Lentil Bolognese

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I’m normally not a big new year resolutions kinda girl. I mean, I am forever trying to lose weight so that’s nothing new. However this year, I decided I would go vegetarian for 2018. I’m not going to be incredibly strict- like I will have eggs and would still have a dish that had fish sauce added, but I will not be eating any flesh from animals. It’s not too big of a change for me since I already eat meat very infrequently. However, with this new resolution, I am looking for some vegetarian recipes to satisfy my occasional meat cravings. One meat dish that I sometimes crave is pasta with meat sauce. I decided to try inventing my own lentil-bolognese to substitute for meat sauce. Continue reading

Garam Masala

Garam Masala

Garam Masala

The origins of garam masala can be traced to Ayurveda, which is an Indian philosophy of medicine (one that is¬†debated in my house from time to time…common side effects of an east-meets-west marriage). The Hindi word “garam” means heat and “masala” means spice blend. Although “garam” does mean heat, in this sense, the word heat does not equate to spicy heat. Instead, “garam” is meaning that the spice mix can make a person feel warm; and due to this, garam masala is more commonly used in winter months in India. It can be used as a rub for meat, seasoning in a dish, or sprinkled on top at the end of a dish to give it some heat and fragrance; it’s an awesome all around spice. Continue reading

Bhindi Masala Curry (Okra Curry)

Bhindi Masala Curry (Okra Curry)

Bhindi Masala Curry (Okra Curry)

This recipe came from Dassana Amit at Veg Recipes of India. The more Indian food I cook, the more I realize how awesome Amit’s blog is. Her recipes are often identical to how my mother-in-law makes things, and she gives really clear photos for every step. I can’t say enough good things about her Indian recipes! Plus, it’s in English! My husband loves bhindi (okra) and I love any meal that has a sauce with it. So this was a pretty good match for both of us. I will definitely be making this again. Continue reading

Bhuna Makhana (Toasted Lotus Seeds)

Bhuna Makhana

Bhuna Makhana

I have really loved all the time I have been able to spend in the kitchen over the summer. Our house has been full of snacks and treats. Now my husband and I are both working and busy, and I know I will have to work extra hard if I still want our snacks and dinners to be healthy and homemade. When my mother-in-law was here, she made this makhana (lotus seed) snack for my nephew’s after school snack. They are salty and crunchy and just what I am looking for in MY after school snack as well.¬† Continue reading