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Nolen Gur ~ Uniquely Bengal

Date Palm Jaggery, Nolen Gur, Nalen Gur

What is ‘Nolen Gur’? Why is it so unique?
‘Nolen Gur’, ‘Notun Gur’ or ‘Khejur Gur’ is Date Palm Jaggery that is unique to Bengal. With the onset of a nip in the air, the local sweet (dessert) shops, in my hometown of Kolkata, are buzzing with eager customers buying the dairy-based sweets made with the ‘New Jaggery’. ‘Nolen’ stands for new, and ‘gur’ stands for jaggery. 

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Aloo Gobi (South Indian style)

Aloo Gobi Recipe (south indian style)
Cauliflower with potatoes ~ Aloo Gobi

This is a no hassle quick vegetarian recipe. After eating this one of my friends, who is from South India herself, told me “Sumana, it tastes so good. Like temple food.”  Continue reading “Aloo Gobi (South Indian style)”

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Thai Red Curry ~ Vegetarian

Thai Red Curry Vegetarian Recipe
Delicious and wholesome!

If you know Thai cuisine, you will know the Thai curries. And on the first day of Spring, here’s presenting you a colorful and nutritious dish with veggies galore and tofu.  Continue reading “Thai Red Curry ~ Vegetarian”

Dal/Soup, Uncategorized

Sambar ~ South Indian lentil soup

Sambar Recipe ~ South Indian Lentil Soup
Sambar with Rice ~ a comfort food which is a simple, nutritious meal of proteins and carbohydrates

South Indian food like Dosa, Idli and Uttapam was a big hit with my family. I grew up in the eastern state of Bengal where there were (and still are) some excellent south indian food restaurants which we would frequent. My staple order was paper plain dosa, a long, crispy thin Indian crepe with an assortment of condiments like coconut chutney, tomato chutney and, of course, Sambar!  Continue reading “Sambar ~ South Indian lentil soup”

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Indian Paneer with Bell Peppers

Indian Paneer with Peppers Recipe
An easy, tangy and spicy dish with Indian Cottage Cheese and Bell Peppers

I would like to call this dish ‘Paneer As You Like It’. Amused and confused? Has Shakespeare got anything to do with this? I wish!!
Well, I named this dish so because it is a super versatile and easy dish with ample scope for you to play around with some of the main ingredients. Read how 🙂  Continue reading “Indian Paneer with Bell Peppers”

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Herb Couscous with Stir Fried Vegetables

Herb-ed Couscous and Stir Fried Vegetables Recipe
Perfect as a quick and healthy lunch option or in a weekday menu

I am back after a rather long recipe-posting hiatus and also after a rather refreshing long weekend vacation at North Tahoe and Reno. Therefore, after the 4th of July vacationing, partying and gorging, it is time to dedicate a post to a rather healthy dish, full of colorful vegetables that will brighten up your day and get you out of, what I call, ‘Post Vacation Syndrome’ or ‘PVS’. And, to top it all, it’s So healthy that you might feel you’ve lost weight right after eating it.   Continue reading “Herb Couscous with Stir Fried Vegetables”

Dal/Soup, Uncategorized

Dal Palak ~ Indian Spinach Lentil Soup

Dal Palak (Spinach Lentil Soup
 Dal Palak ~ Indian Spinach Lentil Soup

Health is Wealth, my love. So, let’s have something nutritious now, shall we?
Now, majority of my family is in India. As far as the temperatures are concerned at the moment, in summer, it is Not agreeing with anyone! And the mercury is rising here as well. To deal with the heat (and usually as a part of our regular diet) I made this particular Dal, which turned out to be not only great but quite different than other ‘dals’ that I make (if that makes sense?) This was a good, simple dinner.

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Pasta

Quick and Healthy No-Sauce Pasta

Healthy Quick No-Sauce Pasta Recipe
A healthy and easy one-pot meal with vegetables and chicken

I had posted a quick and easy pasta recipe (on my Instagram and Facebook page) which grabbed quite a few eyeballs and some friends asked me about it. “Why is this dish not up on your blog? It looks fantastic! We need easy and quick recipes like this.” And if I know myself, I am always willing to help others. So let’s jump right into the recipe of this super easy no-sauce pasta dish. Continue reading “Quick and Healthy No-Sauce Pasta”