Friday, September 30, 2016

Rajma Masala Sundal/Red Kidney Beans Masala Sundal

Sundal is a kind of South Indian evening snacks made with Dry beans aka Legumes (not to mistake with the French word, in French 'legumes' means 'vegetables'). Sundal are made especially during Navarathiri festival, which calls for 9 days of celebrations. However we doesnt need any reason to dish out this protein rich snacks to feed our loved ones with less efforts. Actually sundal is prepared easily with cooked beans like chickpeas, black-eyed beans etc which is simply tempered with usual tempering spices and flavored with curry leaves. Though some sundal preparation calls for some exclusive spice powder in case if you want to prepare the sundal with a twist. My today's post in one among those sundal with a twist, since rajma aka red kidney beans doesnt tastes like other legumes, its better to toss it with a spice powder to make the sundal preparation more interesting.

Rajma Masala Sundal, Kidney Beans Sundal

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Rajma Soya Keema/Vegan Rajma Soya Kheema/Minced Soya & Kidney Beans Curry

Rajma/Red kidney beans makes excellent dishes and my today's post is one among those fantastic dishes you can cook up easily with this nutritious beans. Soya Rajam Kheema aka Minced soya with Red kidney beans, trust me this curry makes an excellent side dish to relish with some rotis or else wrap it or simply use as stuff for making parathas. So many option to enjoy this nutritious, vegan keema. Usually i love to make kheema with soya nuggest as they are very much nutritious to enjoy without any guilt. Adding rajma to a usual soya keema makes this already delicious dish more healthy and nutritious at the same time. With all spice powders went in it, this vegan kheema makes an excellent accompaniment to relish even with some toasted bread slices.

Rajma Soya Kheema Masala, Red Kidney Beans Soya Keema

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Arroz Congri/Vegan Cuban Red Kidney Beans Rice

Arroz Congri/Congris is typically a Cuban black beans rice,though many different variations do exists and one among is this red beans and rice version. Congri is prepared mostly with meat especially pork, but i opted for vegetarian version actually a vegan one. However i followed this recipe, this red beans and rice is from eastern part of Cuba, though many people consider this dish as a signature dish of Oriente province. Traditionally this rice dish is cooked with fat from pork meat and ham is added to the rice to make this dish as a complete meal. However this vegan version tastes simply fabulous and quite nutritious to enjoy as a main course with some grilled vegetables or pan fried potatoes. Since this dish calls for long grain rice, you can also serve this red beans rice a salad.

Vegetarian Cuban Red Beans Rice, Arroz Congri

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Rajma Rasmisa/Red Kidney Beans In Onion-Tomato Masala

Rajma/Red Kidney Beans/Red Beans, are mostly used in Mexican cuisine, though many delicious Indian dishes prepared with this incredible beans do exists. I have been looking for something new to cook with this fantastic beans and i found this lipsmacking rajma curry at Chef Sanjeev Kapoor's Khanna Khazana. This recipe tempted me a lot to give a try with, obviously i gathered all the ingredients to dish out this fantastic bean. Trust me, this rasmisa tastes absolutely delicious and you doesnt need anything special to make this interesting dish. Served along with a simple pulao or rotis, am sure this masala makes an excellent pair to relish without any guilt. Prepared with simple spicy powders,grated onion and tomato puree, this rasmisa curry is one of the easiest dish to prepare without any fail.

Rajma Rasmisa,Kidney beans Rasmisa

Monday, September 26, 2016

Rajma Sundakkai Vathal Kuzhambu/Kidney Beans Dry Turkey Berries Gravy

Usually Vatha kuzhambu/Vathal Kuzhambu is prepared simply with dried berries or else with sun dried vegetables. My today's recipe goes for a fingerlicking tangy gravy with kidney beans aka Rajma.Adding rajma makes this gravy more delicious and definitely nutritious. Dried turkeyberries have many health benefits, especially its advised to take often in our diet . Since this turkey berries have bitter taste, most of the time none at home like to have anything cooked with this berries. However i found out a better way to sneak this vegetable and its works awesome. If i prepare sundakka vatha kuzhambu, once the gravy gets finished, i mix immediately the cooked rice to the gravy drizzled with ghee or gingelly oil,and keep aside atleast for an hour before serving.This method works and my kids just love this vatha kuzhambu rice when served along with papads,fryums or else with boiled eggs.

