes
  • 3 tbsp lemon juice
  • ½ lemon zest
  • 2 tbsp chopped cilantro(optional) or parsley
  • 1 tsp toasted and crushed cumin
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • ½ tsp of freshly cracked pepper
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3-4 tbsp water
For the pasta
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 tsp fennel seeds
  • 1 head of broccoli chopped to small 1 inch size
  • 1 cup of chickpeas/garbanzo cooked(use canned or cooked)
  • 1 cup packed spinach finely chopped
  • ½ cup of the hummus
  • ½ cup pasta water
  • 4 cups cooked wheat/semolina fusili pasta
  • Pepper jack cheese to top the pasta with or flavored hard cheese
Instructions
For the Hummus
  1. If you are using dry beans, soak it in water overnight. Cook with 4 cups of water with NO SALT. After about 15 minutes, check if it is cooked. Then add some salt, let it sit in the salted water for few minutes and drain. This way you will ensure that the beans are lightly salted and it does not get tough or rubbery. Cool before making hummus.
  2. If you are using canned, it's very easy, just drain and rinse well before using.
  3. Add everything for the hummus in a food processor except for the water and whip and grind it under a coarse paste is formed. If you want add a few tablespoons of water to make it slighly thinner. The thicker consistency is great for dips with crackers or bread sticks.
For the Pasta.
  1. Cook the pasta for 8-10 minutes in salted water or until al dente. Drain it, keep some pasta water aside.
  2. In a saute pan, add a tbsp of olive oil, let it get hot and add the fennel seeds and let it splutter. Add the chopped broccoli and salt it, saute and cook for a minute. Then add the chickpeas and the spinach and saute until the spinach wilts. Add the hummus and add hot pasta water to water it down and mix well. Add the cooked pasta, mix through and turn off the heat.
  3. Add the cheese and serve immediately.

Butter Bean Walnut Hummus and Broccoli-Spinach Butter Bean Pasta |foodfashionparty|

 

Baking, chickpea, Dinner, Entree, healthy, Indian, Non Vegetarian, Side, Spicy

Baked Okra stuffed with Spiced Peanut Mix (Easiest Recipe)

Baked Okra stuffed with Spiced Peanut Mix(easiest recipe) |foodfashionparty|

Indian food is quite simple, and this is a recipe which shows just that.

The vibrant, intensely colorful Indian food has found its way into many hearts.  However, I do hear very commonly that “the spices are overwhelming.” I completely agree, especially for someone who is completely new to the array of spices Indian food has to offer, although it is not really too hard.  In fact, I do tell many that you can always create an Indian flavored dish with ingredients you already have at home.  It’s that simple.

I don’t exactly remember the first time I had it, but I do remember who taught me to make it.  After that, I’ve never stopped.  The best thing about this recipe is that you can use the spice mix for many vegetables: stuffed potato, stuffed cauliflower, stuffed bitter gourd, or you could even toss the spice mix in a beans curry! It’s all so good.  This is a basic recipe, and a very popular one.

I definitely try to hold on to every part of Indian culinary culture I’ve learnt, and try to simplify it so that it’s attainable. I definitely think you’ll agree that this is one of the simpler recipes that’s still so authentic.  I really hope you get to try it out.

Baked Okra stuffed with Spiced Peanut Mix(easiest recipe) |foodfashionparty|Baked Okra stuffed with Spiced Peanut Mix(easiest recipe) |foodfashionparty|Baked Okra stuffed with Spiced Peanut Mix(easiest recipe) |foodfashionparty|

Baked Okra stuffed with Spiced Peanut Mix
 
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • Okra - 1 pound
Spice Stuffing mix
  • 3 tbsp peanuts roasted and coarsely powdered
  • ⅓ cup chickpea flour
  • ⅓ tsp garam masala
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds
  • ⅓ tsp cumin seeds
  • ½ tsp sugar(optional)
  • 2 tbsp canola oil
  • Bake at 400 degree for 20 minutes
Instructions
  1. Prep the okra by wiping it with a damp cloth and trim off the ends and the top and set aside.
  2. Mix all the ingredients for the stuffing mix and set aside.
  3. Preheat oven to 425 degrees for 15 minutes.
  4. Slit the okra/bhindi in the middle but not fully, it still needs to hold it's shape. Stuff 1 tsp of the mixture in the middle and line all in a baking tray.
  5. Lower the temperature of the oven to 400 degrees.
  6. Drizzle oil evenly over the okra and bake them at 400 degrees for 20 minutes or until the okra is completely cooked.
  7. Serve it with rotis or soak them in yogurt and serve it with some rice.
Notes
This spice mix c an be stored in a bottle in the refrigerator for upto 2-3 months.

