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[9 Oct 2013 | 6 Comments | ]
Recipes | 6 Easy and Healthy Festive Snacks Aka Sundal Recipes – Life is What You Celebrate

Look at this pretty Idol of Sarawati with Veena, this one is more than 100 years old, it was passed on to me by my mother. And this white Shiva Idol….a friend of your Tatha’s father (great-grandfather) brought it  from Sri Lanka about 70 years ago.” She wipes the idol gently and asks my son to place it on the ladder specially created for Navaratri festival.

For a change there is a silence at home for long, as the children are sitting patiently next to their grandmother, waiting eagerly for her to open that heavy iron trunk which is rusted beyond repair. I could see the amusement written all over their faces. The trunk which opens up with a creaky noise is like a Pandora box for them with small bundles of memories, moments and untold stories.

Her face lightens up each time she unfolds the fragile age-old clay dolls wrapped in small muslin clothes. I wonder how she never gets bored of narrating the (same) history of each Idol to my children, year after year… :)

And I am sure when they hold some of these Idols which belong to their fore fathers, it gives them a feeling of belonging and reminds them from where they came from.

Lunchbox bites, pulses and beans »

[15 Aug 2012 | 11 Comments | ]
Recipe | Pinto Beans with Black Gram and a Chickpea Soupy Curry – Legumes All The Way

Dicotyledonous, low in fat, loaded with nutrients, fibers and protein, nodules in their roots, red, speckled, white purple colored beans are some of the salient features of legume family” ….Phew, heard my son muttering from his study roomAnd I think I know my beans much better after reading & learning with my son.

Lentils are an integral part of any Indian kitchen. Be it a simple Daal recipe with green gram, red lentil, black gram, Bengal gram or a spicy Sambhar fromSouth India, lentil is a star of Indian cuisine.

I reserve the whole beans for weekends, combine it with some light salad or yogurt raita and serve it with either plain Indian flat breads, whole-wheat bread or flavored Basmati rice.

Lunchbox bites, pulses and beans »

[21 Nov 2011 | 8 Comments | ]
Simple & Quick Kidney Beans in Tomato Gravy – Scrumptious Rajma

Rajma-rice, a plateful of sliced onion in vinegar, a few books in hand, hot debate on current topics and our dinner would be over in no time. This was the regular evening routine for a bunch of close friends during the college days we spent together away from our homes in Delhi, hardly missing out on homely food. We would stop by that open Dhaba (makeshift restaurant) with a very few chairs spread under a tree and wait for our piping hot plate of Rajma-rice served by this rugged looking pot bellied man who cooked & served the same meal throughout the year. At times he served us Rajma with Naan and a dessert which looked like cooked rice in sugar syrup during festivals to make sure we remain his loyal customers. Must say that I have never been able to cook nor have eaten better tasting Rajma than that.

Lunchbox bites, Soup »

[30 Apr 2011 | 16 Comments | ]
Whole Lentil and Mint Soup – A Healthy & Comforting Broth

A bowl of soup could be a perfect meal when one is looking out for something light to eat which is comforting and filling as well. Though steamy soups remind that of chill winter nights, this healthy broth could be a refreshing delight during summer as well when served cold. This whole lentil soup is one such recipe which comes handy in all weather. The Whole lentil and Mint soup with cherry tomato Foccasia bread is a great combo for a scrumptious dinner.

Lunchbox bites, pulses and beans »

[7 Dec 2010 | 7 Comments | ]
Legumes Made Easy – Whole Green Gram

Legumes Made Easy is a series to highlight the health benefits of pulses and beans and to include them in our diet with some easy recipes. This split whole green gram or sabut Moong dal as called in Hindi, recipe is the easiest to make during the morning rush hours. And packed with soft chapattis and veggie salad, this can make a wholesome lunchbox.

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[8 Oct 2010 | 14 Comments | ]
Legumes Made Easy – A Few Sambhar Recipes

Legumes are a healthy and economical way to add extra protein to our diet. And we take pride in the numerous traditional and regional recipes which makes us distinct and special. Be it the sweet Dal from Gujarat, spicy usli from Andhra or Sambhar from Tamil Nadu.

When many readers asked me to post Sambhar vada recipe in Lite Bite, I was a bit hesitant. For Lite Bite is reserved only for healthy recipes and is devoid of any kind of fried dishes. But then my other blog Different Strokes came to my rescue.

So you can find the recipe of vada there and sambhar here :)

Lunchbox bites, pulses and beans »

[15 Sep 2010 | 6 Comments | ]
Legumes Made Easy – Lentils

Legumes are a great way to add protein in our diet, more so if one is a vegetarian. And Pulses is an integral part of meals in every house in India. Legumes Made Easy is a series started to include all the healthy and easy to make recipes using pulses and beans. This Lentil recipe is very simple and quick to prepare;

kids lunchbox, Lunchbox bites, stuffy delights/Indian flat breads »

[26 Jul 2010 | 33 Comments | ]
Lentil Stuffed Indian Flat Breads – Protein Packed Lunchbox

To make a filling as well as a kids-friendly lunchbox day in and day out, is a challenge for every mom. A dish repeated twice a week becomes a boring stuff and is brought back half eaten as a revenge on moms.

Most of the days the lunchbox menu is decided in the morning itself and the days of the week are remembered according to the lunchbox recipes. Monday is for variety rice, Tuesdays are reserved for wholewheat noodles, Wednesday is dedicated to stuffed chapattis and like wise.This one is a favorite menus for Friday lunchbox.

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[13 Jul 2010 | 26 Comments | ]
Colorful Coins For Kids – Potato & Soyabean Snack

A prudent way to practice healthy eating in children is to start variety foods at a younger age. As an adult we normally follow the same diet which our palates are used to, from our childhood days. And adjusting and trying out for new food is quite difficult when we grow old.

Even my kids resist any new recipe or a food ingredient, which looks or sounds unusual. It was quite difficult to introduce soybeans in their diet and this recipe calls out for my successful trials of the same.

Quantity of Soy chunks was minuscule in the beginning, but increased to a substantial amount as they started liking the taste of it.

Eating right, Foods that heal »

[12 Jul 2010 | 13 Comments | ]
Spill The Beans – Soybeans

A low-key healthy grain, Soybean is slowly gaining popularity in the circle of health conscious people. The wholegrain is still a mystery in many remote places, for whom this protein rich grain is a good fodder for animals only! Not many include soybean in their daily grocery list, let alone cooking the same.

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