Rajma Sundakkai Vathal Kuzhambu,Kidney beans Tamarind Gravy

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Homemade Crumpets/Crumpets

A crumpet is a griddle cake and these cakes makes an excellent breakfast or snacks depends upon how its served. This English crumpets are generally round in shaped and their shape is obtained by pouring the yeasted batter by a shallow ring in a pan/griddle. This cakes have their characteristic flat top with many small pores, with a chewy and spongy texture. They are cooked in simmer and served immediately to serve warm. These cakes can be cooked slightly undercooked and toasted later to enjoy for breakfast. Often served with butter, you can enjoy thoroughly this spongy crumpets with jam, honey, spread like nutella, caramel etc.English muffins and Crumpets are two different griddle cakes, though they are both round with spongy texture. However crumpets are served whole with butter and jam while English muffins are splited before serving.

Homemade Crumpets,English Crumpets

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Halabessa/Halabisa/Egyptian Chickpeas Spicy Soup

Halabessa/Halabisa is a well known Egyptian Chickpeas soup which calls for chickpeas with some simple ingredients. This soup is served with lemon, mostly hot during winter as this soup is very warming,wholesome, nutritious, hearty and comforting while the weather is down. People call this soup as snack soup, since this soup is a savoury drink which is served in glass cup with a spoon and lemon wedge. Actually Egyptian drink this soup and enjoy eating the cooked chickpeas with the spoon given along with the soup. Actually every food stall in Egypt sells this mildly spicy Halabisa during winter as a street food and this soup is also quite popular in Gulf countries especially in Iraq but Iraqian version of this chickpeas soup is cooked without tomatoes. Yes Egyptian version calls for some tomato pieces and tomato paste which gives a pleasant colour to this simple soup.

Egyptian Chickpeas Soup, Halabessa

Friday, September 23, 2016

Chickpeas Shami Kebab/Vegetarian Channa Shaami Kebab

Shami Kebab or Shaami Kebab is quite a popular kebab variety which is mostly prepared with minced or ground meat though vegetarian versions with potato or paneer is quite popular as well.Shami kebab is eaten as snack or an appetizer. They are served along with sheer kurma during Eid celebrations.Do you know shaami kebabs may be served with roti along with ketchup, raita or chutney. Though most of us love shami kebab prepared with meats, not to forget that many vegetarian and vegan version do exists. And my today's post is a fantastic, dangerously addictive, vegan shami kebab with chickpeas as main ingredient. Prepared with variety of spices, this incredible vegan shami kebab makes an excellent evening snack to enjoy with your favourite sauce.

Vegetarian Shami kebab,Chickpeas shami kebab

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Chickpeas Couscous Paella/Vegan Chickpeas Paella with Couscous

Paella is a Spanish/Valencian dish with is usually prepared with rice. Many types of Paella exists from meat to seafood, mixed to vegetarian/vegan. However the original, traditional Paella recipe consists of white rice, green beans, white beans, meat and seasoning like saffron and rosemary.Some says that this dish is a Spanish's national dish but the real spanish peoples consider this rice dish as a regional Valencian dish. Paella is cooked usually in a special pan and it is cooked over open fire, fueled by orange, pine branches along with pine cones  gives an excellent aroma to this one pot meal. Since i dont want to go with the traditional paella, i googled to have look for a different paella that too without rice. I got hooked to this Chickpeas Couscous Paella which pulled me to give a try to this vegetarian version of Paella.

Chickpeas Couscous Paella,Vegetarian Paella

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Tuscan Mashed Chickpeas/Cheesy Chickpeas Mash

Do you love chickpeas ashummus very much? or Are you tired of eating the usual hummus?, then its time to give a try to this Tuscan Mashed Chickpeas. Tuscan mashed chickpeas calls for easy ingredients. Its quite a fabulous appetizer to enjoy with some potato chips or tortilla chips before a meal or else to serve as a starter while you have friends around you. An excellent crowd pleaser and definitely a kid's friendly dish as well. You can serve this mashed chickpeas as main course even along with a salad or else with a soup with some grilled meats. A complete and nutritious meal to enjoy without any guilt. Totally gluten free, this mashed chickpeas tastes super delicious, aromatic and quite cheesy as parmesan cheese is added. If you love mashed potatoes, am sure you will go crazy if you taste this mashed chickpeas.

