Y’all I’ve just gotten so lazy. Except right now because I’m doing this on a whim. Actually I’m at my (share with husband) desk with a nice table lamp on the side and the window in the front. And I felt like I should type. So here I am. Anyhoo. I’m on the new-year-new-me kinda phase since 2020 has freshly rolled out.
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.
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!
Roasted Beetroot and Cauliflower Soup
Last year around the same time I made this beautiful roasted beetroot and tomato soup. Roasting 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.
Daali Thoy or Daali Thove / Konkani style simple dal recipe
You’d think this is another dal recipe on the internet. Well, it is. But it’s simpler, lighter and healthier than your usual dal. That’s what I think, at least. Back home in Mangalore, granny would make this style of dal and a spicy fried mackerel or rava fried sardines to go with it. It makes for a lovely meal on a warm and humid day. In Mangalore, most recipes came from various communities and were known to be popular for the same reason. Like, Shettys and their chicken dishes, Konkanis and their vegetarian fare, and so on.
Ragi Dosa – Finger Millet Crepes
Ragi dosa, or finger millet crepes, is made with whole grains and urad dal. That’s about it. I’m not a nutritionist but it’s safe to say that this dosa leans on the healthier side. The only prep required is the soaking of the ragi grains and urad dal separately before grinding them together with some water. Leave the batter to ferment in a warm place overnight and the next morning breakfast would be ready in just a couple of minutes.
Learn how to make zucchini corn fritters that you can pack for lunch the next day. This recipe is very simple to follow, too. Working moms know how difficult it is to prepare dinner, especially when coming from work. I’ve been there before; rushing home after work and thinking of what to prepare for my kids and husband not just for dinner but also for breakfast and lunch the following day. It can be very, very exhausting. Are you the type of mom who would cook 1-2 meals in the evening, so there’s extra food that can be packed for lunch? If so, then you would likely be interested in the zucchini corn fritters recipe that I am to share with you.
Roasted Eggplant with Zaatar and a Tahini Dressing
Eggplant/brinjal/aubergine, call it what you may but it is under appreciated. It’s easy to cook and soaks up all flavours really well. One of my favourite ways of using eggplant is roasting it – on a pan or in the oven. I can’t do the battered and deep fried fritters style because the grease on it makes me queasy. The way I make it, I barely use 2-3 tsp of oil in the pan and then it goes straight into the oven to cook through.
Yes, there are enough and more hummus and its variations. And you’ll find all their recipes online. I’ve made a couple of them myself – smoked beetroot hummus and peri peri hummus. But we all get excited when we try out a new kind and want to share it. I’m doing just that right now. My roasted pumpkin salad got me roasted a lot of pumpkin and I had saved enough to make a batch of hummus with it. It’s pretty straightforward and tasted delicious. The pumpkin adds sweetness to the hummus so I added some chilli oil along with the olive oil to balance it out. I also found some pounded chilli powder I used to sprinkle on the hummus.
Rava dosa (dosae in Kannada, of course) is definitely right up there among my favourite breakfast dishes. This one’s easy to put together since there’s no grinding, fermenting and all of that. Serve it with some garlic chutney, or as in my case this morning I did with chutney pudi and ghee. Makes for a really delicious and quick breakfast on weekdays.