Saturday, 4 July 2015

Roundup - My Legume Love Affair # 84

Legumes- The food group that is treasure trove of proteins,dietary fiber, vitamins and minerals ,comes in a lot of colors ,shapes and sizes. Last month this little space of mine hosted My  Legume Love Affair fondly referred to as MLLA.Started by Susan of The Well Seasoned Cook ,Lisa of Lisa's Kitchen has been hosting this series for a while now.

Here are the dishes that were a part of this event....

Linsy Patel of Home Cooke Food made this Kala Chana Masala / Black chickpea Gravy. Linsy says,having a batch of cooked and frozen chickpea in the freezer is a great idea to make this gravy on a busy week night.

A savory lentil baked cake from Gujarat - Handwo was sent in by Sadhna Grover of Herbs,Spices and Tradition .This gluten free dish is a great snack and a nutritious one at that!

Here is a snack that not only tastes great but also pretty easy to whip up. Makes a healthy snack and best of all needs no supervision when it is getting done!! Smoky Butterbeans from Jen of Chardonnay & Samphire....


Mexican Soy curl saute with lime and Cilantro is what Janet from Taste Space cooked from her favorite cookbook. A simple ,quick and innovative recipe that delivers loads of flavors!

Mexican Soy Curl Saute with Lime and Cilantro 

Rajani's from My Kitchen Trials has sent in these delicious Peanut butter fudge that is sure to tempt you to reach for another piece!


Lisa of Lisa'a Kitchen shares her addiction for Indian savories with this Fried Indian Lentil fritters a.k.a Mung Dal Vada that can be served with breakfast / as an appetizer and you will love it so much that it can easily become your main dish!!!

Mung Dal Vada - North Indian Lentil Fritters

Here is a filling brunch - Green Harissa Poached Eggs with Aubergines that Shaheen of Allotment 2 Kitchen cooked using home made green Harissa.


Sowmya of Bread Therapy adds an innovative twist to the Indian Ladoo and came up with these delicious Orange flavored Lentil ladoo that can be done in a jiffy and one that will disappear even faster!!!


Who can say No to Chaats!! Kalyani of Sizzling Tastebuds proves the point by making this drool worthy Dahi Ragda Chaat. This is a treat that kids and adults would love to indulge!!


Last but not the least, Moong Dal Crepes from my humble kitchen .This is a recipe that I found in my mom's hand written recipe collection...

I enjoyed browsing through each and every recipe that was a part of this event. Hope you liked them too...

Bon Appetit...

Friday, 3 July 2015

Easy Potato Murukku

About 8-9 months back, I was looking for some easy savories that can be made at home and packed with the sweets that are shared with the neighbors during Diwali.Many of us chatting on Whatsapp and Priya suggested this easy Murukku.

I made a really huge batch and everyone appreciated it.The kids loved it so much that I had to make another batch right after Diwali!.

Even today when I was writing this post, the kids remembered this snack and I will be making them again tomorrow!

This easy snack is for Blogging Marathon #54,Week 1, Day 1 , with the theme Deep fried love...

I used:
Adapted from : I Camp In My Kitchen

Rice flour -2 cups
Ajwain-1/2 teaspoon
Asafoetida powder- a large pinch
Butter- 4 tablespoons
Salt to taste

Dry roast the rice flour for a few minutes and take in a big bowl.Add ajwain, asafoetida, salt.

Pressure cook potatoes and peel. Take in a blender jar along with butter.

Grind to a smooth paste adding a little water. Add this paste to the flour mixture and knead to a smooth dough,adding water if needed.

I used a star plate for the murukku press.Take a portion of the dough and fill in murukku press and press out a murukku on a ladle and gently slide into hot oil.Lower the flame slightly and fry till the murukku is golden brown.Remove from oil.

Another method of doing this pressing out the murukku on a plate. Gently slide a flat ladle and transfer into the pan with oil.

Serve as a snack or share with friends. Store the left overs in an airtight container.

  • Cumin can be used instead of ajwain
  • Don't skimp on the butter. It adds a nice flavor and crunch to the snack.
  • I used homemade rice flour . You can also use the store bought flour too.

Check out the Blogging Marathon page for the other Blogging Marathoners doing BM#54

Bon Appetit...

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

30 Capsicum / Bell Peppers Recipes

Capsicum is one of my favorite ingredient and by now you must be used to hearing me say this on most of the things in the pantry!!

 Capsicum also known as peppers / bell peppers, belongs to the nightshade family.It comes in many colors and the pic above has all my favorite colors.

This veggie has a lot of health benefits.A few are listed below...
  •  It is low in calories
  • Rich in Vitamins
  • It is said to lower the fat stored in the body
  • Capsicum improves cardiac health by lowering the blood pressure.
  • It improves digestion
  • It also improves metabolism
  • Anti inflammatory property.
  • Capsaicin, which is present in capsicums, is a lipophilic chemical that produces a burning sensation in the mouth and it is believed to prevent and treat cancer since this compound prevent carcinogens from binding with the DNA.

    With so many health benefits,it is only fair to make a tasty meal out of this colorful vegetable...Here are a few from my kitchen....