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Archive for April 2009

Best way to eat peas

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Puffed flatbread, stuffed with spiced peas, ready to eat

Puffed flatbread, stuffed with spiced peas, ready to eat

Flatbread stuffed with peas (matar paratha) is a wholesome meal. If made correctly, it can provide protein and sufficient fiber while being low on fats and simple carbohydrates. Traditional way of making this flatbread is too heavy on fats and simple carbohydrates. But this variation, like the cauliflower stuffed flatbread, is a new way of cooking and is heart healthy – only 1 Tbsp oil and a full 20 gm of fiber per serving.

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Stuffed flatbread (paratha) to keep up with the modern times

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Cauliflowers

Cauliflowers

Traditional paratha is a flaky shallow fried bread the size of a tortilla – often stuffed with potatoes or ground meat and fried in clarified butter. In our modern times where the man (or woman) gets his (or her)  exercise from typing on a keypad or working the remote, paratha is a slow killer – first the expanding midsection, then diabetes, the clogged arteries and finally a failed heart.

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Indian spices in your pantry

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Masaala Dabba

Masaala Dabba

With Indian food being as yummy as it is, it is not surprising that many people cook Indian meals occasionally. But if you are starting out, the spice isle at the local Indian store can be hugely confusing. There are at least fifty different spices and hundreds of variations with powders and mixes. Fortunately, a well chosen few will get you most of the way.

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April 15, 2009 at 6:44 am

Lentil bombs

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Moong Daal Vadi

Moong Daal Vadi

OK, thats not what they are called. But I am tired of the spelling variations – vadi, badi, bodi…

So what is this bomb?

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April 10, 2009 at 11:52 pm

An ode to Desi Chinese

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Hey, who am I to complain about the wonders of tomato ketchup. Suvir Saran and Mark Bittman go against each other where Suvir makes ketchup laden Gobi Manchurian and Bittman raves about it.

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April 8, 2009 at 12:06 am