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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Spicy chicken gizzards stir fry to go with booze

Who must try this:
1. If you are bored of eating chips, dips, nuts etc with your booze.
2. You want to eat and serve something new with your booze that’s easy and quick to make.
3. The moment you see a new recipe you feel inspired to cook it.

And in case, you are none of the above then also please go ahead and cook this recipe because it’s really simple and goes very well as a side with breads.

Chicken gizzards are zero carbs and all protein but beware it has high cholesterol so just do this on your binge days. Interestingly, if you have leftovers (only possible if your guests ditch you), just stuff them between bread slices along with a few slices of cucumber and onion to make a nice sandwich and take it to a picnic for lunch.

Watch out the video for the recipe. The music in the video is my favorite dj remix. Hope you will enjoy it as well.

Please pardon the spelling booboos in the video.

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Published in: on April 24, 2010 at 8:23 pm  Comments (14)  
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