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That ‘until we see again’ thali...
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At the beginning of this month my ‘much’ better half started his new job some 400 miles away. So, I am on a temporary single parenting stint for the next 2 months. Some say ‘absence makes the hearts grow fonder’, but nobody mentions about how difficult it is for the close knit family who can’t stay away from one another for more than couple of hours! At times like this, I lack inspiration to do anything, let alone cook. If I was alone, I would probably end up eating a piece of toast or some simple soup or salad or just a bowl of rice with dal or yogurt! But I do have a little mouth to feed who loves to potter around the kitchen and help me with cooking dinners. So I drag myself half-heartedly and cook something simple, nutritious and delicious packed with array of veggies! Last week LD and I spent a week in a cottage which is a temporary home for the husband and it was great for all three of us to be together after being away from each other for over 2 weeks. .
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Today before K left, I managed to cook him this veg thali and packed enough food to feed him for the next couple of days. And so, another fortnight of single parenting begins… Wish me luck! :)
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The thali had,
1. Moong bean sundal ~ Cooked moong beans tempered with basic spices and coconut.
2. Punjabi aloo gobi ~ Potato and cauliflower stir fried with assorted spices.
3. Punabi Kadhi Pakoda ~ Onion frittered in a tangy yogurt and chickpea flour gravy.
4. Lobia Pepper Curry ~ Black eyed peas and bell peppers in a sweet and sour tomato gravy.
5. Aloo-matar pulao ~ One pot potato and peas basmati rice flavoured with whole spices and special homemade pulao masala.
6. Roti ~ Whole wheat flat bread.
7. Tomato and onion slices with a lime wedge.
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{NEW #RECIPE POST} Veg Seekh Kabab ~ Baked vegetarian Seekh Kebab with assorted vegetables and paneer (Indian cottage cheese) flavoured with homemade aromatic spice mix (Link on profile @siakrishna and instastories)
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Flavourful. Succulent. Melt-in-mouth. Delicious. Seriously addictive. So, so good!!!
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That’s kabab or kebab for you. If you think vegetarian food is boring, then think again! This Vegetarian Seekh Kebab is a serious contender for their meaty counterpart and will give run for their money. Made with minced vegetables, cottage cheese and carefully selected spice blend, these kababs are a fine example of how a strong and complex flavours can work beautifully when they are carefully balanced to create a dish where the flavours in the end blend harmoniously without any one ingredient overpowering the other. This labour intensive dish is a result of my labour of love over many years as I have tried and tested over and over until I finally got that perfect blend of flavour, aroma, texture and taste by carefully measuring and balancing the ingredients and spices. .
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Inspired by an amazing history and the passionate cooks of the bygone era, I made these Baked Vegetarian Seekh Kebabs. Studded with dry nuts and flavoured with most aromatic spice mixture, these kebabs have finely chopped or grated vegetables and paneer. Right off the bat, let me tell you that my personal experience with Seekh Kebab is limited to what I have tasted in a few restaurants, both in India and abroad, and to what my friends have described to me. So I am not claiming this is be authentic recipe, but it is the result of relentless quest to make that perfect textured, flavoured kabab! It took me little over 10 years and numerous attempts to get here, and I think it’s only fair to ask you to give credit to the source if you try this recipe and/or share it on social media or blog it. .
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Head to the blog to read all about the fascinating history of Kebabs and more… .
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Morning cup of joy because the rainy days should be spent at home with a cup of #tea and a good book! And then Mother Nature decides to throw in some rainbow as the sunrays pierce through the window studded with rain drops! Beautiful, isn’t it? It’s wild apple and cinnamon with honey for me and lemon and ginger with honey for my honey! 😄 .
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Wishing you all a lovely and productive day. The much requested and much awaited #recipe for Veg Seekh Kabab will go live on the blog http://monsoonspice.com in the next couple of hours. So stay tuned! 😊
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“Tis better to have loved and lost
Than never to have loved at all.”
