51 posts tagged vegetable

Wadi wali Lauki/ Bottlegourd cooked with Sundried lentil cakes

Bottle gourd is highly appreciated vegetables in Indian cuisine though it is not very familiar to the western world (yet!) as an edible. It is rich in minerals and high in water therefore considered extremely light on the digestive system. It is used in stir fries, curries, with lentils, in desserts, soups and a lot more. This is a super simple and homey dish, but the flavors are tremendous. We Punjabis particularly love to add wadis in it. They add a lot of flavor and make the dish enjoyably spicy. Continue Reading

Sprouted Red Lentil, Quinoa Nourish Bowl

Sunshine and warmer days have returned which means less time in the kitchen and more time outside having fun with family and friends. Though I love spending time in the kitchen, I also don't want to miss out on the sun and fun by staying indoors or spend money eating out. The only way to do this is to have simpler meals that come together fast. This Sprouted red lentil, quinoa nourish bowl meets all the requirements for a simple healthy meal. It has got protein powered lentil, whole grain, lemony kale, crunchy raw vegetables, and a herby mint chutney. It is bright, satisfying, incredibly nourishing, and super easy to make. Continue Reading

An Easy Family Day Frittata

Happy valentine's day everyone! I hope you all have a wonderful time with the people that you love. Yesterday was Family day in BC. People had a day off work and schools were closed. This holiday is observed to encourage people to spend time with their families and appreciate the importance of family values. Since cooking is one of the ways I can show my love for my family I made this frittata for the perfect start to our day. Frittata is one of those "throw together' baked egg dishes that is high in protein, low carb and packed full of veggie nutrients. You can eat it for breakfast, lunch or dinner. And if you bake it in a muffin pan its perfect for packing up a healthy snack or on the go breakfast. The best part is it's super easy to make and so satisfying. Continue Reading

Jhatpat Masala Noodles

I am sure every kid grew up on some kind of instant noodles. In India Maggi noodles was the crave food as Ramen is in the west. I must say I fell in love with it when they were first launched with an indian twist in the early 80's. It was not the healthiest food but was cheap, quick, simple to make and tasted good. It still is the same. My daughter loves it and make it whenever she isn't in a mood to eat a full meal. The secret to this classic 2 minute Maggi Noodles is its Taste-maker, that's what makes it so addictive. I haven't eaten Maggi noodles after going gluten free however I started making my own taste maker powders to satisfy my once in a while craving. The recipe has great flavor and no unhealthy ingredients that can have negative effect on your body. Continue Reading

Vegan Meat Masala

I know what you are thinking right now, "How can a vegan dish have meat?" 'Well, it can". Jack fruit or 'kathal' is one of those unique fruits that is used as a meat substitute for vegetarians and vegans. When young and green, the fruit has a mild flavor and meaty texture. When ripe, it has a strong fruity flavor that can be eaten raw as a fruit or used in desserts. In India people don't wait for the fruit to ripen and consume it while it is still very tender. I grew up eating it in curries, pickles, semi dry dishes, and rice preparations like biryani. The fruit is rich in energy, dietary fiber, vitamins and minerals and free from saturated fats or cholesterol making it more nutritious than many starchy staples. When cooked well, using heavier spices like black cardamom, cinnamon and bay leaf in the preparation, it is indeed a satisfying meat alternative. Continue Reading