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Uthappam with sides

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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Spicy Eggplant

Thai is one of my favorite cuisines as it reminds of spices from back home, India. For me, this is one cuisine that always brings the feeling of umami with each bite. I had this dish for the first time when I came to the US 4 years ago at Natalie’s Thai in LA and instantly fell in love with it. Ever since, this dish has been a regular at our place and its my absolute go to recipe when we have eggplant at home.  It is a simple dish to make with simple ingredients, you can also add veggies of your choice if you’d like more. Try this and I promise you will make this delicious dish again 🙂 For the Spicy Eggplant: Serves 4 2 tbsp vegetable oil + more cooking spray 1 tbsp crushed red pepper 1 large eggplant, cut into 2-inch pieces 1 medium-sized onion,  cubed into bite-sized chunks 2 medium-sized red & yellow bell pepper,  cubed into bite-sized chunks 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped 1.5 tbsp of corn flour 3 …

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Parsnip Soup

Parsnip is one of those vegetables you can be very creative with. It is a sweet vegetable and a great addition to winter dishes. The humble parsnip is a powerhouse of nutrients. It is rich in complex B vitamins, antioxidants, folic acid, vitamin c and plenty of dietary fiber. Adding this vegetable to your meal plan can truly bring a balance to your diet. My recipe below is for a soup you can try anytime of the year and particularly in winter. This soup is an amalgamation of different flavors – The sweetness of parsnips is nicely complemented by the aroma and zing of garlic and onions. Almonds not only bring along their nutritional value but also a smooth texture to it. This makes a great addition to both lunch and dinner meals. Adapted based on Green Kitchen Stories recipe For the Soup: 3 – 4 parsnips 8-10 garlic cloves 1 large yellow onion 1 tbsp olive oil, extra for serving 1 cup almonds, (soaked overnight in water) 4 cups boiling water 1 tbsp white …

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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 …