~ Alfred Tennyson
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Happy V Day to those celebrating! Love (yourself and those special people who bring joy to your life), live, laugh and celebrate everyday with good people and good food!
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It’s half term holiday for kid which means a short break from all those maniac school days. We packed our bags and drove up North to the quaint village nestled in the stunning Peak District National Park in central England. After living in a small seaside town tucked in the south-west corner of Britain, I find it quite incredible to find a Desi store in this remote village where we are holidaying for a week. I found some purple baby eggplants and planning to make Bhara Baingan, pan roasted baby eggplants stuffed with roasted sesame and desiccated coconut and flavoured with just a handful of aromatic spice mix. This is one of those ridiculously simple recipes that can be prepared under 20 minutes if you don’t sneak out to check FB or Instagram accounts every time the phone pings! 😅😜
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What is your favourite way to cook eggplant and what’s your favourite eggplant dish? .
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(Check Instastories for more photos and #recipe link)
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Vegan Gobi Musallam - A Mughlai dish of whole roasted cauliflower served with rich and creamy makhani #curry . #Recipe on blog archive.
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When I think of lavish, one of a kind center piece for (vegetarian/vegan) dinner parties, the first dish that comes to my mind is Gobi Musallam. Some dishes are not found in many restaurants and this is one such dish where whole roasted cauliflower in a rich and creamy makhani gravy. This stunning dish is quite impressive where a humble cauliflower is elevated to gourmet standard. This is one dish that always grabs attention from my guests whenever I cooked for them and it has never let me down when it comes to its flavour.
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The recipe is inspired by the whole stuffed chicken roast called Murgh Musallam where a whole chicken is marinated, sometimes stuffed with boiled eggs and keema (minced lamb meat), and cooked in a rich makhani gravy flavoured with whole spices. But the recipe I am going to share is without the mincemeat and a boiled egg stuffing. In fact, this is vegan version of Murgh Musallam using a whole head of humble cauliflower. It may taste quite different to the original chicken dish, but it is truly finger-licking good and has won the hearts of all my hard core non-vegetarian foodies with its complex flavour combination with carefully selected spices blended together in a creamy makhani gravy without any cream or butter. The heady aroma and flavour of freshly roasted and ground spices, the sweetness of caramalised onions, a hint of tartness from tomatoes, rich and creaminess of coconut milk and the nutty flavour of cashews elevates this Gobi Musallam to the gourmet level that is sure to impress even the pickiest dinner guests.
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The unbelievable thing has happened! We are snowed in and thankfully, it is melting under the warm sun as I type. The roads were jammed, and the traffic was halted for a long time as Cornwall’s narrow and slope-y roads are not really meant for snowy days. Kid is happy as it meant no school and driving me nuts with his non-stop chatter! :) .
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Days like this calls for some hot and spicy curries, like this Achari Paneer Curry, Indian cottage cheese cooked in a delicious and creamy tomato gravy flavoured with pickling spices that makes you go ‘wow’! It is one of the most simple paneer recipe ever that needs couple of minutes of your time and all you need is to breeze in and out of kitchen for stirring the glorious food simmering in a pot on the stove top. Yes, it is one of those recipes which are simple and easy to cook and yet ends up looking and tasting like you have spent hours slaving in the kitchen! Cook this asap and you can always thank me later. ;)
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#Recipe for this sensational curry is on the blog archive - http://www.monsoonspice.com/2016/05/achari-paneer-masala-recipe-quick-and.html
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What is your favourite paneer recipe for cold, cold days?
