Cuban Inspired Rice

Other day I saw this cooking show “The Global Menu” on Indian channel. It featured some Cuban recipes. Saw this rice recipe on it and since I don’t write down recipes, it’s what I remember. What I noticed in all Cuban recipes , spices were same and they were garlic, bay leaves, chili powder, cumin powder and oregano. I had black beans cooked in the fridge so before I forget I decided to make it.I thought oregano will give this rice a different taste. Here’s the recipe:

  • Heat oil and add chopped garlic. Saute , throw bay leaf in.
  • Then goes chopped onion and then chopped grape tomatoes.
  • Now chopped colored pepper and cook.
  • Add cooked black beans. I added tofu for extra protein. Alright it needed to be used so I threw it in.
  • Add cumin powder , red chili powder , oregano.
  • Now chef added some stock and I had made my Ayurvedic veggie soup so I took some water from it. Felt so smart to get this idea. Bonus point to self .
  • Added left over cooked basmati rice. Add salt , mix well.
  • Tada… Cuban rice ready.
  • Oh wait, garnish with some home grown cilantro leaves.
  • I don’t know how it taste yet since I made it for work lunch. So it will be a surprise tasting lunch tomorrow at work.
  • Enjoy!

Thalipeeth From Maharashtra

As I was roaming around Indian grocery store , saw thalipeeth mix and of course I had to buy it. I have tried thalipeeth before and basically it’s multi grain flour mix but this pkg has more different grains and millet. Also I never had authentic thalipeeth so wanted to see what it taste like. And it tasted so good . Earthy flavor and reminded me of Indian village food .

Instructions, recipe is on the pkg and i just followed it . It’s very simple . Add some chopped onion, cilantro, yogurt , water and mix.

I had with yogurt and Brussels sprouts which are so much in season right now. Make it look festive by throwing some pomegranate seeds. We all need some antioxidants.

Happy Holidays!

Mint Rice

Mint bonanza is still going on. Do you know Mint is good for skin too? I think my skin is shiny because of mint am eating . Ok so made mint rice today with lots of vegetables in it. Here’s my version of mint rice.

  • Cook basmati rice with salt , little coconut oil and keep it aside. Mine got little over cooked .
  • Mint paste: Fun part.. pick mint from garden or pot . Rinse and take just leaves. Throw it in a magic bullet . Add some cilantro leaves if you like. Throw a piece of ginger , garlic , green chili according to your taste and make a paste with little water. Keep the paste on the side .
  • Heat oil in another nonstick pan. Crack some cumin seeds. Add some dry spices like clove , bay leaf.
  • Add chopped onion and sauté.
  • Add tomatoes and cook.
  • Now add veggies you like. Cauliflower, broccoli, carrot, potatoes, green beans, paneer , tofu, mushroom. Add salt.
  • Cover and cook just right . Don’t want veggies to be mushy.
  • Add mint paste and sauté for few mins.
  • Add rice and carefully mix everything.
  • Garnish with cashews.
  • Hold on now… cover the pot and go for a walk while all flavors mingle with each other.
  • When you return, enjoy mint rice.
  • Enjoy!

Buckwheat Tava Pilaf

Tava pulav/pilaf is my new favorite now a days. Add some veggies , pav bhaji masala and tasty meal ready. I use same recipe for quinoa or any other grain, seed. This time I used buckwheat. Roast buckwheat first if not roasted and then cook according to pkg.

Now follow the same recipe as Tava Quinoa pulav.

  • Sauté onion, tomatoes.
  • Add veggies and pav bhaji masala.
  • Mix cooked buckwheat.
  • Add lemon juice and cilantro.
  • Buckwheat is a complete protein so now feel good as you enjoy it.


Wheat + Rye roti

Yoga friend gave me a pack of organic rye flour . She either didn’t know what to do with it or she thought it’s gluten free but turned out it has gluten. She knows how I try new recipes so she gave it to me . Since it has gluten I thought it’s easy to make roti with it. I also like rye bread so this was easy.

I used 1 cup wheat flour from Indian store and may be 3/4th cup rye flour. Made roti as usual and they turned out good. It was easy to roll them. Didn’t feel any taste difference.

Try it out. Rye flour is easy to find.

Note: Rye here is different than rye(mustard seeds). Rye is a grain.