Cauliflower Peas with Mint

Cauliflower with peas is a classic Indian combination. In our home, we like cruciferous vegetables to be cooked without water. The twist here is the addition of lots of fresh mint. We think it goes well with the cauliflower and peas. Even though it has Serrano peppers, the dish is not spicy. Cauliflower Peas with... Continue Reading →

Hira’s Cilantro Chutney

Indian chutneys often resemble pestos. It is the same preparation, except that there is no oil or cheese. They are served as accompaniments to meals, as relishes, and are a staple in an Indian kitchen. Packed with vitamin A, the cilantro chutney adds a refreshing punch of flavor. Chutneys are also served with fritters, samosas,... Continue Reading →

Orange Fennel Salad

Delicate fennel and sweet oranges go well together to make a very refreshing, light salad. If you like onions, go ahead and add some thinly sliced red onions or some chopped scallion greens. We prefer ours without onions. Chill for 2 to 8 hours hours for the flavors to blend and the fennel to become... Continue Reading →

Hira’s Cabbage Tomato Salad

Cabbage is a wonderful vegetable in a salad. Many children and adults who do not eat the cooked vegetable end up loving it in this crunchy, tender salad. Lettuce was not available in India until recently, and is still not widely available. So cabbage is used in salads that are eaten in small portions, almost... Continue Reading →

Fava Bean Salad

Dried fava beans are widely used in Middle Eastern cooking and this recipe is our version of ful medames. The beans may not look as attractive as other more neat-looking beans but these fava beans have a delicious, nutty, buttery texture and flavor. It is a refreshing dish in the summer with the Mediterranean flavors... Continue Reading →

Chickpea Tabbouleh

In this very fresh, herby, flavorful dish, the traditional tabbouleh becomes a little more substantial with more bulgur and chickpeas. It makes for a perfect, light, summer meal, or a healthful snack. I prepare it in the morning for the evening meal and make extra for a weekend lunch. The flavors deepen with time, and... Continue Reading →

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