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Tawa Paneer, skillet roasted Indian cottage cheese & veggies marinated in aromatic spice mix (#Recipe link in profile @siakrishna)
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It’s snowing here in #Cornwall & let me tell you, that doesn’t happen very often at this part of the world. I know, I know… It’s nothing new & in many places it snows like crazy. But what is so charming about snow in Cornwall is that the way it is making the kids so excited about the little flurries. Kids were running helter-skelter in the school playground & some were even rolling on the ground on a very thin blanket of non-existing snow! LD was busy sticking his tongue out to catch the little snowflakes as we walked to the school. The little flurries soon turned into big flakes & stuck to his hair, and eyelashes & it made him laugh with joy! Watching LD and his friends made me realise how they embrace little joys of life with so much excitement. With our busy life, we overlook at such simple pleasures sometimes & it’s rather wonderful to be reminded about it when we look at the same world around us through child’s eye! You don’t need to go looking for happiness when it is just around you & many times, within you! .
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One simple pleasures of my life is cooking and especially, fuss free recipes with simple & clean flavours! One such recipe is Tawa Paneer where paneer and veggies are marinated with aromatic spice mix and cooked in a griddle until its seared nice & brown. Its sound quite simple & easy, right? That’s because it is simple. But don’t be fooled by its simplicity, as there is some complex flavours going on in this Tawa Paneer that makes it one of the best paneer recipes ever! The crunch from bell peppers, sweetness from onions & the creaminess of paneer is elevated with carefully selected spices giving it that sublime flavour that delights & enslaves our taste buds. This Tawa Paneer is a dry curry, but the cherry tomatoes that is added towards the end of cooking gives it a burst of juicy sweet & tart flavour. Serve it on its own as a perfect warm salad for winter, or as a filling for wraps or pitta bread to make a wholesome meal. Absolutely delicious! .
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So, what is your quick fix recipes for weekdays?

Monday blues? Well, this vibrant Kadai Mushroom or Karahi Mushroom is the best solution to kick the Monday blues! (#recipe link in profile @siakrishna)
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Almost every cuisine of the world has not gone untouched by a sprinkle of spices. But none of them embraces the spices close to its bosom as Indian cuisine which unashamedly uses these flavourful spices to the brim! Everything from curries to chai, our food and drinks are packed with spices. Throughout the past, there has been great wars fought for these spices, some won and some lost, leaving path on the map marked with riches, blood and sacrifices. The spice routes were formed, lands were plundered and looted, innocent blood was shed, and a lot was lost in a quest for Indian spices which as the history says was so valuable that it was worth more than a gold in weight!
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When it comes to Indian recipes, spices play a key role in enriching and enhancing the dish. Some recipes use as little as 2-3 spices and some call for a combination of more than two dozen spices harmoniously blended together to make a spectacular dish bursting with flavours ! Just like this recipe of Kadai Mushrooms or Karahi Mushrooms, a semi dry curry of mushrooms, cooked in a rich tomato paste flavoured with freshly roasted and ground whole spices. This is one of those Indian dishes that demonstrates how to perfectly balance the spices to complement one another, without overpowering flavour of just one spice, to bring out the meaty taste of mushrooms and peppery flavour of bell peppers.
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Everyone has some food that speaks to them, conveying security, exultation, and are the universal cure to any bad day! One bite and all your worries seem to disappear, and you sink into a sense of oblivion. One bite, and it can positively change your mood and make you feel better as they work their magic! That is the power of comfort foods!
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Comfort food can be something simple, complex, rich, healthy or downright indulgent! There is no right or wrong kind of food when it comes to comfort food. Any meal that conjures up feelings of joy and safety, memories of childhood or good times, or brings simple pleasure is what comfort food is all about. If you are feeling lonely, food can be your new best friend; if bored, let food be your entertainment; if you are stressed, food can be your luxury spa treatment. Whatever the feeling, you can seek help through comfort foods.
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One such food that I find solace in is a bowl of Punjabi Kadhi Pakoda; a delicious and creamy yogurt-chickpeas #curry with onion fritters flavoured with basic spices, garlic and ginger. The combination of the simple and fuss-fee flavours is like having a party in your mouth. The bright yellow hued curry is such a mood lifter even on a damp and cold day like today! The sun may have disappeared behind the rain laden dark clouds, but this golden Kadhi Pakoda is like a sunshine in a bowl. Served with a steaming bowl of Basmati rice, the Kadhi Pakoda is the epitome of comfort food; food that has a healing, unexplainable, even magical quality.
