Cowpea Beans Stir-fry with Coconut / Alasande Palya

Cowpea Beans Stir-fry

Cowpea Beans Stir-fry with Coconut / Alasande Palya

Cowpea beans have been a regular fixture at home. French beans were slightly more expensive compared to cowpea ones. That’s why they made the cut. They’re simply stir fried with a tadka of mustard seeds, urad and channa dal, curry leaves and dried chillies. The dals give it a nutty flavour and add a crunch to the dish. There’s no masala or too much salt to kill these beans. Adding freshly grated coconut in the end gives the dish some added texture and freshness.

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Spaghetti with Ricotta, Garlic and Olive Oil

spaghetti with ricotta

Spaghetti with Ricotta, Garlic and Olive Oil

I recently did a post on homemade ricotta and things you could do with it. One dish I wanted to make a separate post on was this spaghetti with ricotta, garlic and olive oil. It’s really simple, most of the ingredients are listed in the title itself, and is super delicious. Not to forget, it cooks in a few minutes. The flavours you’d be hit with are predominantly garlic and olive oil. The ricotta adds a nice creaminess in bursts. Lots of freshly cracked pepper for some heat and some parsley for, well, colour. I don’t see what else it could do.

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Pineapple and Cucumber Salad

pineapple cucumber salad

Pineapple and Cucumber Salad Recipe

Not being a salad person is no reason not to eat a perfectly delicious salad. I’m not one for too many leaves though. I feel like a cow. No, I’m not talking about my figure. I’m talking about chewing those leaves. I prefer salads with chunks of veggies in them and just a few sprinklings of leaves. Like the wind happened to accidentally blow them my direction. Whenever I have people over for a meal, I try and squeeze in a decent salad in there. More often than not, I serve hearty curry based spicy meals and a salad sometimes saves the tummy from burning down. This salad has all the basics and some more. Pineapple and cucumber salad had to be my main heroes and the orange miso dressing, the bombshell heroine. It’s sweet, salty, sour, and delish!

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Homemade Ricotta And What You Can Do With It

homemade ricotta

Homemade Ricotta

Homemade ricotta cheese recipe is already on the blog. In this post I want to show you two delicious toasts you can make with it. And more. There’s no cooking but only assembling in these recipes. Ricotta to me is best defined as ‘loose paneer’ to the Indian palate. The making of it requires full fat milk, lemon juice, salt and 15 minutes. Many restaurants and cafes include ricotta in many of their dishes like pancakes and cheesecakes. I like the idea of ricotta on toast with something sweet or savoury to go with it. Like, this ricotta and mushroom toast.

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Chilli Garlic Oil for Stir Fries, Eggs, and more

Recipe for Chilli Garlic Oil

Chilli garlic oil

If you’re ever wandering the feeds of Instagram and stumble on to mine, check out the highlights. I’ve got this recipe there. Chilli garlic oil has to be one of my favourite condiments of all time. There’s the ruby red oil that can be used to stir fry things in or simply drizzle your eggs with. Then there are those tiny little nuggets of gold – garlic and chilli flakes – that have crisped to perfect crunchiness. It elevates any boring dish to new levels of deliciousness. I don’t like saying “next level”. What is next level? Who’s seen the next level?.

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Methi Paneer Curry Recipe

Methi Paneer Curry Recipe

Methi Paneer Curry Recipe

When I first moved up north, it was winter. I could barely feel my nose or feet. But food during this time of the year is fantastic. From the gajar ka halwa to saag, there’s such good food. Methi in everything seems to be the right thing to do as well. I’ve had lots of methi based curries and I can’t seem to get over it. One such was methi paneer. They do add a lot of cream to it, which isn’t really my way of doing things. So I added whipped yoghurt. It was creamy without the cream and the bitterness of the methi was just right.

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Roasted Beetroot and Cauliflower Soup

Roasted Beetroot and Cauliflower Soup

Roasted Beetroot and Cauliflower Soup

Last year around the same time I made this beautiful roasted beetroot and tomato soupRoasting beets is the best way to cook them, I believe. Simply wrap them in foil, throw them into a preheated oven and let them cook for about an hour, depending on their size. They seem to retain their colour, flavour and form when roasted. But with cauliflower, I just cook it in water till it’s tender. Another simple soup I had made was this cauliflower soup.

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Chilli Garlic Noodles with Vegetables

Chilli Garlic Noodles with Vegetables

Noodles are versatile and are the best when you want a quick dinner. Simply toss some veggies or meat in with some sauce and your meal is ready. One evening, at the grocery store, I found these vegetable noodles. They looked like the kind you make pad thai with. The flat and slightly thicker ones. I bought a packet for myself to make a quick dinner. It was a chilly evening and I knew I wanted something spicy, chilli garlic like, and easy to put together.

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Tofu Scramble with Vegetables and Vermicelli

Tofu Scramble

Tofu Scramble with Vegetables and Vermicelli

This recipe, like most recipes, doesn’t come with a backstory like how I saw the tofu and lightning struck along with the idea of scrambling it with vegetables. No. It was simply out of sheer laziness and stomach rumbling hunger that made me cook at lightning speed. And once I cooked the tofu scramble and veggies together in some randomly mixed sauce, I realized I needed to eat it with something or else I’d get hungry soon after I’d wash my plate. What cooks faster than regular noodles? Vermicelli. 5 mins. Done.

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Southekayi Majjigehuli / Thouthe Pulikajipu

Southekayi Majjigehuli / Thouthe Pulikajipu

Southekayi Majjigehuli / Thouthe Pulikajipu

A few months ago a friend got me Mangalore cucumber from Bangalore and I made Thouthe Koddel with it. This time around, my brother-in-law brought me one from Mumbai. And I made thouthe pulikajipu with it. I don’t know where this dish originated but I’ve seen it made across all south Indian states. It is pulikajipu in Tulu, majjigehuli in Kannada, and mor kozhambu in Tamil. All it needs is a vegetable, ground coconut with chilli, ginger and a couple of spices, and sour yoghurt.

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