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…

Zucchini Lentil Soup

Ingredients: 3 oz brown lentil 1 medium zucchini (about 1 1/2 cups) 1 small onion 1 teaspoon cooking oil 1 /34 cups vegetable stock 1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric 1/8 teaspoon cumin powder 1 1/2 cups baby spinach 1/4 cup whole milk Method: Wash and place brown lentil in a bowl and cover with cold water…

Shredded stir-fried Carrot

Ingredients: 4 Medium carrots 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon cooking oil 1/2 teaspoon chili powder salt to taste 2 tablespoons shredded unsweetened coconut 1/4 teaspoon mustard seed 1 small red onion 3-4 dried red chili broken into 2-3 pieces few curry leaves Method: Peel and wash carrots shred them using a shredder with smaller holes…

Sundal (Chick Peas with Onions and Coconut Pieces)

With Navarathri coming, I thought of making some of the traditional dishes for the pooja.  So I made one dish each day for the last 3 days of Saraswathi Puja.  On the first day, I made this Sundal.  I also made some Aval, Kolukattai and sweet pongal.  Normally at my home, my mother makes all…

Spicy String Bean Curry

Ingredients: ½ lb string beans ½ cup red onions thinly sliced 2-3 cloves garlic chopped into small pieces 2 small tomatoes chopped 1 teaspoon chili powder ½ teaspoon curry powder 1 ½ cups water 4 dried red chilies broken into 2pieces Strand of curry leaves Method: Wash and cut string beans into one-inch pieces. In…

Baked Eggplant Curry

Ingredients: 4 large Japanese eggplants 3-4 tablespoons canola oil 1 tablespoon canola oil ½ cup sliced onion (preferably red since it has a strong flavor) 3-4 cloves garlic sliced 1 teaspoon tamarind paste ¼ teaspoon sugar 1 ½ teaspoons chili powder 1 strand curry leaves Salt to taste 2 ½ cups water ¼ cup thick…

Kale and Carrot Stir Fry

Ingredients: 2 cups finely shredded fresh kale leaves ½ cup grated carrot ½ cup water 1 teaspoon chili powder 2 tablespoons shredded unsweetened coconut 2 teaspoons canola oil ½ cup chopped red onion 3-4 dried red chili broken into 2 pieces   Method: Wash and dry kale leaves.  Once they are dry shred the leaves. Add…

String Beans with Soy Chunks

Ingredients: ½ lb string beans ¾ cup dry soy chunks 1 tablespoon canola oil ½ cup sliced red onion 3-4 garlic cloves 1 cup chopped tomato ¼ cup coconut milk 1 cup water 1 teaspoon chili powder ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder Spice powder: 1 teaspoon coriander seed ½ teaspoon cumin seed ¼ teaspoon fennel seed…

Baked Bitter-Gourd Curry (பாவக்காய் கறி)

Ingredients: 6 bitter gourds 3-4 tablespoons olive oil 1 tablespoons canola oil ½ cup red onion thinly sliced 2 cloves garlic 3-4 dried red chilies 2 teaspoons chili powder ½ cup chopped tomato ½ cup thick coconut milk ¼ cup coconut water 1 cup water ¾ teaspoon tamarind paste (more if needed) Salt to taste…