Mains, Side dish

Indian style Spinach Red Kidney beans (Rajma) stir fry 

Legumes and greens are very popular in the Indian cuisine. We make sundals, add to dals, have it dry or in a gravy. This recipe shows a great combination of Spinach and red kidney beans along with some Indian seasonings. Very simple and nutritious dish packed with the protein of red kidney beans and the much needed vitamins from Spinach. Enjoy this dish on its own as a starter or along with some rice, roti.
Ingredients: serves 3-4

1. Spinach – 400 gms (used 1 bunch)

2. Red kidney beans- use canned or if raw soak it for few hours and pressure cook for 3-4 whistles)- 500 gms

3. Onion- 1 

4. Dry red chilli – 2-3

5. Mustard seeds- 1 tsp

6. Urid dal- 1/2 tsp

7. Oil – 2 tsps

8. Grated coconut- optional to garnish

9. Salt as required
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Mains

Sepankizhangu ( Taro) Poriyal

Sepankizhanku (in Tamil) or Taro is known by different names in different places. It is rich in carbohydrates and dietary fibre including high levels of vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin B6, vitamin E and folate, as well as zinc, phosphorous, potassium, manganese, magnesium and iron.This recipe shows how to make dry roast of this root vegetable which goes amazingly well with rice and curry. Simple and easy. 
INGREDIENTS (serves ~3)

1. Taro root/ Seppankizhanghu/ Colacasia/ Arvi/Arbi- 500 gms

2. Chilli powder- 1 tsp

3. Turmeric powder- 1 tsp

4. Coriander powder- 2 tsp

5. Asafoetida- a pinch

6. Salt to taste

7. Mustard seeds- 1/2 tsp

8. Oil – 5 tsp( marinade) + 1 tbsp for tempering 

9. Urid dal- 2-3 tsp

10. Cumin powder- 1 tsp

Please watch video for the method:

Mains, Side dish

Spicy Soya Stir Fry

Soya stir fry is a delicious and tasty mock meat recipe. A protein rich addition to your daily nutrition is a must and this is an amazing recipe to achieve that. I must also add that this recipe will definitely come close to the meat taste due to the size in which the soya is cut and the variety of spices added. A must try to all the vegetarians and vegans. Enjoy!
Ingredients 

1. Soya Chunks- 1 cup

2. Onions- 2 small sliced

3. tomato- 1 medium 

4. Curry leaves- few

5. Green chilli- 2

6. Coriander leaves to garnish 

7. Oil: (preferred coconut oil) 2 tbsp

8. Ginger garlic paste: 2 tbsp 

9. Cumin and fennel seeds- 1/2 tsp each 

10. Desiccated coconut (Optional) – 2 tbsp
Spices for Soya:

1. Chilli powder- 1/2 tsp

2. Coriander powder- 1/2 tsp

3. Turmeric powder- 1/2 tsp

Spices for Masala:

1. Kashmiri chilli powder- 1-2 tsp 

2. Coriander powder- 1 tsp

3. Garam masala powder- 1 tsp

Directions:

1. Soak soya chunks in hot water for 20 mins

2. Squeeze the excess water out of the soya using your hands.

3. Slice each soya into smaller strips of desired thickness.

4. Coat the soya strips with chilli powder, coriander powder , turmeric powder and little salt.

5. Pressure cook this mixture for 1-2whistles adding 1/4 cup water. Set it aside.
Cooking the base masala:

1. In a pan, take coconut oil or desired oil. Add the sliced onions.

2. Add ginger garlic paste, green chilli and curry leaves.

3. Stir with little salt.

4. Add the cumin and fennel seeds.

5.Once onions turn translucent add the tomato.

6. Cover and cook for 5 mins for the tomato to cook through.

7.Open and stir it to a thick masala.

8. Add the cooked soya into the masala and mix it well.

9. Cover further for 5 mins and the masala will get nicely absorbed by the soya.

10. Open the lid, stir fry it to a dry consistency.

11. Optionally add desiccated coconut, few more curry leaves.

12. Garnish with coriander leaves.
Yummy and delicious,spicy soya stir fry is ready. In Kerala this style of cooking is called Ularthiyathu and usually beef is cooked in this tasty way. This mock meat version of soya will come close to the beef stir fry. Enjoy this healthier and protien rich dish at your home today.

