Sabudani Thali-Peet (Tapioca thali-peet)

    2 cups of soaked tapioca(sabudani)
     1 cup of Peanut powder
     1/4 cup of cooked mashed potatoes
     2 to 3 Green chillies
     1 tsp of Cumin seeds
     1 tbsp of chopped cilantro
     a pinch of hing
 (omit hing on Ekadasi as it is usually cut with wheat flour.)    salt to tastePreparation: Mix the above ingredients in […]

Apple Cheddar Salad

2 small red apples, quartered and thinly sliced 2 tsp. lemon juice 2 cup thinly sliced celery   INGREDIENTS:
2 small red apples, quartered and thinly sliced 2 tsp. lemon juice 2 cup thinly sliced celery 6 oz. mild Cheddar cheese, cut into small cubes
1/4 cup vegan or vegetarian mayonnaise
dash of salt and pepper lettuceINSTRUCTIONS: Place […]


500 gms small sized potatoes
1/2 tbl spoon mustard seeds
2 twigs kurry leaves
50 gms tamarind
4-5 green chillies
salt according to taste
1 tbl spoon ginger paste
1 tbl spoon sugar
3-4 tbl spoon olive or peanut oil Boil potatoes and peel them.Method:
Soak tamarind in a cup of water for 10 mins.and strain the juice.
 – Heat oil in pan and fry […]

Shukto: (bitter subji)

Cut all the veggies in big chunks
2 potatoes
1 radish
1 raw green banana
1 bitter gourd
1 egg plant (medium)grind to paste:
4tsp poppy seed
4tsp cumin seed
4tsp mustard seed
1 tsp chestnut flour (or kutu ata)
2 tsp mustard seed
sugar little oilMethod:
Heat oil, season with mustard seeds, after it starts spluttering, add the veggies,
cook till tender, after its soft add the […]

Varai Khichdi

Ingredients: 2 cups varai
1 cup roasted, coarsely pounded peanuts
salt and jaggery to taste 4 green chilies
1 tsp. cumin seeds 2 cloves 2 pieces cinnamonpowdered finely 
chopped fresh coriander leaves
1/2 cup fresh coconut
2 tbs. gheeWhat you do:
Heat ghee. Add cumin seeds and green chilies. Then add varai and roast for a while. Put 4 cups of […]

Sweet Potatoes Kao

1 kg sweet potatoes 250 gm sugar ghee for frying
cardamom powderWhat you do:
Wash and remove skin of sweet potatoes. Cut into round thin slices and fry in ghee. Take sugar (1/4 in equivalent volume of the slices) and make sugar syrup of one thread consistency. Add cardamom powder to it. Place fried sweet potato slices […]

Succulent Mixed Vegetable Balls in Herbed Tomato Sauce (Kofta)

Koftas are succulent, Indian style vegetable balls that can be served soaking in sauce or smothered in gravy. A number of vegetables are suitable for making kofta – potato, cabbage, cauliflower, spinach and radish are the most popular. My favourite kofta are made from a mixture of cauliflower and cabbage and served on a bed […]

Vegetarian Shepherd’s Pie

Vegetarian Shepherd’s Pie Those of you (like myself) of “Anglo-Saxon” background, will perhaps be familiar with the cruel, non-vegetarian origins of this dish. It contains the cooked minced flesh of slaughtered baby sheep {called ‘lamb’, by the way} which is smothered in mashed potatoes and baked in the oven. Here’s my tender-hearted version. PREPARATION AND […]

Sweet & Sour Dal Soup with Mixed Vegetables

This hearty, smooth dal soup with its pleasant lemony taste and chunks of vegetables is ideal as a tasty accompaniment to either a simple or elaborate menu. Serves 40. 2 kg mixed dried dal 12 – 15 litres water 3 tablespoons minced fresh ginger 2 tablespoons hot green chili, chopped, or to taste 8 bay […]

Country-style Anise-scented Cream of Fennel Soup

The sweet, rustic licorice taste of fennel is at once unmistakable and subtle. It is so flavourful that it requires no stock, only water, and no extra herbs to transform it into a full-bodied hearty, satisfying soup. If the inner core of the fennel is tough and stringy, remove it with a paring knife. Serves […]