Spicy Barley Pulav with Vegetables

When I was a kid my mother used to make barley water for my grand mother since it has many health benefits.  But I used to hate the smell when barley is being cooked.  With that I never tried any recipes with barley.  Since I started cooking healthy home made lunch meals for work, I…

Spicy Tri Colored Quinoa with Beans and Corn

I have bought red quinoa and white quinoa as is in packages.  But only recelntly I saw this tri-colored quinoa which has white quinoa, red quinoa and a dark brown or almost blackish quinoa.  The darker colored quinoa give a more nut flavor and a bit of crunch taste and they don’t easily get over…

Kollu (Horse Gram) Chutney

Kollu or Horse gram in English which I have never heard of until I came to the United States.  I believe it is quite common in India but no one knows this lentil in my family or town.  I saw this lentil in one of the Indian grocery stores and bought a packet which has been…

Spicy Vegan Bulgur Pulav

  It is so hot and the best thing to cook is a one pot meal instead of making multiple dishes and generating heat.  I have been eyeing on a recipe which is actually a chicken pulav with brown rice. I thought to make some twists and create it as a vegetarian dish since I…

Spicy Curried Couscous with Kidney beans and Vegetables

Today I thought of making some thing simple – meaning cooking couscous is so easy, just boil the water and add couscous and let stand.  This is kind of a one pot meal that can be eaten for lunch or dinner.  Also a good recipe to pack in a lunch box for office. Ingredients: ¼…

Quinoa with Roasted Beets, Beet Greens and Tofu

This year until last week I couldn’t find good fresh beets in the farmers market.  Last week when I went there, to my surprise they had really fresh beet bunches with fresh beet greens.  I couldn’t resist and bought a big bunch.  While they are fresh, I wanted to make some dish and came up…

Mediterranean Quinoa

  Ingredients: 1/3 cup dried chick peas ¾ cup Quinoa 1 tablespoon cooking oil ½ cup thinly sliced red onion 4 oz kale leaves (stems removed and leaves torn into small pieces) ½ cup corn kernels 2 spring onions/scallion cut into 1 inch pieces ¾ cup cherry tomatoes halved ½ cup kalamata olives salt to…

Quinoa Spring Salad

  Ingredients: 1/3 cup Quinoa 3 tablespoons slivered almond lightly toasted 2 cups baby Arugula 1 horseradish (red) 2 large strawberries ½ cup chopped cucumber (¼ inch cubes) 1 cup cherry tomatoes halved 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil ½ teaspoon red wine vinegar crumbled feta cheese salt and ground black pepper to taste Method: Cook…

Bulgar with Mixed Greens

Spring is almost here.  With spring coming, the whole nature will change to green and with colorful blossoms every where.  So to celebrate this spring and the warm weather I thought to make a dish that has only green vegetables and leaves.  Green vegetables and green leaves are packed with a lot of vitamins and minerals….