Kid Friendly Gluten Free, Vegan Pancakes – Mixed Lentils Dosa

This is a super simple protein rich pancakes recipe which are not only healthy but taste good too. I make these plain for the kids and load them up/ make them a bit spicy for myself ( Check my spicy lentil pancakes recipe.) You can enjoy them with any chutney of your choice but my kids like them with Dahi 🙂

Ingredients/Method

1-2 cups of Mixed Dal/Lentils
Water for soaking the lentils and grinding them to make a coarse paste
Salt/Asafoetida/roasted cumin powder/paprika to add into the batter
desi ghee/oil/butter for cooking batter on a skillet.

Soak lentils overnight or at least 6-8 hrs. Grind to make a coarse paste. Then spice it up and cook on a hot skillet until both sides turn golden brown. Serve with Coconut Chutney (Recipe) or mint chutney ( Recipe).

Vegan Sweet Potato Mash Recipe – Healthy Lunch Ideas

Delicious, healthy, Vegan Sweet Potato Mash dish inspired from Punjabi cuisine. It is great to enjoy with a toast, flatbread, on sandwiches or even as a dip. If you love bright and bold flavours of Punjabi cooking then do try our: Punjabi Parantha, Punjabi Chickpea Curry
and Punjabi Fish Pakora Recipe

Ingredients/ Method

2 sweet Potatoes – Boil and mash them.
1/2 cup chopped onions
1/2 tsp Cumin seeds
1/2 tsp fenugreek seeds (Methre) – These lend that unique flavour to the dish.
1 tbsp grated ginger
1 small chopped tomato
1/2 tsp seasoning pepper. Optional 1/2 tsp garam masala (or curry powder)
2-3 tbsp oil
Spices- Salt, Turmeric and Red chilli powder/ Paprika

– Get sweet potatoes ready (boil, peel and mash them)
– Heat oil in a pan and add cumin and fenugreek seeds. Let them sizzle and add onions and ginger. Add salt, turmeric and red chilli powder
– Fry for 2-3 mins and add sweet potatoes. Mix well. Add tomatoes. Cook for 2-3 mins. Season with pepper/ garam masala and serve warm.

Spicy Rice Vermicelli Recipe – Vegan and Gluten Free Recipe

Craving some spicy food but dont want to spend hours in the kitchen? Let me help you out with this delicious, easy and flavourful recipe..ready in no time and so filling.

Ingredients/Method

1 nest of Rice vermicelli
2-4 tbsp oil
1 tsp mustard seeds
1 small green chilli ( you can deseed it, if you dont want too spicy)
2 tbsp grated ginger
1 small piece of onion chopped
Salt per taste
1 tsp Turmeric ( Haldi)
veggies of your choice ( what works best is 1 cup bell peppers – red/green, 1/2 cup spinach and 1/2 cup peas
Cilantro leaves for garnish
2 tbsp lemon juice
2 tbsp crushed peanuts ( roasted or unroasted)

Method:
– Boil Rice vermicelli. Make sure that you put them in hot water. As soon as they are tender, run them under cold water. do not overcook or they will become mushy.
– Add 1-2 tbsp oil on them so that they dont stick together.
– Next in a pan, heat oil. When the oil is hot, add mustard seeds. Give them 30 secs and add green chilli, ginger and onion. Mix well.
– Add veggies and salt+Turmeric. Mix and cook until almost done.
– Add noodles. Mix well. Add lemon juice.
– Garnish with cilantro leaves and roasted peanuts and enjoy warm.

More delicious South Indian cuisine inspired dishes:

Rasam Recipe- South Indian Soup
Hot and Spicy Potatoes
South Indian Style Lentils Curry
How to make South Indian Curry Powder
How to prepare South Indian Tadka

Indian Snack Recipes – How to make Bread Rolls?

Bringing to you a popular Indian snack called Bread Rolls which is flavourful and easy to make. Do give it a try and let us know your experience.