Chickpeas mash, Tuscan  Chickpeas Mash

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Chickpeas Pesto Thin Crust Pizza

Pizza is every kid's favourite, and i have rarely seen kids saying 'no' to this fantastic Italian bake. Loaded with cheese, pizza makes everyone happy at home and my kids are ardent fan of this cheesy dish. Earlier i never baked pizza at home and then later i realized that making pizza at home wasnt a tough job.Once i started baking bread at home, i tried making pizza at home and every time i make pizza, it was a big hit at home. Now i dont run behind the store bought ones, pizza dough can be prepared a day before and they are conserved very well in fridge.Homemade pizzas are always the best and you can mix and match the ingredients according to your wish with vegetables and cheese available in your fridge.Coming to my today's post, this pizza calls for pesto which can be prepared simply at home with less efforts.

Chickpeas Pesto Pizza Chickpeas Thin crust pizza

Monday, September 19, 2016

Chickpeas Quinoa Tabbouleh/Vegan Chickpeas Quinoa Tabbouleh Salad

Am kickstarting 4th week of Mega marathon with my family's favourite beans aka chickpeas as am showcasing a Dry bean a week with 5 ingredients for 5 weeks as theme under Cooking Carnival as title.Chickpeas/Channa/Garbanzo beans is one the healthiest food which can be cooked as many delicious foods.This Garbanzo beans are included in everyday's diet around the world and many traditional dishes from Middle East, Mediterranean region and few countries in Africa is prepared with this incredible legume. The nutritional benefits of this beans includes Protein, vitamins, minerals which is often included in many nourishing foods. This beans offer many health benefits such as boosting digestion, helping to keep the blood sugar levels stable,helps a lot in weight loss, increasing protection again some disease and many more. Do you know that chickpeas is the most widely grown and eaten bean in the world after Soyabean.

Quinoa Chickpeas Tabbouleh Salad, Quinoa tabbouleh with chickpeas

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Black Bean Cilantro Lime Rice/Vegan Black Bean Lime Rice

After chinese foods, i have a preference to Mexican foods. Though we dont get the traditional Mexican foods here is Paris, i love to indulge their burrito bowls or their tacos. Actually every cuisine is adapted especially in restaurants to satisfy French people's tastebuds.Hence none follow the traditional recipes,but its better than nothing rite. If we plan to go for restaurants, my first suggestion will always goes for Chinese, then Mexican or Moroccan. Am eagerly waiting to go a trip to Mexico to enjoy their traditional foods, seriously dunno when my better half is going to plan for it. Until i dont have any other option to enjoy the traditional Mexican food. Obviously i prepare myself some easy dishes at home. My today's post goes for a flavourful one pot meal aka cilantro lime rice which is usually used as stuffing in Burritos or tacos. Still they can be enjoyed for lunch with a spicy gravy. Since am running this week's marathon with Black beans as the main ingredient, i couldnt stop myself adding this protein rich beans to this famous rice.

Black bean lime rice, Vegan Blackbean Lime Rice

Friday, September 16, 2016

Garlic & Cheese Black Bean Pull Apart Bread/Black Bean Monkey Bread

Baking bread at home is definitely one of my favourite pass time when i stay home especially during the week ends. I love to experiment in my kitchen if i feel like feeding my kids with healthy ingredients in their diet. One among those recent experiment is this eggless Black bean monkey bread aka black bean pull apart bread. Monkey bread consists of several pieces of soft bread either filled with a stuffing or coated with spice powders like cinnamon, garlic-butter mixture etc.Usually monkey bread is prepared as a sweet pastry though many savoury versions do exists.This bread is traditionally served hot so that the baked pieces can be easily torn away with the fingers and eaten by hand.

