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This is  a great one pot meal.The warm chili with a side of toasted bread or tortilla chips is so good on the tummy.


Vegetable stock – 1/4 cup

Onion- 1, coarsely chopped

Green bell pepper- 1, seeded and finely chopped

Red bell pepper- 1, seeded and finely chopped

Garlic – 1 tsp, finely chopped

Ginger- 1 st, finely chopped

Ground cumin – 2 tsp

Chili powder- 1/2 tsp

Tomato paste- 2 tbs

Diced tomatoes- 1 cup

Kidney beans- 3/4 cup- pressure cooked, without being mushy

Black eyed peas – 3/4 cup, pressure cooked without being mushy

Salt & Pepper

Oil- 2 tbs

Tortilla chips- to serve ( optional)



1.Heat oil in a large saucepan, add the onion, saute for a couple of minutes. Add green bell pepper, red bell pepper and continue to saute for a 3-4 minutes.

2.Add chopped garlic and ginger, cumin, chili powder, tomato paste and tomatoes.Pour the stock and simmer for a good 20 minutes. Season with salt and pepper and simmer again for 5 minutes.

3.Stir in all the beans and simmer for additional 5 minutes or until heated through.Serve immediately with tortilla chips or toasted bread-which is what I did.



Serves: 4


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This is a great tasting home-made burger that satisfies the appetite and will taste far better than the ones we buy.


Oil- 1 tbs plus extra for brushing ( I used avocado oil)

Onion-1, finely chopped

Garlic clove-1, finely chopped

Ground coriander- 1 tsp

Ground cumin-1 tsp

White button mushrooms- 2 cups, finely chopped

Black beans-15 oz

Flat leaf parsley-2 tbs, chopped

All purpose flour- for dusting



Ham burger buns- to serve



1.Soak the black beans for couple of hours, pressure cook it giving 4 whistles, set aside.Once, cool, mash it.

2.Preheat broiler to medium high. Heat oil in a heavy skillet over medium heat.Add the onion and cook, stirring frequently, for 5 minutes, or until softened.

3.Add the garlic, coriander,cumin and cook, stirring for an additional minute.Add the mushrooms and cook, stirring frequently for 4-5 minutes, until all the liquid has evaporated. Transfer to a bowl.

4.Stir the mashed beans into the mushroom mixture with the parsley and season with salt and pepper.

5.Divide the mixture equally into four portions, dust slightly with flour,and shape into flat, round patties.

6.Brush with oil and cook under the preheated broiler for 4-5 minutes on each side. Serve in ham burger buns topped with onion and tomato slices and lettuce


Ps: These will freeze well, so make a double batch. Open freeze on a sheet, then transfer to a plastic container for upto 3 months, Cook from frozen.




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Chana dal-2 cups, soaked for an hour

Onion-1, big

Curry leaves- a few

Fennel seeds-2 tea spoon

Finely chopped ginger-2 table spoon

Green chillies-6 nos


Oil- for deep frying


1.Finely chop the onion, and set aside.

2.Coarsely grind the soaked dal along with green chillies and ginger in a mixer adding very little or no water.The batter should stick to your hands inspite of being coarse and not watery.

3.Add chopped onion, fennel seeds, curry leaves and salt and mix well.

4.Make balls out of the ground mixture and deep fry in oil. Serve hot.

Makes:25-30 nos

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This is one of my most favourite dhal types for the rice.Everytime I make it, I cant but help thinking about the weddings back in Kerala, where they serve this on top of steamed rice .Its a pretty simple preparation, but the flavours add a big zing to the taste and you would surely want more of it.


Moong dal- 1/2 cup


To grind:

Grated coconut-little less than 1/4 cup

Cumin seeds-1/2 tea spoon

Green chillies-2-3

Garlic pods-2

Pearl onion-1-2

Curry leaves- a few

Turmeric powder- a pinch

For seasoning:

Mustard seeds- 1/2 tea spoon

Dried red chillies-2

Coconut oil-1-2 table spoon


1.Pressure cook the moong dal with necessary water and salt and set aside.

2.Grind the “to grind” ingredients  adding very little water.

3.Add the ground mixture to the cooked dal and cook for a couple of minutes.

4.Season with “for seasoning” ingredients and serve with steamed rice.

Ps: i like it quite watery, but if you need a thicker version, do not add water anytime.

