Summer is a delightful season for salads, and we should not resist playing with herbs and vegetables and fruits to create exciting combinations and exquisite dressings. This recipe is a salad that brings contrasting textures and a super vinaigrette. It is a Mushroom-Carrot Salad that exhibits gingery overtones via the perfect dressing
Similar Mushroom recipes include Mushrooms a la Grecque, Caramelised Oyster Mushrooms, Grilled Mushroom and Red Onion Salad, and Stuffed Mushrooms on the BBQ/Grill.
If you are looking for Carrot Recipes, try Mung Bean and Carrot Salad, Moroccan Salad, and Carrot Thoran.
Browse all of our Carrot recipes, all of our Mushroom recipes, and our Salad recipes. We have a collection of Bittman Salads here, our Mushroom Salads are here, and Carrot Salads here. Or be inspired by our Mid Summer recipes.
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Today’s recipe is a kitchari from Maharashtra that incorporates sprouts made from masoor lentils, and which uses Goda Masala. Goda Masala is a spice mix unique to Maharashtra. I should say, one of the several spice mixes unique to that state of India. It is a spice mix that is complex and layered in flavours. There are a whole range of dishes that use it (e.g. Masoor Sprouts Usal), and we intend to make a few over the next weeks.
Goda Masala can be difficult to get outside of Maharashtra – try in North Indian groceries, because those specialising in South Indian ingredients won’t have heard of it. You can try to make your own masala – I generally prefer to do this, but several of the spices used in Goda Masala are hard to find outside of Maharashtra, even in India.
This kitchari is pilaf style rather than the South Indian style which is more porridge-like. It uses the long grained basmati rice rather than the shorter grained rice of South India.
Check out other Goda Masala recipes here. There are many other Kitchari recipes here. You will find more sprouts recipes here. Or explore all of our Maharashtrian recipes and our Indian recipes. Feel free to browse our Late Spring recipes here.
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A long time ago, an Indian friend sent me a recipe for Masoor Usal – the one that her mother makes. All this time later, I have forgotten who that was. (If it is you, please let me know!)
All I can say is that this recipe is wonderful. Deep comforting flavours, soupy enough to eat with rice, but with the ability to control the liquid if you prefer it as a side dish.
Our other Usal recipes are here. You might like to browse other Sprouts recipes, or other Masoor lentil recipes. Take some time and explore all of our Indian recipes. Or simply browse our Late Spring dishes.
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Those little chickpea flour fritters, pudla, with their tangy deliciousness, are on my menu for breakfasts, brunches and snacks quite often. For example, see the Pudla recipe collection.
You might also like our Chickpea Flour recipes here and here, and our Chickpea recipes. Or you might like to browse Breakfast recipes here and here. Check out our easy Spring recipes here and here.
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Urad sprouts are unusual, and here they are in a yoghurt gravy.
This is a dish from Maharashtra in India. Whole urad or muth beans and sprouts are the traditional favorites, but you can also use sprouted chick peas, aduki or mung beans in this dish. Sprouted beans are bursting with nutrition because they are a living, growing food. When left raw, their flavor may be strange to the newcomer. In this dish, however, flavor is obtained without sacrificing the nutritive value of the sprouts.
Check out all of the Urad recipes here and here. Perhaps you are also looking for sprouts recipes. Browse Yamuna Devi’s recipes. OR be inspired by our Autumn dishes here and here. You can also browse our Indian Essentials.
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A quick dish, great for when you need to eat healthy but don’t have a lot of time.
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 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.
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Sundals are very easy to make once your base ingredient – usually a lentil or pulse – is cooked. They are often called “salads” but there isn’t really a Western equivalent.
I found some unidentified brown lentils in the pantry, as one does, and so sprouted them. They were difficult to sprout, taking their time indeed. Yet some days later I had a bowl of wonderful sprouts and crunchy lentil bases.
The sprouts were made into a Sundal. Sundals are very easy to make once your base ingredient – usually a lentil or pulse – is cooked unless it is soft enough to use raw. These are quickly sauteed with spices – black mustard seeds, asafoetida, ginger, red and green chillies. Sundals are often called “salads”, and in an Indian context, that is true as they are much lighter dishes than many curries.
You can use any sprouts for this recipe.
You might also like to try Mung Sprouts Sundal, Sprouted White Pea Sundal, Sprouted Green Gram Sundal, and Masoor Dal Sprouts Sundal. Also explore 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.
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This is a salad to wake you up and enliven your senses. Fueled with chilli, then the heat is softened (a little) with herbs and crunchy ingredients, and then it is dressed with Asian ingredients.
