Asparagus Casserole / Mixed Vegetables Risotto

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Ingredients Arborio Rice (Italian Rice) 1 cup Asparagus 6-9(tough ends trimmed & cut in 3″ bits) Carrot – chopped lengthwise Green beans – chopped 3″ size bits Broccoli – cut into florets Scallions 1-2 finely chopped Jalapenos 1 seeded & chopped Red Bell pepper 1 sliced Peppercorns 1 spoon – ground Chicken Broth 2 cups [...]

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Tofu Layer Biriyani – Freaking Good!

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Tofu Biriyani (Hyderabad Style Layer Biriyani) Well, its bit hard to admit, but its the fact…it will be the last decision for me to vote for an vegan/vegetarian meals. Its nothing against the vegetables but I just happen to love animals more:) There should be a really sneaky business to treat me with mock meat [...]

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Tofu n Shrimps Fried Rice – Yet Another Variation!

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Indo-Chinese Fried Rice: Ingredients: Cooked long grain rice 2 cups Shrimps 1 cup Tofu – firm, cubed 1 cup Eggs 2-3 scrambled White pepper powder 1 teaspoon Soy sauce Hot sauce Sesame oil Green onions. Method: Marinate tofu and shrimps separately in soy sauce for 20 minutes, and stir-fry them till crisp (each separately) and [...]

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Saffron Infused Vegetable Birinji Rice – Dig in!

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Saffron Vegetable Pilaf: Did I tell you this?!…my camera broke couple of weeks ago! This was the last recipe – I mean, complete pictures from it…and shortly after that, it gave away!! I got pretty mad for a while…to lose a handy devise, which was like a friend to me for the past 5+ years. [...]

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Kadhamba Saadham / Spicy Vegetable Khichdi

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Kadamba Sadham: Other Names: Mixed Vegetables and Lentils Rice. Spicy Vegetable Khichdi. The weather down here at Mississippi is really really warm, at this time of the year! Every little prancing around the neighborhood, leaves me like a half-baked potato. If you drop an egg over the patio…it would be done thoroughly into an omlette [...]

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Arroz con Pollo / Chipotle Mexican Rice – Lemony Touch!

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Mexican Rice: I love this new Mexican fast food joint in the town – Chipotle. Where we have wide variety of choice…that is vegetables as toppings for rice! Now, you imagine the excitement…finally at least once in a while, I could stop for decent lunch at fast food place…without guilt (damaging the purse or health)! [...]

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Pallipalayam Chicken Biriyani – Regional Delicacy

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Gasa Gasa Kozhi Biriyani:(Kongu Nadu Special) Ingredients:  Basmati rice 1 cup Chicken 3-4 pieces Coconut milk 2 cups Poppy seeds – powder 1 tablespoon Jalapenos 3 sliced Ginger-garlic paste 1 teaspoon Onion 1 large sliced Mint leaves 1 fistful Fennel seeds 2 spoons Bay leaves 2 Cloves 5 Cinnamon 1 stick Cardamom 3 crushed Ghee/ [...]

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Palak Pulao / Spinach Pilaf – Plating Up!

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Pasalai Keerai Saadham: Ingredients: Spinach 1 bunch – cleanedGarlic 5 clovesGinger 2″Onion 1 smallTomato 1 smallGreen chilies 5-7Salt For Pilaf: Rice 1 cupGreen chilies 3Onion 1 small slicedGinger-garlic paste 1/2 spoonMint leaves 1 fistfulTomato 1 choppedCloves 5Cinnamon 1 stickCardamom 1 pod crushedBay leaf 1Star anise 1Cumin seeds 1 teaspoonGhee/oil 1/4 cup. Method: In a wide [...]

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Kala Chana Khichdi / Kondaikalai Saadham – Comfort Yourself With Food:)

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Garbanzos Curried Rice: Ingredients: (Serves Four) Rice 1 cupBrown Garbanzos /Kala Chana / Kondaikadalai 1 cupGreen chilies 2 sliced Garlic 4 clovesOnions 1-2 slicedCumin seeds 1-2 spoonCinnamon 1 stickCloves 3-5SaltChili powder 1/2 spoon (optional)Garam masala powder 1 pinchOil few spoons. Method: Soak the garbanzos ahead, overnight should be good. Pressure cook briefly…done but not tender. [...]

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Vaangi Bath – Karnataka Special

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Kathirikai Podi Saadham: Ingredients: To Be Toasted Each Separately And Powdered Together: Coriander seeds 2 spoons Chana dal 2 spoons Urad dal 2 spoons Dry red chilies 6 Fenugreek seeds 1-2 spoons Peppercorn 1 spoon Cinnamon 2 sticks Cloves 3 Cumin seeds 1 spoon Dry coconut 1/4 cup(grated) Black Sesame seeds 2 spoons Asafoetida 1/4 [...]

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