Serves: 2-3

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Rava Pongal

I am not a wake up early person..but today being Pongal,I had already made plans of waking up early, cooking something apt for the festival.And ya, I plan to make it a tradition for every single festival, starting this year.But before that, heres wishing one and all a “happy pongal- pongal nalvaahzthukkal”



Semolina/rava-1 cup

Water-2 cups

Moong dhal-1/2 cup

Curry leaves- a few

Cashew nuts-a handful

Black pepper-whole or powdered-whole-10 nos, powdered-1 tea spoon

Cumin seeds-1 tea spoon

Crushed ginger-1 tea spoon


Oil/Ghee-2 table spoon for roasting semolina, 2 table spoon for seasoning


1.Dry roast the moong dhal for a couple of minutes, let it not change colour. Pressure cook the roasted dhal giving it 2 whistles.Set aside.

2.Heat 2 table spoon of oil in a pan,roast the semolina for a couple of minutes, again let it not change colour.

3.Add 2 cups of water to the semolina and cook until done.

4.Mix the semolina and pressure cooked moong dhal when it is hot adding salt.

5.Season with cumin seeds,pepper powder,curry leaves, ginger and cashew nuts.Serve warm with  a dollop of ghee if needed and some chutney.


Ps:Pls donot mind the poor quality pic, was taken on dot @ 6.47a.m.

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We are off to Florida for a weeks vacation.See you all on the other side after am back.But for now, am kickstarting “Tried & Tasted” from the partners in crime’s blogs.It makes my work all the more easier, as all the measurements are already there and all I need to do is follow the recipe religiously.The first one to find its hall of fame is Lubna’s Qubooli.Its the best rice dish one can ask for when you dont have much veggies left at home..all thats needed is onions and chana dal.How easy can that be?It tasted just yummy.Check out her space for the recipe.My end , I will just leave a picture of the outcome.

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Malai Dhal

This is similar to dhal makhani, but sans the tomatoes and some spices. Just so easy to make.


Black gram ( whole) -1 cup

Rajma / kidney beans ( optional)-1/2 cup

Garlic-7 flakes, cut into thin round pieces

Ginger-1 tea spoon

Chilli powder-1 1/2 tea spoon

Ghee-1 table spoon ( optional)

Fresh cream- 1/4 cup


Water-3-4 cups

For garnishing:

Green chillies-3 cut

Cumin seeds-1 tea spoon


1.Fry the garlic and ginger in ghee.Put the dhal in it.

2.Add water, chilli powder and salt and cook in a pressure cooker for 15-20 minutes after  3 whistles.

3.Remove the cooker lid and cook in a low flame for 20 more minutes.

4.Add cream and slightly cook for 2 more minutes.

5.Season with cumin seeds and green chillies fried in ghee and serve with lime.

malai dhalServes: 3-4

Sushma of “Authentic food delights” has passed on an award and a tag for me.Thanks dear.

This award goes with a fun meme which has to be passed on to 6 of your favourite blogs and which has to be answered with only one word.Here is the meme part:

1. Where is your cell phone: coffee table

2. Your hair: Black

3. Your mother: “P”

4. Your father: “H”

5. Your favorite food: North Indian

6. Your dream last night: nothing

7. Your favorite drink: Paneer soda

8. Your dream/goal: restaurant owner

9. What room are you in: living room

10. Your hobby: blog hopping

11. Your fear: ghosts

12. Where do you want to be in 6 years: anywhere

13. Where were you last night: at birthday party

14. Something you aren’t: egoistic

15. Muffins: banana nut

16. Wish list item: too many

17. Where did you grow up: Chennai & Trivandrum

18. Last thing you did: soak rice for making appam

19. What are you wearing: night pant, t shirt

20. Your TV: Off

21. Your pets: No

22. Your friends: quite a few

23. Your life: blessed

24. Your mood: normal

25. Missing someone: family

26. Vehicle: car

27. Something you’re not wearing: bangles

28. Your favorite store: oil & vineager

29. Your favorite color: Black and Blue

30. When was the last time you laughed: dont remember

31. Last time you cried: lets skip this one

32. Your best friend: “P”

33. One place that I go over and over: the grocery store

34. One person who emails me regularly: appa

35. Favorite place to eat: too many

I tag Jyoti, Somoo, Prathibha, Mye,Preethi,Lubna

Tag 6 people as you take this up

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