This is a salad to wake you up and enliven your senses. Fueled with chilli, then the heat is softened (a little) with herbs and crunchy ingredients, and then it is dressed with Asian ingredients. Better than coffee, you will be full of energy in no time! 😀😘
You might also like to try Peaches with Asian Flavours, Caramelised, Marinated King Oyster Mushrooms, or Sprouted Mung Bean Sundal/Salad. Browse our Carrot Salads here, and Salads here and here. Be inspired by our Summer recipes here and here.
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Simple and spicy, sundals are delicious no matter how you serve them.
A wonderful, healthy sundal, simple and spicy, it is delicious no matter how you serve it. I always associate Sundal with Festivals, so they make me happy at any time of the year.
You might also like to try Mung Sprouts Sundal, Sprouted White Pea Sundal, Sprouted Green Gram Sundal, and Masoor Dal Sprouts Sundal. Also explore 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. Continue reading “Mung Sprouts Sundal | Mung Bean Sprouts Salad, Indian Style”
A surprisingly wonderful sundal.
With white pea (pattani) sprouts sitting patiently in a jar in the fridge, I made Sprouted White Pea Sundal one morning for breakfast. I am quite a fan of white peas.
If you are new to Sundals, they are very easy to make once your base ingredient – usually a lentil or pulse – is cooked. They are often called “salads”, and in an Indian context, that is true as they are much lighter dishes than many curries. But in a Western context they are better described as lentils and pulses quickly stirfried with spices – black mustard seeds, asafoetida, ginger, red and green chillies. I love these dishes.
There is quite a list of Sundals – please click here for the complete list. You might like to particularly try: Coconut, White Peas and Green Mango Sundal, and Urad Dal Sundal. We recommend Sweet Corn Sundal, Adzuki Bean Sundal, and Sprouted Green Gram Sundal. Or you can make a sundal with du Puy Lentils or some mung dal, equally as delicious.
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A lot of deliciousness in a small bowl. Perfect for Navarathri.
The weather is gorgeous and I am so grateful for so many things in my life. From my teachers and mentors throughout my life, to the birds that sing me awake in the morning, the kookaburras which made an unscheduled stop in our neighbourhood, to the gardeners and garbage men who keep things spick and span around this area.
I am grateful for the simplicity and nourishment of food, and of course for the great tastes.
Here is a very quick dish made with mung (moong) sprouts, great with any Indian meal, any non-Indian meal or simply as a snack. There is another super quick version here, try both and see what you think. Or you can make a sundal with Masoor Dal (called red lentils in Australia) or some stir fried mung bean sprouts, equally as delicious. Explore all of the Sundal Recipes, they are all quick and gorgeous. Continue reading “Sprouted Green Gram Sundal | Mung Bean Sprout Salad | Paasi Payaru Sundal”
It is easy to sprout Mung Beans and other beans and lentils. With a weekly rhythm, you can alway have fresh sprouts in the kitchen.
Browse our Hints and How To’s here and here. Continue reading “How to Grow Mung Bean Sprouts for Sundals, Snacks, Lunches”
Cooling, tasty, and refreshing raitas.
In Australia, if you see Raita on the menu of an Indian restaurant, it means the ubiquitous Cucumber Raita. Cooling and tasty, it helps those of us unused to the heat of Indian meals to cool our tongue and palate.
Raitas, or Pachadis, are an Indian version of salads. To call yoghurt the “dressing” of the salad is a bit of a misnomer. It is more than that – it is the carrier of the vegetables and the flavours of the spices. It holds the whole dish together. The vegetables used might be cooked or raw, and in Tamil Nadu they are served near the end of the savoury portion of the meal, just before payasam/dessert/kheer (rather than along with the curries). But feel free to eat more “fusion” and serve raitas as part of a meal, or even part of the entree/ starters.
You can browse our raita and pachadi recipes here and here. We love Carrot Pachadi. Or browse all Yoghurt dishes here and here. Explore our Indian recipes here and here. Find inspiration in our Summer dishes here and here.
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Last night I cooked a gorgeous spinach dish, a Pachadi. It is a gorgeous dish that can be used as a side dish or goes just as well over rice, on its own or with a yellow dal. It is a purée, so it would also go well drizzled over some chunks of pan-fried tofu, fresh made paneer or some roasted or pan-sautéed chunks of potato. With some crispy flatbreads. With a green salad of goodness.
Similar recipes include Boohdhi Pachadi, Carrot Sambol, and Cucumber Pachadi.
Please also browse our Pachadi recipes, and our Spinach recipes. You might like to read up on Indian Essentials and explore our Indian recipes. Or take some time to check out our Late Spring collection of dishes.
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A gorgeous salad or side dish of stir fried sprouted lentils
A gorgeous side dish of sprouted lentils today. Gorgeous AND delicious, South Indian sundals are dry lentil dishes with spices. They are a traditional food during the Navaratri Hindu Festival.
We have many sundal recipes – you can explore them here. Or browse our Indian recipes here and here. Be inspired by our Spring recipes here and here.
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