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Roasted Cauliflower with Turmeric

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The rain has finally stopped. The whole of last week and the weekend it rained and rained. When it wasn’t raining, it was threatening to rain any second. The best thing to do on these rainy days is to make the inside life as comfortable as possible. Have a table filled with good food, open a bottle of Wine or two and call a few friends over to share. Isn’t that really an idyllic life? Wine, Food and Friends. I made us  a few dishes to last for the friends coming and going. One of them was this super easy Roasted Cauliflower. The recipe is super easy with some Cumin, Coriander, Ginger and Bay Leaf. I love the simplicity of this recipe and the roasting aroma coming from the oven fills the kitchen. The best kind of rainy day if you ask me.

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Ingredients:

  • Cauliflower florets with some stem on it (Half a cauliflower will serve 2 as a side dish)
  • Cumin Seeds 1/2 tsp
  • Cumin Powder 1 tsp
  • Coriander Powder 1 1/2 tsp
  • Red Chili Powder 1/2 tsp (totally optional)
  • Turmeric Powder 1/2 tsp
  • Salt per taste 
  • Canola Oil 2 Tbsp
  • Bay Leaf 2 large

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 
  • Spread the Cauliflower Florets on a cookie sheet.
  • In a small sauce pan, heat oil. Once warm, reduce the the flame to low and add the Cumin seeds. Let them Crackle.
  • Add the spices one after the other except Bay Leaf and Salt.
  • let the spices cook for 15 seconds, remove from heat.
  • Slowly pour this Spiced oil over the Cauliflower. Rub the Oil to make sure all the florets are covered. If you are using hands, if possible, wear disposable gloves so the Chili Powder won’t get into your eyes later.
  • Place it in the oven and bake for 25 minutes. Keep a watch after 20 minutes. 

Healthy Chana Daal with Tomatoes

D1When I started this blog, initially my vision was only to share the recipes without paying much attention to what goes into it. I believed in working out to burn the calories. I was not the one for dieting and I didn’t pay too much attention to what I was eating. Over the time as I grow older and my children are growing up I realize that my family not only needs to eat fresh and seasonal food but I also need to pay attention to how healthy our food is. I made little changes in our diet which really have been showing the difference in terms of how much more energy I have and how focused I stay on the tasks at hand. Although the kids still eat as many carbs as they like, me and my husband are changing our carb-heavy dinners. We eat dinner sometimes fairly late and eating a lot of carbs at that time was starting to take its toll. I came across this Daal preparation in one of my favorite books, Madhur Jaffrey’s Vegetarian. Her version is more spicy so I toned it down and changed the recipe around so it can be eaten without the side a Rice thus avoiding the starch. So if you feel like eating Indian food but are not willing to compromise on your low carb diet, this is the recipe for you. Continue reading

Ragda Pattice – White Peas with Potato Fritters – Indian Street Food

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I don’t recall exactly when was the first time I had Ragda Patties but I think it was during one of our yearly summer vacations to our Grandparents house. There is one park that was close to my Grandparents house where the street vendors sold this yummy and spicy street food. When you think of a park in U.S., you think of may be an ice Cream truck but if you think of a park in Indian city, you think of all chaat items plus Ice cream. All the vendors shouting over the traffic noise to convince you how their item is the best in the city. When I had never visited U.S., I never realized how much I would miss these scenes but now after spending 15 years here, I miss it so much that I play the scene often in my mind’s eye and decide which vendor I will be visiting first when I am back to my beloved city of Pune. 

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