Monday, August 29, 2016


Try out this delicious and healthy Moroccan soup made with lentils and spices. It is nutritious, healthy and does not take much effort. This spicy and aromatic soup is perfect in winter to keep you warm. You can relish it with pita or any bread. I have served it with herbed pita bread.
This month in our " Shhhh Cooking Secretly Challenge " group I was paired with Mayuri Patel. The theme was International cooking and I was given two ingredients for Moroccan cooking, lentils and tomatoes by her.
Mayuri blogs at "Mayuri's Jikoni"  Do visit her space for Gujarati delicacies and more..

Red Lentils .....  1/2 cup 
Garbanzo beans / chickpeas ... handful (boiled)
Cannellini beans ........... handful  (boiled)
Onions .................. 1 (diced)
Garlic .............. 2-3 cloves (crushed)
Ginger .......... 1 tsp (grated)
Tomatoes .... 1 (diced)
Carrot ........ 1/4 cup (diced) 
Celery ....... 1/4 cup (chopped)
Garam masala ... 1/2 tsp
Cardamom powder ... 1/2 tsp
Cayenne pepper ........ 1/2 tsp
Cumin powder ,,,,,,,,,, 1/2 tsp
Salt .................... to taste
Coriander leaves or parsley 
Olive oil ............ 3 tbsps

1. In a large pot heat oil and saute the onions, ginger and garlic. Saute for 5 minutes.
2. Add the soaked red lentils, tomatoes,carrots, celery,salt and the mentioned spices along with sufficient water (about 2-3 cups) to cook the lentils.
3. Towards the end add the boiled garbanzo and cannellini beans.
4. Maintain the consistency of the soup as you like it and add water accordingly.
5. Take a small portion of the soup and puree it. Stir it into the pot. 
Garnish with coriander leaves or parsley leaves and enjoy. You can add some while cooking the soup too.

Recipe adapted from -  Here

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Saturday, August 27, 2016


Here is a simple and delicious dal recipe for spicy food lovers made with authentic Kolhapuri masala that I got from Kolhapur recently. If you want to make it at home check out the recipe HERE.

Chana dal ... 1 cup
Onion ....... 1 small
Ginger ......   1 tsp (grated)
Garlic ....... 5-6 cloves (crushed)
Turmeric powder .. 1/4 tsp
Amchoor powder ... 1 tsp
Kolhapuri Masala powder ... 1 tbsp ( use less if you want it milder)
Coconut milk ... 1/4 cup (optional)
Salt ............. to taste
Coriander leaves ... handful
Oil ........... 3 tbsps.

1. Soak chana dal overnight.
2. Heat oil in a pan and saute the finely chopped onion until translucent.
3. Tip in the ginger and garlic. Add a little water and simmer.
4. Now add the soaked chana dal, salt and turmeric powder.
5. Add about 2 cups water and simmer to cook until chana dal is almost cooked. It should remain grainy. Do not over cook it to the mushy consistency.
6. Now add the Kolhapuri masala, amchoor powder and 1/4 cup coconut milk or water. Adjust the thickness of the gravy to your liking.
7. Add coriander leaves and cook for one minute.
This can be served with rice or rotis.

Thursday, August 18, 2016


This is a sugar free sweet, amazingly delicious. Crushed or chopped dry fruits and oats are sauteed in desi ghee, which give a nice and crunchy texture to the sweet,  Make and enjoy !

Quaker oats ... 1/2 cup
Almonds ....... 1/4 cup
Pistachios ..... 1/4 cup
Cashew nuts ... 1/4 cup
Walnuts ........... 1/4 cup
Seedless dates.............. 150 gms (1 cup )
Poppy seeds ............ 1 tbsp
Edible gum powdered ............. 1 tsp (optional)
Cardamom powder ............... 1/4 tsp
Powdered pistachios ......... 1 tbsp (for garnishing)
Desi ghee ................... 1/4 cup

1. Heat ghee in a sauce pan and Reduce the flame. Fry all the dry fruits until they give out a nice aroma. Remove and set aside to cool.
2. In the same pan saute the oats in the remaining ghee. Remove them in the same pan with dry fruits.
3. Add very little ghee and fry the edible gum on very low flame. It will puff up. Remove it in a bowl.
4. Grind all the dry fruits coarsely in a dry grinder.
5. Now in the same pan saute the chopped seedless dates and keep stirring until they melt and form onto a lump.If they are fresh you will not need to sprinkle any water. If you think they are not becoming soft then sprinkle 2 tbsps of water and stir well until they soften.
6. Now add the ground dry fruits, fried edible gum and poppy seeds.
7. Keep stirring until they are mixed up well and form into a lump.
8. Brush a flat plate with a little ghee. 
9. Remove the prepared sweet and flatten it with spatula.
10. Garnish with pistachio powder.
Allow it to cool before cutting it. 

Tuesday, August 16, 2016


Dal is a staple dish in South Indian Cuisine. It is made almost every day with a variation adding different greens or vegetables to it. Today's version is with methi leaves and I simply love  love the methi flavour. This goes very well with jowar ki roti or plain rice.

Toor dal .... 1 cup
Methi leaves .. 1 cup
Tomato ....... 1
Green chillies .. 1-2 (as per your liking)
Garlic ........... 6-7 cloves (crushed)
Ginger ........ 1 tsp (grated)
Turmeric powder ... 1/2 tsp
Tamarind juice ... 1-2 tbsps (as per your liking)
Salt ........... to taste
Oil ... as needed

Mustard seeds ... 1 tsp
Cumin seeds ...... 1 tsp
Dry red chillies .. 1-2
Asafoetida ......... 1 pinch
Curry leaves .... 1 sprig

1. Soak dal for one hour or more. Boil it adding a little salt and turmeric powder.
2. In a pan heat a little oil and the tempering ingredients.
3. When they crackle, add the garlic, ginger and green chillies.
4. Next add the methi leaves and tomatoes and saute until the tomatoes are cooked.
5. Mix the boiled dal and add the tamarind juice. Check the salt and spices. If you want it spicier you can even add red chilli powder.

Saturday, August 13, 2016


This is a traditional payasam recipe from Kerala which is made with rice flour, jaggery and coconut milk. I have replaced rice flour with  with oatmeal. The taste is just the same.You must try out this healthy version.

 Oats .. 1 cup (dry grind to a fine powder)
 Jaggery ... 1/2 cup
 Cardamoms ... 4
Cashewnuts ... handful
Coconut milk .... 1/4 cup
Desi ghee ... 2 tbsps


 1. Grind the oats to a fine powder. Mix water to make a smooth dosa like batter.

2. Take a banana leaf and cut into big square pieces.

3.  Heat them over the flame to soften them a bit to make the rolling easy.You may use foil paper if you can't get banana leaves.

 4. Spread batter with a spoon leaving the edges like you spread a dosa. I have used foil today.

5. Roll them carefully and seal the foil paper edges. If using banana leaves tie them with threads.

 6. Steam them in a double boiler for 10 - 12 minutes.

7. Immerse the rolls into chilled water. They will easily open up after this step.

8. Remove the steamed ada strips from the water and set aside.

9. Now boil the jaggery with water and remove the scum. Strain to remove the impurities.

10. Now cut the ada strips into pieces and add the steamed ada and cook until done. Add cardamoms while cooking.

11. Stir in the coconut milk and simmer until you get the desired consistency.

 12. Heat ghee and lightly fry the cashew nuts and add them to the pradhaman.

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