by Pallavi Purani

Ingredient: tomato

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.

Bedmi Poori and Aalu ki Subzi

Bedmi Poori and Aalu ki Subzi

Bedmi Poori and aalu is subzi is a delish brunch main. My masi and mother both have diabetes hence the idea of this dish is only for one day in a year or so. Since I was visiting them, I asked the good people at Blogadda to send the oil to their address. Ideally this dish from Uttar Pradesh is a dal stufffed poori and dubki aalu. I added my twist to it by making the poori khasta and aalu more balanced than the tomato and oil soaked street food cousin. ā€œIā€™m creating a dish using Fortune Vivo Diabetes-Care Oil…

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…

Mah ki Dal- Without cream

Mah ki Dal- Without cream

Mah ki dal is a mix whole urad dal [skin and all], rajma and chana dal. It is a lovely concoction which goes well with parathas or rice. It is of a thicker consistency and I love to take it right on the plate and dig in. Frankly I don’t find a difference between this and Amritsari dal. šŸ™‚ This punjabi dal calls for cream/malai but I have found a hack which allows me to do away with the unnecessary heaviness. The hack I am talking about it 2 day old refrigerated milk. I keep a cup of milk far…

Misal Pav or Spicy Lentil Sprout Stew

Misal Pav or Spicy Lentil Sprout Stew

Misal pav is one of the easily recognizable breakfast for the Maharashtra region. Different parts of the region believe to make the “best” of all, this is a never ending debate. Traditionally Misal is a made with matka/moth bean, dry sprouts, kala masala and red spicy water. I made my version with Moth bean sprout, moong dal sprout, kulthi sprout, hara matar sprout, black gram sprout and green gram sprout. Pav here is Ladi pav which are little soft buns like pillows.

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.

Moong Dal with lauki

Moong Dal with lauki

Moong Dal makes very common appearance at our home. I always look forward to making different version for husband’s tiffin. The split whole green gram/split green moong dal here is cooked with lauki/bottle gourd and tempered lightly with green chillies and tomato.

4 Grain Burger

4 Grain Burger

Whole grains are always a healthier option than the oil soaked potato patty. This 4 grain burger has sour cream and spicy salsa as accompaniments. The crisp lettuce renders a beautiful bite for the burger.

Bread Upma

Bread Upma

There is a constant war between the bread and the masala while making the bread upma. The masala should not be too wet and bread should not be too fresh. After trial and error I have found a few tricks that help me make the prefect version.

Barley Risotto

Barley Risotto

Oh what thunderous response this one got me, day before. šŸ™‚ Thank you for the love, people. Barley is great substitute for rice in your life. It is a little tricky looking seed but it does wonders. I adapted this recipe.