by Pallavi Purani

Ingredient: carrot

Masala Oats Manchurian

Masala Oats Manchurian

I have always wondered how to use the Masala Oats packs that have been lying with me. Archana’s Kitchen comes to rescue in such cases. I used her recipe as a base to make these.

Clear Soup with Dumplings

Clear Soup with Dumplings

There are times when we look for a soup that is a meal on it own. This vegetable and dumpling soup is a perfect choice for dinner and also for parties at home. The best version of the broth/soup shall be one that is home made. Here are two options of the stock that you can use: Vegetable Stock Beetroot Vegetable Stock I used the first recipe for this soup.

Red Rice Poha Appe

Red Rice Poha Appe

Red rice poha is my new discovery and with the initial inhibitions of it not being as soft as the regular one, I am happy to be surprised with the recipe. This is a wholesome and healthy recipe that has lots of lentils, vegetables and red rice poha.

Vegetable Stock

Vegetable Stock

I have made a variety of stocks in my kitchen over the years. Throwing the stalks of vegetables and cobs of the corn are a painful part of vegetable cleaning. They make the vegetable what it is.

Roasted Vegetable Minestrone Soup

Roasted Vegetable Minestrone Soup

Minestrone is traditionally a thick Italian Soup with pasta. It is such a lovely bowlful of joy that one can lick every last drop from the soup bowl. I use left over pasta bits and those that get left behind after making a measured pasta dish. Dry roasting the vegetables brings out a beautiful sweetness in them. The charred bits add smokiness to the whole dish. This gorgeous one pot meal is ready in 20 minutes, if you have the basic things at hand.

Sprout Salad, Broken wheat cakes and yogurt dip

Sprout Salad, Broken wheat cakes and yogurt dip

Yes, I know it is long name. But it also tells exactly what this is. A perfect light and healthy meal for the hot days ahead. I have not been a sprout fan, like ever. The only way I can eat them is after steaming them and adding a yummy dressing. And if you I tell you I started eating curd only after I turned 25, you would not believe me. I use it so often now that my middle name should be curd \m/ Anyway, my loving venture “The lantern Kitchen” is looking ahead happily and I sent out…

Kobi-Gajar-Jowar na Muthia

Kobi-Gajar-Jowar na Muthia

Muthias come is a lot of forms, deep fried, steamed, steamed or steamed and stir fried. They are a power house of whole grains, vegetables and are sturdy health wise. I have found a super simple way to make a keep muthia’s base ready to use. Once it is available, it takes almost 10 minutes to assemble dinner/snack. I used Moong dal, tuver dal, cracked wheat and chana dal as the base. To this I keep adding flours like jowar, bajra, ragi etc to make the muthias. Keep the lentils and kansaar mix as a ready to use. I always…

Mixed Peppers Yogurt Coleslaw Sandwich

Mixed Peppers Yogurt Coleslaw Sandwich

A coleslaw is traditionally made with mayonnaise as a binding agent for your sandwich. Coleslaw reminds me of the fancy high tea events at The Meikles Hotel, Harare. The hotel was a home for a few months as I was at Harare for a project. The colonial charm, architecture, humble staff have left a memory to last a life time. What if we can swap the heavy mayonnaise for something more healthy?

Mix veg and Daliya Tikki

Mix veg and Daliya Tikki

Oh boy, this daliya/Broken wheat tikki was a rage suddenly among family, friends and even a happy client who ordered a version of this. These tikkis are plump gorgeousness of health and happiness. Serve them with ragda, chole or even with chutney. They are real crowd favorites. I made them recently for the holi get together at a friend’s place.

Horse Gram/Kulith Sprout Salad

Horse Gram/Kulith Sprout Salad

Horse gram or kulith sprout salad might sound exotic, however it is one of the healthiest thing around too. Did you know horse gram can ease the kidney stone? It’s anti oxidant, anti bacterial, anti fungal, anti hypoglycemic qualities are scientifically proved. It helps to get rid of urinary impurities, solve constipation and helps to keep heart in check too. So find a way to eat this gorgeous gram in any form that you can.