Baked Okra stuffed with Spiced Peanut Mix(easiest recipe) |foodfashionparty|

Dinner, Entree, healthy, Indian, Lunch, Lunch Box, Rice, Spicy, VEGETARIAN

Capsicum/Green Bell Pepper Rice – A Dabbawala /Lunch Box Story

Capsicum/Green Bell Pepper Fried Rice - A Lunch Box Story/Dabbawallas |foodfashionparty| #rice

Tiffin boxes are very intimately tied to mine, and many people’s childhoods.  So when my friend sent me this write up, I had to make it special.  Sharing a recipe that my mom made and came in my box every week. In the words of my friend, a writer friend.  Enjoy this wonderful piece and share your thoughts, and say hello to my gorgeous and talented friend Lakshmi.
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Appetizer, chickpea, Dinner, Entertaining, healthy, HEALTHY COOKING, Indian, International Cuisine, Party Ideas, Spicy, Starter, Vegan, VEGETARIAN

Spicy Baked Cauliflower Fritter(pakoda) TACO with Mango Sauce and Red cabbage Slaw(Vegan)

Spicy Baked Cauliflower Fritter(pakoda) TACO with Spicy Mango Sauce and Red cabbage Slaw(Vegan) |foodfashionparty|

The love of food the four of us shares is quite intense.

We all love to try different things, quite tough critics, and we might enjoy one more than the other.  We enjoy a good hearty Lamb chop meal as much as we enjoy a loaded salad with some dressing.

Trying to balance out the carnivore loving boys with a lighter fare which suits our taste is a challenge I take on happily and love.  I try not to fall into the routine of recipes and when variety is there, it makes it so much more fun.

This was one such thing.

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Appetizer, Entertaining, healthy, HEALTHY COOKING, Indian, Lentils, Salad, Salad Bowl, Spicy, Vegan, VEGETARIAN

Lentil-Radish Salad with Chili-Lime Dressing (Guest Post)

Lentil-Radish Salad with Chili-Lime Dressing |foodfashionparty|Guest post by @boxofspice
 
With the rain and winds, the Bay Area is filled with pollen too.  The only way I can communicate now, without messing my vocal chords completely, is to whisper.  For some reason the husky and sexy voice(as someone called it) doesn’t seem to suit me and I’ve had a few people feel bad, laugh and make fun of me all at the same time :). It’s one of the worst sore throats I have ever had, and I refuse to go to the doctor.  Trying to have green tea with honey, fresh turmeric and everything to soothe my poor little throat.  I am so very thankful and grateful to Rakhee from boxofspice to fill my space today with one of her impressive salads.
 
As Rakhee puts it, we’ve known each other for the longest.  I fell in love with her gorgeous photography and this post in particular Chaat Salad, and now we are great friends and I am in love with her personality too.  She’s all ears when I want to and makes me feel like a million bucks (what more can anyone ask).  Her artistic eye for dreamy and moody photography requires a standing ovation and her salads all belong in a magazine.  Without further ado… Here’s Rakhee.  Take it away my dear…..

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Taro/Arbi Spicy Stir Fry

Taro/Arbi Spicy Stir Fry. A healthier alternative to potatoes. Tips and tricks for less oil. |foodfashionparty|

She comes home and finds an empty container, which, only a couple of hours ago, had the very best tangy-spicy, oily, fried taro.

A year is a long time to be away when you’ve stayed with someone for 21 years.  A trip to India after I came to US was an in-explainable feeling, and an exciting one.  There were a lot of things I wanted to enjoy, first being the food.  All the things I was overwhelmed to cook or plain didn’t know how to cook were the things I asked mom to make.  Sometimes we just have a mind block, don’t you think?  You believe it’s hard to cook something, just because.  This was one of those things. Continue Reading

Appetizer, Entertaining, healthy, HEALTHY COOKING, Lunch, Lunch Box, VEGETARIAN

Vegetable-Tofu Wrap with Spicy Almond Cream

Vegetable-Tofu Wrap with Spicy Almond Cream @foodfashionparty

Happy February!

The only thing that comes to mind during January is Downton Abbey.

We watched or let’s just say binge watched all 6 seasons under 3 weeks.  I know..I know..it’s crazy.  We did though.  For a month I spoke in an accent new to me, and I felt quite posh.  Now that fancy accent is fading away as fast as the memories of Downton Abbey are.  I enjoyed it so much that I pretty much have withdrawal symtom now.  I’m looking for another period drama. If you have suggestions, please do let me know.

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Appetizer, healthy, HEALTHY COOKING, Indian, Lentils, Lunch, Salad, Salad Bowl, Snacks, Vegan, VEGETARIAN

Garlicky Mung/Moong Bean-Dill-Pomegranate Spicy Warm Salad

Garlicky Mung Beans-Dill-Pomegranate Spicy Warm Salad @foodfashionparty

 

After a couple of years of pretty severe drought in the Bay, the wet weather for the past few weeks is a welcome change.  I definitely am happy to hear the pitter-patter of the rain and rumble of the leaves. The deep brown soil turning brown and the dry brown grass on the mountains turning green are some very pretty sights.

Waking up to dark gray clouds, the sounds of rain, the trembling trees all makes us want to snuggle a bit more.  Turning and struggling to wake up, going down for a hot cup of coffee and to a silent almost ‘pin drop silence’ except for the rain was an ideal start to my perfect day.

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