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Whenever I seem to be having a bad week or I just cannot seem to find something to focus on, I can always rely on certain food to cheer me which makes every problem, stress and heartache melt away like a dew drops in the morning light! In the end those supposed problems I thought I had did not really matter at all… Food, at that moment, is also the friend who never disappoints or lets me down! May be that’s the reason why comfort food is called as ‘social surrogate’, as they do not quite replace real companions, but reminds us of them!
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So, what is your comfort food?
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Okra... a vegetable that you either love it or hate it! While browsing through old photographs, I found this 2 years old macro shot of okra which shows how beautiful a common cooking ingredient is, if only we take time to notice things! .
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Originally from Africa, okra is now widely used in cuisines such as Caribbean, Cajun and of course, Indian where it is known as bhindi or lady's fingers, in reference to the long, elegantly tapering shape. Some call it queen of vegetables! Why? No idea! .
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Ridged along its length, the green okra has slightly fuzzy pod containing rows of edible seeds that release a sticky and slimy liquid when chopped and cooked, which has led to it being used to thicken soup and stew recipes, such as Gumbo, but it can also be served whole as a side dish.
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Taste-wise the okra has is quite subtle flavour, so its perfect to be cooked with strong, spicy ingredients as it absorbs the strong flavour quite well. If cooked right, okra dishes can compete with other popular veggies and even win hearts at dinner tables. .
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I love simple stir fried okra with basic spices and sometimes, the fancy stuffed okra with an array of ingredients and spices! What is your favourite okra dish?
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Head to the blog to find many okra #recipes in archive - http://www.monsoonspice.com/search/label/Okra%28Ladies%20Finger%29?
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Tomato... and so many possibilities!
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Diced, sliced, chopped, blanched, puréed, grilled, baked, boiled, fried, sautéed, canned...
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Tomato... is it a fruit or a vegetable?
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Tomato... raw or cooked!
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Just one tomato and so many possibilities!
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So, what is your favourite tomato recipe?
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That special vegetarian thali because birthdays of loved ones comes just once a year! I don’t buy presents for my better half for his birthday, instead I cook all his favourite food for his special day. This year his birthday thali had,
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*Rajma ~ Red kidney beans cooked in spicy tomato sauce
*Aloo Gobi ~ Pan fried potato and cauliflowers with assorted ground spices
*Matar Paneer ~ Green peas and Indian cottage cheese cooked in a creamy onion and tomato gravy with freshly ground spice mix
*Aloo Lobia Kurma ~ Potato and black eyed peas cooked in coconut gravy
*Toor Beans Curry ~ Fresh pigeon peas cooked in spicy onion sauce
*Veg Pulao ~ One pot rice dish with whole spices and mixed vegetables
*Roti
*Gajar ka Halwa ~ Carror pudding flavoured with saffron and crushed green cardamoms
*Atte ka Laddu ~ Whole wheat sweet laadu
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Some express their love in words, stories and some can talk about it at length. I am not a writer, or a poet or a good speaker and find it hard to express it in words… I express my love through food, the food I cook; picking the ingredients carefully, choosing the spices to be slow roasted and the hand ground in the pestle and mortar, sprinkling the whole spice in a hot oil as they crackle and hiss! Adding the chopped, sliced, diced vegetables to the sizzling oil flavoured with heady aroma of spices. Sautéing, frying and mixing the ingredients as they absorb the flavours as they cook and turn into a final dish that fills the hungry stomachs and heart with joy! The unspoken words and the smile at the end of the meal says a lot to me. After all it a universal language of love where words are not needed! .
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How do you express love?
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Aloo parathas served with Dahi, pomegranate raita and assorted pickles was our hearty breakfast today! We are the firm believers of ‘eat breakfast like a king/queen’!😅 .
