Cabbage Poriyal

Heat coconut oil. Temper the oil with a teaspoon of cumin and mustard seeds. Add a fistful of curry leaves. As the fragrance is released add a couple of chopped up carrots.

A minute or two later add thinly sliced cabbage. Cook till they get soft and tender on high and medium heat. To know when its ready, simply eat a piece and check.

Garnish with grated coconut.

Eat as an accompaniment to rice and lentils or as a standalone salad.

Roasted Pumpkin and Beets

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Want a quick lunch box for a busy day.

Slice up beets and pumpkin. Liberally coat with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Wrap foil on a pan. Place the vegetables without stacking them a lot.

30 minutes at 180C is more than enough to soften them up and develop the flavors. Sprinkle some chilly flakes and any dry seasoning powder like sumac berries or zatar.

Enjoy.

Okra without Stickiness: Part 2

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Couple of months back I had posted the recipe Okra without Stickiness. But it used whole okra and not many kids like it this way.

So this is technique is when you want to cook it after cutting into smaller pieces. Rub chilly powder, turmeric, salt and 2 tablespoons of sesame oil on 500 gms of Okra. Start cooking on high heat. Then spread them all out so that no piece is on top of another. When it almost cooked, stir it well and add 2 tablespoons of besan flour and garnish with grated coconut.

No Sticky or gooey mess. Just a lovely vegan dish.

Pumpkin with Coconut Milk

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Chop up a pumpkin into small pieces and put them in a thick pan with some oil. Cook covered on low heat for about 15 mins. This is enough to soften them up.

Now add in about 100 ml of coconut milk and ground up spices. I used pepper, cumin, onion seeds and fenugreek seeds. But anything with some pepper will do.

Cook covered on low heat for another 10 minutes. Garnish with coriander and dry it up on high heat.

Enjoy a yummy feel good vegetable meal.

Mushrooms and Basella

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Mushrooms are like sponges. So clean them up and then drizzle olive oil and sprinkle chilly flakes on them.They will absorb the olive in about 10-15 mins.

Then place them head down on a hot pan. Let them sizzle for a couple of mins and turn them over when they are almost done. Move them to one side and add in basella leaves. Do not crowd the pan and instead make a pit in the center where the water can collect and not end up boiling the vegetables.

There is no need for salt but a little pepper is fine.

Enjoy a simple mineral rich dish.