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…

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. …

Tempeh in Coconut Milk

Tempeh – I know a lot of people might not have heard about it.  I have tasted fried Tempeh a while ago in a restaurant.  Since then I have been looking for this product and finally found this at Trader Joe’s and I was quite happy to convert this Tempeh into delicious dishes. Tempeh is…

Gourd in Tomato Coconut Sauce

I have posted a gourd recipe earlier – Bottle Gourd in Almond Sauce.  But this earlier recipe was with “bottle gourd”. The one I am using for this recipe is slightly different from bottle gourd.  The flesh of bottle gourd is softer and has bigger seeds.  I came across this vegetable for the first time when…

Broccoli with Kidney Beans

Broccoli with kidney beans, sounds strange.  I had a small bunch of broccoli which needed to be cooked since it started wilting.  So I thought of many ways to cook a new dish with broccoli.  I thought of potatoes and broccoli, tofu and broccoli, and kidney beans and broccoli.  For some reason I thought of…

Curried Veggie Quinoa Bowl

I love making one dish meals since they are so easy and I don’t have to make multiple side dishes.  It’s hard to resist make such dishes especially when they are packed with spices and flavor.  Even though I have posted a few Quinoa dishes earlier, this time I wanted to make some thing that…

Bottle Gourd in Almond Sauce

Bottle gourd – I never ate this vegetable when I was growing up, I don’t the reason – may be my mom never liked and never cooked or they thought it does not have any taste.  Yes, compared to other vegetable this is quite bland and watery taste.  But after coming to the united states,…

Rice Noodles with Almond Sauce and Fried Onions

I have been wanting to make almond sauce for noodle dishes since I cannot eat peanuts.  This almond sauce is a twisted version of the traditional Indonesian peanut sauce.  In Indonesia a root vegetable similar to ginger – galangal is used in preparation of this sauce.  This noodle dish is a twisted version of Thai dish…

Potatoes and Eggplant in Fried Onion

Ingredients: 4 small potatoes 4 small eggplants 1 small red bell pepper 1 tablespoon oil 1 small onion strand of curry leaves  ½ teaspoon coriander seeds ¼ teaspoon cumin seeds ¼ teaspoon mustard seeds 3 cloves garlic ½ inch piece of ginger 1 teaspoon crushed red chilies Salt to taste Method: Bring water to boil in…

Fiery Red Thai Curry

Ingredients: 1 tablespoon canola oil 1 teaspoon minced garlic 2 tablespoons Thai red curry paste 1 teaspoon light brown sugar 1 cup medium thick coconut milk 1 tablespoon thinly sliced fresh ginger 1 1/2 cups water 1 tablespoon lemon juice 1 teaspoon soy sauce 1 cup thinly sliced carrots 3/4 cup string beans cut into…