Category Archives: Rice Dishes

Tasty Bites

DalDSC_3203.1Madras Lentils and other Indian Dishes are available as ready-to-eat pouches even at Costco. The popular Punjabi recipe is the Indian answer to Chili, a sure bet in the U.S.; The Indian original, called Dal Markhani, means ‘lentil rich sauce’, it can be prepared with little effort and money at home, with much healthier ingredients and dairy free. See recipe

Indian Rice

CurryDSC_3171.1Wild Rice is native in North America and China. The long grain has a dark, chewy outer skin with a delicate inner core and a nutty vegetal taste. It is a cousin to white rice, but is higher in protein than other grains and has recently gained popularity as local gluten free speciality in the US.

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Orange vegetables

Cauliflower comes in many colors. I am a bit weary when I see bright purple varieties on our farmer’s market. However colors are common and the orange variety is supposed to be canadian form with increased levels of vitamin A. The list of cauliflower benefits includes cell repair and cancer protection and is more potent, when the vegetable is stir fried instead of boiled. I love sauces, so Aloo Gobi, the Indian curry with lots of spices and one of the red hot chilli pepper is just right when it is getting nippy outside. Use white or orange cauliflower, as the colors won’t fight the red sauce. I tried a recipe from a German book, but had to adjust it to what I had available here and I always slip some chickpeas in the recipe… See recipe

Sell your birthright

Mujaddara or Mejadra, is an ancient Arab dish, known throughout the middle East, and most likely what Jacob served to Esau. Rather for the second look, this humble dish is the one that truly nourishes you and comforts you. Humble indeed, as the name Mujaddara means “Smallpox”.
It serves the poor and the rich as well, depending on how you dress it. While the simple form is proper for lent, you can also add yogurt and vegetables; the fanciest version (with meat) is served at celebrations. Continue reading

Crossing the river

This weekend we crossed over to Nyack. True Foods, a campus style restaurant which makes very nice curries. I was inspired to do my own version of a mixed vegetable curry with coconut milk. Very comforting. See recipe

Yellow Food


Ethnic food is abundant in plant based recipes. Especially Indian cuisine with traditional tried and true recipes is worth adapting. Hot spices warm us in winter and the curry contents have the immunity boosting benefits we need. Garam Masala is a ‘hot’ curry blend, that has a variety across India. Turmeric, among other benefits is believed to reduce the risk of cancer and Alzheimer’s disease. Chili pepper boosts healing properties; other ingredients, among them cinnamon and cardamom will ease digestion, burn fat and improve skin and nails. See recipe

Getting the B’s and D’s

Mushrooms are a natural source of Vitamin D! I love to eat mushrooms, but was surprised to read how nutritionally beneficial they are. In winter, when building vitamin D is harder with limited daylight, adding mushrooms to your plate is a good idea to fight the winter blues. Mushrooms are also high in B vitamins, and minerals, low in calories, fat-free, cholesterol-free and very low in sodium, yet they provide important nutrients. Most mushrooms have a high protein content, usually around 20-30% by dry weight. Continue reading

Comfort food

Sometimes a healthy version of your favorite Chinese takeout makes a nice dinner… Today I was craving something easy and familiar such as a vegetable stir fry with garlic sauce. And did I mention the asparagus with the broccoli? Asparagus is a true happy food. Besides the legends surrounding the stalks, it is one of the top plant-based sources of tryptophan plus folate, both necessary for creating mood-regulating neurotransmitters. Enzymes in asparagus are also effective in breaking down alcohol in your system, preventing a hangover… See recipe

Wild Rice and Squash Salad

Thanksgiving is around the corner, I have been testing alternative recipes for a stuffing as I don’t like traditional stuffings with stale bread. This rice salad can be done in different ways. It gets more exotic with black rice. Wild red rice may cook faster. For the nutty ingredient, I used some beech nuts, which we had found during another Sunday morning run, however roasted pumpkin seeds fit the theme. Peeled beech nuts conserve surprisingly well, dry and cold in the refrigerator. Roasted carefully, they will shed their brown skin and become more digestible. Get the recipe

 

Wild Things

Beech trees start blossoming after 30-50 years of age. A hot and humid summer can produce an abundance of prickly capsules holding the handsome triangular beech nuts. However not every year. As harvest is never reliable and work intense, beech nuts were never used commercially. Readily eaten by man and beast likewise during lean war times, they were roasted to reduce toxic tannins and processed to cooking oil and lamp oil. Continue reading