Ingredients/Method

For the stuffing: 3-4 boiled potatoes
1/2 small onion chopped
1/3 cup chopped cilantro
2 tbsp grated ginger
Salt per taste
1 tsp red chilli powder
1 tsp garam masala
1 tbsp amchur- Mango Powder
1/2 tsp ajwain ( Carom seeds)

Oil for frying
Loaf of bread
water for dipping slices

Method:
– Prepare the stuffing by combining stuffing ingredients
– Remove the end portions of the slices. Dip each slice in water to just make it wet. Remove the excess water
– Fill the slice of bread with potatoes. Close and seal. Once all rolls are ready.
– Heat some oil in a pot. Deep fry rolls. Soak out the excess oil by putting them on paper towel.
Serve with chutney of your choice.

How to make stuffed okra fry?

Do you love Okra? Are you in the mood for something spicy? Well, I have a perfect yet simple stuffed Okra recipe here for you:

Ingredients:

Ingredients

250 gms Okra (Fresh)
2 tbsp Mustard oil (or any other oil of your choice)
Salt (as per taste) – I used 2 tsp
1 tsp Turmeric
1 tsp Red Chilli powder
1 tsp Garam masala
1/2 tsp black pepper powder
2-3 tbsp oil to make a paste

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Top 25 East Indian Recipe terms

In your quest to discover and know more about East Indian cuisine, you may come across some East Indian recipe terms which may leave you wondering..What is that? What does it mean?

Well, we’ve got them demystified for you.

1. Rajma-Chawal – Red kidney bean and rice combination

2. Roti – Flat bread made out of Flour. Resembles Tortilla and made on Tawa which is basically a iron griddle

3. Parantha– Roti that is pan- fried. It can be stuffed too with vegetables like potatoes, radish,  cauliflower etc and usually enjoyed with yogurt

4. Kichdi – rice and lentil mix, cooked well and served with ghee. Sometimes it is given a tudka (seasoning) of  cumin seeds, onions, ginger and garlic.

5. Dosa – Pancake made out of rice powder. Commonly eaten in Southern part of India

6. Pulav – Dish made out of rice. Basically Rice cooked along with various vegetables

7. Biryani – Rice cooked in a special traditional way along with vegetables or meat

8. Shorba  – soup

9. Dal – Preparation of Lentils. There are a lot of different variety of Dals depending on which lentils are used in their preparation. One of the basic food entrees’ that East Indians normally eat.

10. Sevaiyya – Dish made out of semolina strips and milk. Sweet in taste. Cooked during auspicious occasions and festivals.

11. Puris – wheat flour flattenings, deep fried in oil. Some variations are Aloo-puri ( which is puris eaten with Potatoes) and chole puri/Puri- chole (Chick peas and puris)

12. Baingan bharta – Roasted Eggplant/brinjal vegetable dish

13. Pachdi – Curd based side dish. Cucumber and tomato chopped and a casual tempering over it.

14. Rasam – a very liquid curry (almost like spicy water) eaten with rice.

 15. Sambar – a curry basically of tamarind, tlentils and vegetables. Enjoyed with rice or dosa

16. Kheer – A sweet dish made out of rice and milk

17. Halwa – Cake in Indian style. It can be made out of semolina, wheat flour, chick pea flour, carrots (Gajar ka halwa or gajrela) etc.

18. Rabdi-jalebi – Popular Indian sweet dish. Condensed milk balls and yellow circular sweets

19. Ladoos – It’s a sweet dish. Round,  sweet balls easily available at sweet shops throughout India.

20. Dhoklas – Gujarati dish made out of chick pea flour. It is yellow in color and salty in taste. Mostly enjoyed as an appetizer.

21. Chana or chole – Whole gram from Kabul. Chick peas are also referred to as Chole.

22. Raita – similar to a pachdi but a north Indian version

23. Achaar – Pickle. Most common ones are Aam ka achaar (Mango-pickle), Nimboo ka achaar (Lemon Pickle) and gobi-gajar ka achaar (Cauliflower- carrot achaar). It is eaten along with rice and vegetables or daal-roti

24. Gulab jamun – Popular East indian sweets which resemble Tim bits but are much more sweet. Small, round balls. Can be eaten hot or cold.

25. Chutney – It is basically a sauce which is eaten along with main course. Some common chutneys are: Imli ki chutney (Tamarind Sauce), Aam ki chutney (Mango Sauce) and Pudiney ki Chutney (Mint Sauce)