Spanish Salad

It seems that I have travelled all over Europe in search of my salad recipes! I do post Indian salad recipes. But the recipes from various other countries are also very interesting and tasty. The only issue is that the ingredients may not always be available. I then have to find the closest substitute. In…

Chettinad Vendakkai Varuval (Okra ‘Fry’)

Okra is one of my favourite vegetables. There are literally hundreds of recipes using this very versatile vegetable, each one tastier than the next. Every region of India has it’s own unique recipes. Being a summer vegetable (in the Northern parts of the country), it is available only seasonally. But it is available throughout the…

Russian Salad (Modified)

I have heard of Russian salad, but it has never been top-of-mind. It always sat on the edges of my memory. As my experiments with salads continued, this salad popped up in my mind. What a happy happenstance – it was a delightful recipe. Of course, I modified it using vegetables that I had on…

Vegan Mayonnaise

I have been extremely lazy to try out a WFPB mayonnaise. One of the reasons is that most WFPB recipes for mayonnaise contain cashews. Which results in me consuming more cashews in a day than is the permitted limit of 2 tbsp per day – the restriction that I follow. But one day, being in…

Basic Coleslaw

About three months ago, my doctor told me two important things.1. To make a salad the largest part of my lunch and dinner. In fact, she recommended that it should form about half my meal2. I should chew on my meals. Till then, I used to gobble up my food and any meal was over…

Lebanese Salad

I have started including a huge salad as part of both, lunch and dinner. The salad forms half of my meal. This, along with a simple smoothie in the morning helps me keep my blood sugar under control. This necessarily means that my salads must be exciting. I am constantly on the lookout for new…

Makhana (Lotus Seed) Curry

Frankly, I was not aware of makhana till I came to Delhi about 37 years ago. It is not an ingredient that is used in South Indian cuisine. I am a member of a FB group called ‘Recipes of Palakkad – A Vegetarian World’. I have been a member for several years and have not…

Achari Tori (Sponge Gourd In Pickle Sauce)

Ridge gourd is a vegetable that I buy regularly. It’s cousin, sponge gourd, is not one of my favourites. But I am never sure if this vegetable is called ridge or sponge gourd as various sources use these terms interchangeably. I therefore rarely buy the smooth one (referred to as Tori/Turai in North India). After…

Moong (Mung Bean) Sprouts Salad

Sprouts are supposed to be super heathy. I therefore sprout several different kinds of lentils/legumes. My sprouts maker comes in very useful in doing this. Given the hot summers of India, the process is relatively quick. I can get sprouts in a couple of days. A sprout salad is on the table at least one…

Tofu Tikka Masala

I have never been fond of the traditional Paneer (Indian Cottage Cheese) Tikka Masala. The reasons are not far to seek. In my earlier avatar of being a vegetarian, I was invariably served one or two paneer dishes whenever I was invited to partake of lunch or dinner in any friend’s home. I had such…