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The vintage brass roti dabba or the bread box from @theindianweave added a traditional touch to the tablescape. This beautiful vintage brass dabba with a delicate engravings is hand crafted by skilled artisans from Northern India. The lid which has an intricate carved floral design handle and a latch in front for opening or closing the box. Crafted in brass, these roti dabba were used for centuries to keep the freshly baked homemade round fluffy Chapatis or rotis (unleavened wheat flour flat breads) for main meals and passed around the dinner table by the women folk of the house from this box. This is truly a collector’s item and can be used as home décor item or as a safekeeping box. If you are a lover of rare and vintage artefacts, head to The Indian Weave to find many such treasures lovingly and ethically sourced by Jean and Puneet Roy from every corner of India.
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Mastering the art of making perfectly round shaped, with stuffing intact within a thin pastry layered Paratha is not an easy task. My Roti/Chapattis are (in)famous among my friends and family as they are shaped as maps of different countries & are best fit for Geography classes. It seemed I somehow didn’t manage to inherit ‘perfect round chapatti rolling’ genes from my Amma. There was no trick and tips that I didn’t follow to get soft, round rotis. Finally after a decade of my kitchen adventures, I have reached a phase where my parathas/rotis look round-ish, not perfect but just enough to pass as almost round rotis! While I lag behind in mastering the art of rolling perfectly round rotis, I have mastered the art of combining the ingredients & spices to make the best tasting soft yet flaky parathas not lacking in flavours! Behind these imperfectly shaped paratha is a perfect tasting dish packed with flavour! .
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Would you like to learn few tips and tricks that I learnt over a decade from experts who make the most amazing paratha with delicious filling and flaky crust? .
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Spicy roasted tomato and garlic soup to soothe scratchy throat! I am bit under the weather which for me usually means no interest in cooking! That’s when this soup comes to my rescue as all I have to do is dump halved tomatoes and garlic pods with skin on an oven tray lined with parchment. I then sprinkled generous pinch of sea salt, crushed some black peppercorns and drizzled some extra virgin olive oil before roasting the veggies in preheated oven at 200 deg C for 15 minutes or so. The hot roasted tomatoes and peeled garlic were then pulsed in a food processor or with a hand blender stick along with a handful or fresh basil to make a chunky soup with skin and seeds and all the goodness. I served the soup with more crushed peppercorns for heat along with some garlic-butter baguettes.
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Simple, delicious and oh so soothing to my congested nose, scratchy throat and wheezy chest! I am off to take a short nap before a tsunami of energy in a form of 7 year old hits the home! :) .
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Smell the sea, and feel the sky, let your soul and spirits fly! It’s just another day in paradise! .
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I took a different walking route to my usual woodland walk today and decided to share this piece of paradise with you all. Join me for a seaside walk on my instastories. Hope you enjoy it 😊
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It’s #daldivas (frankly, everyday is dal divas for me) and I have this delicious bowl of Raw Mango and Bottle Gourd Dal or Khatta Meetha Lauki-Aam Dal (#Recipe link in profile @siakrishna )
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No well-balanced Indian meal is complete without the protein rich lentil dish or dal. Simple tadka dal features most during busy weekdays where a cooked dal is tempered with spices, but combining vegetables with lentils/beans can make any dish a powerhouse of nutrition. Like this bowl of Khatta Meetha Lauki-Aam Dal, a hearty, wholesome, healthy and lip smacking delicious bowl of goodness! .
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Making dal or Indian lentil soup with raw mangoes is no new concept as it is one of the most loved and celebrated dals during summers when mother nature blesses us with her bounty. But I happen to find couple of raw mangoes from the desi store at this time of the year and, also happened to have half a lauki or bottle gourd. So I decided to add them both when making dal and the result is this this creamy, summery dal on a cold winter day! The recipe is simple, ingredients not too many and the flavours are amazing. The spices used are minimal, making it a nutrition and power packed comfort food. This is honestly a perfect dish one needs on a cold day to serve with a bowl of steaming rice topped with some pure desi ghee or just with some puffed rotis smeared with ghee or butter. Oh, a spoonful of pickle or papad takes this dish to another level. I, personally, love to eat it on its own as a bowl of hearty soup and eating it is like a warm and fuzzy hug from inside!