Cheesy Garlic Black Bean Pull Apart Bread

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Cheesy Black Bean Soup

Soups keep you warm when the climate is really down and chilled. Soups are our favourite dish and i have already shared varieties of soups. However i have couple of soups to dish and post in my space. One among those soups is this fantastic, healthy, nutritious, wholesome soup with black beans, vegetables and cheese. Adding black beans to a simple vegetable soup makes this soup more healthy and satisfying. A warm bowl of this soup with some bread slices as accompaniment will definitely makes a super filling dinner or meal.Since am posting different dishes with black beans, i couldnt stop myself posting this hearty soup which i dished out few days back for our dinner.

Cheesy Black Bean Soup, Cheese & Vegetable Black bean soup

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Black Bean Cheese Burger/Vegetarian Cheese Burger

I tasted burger for the first time when i was travelling to Paris from India, to be honest its was my first worst experience with burgers. However later, burger became a part of our monthly menu, my kids loves burger very much. Earlier i usually get them from stores, but when realized that burgers are not that much difficult to dish out at home i started preparing them myself at home. Though kids loves non vegetarian burgers, i do prepare some vegetarian burgers. Burgers are definitely a super filling meal when served with some salads, however i always plan to prepare burger at home for dinner. Since we all dont have lunch together at home, its better to have burger altogether for dinner na. However kids loves burgers very much with their favourite french fries. When i picked Black bean as the ingredient for this week's marathon, the first dish came to my mind is Black bean burger.

Black bean Cheeseburger, Cheese & blackbean burger

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Black Bean 'Meatless' Balls/Vegan Black Bean Balls

You can dish out many fantastic dishes out of black beans, after some dangerously delicious
empanadas my today's post goes for a meatless black bean balls. If you looking for an interesting meatless balls, am sure this black bean balls will definitely satisfy your crave. These vegetarian balls are full of proteins and definitely an excellent vegetarian substitute for traditional meatballs. Am sure vegetarians will enjoy thoroughly this black beans loaded vegan balls as they are simple and easy to dish out. Usually these meatless black bean balls are served along with spaghetti drizzled with some tomato sauce. Since none at home want to have this balls dunked in tomato sauce, i simply served them for their snacks with their favourite sauce.

Meatless Black bean balls, Black bean balls

Monday, September 12, 2016

Vegan Black Bean & Potato Empanadas

Here comes an another week of blogging marathon, am running this mega marathon with 5 ingredients for 5 weeks. And i picked a dry bean for a week, after dry green peas and dry black-eyed peas, am gonna show case Dry black beans for a week. Black beans are really healthy for both vegetarian and non vegetarian.These tasty and nutritious beans are easily available either as dried ones or in can. However the health benefits of this beans includes protein, fibre, antioxidants and many more micronutrients. Since these beans are high in protein, its definitely a good choice to vegetarian or for dieting people. Taking black beans often in your menu can boost your iron intake. Rich in calcium as much as like other beans, black beans are in high in fiber as well. If you dont know how to add this healthy beans in your diet, dont forget to check my upcoming posts with this incredible beans.

Vegan Black Bean & Potato Empanadas, Blackbean Empanadas

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Vegan Black-eyed Peas & Rice Cutlet/Lobia Tikki

Today's post is going to be an another nutritious evening snacks to enjoy thoroughly with your favourite sauce. Served even as appetizers, this protein rich patties aka cutlets makes an excellent crowd pleaser.This recipe is very simple and definitely a wholesome patties to give a try. Black-eyed peas have many vital nutrients such as Vitamin B, Vitamin E, iron and potassium. Half a cup of cooked black-eyed peas have only 80 calories obviously if you want to loss some weight dont hesitate a second to have your dose of this beans for your snacks or in your meal.Not to forget that one of the main health benefit of these beans is their high fiber content which helps a lot to regulate our digestive system.

