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25 August, 2014

Homemade tomato thokku – A south-Indian spicy chutney with versatile uses

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When a garden offers some  juicy red tomatoes, it is not surprising that a “thokku” pickle/chutney idea occurs to a girl, esp. with a south-Indian upbringing like me! This is a traditional recipe from Tamil Nadu, a southern state in India. In the days when the refrigerator was not known, this dish was made with
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23 July, 2014

coriander coconut chutney (raw cilantro side dish)

coriander coconut chutney (raw cilantro side dish)
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  I love to have cilantro greens without cooking it. One of the best ways to have it is as a raw chutney. Cilantro is abundant in vitamins: A, C, K, minerals: iron, magnesium and calcium. It has antibiotic, anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory, heavy metal detox properties. Regular consumption in raw form is very good for health.
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3 July, 2014

Growing Kohlrabi/ noolkol in the garden and curry made two ways!

Growing Kohlrabi/ noolkol in the garden and curry made two ways!
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  I was able to successfully grow kohlrabi in my garden this year! It is one of the easiest vegetables to grow, provided you have made the area rabbit-proof. I used a gardening tip and planted a row of lettuce as a companion right next to it. They grew pretty tall and yielded nice bulbs.
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14 April, 2014

asparagus and carrot curry (south Indian style)

asparagus and carrot curry (south Indian style)
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While asparagus is abundantly available this spring, let’s make good use of the fresh vegetable for these nutritional benefits. There are many recipes to make grilled asparagus, paired with other veggies. Here, I have cooked it lightly with Indian spices, sans onion and garlic (saatvik) in combination with carrot. This can be eaten with rice
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31 March, 2014

Coconut and pine nuts chutney

Coconut and pine nuts chutney
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Pine nuts are one of those nuts (seeds, actually) that have immense nutritional benefits but are not very tasty to eat by themselves. They are expensive and their shelf life is short too; need to be stored in the fridge or freezer. The best way to use them in Indian cuisine, from my experiments, is in
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8 March, 2014

Baked Bitter Gourd Chips (or rather, “better” gourd chips!)

Baked Bitter Gourd Chips (or rather, “better” gourd chips!)
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  Some time ago, I posted a curry recipe with bitter gourd in gravy, and after that I’ve been experimenting with making a simple, ‘bitter-less’, dry curry with the green vegetable. And baking provided a solution- hey, it always makes things simple, doesn’t it? I’m very thrilled with this recipe because it was an instant
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28 February, 2014

paavakkai pitlai- bitter gourd curry in tamarind/lentil gravy

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If there is one vegetable that I have hated to eat in childhood, it is the bitter gourd or pavakkai. But it is supposed to have great nutritional benefits. One has to learn to cook it in the proper way with enough spices to mask the bitterness and make it enjoyable. Here’s a recipe for
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19 February, 2014

beets and mixed vegetables in coriander gravy- curry as a side with flat breads or brown rice!

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I’m always thinking of ways to sneak beets into daily meals, for their lovely color, anti-oxidants, phyto-nutrients… I could go on, but I’d refer you to this for nutritional value. My mother makes a ‘saatvik’ (sans onion and garlic) vegetable curry in coriander-ginger gravy, which allows a variety of veggies that can go in it.
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20 December, 2013

sprouted chana masala curry

sprouted chana masala curry
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Everybody is familiar with chana masala curry, that can be made from canned chickpeas with the spice mix from any Indian/international food aisle in a store. Simply cooked beans, however, can cause stomach discomfort in children especially when given in the evening. I once gave beans to my 15-month-old (by accident) and had her suffer
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8 December, 2013

baba ganoush

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This side dish requires no stove top cooking, just an hour of baking and then blending all ingredients in a food processor. It is so healthy that I have seen in the Gerson cooking recipes list. The Gerson clinic is where they treat and restore the health of even “terminally” ill cancer patients. This goes
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