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Rajasthani Haldi Ki Subji/Fresh Turmeric Curry (#Recipe link in profile @siakrishna)
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Turmeric has always found its way into our dinner plates every single day. There isn’t a savoury dish in our home that goes untouched without a sprinkle of this gold dust. I grew up hearing about the healing properties of turmeric since I was a toddler. The trust we have on this golden hued spice was not born a year or couple of years ago, but since over 4,500 years ago which is now backed with scientific researches making turmeric one of the most admired super foods of the century.
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Super food or not, turmeric is one irreplaceable ingredient in my pantry that’s used in cooking as a spice for brilliant colour and of course for its medicinal properties. Last week I just got hold of some fresh turmeric toots, I have plans of making a batch of winter Pickle with them. The remaining fresh turmeric roots are going into this Rajasthani Haldi ki Subji where fresh turmeric and green peas will be cooked in a spicy, creamy tomato and yogurt gravy. The sharp flavour of fresh turmeric roots really comes through in this creamy yogurt based curry and goes well with any Indian flat breads or with rice. This is one dish that you must try this winter. .
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If you are interested, check out the recipe on blog archive. You can thank me later 😄😜 And if you try the recipe, please give credit to the source. It shouldn’t take more than one minute to link back to the source. Right? Right! #JustSaying .
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That ‘celebrate everyday’ vegetarian thali! .
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Often I go through the phase of ‘writer’s block’ (please humour me for calling myself as a writer) and my blog becomes stagnant without a blog post for a very long time. And many of us can relate to such things. And then there are days when I go through the phase ‘cook’s block’ where I just don’t want to cook, let alone enter the kitchen! On such days, I would happily curl up on a sofa, with small pile of books next to me, and happily let husband take over the reins, order takeaways or visit restaurants every day! Those were pre motherhood days and with husband man travelling most part of the week, I have to kick that ‘cook’s block’ from my mind and cook something simple, wholesome and nutritious meals that will nourish the little boy I nurture and love! Last couple of days were such days where husband man was away on business trip and I had to drag myself into the kitchen to cook some decent meals. Do you have such days???
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And then there are days like today, where I got up in the morning refreshed and happy and just wanted to celebrate the mundane life. After squishing the big and little man with cuddles, I showed my love for them by cooking meals which they both love. And love is what I sprinkled into this thali which took me little over 3 hours to cook from scratch!
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The vegetarian thali has
* Achari Gobi (Cauliflower stir fry with Indian pickling spices)
* Dhingri-Palak Kalimirch Curry (Mushrooms and spinach cooked in a creamy onion and almond gravy flavoured with crushed black peppercorns)
* Jeera Aloo Fry (Pan fried cumin flavoured roast potatoes)
* Roti (Whole wheat flatbread)
* Punjabi Kadhi Pakoda (Onion fritters in spiced creamy yogurt and chickpea flour gravy)
* Hingwale Aloo- Sukhi Matar (Potato and dried green peas curry flavoured with fresh ground spices and asafoetida)
* Palak-Makhai Pulao (Spinach and sweet corn rice flavoured with whole spices)
* Onion, tomato and cucumber salad with a good squirt of lime juice.
*And sweetened yogurt.
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Spices… .
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What’s life without spices that add not only colour to the dish but aroma, flavour and so much more, leaving their magical trail that lingers forever in our mind, heart and soul... .
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Do you have a favourite spice? What it is? Is there a spice that matches your personality? If you are to describe yourself as a spice, what it would be? .