Black-eyed peas Cutlet, Lobia Cutlet

Friday, September 9, 2016

Black-eyed Peas & Vermicelli Pakoda

If you are searching for a different or not a usual evening snacks, then dont forget to check my today's post. Black-eyed peas is the star ingredient of this week's blogging marathon. Am running a month of blogging marathon with 5 ingredients for 5 weeks with sundays off. Since i want to showcase a dry bean a week, i have been posting many delicious dishes out of those beans every week and many more to come.Coming to my today's post, its an another interesting snack food which i dished out of the nutritious Black-eyed peas. To give a twist to usual pakodas, i tried my hands in making a super crispy pakodas with cooked and mashed black-eyed peas along with vermicelli. Both works awesome and the pakodas came out extremely delicious.

Vegan Black-eyed pea & Vermicelli Pakoda

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Black-eyed Peas & Watermelon Rind Kootu

Its summer here, obviously summer fruits are easily available in every farmer's market. Needless to say watermelons started showing their heads and last week we bought a huge watermelon from farmer's market. After having them instead of trashing their rinds, i usually use them for making some nutritious dishes. Dont ever trash the white rinds after having watermelon, they makes wonderful foods.This dal based gravy makes an excellent meal when served along with rice and papads. Usually i make kootus with loads of vegetables, but this time when i planned for making a kootu dish, i simply went in preparing this protein rich black-eyed peas with watermelon rinds. Kootu have their important place in our weekly menu, if i want to feed my kids with vegetables i will immediately go for making kootus.

Black-eyed peas & watermelon rind kootu,Vegan Black-eyed peas Kootu

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Vegan Black-eyed Peas Cakes/Black-eyed Peas Cornmeal Cakes

After some deep fried black-eyed peas fritters, my today's post is going to be some pan fried black-eyed peas cakes. Black-eyed peas cakes makes an excellent evening snacks since its calls for simple ingredients. I have seen couple of black-eyed peas cakes through google master and while checking those posts i decided to go with a simple black-eyed peas cakes cooked along with cornmeal.Actually this cakes are inspired from Southern inspired appetiziers or side dish. Though canned black-eyed peas works awesome for making this cakes, i preferred to prepare mine with soaked and cooked black-eyed peas which makes excellent cakes as well.

Black-eyes peas cakes, Cowpeas cake

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Vegan Black-eyed Peas Fritters

If you would have went through my earlier post, you might have noticed that this week's blogging marathon is going to be Black-eyed peas based dishes. Yes am running this month's Mega marathon with 5ingredients for 5 weeks as theme under 'Cooking carnival',and i picked dry beans as my ingredients for 5 weeks.Every week, i will be showcasing a dry bean, after posting three different dishes with dry green peas, this week's posts are dishes with Black-eyed peas. My today's post is a deep fried beauties with black eyed peas as star ingredient. As almost like Akara - Nigerian's Black-eyed peas fritters which calls for grinding the soaked and deskinned black-eyed peas, these fritters are very easy to dish out. An excellent evening snacks to enjoy with a spicy sauce or else simply with ketchup. Coming to this fritters, its quite a cross between our Indian pakodas and hush puppies.

Black eyed peas fritters,Cow peas fritters

Monday, September 5, 2016

Vegan Hoppin' John/Meatless Hoppin' John

After three delicious dishes with Dry green peas, this week's posts are going to be with Black-eyed peas aka White Cow peas. This beans are definitely nutritious and excellent for vegetarian or vegan lovers. For the first day of this week's blogging marathon, i want to dish and post something different from our usual dishes. While looking for a different black-eyed peas based dishes, i got hooked to this Vegan Hoppin' John. Hoppin' John is a peas and rice dish served during New year's day in Southern United states. Wiki says that eating Hoppin' John on this day is thought to bring a prosperous year filled with luck. Peas are symbolic of pennies or coins and a coin is sometimes added to pot or left under the dinner bowls. Served along with Kale, Collard greens, Cabbage, Turnip greens this dish are supposed to add wealth since they are the colour of American currency. Even cornbread is also served along with Hoppin' John to represent the colour of gold.

