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Posted by on Oct 7, 2014 in Legume, Salad | 0 comments

Lentil Salad

Lentil Salad

Sitting around the dinner table and sharing a grub with good friends is one of my favorite way to spend the nice afternoon or any time of the day. It ended up being much grander then what I had anticipated. I heard the encouraging story of obedience .   I was also privileged to hear absolutely phenomenal, knock your socks off, crying tears, 180 degree turn kind of story of transformation and redemption around the table during that hour. I cannot share the story here but I am touched beyond words by what one my friend has gone through and what the LOVE OF CHRIST has done in her life. My desire to proclaim the gospel ever so gladly has only been strengthened after her story. “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.” ~ Romans 1:16 Conversation flowed with little bites of sweet potato chips, lentil chips, dips,...

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Posted by on Jul 24, 2013 in Legume | 0 comments

Mango Dal(lentil soup)

Mango Dal(lentil soup)

On a trip to Wal-Mart couple of weeks back, I noticed green mangoes in one the basket. I went ahead, picked one, pressed, smelled to make sure, is this for real that I am seeing green mango here?I don’t know if it has always been there every summer and I always missed it or if it was the first time but I was absolutely thrilled with this discovery. My limited knowledge of food history tells me that mangoes originated in  India. Not surprising, mangoes are the most loved fruit of Indians during summer.I remember taking a train ride during summer and passing by mango orchards, looking out from the window.We talked  about when ‘manjhar‘(mango flowers) started sprouting up and anticipation of  seeing small green mangoes. The mangoes which i found here were slightly yellow inside and not as tart as Indian green mangoes.I am guessing because it is trying to ripen up.Indian green mangoes are white when cut and very very tart.I can feel my teeth chattering with a...

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Posted by on Mar 14, 2013 in Indian, Legume | 0 comments

Mung Beans Crepes

Mung Beans Crepes

Couple of days back i was looking for a way to use mung beans .Crepes as i translated it  ,is what i have known as ‘Mung dal Chilka’ in our local dialect growing up.When i moved to south India,I was introduced to ‘Pessarattu’, a Telugu name.Whatever be the name,one thing for sure is ,it is tasty in all the languages 🙂 Mung beans crepes are rich in fiber and protein and have no carbs. These crepes are also  eggless and gluten free. It is very filling.So you will be satisfied eating less,unlike tortilla. You can fill it with  your choice of filling.Potato Masala would be my choice and for once i wouldn’t be guilty of adding carb on carb.You can also fill it with minced meat.In fact,my family ate it like crepe-taco filled with chicken. Unlike rice flour based crepes,it sets beautifully without breaking. I have always had crepes as savory dish with the side of tangy tomato chutney.I can not mimick the taste of south Indians chutney quite.It is just tangy goodness,made...

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Posted by on Jan 2, 2013 in Legume, missions | 2 comments

Red-Red Stew

Red-Red Stew

If you are puzzled to see the title of the post.Puzzle no more.I will explain it to you shortly :-). So let me ask you,How did you spend the first day of the year?Is there a New Year tradition you grew up with? I was thinking about it .Tradition which i remember growing up we had on New Year day was to go picnic-ing somewhere with friends /family.It is very much of an Indian tradition or at least in the part that i grew up at.I ABSOLUTELY LOVED it.Sometime we will get together with other family,gather the paraphernalia to cook by some river or a park and eat and enjoy the rest of the day.Sometime,I just went to some friend’s house and did pseudo potluck sort of picnic lunch.I remember my girl friends and moments we shared like that back then.It was NICE,REALLY NICE. I was talking to my mom other day and asked if people still do it that way and she said,it has been kicked up a notch,all park and scenic...

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Posted by on Mar 30, 2012 in Legume | 0 comments

Crock Pot Unfried beans

Crock Pot Unfried beans

Beans are great candidate for crock pot.They are hardy,so it takes them long to cook.This is how i made my unfried crock pot beans. Ingredients: 3 cups dry Pinto beans 6 5 cups of water 1 Tbl Fiesta Lime seasoning 1 tsp Southwest Chipotle seasoning 1 Tbl ground Cumin(Optional) 1/4 tsp Turmeric(Optional) 1 Onion chopped 1 can diced Tomatoes Salt to taste Directions: Not much to do here.Dump everything in a Slow cooker and let it cook at low for 6-7 hrs.Mash it in the end and you have unfried beans. Yummy Notes: You can surely use seasoning of your choice .Or you can forget seasoning mix altogether and add the spices individually such as garlic,oregano,pepper etc. I added cumin because I like them in beans dishes.Personal choice. I added Turmeric even though it was not going to impart any color to the dish because  pinch of ‘Turmeric’ love is good for your health. It makes tons of beans.I freeze them in small baggies and use it across dishes. My...

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Posted by on Mar 9, 2012 in Legume | 0 comments

Humble Beans

Humble Beans

I made the bean soup/stew today to go with the not enough leftover, we had from the last night takeout.I am calling it humble beans..well because..it is humble..it is satisfying,rich in protein, very very affordable and yes very very good for you.I grew up on Lentils not on beans but i adapted easily.Lentils and Beans are both legumes. Also the way the beans are prepared and the form they are eaten was new to me.Cooking beans with ham-hock,bacon,lard is very basic here.It imparts deep and smokey flavor to the beans,i have heard. So these beans are not so vegetarian after all and one of the reason why I can’t eat them in restaurents.I  became acquainted with the  popular  terms such as  ‘Barracho’,”Charro’,Ranchero’,’Refried’.They all indicates how the beans are prepared,texture wise.The difference between the first two and last one is that beans are mashed  fine after it is cooked for ‘Refried’ beans.Good for rolling it in Tortilla(Bean Taco) or serving it on the top of Crunchy Tortilla(Chalupa) or used as...

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