Bengal has so many different types of khichuri, its quite mind blowing. They adore their khichuris. This one is a khichuri with the classic combo of peas, cauliflower and potato, together with an onion-spice mix. It is quite a flavoursome dish, and another addition to our 17 or so published and scheduled kitchari (khichuri) dishes.
You might guess that kitchari is also well loved in this house – a more nourishing and comforting dish is hard to find. The vegetables in this one add to its nutritional value as well as flavour and texture. Bengali’s make khichuri on rainy days, and it is popular in the monsoon season, but don’t be held back. Make this dish at any time of the year.
Khichuri is also very good for babies and invalids. Also, Khichuri has many different spellings around India – a dozen, maybe more. I use Kitchari most often.
It is difficult to get the local Bengali rice unless you have a specialist Indian grocer near you, so use Basmati rice. You might like to begin the recipe by making your own ginger paste and Bengali Garam Masala.
Please do also try other Kitchari recipes – try Barnyard Millet Kitchari, Parsi Kitchari, and Ven Pongal.
And check out our Bengali recipes. Try Bengali Rice Kheer and Bhog Khichuri.
Or explore all of our Kitchari recipes and all of our Bengali recipes. We have a number of Indian mixed rice Recipes. Take some time to browse all of our Indian dishes and Rice recipes. Or explore our Early Autumn collection.
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This uncomplicated soup is nourishing, comforting and warming, with no other flavours except cauliflower, potato, and black pepper.
South Indian soups need some explaining. The are quite diametrically opposed to dishes that could be called soups but are not – rasam, for example, or thin dhal, or even a sambar. For the most part, the true South Indian Soup is a simple, uncomplicated vegetable soup that is not spiced. Thus the vegetable becomes the feature, not the layers of spices. There is no artifice in these soups at all.
Presumably, these soups are of Anglo-Indian origin and have gained enough popularity to become part of the cuisine, or perhaps they are the result of the occupation of regions by other countries, namely France and Portugal. In many ways they are a little 1950’s, yet beautiful in their pared back simplicity
This uncomplicated Cauliflower Soup is nourishing, comforting and warming, with no other flavours except cauliflower, potato, and black pepper.
Are you after soups? Try Indian Tomato and Potato Soup, Tomato, Lemongrass and Ginger Soup, and Tomato and Dal Soup. See also How to Make a Light, Infused Vegetable Stock/Broth, Indian Style.
Or try some other Cauliflower recipes – A Plate of Cauliflower, Cauliflower Pilaf, and Cauliflower Slow Cooked with Lime and Spices.
Browse our other Indian Soups here. Our other Cauliflower recipes are here and here. Or explore all of our Soups and all or our Indian dishes. Be inspired by warming Winter dishes here.
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Enjoy the flavours of Malaysia with this easy vegetable dish.
Fresh, crunchy and health-giving, a bowl of stir-fried vegetables enriched with a deeply flavoured Coconut Curry broth is a wonderful lunch or light dinner – even an evening snack. A Food Bowl, straight from the source, without following any current food fashion.
You might like to also try : How to Make a Bowl Salad, or some tofu recipes – How to Use Deep Fried Tofu, Tofu Stacks with Spinach, or Marinated Tofu.
How about some other Vegetable Curries? Avial is stunning, or try a Mushroom Curry, or Olan (yum!).
Or explore some spicy soups – Tomato Rasam, Pepper Rasam or Indian Dal Soup.
Please browse other Malaysian recipes here and here, and S. E. Asian recipes here and here. All Tofu recipes are here. You might like to explore our easy Early Spring recipes.
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Secrets from an Italian Kitchen
I have been reading the book The Everlasting Meal . The thing about The Everlasting Meal is that it has me thinking a lot about my approach to the kitchen. It resonates a lot. Yet, Tamar discusses a very Mediterranean-Italian approach to food so there are differences. I have been discussing her book with my Italian friends, and discovering more and more secrets. Like this one — and it amazes me that this is not general knowledge in Australia, given that we have adopted so much of the Italian approach to food here. Italian in Australia is like Indian in the UK.
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This must be simplicity personified in the kitchen
Towards the end of the day, after yoga, I picked up a very large cauliflower very cheaply. It turned out that we didn’t need a lot for dinner, so the cauliflower became one of the features of our meal with some crusty bread, a few hot cannellini beans and a salad.
Feel free to browse our Cauliflower recipes here and here. Check out our easy Autumn recipes here and here.
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A Kitchari with a difference
Making rice with veggies is so easy, and can be made with whatever is in the fridge. This is my general method for making Kitchari with cracked wheat and vegetables. Today the vegetable is roasted cauliflower. The cauliflower melts into the kitchari, leaving a beautiful creamy texture and flavour.
Have a look at our Cracked Wheat Kitchari recipe. You might like to check out all of our other kitchari recipes too.
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Buttery soft cauliflower with rice
The cauliflower is butter soft, delicately seasoned with a yoghurt and spice mixture, nestled into a beautiful rice dish. You will be amazed at this rice-cauliflower combination from Yamanu Devi.
The cauliflower is stir-fried until slightly golden before a yoghurt-coconut-spice mixture is folded in. Then the cauliflower is steamed to tenderness with spiced rice. A perfect dish for entertaining too.
Please browse our other Pilaf recipes, Cauliflower recipes and Rice recipes also here. An index to our Indian recipes can be seen here. Or just enjoy our easy Winter recipes here.
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A deeply flavoured Israeli dish from Ottolenghi and Tamimi. A reasonable amount of effort but worth it.
Maqluba is an amazing dish, deep in flavours and textures. Ottolenghi and Tamimi’s book Jerusalem has a great recipe in it that is easily vegetarian-ised. It was a great success flavour-wise. It was less successful in presentation. The dish should turn out like an upside down cake but my aged super-long grained basmati is a rice that “lifts and separates” rather than clings together to build a superstructure to support an upside-down cake look. Next time I will find a rice with a little more glugginess to build the required infrastructure.
Most recipes for Muqluba do specify basmati rice, but I suspect that the aged basmati isn’t suitable. Perhaps for the vegetarian-ised version a shorter grained rice is more suitable.
Feel free to browse recipes from our Ottolenghi collection. You might also like our Eggplant recipes here and here. Or you might like to browse cauliflower recipes here and here. Check out our easy Winter recipes here and here. Continue reading “Vegetarian Muqluba”
Cauliflower slow cooked a la Grecque for hot summer day eating.
Let’s face it, days and days of 45C (113F) temperatures does not leave a lot of energy for cooking. It is days of cucumber sandwiches (albeit with French butter, Celtic sea salt and just-ground pepper), iced coffee and buckets of icecream.
If early mornings allow, slow cooking of cauliflower in oil and flavourings is essential preparation for the day, as is grilling of slices of large zucchini to be stuffed between bread with the same french butter, goat’s cheese and diced tomatoes. Eat with a cup of icy cold herbal tea.
We have more cauliflower recipes here and here, and a la Grecque dishes here and here. Explore our Salads here and here. Or browse our Italian recipes here and here. Be inspired by our Summer dishes here and here.
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A soup perfect for transitional weather.
A light soup which allows us to recall winter yet allow Spring to advance on her journey.
Are you looking for soup recipes- see here and here. Or perhaps cauliflower recipes here and here. Our favourites are Cauliflower Slow Cooked in Oil and Carrot and Coriander Soup. Or find inspiration in our Spring recipes here and here.
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