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28 October, 2014

Green tomato and lentil curry or ‘masial’

Green tomato and lentil curry or ‘masial’
Comments : 18 Posted in : Main course, side dish on by : apsara
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  While everyone is posting dishes with pumpkins at this time of the year, I have a different fruit that is taking up too much space on my kitchen counter. Yes, with the arrival of Mr. Jack Frost, I had to pluck all the tomatoes while they were green. Time for recipes with the sour
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14 October, 2014

Thippili rasam (Long pepper soup) with therapeutic properties

Thippili rasam (Long pepper soup) with therapeutic properties
Comments : 10 Posted in : Main course, soups and chili on by : apsara
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  This is another rare soup made with herbs from the heart of South India. ‘Thippili’ is the Tamil word for Indian/Indonesian long pepper, an ayurvedic medicinal plant with therapeutic properties. In fact, as I just learned from Wikipedia, the etymology is the other way around. The word ‘Pepper’ has its origin from the Tamil/Malayalam
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20 September, 2014

Dried Neem flower soup (Veppam poo rasam)

Dried Neem flower soup (Veppam poo rasam)
Comments : 28 Posted in : Appetizer, Main course, soups and chili on by : apsara
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  Today I bring you a very traditional recipe, a treasured recipe from my mother. A very healthy soup or rasam made with dried neem flowers. I have not seen neem flowers sold anywhere outside India. Neem is known for its therapeutic (antibiotic, anti-diabetic) properties and has been used in Ayurvedic medicine since ancient times.
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6 September, 2014

Sprouted bajra (pearl millet) dosa/pancakes (gluten-free, oil-free)

Comments : 20 Posted in : Main course, snack, sprouting on by : apsara
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Dosas are versatile in that many combinations work well. This time, I tried a combination of sprouted whole grain bajra or pearl millet along with urad dal (black gram dal). I got this inspiration from my mother who recalled reading about this in a women’s magazine in India. I used a non stick orgreenic pan
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29 August, 2014

Vegetable soba noodles with peanuts

Vegetable soba noodles with peanuts
Comments : 16 Posted in : Easy lunch box recipes, Main course on by : apsara
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  It’s friday again, and time for Fiesta Friday party #31 over at Angie’s place: the Novice Gardener’s blog. I’m also sharing this at the Virtual Vegan Linky potluck over at Annie’s blog, An Unrefined Vegan. Do check both the links for great food ideas! Soba is the Japanese name for buckwheat, a gluten-free grain that is
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7 July, 2014

Easy-peasy spinach roti and some useful tips

Easy-peasy spinach roti and some useful tips
Comments : 33 Posted in : Main course, Tips to make daily food healthy on by : apsara
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  Being a south-Indian, it took me a while to learn the art of making good rotis. I once had a Gujarati roommate and her mom used to make these awesome chapattis for dinner. I picked up some tips from her, but when I tried it by myself it wouldn’t work. Always ended up tearing
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3 June, 2014

Eggplant spiced brown rice (vaangi bhaath)

Eggplant spiced brown rice (vaangi bhaath)
Comments : 37 Posted in : Main course on by : apsara
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  Another brown rice dish, in a spicy bhaath that will make the ‘brownness’ not easy to detect! Filling and flavorful, makes a complete meal with yogurt/raita. This is a “saatvik” version without onion and garlic. Here, the spice mix is most important for the flavor and aroma that makes it unique among the south-Indian
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16 May, 2014

baked veggie patties/cutlets with sprouted chickpeas, dill and mint (grain-free, vegan)

baked veggie patties/cutlets with sprouted chickpeas, dill and mint (grain-free, vegan)
Comments : 60 Posted in : Main course, snack, sprouting on by : apsara
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Another way to use sprouted chickpeas if you have them in your refrigerator, like I did, a few days ago! We are big fans of Trader Joe’s masala burgers in my house and try to get as many boxes as would fit in the freezer when we visit the store  (50 miles away). I have
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13 May, 2014

Herb-loaded pizza with homemade sauce (whole wheat)- Fiesta Friday Challenge 1

Herb-loaded pizza with homemade sauce (whole wheat)- Fiesta Friday Challenge 1
Comments : 48 Posted in : Main course, snack on by : apsara
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  Nothing is more rewarding for a mom when her kids eat her homemade pizza and ask for more. Even if it is 100% whole wheat and not loaded with cheese. If we can eat whole wheat roti, whole-wheat pizza should be nice to eat too, right? Made from the same wheat flour, dressed with
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3 April, 2014

Minty green spaghetti with vegetables

Minty green spaghetti with vegetables
Comments : 50 Posted in : Main course on by : apsara
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  Could spaghetti get any greener? Here is an Indian-ized version of spaghetti that I made up, with herbs coriander and mint, and has become a favorite dish in my family. It is simple to make and I often pack it in my kid’s lunchbox. This week I’m taking it to Angie’s Fiesta Fridays party.
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