Mung dal with ghee is a gentle dal, sweet and delicious, and a particular favourite in this house. I had always considered it a dish from Kerala, as I had eaten it often there. But the other night I took some to an Indian “bring a plate” gathering, and found out from our Maharasthran host that it is a very common dish in Maharasthra as well. In Kerala, it is dominated by the ghee, in Maharasthra it is dominated by the spices.
Posted in Dal, Ganesha Chaturthi, Indian, VEGETARIAN
Tagged Ganesha Chaturthi, Ghee, Indian cuisine, Kerala, lentils, mung dal, Sth India, VEGETARIAN
Carrots have featured often in The Kitchen this winter. There is something about the coldness of this winter that has exacerbated the flavour of carrots. How precious they are in their sweetness and affinity for a range of vegetable combinations.
This soup is a winner, but forgive me, I don’t have a photo of it yet. So rather than drool over a photo, get the carrots out of the fridge and the soup pan from the cupboard and make the soup this afternoon. You won’t regret it.
(Instead I will give you a pic of some roasted carrots made for another dish.)
I love Ottolenghi’s food. If I am not cooking Indian, the style of his vegetarian dishes is compatible with my style. For a few holidays, I stayed just down the road from his Islington cafe/restaurant, and oh boy the food was good.
Recently I was driven to make his Surprise Tatin, which is an upside down potato tart. I have to admit that it is both tasty and visually amazing.
Posted in 06 Early Winter, Carrots, Potato, VEGETARIAN
Tagged carrots, Fruit and Vegetables, Ottolenghi, potatoes, Tarts, Tatin, Tomatoes, VEGETARIAN, WINTER
Charring tomatoes gives a flavour boost and adds a slight smokiness to the tomatoes without having them collapse.
Simple to do, the tomatoes are a great addition to salads, hot roasted vegetable salads, soups and on their own as a side dish.
Posted in 07 Mid Winter, Salads, Side Dish, Tips and Techniques, Tomatoes, VEGETARIAN
Tagged AUTUMN, Fruit and Vegetables, Salads, Tomatoes, VEGETARIAN, WINTER
I do recommend this soup. The roasting highlights the flavours, and it is a great soup for Autumn and Winter.
Posted in 07 Mid Winter, Apples, Carrots, Soups, VEGETARIAN
Tagged Apples, carrots, Fruit and Vegetables, roasted, Soups, spicy, VEGETARIAN, WINTER
I am reading a great book, called Human Values, Volume 1. I love the “Volume 1″ part of the title because, although there is no Volume 2 as yet, it suggests that there are so many human values that perhaps a dozen or more volumes might be in the making.
The book is an exploration of Indian/Hindu values by delving into the Vedas and Parana literature to tease out the subtleties of various human values such as compassion, purity, non-violence, steadfastness etc. The book deals with the ethical issues of human values, such as, in what circumstances is it Ok to tell a lie. While not providing answers it does illuminate what the literature has to say.
It is a beautiful treatise from someone who has studied the Vedas for decades. It deepens one’s understanding of what are our everyday aims for living.
Feel that vampires are on the loose? Is it a full moon? Or do you just feel like a touch of Spain tonight? Is it extra cold where you are? Whatever, cook Garlic Soup for no reason at all.
Posted in 07 Mid Winter, Soups, VEGETARIAN
Tagged Bread, Fruit and Vegetables, Garlic, Hindu, Retro Recipes, Simple, Soups, Vedas, VEGETARIAN, WINTER