May 2009

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Indian Style Cabbage Stir Fry

This recipe is pan-fried, healthy and quick. You may also use shredded carrots and bell peppers.  Cabbage is high in Omega-3's.

Preparation Time: 20 Minutes
Serves: 2-4


2    Cups Cabbage, shredded
1    Cup Peas, frozen
1    Cup Potato, cut in small cubes
1    Small Tomato, chopped
2    TBsp Oil
Salt to taste
Pinch Astofedia
1/4 Tsp Turmeric Powder
2    Tsp Cumin & Coriander Powder
1    Green Chili, cut lengthwise

  1. Heat oil in a wok. 
  2. Add cut green chili. 
  3. As it sizzles, add astofedia.
  4. Immediately add cabbage, peas and potatoes. 
  5. Cover and let it cook.
  6. Add spices and salt. 
  7. Sauté for few minutes until cabbage is tender and potatoes are cooked.
  8. Add tomatoes and mix well. 
  9. Let it simmer for few minutes until tomatoes are tender.
  10. Garnish with cilantro.

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Lentil Soup

Winter is here and it has started snowing already which reminds me of healthy, hearty and warm lentil soup. Lentils are low on the glycemic index which means they cause the sugar level in the blood to stay the same. Because lentils have a tendency to keep blood sugar levels steady, they are popular among protein lovers. Lentils are full of anti-oxidants, simple carbohydrates and are rich in fiber. Let me know if you like this recipe as it is here or if you would suggest any changes.

Preparation Time: 35 minutes
Serves: 3-4
Recipe Type: Vegan, Gluten Free
Difficulty Level: Easy


1    Cup Lentil Beans
5    Cups Water
1    Tsp Salt
2    Tbsp Oil
1    Tsp Ginger & Green Chili Paste
2    Tbsp Coriander & Cumin Powder
1    Tsp Red Chili Powder
1    Cup Chopped Onion
1    Can Cut Tomatoes
Garnish Sour Cream
Garnish Chives

  1. Soak lentils for 2 hours.
  2. In a pan, cook lentils for a good 20 minutes, maybe more if they were not soaked and they may need more water. Set aside.
  3. Heat the oil in a separate pan on medium heat.  Add onion and sauté for 3-4 minutes.
  4. Now add ginger, chili, salt and spices. Add the tomatoes also.
  5. Let it simmer for 5 minutes until the water is thickened.
  6. Garnish with cilantro, chives and sour cream on top.
  • This a healthy treat for your family. 
  • It is tasty and everyone loves this soup in my cooking class.
  • It is good with roti, Naan, bread and tastes great with plain rice also.


potato curry

prep time 30 Min's
serves 2-4

4 medium potatoes peeled and cubed
3 medium tomatoes cut
3tbsp oil
salt to taste
2 cup water
few curry leaves
3 sticks of Cinnamon
3 cloves
1tsp mustard seeds
1tsp cumin seeds
pinch of astofedia
1tsp red chili powder
garam masla optional
1tsp sugar
1tsp lemon juice

How to make:
1. Peel and cut potatoes in water so it does not get black. set aside.
2. In a pan heat the oil on a medium heat.
3. Add mustard seed and cumin ,Cinnamon and cloves.
4. once mustard seeds start pop up right away add astofedia and add potatoes.
5. let it cook for 7-8 Min's. Add salt curry leaves spices and tomatoes.
6. Add sugar lemon juice. Cook for few Min's more till the colour and texture changes.
7. Garnish with cilantro and sprinkle garam masla if desired.

Tips: Can tomatoes can be used. Serve with rice , roti or even pita bread.
Curry is a staple dish always made freshly in most of the Indian house holds.
I think you will enjoy as much as they do.


Macaroni spicy

Prep time 30 Min's

2 medium cut onion
2 cup or 1 pkt macaroni shell, boiled
1 can red kidney beans
1 cup grated cheese
1 cup cut bell pepper
1tsp chili powder
2-3 cloves of garlic crushed
1 cup cut tomatoes
1 can tomato sauce
salt and pepper to taste
1 cup cut broccoli
half stick of butter

How to make:

1. Mix boiled macaroni , beans, pepper, onion garlic ,tomato sauce and cheese.
2. Mix all the ingredients well, grease the baking dish,put the mixture in it,and sprinkle with grated cheese.
3. Bake it in a oven at 350degrees for 15-20 Min's,till the cheese bubbles or melts.

Tip: This is a heart healthy dish. superb for left over vegetables. Key ingredients beans and vegetables cheese and pastas. All in one. Favourite for kids.


Monday, May 11, 2009

Samosa Punjabi

Prep time 2 hrs
serves 4-5

8-10 medium potato boiled and cubed small pieces
1 medium onion cut
1 cup frozen peas
salt to taste
1tbsp Dry mango powder
1 tsp fennel seeds powder
chopped cilantro
ginger and green chili paste
To roast:
1tsp coriander seeds
1tsp cumin seeds
1tsp pomegranate seeds, called anardana
1tsp poppy seeds
1tsp black pepper corn
few small stick of Cinnamon
few cloves 3-4
1tsp shah jiru or caraway seeds
1tsp javitri
For the dough:
2 cup of plain white flour
warm water for the dough
1tsp ajwan
1tsp lemon juice
1/2 stick of butter
Oil to deep fry

How to make:
1. Knead the dough and set aside. cover with wet cloth.
2.Roast the spices on a medium low heat in a flat pan.
3.Grind the spices in spice mill and add fennel seeds.
4.Mix potatoes, peas, onion and spices and cilantro. Mix it properly so it can stick into chunk.
5. Make equal portion of dough. Roll out dough make a circle. Cut into two pieces.
6. stick together both the straight surfaces making a cone shape.
7. Fill in the mixture and press the edges together. Cover with the cloth .
Repeat the steps 5,6and 7.
8. Deep fry on high to medium heat samosa.
9. It is Ready to it.

Tips: This is a north Indian savory treat. All over India people enjoy this samosa in different ways. May be even with Ketchup or spicy chutneys or and with famous chol'e.
It is time consuming but it is worth it. Delicious.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

[Video] How to Make Samosas


Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Split mung dal spicy - Tadka dal

1 cup mung Dal
3 cup water
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
1 tbsp coriander-cumin powder
1/2 tsp turmeric
1/4 tsp hing
2 tbsp oil or ghee or non salted butter
1 medium tomato chopped finely
1 medium onion chopped and cloves of garlic
1 chili
salt to taste
1/2 tsp lemon juice
chopped cilantro to garnish

How to make:

1. Wash Dal thoroughly. Soak the Dal for an hour.
2.Add water to the Dal and bring to a boil over high heat. Lower the heat and let it cook
for 10-15 Min's.
3. In a separate pan heat the oil and add cumin seeds. Add onion and garlic and all the spices
saute it for couple of Min's. add salt and lemon juice. Let it cook for another 4-5 Min's.
Garnish it with cilantro.

Tips: Do not be afraid of doing any other version. Basic spice makes any lentil and legumes taste it very good. this is a staple dish at my home. It provides nutrition quick fix easy to make and
plus it provides healthy protein and complex carbohydrates. Enjoy!