Hoppin' John with Black eyedpeas, Vegan Hoppin'John

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Rock Candy Sugar & Foxtail Millet Paal Kozhukattai/Kalkandu Thinai Paal Kozhukattai

                                                      Happy Vinayagar Chathurthi Wishes 

Am going to post something interesting to dish out if you want to celebrate this year's Ganesh chathurthi aka Vinayagar chathurthi with a different Paal Kozhukattai. These mini dumplings dunked in milk sweetened with rock candy sugar is an interesting festive food to dish out. Yes you read it right, its a delicious delicacy to try with healthy ingredients in it. Actually i used rock candy sugar aka kalkandu instead of usual jaggery and sugar to sweeten this incredible dumplings. Since i dont want to make the usual rice flour dumpling i opted for the healthy millet grains aka the popular 'Foxtail Millet' which is known as Thinai in tamil. Paal Kozhukattai is well known in Chettinad cuisine of Tamilnadu region and its our family favourite as they suits prefectly to enjoy after a meal or else for snacks.

Rock Candy Sugar & Foxtail Millet Paal Kozhukattai, Thinai Paal Kozhukattai

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Sweet Rava Pidi Kozhukattai-Version 2 /Semolina Sweet Dumplings with Jaggery

If you done have rice flour at home for making sweet dumplings aka kozhukattais for the upcoming Ganesh Chathurthi, dont worry my today's post will definitely makes you happy. Am sharing a very interesting pidi kozhukattai aka sweet dumpling today which is quite easy to prepare and serve to please the God Ganesha on his special day. Prepared simply with roasted rava/semolina, jaggery syrup, grated coconut flavoured with cardamom powder, this sweet dumpling gets ready in less time than you can imagine. Very easy to make this dumplings are completely vegan which suits prefectly to please anyone at home. If you dont know how to make Modaks, trust me this rava sweet dumplings will definitely replace those modaks very well for Ganesh chathurthi celebration.

Vellam Rava Pidi Kozhukattai,Semolina Sweet Dumplings with Jaggery

Green Peas Masala Chaat/Peas Chaat/Pacha Pattani Masala Chaat

'Chaat', the word itself makes me drool, am an ardent fan of chaat foods. These street foods are my most favourite foods and i can survive for many days with this incredible foods. If i crave for some street foods, i dont have any other option than dishing out myself at home. Yes we dont have chaat food stalls in Paris, heard that some Indian restaurants serves chaat foods, my friends said that they are not super fantastic hence i dropped the idea of tasting chaat foods in restaurants. However if you know how to dish out those fabulous street foods at home, its better to make it out ourselves na. Healthwise and tastewise nothing can beat the homemade stuffs,obviously since ever i started making chaat foods at home, i dont hesitate a second to dish out myself.

Green peas Masala chaat, green peas chaat

Friday, September 2, 2016

Green Peas,Paneer & Mint Biriyani/ Pudina,Paneer & Peas Biryani

Biriyani, this one pot meal is our family favourite and i never forget to dish out this flavourful dish once a week especially for Sunday lunch. Though my kids are ardent fan of non vegetarian biriyanis for their lunch, they wont says 'no' if i serves vegetables loaded biriyani. Obviously our love for biriyani pulls me to dish out varieties of biriyanis and i have few more to post in my blog. However its not too late to post one of my most favourite biriyani aka Green peas biriyani with paneer cubes. Am posting this fantastic and aroma filled peas biriyani for my today's post as am running Mega marathon for whole month. And i will be showcasing 5 ingredients for 5 weeks. For this first week of this mega marathon, am posting dishes which i dished out with dry green peas.

Pudhina peas biriyani, Mint green peas biriyani

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Baked Dry Green Peas Kebab/Mutter Kebab

September, a new academy year starts for us. So september is definitely a busy month with many new beginnings. Not only in our personnal life, even in blogging, every september we run a month of blogging marathon. Actually we marathoners run twice a year a month of blogging marathon during the month of April and September. We have been following this whole month of blogging marathon since 4 years. Am so happy to begin this Mega blogging marathon though i was bit busy with my new job. Coming to this month's blogging marathon, its going to be 26 days of blogging with sundays off.After many challenging themes,we are going to run this month's blogging marathon under 1 ingredient/1category for all 26days or else 5 ingredients /5categories through the month. We named this theme as Cooking carnival. Though i want to pick an ingredient for 26days, my busy schedule pulled me to pick 5 ingredients for 5weeks.

Dry Greenpeas Cutlet, Greenpeas Kebab