Spicy Peerkangai (Ridge Gourd) Curry

Ridge gourd does not have any strong flavor, taste or smell.  When made with a lot of spices, it brings out the flavor that mingles with the spices and make a great side dish which can be consumed with rice or any type of bread such as Naan, Paratha, Chappathi, or Roti. Ingredients: 1 large…

Dried Fruit, Nut & Seed Loaf

Once baked this loaf will be quite heavy and dense that is packed with different types of dried fruits, nuts, and seeds.  For dried fruits dried apples, dried plums can be used.  For nuts, I would suggest using any combination of cashews, walnuts, pecans, hazelnuts, and almonds.  Peanuts would not be a great idea since…

Skillet Toasted Oatmeal Triangles with Fruit Compote

This delicious wholesome breakfast dish is quite easy to make and does not call for ingredients that some one need to run to the store to pick up.  When I cook oatmeal for breakfast, I always add dried fruits and nuts.  A while ago I saw a recipe similar to this – baked chocolate quinoa. …

Fava Bean and Cauliflower Curry

Fava bean is something new that I have never bought or cooked.  Since I have been trying to include as much protein as possible in dishes I thought to use fava beans for this recipe. I bought the blanched dried fava beans which does not need overnight soaking.  It can be just soaked for a…

Rice noodles with sprouted mung beans

Current situation (COVID 19) is having a big impact on every one’s daily life including long lines in grocery stores and not being able to get the needed vegetables or other products.  I made this dish with the ingredients I had in handy.  But you can replace any of these ingredients with your favorite one. …

Chinese style Tofu fried rice bulgur

I have been thinking of making  Chinese fried rice for a while.  Finally I got all the needed ingredients and decided to use Bulgar instead of rice.  The main reason to use Bulgar is it’s much healthier and has lot of nutrients as well as gives a nice a nutty flavor.  The nutty flavor gives…

Bulgar with roasted mini peppers and tofu

This is a recipe that includes any available colorful veggies packed with nutrients.  If you don’t have the same ingredients, you can use any available vegetables such as cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, Asparagus etc according to your liking. I like using fresh vegetables instead of frozen or canned ones since fresh vegetables bake well and they…

Toffee Meringue Cookie Bar

Happy Thanksgiving to my friends and fellow bloggers.  Thanksgiving dinner means turkey, sweet potato and pumpkin dishes.  Since I had to make some dessert for Thanksgiving dinner, I thought to make something different which can be eaten with a cup of coffee after all the heavy meals – where we can sit and relax and…

Cranberry Pumpkin Bread

It is getting cold and fall is here and the next thing we know is thanksgiving followed by Christmas and New Year.  Fall means dishes made with pumpkin – pumpkin pie, cranberries, warm pumpkin soup etc. etc.  We all enjoy something with pumpkin.  This weekend I thought of making a pumpkin bread that has the…

Bean Sprouts – How to Sprout Beans

I have been wanting to make my own sprouted beans.  Home made sprouted beans are clean and we know it will not be contaminated since if they are not handled properly they can easily get spoil and cause stomach problems.  I have tried sprouting beans in the past with less success.  This time I tried…