A Vegetarian Meal At Last

Finally, we cooked some vegetarian food. A simple routine Indian meal that cannot be found in any restaurant but only an Indian household. Speaking of restaurants, few staple menu items of Indian restaurants (in India and elsewhere), especially those serving north indian cuisine, are never cooked at home. For example, the naan bread. We do not think any Indian household cooks naan bread at home as part of normal cuisine. They may try making it for putting the new oven to some use but it’s never cooked at home as part of their meals.

At the same time, the food cooked in Indian kitchens as part of routine meals is seldom found in restaurants. The meal we are featuring here is one such meal that cannot be found in restaurants. Its one of those food that a person looks forward to eat upon reaching home after work.

Since we said “meal”, it’s not one recipe we are featuring but two. The first is the “Stir Fried Cabbage” that is cooked in a fusion style of northern and eastern regions of India. From the state of Bengal in east, we used the panch phoron spice mix (Wikipedia has a nice page on it) in the cabbage stir fry. You can also add green peas and diced potatoes in the cabbage stir fry. The peas bring a nice sweetness to the recipe. We though did not add any peas or potatoes in our recipe.

Daal or Lentil is an integral part of Indian meal. So the next feature in our meal is the Mung Dal (yes, the same Mung Daal from Chowder). Mung Daal can be cooked in many ways and we are going to cook them with spinach to get in the added nutrients of a green vegetable.

In both the recipes a little butter or ghee, though optional, can be added in the end to enhance the taste and flavor.

Check out our video for the recipe and to watch us cook them. We are not doing a bad job at all of shooting the videos with a phone camera. Just need a tripod, we guess. 

Both the cabbage and mung daal can be served with rotis, parathas or with rice. Side some cucumber and onion salad along with raita (yogurt sauce with a blend of spices) and no restaurant can beat the satisfaction we get after having such a meal.

(In one of our earlier posts we said vegetarian food sucks. It still does but then eating meat everyday also sucks.)

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10 CommentsLeave a comment

  1. Mr Desicook, where are you vacationing this summer

    • haven’t thought of anything yet.

  2. thats rude.. vegetarian food doesnt suck…

  3. I agree completely! So much of Indian home cooking can never be find in Indian Restaurants and vice versa! Well said. The West has such a faulty image of what Indian food really is. I guess blogs like yours help correct that fallacy 🙂

    • Thanks Sabera. We are making your masoor dal recipe today. Will make the pakodis as well and post it. Will let you know once its up on the blog.

  4. Ugghh sorry for the typos.

    • Never mind… happens to me all the time.

  5. I love your descriptions…Also, I really like vegetarian Indian food. I think it’s one of the best! My favorite is Saag Paneer. Yum!

    • Many thanks for the appreciation. Have posted another vegetarian post today. I too like your reviews and have subscribed to your posts.

  6. Great blog! Is your theme custom done or did
    you download and read it from somewhere? A theme like yours with a few simple adjustements
    would really make my blog shine. Please let me know where you got your design. Cheers


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