This recipe post really tugs at my patriotic heart strings. As much as I love my new adopted country Canada, I love my roots, my culture and my home India. Back home, Independence Day usually involved a flag hoisting and a celebration. In boarding school we got to wear fancy sarees and be part of the ceremonies.
Back here in Canada, August 15 is like any other day, but it’s up to us to remember and reflect on the pain and sacrifices of the many that lost their lives to give us our Independence. My heart will always sing for India, Jai Ho.
In this recipe, I recreate the colors of our tri color flag – orange, white and green in a delicious Dhokla to honor and respect our ‘watan’. Using natural colorants like Carrot, Coconut & Spinach, these light and spongy morsels, have great color and flavor.
I’ve had tons of messages from you guys for Vegetarian recipes so here you go!!!! For my Vegan followers, just sub the cheese for a Vegan one or just leave it out altogether.
My inspiration for this simple Easy Weeknight Pasta meal came from these beautiful tri colored Bow tie pasta noodles also known as Farfalle. I also had a lot of left over mushrooms from another recipe so this combination was a no brainer.
Simple flavours like garlic, parsley & pepper, combined with white wine and cheese make this simple recipe absolutely delectable.
Melt a tbsp of butter and I’m going to saute 2 cups of assorted Mushrooms, I have some regular baby bellas white & brown, shemeji & enoki, but you can use any kind you like.
Add 1 tbsp minced Garlic – I’m just going to saute this till the garlic has flavoured the butter. Saute all the mushrooms, add a bit more butter, and let these sweat. Add ½ a cup of white wine, you can also add some ginger ale or apple cider for a non alcoholic version.
I’m going to add some dehydrated Parsley, you can easily add fresh parsley of you like. Add Pepper
Taste for salt and add salt to taste
While this is reducing down I’m going to cook the bow tie pasta or far fallay in boiling salted water. After it’s cooked, I’m going to frain all the water and tip the Farfallay into the sauce.
Add one cup of baby spinach and I’m going to follow this with a cup of grated cheese – I’m using Swiss Emmental but you can use Asiago or Parmesan.
Serve with a wedge if lime and an extra sprinkling of cheese.
I recently flew from Mumbai to Dubai on Emirates Airlines and I was served this delicious Mushroom and Chickpea curry. I researched it when I returned home and learned that it is also known as Dhingri Chole. I loved the earthy taste and the combination of mushroom and chickpeas. Once back I developed this recipe till I got the taste ‘just right’ and now I’m ready to share it with you.
This curry can be rather spicy, you can tone this down by adding less chillies and chilli powder. In my opinion it’s stellar taste comes from the fact that I ground my garam masala fresh, it really makes a huge difference. Making your fresh Garam Masala spice is super easy, click here to watch step by step instructions.
I love meat, chicken and seafood, but since our family is vegetarian for the 40 days of lent, I have been pushing the veggie envelope to try and make sure we’re getting great tasting meals. Since we all LOVE Schezwan anything, this stir fry was a no brainer. The key of course is my delicious Schezwan paste which you can find the recipe for here. You can switch up the veggies, add meat, chicken or seafood and totally make it your own.
Remember whenever you prep your meals always have everything ready ahead of time, but more so with Chinese cuisine that is cooked quickly on a high heat. Slice and dice all your veggies and get all your marinades and sauces ready before you hit the wok!