Indian Spiced Potato Fry/ Aloo Curry

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Is the weekend here yet? Somebody please say, yes 🙂 I had a crazy hectic week at work and could not wait for it to get over. We had two of our out-of-town directors at our office and that meant more work, running from one meeting to another, extra tasks, production issues and apart from that finishing our regular work. Phew! I am so glad that is over with. As if that is not enough I have developed cold and that means constant sneezing, sniffling and headaches. Who gets a cold smack right in the middle of blazing hot summer?

As a result cooking is taking a back seat and nothing interesting is happening in our kitchen. Luckily DH ventured into the kitchen and offered to cook something spicy and interesting. He had seen this Spiced Potato Curry on Manjula’s Kitchen and decided to give it a try.

Not only is this easy to make, the taste is delicious too. Since it has spices like coriander and fennel it is aromatic too. We had this along with rice and rasam and we had a wonderful, comforting meal. This reminded me so much of the baked Potato cubes that I make.

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Light Berry Parfait


What is it about summer that you like the most? Is it the outdoor gardening, picnics, longer days, out door grilling, fresh bounty of fruits and vegetables? For me the first pick would be the longer days and close second would be the fresh bounty of fruits specifically the beautiful berries. The grocery is usually flooded with fruits and vegetables; not only are they fresh but they are cheaper as well.

Did somebody say “what about the summer heat”? Well, let’s not go there shall we? If you live in some place like Texas, then the lesser talk about the heat the better. Let’s just focus on the fresh and fruity for now like this summery, low-fat dessert, parfait.

If you are wondering what is a parfait? An American parfait is a dessert normally made by layering cream, ice cream, or flavored gelatin dessert with other ingredients such as granola, nuts, yogurt,   fresh fruit, or whipped topping. A parfait is normally made in a tall clear glass making all layers visible. (source).

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Black Chana Dry Curry and Rasam (Chana saar upkari)

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It has only been few years ago when I learnt that even Black Chana/ Kala Chana are referred to as Chickpeas. I had assumed that only Kabuli Chana was referred to as Chickpeas. I make the usual Chana Masala with the Kabuli Chana and Saaru and upkari (Konkani for Curry) using the Black Chana. 

This is a simple dry curry and rasam made with minimal ingredients from the pantry. Kala chana is first soaked, cooked and then finally seasoned. The cooked water is used to make the rasam by flavoring with seasoning of garlic. This is my younger brother’s favorite food to have for lunch or dinner. We love this at home too, but we prefer the Lima Beans Curry or the Black Eyed Bean Saar upkari better. 

It is also helpful to note that chickpeas are a helpful source of zinc, folate and protein. They are also very high in dietary fiber and hence a healthy source of carbohydrates for persons with insulin sensitivity or diabetes. (Source).

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