Fava Bean Curry

Have you ever had middle eastern Foul Mudammas? I never had even fava beans before but today I went to middle eastern store and got a can of fava beans. There are lot of simple foul recipes online. Since I wanted to eat with roti, paratha I made it little more on gravy side and calling it curry. Here’s how I did:

  • Heat olive oil, add chopped garlic and sauté. Add chopped onion and then tomatoes. Cook the mixture until tomatoes are mushy.
  • Add red chili powder, cumin powder and fava beans. Add little water and let it cook for some time.
  • Mash beans with potato masher. Now you will have only few beans here and there.
  • Add black pepper powder. And some fresh lemon juice.
  • Boil it depending on how thick you want .
  • Drizzle little olive oil when serving.
  • You can thicken mixture and serve like hummus too with pita chips. Top with tahini, olives, tomatoes whatever you have and like.It’s yummy and so easy to make.
  • Try and expand your horizon little more. 
  • Enjoy !

Falafel Pita Sandwich 

Sometimes am impressed with my own abilities. Does that happen to you all too? I am very impressed the way my falafel sandwich came out today. Too yummy. I never liked outside ones but One of my friend makes it and I always enjoyed hers.  Here’s my version. 

  • I bought ready made mix for falafel. You just add water and deep fry. 
  • Made hummus at home. 
  • Yogurt sauce – mixed shredded persian cucumber with homemade yogurt. Add salt and chopped mint leaves.
  • For salad -Ready made romain salad mix , chopped Persian cucumber and black olives.
  • Whole wheat pita from store.
  • To assemble- warm pita in microwave for 10-15 seconds. If you overdo, it will become too hard and chewy. Spread hummus inside pocket, add crumbled falafel, yogurt sauce. Add salad and more yogurt sauce.
  • Take a bite now. Heaven is in your mouth.:)
  • If you don’t have falafel mix available, there are recipes online to make your own mix using chickpeas. Or you can use Chana dal vada . Need some crunchy vada so create your own.
  • Enjoy ! 

Food According To The Planets – Vedic Astrology 

One of the popular post here is https://justlunchideas.com/2015/06/01/dressing-according-to-color-of-the-day-vedic-astrology/

Let’s do food too for each planet of the week.

  • Sunday: planet Sun- food associated is wheat. Taste – bitter (like bitter gourd). Don’t eat wheat if you are allergic to it.
  • Monday: planet Moon – food associated is white rice which is cooling just like moon light. Taste – salty. Don’t start dumping salt on food. Instead you can include sea vegetables.
  • Tuesday: planet Mars – food is red lentils / masoor. Taste – pungent. If you are told that your “mangal” is too strong, then eat/drink some aloe vera juice which is cooling.
  • Wednesday : planet Mercury – food is mung beans. Taste – mixed. You can eat mung dal and other green color vegetables too.
  • Thursday: planet Jupiter – food is chick peas. Taste – sweet. sweet doesn’t mean sugar and cakes. But lot of foods are naturally sweet like both rice and wheat is sweet. If you chew properly, you will know. Chick peas are sweet too.
  • Friday – planet Venus – food is lima beans (we call val in gujarati). Taste – sour. Do you know that santoshi ma vrat where sour is prohibited for 16 fridays? It’s all related.
  • Saturday – planet Saturn – food is sesame seeds , urad dal (black lentils). You can eat any black color food like black beans, black sesame seeds, black rice. And also blue color food. Taste – astringent.

If you are trying to work with planets, astrology and fasting then you can include food for that planet. Before you start any good diet or new plan it’s a good idea to cleanse yourself first by taking laxative, drinking water. It’s like starting with a clean state. Also you can do mantras for the planets. Do it for 16 weeks and observer changes. Have an open mind.

Do you know abt rainbow diet? It basically says include all colors in your diet. Planet based diet is same. Include all taste and colors. And have a balanced meal.

Enjoy !

Mung Dal Pancake


Everyone seems to be looking for protein rich breakfast ideas so here’s a simple one if you don’t know already. And am not sure if I already posted. 

  • Soak mung dal in water for 2-3 hrs. You can use whole mung too but soak them overnight.
  • Grind with water and spices you like. I added garlic and green chili. Add chopped herb of your choice. Methi , cilantro, parsley, mint etc. 
  • You know bean combined with grain makes perfect protein . So I added some jowar/sorghum flour. You can add wheat flour too but I am trying to not eat wheat, rice for few days. Because we Indians eat that almost everyday and ppl end up with wheat allergy so good to switch around and don’t keep eating same thing everyday .
  • Adjust salt and make pancake usual way.
  • Few roasted asparagus and it’s a good hot breakfast or any meal .
  • You can experiment with other dals too. Chana dal or masoor dal or combination will be good too.

So do you eat almost same kind of things everyday? Think abt it. May be its time to shuffle it around. We end up with same routine everyday and if anything goes little different, we freak out. I often hear ppl complaining that they are so bored. Ask them to do something new and then oh I don’t have time or some other excuse .Food is 1 way to bring changes. 

Enjoy some changes !

Papad Ki Subji – Trash To Treasure


People who knows me know that I am not into throwing away food. I like to be creative with everything and use what I have in a different way or give it to someone who has some use for it. Have you heard Gandhi’s 1 of popular quote “There’s enough for everyone’s need but not for greed.” If you don’t use what you already have and keep expecting more… Then good luck with that.

So, I got this papad from India and they turned out too salty and spicy and I actually hardly eat papad. So i was about to throw away but then decided to put back for some reason . Glad I did because this papad ki Subji idea came. It’s a very simple dish from Rajasthan. Basically it’s kadhi with papad. There are lots of version online. Here’s my simplest version:

  • Take sour yogurt and add little  basan, turmeric powder. Keep it aside.
  • Heat oil or ghee. Crack some cumin seeds . I added few methi seeds too.
  • Add yogurt sauce , water depending on consistency you like. Adjust salt.
  • I didn’t add any spices since papads were spicy. But you can add anything you like.
  • To make it healthy, add some cauliflower florets. It will go well with yogurt sauce.
  • If you leave this curry after cooking , it will get thick.
  • Find your creative side. This papad ki Subji is result of someone ‘s creativity after all. Isn’t it? We sometimes forget the thought behind things , here cooking. People were creative with their cooking in olden times and used what they had or grew in that area.
  • Enjoy !