A Simple Bean Sprout Stir Fry with Spices | Bean Sprout Sundal

A quick dish, great for when you need to eat healthy but don’t have a lot of time.

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Sometimes life throws us curveballs. In such times, it is great to stay intent on what keeps use healthy and focused. Simple and great food that is full of goodness is the best way to go.

Eat well at any time, and lift it to the next level when life is tough.

You might also like to try Black Gram Sprouts Sundal, Sweet Corn Sundal, Adzuki Bean Sundal, Sprouted Green Gram Sundal, and White Pea Sundal. Or you can make a Sundal with du Puy Lentils or some Mung Dal, equally as delicious.

Explore all of the Sundal Recipes, they are all quick and gorgeous. Sundals can also be used as prasadam and neivedyam for Navaratri or Ganesha Chaturthi and other Hindu Festivals. Click the links for other recipes for these festivals. Or explore our collection of Indian recipes. Our Indian Essentials are here.

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MID WINTER Indian Deliciousness for Cold Weather Spice | Seasonal Cooking

Inspiration for Healthy Mid Winter Living

We complain about the cold, and long for light and heat again. We pray for rain yet look longingly at the sky for signs of the sun. Umbrellas are standard equipment now, as are gloves, and sometimes beanies.

Enjoy some Indian Heat Inspiration for Mid Winter. You can also browse:

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MID SUMMER Indian Deliciousness for Summer Spice | Seasonal Cooking

Ideas for easy Summer living

 

We complain about the heat, and watch the weather forecasts for some cooler temperatures again. But the sunsets are magnificent, the beach beckons, and Indian dishes delight.

I hope you can find some inspiration here for summer healthy deliciousness.

Enjoy some Indian Spice Inspiration for Mid Summer. You can also browse:

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Kottu Rasam

This is a recipe for a plain rasam, very simple and quick to make as it does not contain any significant amount of dal or vegetable. This type of plain rasam is characterised by being made from water, tamarind and spices.

The recipe is another from Meenakshi Ammal’s books Cook and See and she has three methods for making this rasam – each one treats the one teaspoon of toor dal that contains, in a different way. I have detailed Method 1, and this is Method 2. (Method 3 is included in the Recipe Notes at the end of Method 1.)

You might like to read about rasam powder. Rasam powders vary as much as rasam recipes themselves. It is interesting to note that most recipes that specify rasam powder (rather than individual spices) are not clear about the type of  rasam powder to be used. For example, if your intention is to make a plain rasam without toor dal, Meenakshi Ammal recommends using a mix that does not contain large amounts of toor dal.  That is the case with this rasam. So if you are going to make your powder fresh for this recipe, choose one without much toor dal. But, really, if you have some already made or purchased, it will still work really well, so use whichever type you have. Even Sambar Powder will be Ok.

If you are new to Indian cooking, you might like to read about the difference between rasam and sambar. And find out how to make Rasam Powder.

Similar recipes include Cumin Seed and Pepper Rasam, Spicy Tomato and Dal Rasam, Cumquat Rasam, Tulsi Rasam, Kottu Rasam, and Tomato Rasam.

Explore all of our Rasam recipes. All of our Indian recipes are here and Indian Essentials here. Or take some time to browse our easy Mid Winter recipes.

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MID SUMMER Salads, Dips and Preserves for Summer Fun | Seasonal Cooking

Ideas for easy Summer living

Summer establishes itself, days are long, and salads are the dishes of the day. They feature on every table as temperatures soar. Salads are cooling, and no one feels like cooking. Picnics and BBQs are prominent and living is mostly outdoors, especially at the beach.

I hope you can find some inspiration here for summer healthy deliciousness. You can also browse:

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MID SUMMER Vegetables for Healthy Summer Eating | Seasonal Cooking

Ideas for easy Summer living

Mid summer is a peaceful month in Australia, where everyone is on holidays. It is slow moving as people take a long break – up to 4 weeks. Businesses close up, it is hard to find a place for a good cup of coffee, and it becomes unbelievably quiet on the roads.

I love this time of year.

I hope you can find some inspiration here for summer healthy deliciousness. You can also browse:

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MID WINTER Winter Vegetable Dishes for Warmth in Cold Weather | Seasonal Cooking

Inspiration for Healthy Mid Winter Living

We move into the cold months where nothing much stirs in the garden. Oranges and other citrus are plentiful, pears too. Mid Winter vegetables arrive. Vegetables are more limited in range but beautiful in flavours.

Here are some suggestions for salads and vegetables in season or available in mid winter – carrots, potatoes pumpkin, spinach and parsnips — and much more. Dips too, and winter preserves. Even BBQ suggestions when the weather is mild.

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Cheela | Pudla | My Style

A thinner Pudla, almost a Cheela, perfect for breakfasts and snacks.

Today, when the world did not seem right, I made pudla, filled with spring onions (aka green onions in the US) and served them with a delish chutney gifted by a friend.

Pudla is a great quick and healthy snack that is endlessly versatile.

There are more Pudla recipes here. Other similar recipes include Potato Dosa, Sweet Surnoli Dosa, and Adai.

Also browse our Chickpea Flour recipes, our Dosa recipes and our Snacks too. Our Indian recipes are here, and browse our Indian Essentials series. Or take some time to explore our Mid Autumn dishes.

