My American neighbor L, like many of my other American friends, is always asking me how we Indians manage to keep so fit in spite of all the rich good food we seem to be hogging. She was (is?) under the impression that we always ate Samosas, Briyanis, creamy Koftas, fried Masala Chicken and stuffed Paranthas on a daily basis. It took me some work to convince her that though these elaborate delicacies were always in the menus at the parties we Indians kept throwing every so often, our everyday meals were very simple and down to earth.
Simple Indian Meal: Rice, Roti, Masoor Dal, Egg Masala, Paapad, Okra Masala & Sautéed Tindora
The staple diet of most Indians consists of Rice or Roti (Indian bread made of whole wheat) or both. They are usually eaten in combination with vegetables, lentils, yogurt &/or meat/poultry/seafood.
Dal (pulses/legumes) can be made as simple or as complicated as possible. A simple Dal recipe mainly [read more]
Bhindi Masala (Okra Masala)
A perfect Bhindi Masala should not be slimy and sticky. And the only way to make it that way is to pat dry the Okras after washing them [read more]
Jalapeno Tomato Onion Egg Masala
This delicately spicy dish serves very well with all kinds of breads. The secret to getting the gravy really thick and just right, is to use a lot of onions. I’ve also used [read more]
Sautéed Tindora – Sautéed Ivy Gourd
This is a favorite vegetable among most Keralites and they have a number of ways of cooking it. I like it best in this form [read more]