Saturday, September 29, 2012

Stir Fried Kale with Caramelized Onions

Are you all looking for one more recipe that calls for Kale? Here it is- try eating this side dish with Bhakari(Indian flat bread) or Poli/ chapati (Other kind of Indian breads )or with rice.  The caramelized onions gives the dish a kick that goes well with the Kale, making it more palatable. 

All you need is-:
  • A bunch of kale- Chopped
  • A big onion sliced
  • Ginger and garlic paste
  • Peanut Oil for tempering- 1-2 tsp
  • Cumin seeds
  • Mustard seeds
  • Asafoetida- hing powder
  • Turmeric
  • Salt to taste
  • Red Chilly powder
  • Amchur powder

  • Add  Peanut oil into a pan and let it heat well.
  • Add mustard seeds and cumin seeds, after that goes in asafoetida. Then add the sliced onions, saute them on low flame.
  • After a minute or so, add turmeric powder and let the onions caramelize on a low flame. Caramelizing is a process of slowly cooking for long time, which pulls out natural sugar in onions and the end result is intensely flavorful and richly brown in color.
  • Once the onions get caramelize( it took about 15 minutes for me, but it depends on how low your flame is) add the ginger and garlic paste and mix everything well.
  • After a couple more minutes add the chopped kale and mix well. The kale will start to wilt down. Add  red chilly powder, amchur powder and salt.
  • Let all the flavors come together. Cover the pan until all the kale wilts down. Turn off the heat and done..:)

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Entering into my thirties with juicing..:)

It was my 30th Birthday a few days back. I never thought that I will ever finish a glass full of green color! 
Now I can't believe that I spent 30 full years without this glass filled with all the goodness that my body always was asking for! (Almost screaming for..:(..)

I was very surprised with  the end result. It wasn't the best tasting juice ever (I won't lie.) But it is something that I can get up to every morning probably for rest of my life..:)

This is what I added in my first attempt of juicing!
The next day I added celery, and the next day I replaced celery with cucumber. You can experiment with it as much as you want. The options are endless and you don't really have to be creative for that. Just add one type of fruit and add any greens and other vegetables of your choice. What a great way to get your daily dose of nutrients in just one glass. Much better than popping that Multivitamin pill into your mouth!
So those of you who are afraid of getting started with juicing(like me), just take my word and dive into it. You will be happy that you took the first step.

I am glad that I realised the power of nutrients while entering in my thirties (Better late than never....right?)


Saturday, September 8, 2012

Pasta with Veggies Topped with Vegan Cheese

You will need-:

  • Whole wheat pasta
  • Vegetables of your choice- I used carrots, broccoli, mushrooms, and sun-dried tomatoes
  • Extra virgin olive oil - EVOO
  • Daiya cheese- I used mozzarella style shreds
  • Black pepper- freshly ground
  • Salt if needed- I don't usually need salt when there is cheese in any preparation. So check the taste  after you add the cheese and then decide.


  • Prepare the pasta as per package instructions. Drain it and keep aside. 
  • Pour some EVOO in a pan, when it heats up, add veggies except sun- dried tomatoes and saute them until they get just cooked.
  • Then add cooked pasta  to it and mix everything. Keep everything folding in for a couple more minutes.
  • Time to add sun- dried tomatoes and then the delicious dairy free Daiya cheese. 
  • Turn off the stove and mix together.
  • Serve and savor every bite..:)