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Pan Fried Toastie Sandwich with Tomato and Fontina

Goodness from Bill’s in Sydney

A delicious snack, filling and comforting, for a day when you are snuggled up on the couch reading a book, or perhaps before you rush off to the next football game. They are great for breakfast or brunch too.

You might like to browse our snacks here and here, or perhaps you are after cheese recipes. Try all of our Toasties.  Or explore our easy Autumn recipes here and here.

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Pickled Ginger | King Dong

Who does not know the delights of pickled ginger these days? Ubiquitous with sushi, it is as common today as pickled beetroot. Come to think of it, much more common. In 1999, when I first made this, it was a different matter, and if you wanted pink pickled ginger, you made your own. Enjoy!

Are you looking for similar recipes? Try Carrot and Kombu Quick Pickle, Pickled Cumquats, and Pickled Jicama.

You might also like to browse our Ginger recipes and our Pickle recipes. Check out our easy Early Spring recipes as well.

There is also a information post on Ginger here. and one on Pickled Ginger here.

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A Quick Roti Flatbread

A delicious accompaniment to all dishes

This roti-style flatbread is very easy to make and is a delicious accompaniment to all dishes. Soup, curries, lentils, braises, salads and many more. Tonight it was a very early and quick snack/dinner of sautéed mushrooms with some quickly whipped up buttery roti. A super combination.

Similar recipes include Sri Lankan Pol Roti, and Goan Roti.

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Coriander Paste | Cilantro Paste

Coriander (Cilantro) paste is useful in so many cuisines – Greek, other Mediterranean, Indian, Vietnamese, Malaysian and other SE Asian dishes, to name a few. Sadly, it is difficult to keep fresh coriander in the kitchen for very long. One way to have that delicious flavour on hand at all times is to make coriander paste. For other ways, check out how to preserve fresh herbs. I recommend tall, tightly sealed, plastic containers – I have found this the best way.

This is a great paste for stirring into soups and broths, adding to Indian and S. E. Asian dishes – add a generous spoonful when frying off other ingredients – or adding to sauces.

Are you looking for other coriander recipes? Similar recipes include Zhoug, the Middle Eastern Coriander Paste and Dip, Coriander Pesto, and Coriander and Coconut Chutney. Also similar is an Apricot Chutney that can be made with dried apricots.

Or try these: Carrots and Green Peas with Green Coriander, Coriander and Lemongrass Vichyssoise, Pudla with Green Coriander, or Urad Dal with Tomato, Coconut and Green Coriander. Coriander Fritters are pretty good too.

Read some more about Green Coriander, and also How to Use Leftover Green Coriander.

You might also like other Coriander dishes and other Coriander Pastes. Middle Eastern dishes are here and here. Perhaps also browse all of our Pastes – we have some good Chilli pastes indeed. Or simply take some time to browse our Mid Summer recipes.

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Savoury Rice and Green Pea Pilaf | Masala Hari Matar Pulao | Punjabi

An eye-catching and mouth-watering dish.

Green Pea Pilaf is a great 1-pot meal or the basis of a larger meal, and, of course, it is delicious. It is great lunch food and also good comfort food for sensitive times, you know what I mean. Eye-catching, it is perfect for a buffet, or a light dinner.

Rich in texture and flavour, this dish is common in Punjabi homes and has lots of variations. The recipe comes from Yamuta Devi, just one of her many dishes that always turn out perfectly. As usual, the combination of ingredients is so well balanced. She is the master of subtlety.

Are you after other Pulao dishes? Try Rice and Cauliflower Pilaf, Spicy Eggplant Rice, and Sago Pulao. And don’t forget the wealth of South Indian Mixed Rice dishes.

What about other Pea dishes? Try Carrots and Green Peas with Green Coriander, Stuffed Toasties with Potatoes and Peas, and Tawa Peas.

Want more? Please browse all of our rice dishes here, and all of our pilaf dishes. Or try all of our Pea Recipes here. There is also a range of Punjabi dishes for you to explore. Or simply take some time to check out our easy Early Winter dishes.

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Red Rice with Adzuki Beans Congee

Japan, Korea, China and India have versions of congee, a long-cooked rice porridge. It is delicious and a wonderful winter dish.

After yoga today was a surprisingly good breakfast of red rice cooked, congee style, with azuki beans, topped with some sesame salt quickly made, spring onions, umaboshi plums, toasted sesame oil and some radicchio finely chopped. At other times there are other toppings.

This is a warming dish, great any time of the day – and especially good on a cold winter’s day.

On the stove top it can take 4 hours to cook, and I love congee cooked in a traditional Chinese clay pot. The flavour is quite different cooked this way. However, this time it was cooked overnight in the rice cooker on the slow cooker setting. Ready at 5am, it stayed warm until I was ready for it after yoga.

Similar recipes include Adzuki Bean and Parsley Soup, and Adzuki Bean, Barley and Pumpkin Soup with Miso and Parsley.

Are you looking for rice recipes? Browse our collection. We also have Japanese recipes. Our Adzuki Bean recipes are here. Or browse all of our Early Winter dishes.

You might also like to read How to Make Congee.

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Vegetarian Muqluba

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.

Similar recipes include Kosheri – Rice with Vermicelli and Lentils.

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