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Dahi Vada – Savory Donuts in Yogurt Sauce

Aaaaand we’re back! Happy Thursday my friends and Umami Kitchen wishes everyone a very Happy Dussera! As usual the best thing about celebrating festivals is the yummy food that is made. And talking about yummy food, today we have for you the delicious Dahi Vada – Savory donuts in Yogurt sauce. It is crisp on the outside, soft on the inside and the yogurt sauce just makes you go ummmmmmm! Whenever inlaws comes over or we go visit them she makes these for me… and this time when she was here visiting us for couple of weeks. I decided to  learn and perfect the dish so I could share it with you all. So those of you who are wondering what special to make for this festival, you already have a recipe ready for you.  For many of you this may be a completely unheard dish, so here is a little snippet about what it is. Dahi vada is a popular dish across India. It is basically white lentil (urad dal) along with salt and green chilies …

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Uttapam – Rice & Lentil Pancake

Happy Thursday dear friends! Hope you are having a great week. This week we decided to treat you to some yummy Indian breakfast item ‘Uttapam’. We made this dish regularly when my parents were over.  It is a healthy and filling breakfast item. Uttapam is essentially made with rice and urad dal and is a very versatile pancake as you can add the toppings of your choice. The colorful uttapam packs a punch with the necessary carbohydrates from rice and protein with the lentil. I topped my pancakes with grated carrots, chopped green chillies and garnished it with a drizzle of roughly chopped cilantro. You can have these pancakes as is or try them out with some spicy chutney and yogurt. Try this out and let me know how you liked it! For the Uttapam 1.5 cups  White Rice 1.5 cups Cooked Rice (preferably white) 4 tbsp White lentils (urad dal) salt – to taste Water For the toppings Grated carrots – 1 cup Green chillies – finely chopped 1-2 depending on how spicy you’d like …

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Summer Fattoush Salad

Happy Friday folks! How has your week been? Today we have for you a middle eastern salad called the Fattoush Salad. You will find this salad on the menu if you go to any middle eastern restaurant. For all my vegetarian friends who are looking for a quick meal and for all my meat eating friends looking for a recipe for your meatless days of the week, here is one you can refer to. This lemony, zesty nutritious salad is quite a  filling one so you can easily make this a part of your meal or your whole meal itself. Below, in this recipe, I have explained how to make this salad two ways. I like them both ways, and I choose one over the other depending on how much time I have to pack my meal. So go ahead and try it and let me know how you liked it! For the Fattoush Salad 2 cups of buttermilk or 1.5 cups of labneh 2-3 pita bread 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved 4-5 radishes, thinly sliced …

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Simple Vegan Salad for Mid-Afternoon Snack

Looking to add some fibre to your diet today? Here is a quick bowl of everything fibrous and crunchy. I have put this bowl of simple vegan salad with some of my favorite veggies. You can add more veggies depending on your taste. This is a quick and tasty way of getting that dose of veggies for the day. Try it out and let me know how you liked it! For the salad: Serves 1 1 large avocado diced into cubes 1/2 cup toasted sliced almonds (optional) handful of cherry tomatoes, halved 1 large carrot, julienned 1/2 cucumber, diced 2 green onions, thinly sliced handful of cilantro or parsley leaves (optional) sesame seeds (optional) For the dressing: 1 garlic clove 1 tbsp fresh lime juice 2 tbsp olive oil 1-2 tsp honey (or other sweetener), to taste salt and pepper Directions: Prepare all the ingredients under salad. Whisk all ingredients under dressing in a bowl, adjust seasoning as required. Add all the vegetables into glass jar and pour the dressing on top. Close the lid, …

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Carrot, Sweet potato & Red Lentil Soup

This one is my favorite 🙂 I have always enjoyed trying new food, new restaurants and getting inspired to develop my own little recipes. Soups definitely rank high on my list of things to do. They are healthy, very filling and fun to make. I tasted a lentil soup a while ago at Zeytins in Grand Rapids and so began my tryst with developing and making soups. This soup is an amalgamation of my own ideas and some inspiration from tasting and viewing a few really cool soups. Talking about this soup… Sweet potatoes and carrots go very well together. The sweetness of the tubers go very well with the texture and taste of carrots. They are both are very nutritious vegetables, rich in Vitamin A. Since they both are orange colored vegetables they are rich in beta-carotene which is a very nutrient in fighting many health ailments. Chickpeas and red lentils bring a new dimension to the taste and i think its a healthy way of adding some protein to the mix. This soup …