Urad Dal Tomato Soup

A longtime favorite soup of mine that I often make when I don’t want to fuss and want something warming and easy to digest, this attractive and gently spiced ural dal and tomato soup is always worth another share. And another taste too. Creamy mild urad dal combines so well with tangy tomatoes, hot peppers, ginger and cumin. I took advantage of a surplus of cherry tomatoes from our garden for an extra boost of flavor and goodness as well as a red bell pepper too for some extra flair. Sometimes simplicity is exactly what the body needs. This easy-to-make recipe just might become a staple in your kitchen too. ...

Mushroom Tikka Masala

One of my favorite ingredients, I scarcely like to go a week without eating mushrooms and will often incorporate them into rice or dishes that don’t ordinarily call for them. But sometimes I like to make a dish in which the mushrooms shine as the starring ingredient. That and my usual preference for Indian food means plenty of mushroom curries being served at my table. This time I marinated whole tender button mushrooms in a thick and zesty Indian yogurt and spice “tikka” or marinade. As if these wouldn’t be good enough by themselves, I simmered them gently in an incredible smooth Indian-spiced tomato and cashew gravy. Using the mushrooms ...

Quinoa with Almonds and Mixed Vegetables

Quinoa is a perfect meal accompaniment just on its own or with a little seasoning, just as rice is. And just like rice, the nutty flavor of quinoa is easy to dress up to take the grain experience to a whole new level. It’s a delicious and simple vehicle for incorporating vegetables into your meal, such as in this colorful, nourishing and filling take on an Indian pilaf. Quinoa is obviously not a traditional Indian grain, but it cooks up just as quickly and easily as the more customary white rice and takes on Indian spices just as well too. Plenty of fresh vegetables are loaded into this Indian-inspired quinoa ...
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