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This photograph of spices is the winner of @hautescuisines best of 2017 in the #FoodStyling Category!!! I was over the moon as it was quite unbelievable and humbling experience to actually win among thousands of Ahh-mazing entries by very talented photographers around the world. I never got an opportunity to thank YOU for liking the photo in the contest and hence take this opportunity to thank you all for voting for me in the finals. You guys are the best! ❤️
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It was unplanned shoot when the accidental spill of spices inspired me to arrange the spoonful of spices and I took couple of quick shots just before the last bit of natural light faded away! I loved the end result and ever since I have styled and shot similar photographs on popular demand. Over a period of time, as a food stylist and photographer, I have become more aware of things around me for some time now as I never know when the inspiration would strike. As someone said, the God is in smallest detail… :) .
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If you are wondering, these assorted spices went into the beautiful vegan Beetroot Koftas in a velvety smooth gravy. You can find the recipe on blog archive. .
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{NEW #RECIPE POST} Arachuvitta Sambar ~ http://www.monsoonspice.com/2018/01/arachuvitta-sambar-recipe-tamil-brahmin.html (Direct link in profile @siakrishna )
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The ingredients which we find in sambar powder has dried red chillies, which surprisingly came to India only in the 15th or 16th century by the Portuguese from Mexico. Not just the chillies, but also tomato, potato and onions were not part of ancient Indian cuisine and were introduced by the western settlers and invaders around the same century. It is quite interesting that these ingredients have become a staple in many food preparation all over India and Indian subcontinents and are as Indian as it gets.
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Talking about the spices, vegetables and sambar, there is also an interesting story about the genesis of Sambar or Sambhar (pronounced sa-am-bha-ar). It can be argued that the dish was part of Tamil cuisine for a long time. The etymology of the word Sambar comes from the Tamil word ‘Chaampu’ meaning ground paste or fine paste and it is believed that the word ‘Sambal’ in South East Asian cuisine carry the same etymology. But interestingly, the tale of Sambar is not that old, and contrast to the popular belief, Sambar is not South Indian creation and it can be argued that it was never a part of ancient South Indian cuisine! .
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Interested???? 😀 Are you a Sambar lover? Yes/No???? 🤔
Head to the blog to read the saga of Sambar and to find out how I made this delicious bowl of Arachuvitta Sambar! 😊 .
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Flavourful. Succulent. Melt-in-mouth. Delicious. Addictive. .
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That’s kabab or kebab for you. If you think vegetarian food is boring, then think again! This Veg Seekh Kebab is a serious contender for their meaty counterpart and will give run for their money. Made with minced vegetables, cottage cheese/soya mince and carefully selected spice blend, these kababs are a fine example of how a strong and complex flavours can work beautifully when they are carefully balanced to create a dish where the flavours in the end blend harmoniously without any one ingredient overpowering the other. This labour intensive dish is a result of my labour of love over many years as I have tried and tested over and over until I finally got that perfect blend of flavour, aroma, texture and taste by carefully measuring and balancing the ingredients and spices. .
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Finally, I think I am ready to share my recipe. But the question is, do you want the recipe? :) I will post the recipe only if I get good response as it is going to take couple of days of work and time is one luxury I don’t have much these days… So please do leave a comment if you really, really want the recipe! 😊
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People, who live under the same roof as I, tell me that I turn little crazy when I start missing food from home. Food has that kind of effect on my life and once in a while, it can turn my life upside down! It is especially so if I don’t get to eat full-fledged South Indian breakfast of Idli, Vada and Sambar at least once a week and begin to show withdrawal symptoms.
Notice that gorgeous bowl of Sambar there? It’s called Arachuvitta Samabr, a wonderful Tamil Brahmin creation where fresh ground spice and coconut is added to the simmering pot of vegetable and lentil stew with tamarind extract. Unlike other sambar recipes this one uses fresh ground spice instead of ready to use sambar powders which makes it finger-licking good! And oh, this whole breakfast platter is vegan and gluten-free as well! .
Do leave a comment below and tell me would you like a recipe? .
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