Category: Vegetarian

Grilled Tomato and Celery Soup

Smooth, refreshing and herby: a grilled tomato and celery soup
Smooth, refreshing and herby: a grilled tomato and celery soup

There can be nothing as pure in taste as this concoction. It’s a perfect pick-me snack in the evening, a lazy day’s supper or even dinner when combined with a Cobb Salad or any other salad of your choice and–now here’s where I go a little crazy–a cocktail! Yup you heard me right, chill it, add a largish dash of red pepper tabasco, a bit of Worcestershire sauce, a squeeze of lime, a salt rimmed glass and top it up with Vodka, your Herby Bloody Mary is ready.

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Spicy French Beans

French Beans with just the right spice
French Beans with just the right spice

Where my weekend meals are all about fun, flair and proteins, my weekday meals are generally put together without much of an ado. Some weeks ago a friend commented on the fact that I didn’t have enough vegetarian stuff on my blog…the next Sunday was thus dedicated to this friend. Though recipes for everyday meals come without a blink of an eye, when you want to take it a notch higher, you need a recipe. Indian food is very precise. An extra teaspoon of a particular spice can change the end product, and taste.

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Stuffed Bitter Gourd

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Stuffed with coconut, onions, coriander seeds, fennel seeds and Kashmiri red chilli

This is  one of my least favourite vegetables. And I often stuff it with spicy mashed potatoes and pan fry them when I have to eat it! As kids we had no choice we had to eat bitter gourd once a week to keep ourselves healthy! This veggie is said to be a blessing for those with diabetes, I come from a family that’s genetically pre-disposed to this ailment, so we had little choice than to eat the veggie with the funny skin.

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Spinach Lentils

Loaded with nutrients, the Spinach Dal
Don’t go by the picture, it’s a rainy day and the cloud cover has eaten away all my light. Try cooking this dal that’s loaded with nutrients instead–the Spinach Dal

Indian food is essentially all about combining a veggie dish, with a nutritious dal and a bread or rice. A yoghurt based raita is thrown in for good measure and some families even insist on a kachumber–if you look at it from a nutrition point of view, a good mix of carbs, proteins and fats!

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Kale with Roasted Almonds and Golden Raisins

Potatoes Sauteed with Burnt Garlic

Burnt garlic potatoes
Potatoes sautéed with brunt garlic

There’s something about potatoes, that lend them their ‘I must gobble these up’ quality. During the week, we follow a completely almost no carb diet, and this golden brown underground root, is nowhere close to a frying pan. But come weekend, and the pots start to get glazed with delicious sauces, the kitchen is buzzing with rich flavours and the fancy knives are sharpened for the clean-cut!

But coming back to potatoes, have you noticed how they work with almost every protein on earth! And even lend themselves to veggie gravies…

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Watermelon, Feta and Lychee Salad

Watermelon, feta, lychee salad--perfect for a hot afternoon
Watermelon, feta, lychee salad–perfect for a hot afternoon

For the last couple of weeks, I’ve been on a make-a-new-salad-a-day kind of regime. Some of these recipes have found their way here and the others were gobbled up before I could take any pictures. This Watermelon, Feta, Lychee and green salad was hidden in the cooler were a good part of a hot summer afternoon…and this helped the flavours develop. Try it.

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Banana Mashed Up! The Jain Mash

Amazingly smooth and flavoursome: Banana Mash
Amazingly smooth and flavoursome: Banana Mash

Last week was a test of my culinary skills. I had two friends over for dinner–one a carnivore and the other a pure Jain (read no roots, no mushrooms, of course no onion, garlic and meat) and to add to my trauma, they wanted similar looking plates! Bring it on, girls….

A quick check of what can and cannot be eaten by Jains thanks to Tarla Dalal, may her soul rest in peace, proved i could use raw plantain to create a mash! One element done the rest was easy to fill in, created a beautiful plate using mango salsa and paneer steaks grilled with a freshly made sweet-chillie sauce.

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Vol au Vent

The delicately flavoured stuffed puffed pastry
The delicately flavoured stuffed puffed pastry

For many years, and I mean many, I couldn’t pronounce this fancy word! I mean why in the world would someone call a puffed stuffed pastry a vol-au-vent? But then it’s French and the language calls for flair. Did you know the name was actually coined by Antonin Careme–an exponent of the style of cooking commonly known as grande cuisine–the most sophisticated and grandiose style of cookery in France. I never liked history, thus the name was :( but I loved gobbling up these delicious crispy puffed stuffed pastries with all kinds of filling. It thus became an integral part of my cooking repertoire.

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