Please find the video recipe below:

Mains, Side dish

Mushroom Peas Masala

Mushrooms, I considered it to be exotic as I got to have it only in restaurants and  usually as a soup in India while I was young . Only later it started becoming commonly available in the vegetable/grocery shops. And what I liked about it the most is the chewy texture and also the minimal cooking time.

After moving to Australia, I saw that there are multiple varieties available in different shapes , colours ( mostly white and brown). Though it’s widely used in stir fry and soups, this Indian curry using mushrooms and peas together makes a great combination with roti or any Indian bread.

My easy go to recipe for a vegetarian side would mostly be this one. I used frozen peas in this recipe which makes the overall cooking time involved very less.

Do try out this recipe for a delicious and tasty curry.

Ingredients 

1. Mushrooms cut- 1 cup

2. Peas-1/4 cup

3. Onions- 2 medium 

4. Tomato- 1 medium 

5. Ginger garlic paste- 3 tbsp

6. Cinnamon stick- 1

7. Fennel seeds- 1 tsp

8. Kashmiri chilli powder- 2 tsp

9. Coriander powder- 1 tsp

10. Garam Masala- 1 tsp

11. Turmeric powder- 1 tsp

12. Oil as required 

13. Salt to taste

14. Curry leaves- few

15. Coriander leaves to garnish 

Method:

1. Take little oil in pan.

2. Add some fennel seeds, cinnamon stick and ginger garlic paste.

3. After a couple of mins when the raw smell of the paste goes away, add the cut onions along  with some salt.

4. Cook on medium heat till it turns translucent (~5-7 mins).

5. Add the chopped tomato.

6. Add the spice powders: turmeric, chilli, coriander, garam masala with some curry leaves.

7. Cook it further on medium heat  till it becomes a nice thick consistency with the tomato turning soft and mushy.

8. Add the mushrooms and peas to the masala. Cover and cook further (around 5 minutes). There will be water coming from the mushrooms naturally while cooking. You can add extra water if required.

9. Once the required gravy consistency is reached , garnish with little coriander leaves.

10. Serve hot with roti or even steamed rice and enjoy!

The video recipe can be found below:

Mains

Pumpkin Erissery- Curry with pumpkin and dal

Vishu is fast approaching. It is one of the key festivals of Kerala in India celebrated as the new year. Vishu always brings to my mind the Vishu kani, kaineetam and most definitely the sadya(feast). Erissery is one of the main dishes which is made for the sadya.

A delicious Pumpkin with toor dal curry along with the roasted coconut is a gravy not to be missed. This is a simple an easy method to try at home and can be enjoyed with steamed rice.

Ingredients:
1. Yellow Pumpkin – 1 cup
2. Toor dal – 1/4 cup
3.Chilli powder – 1-2 tsp
4.Curry leaves- few
5. Oil (Coconut oil preferred) -3 tbsp

To grind into a paste:
1. Fresh grated coconut – 1/2 cup. I used dry coconut – 4 tbsp with 1/2 cup coconut milk as a substitute.
2. Cumin seeds – 1 tsp

For tempering:
1. Grated coconut- 1/2 cup
2.Mustard seeds- 1.5 tsp
3. Curry leaves – few
4. Dry red chillies – 2-3
5. Oil (coconut oil preferred) – 2 tbsp

Please watch video for method.

Mains

Beet with Black beans Burger/Tikki

Everybody loves a burger.

I wanted to make a video of a veggie burger ever since I started this website as it is in my featured image. That burger was made with potato, carrot and beans. Usually potatoes are added in the cutlet versions in Indian recipes. But then I stepped across the beetroot burger in the freezer section in one of the supermarkets and it sounded so different and healthy. And hence this creation!

This burger made with beetroot and black beans is super delicious and checks all your boxes for a healthy version and also vegan friendly. The patties can be made small sized and enjoyed as tasty tikki or cutlets with mint chutney for starters. Enjoy it also as a burger with the French brioche bun or any burger bun with cos leaves and your preferred sauce. Eating healthy sure will bring a smile to your heart.

Please find the video recipe below: